Published on 02/03/2017


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Established in 1996, ARMOR's Polish subsidiary, Artech Polska, produces new and remanufactured inkjet cartridges. Since November 2016, Artech has invested in two new installations in order to optimize water and heat consumption on the production site. These facilities are definitely part of the sustainable environmental project of ARMOR and they will have a significant impact on energy savings.
A virtuous optimization of water resources
Remanufactured ink cartridges must be cleaned with demineralized water to avoid bacteria or limestone deposit formations and guarantee low rates of thermal conductivity.  Artech needs 1000 liters coming from the urban network water to get 700 liters of pure water. Until now the remaining 300 liters (per m3) were re-injected into the wastewater treatment plant. Artech has decided to optimize the water management, re-injecting it into the company's washroom. A remarkable economy, considering the 700m3 liters needed each month to clean the cartridges.
A heat net on the production site
Compressors have been implemented to achieve the rationalization and the saving of energy. This equipment use a cooling fluid that can reach 70°C. Thanks to an exchanger, the heat generated is re-injected into the hot water of the toilets and into a part of the plant heating. During the summer, the heat redistribution will permit to make savings on the other heating systems of the plant.
Monitoring indicators have been implemented with this ecological equipment and data are being collected. From now on, a notable saving of 2,000 liters of water per day has been recorded, and this performance must be increased within 1 to 2 years.