Waterford Crystal realises significant energy savings with ELGi EG Series

  • Industry News
  • Mar 21,23
The world-renowned luxury crystal glassware manufacturer from Waterford in Ireland selected the ELGi EG Series oil-lubricated screw air compressor to modernise its high-precision engraving operations.
Waterford Crystal realises significant energy savings with ELGi EG Series

The EG Series EG22V from ELGi Compressors Europe remains the choice of Waterford Crystal, an Irish manufacturer of high-end crystal to modernise its compressed air system. The company needed to replace its existing compressor and commissioned Airtec Compressors Ltd, ELGi’s channel partner in Ireland, for a solution. Waterford Crystal required reliability and energy efficiency from its new lead compressor providing 24x7 operations for a large proportion of their industrial machinery and high-precision engraving tools that highlight the skilled craftsmanship that goes into every piece of Waterford Crystal.

Airtec Compressors, air service partners for Waterford Crystal for over ten years, conducted a detailed site study and recommended installing a new ELGi EG22V (variable speed), which was installed in April 2021. “The main reasons for purchasing the ELGi machine were its market-leading 10-year airend warranty and the efficiency improvements it offered,” said Tony Elsted, Engineering and Maintenance Manager, Waterford Crystal. “The ELGi EG22V is our new lead compressor and has been operating seamlessly at our factory for over a year. Since installing the EG22V we have seen a large reduction in our energy consumption versus our older compressor, and despite the increased cost of electricity, the compressor has given us a payback in less than two years.”

Waterford Crystal manufactures lead glass or ‘crystal’, specialising in fine-cut glass. Named after the city of Waterford in Ireland, crystal manufacturing in the city dates back to 1783 when George and William Penrose founded Waterford Crystal. With stemware and barware, fine china & flatware, vases, bowls & centre pieces, collectables, lighting, chandeliers, paperweights, holiday ornaments, and gifts, the company's offerings go beyond conventional stemware and traditional interior pieces to embrace and complete the luxury lifestyle experience.

“We are proud that an ELGi unit is at the heart of operations of Waterford Crystal supporting the creation of beautiful crystal pieces through its reliability and energy efficiency,” said Terry McGuire, Regional Manager - UK and Ireland, ELGi. “At ELGi, our vision is to be 'Always Better,' and our EG Series embodies this approach with innovative technology options that help our customers be more efficient, lower life cycle costs and reduce the environmental footprint. The EG Series stands out for its patented technologies, high efficiency, and ten-year market-leading warranty on the airend.”

The sturdy design of the EG Series compressor range enables operations at extreme temperatures – from cold to hot and from dry to extremely humid conditions, leading to improved reliability of the compressed air system. ELGi’s high-efficient airends are equipped with in-house developed ?-V profile rotors, with the 4/5 lobe combination, designed to run at low rotor speeds. This unique design reduces pressure losses and, together with the OSBIC (Oil separation by impact and centrifugal action), 3-stage separation provides best-in-class energy efficiency. “Airtec Compressors have been our compressed air service partner for over ten years. Their expertise, knowledge, and recommendation have improved the efficiency of our compressed air system, and they have exceeded our expectations,” added Tony Elsted.

Airtec Compressors, based in Cork, Ireland, offering nationwide compressed air services and coverage 24x7, 365 days a year, has partnered with ELGi since 2020. John O’Driscoll, General Manager for Airtec Compressors, said, "We are a dedicated 24x7 company that prides ourselves on always delivering on the promises we make to our long-term and loyal client base. We maintain this promise through a dedicated team, highly trained and experienced in all brands, a dedicated and customer-centric driven sales team, a health and safety team, and a focused air quality team serving our client’s compressed air needs throughout Ireland.”

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