Industrial Utility Efficiency    

The System Assessment

Food

As readers of this publication know, there are many ways to save energy in industrial compressed

Plastics

The beverage industry has been using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) 2-liter plastic bottles

Paper

Rockline Industries is one of the largest global producers of consumer products, specializing in

Printing

Several days prior to our visit, during a cold winter evening, the lead air compressor in one

Pharmaceutical

The United States accounts for roughly half of the global pharmaceutical market. This certainly

Auto

This northeastern U.S. automotive manufacturing facility spends $269,046 annually on energy to

Bulk

Vale in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada has reconfigured a system of large turbo compressors in their

Transit

Boeing Canada Winnipeg (BCW) has been recognized with the best improvement project of 2013 within

Metals

Quite a number of worst-case compressed air scenarios have been encountered over the years but none

Medical

In the U.S. as an example, the NFPA has taken the view that if your compressor draws in good clean

Power

Nuclear power plants produce electricity for people, business and industry.  Electricity is

Oil & Gas

Biogas is an extremely valuable energy source. Originating from biomass, sewage, plants and

Wastewater

Recently the capacity of the Las Palmas, California, waste water treatment operations were expanded
Organizations across the world are gaining control of their energy spending by measuring and managing their utilities. In doing so, they may be using standards such as ISO 50001:2011 (energy management systems — requirements with guidance for use) to help set up an energy management system (EnMS) that will improve their energy performance. This improved performance might lower energy bills, making products more affordable in the marketplace and improving an organization’s carbon footprint.
Hannover Messe 2015 attracted 220,000 visitors with 70,000 coming from outside Germany. The show placed a major emphasis on the digitization of manufacturing. Deutsche Messe Board Member Dr. Joachim Kockler said, “Industry 4.0 has arrived. Digital integration is becoming a key aspect of modern manufacturing and this trend is set to continue at a rapid pace.” It is clear our sector is investing in the “Industry 4.0” trend allowing compressed air system key performance indicators to be captured and managed. The goal of this article is to provide readers with a sampling of highlights catching my eye at the show – with apologies to the many companies left out due to editorial space limitations.
A common adage that has been quoted many times in this journal is: “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This is partly true. It assumes that managers are willing and able to manage the costs and reliability of their compressed air system. Without data, however, they can’t do an effective job. But because managers are at times already overwhelmed with data, more data doesn’t automatically make them a better manager. A better way of saying it is: “Appropriate measurement can make you a better manager.”