The master of using complex apparatus to perform simple tasks would be proud of many older control systems. Here’s how one engineer learned to cut through the resulting clutter to achieve award-winning energy efficiency.
It’s not necessary to use pneumatics to win a Rube Goldberg award for needless complexity. Here, the panels were all-electric. When I turned the latch of the hinged door on the first one, it literally exploded.
Engineers should use theory – the physics and modeling of equipment and systems – to uncover the possibilities for higher efficiencies. But to achieve them in the real world takes constant energy monitoring, training, and incentives.
People seem to think that because it can turn energy-consuming equipment off and on, a control system is an energy management system, but it’s not. If you want to manage energy, you must measure energy.
Many companies are ready to sell you their technology, but the typical energy management or control system may not provide the information, analysis and reports you’ll need to diagnose problems and improve efficiencies.