In a time of increasing global water scarcity, a survey shows that 64.7 percent of respondents rank water conservation as quite important at their plants. Nearly one-third of respondents also said that process cooling makes up a substantial portion of water usage at their plastic processing operations. Increasing awareness of advanced systems that can provide water savings and achieve operational efficiencies was identified as a key takeaway by East Dundee, Ill.-based Frigel North America, which conducted the survey at NPE 2015 in Chicago. The company developed an infographic highlighting key findings.

Though the survey results reflect the views North American plastics processors, the trends are seen throughout the process industries — specifically plastics, beverage and metal processing, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing applications — according to Frigel. The survey results should interest companies worldwide where process cooling is vital to their operations, says Al Fosco, global marketing manager at Frigel. Exploring how advanced process cooling technology can help reduce water usage is vital.

Fosco said it is clear, based on the survey, that many companies look to advanced closed-loop process cooling systems to deliver pragmatic business results. According to the survey, 58.6 percent of respondents said process cooling is quite important to plant efficiencies. It is also clear that companies appreciate how the technology contributes to sustainability initiatives, Fosco added.

In the survey, nearly 30 percent said process cooling makes up 60 percent of overall water consumption at their operations, and an additional 21.6 percent said it makes up 40 percent. The survey results come to light in a time when water resources are stressed globally.

“The survey supports what we’ve always known, which is that many companies decide to adopt closed-loop process cooling technology for practical business reasons. Survey respondents said they chose the technology to improve costs, increase machine uptime and produce higher quality products,” Fosco said. “Yet they also chose it to conserve water, which is in line with the growing concern over the importance of water use and the care needed to preserving it. Our goal is to continue to ensure that people understand that closed-loop process cooling systems can be part of the solution to smarter water use, in addition to plant efficiencies.”