where and how energy is being consumed,
it will be easier to formulate a strategy that
will allow you to transition into the three core
steps of energy management: monitor, analyze and control.
Monitor, Analyze and Control
At the core of an effective monitoring
program is a network of digital power-monitoring devices that capture and communicate energy consumption information.
These devices are used to measure energy
parameters associated with a specific system. This allows plant managers to gather
detailed information on power consumption
in different areas of their plants, on specific
machines (such as refrigeration compressors) and even on individual product lines.
In addition to usage data, managers have
access to power quality information that can
improve productivity and lengthen equipment
life, further enhancing profits.
While monitoring systems provide the
foundation for the accurate collecting and
charting of energy data, analyzing this information enables plants to make better decisions about controlling costs.
However, in order for this information to
make a difference in operations, it must flow
smoothly from the plant floor to the top floor.
Therefore, the key to maximizing the benefits
of an energy management program is building a unified system based on an integrated
architecture that relates energy consumption
to plant activities and provides insights that
can lead to improvements.
By using a system that’s based on open
standards and integrated from the controllers
to motor control and beyond, organizations
can access energy information wherever it’s
needed in the enterprise. After analyzing that
data, plants can develop an action plan and
install automation systems to capture energy
savings using a number of control system
options, such as demand management and
emergency load-shedding systems.
Many of today’s power monitors can
observe designated field loads, power
sources and build a “load shed table” based
on the steady state conditions, the instantaneous electrical system topology, and priority
table designated by the user. They also allow
configuration of load-shedding priorities
based on production requirements.
Sustaining energy gains can be an elu-
sive effort. Many variables in plant opera-
tions can change the energy profile of a
plant and mask the true gains made by a
well-conceived program. Plant capacity and
shifts can be added and rate structures can
change. If sufficient details and metrics are
not tracked on an ongoing basis and related
to plant production output, it may appear
that investments made for energy conserva-
tion purposes are not paying off. Continue to
reinforce energy as a priority in operational
decision making, keep employees informed
and let your customers know. You can do
this by holding monthly reviews on critical
energy KPIs or conducting annual energy-
management-system assessments to assure
the program is following the ongoing plan set
Bottom line: Energy costs are controllable.
The key is identifying your energy manage-
ment goals, developing a corresponding
strategy, and putting the technology in place
that enables you to accurately monitor, ana-
lyze and control energy consumption and
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