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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: easy to imagine real-time feedback enabling such process improvements, assuming an engaged workforce. 5.3 Right-sizing equipment This section analyzes the potential impact of applying the concept of right-sizing process equipment as part of an energy efficiency program and is based on research and a variety of field observations over the course of the study period. 5.3.1 Right-sizing applied to an energy efficiency program A fundamental principle of lean manufacturing is "right-sizing" process equipment to demand and flow through the manufacturing plant. Right-sizing means sizing equipment to meet the needs of individual manufacturing cells or process steps, rather than the needs for multiple cells at once or the entire facility[4]. This concept is highly correlated with eliminating Type One overproduction muda, as large "monument" equipment designed to accommodate maximum possible demand is typically run well below capacity. Previous research indicates a large opportunity to be achieved using this method based on experience in right sizing support system equip...
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