|INDIANAPOLIS, IN (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- The Security Technologies Sector hosted an "Energy Treasure Hunt" during the fourth quarter of 2008 at its facility in Indianapolis, IN. Participating were representatives from sites around the sector, as well as invited guests and experts from Trane, Climate Control Technologies and Industrial Technologies. The goal of the Treasure Hunt was to identify and reduce unnecessary energy consumption at the facility. During 2008, eight Security Technologies sites used the Treasure Hunt process to identify a number of projects that will result in $1.7 million in savings. These projects are being tracked at the sector level.
An Energy Treasure Hunt has three main objectives:
- Identify non-value-added energy consumption
- Generate options to reduce or eliminate energy use
- Quantify those options to develop no-cost, short- and long-term energy reduction projects
A Treasure Hunt team typically includes plant floor, maintenance, management and operations personnel from the facility. The event kicks off with an off-shift walkthrough of the facility to identify non-value-added energy consumption. Some examples include compressed air leaks, full facility lighting, computers and equipment running, and heating/cooling at temperatures set for an occupied building. The team utilizes Lean Six Sigma methodologies to assist in the process and document every use of energy.
On Day 2, training is conducted to assist the participants in identifying and analyzing areas of opportunity. Also invited to participate are additional experts, such as utility representatives and a representative from the local Industrial Technologies Air Center. The team is then divided into utility-specific sub-teams to focus on the main utility types, typically electricity, natural gas, heating/cooling, compressed air, and scrap/waste. Each team then analyzes energy consumption in detail to identify reduction opportunities, such as turning off equipment not in use, consolidating operations, using higher efficiency technology and waste reduction through reduce/reuse/recycling.
On the final day of the event, additional training is conducted on the use of Treasure Hunt energy quantification tools. Each team then uses these tools to develop identified energy saving potentials.
Projects identified during the Indianapolis Treasure Hunt included powering off specific identified equipment on weekends, fixing air leaks in the compressed air system, reducing the air pressure from 100 p.s.i. to 90 p.s.i., replacing metal halide lamps with energy-efficient lamps and increasing the amount of corrugated paper that is recycled.
According to Greg Mimms, Security Technologies Global Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS)/Facilities director, "By having associates from a specific facility participate in the training and identification of energy reduction opportunities, there tends to be more understanding and ownership in driving the actions to completion than occurs when having an event conducted solely by an outside vendor. This is also an excellent opportunity to leverage our internal Ingersoll Rand resources for innovative ideas and energy-efficient products that we can share with our customers as success stories."