Two companies are joining forces to create a tool that will allow manufacturers to simulate the effect of potential energy efficiency measures, giving them the information about how those measures will affect their sites before they are installed. In effect, the tool will allow decision-makers to “try before they buy,” reducing the uncertainty that surrounds high-cost, bespoke efficiency initiatives.
“Research has shown that manufacturers stand to gain up to seven percent resource efficiency improvements through structured operational action planning,” says Martin Chilcott, founder and chairman of 2degrees, a digital collaboration platform provider for sustainable business. “However, implementing the right processes to achieve this is a challenge the industry faces, as there are many unknowns to factor in. As a result, decisions are often delayed due to uncertainty over the end result.”
To solve this problem, Manufacture 2030 and HSSMI are joining together, with funding from Innovate UK, to study how manufacturers benefit from various resource efficiency actions.
The research will be based on M2030 bee – a best practices sharing platform from Manufacture 2030 that helps professionals draw up improvement plans based on the experience of others – in combination with HSSMI’s modeling software that lets manufacturers develop and implement sustainable ideas that increase productivity and efficiency within their operations.
The study is also pulling in research from 2degrees, the platform that powers Manufacture 2030.
The ultimate result will be a dataset that can model portfolios of improvements before they are actually implemented, according to the companies. “Finally, manufacturers will have the certainty they crave, enabling them to become more resource efficient, benefiting the environment and bottom line too,” says Chilcott.
The research project has an end-goal of folding HSSMI simulation into Manufacture 2030’s M2030 bee software tool.
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