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The search for maximum savings in energy and more sustainable production were the reasons behind the recent project to convert our electropolishing system so that it could be powered only by electricity.
All our valves and manifolds are electropolished, to exalt the properties of the stainless steel they are made from. The system is also available for outsourcing, small stainless steel components in particular.
As is known, electropolishing is an electrochemical process that removes a thin layer of material from the manufactured item, which is anodised inside an electrolyte solution and subjected to electric current.
The process requires an effective temperature control of the acid bath, which must remain strictly within a specific range. This is where the need to heat or cool the solution arises. In the case of our electropolishing system, a chiller supplied by electricity was used to cool, and natural gas to heat.
Thanks to its in-depth knowledge of the system and its goal to constantly maintain product quality, our research and development division chose to intervene with an energy efficiency plan. Thanks to the change made to the bath warming phase (initially powered by gas), the whole system now runs only on electricity. We have calculated that in this manner we can further reduce our environmental impact by preventing 30 tonnes of CO2 per year from being released into the environment.
It is an ecological choice, above all considering the investments that Mondeo has made in photovoltaics as a supply source.
Consider also that unlike gas, electricity is immediate, so the machine can be switched off completely between one shift and the next, which turns into a consistent reduction in energy consumption. Electricity also makes it possible to reach higher temperatures inside the drying oven, and the aesthetic quality of the processes is fully maintained while the pieces are being unloaded.