The Rogers Vacuum System selected by Organic Valley includes automatic loading controls which selectively operate and sequence the vacuum system pumps on and off based on actual demand, allowing for power and water savings. This system also includes the use of a soft starter so that it doesn’t overuse power when starting up.
In replacing the antiquated equipment with an energy efficient whole system solution, Organic Valley will save approximately 32,000 kWHrs and 16,000 gallons of water usage per year while operating their new system relative to the standard practice.
Another benefit of running the machines this way is that the pump in the lead position can be changed so that one pump is not being overused, which increases the useful life of each pump. The new system also has about half the footprint of the previous solution, accomplished through creative stacking of the vacuum pumps. An important feature, because in an industrial workspace, every foot counts.
Silva chose to work with Rogers Machinery on the vacuum system project because he had a good experience with them before and wanted to work with a company that had a strong, local presence. Organic Valley did not want to risk working with a company that did not have the time or resources to keep his production moving smoothly. These choices have led to a Rogers Vacuum System solution centered on maximizing productivity while minimizing overall cost of ownership through system efficiency improvements.