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Better Buildings Summit Highlights Smart Manufacturing

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By Stephen LaMarca, Manufacturing Technology Analyst at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show.

This year’s Better Buildings Summit focused on the ISO 50001 energy management standard for all industries to use energy more efficiently.

Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Better Buildings Summit took place May 15 – 17, in Washington D.C. Leading organizations from all industry sectors showcased solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20 percent over the next ten years.
Partners and stakeholders exchanged best practices, demonstrated market solutions and discussed future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America's buildings including commercial, data center, industrial, finance, multifamily, public, single family, and of course, the manufacturing sector.

The plants/industrial track agenda opened with an informal resource session supporting the industry adoption of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (EnMS) standard. The goal of this session was to lay out what it takes to make a plant 50001 ready. The pre-conference session was followed up by the summit opening remarks, then two sequential workshops around latest trends in industrial efficiency such as Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.
Two days were packed with “ask the expert” and in-depth sessions focusing on consumption and efficiency within the industrial track. Both days started off with a keynote followed by TED-style partner-insider talks. A few of the sessions brought up the energy benefits of smart manufacturing through data analytics and lights-out manufacturing. 

Key elements from the industrial track:

  • Energy is second or third highest cost within a plant.
  • Apply continuous improvement concepts to energy
  • Levels of energy management 

For more information on the ISO 50001 standard, visit: https://www.iso.org/iso-50001-energy-management.html

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