Photo Credit: Scranton Army Ammunition Plant photo
The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects. The new hydraulic system on the Erie 1 Forge Press Line reduces electricity consumption of the press line by sensing the load necessary to forge a part and adjusting the hydraulic pressure accordingly. Reducing the hydraulic pressure reduces the amount of electricity needed to operate the hydraulic pumps. A 15 percent reduction is expected from this modification.