Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: urthermore, anecdotal evidence from limited observation at the IADC indicates that many pieces of process equipment are significantly oversized relative to current levels of customer demand, product mix and operational flow. Additional study is needed to estimate the potential reductions in process energy using this approach, and given the lack of focus in this area, the 11% figure from support systems is likely a lower bound at least for the IADC. Chapter 6 Discussion 6.1 Hypothesis review A review of the hypotheses of Chapter 3 indicates that all three lean approaches can be used to increase energy efficiency of manufacturing processes without major impact on production schedules. Moreover, two of the three (measuring energy usage of individual equipment as part of team-based continuous improvement projects and using real-time data feedback to operators) do not require major capital allocations but instead are achieved by behavior and operational changes with existing equipment. More...
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