Plant & Works Engineering
Sustainability initiative to support environment
Published:  14 December, 2022

For many years Turck Banner has been working with customers to improve efficiency in areas ranging from saving energy by using its LED lighting, through to identifying areas for improvement with OEE Kits. PWE reports

A large proportion of Turck Banner’s wide product range can be used in projects that fall within the category of sustainability, and although as a company it is not on an “Eco Crusade”, it does recognise that it can play its part in supporting the environment.

Throughout the lifetime of the company it has supported many charities, and for 2023 it has started an initiative to plant trees. While there are many great charities and organisations set up to plant trees all across the world, the company has chosen to partner with Trees for Life, a charity established 25 years ago, dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands - its target is to plant a grove of 2023 trees in 2023.

Turck Banner says it will plant at least one tree for every project it is involved with if it fits the sustainability category. Because its customer base includes everyone from the corner shop to huge multinationals, it say it hasn’t set a fixed monetary criterion, i.e. one tree for every x number of pounds. However, it intends to plant a tree for all of them, regardless of the size of the project. Should it exceed its target, all further donations will be used in supporting Trees for Life’s other projects.

Tony Coghlan, Managing Director of Turck Banner Ltd explained: “We have a huge amount of experience with these projects and are confident in the ROI, so it just feels right to be able to support both our customers and the environment.”

Turck Banner’s grove can be seen at

The following are some examples of projects that fall within the sustainability category:

Eliminating control cabinets

Many of its products, that would typically require mounting in a control cabinet, have been hardened with extended temperature ranges and sealed to IP68 and IP69k. This facilitates mounting directly on the machine, without the need for heating or cooling to protect them from the work environment. Thus eliminating both the cost of the control cabinet and the recurring costs of heating and cooling.

Rejuvenating legacy machines

Most brownfield sites have many machines that are functioning very well, but without the data output that is common on newer equipment. This data is critical in assessing the efficiency of the machine, to identify areas where improvements can be made and to provide condition monitoring to avoid unplanned downtime. Turck Banner says it has all the products necessary to enhance a machine providing the crucial data, without interfering with the established control system.

Reducing downtime and waste

Monitoring the condition, primarily temperature and vibration, of moving parts in equipment and utilising learning algorithms to predict when a part requires maintenance can significantly reduce costs. Repairing a part before a catastrophic failure also reduces waste, the maintenance can be scheduled which eliminates the unplanned downtime and the unnecessary costs of emergency repairs. Which often include special transportation of both people and equipment, adding to the environmental impact.