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The Enterprise Energy Asset Management Benefits

Data gathered by companies from its energy systems will be used to analyze energy efficiency to help decision makers take action on improving its energy facilities and procedures. With the Climate Registry pressuring companies to reduce energy use, carbon emissions will be reduced to eventually help reduce global warming potential (GWP).

Facilities, companies, municipalities and organizations across North America, its’ states, provinces, territories and native sovereign nations, participate in a voluntary agreement. The Climate Registry works towards a common goal to identify, track and record greenhouse gas emissions. This is an ongoing effort to help in the reduction of global warming.

Emissions reporting is an important element included in the Climate Registry. The standardized procedure calls for companies to identify harmful emissions and to establish methods to manage them. Current and future greenhouse gas emissions can be managed, with the goal of reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Within an electrical distribution grid, energy asset management covers all sources — distributed generation of energy, energy storage devices and renewable energy sources. As constant, real-time monitoring of indirect and direct sources is required, asset management software is indicated as these programs can best handle multiple sources and locations around the world.

In addition to tracking real-time energy use, greenhouse gas emissions from specific energy related assets can be tracked by efficient energy asset management. Included with this are HVAC systems, refrigeration, lighting, vehicle and transport, among many other types of equipment. Energy reduction efforts can be tracked in this way.

Protocols are provided by the Climate Registry to assist in energy asset management programs. These guidelines include an in-depth analysis of asset specific attributes linked to energy use. For a more accurate measure of harmful emission sources and energy sources, automated programs are highly recommended. The software programs can provide a greater oversight, and an hourly record of asset energy consumption.

Short and long-term objectives are defined through energy asset management with regards to energy consumption. Opportunistic areas are revealed and a plan of action can be put in place. Considering that energy is one of the top three largest operational expenses of any enterprise, any company’s goal would be to reduce energy risk and improve performance in its operations. Energy risk factors associated with design and operation can be identified as part of a comprehensive plan to manage all energy sources.

Elements which create practical opportunities for companies can be combined with any asset management program which can help monitor and save on energy use. Several things are achieved, including energy reduction, cost control and for all environmental health.

The Sustainability Resource Planning (SRP) platform delivers a broad range of enterprise solutions to over 40 global clients with a service network of over 7,500 consultants consisting of 65,000 application users. Verisae’s software manages, and monetizes energy costs and carbon emissions while providing a rapid ROI. Learn more at http://www.verisae.com/articles.

Author: Daniel Stouffer
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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Take a Virtual Tour of Plant Efficiency

Companies are realizing that it’s no longer enough just to monitor assets. The time has come to proactively detect problems and drive corrective actions, as well as factor energy into maintenance plans, in order to stay competitive and grow. But how does an enterprise asset management (EAM) solution actually work on the shop floor to help reduce energy consumption and costs and keep your plant operating at its maximum efficiency?  

Take this interactive tour of Tricon Manufacturing, a virtual manufacturing plant, to see how EAM can help you:

  • Manage energy consumption.
  • Operate more efficiently.
  • Predict your assets’ health.

Once you’re in the plant, you’ll see six hotspots representing Infor EAM and Infor ERP solutions’ strengths. Click on +signs to open a pop-up box and access key EAM assets, including customer videos, demos, papers, case studies, and more.

How do you envision asset management working in your plant? Share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment to this post.

ISO 50001: Are You Ready for the New Energy Management Standard?

You already know about ISO standards—the standards that many companies try to meet in order to improve their business, quality, and service. Later this year, ISO will publish a new global standard for energy management: ISO 50001.

ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and utilities to manage energy. In fact, it’s estimated that the ISO 50001 standard may influence over 60% of all energy produced and consumed in the world. The objective of ISO 50001 is to help organizations, large or small, improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact related to energy consumption.

The ISO 50001 standard is based on two fundamental premises:

  • To manage, you need to measure.
  • A sustainable business requires adopting four Total Quality Management principles: Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA).

