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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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- Spring '14
- Energy Policy, ........., Energy development