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Welcome to our blog: How Energy Management Affects Your Business and Profit

Dear visitors, we welcome you to our blog. We write for owners, business and financial managers, energy engineers, who want to find ways to benefit their Business, Clients and Environment through energy management. From our experience we can assure you: energy management will help you can gain much more than just reduce energy costs. [...]

By | 2020-06-03T10:33:22-04:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

5 golden rules of energy data analysis

1. In metering we trust :)  Data is only reliable if it has been collected through routine automatic metering, which has been validated.  All claims like 'we always keep this operational schedule', 'compressor/boiler/light is off on weekend' or 'current never exceeds X Amp', all of them have exactly zero value to energy use analysis. [...]

Unwatched energy efficiency costs dearly and what to do about it

If your plant is not a spacecraft, you cannot afford to maintain all machinery in perfect condition and run it in the most efficient mode all the time - performance degrades, operators change, procedures get forgotten or changed, production conditions change. On the other hand, when not timely corrected, small oversights and changes tend [...]

By | 2020-06-03T10:33:14-04:00 May 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are energy meters like birdhouses or like screws?

It occurred to me that meters relate to energy monitoring in the same way as screws relate to birdhouses. How is that? Some manufacturing plants start energy management from installation of meters. Too often the process ends with meters too. However costly, this result is predictable. I will explain why on an example of [...]

#11. How to estimate possible energy savings in 25 minutes and at no cost?

Energy audit takes time and costs money, is it worth the effort?  How do I know if it will uncover enough saving opportunities? To quickly estimate how much money can be saved on utilities, we have devised an express tool - Energy Management Score assessment™. EMS is based on a premise that the way [...]

3 lessons and 5 mistakes of IIoT projects

Sam Hoff, president of Patti Engineering. suggests to start collecting data only after one has identified the problem. See IIoT project success: First identify the problem, then begin collecting data. I think he meant to say "problem area", because if you know what the problem is - you do not need more data, you need [...]

Use slow time to implement small improvements

Slow production time is an opportunity to do that myriad of small projects that maintenance kept suggesting for years, but could never implement because 'production comes first'. Now is the time to do them. How to find micro maintenance/efficiency projects during slow time? When external resources are limited, what do we do? We turn [...]

By | 2020-06-03T10:33:15-04:00 April 16th, 2020|Categories: Energy management|Tags: |0 Comments

Simple energy management procedure cuts energy costs during uncertain times

During quarantine time many plants face uncertain work load and even less certain revenue. The simplest way to save energy and cost to turn unnecessary machines off. This simple recommendation is rarely easy to implement, it's even more difficult to monitor. How to find if unneeded machines are turned off without breaking a bank? [...]

#10. Energy audit saved $125,000 CAPEX

Reduction of air exhaust from refrigerated room reduced cooling load and eliminated need for refrigeration plant upgrade

#9. Energy audit finds $20,000 in energy savings at a cost of a 30 ft pipe.

A perfectly efficient machines can still waste lots of primary or secondary utilities. A complex utility audit routinely uncovers how water, heat or 'cooling' can be reused. Hot water reuse at poultry slaughter house Two industrial poultry processing procedures were set in adjacent production space - vacuum pump and scalding. [...]

How much money is at your ‘energy waste’ account?

Situation Doing nothing is an investment decision too. Investment with a guaranteed return of nothing. Here is a common conversation at a manufacturing plant: Me: … Implementation will cost you $5K and save $15K within 12 months. Maintenance manager: So we save $10K?  Not much for our plant. Besides, I do not make investment [...]