With an annual turnover of 116mln EUR and over 1000 employees Orkla Latvija is one of the leading confectionery & snack companies in the Baltics comprising legal entities that once operated individually. Today the Latvian group of companies is an integral part of the Norwegian Orkla conglomerate sharing various production stages between the factories in the region. In order to manage operating expenses correctly, the management of the company needed to calculate the cost price of various products at specific production phase. Production managers at Orkla were aware of many different technological devices used in different food production stages, and in order to accurately calculate the cost of product at these production stages they had to know how much power each individual device consumes.
AdvanGrid carried out production unit inspection and equipped different production lines with several GridLink energy monitoring devices. This was possible due to the retrofitability feature of the GridLink device, as it grants access to challenging electrical equipment without the need to switch them off. Due to the ease of installation, Orkla factory personnel were trained to install and dismantle monitoring devices by themselves, allowing the company to obtain energy consumption data from different consumers in other production units as well.
Improved financial management: Company management gained access to accurate information on the cost of the various products at specific production stages, which greatly facilitates the planning of operating expenses and budgeting of internal processes and sales.
Cost reduction: Orkla production managers, were given the opportunity to better understand the required electrical connection capacities and choose the most appropriate tariff plan.
Streamlined operations: Advangrid solutions provide Orkla production managers with the ability to better control production processes and eliminate a variety of factory-critical human factor issues.
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RTSD is a state joint stock company with 26 branches, 50mln EUR annual turnover and over 600 employees located throughout Latvia, including remote locations. As one of the most forward-thinking state-owned companies, it wanted to be efficient in their business activities and in their energy consumption. With 26 remote branches, measuring and auditing energy consumption in all of them is a challenging task.
Advangrid carried out product training as well as technical support for first few monitoring device installations. Given the ease of installation, RTSD staff decided to carry out installation and dismantling of further equipment at various branches on their own.
With just a couple of devices, complete electrical system audits were performed at all 26 RTSD branches. Cost saving potential was discovered in 18 branches. After energy efficiency improvements, estimated annual savings will reach at least EUR 17 865,-. An effective Energy management plan allows RTSD to deliver the best possible service to their clients while at the same time managing costs and meeting environmental targets.
With an annual turnover of 5mln EUR and over 80 employees Transparence is the largest glass processing manufacturer in Latvia, which has been operating since 2003, exporting the majority of its products. The technology offered by the company for the processing of glass allows to execute full spectrum of orders – Transparence manufactures insulating glass, gaskets, performs water-jet cutting, as well as processing of all types of glass, offering decorative, tinted, heat-insulating, solar-refractory, fireproof, laminated and other types of glazing. To offer such a wide range of glass products, the company needs variety of technological equipment that consumes a significant amount of energy. As the company expanded, electricity consumption increased accordingly. It was necessary to install another incoming electricity transformer to provide the required electrical capacity, but it was not clear how powerful exactly the transformer should be.
Advangrid assessed the situation at the plant and consulted with the plant's energy specialists until a solution was found. Number of GridLink devices were deployed on different production and processing units. Monitoring took place for a certain period of time, allowing factory energy specialists to understand consumption of each unit, and showing equipment usage efficiency. Transparence factory personnel were trained to install and dismantle monitoring devices by themselves, allowing them to monitor other production units or different consumers. Due to the ease of installation and retrofitability feature of the GridLink device, it could be done easily and without the need to switch off the production line.
Improved development planning: Management of the company had the opportunity to accurately assess current and planned electricity consumption and costs, which allowed to make the right decisions for the improvement of power supply. A third, most relevant transformer was chosen and installed.
Cost reduction: Transparence production manager was given the opportunity to understand the workload of a variety of powerful consumers. It allowed to take efficiency measures and get real savings.
Streamlined operations: Advangrid solutions provide Transparence production manager with the ability to better control production processes and eliminate a variety of factory-critical human factor issues.