Mack Truck’s Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation receives SEP certification

Dec. 1, 2013
Mack Truck’s Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation receives SEP certification

Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie PA is the first US manufacturing facility to receive platinum-level certification according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/MSE 50021:2012 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) in the Mature Energy Pathway category.

This is the highest available certification in the United States and means the plant demonstrated an energy performance improvement of 41.94% between 2002 and 2012, far exceeding the 15% required to be certified.

The Macungie facility also received international ISO 50001 certification, the only globally recognized verification process for energy efficiency standards in industrial facilities.

The SEP verification process is built on the ISO 50001 standard, but choosing the Mature Energy Pathway goes a step beyond. The process allows facilities that have a long track record of aggressive energy performance improvements, to get credit for those improvements during a 10-year period. SEP protocol was developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the US Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing.

The ANSI/MSE 50021:2012 and ISO 50001 achievements indicate Mack’s sustained commitment to reduced energy consumption and long-term environmental stewardship.

As part of the ISO 50001 certification, Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly employees received training in Energy Management Standards to better understand how to improve energy performance. In parallel with ongoing energy improvement initiatives, employees were encouraged to form teams and submit energy savings ideas; recognition was given for best idea and for most achievable idea.

Plant investments resulting in improved energy performance included lighting upgrades and controls, a building automation system, air compressor management, changes in heat recovery during the manufacturing process, and HVAC system efficiency upgrades. The Macungie facility is also certified to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. ♦