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.