Implementation of an Energy Usage Optimization System on a Pharmaceutical Company

Lungile Nyanga, Andre F. van der Merwe, Samson Mhlanga, and Bothwell Nhindiri


Energy Management Systems, Energy Monitoring and Targeting, ABC analysis, System Energy Performance


Companies in this era are under severe competition due to globalization and in order to sustain a competitive edge they need to adopt appropriate manufacturing systems that address optimum utilisation of machinery and energy. This will result in reduction of production costs and make the companies competitive. The paper shows attempts to improve Energy Usage at a Pharmaceutical industry using monitoring and targeting techniques. An audit in a company was done so as to get the energy consumption trends and to find opportunities for energy savings. An ABC analysis of energy cost savings for machinery in the plant was made. A monitoring and targeting system was then developed to increase awareness of energy consumed.

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