Industry Market Trends
Rockwell Automation Launches Free Online Energy Evaluation Tool
February 24, 2011
Rockwell Automation, a leader in industrial automation control and information solutions, has available a first of its kind online tool that will help manufacturers identify and compare current energy management behavior and find areas that need improvement. The Rockwell Automation Energy Evaluator gives manufacturers a complete analysis of their current water, air, gas, electric and steam (WAGES) management performance, as well as a clear understanding of how operating strategies compare with peers in both the same industry and across other sectors. The tool uses a 20-minute online assessment to generate a real-time report outlining a facility's competitive WAGES management baseline. The results allow employees at all levels of the business to identify and implement strategic changes, and to set improvement goals both for single facilities and across their entire organization. "Many manufacturers are not aware of how much energy their machines and facilities are consuming at a given time, and how that behavior compares to peers in their industry," said Randy Selesky, vice president of Power and Energy, Rockwell Automation. "The Energy Evaluator tool offers insight into WAGES management strategies and allows users to identify meaningful changes to help lower their overall energy costs and make them more competitive in the marketplace." The tool is based on the Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint methodology, which is designed to provide manufacturers with a customized, strategic roadmap for industrial WAGES resource management. The Rockwell Automation Industrial GreenPrint methodology consists of four stages - "Awareness," "Efficiency," "Optimization" and "Aggregation" - which help companies transform their practices and production, improving profitability and enabling supply chain optimization. The Rockwell Automation Energy Evaluator tool is available at www.rockwellenergyevaluator.com. The report generated by the tool can be exported into Excel, PDF or printable HTML formats to allow for easy internal sharing and manipulation of data to visualize the impact of operational and behavioral improvements. Users also can continuously access their report and update information to track their progress.