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Implementing a Holistic Energy and Utilities Evaluation to Improve Sustainable Production

By: Doug Burns, Practice Lead, Sustainable Production, Rockwell Automation
Posted: July 7, 2009

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An effective monitoring system should provide the following benefits:

  • Automatic reporting of Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Statistical analysis capability
  • Easier configuration of user reports
  • Scalable
  • Presentation of real-time performance data in graphical form

Ability to communicate with existing site SCADA or other control systems Relevant performance data should be presented to the people who are most likely to immediately respond to out-of-specification performance (utility or process operations staff)

The information generated from monitoring software can be trended and correlated to exogenous factors (such as local temperature and humidity) and can provide the highest level of utilities management available. Systems that track usage for the entire enterprise allow employees at all levels of the organization to have a common understanding of energy use. This can help focus efforts on improvement potential and drive consistent organizational behavior in achieving sustainable production goals.

Manufacturers in the HPC industry are facing increased demand from consumers to produce their products in a sustainable manner. Using a system-wide approach to examining energy consumption through the use of in-house experience and outside energy consultants can provide the best overall recommendations for building a successful energy management strategy. By implementing this strategy and engaging the entire workforce in efforts to waste less and save more, you can improve their bottom line and increase your brand equity, all while better serving the community and environment.