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 electricity bills kept rising, Transparence wanted to understand whether there was a way to operate more efficiently and save money by reducing electricity consumpti
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.
Within a few days of installing the AdvanGrid equipment, wasteful power consumption was discovered - unnecessary operation of equipment at night, defects of production equipment, inefficiency of lighting system.
Reduction of electricity costs: By replacing inefficient lighting alone, the company achieved savings of € 7,200 in 12 months. Electricity consumption at night and on weekends was decreased by 30% as a result of repairs and reconfiguration of 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.
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.
ACCENTURE is a multinational professional services company that is serving clients in more than 200 cities in 120 countries. ACCENTURE LATVIA is a branch with 79mln EUR annual turnover and over 1600 employees located in 3 offices in Riga. ACCENTURE LATVIA is well known for its high value-added services and services that include application of new technologies. In this Accenture is leading by example by being innovative and efficient across all areas. The company has 3 different offices located in 3 different buildings. Two of three are newly built and equipped with advanced BMS systems that provide monitoring and modification capabilities for internal energy consumption. The third building is a historic monument, which for conservation purposes, has not undergone major modernization of the ventilation system. When ACCENTURE compared electricity consumption of their offices, the electrical consumption in the historic building turned out to be significantly higher, but it was not clear why.
AdvanGrid assessed the situation at the building and recommended GridMate as the best fit for monitoring consumption in combination with a cloud based monitoring platform. Monitoring devices were installed on ventilation systems across different floors of the building and also on the incoming electricity grid.
Cost reduction: With the help of 9 devices, ACCENTURE managed to understand the working principles of the ventilation system, which revealed that it is also operated outside the company’s working hours - at night and on weekends, wasting electricity. After the settings of ventilation system were modified, the company achieved significant cost reductions.
Control over consumption: At the moment, a schedule for ventilation system operations has been developed together with the facility manager, and to prevent human error, AdvanGrid monitoring system is also set to send warnings via SMS and e-mail, if outside the regular business hours electrical consumption exceeds the limit. Thus preventing the situation from recurring.
Further efficiency gains: With AdvanGrid monitoring equipment and cloud based analyzing platform, ACCENTURE continues to monitor various electricity consumers to determine their efficiency and effectiveness. These innovative solutions enable them to be leaders in energy efficiency field as well.
AERONES is the first turbine maintenance company in the world that uses high-performance drones for wind turbine maintenance, including turbine washing, deicing, and applying the coating. AERONES drones offer comparatively inexpensive and effective wind turbine maintenance. The drones are powered by cables running from the ground, therefore, they can stay in the air for as long as necessary. To operate drones as well as robotic arms in remote locations, there is a need for constant and sufficient electric power. For this purposes AERONES use high-performance mobile power generators. When planning the development and the necessary investments in equipment, AERONES realized that it was necessary to assess the need for specific generator capacities, because not only existing generators were expensive, but also, they were big and heavy. Thus, overpaying for unnecessary electric capacity and complex equipment transportation.
Advangrid offered to assess the needs for electrical power using GridLink wireless monitoring devices. Devices measured power consumption in all operational phases to understand the specifics of consumption.
Cost reduction: With the help of 3 monitoring devices, ADVANGRID revealed that AERONES wind turbine cleaning system consumed only 1/3 of available power at peak load. These measurements made it possible to choose 3 times smaller generators when purchasing equipment. In total AERONES saved 12 570 EUR for the purchase of 6 generators.
Easing of logistical strain: Smaller generators are much easier to move in day to day operations. AERONES no longer needs high-towing capability cars to enable generator transportation.
Accurate asset planning: As of now, prior to equipment purchases, AERONES is capable to analyze their power requirements, making for the most business-wise choice.