Penang woven fabrics manufacturer to decrease energy usage

Hitachi Sunway’s software will help Penfabric increase energy efficiency and enhance sustainability in its textile manufacturing processes via IoT solution

by TMR

A PENANG-BASED woven fabrics manufacturer is looking at slashing its energy requirements by as much as onefth with the implementation of a system that deploys predictive algorithm-based measures.

Penfabric Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan chemical conglomerate Toray Industries Inc, is looking at deploying the system that will regulate energy to its chillers, a vital component of its manufacturing process.

It has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd for the provision of the software driven by an Internet of Things (IoT) solution.

Penfabric MD HS Teh said the textile factory uses chillers across multiple facilities for central air-conditioning, process manufacturing and precision cooling.

“It’s a very unique situation that requires precision and strategic controls as the temperatures need to be varied according to the manufacturing stages and types of fibre or fabric being produced,” he said in a statement.

Penfabric is a manufacturer of woven fabrics for purposes of shirting blouses, work wear, sportswear, casual wear and other non-apparel use.

HSIS is a one-stop information and communication technology services and solutions provider in Asean.

Called the Intelligent Chiller Energy Efficiency Control System (ICEE), the system is badged as a smart optimisation solution that automates energy-saving controls by applying predictive algorithm-based measures.

The IoT-based system provides users with the ability to make intelligent, prediction-based decisions, HSIS said in the statement.

Teh said the ICEE adoption would help the company to better manage its complex temperature needs, while reducing the amount and cost of energy used.

“It is especially important for us to be able to effectively control and manage our chillers to ensure optimal production, while minimising our impact on the environment,” he said.

HSIS group CEO/director Cheah Kok Hoong said the move would assist the client to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

“Temperature is a delicate issue in the textile manufacturing sector, and ICEE is a software intelligenceand IoT-based energy efficiency solution that bridges the mechanical chiller with an electrical control system, providing our customers with intelligent efficiency based on predictive algorithms,” he said in the same statement.

He said the green solution uses sensors in an operational capacity to determine the specific needs of a facility’s heat load and automatically controls and applies the ideal temperature for different phases of production.

“The real-time solution automates the chiller’s reaction to varying conditions, including weather, temperature and humidity that impact the heat load, reducing energy consumption by 15%-20%,” he said.