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Company: Mikron – Swiss
Mikron Group is a swiss company that is the world leader in the market of solutions for high precision automation, processing and cutting. Maschinenfabrik Mikron AG was founded in 1908 in the Swiss city of Bienne with the production of teething machines and cutting tools for the Swiss watch industry.Today the Mikron Group is a global supplier of the automotive, pharmaceutical, technical-medical, consumer goods and watchmaking industries.
In Switzerland it is present with the main sites of Boudry and Agno, to which are added 8 other companies active in Europe, the United States, China and Singapore, for a total of about 1,400 employees. The sustainable approach of production is based on reducing energy consumption and raw materials.
The customer was looking for a reliable solution for the energy efficiency of the main production sites in Switzerland, possibly with a positive impact on power quality, as part of a broader program aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
In December 2018, was installed an 1800 A E-Power device at the Mikron Tool plant in Agno, where very high precision metal machining is carried out for standard and customized metal tools. The configuration of the electrical loads present consists mainly of machinery managed by inverters, motors without inverter and air conditioning, for a used power of about 560 kW and an energy consumption detected in 2018 of about 3,000,000 kWh:
• Machinery with inverter: 61%
• Non-Inverter Machinery: 16%
• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: 23%
In the spring of 2019 was installed an additional 1,000 A E-Power device in the adjacent Agno plant that belongs to the Mikron Machining division, where customized systems are produced for complex metal components. The configuration of electric loads consists mainly of machinery without inverter and air conditioning, for a used power of about 480 kW and a consumption detected in 2018 of about 1,400,000 kWh:
• Non-Inverter Machinery: 48%
• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: 50%
• Electronic lighting: 2%