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Free online tool can help manufacturers reduce energy use

Milwaukee, WI -- A free, first-of-its-kind online tool that gives a manufacturer a complete analysis of its current water, air, gas, electric and steam (WAGES) management performance, as well as a clear understanding of how its operating...


Operations

February 14, 2011
By MRO Magazine


Industries

Milwaukee, WI — A free, first-of-its-kind online tool that gives a manufacturer a complete analysis of its current water, air, gas, electric and steam (WAGES) management performance, as well as a clear understanding of how its operating strategies compare with peers in both the same industry and across other sectors, has been developed by Rockwell Automation.

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 a business to identify and implement strategic changes, and to set improvement goals both for single facilities and across their entire organization.  

The tool has been created for use by any type of producer/manufacturer and is not just limited to those in the United States.

“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.”

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“Due to variability in demand, availability and costs, manufacturers are recognizing the need to manage natural resources like electricity, water and gas more effectively,” said Tom Fiske, senior analyst, ARC Advisory Group. “Unfortunately, most companies don’t 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 optimizes WAGES resource utilization throughout the enterprise.”

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

The Rockwell Automation Energy Evaluator tool is available at www.rockwellenergyevaluator.com. 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 visualize 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 analyze results and identify customized, holistic strategies for implementing improvements.

To learn more about the Industrial GreenPrint methodology, the Evaluator Tool website offers a download a copy of a white paper titled ‘The Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint Methodology: Leveraging Industrial Energy Optimization For Higher Profitability’.