‘You cannot manage what you do not measure’ – Lord Kelvin’s idea has been popularised by management guru of the 20th century, Peter Drucker. 3M has embraced this idea. The company collects energy data, both in physical and $-terms, and then processes it using regression analysis to produce baselines in accordance with recommendations of IMPVP and requirements of SEP. This approach enables sensible monitoring of consumption in real-life conditions.
‘Energy is often invisible. M&T makes it visible,’ – Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada.
Deviations from baseline predictions are closely monitored to ensure stable, efficient performance. In some instances, operators are required to monitor energy consumption continuously at machine level and report deviations in excess of 3% as they occur.