Testimonials on Electricity Management Systems — Industrial Systems program
Obtain financial assistance for implementing an electricity management system (EMS) at your plant. Install equipment that measures the real-time consumption of the main processes, systems and equipment.
By adopting sound management practices, you can continuously improve your efficiency and save energy and money.
An Electricity Management System (EMS) ensures methodical management of energy with a view to improving energy performance.
Domtar-Windsor: great strides towards the implementation of electricity management systems (EMSs)
“The implementation of electricity management systems at Domtar-Windsor led us to focus on energy, which is now an integral part of our priorities and practices.”
The Domtar plant in Windsor, which employs 820 people, has processed logs into finished products for over 150 years. Following the first phase of the implementation of the electricity management systems (EMSs), Domtar-Windsor was able to apply new procedures. Simply by modifying its production processes and without requiring the purchase of new production equipment, the company managed to reduce its electricity consumption by 2% per unit produced on machine no. 8.
Great strides towards the implementation of electricity management systems (EMS) (in French only)
What strengths was Domtar-Windsor able to leverage in rolling out its EMSs?
Integrated environmental and continuous improvement practices: most notably, the mill has obtained ISO 14001 and FSC Chain of Custody certifications
Energy performance assessment at the mill
“Management’s commitment along with a systematic process are the keys to the success of electricity management systems.”
What were the results in the initial months after implementing the EMSs?
The identification and implementation of three operational measures generating annual recurrent energy savings—a 2% decrease in energy consumption per unit produced by machine no. 8.
What were the main steps in implementing emss at Domtar-Windsor?
Initially, what were the main challenges?
Adopting and communicating a corporate vision for energy performance (energy policy)
Assembling an energy committee to oversee energy performance (including someone from the production sector)
Raising awareness of energy consumption among employees by:
creating energy account centres within the mill
defining roles and responsibilities
What commitments has upper management made?
To take energy consumption into account when making investment decisions
To maintain and service equipment to ensure energy efficiency
To raise awareness of energy consumption among employees
What was the key finding of Domtar-Windsor’s energy report?
A significant share of the mill’s total energy consumption is attributable to paper machine no. 8.
How was the improvement potential of machine no. 8 determined?
Software was used to analyze consumption and its variations, and the results were as follows:
Almost 20% of consumption is not directly linked to production
Machine no. 8 consumes an excessive amount of energy for unknown reasons
A more detailed level of measurement was integrated in order to define and monitor energy performance indicators and ongoing consumption management measures.
Measures that do not require investments:
Optimization of the use of the paper machines’ vacuum pumps
Reduced consumption for heating through a glycol energy recovery loop
Optimization of the cooling system used at the product conversion stage
What are the prospects for the future?
Mill-wide implementation of EMSs
Identification of new ongoing consumption management measures to reduce the plant’s total energy consumption by at least 3%
Waterville TG: a new way of fostering energy efficiency
“For the project to be successful, technologies aren’t enough. You have to make sure
users are on board and foster a power-saving culture.”
Waterville TG is a world leader in automotive sealing systems. Its parent company, Toyoda Gosei, is based in Japan and has some 1,900 employees in Canada, over half of whom work in Waterville.
Thanks to the implementation of electricity management systems, Waterville TG identified an initial target of close to $150,000 in potential recurring annual electricity savings. The company set out to achieve its target by having its operators manage its extrusion line shutdown time more effectively.
A new way of fostering energy efficiency (in French only)
What strengths was Waterville TG able to leverage in rolling out its EMSs?
Energy efficiency culture
Proficiency in continuous improvement practices (Toyota Production System)
Structured environmental measures: ISO 14001:2004 certification
“Above all, an EMS is a cultural change for this generation and the next!”
What were the main steps in implementing EMSs at Waterville TG?
What were the main challenges at the outset?
Demonstrating the potential for electricity savings to senior management
Lack of energy efficiency measurements and performance indicators
Achieving a common vision (energy policy)
Forming an energy committee and designating a production manager
What was the audit used for?
It helped identify a significant use in order to better target EMS implementation.
Extrusion activities were the most energy-intensive, accounting for over 60% of the electricity used by the entire plant.
How was that potential determined?
By using temporary metering on two extrusion lines for 14 days.
What was the goal?
To determine the impact on energy consumption and optimal shutdown times during non-production periods.
What were senior management’s main commitments?
Continuous power use reduction targets
Making required information and resources available in support of the company’s objectives
Communicating results and doing the required follow-up
“The electricity management systems were implemented successfully thanks to cooperation among various departments. Their combined efforts really illustrate the idea of ‘One Team, One TG.’”
What were the initial results of implementing the EMSs?
A decrease in electricity consumption
Fast return on investment
EMSs were incorporated into existing systems
Motivated employees driven by energy efficiency culture
Environmental goals were achieved more easily
What are the prospects for the future?
Implementation of an energy management information system (EMIS) for all significant energy uses
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