Scott Palochik, Enterprise Systems Partners, Manufacturing Council Vice Chair
It is sad to write the words that summer is over. Not too sad though knowing that football, hockey and basketball seasons all restart, as well as the holidays rapidly approaching. The end of summer also gives way to colder temperatures and more inclement weather. For manufacturers, this signals an increase in the energy demands in most cases. As energy consumption from 2000-2010 increased 28% and worldwide industrial energy consumption is expected to increase by approximately 50% from 191 quadrillion Btu in 2008 to 288 quadrillion Btu in 2035, manufacturers need to develop an energy-management culture.
More and more production facilities rely heavily on automated equipment and processes requiring equipment to follow strict scheduling and routines, with few changes to accommodate different parts or products. Organizations are looking now at how automation is assuming a new critical role in improving operations influencing not only safety and OEE (quality, yield, and uptime) but energy consumption as well. Manufacturers are investing in systems that provide answers to questions like; When and why did a machine exceed typical energy draw? Why did an equipment changeover cause start-up surges? Why did a component change extend the production cycle into a peak-draw period?
Join us for the 14th Manufacturing Summit on October 11, 2017, at the Bethlehem ArtsQuest Center from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm as we discuss this issue and the economic impact it has on manufacturers. Learn from Industry experts about industrial technologies, such as variable-frequency drives (VFD) VFDs, as an alternative to fixed-speed controllers and throttling devices, improve operating performance, control capability, and provide measurable energy savings. Hear from our manufacturing panel about equipment installed and programs they have taken advantage of to provide significant savings and ROI.
If you have any topic suggestions, questions or to be added to the e-mail list please contact Scott Palochik – SPalochik@ent-sys.com for more information.