It seems like prices for goods and services are rising everywhere, and the price of energy is no exception. As facilities continuously look for ways to decrease costs and increase efficiency, looking at integration, ways to share information, CIP automation/integration, and tracking down costs are all common topics that Food Engineering explores in their latest article, Connecting Process Control, CIP, HVAC, and Energy Management.
In the article, industry experts discuss the potential benefits of integrating energy management, process control, and HVAC systems. Whether it is a loosely or tightly coupled plantwide system, product quality can be improved while also saving energy. As the contributors mention, the key to reducing energy-related expenses is to truly understand where the consumption is coming from. Based on this information, manufacturers can proactively manage energy consumption and improve system performance by focusing on those issues.