Energy management in processing industries


Overview of ‘Energy management in processing industries’

Energy efficiency is one of the ‘hot’ topics of the 21st century and manufacturing processors around the world are trying to come to terms with it.

The possible savings from good energy management are in the range of 30% of current energy expenditures for most processors. In extreme cases, energy savings of up to 50% have been identified with little difficulty.

The measures identified are a mix of short-term rapid payback actions (payback of less than 6 months) and longer-term payback actions (payback of around 18 months).

This course is designed to help set your organisation on the path of reduced energy costs.

Training objectives

  • To give participants an overview of the topic of energy management
  • To provide participants with the ability to evaluate and benchmark their company’s current approach to energy cost management
  • To help companies through the current economic crisis by cutting costs painlessly
  • To offer practical tips for identifying and delivering real energy and cost savings across sites
  • To develop action plans to reduce carbon footprint


This energy management training course is relevant for anyone working in the processing industries.


An interactive and practical one-day energy management training programme.

Special features

For maximum return on investment, we suggest that the trainer perform a site survey in advance of the energy management training training taking place.

The expert trainer

Robin is an energetic, inspiring trainer and consulting engineer specialising in energy management for manufacturing operations. He was awarded the Plastics Industry Awards 2010 ‘Personal Contribution’ award for his work as a champion of energy efficiency and for helping numerous processors to make savings through better energy use.

He has an international reputation and his consulting and training work takes him around the world, with a particular emphasis on North and South America.

Robin has a B.Eng.(Hons) in Materials Engineering from Monash University in Australia and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics (Polymer Physics) from the University of Surrey. He has published over 400 technical papers and articles and written two books: Cost Management in Plastics Processing (2007) and Energy Management in Plastics Processing: Strategies, Targets, Techniques and Tools (2008). He currently sits on the Research Committee of the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) and is the immediate past Chairman of the Plastics Consultancy Network. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners and a Freeman of the City of London.

Course outline – Energy management in processing industries

1   Introduction to energy management
  • The drivers
  • What can we save?
  • The costs and efforts
  • The vital questions
  • Energy, financial and technical management – where are we now?
  • Awareness and information – where are we now?
  • Action plan for management issues
2   Services
  • Power supply
  • Motors
  • Compressed air
  • Chilled water
  • Drying
  • Vacuum services
  • Hydraulics
  • Steam systems
  • Action plan for services
3   Processing
  • Plastics and rubber processing
  • Ceramics processing
  • Crushing and grinding
  • Mixing and blending
  • Baking and curing
  • Machining, forming and fabrication
  • Tanks and vats
  • Treatment booths and cabinets
  • High temperature processes
  • Mechanical handling
  • Action plan for processing

Note: The topics covered in this section will vary depending on the delegates. We will survey the delegates at the start of the course to ensure that all the relevant processes for the delegates are covered.

4   Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Start-up / Standby / Shut-down
  • Setting sheets
  • Process control
  • Action plan for operations
5   Site surveys
  • Process
  • Preparation
  • Output
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Process
  • Action plan for site surveys

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