Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: specifically, a field study proved that applying process management approaches such as the DMAIC improvement process can increase energy efficiency in a manufacturing area by approximately 10%. Increased energy efficiency resulted from a structured approach to cross-functional collaboration, analyzing energy data to identify significant opportunities, and sustaining improvements though employee ownership and existing continuous improvement structures. A separate field experiment with real-time feedback showed statistically significant improvements, but only when senior operations managers in the area participated in the improvement process. This important result, although likely influenced somewhat by the Hawthorne effect, supports prior research that showed that low awareness and attention on the part of senior managers is a major barrier to improving energy efficiency in manufacturing processes. Although real-time feedback is probably not necessary to prompt the observed implementation behavior-changing programs such as end of shift audits, it definitely increased visibility of the problem and additional improvements with such a system in place is likely assuming engagement on behalf of area employees and managers. Final...
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This document was uploaded on 03/03/2014 for the course ADMIN 1 at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

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