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How to mount energy savings in high-volume manufacturing

Our South African colleague Craig van Wyk from VWG Consulting expressed a consideration very much worth republishing: if savings per unit are achieved and sustained in high-volume manufacturing, they keep mounting every hour of every day. Here is Craig's message: During my years in management in the high-volume manufacturing environment, prior to becoming a [...]

Use of average electricity cost can fail your project for CFO

Use of average electricity cost can be misleading when assessing financial impact of energy efficiency measures. What counts is the cost of the last kWh used that is comprised off Global Adjustment (Ontario), demand charges (kW) and energy cost. It matters if avoided consumption contributed to consumption during monthly peak demand or not. Faults of [...]

Use of average energy intensity can hide savings or show fake savings

A common way to determine energy intensity in manufacturing is to divide energy cost by production volume, resulting in kWh per car or m3 per pound of bread. This simplistic approach may hit energy manager where it hurts the most - at evaluation of completed projects. A good well-implemented project may show dismal savings [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

#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 [...]

#8. Energy audit busts ‘Nothing to save, Everything is automated’ belief

A common objection to doing an energy audit is that 'Everything is fine'. This is rarely the case. Here are two examples when audit uncovered saving opportunities that clients did not know existed because they believed everything was in perfect state already. Efficient equipment does not equate to efficient operation. Sanitation staff turned [...]