Windsor Assembly Plant Recognized For 2021 Canada Energy Project Of The Year

Wednesday August 18th, 2021

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The Windsor Assembly Plant has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers for the 2021 Canada Region Energy Project of the Year.

The plant’s winning project reduced energy usage in the paint shop by 20,250 gigajoules  or 8% annually of the topcoat process, the equivalent of the electricity used in 490 homes in one year.

A recent onsite study conducted by the plant’s energy management team identified opportunities to reduce energy consumption in the paint shop.

A detailed assessment confirmed that the topcoat process was a top source for energy loss in the paint shop. The energy management team determined that energy could be saved by optimizing the downdraft air flow in the three paint booths.

In the booths, there are 18 air houses that pump in fresh air and 20 exhaust fans that help create an equilibrium to maintain a steady temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit and required downdraft. The three paint booths are each divided into eight zones. In the “Observation Zone,” the team optimized the downdraft airflow from the air houses by reducing the rate of fresh air in that zone, while maintaining the required airflow and temperature in the other zones. They were able to do this without compromising the plant’s paint application quality and performance.

The WAP energy management team was awarded for key process improvements implemented during the topcoat paint application process as part of its “Topcoat Observation Booth Downdraft Optimization” project.

“Our energy management team at the Windsor Assembly Plant has once again risen to the challenge with their dedication and leadership in eliminating energy losses and enhancing eco-friendly efficiencies within our plant and throughout our company overall,” said Jon Desjardins, WAP Plant Manager. “I’m very proud of their continued efforts in creating a positive and sustainable environmental footprint.”

 

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