Pittsburgh, PA, March 03, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s commitment to sustainability is not only evident in the products it produces and the markets it serves, but also in how it operates its facilities. Underscoring this commitment, the company’s South Deerfield, Mass., facility recently installed a new energy-efficient central chiller.
“The new central chiller supports Bayer’s commitment to sustainability by streamlining our process cooling system,” said Shaun Gaus, general manager,
Functional Films NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “By switching to one central chiller, we will save more than 400,000 kWhrs annually and reduce maintenance costs.”
The new cooling system replaces many small systems that were running inefficiently, causing maintenance issues and downtime. The central chiller – offering improved reliability and energy savings – maintains a desired water temperature of 45° to 50° F in an insulated piping system.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC incorporated the new central chiller into its existing cooling tower system and process water loop. By doing this, the South Deerfield facility was able to focus the chilled water system on critical process points. The new chiller also allows for quicker and easier monitoring of the system.
The South Deerfield facility manufactures and sells thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polycarbonate (PC) and polycarbonate blend, and other specialty film and sheet for use in various market segments, including medical, sports/recreation, automotive and safety/security. The 147,000-square-foot facility is ISO 9001 registered.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.