Last week we wrote about getting started with Energy Management in Manufacturing. As our infographic illustrated, an effective management system needs to have essential elements to begin delivering benefits:
- Real-time Visibility
- Ability to Define and Track Key Metrics
- Ability to set Energy Targets and Report against those targets
- Alerting & Predictive Analytics
Once you choose a system that has those characteristics, you need only connect it to existing metering, or add minimal metering, to get started and begin realizing improvement on energy and water consumption. Minimal investment is required; there’s no need to meter everything on the plant floor. Once companies can see what, when and where they are consuming, they can begin to measure and improve. And, once improvement is realized, the system can be expanded incrementally to increase visibility. But, getting started on the journey is crucial.
Many manufacturers have implemented Energy Management / Sustainability Programs that focus on training their people on conservation, improving processes and eliminating the low hanging fruit such as lighting and HVAC. But, without technology to monitor what’s happening, especially on the manufacturing floor, the benefits of such programs are not sustainable.
LNS has just completed a year-long study on Industrial Energy Management (IEM). One issue that arose from that research is the hesitancy of companies to invest in technology to measure, manage and analyze the energy and water consumption in manufacturing.
The LNS Research Spotlight "Why Now? The Cost of Delaying Industrial Energy Management Software Investments" takes an in-depth look at the benefits of using IEM software. Click the image below to access the 8 page report.