Manufacturer’s focus on manufacturing, industrial buildings

06/24/2013


CSE: How does your technology help engineers make their clients’ manufacturing facilities more energy efficient?

Carpenter: Our unified automation platform can deliver complete visibility to all production and non-production systems and utility spend allowing customers to make real time decisions and improvements. Automated data collection tracks and analyzes vast amounts of data in real time and our advanced energy analysis tools such as regression analysis, deviation, cumulative sum load profiles, and load factor provide insight into energy use, cost, and environmental performance at the organizational, building, and meter levels. When energy saving strategies are implemented, comparison to past performance and cost can be easily made on a day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year basis and can be normalized for weather and critical business metrics to ensure that the efficiencies are maintained on an ongoing basis. This can be done at a single site or multiple sites, allowing benchmarking between facilities, delivering metrics that drive improvement projects. The use of dashboard tools allows for real time tracking of performance against key performance indicators (KPI). Performance metrics are updated, monitored and used as a part of a comprehensive program management process that fully engages the organization in achieving energy reduction goals 

CSE: How does your technology help engineers make their clients’ manufacturing facilities more energy efficient? 

Patel: While our equipment consumes very little energy for its normal operation, it certainly can play a role in reducing total energy footprint. Especially the power monitoring and diagnostic capability we offer that allows users to define load profiles for most of their system and trigger alarms/actions when actual profile goes outside of prescribed norms. We also enable make/buy decisions for electricity based on spot pricing feeds to our monitoring systems which would turn on existing on-site generation system when normal source becomes too expensive for certain periods of day/month. 

CSE: What HVAC issue (air filtration, outside air, building envelope, etc.) comes to the forefront most when you’re supporting engineers in such facilities? How do you help overcome these issues/answer their questions?

Carpenter: The issues vary based upon the manufacturing facility, depending on the product and process. For example, pharmaceuticals and semiconductor clean rooms have critical requirements for temperature control and air quality, which is significantly different from the typical HVAC requirements in heavy manufacturing. Trane experts use HVAC equipment knowledge and system design expertise to help engineers with their HVAC designs. The company also uses sophisticated building modeling software to estimate the heating and cooling loads, the energy usage, and the efficiency tradeoffs between different HVAC and lighting design strategies that could be proposed for a facility. The system modeling and energy analysis tools allow the engineer to effectively select the most efficient design.


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