Attaining ISO 50001 certification requires management commitment, accountability, responsibility, and the business systems and processes (including the enabling technology) to achieve the intended level of energy performance. Ultimately, the goal is to optimize energy performance through behavioral change, process and control management, demand management, and design change management.

Want to learn more? View this on-demand webinar. I’d be interested in your feedback. Is your company looking at adopting ISO 50001 standard?

Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

Retailers Can Defy Energy Costs

Retailers are just like you and me when it comes to monitoring and reducing energy consumption. We’re always looking for ways to cut energy costs and improve energy efficiency in our homes. However, generally unlike our homes, lighting in commercial buildings is the largest energy drain and can account for over 35% of a business’ energy use. That means any reduction in their energy costs can amount to a big boost to the bottom line.

To help stop eroding profit margins, many retailers are taking a new approach to improve asset operating performance: global asset sustainability. By monitoring and managing assets’ energy consumption, retailers can get a better handle on what assets consume the most energy and begin to control and reduce energy waste to improve operating, financial, and environmental performance.

In this article from Professional Retail Store magazine, I explain how retailers can implement energy intelligence into your asset management strategy and reduce your carbon footprint, become more energy efficient, and ultimately impact profits.

What are you doing to reduce energy consumption? What programs do you have in place to manage your assets’ energy usage?

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

I Need My Equipment to Tell Me When It’s Hurt

The Automation on Maintenance

Imagine this: You have a work order software system that creates work orders without human intervention. How would this benefit your organization?

Let’s look at a couple of examples. Let’s say you have a building management system, or a production line automated by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or some type of monitoring hardware. The data feeds into your work order management system, which applies intelligence to this data. When an event occurs that a certain rule identifies as an anomaly, the system automatically creates a work order containing the template information on what the problem is and how it needs to be corrected. The work order is then routed to the appropriate department for correction. The work order is completed, and the fault is documented. So, as a maintenance or reliability expert, how would this benefit you?

Let’s take a look at another example where such automation doesn’t exist. On one asset you have two failures that have the same failure code combination within a two-week period. How can a mechanic identify that this failure already happened last week? That mechanic would have to go into the work management system, pull up that equipment record, and look at the history to identify the problem. But what if the system kept track of these failures and automatically notified the mechanic that this is the same failure code combination?

As technology advances and CMMS or EAM evolves, the automation features improve. With the right asset management system in place you can add automation to your maintenance processes creating a more productive maintenance organization.

Are you implementing more automation into your maintenance processes? What efficiencies are you realizing? Please leave a comment to this post. I’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas.


Posted by Johnny Bofilios, Director, Global Asset Sustainability, Infor

Reducing Wasted Energy

You and I feel it at the gas pump and in our heating bills. The skyrocketing costs of fuel and energy have all of us looking for ways to cut back on these expenses. And it’s hitting industry just as hard as it is our families.

Many organizations are starting to take measures to reduce their energy consumption, but in many cases these attempts are often limited in what they can achieve. Most companies start by looking at a utility bill and setting objectives to reduce the total figure at the bottom. While this “energy-bill-down” approach might sound like a logical place to start, that figure represents only a crude measure. It doesn’t include the detailed energy consumption patterns of individual plant assets that can identify when and where most waste occurs. Without this detail, there’s no way of knowing how much of the energy consumed is being wasted, and therefore what can be eliminated without impacting the running of day-to-day operations.

So where do you start? You can’t achieve any objective to reduce energy waste by just measuring the energy usage by a commodity; you must focus on how that commodity is consuming energy.

To find ways to reduce energy bills, you can start by answering the following questions:

  1. How committed are we to improving energy consumption?
  2. Where is most of our energy being consumed?
  3. How much energy should we be consuming?
  4. How much waste is involved?

The level of information provided by asset management systems can facilitate the action required to remove inefficient processes, parts, and machines that are disproportionately energy-hungry, and the life cycle of an asset can often be extended through evaluation of its running costs against efficiency levels.

With the exception of (1), can you answer the other three questions?

I’d be interested in your feedback. Please leave a comment to this post with your thoughts.


Posted by Rod Ellsworth, Vice President of Global Asset Sustainability, Infor