Industrial energy management system

What is it and why should I care?

So what’s an industrial energy management system, you ask? Or maybe you want to know why we should talk about it in the first place. Don’t worry, we’ll address both of those questions here. If you work in automation or process engineering, then you’ll want to understand and use industrial energy management systems.

Industril Energy management system
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First, we need a definition. Basically, an energy management system (EMS) monitors, controls, and optimizes energy performance in a plant. That means it measures the generation, transmission, and consumption of energy. It also helps diagnose problems like over-consumption and leaks across the entire plant.

How do I do it?

Okay, to create a product, you need a work force, raw material, and energy. In many industries, you’ll use one or more of the energies found in the acronym WAGES.

  • Water
  • Air
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Steam

Therefore, to create your product efficiently, you need an industrial EMS! This system will provide the data you need to make critical decisions regarding your plant’s performance.

The Industrial energy management system monitors your plant and processes. You have many ways you can create and use an EMS, but you have three main factors: correct installation, accuracy, and KPI monitoring.

Steam traps
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First, correct installation means you have to set your device(s) to collect data in the right places in your process. Next, accuracy means your device(s) must measure and collect the right data. Finally, one of the most important types of data is the key performance indicator (KPI) of your process. Choosing the right KPI and monitoring it accurately from a KPI platform can be crucial to your plant efficiency.

Courtesy of Emerson Automation Solutions

All the field information comes through a gateway, field data manager, or programmable logic controller. Thus, you can integrate the information into your system or KPI platform to analyze all this data. Then you can make better decisions and improve your plant’s energy consumption. This brings us to the standards for that consumption, the ISO 50001.

What’s the ISO 50001?

The International Organization for Standardization has created a set of standards for energy performance, the ISO 50001. If you live in one of the 163 member countries, then you need to know and follow the ISO 50001.

The ISO created the 50001 to support the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In essence, it helps companies implement industrial energy management systems!

Smart scale
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Thus, an industrial EMS can bring more efficiency to your plant. With all the different ways you have to create an EMS, you may wonder what you should use. We’ll go through the SMART solutions on the market in the next article. Stay tuned!

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