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approach taken to continuous improvement was to use the DMAIC process, which helped align
different functional organizations (facilities and operations) and was compatible with existing the
existing continuous improvement program of the organization. A key tool developed during this
process was a model of energy usage, which incorporated field measurements and SME input. The
reduction in total process energy using the approach was 9.3% compared to 2010 levels, and was
double the savings attributed to a previous, more ad hoc approach to continuous improvement.
The best practice of providing continuous, real-time data on energy use to operators produced
mixed results. The approach was to use software to analyze data from energy meters and an MRP system and publicly display continuous feedback to staff on the amount of electricity wasted by
particular equipment. This approach produced inconclusive results when displayed just to operators,
but produced significant reductions in waste when area managers were trained on how to use the
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- Spring '14