Cloud Based Enterprise Energy Management


Project Drivers

Corporate initiative around sustainability and GHG Reduction
Compressed time frame and limited budget
Inconsistency between plants regarding data collection infrastructure
Need for visibility of energy utilization across multiple sites
Validate goal attainment for GHG reduction and energy savings
Create Energy Teams at each site trained to sustain and grow the program


To support a corporate-wide sustainability program, Smucker leadership leveraged the Industrial Internet of Things and deployed a cloud-hosted Enterprise Energy Management System. The multi-plant rollout took about two years to complete. Prior to the deployment, Smucker had successfully piloted the technology at one of their manufacturing sites.

By using the IIoT and cloud technology, Smucker was able to create a hierarchy of its largest production facilities and group them by business types. Individual commodities consumed by the plants can be tracked based on product produced and rolled up to provide an enterprise dashboard with respect to energy savings and Green House Gas reduction.

The individual utilities are “modeled” by software, and the models are used to track energy savings implemented by the energy teams. IIoT edge devices such as pumps, motors, sensors, valves and meters provide data that is uploaded to the cloud for analysis and reporting. KPI’s and ratios that help determine how and why energy fluctuates are managed by exception using a green-yellow-red scorecard.

The utility companies play a role as well. They provide utility consumption data to the Energy Management System via the internet. By having this data automatically fed into the EnMS, the system can continuously update savings evaluations against the models and the current cost per unit of utility. This information is also used to establish the energy budget and keep it updated.

The result is a fully integrated, hierarchical Enterprise Energy Management System with drill-down capabilities to the production unit level. A common data layer now exists between the EnMS and the various sites with their disparate data sources. Trained Energy Teams manage the system and continue to add operational energy savings and reduce GHG’s.

Presented By

Karen Hales
Sustainability Leader/Plant Engineer
J.M. Smucker, LLC

Karen Hales performs a dual role as the corporate wide Sustainability Leader and the Cincinnati Plant Engineer for JM Smucker, LLC.   As the Sustainability Leader, she excels at developing a vision and energizing an organization to achieve its goals, while cultivating a culture for employee engagement.  She currently leads the 25 manufacturing sites across the U.S. to implement and share best practices in greenhouse gas, water, and waste reductions.  She has developed key strategies to position the company to achieve its 2020 environmental goals.  As the Plant Engineer, she manages the Engineering department and capital projects for the Cincinnati manufacturing site.  During her eleven-year career at Smuckers she has held various positions including Sr. Process Engineer, Environmental Leader, HSE Manager, and Operations Manager.    Prior to Smuckers, she was the Engineering Manager at Bagcraft Corporation of America and the Technical Lead Engineer at the Procter and Gamble Company.

Karen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.