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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

By shifting focus to more energy intensive equipment

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Unformatted text preview: shifting focus to more energy intensive equipment, the area quadrupled the amount of energy savings per improvement, and is in line to achieve a 10% reduction in electricity usage(5, 4]. The second method was to provide real-time feedback on electricity usage of energy intensive equipment to workers in a manufacturing cell. During an experimental period, we found that feedback ultimately engaged area operations managers who instituted an auditing program that reduced waste by 43% (or a 26% total reduction in usage) over a short period of time[6, 7, 8, 9]. The third method was to right-size equipment based on customer demand. An analysis of this approach based on field experience revealed that major savings (50% or more reduction in electricity usage) on targeted systems can be expected as companies remove "monument" equipment in supporting smaller and more responsive process flows such as true cellular manufacturing[3, 4]. In summary, we found that application of continuous improvement principles can positively impact energy efficiency programs at manufacturing facil...
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