Kautex manufactures and supplies screen wash and headlamp cleaning systems for the automotive industry. Based in Hengoed, South Wales, the company operates a 13,500 square meter manufacturing and warehouse facility.
Already familiar with the benefits of an energy management solution having undertaken various energy reduction measures such as energy awareness training for all staff and implementation of lighting control systems, Kautex were keen to maintain its current plans for energy reduction and gain a better understanding of its energy consumption.
It employed RUMM to install a sub-metering (aM&T) network and its proprietary PULSE (data collection unit) and IBASS (Internet Based Analytical Software Suite) energy management software.
The ultimate aim for Kautex was to create an intelligent energy management system that helped control consumption, minimise production costs, and provided them with a solution that controlled energy rather than relying on individuals to reduce costs.
RUMM installed a total of 13 sub-meters across the site. Data from the meters was then fed into the Pulse unit, giving Kautex not only the ability to see data from each individual meter but also create a virtual meter which showed where consumption took place on the remainder of the site.
Individual targets were then set to each machine so that the alarm system function of IBASS could notify relevant personnel for example of any spikes in consumption, or unexplained weekend usage.
Since installing the RUMM technology, Kautex has achieved an annual 34% and 56% reduction in electricity and gas respectively.
With a greater understanding of efficiency and production costs, it is now possible for the company to compare and allocate the costs of each kilogramme of product produced against each kilowatt of energy used.
The company is now in discussion with RUMM regarding expanding its technology and energy management services to other production facilities across Europe.