Production data – the key to successful energy efficiency

April 3, 2024

By analyzing energy and production data together, production managers can not only achieve improved energy efficiency, but also optimize their production processes. SenseNode is therefore launching a new function to integrate production data into Energy Analytics.

We recently worked with a company that, despite active energy efficiency work with changed routines, increased its energy use compared to the previous year. Why? The answer could not be found in the energy data, but was due to increased production.

 

With this insight, the company began to closely monitor its work with KPIs for energy per kg and energy per unit produced. The result was not only that their previous work with energy efficiency became visible, but also new opportunities for further energy efficiency.

Advantages of analyzing energy and production data together

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New way to find energy efficiency improvements

By combining energy and production data, it is possible to identify when energy use does not correspond to production levels. This can mean comparison between different production lines, or to ensure reduced energy use in case of inactive production.

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Cost optimization

Energy costs make up a significant portion of the total operating costs of many industries. By analyzing how consumption varies with production volume, you can see your products from a new profitability perspective.

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Investment documents and follow-up

Energy per produced unit gives management new opportunities to understand and influence the energy issue through follow-up. Following these types of KPIs also provides valuable insights for investing in equipment or restructuring production processes.

Important factors for a good production analysis

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Don't forget the support processes

In a survey conducted by Swedish companies' EKL 2011-2014, the support processes made up 53% of the total energy use, This represented 78% of the potential for energy efficiency. It is therefore important not only to measure energy use at the machine level, but also to create an understanding of the entire factory's energy use.

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Base the calculations on real data

It is common to calculate energy per unit produced by standardly dividing the total incoming energy by the number of units produced. In order to really be helpful in the energy efficiency work, however, more detailed data is needed. It is obtained by high-quality measurement with a low margin of error.

New function in Energy Analytics

To meet this need, we have, together with our customers, developed the "Products" function. With this, it is possible to combine production data with energy data. The feature is a first step towards weaving these important parts together. We look forward to further developing the function together with our customers.

 

 

With the product function, you can easily get an overview of your key figures, see summaries and how changes occur over time. You can easily enter your production data and match this with your energy data.

 

Good luck with your energy efficiency! Feel free to contact us for help and advice.

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