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In energy management time is of the essence

If your plant underproduced today, you may be able to catch up with schedule by working overtime tomorrow. If you wasted energy today, it is gone forever. No effort tomorrow will help to recover it. Timely action is the key to stop waste before it became to big. Do you know how much energy [...]

Electrical bills come too late to act

Monthly electrical bill is as good for energy management as a summary of monthly bank statement is for financial management: too little of data to understand what happened and too late to act. Summary of bank statement shows balance of account: sum of deposits and sum of payments. If you have spent too much or received [...]

5 simple steps to decide if it’s time to recommission

Performance of every piece of machinery degraded with time. This may cost your plant thousands of dollars in lost production, rejects, and energy. Recommissioning can solve this problem, but it costs time and money. When is recommissioning worth the effort? Energy costs of performance degradation Degradation may be caused by a wide range of [...]

Energy submetering by itself is useless and how to make it work

Automatic data collection, purposeful analysis and alert on deviations to appropriate people is a key to sustained energy cost savings.

By | 2020-06-09T09:42:43-04:00 June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Business value, Energy management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Global Adjustment avoidance assets may turn into stranded assets and how to avoid this

Companies that buy new equipment to avoid Global Adjustment charges face risk of having stranded assets. Business case for investments in GA avoidance equipment - generators and batteries - relies on current GA model, which resulted from a political decision. GA regime is based on politics, which are reliably unreliable As we all know, [...]

By | 2020-06-09T17:00:28-04:00 June 10th, 2020|Categories: Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

How much energy your freezer wastes?

I can't say how much energy your freezer wastes. I do not have a crystal ball, but we saw a few freezers at other companies and I have condensed our observations in a short mock Q&A with a plant manager: Q. Might our freezers work at their best efficiency? A. Yes, it is possible. [...]

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 [...]