How to Boost Production Line Efficiency

Posted by Clare Burns on 10-Mar-2015 11:04:27

Find out how CHP and other efficiency measures will increase the production line efficiency for food and drink manufacturers.

How to boost production line efficiency


Food and drink manufacturing is the UK’s fourth largest industrial energy user:

Industry target: Reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2020.


How can manufacturers help?

By reducing energy consumption and energy waste through improved production line efficiency. 

Which energy is used in food and drink manufacturing?

  • Natural gas: 62%
  • Electricity: 30%
  • Petroleum, fuel oil and coal: 8% 

How is this energy used?

  • Boilers (used for steam, hot water and heating): 8%        
  • Electrical motors (fans/pumps): 16%
  • Electric heating: 8%
  • Refrigeration equipment (chillers): 6%
  • Air compressors: 2%

What are the big production line energy costs?

  • Boilers and heating: Up to 60% of a typical total energy bill.
  • Refrigeration and chilling: Up to 50% of a site’s energy costs.
  • Ventilation: Can account for 25% of heat loss from industrial buildings.


How can you boost your production line efficiency?

1. Audit your site and identify areas of energy waste, such as:

2. Simple energy saving measures       

3. Implement major energy conservation measures.

  • Upgrade or replace inefficient boilers and chillers.
  • Install CHP. High system efficiencies will help you to achieve energy cost savings of up to 40% and reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 30%.
  • Fit high efficiency motors and variable speed drives to pumps and fans. This will enable you to save up to 30% running costs.
  • Install high efficiency lighting and controls as this will reduce energy costs by 30%.


  1. Implement production line efficiency improvement measures – including CHP.
  2. Reduce energy consumption, energy waste and CO2 emissions.
  3. Go one step further and implement CHP.


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Topics: Food and Drink Manufacturing

Clare Burns

Clare Burns is a technical marketer with many years’ experience in the energy arena, as well as in fashion, telecoms and education. Fluent in 3 languages, Clare has worked across Europe. She currently works for ENER-G, a UK manufacturer of carbon reducing, energy efficient products exporting its cogeneration technology across the globe.