Energy Consumption Audits
How much power consumption does your current automation systems require, and what steps can be taken to minimize related costs?
Systems with powered equipment are intended to improve a company’s performance, and with effective pre-engineering and some scrutiny on component selection and system operation, energy costs can be effectively controlled. The following examples list common applications where energy efficiencies and related cost savings can be realized:
- Intelligent system control where individual conveyor lines are activated only when product is sensed.
- Variable speed drives to ramp up production to avoid “energy spikes”.
- Energy efficient motors and transformers correctly sized to match the intended process (not over-specified).
- Graphical or statistical WCS to monitor performance and required preventative maintenance.
- Lighting retrofits to newer energy saving technologies.
- Forklift / similar equipment recharging during off hours.
- Replacement of worn or obsolete motors, drives, belts, and ventilation.
- Cooling and air handling system optimization.
- Self-generating power from solar panels, wind, or other generating sources.