- Changeover from oil to gas: OPTIBELT puts a new boiler plant into operation that is even more environmentally friendly
- New burner technology makes it possible to expand product range
Höxter, 15 October 2013. The Arntz OPTIBELT Group has put a new boiler plant into operation at its location in Thuringia that supplies OPTIBELT Produktions GmbH in Bad Blankenburg with process steam. In addition, a new natural gas pipeline has been laid in addition to establishing a gas measurement and control station. The installation of the boiler plant and the gas supply was implemented with an investment amounting to 450,000 euroswithin a period of nine months. Hence, the leading manufacturer of high-performance drive belts is continuing its modernisation strategy.
“We are investing in future-oriented production at the Thuringia location.
The modern burner technology not only increases energy efficiency and
saves energy costs, but furthermore, it optimises our production processes,” commented Konrad Ummen, member of the management board at the Arntz OPTIBELT Group. “By changing over the fuel from oil to natural gas, we expect yearly savings of around 200,000 euros.”
The new steam boiler provides for an increase in production capacity. By increasing the steam-pressure level from 11 bar currently, to a operating pressure of over 20 bar, further reserves can be achieved in the development and production of drive components - especially in the timing belt production segment. Moreover, the new plant supplies all areas of production with steam pressure at a considerably constant level, seeing that a continuous heat flux can be achieved by the modern controls of the gas burners. The increase in quality of steam from 3.5 tonnes per hour currently, to 5 tonnes per hour makes it possible to operate further vulcanisation plants at the Bad Blankenburg location.
“By increasing vulcanisation pressures, the current product assortment can be expanded,” said Oliver Schindler, plant manager of OPTIBELT Produktions GmbH in Bad Blankenburg. “In this way, we can produce special constructional designs in the high-performance segment of our belts that were not possible before.”
By changing over from oil to gas, production that is considerably free of interruption is made possible. The further heating of the feed water as well as minimising of the exhaust gas temperature to 120 degrees Celsius acts as a downstream economiser, increasing the efficiency of the steam boiler to over 95 percent. An electrically controlled flue gas flap prevents cooling of the combustion chamber when the burner has been switched off and, thereby, energy efficiency is increased. Frequency-controlled feed-water pumps lower energy consumption through decreased operation achieved by controlling water quantities. Interfaces for further modern concepts to save energy have been provided for. This includes heat recovery and, in the event that electricity costs further increase, also possible CHP plant (combined heat and power) for the generation of heat and electricity.
The Arntz OPTIBELT Group currently employs 140 members of staff in Bad Blankenburg. Especially at this site, technical skills for the development and production of the timing belt product family are bundled together. The timing belts, ribbed belts and wrapped V-belts produced here are used in the field of general machine engineering, the automotive industry, as well as in agriculture machinery.
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