Energy management is firmly on the agenda of many organizations, particularly manufacturing companies whose energy consumption is typically higher than that of non-manufacturers. In addition to their concerns about meeting energy efficiency regulations, many companies now realize that efficient use of energy is simply good business.
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced that it has added energy management functions to CC-Link IE, the open automation network technology, to create CCLink IE Energy, a combined energy and production management control system. These energy capabilities let production managers easily monitor energy consumption by individual machines or processes over the same networks they already use for general control purposes.
CC-Link IE is a gigabit Industrial Ethernet open network technology that handles both control and information data at high speed for efficient, integrated factory and process automation. With the addition of energy management functions, CC-Link IE Energy monitors plant’s many energy-consuming devices in real time, all of which must work in unison to complete the production process. Monitoring individual devices ensures energy optimization of each.
Easily installed using a single cable network, CC-Link IE Energy can control entire production systems and feed real-time production information to enterprise management IT systems. A controller connected to the network analyzes data in real time and issues energy management instructions. Combining production and control information with energy information facilitates simultaneous cross-optimization of operational control and energy management.
CC-Link Partner Association
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