A methodology for electricity monitoring and targeting (M&T) in an Irish precision engineering SME
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Energy management in small to medium enterprises (SMEs) remains undeveloped due to competing priorities and a lack of specialist knowledge. However considerable savings can be demonstrated where companies take the time to investigate their energy use. Savings of over 20% can be achieved through changes to operational and behavioural practice. Additional benefits, such as improved production tracking and improved maintenance, can been seen which add to the value in undertaking an energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) plan. The method described involves the application of a series of ‘virtuous’ cycles of engagement and energy savings that can be applied from the highest factory level right down to a specific machine. The analysis of overall energy use from utility bills and the visualisation of typical machine power profiles aid in understanding the drivers of energy consumption and in engaging management in energy efficiency. The monitoring of specific machines in production highlights the significant consumption of electricity during non-productive times. The development of energy performance indicators is described for product variations which can be useful in tendering for business and selecting optimum production pathways. The approach is illustrated with data from a case study of a precision engineering SME based in Limerick, Ireland.
Cosgrove, J., Doyle, F., Littlewood, J. and Wilgeroth, P. (2017) 'A methodology for electricity monitoring and targeting (M&T) in an Irish precision engineering SME', International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 10(4-5), pp.233-240.
This article was published in International Journal of Sustainable Engineering on 21 April 2017 (online) available at https://doi.org/10.1080/19397038.2017.1317877
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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