Over the last few years energy costs have slowly been increasing and there appears to be no sign of this stopping. Therefore, the importance of energy saving in the body shop has never been more important. PPG’s technical team have come up with simple and easy to implement tips for cutting costs.
Always ensure the booth is turned off. This may sound simple, but you would be amazed at the amount of body shops that PPG have visited that often leave the booth ‘on’ when it is not being used. By simply turning the booth off you can save hours of wasted energy. But more importantly minimise down time, manage and organise jobs to ensure the booth is constantly being utilised to full potential. Body shops also need to consider the temperature spray booths are set to. Working at the correct temperature cannot only ensure that a job is completed correctly but it will also save booths from being heated too high multiple times throughout the day.
Turn your dust extraction off when not in use. Similar to tip one, this is an important aspect of energy saving. It is recommended that the dust extraction should be turned off when not in use. This simple tip will cut the energy usage and ultimately increase profit.
Use infra red lamps where possible. For smaller jobs save energy costs in the body shop by using an infrared light rather than heating up the booth.
Use the correct products. Ensure that you are using the correct hardener or thinner for the job size being worked on. By choosing a faster system for smaller jobs ultimately reduces the bake cycle time.
Fix leaks. Leaking airlines can dramatically increase your air usage leading to extra running time of a compressor, use the correct fixings and PTFE tape to ensure that no air escapes.
It is important to make sure that staff are on board when it comes to energy saving. Raising awareness costs nothing and the team working on the shop floor will be in charge of managing the main top tips when it comes to reducing energy costs.
Understand your bake cycle. By organising jobs, working on the preparation before entering the booth and ordering the throughput booths can be used to their maximum potential at the minimum energy output.
Turn off the lights. During the summer months use a natural source of daylight in your workshop rather than having the lights on. This simple step will help save months of energy that can be utilised in the darker winter months. An alternative is to install energy saving light-bulbs in the office and staff areas and ensure that all are turned off at the end of the day.