It has been years since the textile industry has applied the original principles of process monitoring to their production machines. As such textile machines are connected to MES systems to monitor production, quality, speed, stop levels, downtimes and production efficiency in real time.
Today, it is no longer enough to optimize output, quality and production planning, but energy saving is becoming a very important factor in the operating cost of a textile plant.
A sudden spike in the energy consumption of a production run can elevate an order easily in the red figures. With ever rising electricity prices and increasing environmental legislation, efficient energy management has become a very critical success factor to run a profitable business in today’s global economy.
Measure of energy usage in textile industry
In order to achieve energy management, usage meters need to be installed. In some departments, meters can be placed in the power switch panel to measure the consumption of a group of machines, but high energy consumption machines such as dyeing, finishing, OE spinning machines should be equipped with individual meters.
By taking advantage of the data collection network, data base and server configuration, the investment cost can be kept to the minimum while the energy bill savings can be substantial every month. And by defining an energy efficiency plan with clear objectives, significant energy savings can be realized in the textile industry.
Credits – Bernard Cruycke
President BMS bvba, BarcoVision