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Introducing 3 new ways to reduce process automation energy waste
Product News Friday, December 21, 2012: Schneider Electric South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
EcoStruxure architecture cuts costs and simplifies operation
Integrating automation and control with energy monitoring can save you up to 30% in energy costs. Three new Schneider Electric software tools now analyze and integrate energy and production data. Each of these tools is a key software component of EcoStruxure™ Energy Management architecture. Listed below are highlights of how these tools help to cut energy costs:
- The Vijeo Citect™ +PowerConnect tool links power meters to the Vijeo Citect process control human machine interface (HMI), enabling comprehensive analysis of power metrics alongside process information. High resolution data — including voltage, current, power factor, harmonic distortion, and sliding window demand — is delivered directly from power meters, allowing users to spot energy consumption spikes in real time. Process settings are adjusted via a simple, calendar-based scheduler function to stagger process start-ups and level energy consumption. Process events can be pre-programmed to take advantage of consuming energy when lower time-of-day utility rates are in effect.
- The PlantStruxure™ Energy Management Library tool allows the user to build and maintain a balanced power distribution system. This library of applications supports overload detection and load shedding at the control system level to ensure maximum efficiency of distribution. The multiple system loads are graded based on how critical they are. During a power shortage, the system manages available power based on predetermined ratings and sheds just enough load to prevent process interruption until the power is fully restored.
- The Ampla Express tool centralizes energy use data into meaningful dashboards and matches kWh costs to production processes. The result is a complete representation of a plant’s inputs and outputs, including materials, consumables, energy, waste, and emissions, making it easier to identify potential savings.