Unlocking the "A.I.M." of Energy (Analytics, Internet of Things, and Energy Management)

Abstract

A new way of directing the operations of industrial and manufacturing plants has been developed that discovers new efficiencies in industrial and manufacturing plants while optimizing their existing
operations making the plants increasingly competitive. Dubbed the “AIM” of energy it involves the simultaneous application of Analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Energy Management (ISO 50001) to these facilities. The three areas have developed independently and not necessarily with a focus on manufacturing or industrial enterprises. With energy metrics as the unifier, attention toward productivity enhancement is derived that leads to a logical systematic application of the 3 that produces significant benefits. Each area by itself is making strides of relative degrees in the wider economy but within the manufacturing and industrial areas there are natural (yet untapped) points of application. Within this sector, IIOT (4
th industrial revolution) has lagged other areas (e.g. financial) being concentrated in certain specific industries (e.g. automotive) and certain applications (e.g. robotics), energy management (ISO 50001) has still to make its mark (as per ISO 9001 and 14,0001) and analytics is relatively untapped. Embedded in each is the need for the other two for its own maximization and that of the others when implemented in manufacturing facilities. However, there is need for this type of application to realize the full potential of manufacturing and industrial facilities and the environment set for continual improvement (true sustainability) in an increasingly globally competitive landscape. When correctly applied quantum results are obtained. From firsthand experience the platform of implementation that energy metrics provides and the benefits derived are demonstrated and a systematic roadmap is provided.

Presented By

Phillip Thomas, C.E.M.
Manager
A1 Solutions

Phillip specializes in applying data analytical techniques with internet of things technologies in an energy management program environment (AIM) that introduces a new way of operating industrial and manufacturing plants. It includes developing real time management reporting information for optimizing and enhancing the operations of these facilities. He is a pioneer in this new conglomeration of programs which is facilitated by his experience in plant engineering and energy efficiency initiatives with industrial, manufacturing and commercial enterprises and his certifications (CEM) using them to develop and promote new ways of achieving organizational excellence through energy. He holds Masters degrees in Environmental and Industrial engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. A notable difference with the adoption of this three-pronged approach is that there is no one size fits all solution. It is therefore finding the “sweet spots” of application unique to each enterprise that occupies his efforts and the results developed are signature solutions resulting in quantum results for the respective organization(s). This new operational dynamic will result in new benchmarking metrics and new specifications of equipment. With it innovative educational and training opportunities will be required to facilitate the combined efforts required for maximum progress and continual development.

He is an Inter-American Development Bank’s Connect Americas global ambassador and is a certified energy manager (CEM).