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26 01, 2023

How do you know if your energy retrofit has delivered results promised by the vendor?

By |2023-10-26T11:12:49-04:00January 26th, 2023|Categories: Energy management|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Let me tell a story without naming names. I believe it to be very typical for the Ontario market. Some business was convinced they had the most energy efficient operations in the world. Why wouldn't they be if they had installed energy-efficient equipment provided by the reputable vendor? However, an old owner had a [...]

29 03, 2022

Utility waste at manufacturing plant is a choice, money is not the issue

By |2022-03-29T11:31:32-04:00March 29th, 2022|Categories: Business value, Energy management|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I often hear that "Energy audit costs money, but saves no energy". This is true and not true at the same time. Here is why: Any experienced plant manager knows that their plant wastes utilities. No shame in this. Every plant wastes energy. Few plant managers know where exactly this waste occurs and even [...]

2 02, 2021

Energy Saving Opportunities In Industrial Baking – European experience

By |2021-04-19T15:10:32-04:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Baking, Energy management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I have recently come across a brief report on possible energy cost reduction projects in industrial baking prepared in the UK by Carbon Trust. Key points of this article: Tried and true solutions for efficiency In order to estimate costs for improvements and energy savings, the starting point is to ensure that you have [...]

29 01, 2021

How Sustainability Can Drive Sales And Profits?

By |2021-04-19T14:46:15-04:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Did you hear that sustainability drives profitability when product is sold to younger generation? This idea may help you secure support to energy projects from marketing and sales dept. Millennials name sustainability a shopping priority and are willing to pay more for it. In fact, Nielson study of 2015 has concluded that: “66% of [...]

26 01, 2021

Barriers To Successful Implementation Of Energy Efficiency Projects

By |2021-04-19T15:12:08-04:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Nowadays everybody agrees that Energy Management is important, even many C-levels agree. Still too often it is not done. Why is that? This 2003 article - Overcoming Barriers to Effective Energy Management in Industrial Settings - names several barriers which I list below with my comments: Lack of Organizational Commitment If senior management is [...]

20 01, 2021

How to mount energy savings in high-volume manufacturing

By |2021-01-14T17:42:47-04:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Energy management, Energy management education|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

19 01, 2021

An Energy Project Saves A $1.2mln Investment In Robotic Plastic Moulding Machine

By |2021-04-06T13:51:49-04:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

At a recent compressed air audit at plastic molding plant we found that bad design of compressed air system caused a 500t molding machine to produce scrap, unpredictably, from time to time. Client has just acquired this machine for $1.2mln to meet high throughput demand of their automotive client. With this scrap level they [...]

14 01, 2021

50 ways to waste energy in your business

By |2021-02-10T15:57:00-04:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Our UK colleague Vilnis Vesma produced a funny article on how to waste energy. I republish it with his permission. Please note invitation to training at the end.   This article is based on something Vilnis Vesma produced for a group of energy champions that he had been training. It was intended as a [...]

12 01, 2021

Make Invisible Energy Waste Visible in 15 Minutes

By |2021-04-19T17:13:41-04:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Energy is invisible. And so is energy waste. But it still costs. Often a lot. How to make energy waste visible in the boardroom? Here is a fast, simple and no-cost tool to assess how much energy your plant wastes Fast – takes 15 minutes, Simple – no research needed, plain English, no calculations [...]

5 01, 2021

Is Production Cheaper During Night Shift?

By |2021-04-19T15:57:14-04:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy management|Tags: , |0 Comments

I have recently come across a recommendation to shift production load of a big injection moulding machine to reduce demand during forecasted provincial peaks. If machine is loaded during day and not loaded during night and electricity is cheaper during night, then it seems like a no-brainer. I am not convinced in validity of [...]

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