One of the central issues of mechanical and plant engineering today is to record, monitor and optimize energy consumption. In this process, automation technology plays an essential, indispensable role. It is only automation systems that can collect energy data, match them with process information and intervene as necessary. In 2009, the Automation 2020 paper by the Society for Measurement and Automation Technology (forming part of the Association of German Engineers/Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, VDI/VDE) entitled “Significance and Development of Automation by the Year 2020” pointed out to the first and foremost challenge for future automation technology: “Climate change and the increasing shortage of raw materials call for the efficient use of resources and energy. To this end, automation is indispensable.”
Deployment scenarios relevant both in economic and scientific terms could be implemented
if the automation systems and/or the planning and engineering tools had access to energy information. If automation was aware of the typical power consumption rate of specific equipment or manufacturing orders, the system could detect process deviations and thus anomalies. These anomalies frequently indicate wear and tear or poor equipment configuration. In this context, the latter may also mean an economically suboptimal configuration.
This kind of Industrial Smart Grid ensures both more consistent energy consumption by means of active load management in process real-time and an improvement in the network quality by reducing harmonics. In addition to reducing energy costs, this also extends the life cycle of electronic shop-floor equipment.
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