Energy Management in Plastics Processing - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780081025079

Energy Management in Plastics Processing

3rd Edition

Strategies, Targets, Techniques, and Tools

Authors: Robin Kent
Paperback ISBN: 9780081025079
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 410
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Energy management has risen rapidly up the management agenda in many plastics processing firms around the globe, and the companies which have responded fastest and best have seen considerable financial benefits. This practical workbook shows how to reduce energy consumption in all the major plastics shaping processes (moulding, extrusion, forming) as well as elsewhere in the plant (e.g. in factory services and nonmanufacturing areas). It also addresses essential issues such as energy benchmarking and site surveys, understanding energy supplies and bills, measuring and managing energy usage and carbon footprinting.

The approach throughout the book is to reduce the kWh/kg of materials processed, resulting in permanent reductions in consumption and costs. Every topic is covered in a single 2-page spread, providing the reader with a manageable explanation, clear actions and key tips for success. This third edition has been revised and expanded to cover developments in energy management since 2013, and to include additional content on power supply considerations, automation, assembly operations, water footprinting, and transport considerations, among other additions.

Key Features

  • Enables plastics processors to institute an effective energy management system, both in processing and elsewhere in the plant such as factory operations, back-office functions, transport, and more
  • Provides a holistic perspective, shining a light on areas where energy management methods may not have previously been considered or accounted for, and proposing projects and targets for reducing energy consumption
  • Acts as a route map to help companies move towards improved sustainability and cost savings


Managers, product designers, purchasing/procurement personnel and engineers working with a range of plastic processing techniques, including injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming, rotational moulding, and others

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to energy management
2. Energy benchmarking
3. Targeting and controlling energy costs
4. Services
5. Processing
6. Operations
7. Buildings and offices
8. Site surveys
9. Carbon Footprinting


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About the Author

Robin Kent

Dr Robin Kent has a B.Eng.(Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Surrey (UK)). He has been involved with polymer processing since 1971 and has worked as Technical Director for several of the major plastics processing and window systems companies in UK and Europe.

He has published over 400 technical and management papers on plastics and windows and 6 books on plastics processing. He regularly lectures on energy management in plastics processing and materials technology throughout the world. He has chaired 5 committees setting standards for the UK plastics and window industry and is a regular judge for major plastics and glazing industry awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tangram Technology Ltd.

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