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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: ted implication that deserves some further discussion around the role lean manufacturing played during the improvement process. Departmental Alignment and Senior Management Participation As explained in Section 2, historically, there has been a separation between the approaches that facilities personnel and operations personnel use to manage electricity use. Facilities personnel have typically been focused on reducing electricity usage of support systems such as HVAC and lighting using the tenets of energy management. Operations personnel are more familiar with continuous improvement approaches like lean manufacturing and six sigma, and generally have been engaged in energy conservation efforts through awareness programs like leaflets and signage or participation in infrequent passive training modules. The use of a continuous improvement process such as DMAIC can align the two departments, and allow both to contribute unique expertise and abilities that has been developed over the course of time to achieve a common goal. Specifically, the DMAIC pr...
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