Soft drinks company Lucozade Ribena Suntory has partnered with Human Machine Interface specialist Wonderware to monitor and improve its energy performance
Rart of Suntory Beverage and Food Europe, Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s (LRS) UK site is a 53-acre facility based in Coleford, Gloucestershire, where it produces Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport, Lucozade Zero and Ribena. The factory produces over 1.2 billion bottles of drink each year.
LRS has partnered with Wonderware as part of its goal to reduce its factory’s energy consumption by five per cent year-on-year. In order to make reductions the company required a complete breakdown of site energy usage, so looked for an expert driven energy management solution. The partnership with Wonderware is designed help the company understand its energy consumption in more detail, supporting the business in achieving this goal.
The company has now implemented the Wonderware System Platform, which can be attached to Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s individually metered systems to convert the raw energy data into actionable information, allowing LRS to understand better its energy consumption patterns and costs and to identify potential inefficiencies.
Connecting to multiple devices and systems
Built like an operating system for industrial applications, Wonderware System Platform provides configuration, deployment, communication, security, data connectivity and is capable of connecting to hundreds of field devices and plant systems. In addition, Lucozade Ribena Suntory is also using Wonderware’s Operational Intelligence Software dashboards to raise awareness of energy consumption and promote behavioural change. The real-time feedback and live usage data on the dashboards will allow team members to see how their individual actions can have an impact on energy use across the site.
This focus on employee behaviour change has already worked for Lucozade Ribena Suntory in the field of health and safety — the company recently announced 365 days without Lost Time Accidents, mainly as a result of individuals taking ownership of health and safety on-site.
“Energy management is a continuous improvement activity and we’ve already undertaken in excess of 26 energy saving projects in the last four years," said Gary Burford, Energy and Sustainability Manager at LRS. "To make further improvements, we need to understand where we are using energy across the site and improve the visibility and accessibility of that information to allow us to make changes.
“We believe the graphical interfaces and real-time data offered by the Wonderware solutions will engage our people, giving them an immediate awareness of their impact on energy usage and empowering them to make the small changes that can, over time, deliver big results.”