Energy savings in industrial production environments has mainly been seen as part of process control and process engineering so far. Applying the ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench opens another way of looking at this topic. By anchoring energy objectives in production planning, immediate reductions in energy consumption can be realised. Even when keeping energy consumption levels, a straightforward in-line production and energy planning may result in substantial energy cost savings. And all this without the need for investment in the production equipment.
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A clever plant management may result in energy cost saving even though the energy consumption cannot be reduced. Thus, penalty costs are avoided by adhering to an agreed energy plan. By always (and constantly) reaching the agreed maximum consumption as much as possible, the paid power is actually being used. It allows to schedule consumption-intensive production mainly to the night hours with lower energy prices.
This method has been successfully applied to metal smelting and other energy-intensive production processes. A significant reduction in energy consumption and energy costs has been achieved. In addition, the findings resulting from the planning could determine future plant dimensioning.