ISO 140001 certificate enables RPC Superfos to renew cooling installation

RPC Superfos is one of the European industry leaders within injection moulded plastic packaging solutions and is fully owned by the British RPC Goup PLC. In Wetteren the company has 2 production halls and 32 injection moulding machines.

The right temperature in production halls is decisive for keeping packaging materials in perfect condition at all times– not too cold, not too hot. For this purpose Cofely Axima recently installed 2 new energy-efficient ammonium based cooling units with the ‘Cofely Axima Refrigeration Free Cool System’ at the RPC Superfos facility in Wetteren. Thanks to their ISO 14001 certificate, a quality standard in the field of environmental management, the company has been granted the highest possible amount of environmental subsidies for these new cooling units.

Like other European producers, RPC Superfos is gradually phasing out CFC-gasses used as refrigerant in cooling units. CFC-gasses have a negative impact on the ozone layer and consequently on global warming. The 2 new ammonium based cooling units have replaced 11 old ones with CFC (R22). The new solution points in a more sustainable direction and reduces the carbon footprint of the company’s production.

Flemming Madsen, Factory Manager RPC Superfos Region Central, explains: “The new cooling units are a heavy investment, but luckily, the installation has a long lifetime of 15 to 20 years. We have selected the best possible options in all aspects, giving us a maximum of efficiency in the long run. On top of these benefits, our choice of best available technologies - high efficient motors, frequency controllers and the best cooling fluid on the market - also opened the doors to the highest possible amount of subsidies and premiums. Without the ISO 14001 certificate these substantial subsidies would not have been an option.”

Reduced energy and water consumption as well as perfect production temperatures are the results of new cooling units. Energy consumption has been reduced by 50 per cent and the water usage is 60 per cent below the prior level. Also, maintenance and repair costs have been significantly lowered. The payback period for the new cooling units is estimated to be 5.8 years.