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Unformatted text preview: ct company revenue, investment and costs. While these forces are not discussed in depth in this paper, they are increasingly
driving decision making regarding increasing energy efficiency. 1.1.3 Barriers It has been a difficult problem to increase process energy efficiency. On top of the usual barriers that
confront energy efficiency programs in manufacturing settings (see Appendix A), there are additional
barriers to improving the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes: * No standards: Unlike support systems. it may be difficult and not cost-effective to impose
standards on specialized process equipment given the very specific ways they are utilized in
different plants for different products and industries.
" Necessity for cross-functional collaboration: Unlike support systems where most of the
work could be done within the facilities organization, an engineer seeking to improve the
efficiency of process equipment has to work with manufacturing employees, process engineers,
and facilities employees to execute the project.
In addition, while a large corpus of literature has focused on improving energy efficiency through
capital improvements, only recently have efforts been made to research process management approaches specifically designe...
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