The first joint project
Not long after that, the first opportunity for Modesta and ESL to join forces presented itself. Images, a kitchen and bedroom factory, was looking for a new filter unit. Neil: “When I came back from my first meeting with Images, I said: I think this is prime Modesta territory.”
Images Kitchens and Bedrooms started out as a small made to measure mirror wardrobes factory in 1984. In over 35 years, they have installed thousands of bedrooms and kitchens and have grown into one of the largest independent manufacturers and retailers of fitted bedrooms and kitchens in the areas of North West and North Wales. With a split-level showroom in Chester and a large factory, they now employ over 20 staff.
When they contacted ESL over two years ago, they were ready for a new extraction solution for their factory. Their old filter was consuming large amounts of energy and required a lot of maintenance. Images director Stephen Eyre: “It would drain a lot of power and blow the fuses. I was willing to invest in a new solution that would guarantee longevity and save us money in the long run.”
Reducing energy consumption
Images’ old filter installation had only one fan, resulting in little flexibility and energy loss. Neil: “That’s why I advised a Modesta Airlock filter with multiple cascading fans, that enables a factory to use only the capacity they need.” Images only uses the filter’s full capacity for a few weeks a year, so thanks to the multiple fans, they can turn on just a part of the installation in less busy times. It also protects them against downtime, because if one fan has a defect, the other keeps working.
“As it was our first project together, one of our engineers was on-site in case ESL had any questions, but James, Nick, and Neil have done the lion’s share of the work,” says Wyboud. ESL did the installation over a bank holiday and managed to get everything up and running within a week. Stephen is happy with the end result: “I come in in the morning, I turn it on, and it always works. Honestly, as a factory owner, that’s all I’m interested in at the end of the day.” He’s been using the new installation for over two years now and hasn’t experienced any downtime. “It was a big investment for a small company like mine, but I’ve been saving a lot of money on electricity and my factory is cleaner. I’d recommend it.”
For Modesta and ESL, this is only the start of a fruitful working relationship. Neil: “We’re looking to grow our business in the next years. We actually just hired a new contract engineer to keep up with the workload, so we only see the collaboration with Modesta growing in the future.”
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