Antiquated System Poses Challenge to IVEC® Team!

With plenty of service yet to offer, a conventional ventilation system gets a state-of-the-art makeover from IVEC® Systems.

Halcon is a leading manufacturer of executive office furniture in Southeastern Minnesota. Their dust collection system included two 60hp blowers providing ventilation across two plants. Each independent workstation utilized manually operated gates, which required that blowers run at 100% capacity to fill the on-demand requirements of workers.

The Challenge:

Halcon’s dual plant configuration was causing a dilemma. Expansion would require outfitting the two separate facilities with larger horsepower blowers, yet the manual gate operation would still require full dedicated power to meet worker demand. The full power operation was currently costing Halcon a considerable amount of money to operate and this expense could only be expected to increase.

The Solution:

Halcon contacted IVEC® Systems to provide a custom Steward model application that would not only efficiently manage the power requirements of two separate facilities, it would also automate the gating operation of each individual workstation, modernizing what was once an antiquated system.

After installation, one of my operators came up to me and asked if the dust collector was still on because it was so quiet.

- Dick Broadwater, Plant Maintenance

The Results:

The custom configuration included an IVEC® Steward System which fed the two 60 hp motors through a single Operator Control Station (OCS). The system now effectively manages 27 automated workstations across two plants and has provided expansion capacity at both facilities. 

Furthermore, Halcon’s projected energy savings was conservatively calculated at $1,000 per month, but after IVEC® was installed, their savings actually doubled. Halcon is delighted with the results citing significant savings in their total cost of operation. 

Over and above the energy savings, the shop was quieter because the blower motors only operated as needed. With the operational efficiences incorporated, the frequency between maintenance intervals was greatly reduced and equipment life was even further extended.