Supported by a Sustainability Victoria capital grant, Devilee's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration upgraded its sheet metal cutting and bending machines resulting in a 17% reduction in materials usage, a 33% reduction in power consumption, and thousands of dollars in savings. The upgrades have also permitted the business to diversify and develop new markets, improve worker safety and employ more staff.
Located in Mildura, Devilee's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (Devilee's) has operated for 53 years. It sells, installs and services heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment for residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Devilee's has a sheet metal fabrication workshop, which allows it to manufacture custom ducting for its customers. The crucial equipment is a guillotine and a bending machine for cutting and bending sheet metal, both of which were old and inefficient resulting in high levels of materials wastage. Devilee's was looking for funding assistance to replace both machines so it could reduce wastage and improve productivity.
General Manager of Devilee's, Jason Kane said that 'As the company strategy was to look for ways to be more efficient in a number of areas and we looked at material efficiencies that could give the organisation increased productivity and safety to help grow the organisation's capability'.
Devilee's successfully applied for a $25,000 capital grant through the Smarter Resources, Smarter Business program to purchase and install a new more efficient guillotine and bending machines. The new machines will allow the use of larger sheets of metal and increased output per sheet.
Since installation of the machines in February 2014, Devilee's has achieved savings of $10,500 through reduced material input, less wastage, reduced energy use, increased productivity, and increased capacity. The project has also permitted the business to diversify and develop new markets, improve worker safety and employ more staff, a boost for regional Victoria.
Devilee's is reviewing other opportunities to achieve further efficiencies around power usage including considering the benefits of solar power to the organisation. 'We are proud to be involved in providing sustainable business and employment options in regional Victoria,' said Kane.
The project advisors from Sustainability Victoria made the process simple and with no red tape. We will benefit as we grow and develop our regional business. I would encourage every business to consider resources efficiencies and to contact SV for practical advice on how to improve efficiencies and make your business more sustainable.
Jason Kane – General Manager