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Online tool helps manufacturers reduce energy use

26 April 2011

Rockwell Automation has developed a free online tool designed to offer manufacturers a complete analysis of current water, air, gas, electric and steam (WAGES) management performance, as well as offering a clear understanding of how its operating strategies compare with peers in both the same industry and across other sectors.

The tool uses a 20-minute online assessment to generate a real-time report outlining a facility’s competitive WAGES management baseline. The results allow employees at all levels of the business to identify and implement strategic changes, and to set improvement goals both for single facilities and across their entire organisation.

“Many manufacturers are not aware of how much energy their machines and facilities are consuming at a given time, and how that behaviour compares to peers in their industry,” said Randy Selesky, vice president of Power and Energy, Rockwell Automation. “The Energy Evaluator tool offers insight into current WAGES management strategies and allows users to identify meaningful changes to help lower their overall energy costs and make them more competitive in the marketplace.”

“Due to variability in demand, availability and costs, manufacturers are recognising the need to manage natural resources like electricity, water and gas more effectively,” said Tom Fiske, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group. “Unfortunately, most companies do not have a detailed perspective on usage of these scarce resources and where opportunities exist to improve operations and their bottom line. Tools like the Energy Evaluator can provide a first step toward a continuous improvement process that optimises WAGES resource utilisation throughout the enterprise.”

The tool is based on the Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint methodology, which is designed to provide with a customised, strategic roadmap for industrial WAGES resource management. The Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint methodology consists of four stages – ‘Awareness, Efficiency, Optimisation and Aggregation – allowing companies to transform their practices and production, improving profitability and enabling supply chain optimisation.

The report generated by the tool can be exported into Excel, PDF or printable HTML formats to allow for easy internal sharing and manipulation of data to visualise the impact of operational and behavioural improvements. Users also can continuously access their report and update information to track their progress. Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint consultants are available to help analyse results and identify customised, holistic strategies for implementing improvements.

The Rockwell Automation Energy Evaluator tool is available at www.rockwellenergyevaluator.com.


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