Seminar on

        Energy Conservation for Textile Manufacturing Excellence

12 December 2001, Wednesday

MKMA Seminar Hall

Batu Pahat, Malaysia

Presentation on Waste Heat Recovery for Boiler Systems

  One of the main energy consuming equipment for most plants in the textile industry is the boiler.  Energy for the steam production comes from the combustion of fuel, which could be diesel, fuel oil or natural gas.  While fuels are burnt, they produce large amount of waste heat in the form of flue gas which is discharged directly to the environment through the stacks.  Indirectly, this means that we are wasting large amount of money through our chimney in many of our plants. This presents great opportunities for thermal energy recovery. 

  Fuel savings is the most obvious benefit of waste heat recovery and this is the key motivating factor for the companies to invest in equipment to tap their waste energy.  Other than that, a reduction in fuel usage also results in less emission of pollutants, which include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, to the environment. Moreover, emission of carbon dioxide, which is a green house gas, will also be reduced.

  This presentation focuses on how waste heat recovery could be achieved in boiler system, which is predominantly used in the textile and dyeing industry, using heat pipe heat exchangers.  The concept of heat pipes, and their advantages as compared to conventional heat exchangers, will be discussed in detail.  Cost benefit analysis of the technology will also be presented.


Presentation on Overview of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Management Systems for Textile Manufacturing

Textile manufacturing is one of the industries which experiences environmental, health and safety problems. Problems associated with textile manufacturing comprises of, but not limited to:

        Excessive water use in the rinsing, dyeing and bleaching process

        Excessively hot effluent

        Unnecessary energy use due to ineffective heat recovery

        Excessive BOD of effluent

        Overuse of dyes and other chemicals

        Long exposure to chemicals fumes etc.

Solving the above problems is possible through structured and systematic management systems such as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and/or OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems). This presentation focuses on how ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 can help textile manufacturers to manage environmental, health and safety problems related to their operations and reap financial benefits.

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