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Mon 13th June 2016Taking control of utilities helps manufacturers roll with the punches

A different approach to energy and water consumption could help manufacturers block and evade the combination of punches coming at them this year from forces they can’t control.

UK manufacturers have taken many body blows in the past, but the pressures today are intense. At home, the challenges include skills shortages and political uncertainty over Britain’s possible exit from Europe. On top of this, there’s global competition from overseas firms who pay less for their energy and the demands of keeping pace with environmental and other regulations.

With manufacturing falling around 0.4% from Quarter 1 (Oct to Dec) 2015 to Quarter 4 (Jan to Mar) this year, it’s vital for the UK economy that industry hits back.

One way manufacturers can roll with the punches is to save money and boost profits and competitiveness by taking control of utilities.

Manufacturing Energy Solutions Utilitywise

 

A different approach to energy and water consumption could help manufacturers block and evade the combination of punches coming at them this year from forces they can’t control.

UK manufacturers have taken many body blows in the past, but the pressures today are intense. At home, the challenges include skills shortages and political uncertainty over Britain’s possible exit from Europe. On top of this, there’s global competition from overseas firms who pay less for their energy and the demands of keeping pace with environmental and other regulations.

With manufacturing falling around 0.4% from Quarter 1 (Oct to Dec) 2015 to Quarter 4 (Jan to Mar) this year, it’s vital for the UK economy that industry hits back.

One way manufacturers can roll with the punches is to save money and boost profits and competitiveness by taking control of utilities.

A web-based utility reporting platform that takes data on water, gas and electricity and creates customisable reports and dashboards allows businesses to see what’s happening with utility consumption and make informed decisions that result in savings.

All of these measures need to be taken as part of an interconnected strategy, which innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT) can help to provide.

“IoT is being explored by industry because it connects digital sensors in key locations in manufacturing sites with people using smartphones and tablets so the machinery in a plant and other equipment talks to each other in a joined up, data-driven way,” said Tony Hitchens.

At the dawn of a new interconnected world, manufacturers will have plenty of opportunities to save on utilities – making them fitter, leaner and stronger to withstand future challenges.

“But even the smallest effort to manage utilities better is always worth doing,” added Tony. “It frees up time to concentrate on business, saves money for investment in the technology needed to keep pace with the competition, and helps to comply with legislation.”

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