HIX Green Initiatives
HIX Corporation is just as concerned about our environment and energy usage as any company. We have taken initiatives within our company to investigate all of our manufactured products and determine where we can reduce, recycle, and replace elements to our products (and our production of these products) that might be considered unnecessary energy consumers.
Making Our Products Greener
Another energy saving benefit by running the HIX machine is that since less heat is cast into the work area from the heat element, the need to run the air conditioner in the shop to cool the work area is reduced! You’ll notice this lower air conditioning bill at the peak of the summer season. Additionally, because HIX heat castings are the longest lasting heating elements available on the market, the need to send the press to a landfill is eliminated since it keeps doing its job year after year!
During the past 46 years, HIX has continually strived to make our electric dryers the most energy efficient dryers in the industry. We do this through the use of high-density 2″ thick insulation inside the oven walls that keeps the outer skin of the dryer cool to the touch. This heavy insulation saves energy in two ways:
- Reducing the amount of heat escaping from the oven section requires less electricity to heat the substrates being dried.
- When heat is kept from escaping into the work area, less electricity is required to run expensive air conditioners to cool the shop!
Making the World a Cleaner Place
HIX believes the best way to show people we care about our planet, being energy efficient, and saving you money is by incorporating safe, efficient, and effective practices in our daily production.
At HIX, we value our employees and understand their importance to the overall role of success within the company. We also understand that being located in Kansas means it gets very hot in the summer. To help our employees work more comfortably, our plant is air-conditioned. We run our units only upon hitting 85 degrees before noon, and we exhaust the plant during nighttime hours to minimize energy consumptions.
We Only Use What We Need
We start our production shift early in the morning to reduce the need to run our air conditioners for extended periods of time. In fact, most days the production plant doesn’t need to turn on the air conditioning because we start early enough in the day when it is cooler, and we finish the day before the heat becomes unbearable in the plant. Opening the plant early and running the air-conditioning less helps us control energy usage. Keeping employees cooler increases their production capabilities and increases the overall efficiency of the production shop.
HIX employees have come up with numerous way of cutting energy usage. Throughout the office, we have replaced all 160 mercury vapor lights and all of our office fixtures with high-pressure fluorescent, which use 1/3 the electricity. We run our natural gas fired foundry only in low demand months such as April-October, which frees up millions of MCF for winter/peak demand months. We improved our work environment with other simple changes such as replacing most towel dispensers with more efficient high-velocity hand drying blowers. These cuts in energy usage help protect our environment and your pocket.
Reuse, Recycle, Renew
At HIX, we’ve always practiced the art of recycling. All of our steel cuttings and scraps are recycled along with all of our aluminum. We re-melt aluminum solid, and we sell cuttings that hit the floor to reclaimers. Bins are left for our employees to recycle their waste aluminum cans and scraped paper products that can be recycled. All cardboard and plastic is traded to be recycled for used pallets, which we use for shipping. The scrapped and damaged pallets are given to our employees and community as firewood (a nice side effect of this is that oak pallets burn hotter and with less ash)! Corrugated boxes are recycled by reshipping them with our products. A number of the paper products we use internally, including bathroom tissue, are from recycled sources. We also have approximately 8 acres of “green area” on our 16-acre site. We bale the grass/clover/hay twice a year for animal feed.
The environment is every industrial manufacturer’s responsibility. The more we take from our environment, the more we need to put back into its recovery. As a company, we will continue to look for new ways to use less energy, and reuse and recycle materials that we use in our products. We will also continue to engineer and design our products to use less electrical and gas utilities to help reduce your overall carbon footprint and money expensed towards energy.