Building better futures

Gareth Leece
By Gareth Leece
Today, in the manufacturing industry particularly, the focus is shifting away from the present and looking to the future.
Building better futures

Making sure manufacturers are doing their bit to operate as sustainably as possible is not only encouraged but actively demanded and, as legislation around energy usage continues to tighten, it’s commercially smart as well as conscientious for manufacturers to be doing everything they can to ensure their plant is running as efficiently as possible.

More than ever, the pressure is on operations and facilities managers to demonstrate how they are changing the way they use and manage energy in manufacturing environments, as well as being able to show positive improvements. Production facilities that prefer to live in the past risk being left there; but this doesn’t have to be the case – particularly when it’s easier than you think to get on top of energy use, and there are so many cost-effective options for monitoring and managing it across single or multiple production plants and sites.

Improving efficiency through effective energy management

A building energy management system - or BEMS - is the ideal solution for supporting your manufacturing plant and equipment. Using technology that is completely scalable, a BEMS can monitor energy use across multiple large plants in a number of locations, but is equally effective in single plants with only one data source to monitor.

No matter what size facility you are operating, a building energy management system gives you the perfect platform for collecting data and compiling comprehensive reports that will support you in driving down both energy consumption and cost. Whether you are manufacturing tinned vegetables or vehicles, a system can be tailored to give you exactly the monitoring and reporting capabilities you need. 

What you can expect from an energy management system

You might already have a building management system (BMS) controlling heating and lighting across your facility. The right building energy management software will integrate with your existing BMS and quickly begin showing you where improvements can be made. And the beauty of BEMS is that the systems are as easy to use as they are to configure and install. Intuitive reporting software with data analysing dashboards allow cost effective data collection from all major data sources, giving you ‘at a glance’ insights around energy use across the board.

You can read more about these benefits in action here, with a well-known UK flooring manufacturer who is reaping the rewards of effective and accurate energy management. Or, for more information about how your manufacturing facility could benefit, please get in touch with our energy management specialist Jeremy Crowther on 0113 347 1231.

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