WOOSTER, Ohio, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Schaeffler's Wooster, Ohio facility was awarded with American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio's Energy Efficiency Champion award for its efforts to reduce energy consumption at its research and development, and manufacturing campus.
Over the past 10 years, the facility has taken the initiative to improve its energy efficiency on many platforms and has participated in multiple programs, such as the Continuous Energy Improvement program, to reduce its energy consumption.
"We are honored that AEP has recognized our efforts to improve our energy efficiency," said Prasanna Gurumurthy, vice president of Schaeffler's Wooster operations. "Efficiency is what drives our innovation for the automotive industry, so it is only natural that we carry this mindset into our daily operations."
The campus has implemented a variety of energy saving tactics which reduce consumption through the reuse of process byproducts, the utilization of renewable resources and the replacement of old technologies. One example is daylight harvesting, a tactic that measures daylight levels and adjusts the electric lights to maintain a desired lighting level. The company also installed dimmable LED lights throughout its facility and motion detecting outdoor lighting. It uses heat reclamation to utilize otherwise wasted heat from manufacturing processes and free cooling methods are employed to chill the water used throughout the facility. Additionally, a strong focus has been placed on purchasing energy efficient equipment and conserving compressed air.
"At Schaeffler, we deliver efficiency through the technologies that we supply to our customers," said Marc McGrath, president of automotive, Schaeffler Americas. "Our Wooster facility took this initiative beyond product innovation and implemented it in its daily operations, which is a testament to the drive for efficiency that our team possesses and an illustration of what 21st century manufacturing is all about."
The AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Champion award is given to business customers and partners that exhibit a strong commitment to energy efficiency. AEP Ohio encourages its customers – both business and residential – to reduce energy consumption through a variety of energy efficiency programs. For more information, visit AEPOhio.com/ItsYourPower (residential) or AEPOhio.com/Solutions (business).
The Schaeffler Group is a leading global integrated automotive and industrial supplier. The company stands for the highest quality, outstanding technology, and strong innovative ability. The Schaeffler Group makes a key contribution to "Mobility for tomorrow" with high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications. The technology company generated sales of approximately EUR 13.2 billion in 2015. With around 84,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of the world's largest family companies and, with approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries, has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.
To serve the North American automotive market, Schaeffler operates development centers in: Troy, Mich.; Fort Mill, S.C.; Wooster, Ohio; and Puebla, Mexico. The company's 400 North American engineers and technicians, who are supported by a team of more than 6,000 global engineers, drive development in the region utilizing state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment, computational tools and CAD systems. Schaeffler Automotive has headquarters in Fort Mill and manufacturing facilities in: South Carolina; Missouri; Ohio; Ontario, Canada; Puebla and Irapuato, Mexico. For more information, please visit www.schaeffler.us.
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