Energy and manufacturing efficiency both aid businesses in being more environmentally friendly. We explain how ISO 50001 operates in this post, along with the benefits of combining your energy usage data with OEE.

ISO 50001 – What Is It Exactly?

An independent, non-governmental body that creates standards for businesses is the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO. These standards guarantee a degree of best practices that is universally recognized as well as instructions for adhering to them.

The ISO 50001 standard was created to support businesses in constantly increasing their energy efficiency, lowering their energy expenses, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The ISO 50001 standard for management systems adheres to the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle for continuous improvement.

Why Does ISO 50001 Even Get Implemented?

Many manufacturers employ this structure. So, in this post, we’d like to share some insightful information on the advantages of ISO 50001 and how Tipteh IoT Platform can assist you in achieving the objectives you’ve set for your utility consumption reduction strategy.

Finding solutions to lower energy consumption is more crucial than ever for factories as the cost of electricity keeps rising. Some businesses adhere to the ISO 50001 standard purely for the cost-saving advantages it provides, while others go farther and pursue ISO 50001 certification in order to advance. For them, accreditation helps to build a strong brand reputation by acting as a “seal of approval” for their business practices.

Implementing ISO 50001

The road to energy efficiency looks a little bit different for every business. Creating an energy efficiency policy is a common first step for businesses working with ISO 50001 to ensure that everyone inside is on the same page.

The next step is to collect information on existing energy usage patterns and to define realistic goals for cutting energy use. Making action plans to achieve those goals is a crucial step in the process.

Measuring and assessing the outcomes is the last step of the implementation process.

Implementation Process – A Step by Step Approach

Some of the most typical actions businesses take as part of the ISO 50001 power management process are outlined below. This is by no means a comprehensive list, as each activity’s influence varies from firm to organization.

Introduce fresh, energy-saving technologies

  • Manufacturers can save up to 90% more energy by switching to LED lights than HPS lights.
  • Since heating and cooling use half of the energy produced in the EU and much of it is lost, updating the heating and cooling equipment to models that are no more than ten years old and utilize more recent technologies results in significant energy savings.
  • To get information on which equipment or devices use the most energy and when, use software tools.

Eliminate energy waste

  • Set the thermostat for the heating and cooling system, check that the building is adequately insulated, and add the required shading to the windows and walls. Given that heating and cooling equipment uses a lot of energy while frequently producing the best outcomes, this can result in large energy savings.
  • Reduce the working pressure of the air compressor or check for leaks. This little task can result in significant energy savings because the industrial sectors of Australia use 10% of their total industrial power consumption for compressed air alone.
  • Your electrical and mechanical hardware performs better and is consequently more energy efficient with routine cleaning and planned maintenance.

Streamline current procedures

  • During breaks and on holidays, turn off machines and devices. A device labeling scheme is also introduced by some businesses (red: do not power off; yellow: power off after confirming that there is no problem in shutting off; green: turn off the power).
  • Reduce the number of times you enter a cold room as much as you can since each time the doors are opened, cool air escapes, forcing the cooling systems to restart.
  • Check current high-consumption equipment frequently, clean heat transfer surfaces, and inspect steam generator systems for any steam leaks.

How OEE supports ISO 50001

It is getting more and more frequent to run into production companies who have made data collection and real-time insight into their manufacturing floor a priority. However, some Tipteh clients are going a step farther by fusing OEE and real-time energy statistics.

This strategy can be profitable within a few months in situations where the energy consumed in manufacturing accounts for a sizable portion of the company’s monthly expenses and/or GHG emissions.

For this to be executed, the company needs:

  • energy consumption sensors (commonly used for ISO 50001 process);
  • Tipteh IoT Platform OEE and production monitoring software;
  • integrate energy data with efficiency data.

By providing manufacturers with a real-time perspective of how energy use links to production efficiency (or any other KPI related to production), they can swiftly iterate and improve their processes.