Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

Real time feedback to operators in a manufacturing

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Unformatted text preview: h. Real-time feedback to operators in a manufacturing setting can come in many forms, for numerous types of processes, and has been described using a variety of terminologies (visual factory, visual indicators, shop floor visualization etc.)[6, 7]. The working definition of real-time feedback used in this setting is the visual display of process-relevant data which continuously updates and can be viewed by operators who interact and control the system being monitored at any time. Under that definition, real-time feedback systems need not be technologically complex or involve advanced IT or analytics; temperature control charts for industrial ovens can be considered a good real-time feedback system, as can a car odometer. An advantage of real-time feedback on electricity usage is that electricity waste is largely a "hidden" waste. As a previous study in this facility noted, "unlike traditional forms of manufacturing wastes, like inventory and defective parts, an employee cannot see kilowatt-hours pile up next to a manufactu...
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