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INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 17 COVER STORY rameters are critical to the energy and productivity performance of your pro - cesses? This may seem obvious, but in our experience, many organizations have a poor understanding of the re - lationship of energy use to operational settings. Those who have deployed the IoT and Industry 4.0 say that the digiti - zation of the manufacturing processes allowed them to better understand the actual energy demand of their ma chines. Conducting energy audits to inter- national standards, such as ISO 5002 or EN 16247, can provide the neces - sary baseline data relating energy use to production. It also provides a road map to appropriate future instrumen - tation. What was previously very ex- pensive and difficult to measure may no longer be. It may not be difficult to retrofit smart meters and controllers to remote equipment. Interpretation of data flows is a criti- cal aspect. Information overload is an issue across all industrial sectors. When alarms are sounded, an appro- priate set of options must be available to operators to gain potential savings. Impressive looking dashboards are only useful if they lead to appropri- ate actions. However, identifying these sets of appropriate actions is quite often excluded from data acquisition and reporting projects. Reporting often focuses on middle and senior management needs, rather than on the operators who ultimately decide if savings will be realized or not. Finally, a comprehensive "whole of business" capital expenditure pro - cess should be used to transform sales promises into realistic business cases for the efficacy of technologies for your organization. Energy savings alone are unlikely to justify the expen - diture on IoT and Industry 4.0. How- ever, improved productivity, reduced downtime, and improved product quality can all contribute. n ABOUT THE AUTHORS Brian Dwyer, C.Eng MIEI, is principal con- sultant – industrial, Energenz Socio Fun- dador – Instituto BioGesta, Argentina, with 20 years of experience in energy and re- source (water and waste) efficiency. He has worked with governments and the private sector in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas in the fast-moving consumer goods, resources, automotive, and com- mercial building sectors. Joao Bassa, MSc (, senior consultant – MAHAM Serviços de Engenharia Consultiva, Brazil, has 40 years of international industrial experience in automation and process controls. He is a professor at Mauá Technology Institute, a member of the InTech Editorial Advisory Board, and ISA district 4 (Brazil) Standards & Practices chairman. View the online version at RESOURCES "The Internet of Things Is Totally Unregulated, and That Might Have to Change" internet-of-things-is-totally-unregulated-and- that-might-have-to-change "Where's the Beef in Continuous Commissioning?" papers/0193-000090.pdf "IIoT applications enable the process world" Accelerating clean energy through Industry 4.0 REPORT_Accelerating_clean_energy_through_ Industry_4.0.Final_0.pdf IOT Call 1-800-544-7769 or visit QR24 Rotary Inductive Sensors An expanded line of noncontact inductive rotary position sensors with optional stainless steel housing. Wide variety of outputs includes HTL Incremental, SSI, CANopen and analog in voltage and current. Rugged, reliable industrial automation products from Turck are built to perform in the toughest conditions, and our engineered solutions are customized to meet your application challenges. Cheap knock-offs can't compare. Turck works! Not suitable for repairing crummy sensors (or your reputation). W A R N I N G Your Global Automation Partner

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