This energy monitoring solution gave The Advertiser the ability to better manage and limit energy expenditure across…
Industry

Utilities: Energy management

Outcome
  • Meter reading throughout the enterprise, through web interface
  • Portable power meter units that could be connected to any switchboard and communicate via Ethernet allowing greater flexibility in monitoring “hot spots” for power consumption
  • “Shadow” electricity bills that allow the customer to monitor the current energy costs day by day and better forecast monthly expenditures
  • Trends and reports on Greenhouse Gas tonnes emitted, total power, apparent energy and average current.
Capability
Energy monitoring system, Ethernet communication, targeted power meter reading
Region

Adelaide, South Australia

Andrew Paddett—Deputy Plant Manager, The Advertiser

“This project is important for The Advertiser from several perspectives. From a Greenhouse perspective it will give us the tools to compare efficiencies, gauge the effectiveness of any changes we make and monitor base-loads, the trimming of which should be a critical component of any Greenhouse project.

From a business perspective, our energy needs create a considerable monthly expenditure and this system will enables us to better manage and limit that expenditure.

From a plant Maintenance perspective, this system will become the kernel of the SCADA system the plant really needs to move into the present generation of industrial equipment.”

 

Challenge

The Mile End Print Centre is primarily responsible for printed production of the Advertiser, Sunday Mail, Australian and Messenger group of papers.

This amounts to approximately 296 million pages of product each week. 

Advertiser Newspapers entered the Greenhouse Challenge in 2000 when it became the first member of SA Challenge 100, a partnership between the Australian Greenhouse Office and Business SA. Since that time, their efforts have resulted in Greenhouse emissions 7.1% below business as usual projections.

Solution

SAGE Automation was selected by News Corporation Limited to supply an energy monitoring and reporting solution for the Advertiser Newspapers Limited Mile End facility. The system SAGE supplied stems from The Advertiser’s commitment to the environment through its participation in the Greenhouse Challenge.

The solution included:

  • Detailed analysis of the business and reporting needs of the customer
  • Installation of four fixed and two portable Power Monitors 3000 on the Ethernet network
  • Installation and configuration of RS Energy Metrix Software version 1.3, the first commercial implementation of this product in Australia

Outcome

The solution gave The Advertiser the tools to compare efficiencies, gauge the effectiveness of any changes they make and monitor base-loads. 

It also enables the company to better manage and limit energy expenditure across the business.

From a plant maintenance perspective, Deputy Plant Manager Andrew Paddett said that "the system will become the kernel of the SCADA system the plant really needs to move into the present generation of industrial equipment.”

 

Energy monitoring in news press

Energy monitoring design features

  • Portable power meter units that could be connected to any switchboard and communicate via Ethernet allowing greater flexibility in monitoring “hot spots” for power consumption
  • “Shadow” electricity bills that allow the customer to monitor the current energy costs day by day and better forecast monthly expenditures
  • Trends and reports on Greenhouse Gas tonnes emitted, total power, apparent energy and average current.
  • Meter reading available throughout the enterprise, through web interface

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