Holistic management of industrial refrigeration.

Holistic management of industrial refrigeration
What does it mean?

 

In France, electricity accounts for approximately 70% of a building’s running costs.

In recent months, the disproportionate increase in energy prices has forced the industry and service sectors to seek drastic solutions to limit its financial impact.

However, few professionals have revised the management of their refrigeration systems. This is often due to their fear that these energy savings may come at the expense of productivity.

Holistic industrial cooling management is an equipment management process that reduces costs and optimizes the performance of production and distribution systems.

 

1. Holistic cooling management
2. The benefits of managing your HVAC & refrigeration equipment well
3. How to achieve “holistic” management

 

1. Holistic cooling management

Forty years ago, Allan Savory, an agricultural scientist, helped land managers (farmers, ranchers, ecologists, and policymakers) develop strategies to restore degraded landscapes and create income for residents.

Thus, he created the concept of “holistic management.” He described it as that “which reduces the knowledge of the particular, of the individual to that of the whole in which it is inscribed.”

In other words, holistic management considers the needs and constraints of the whole production process in a controlled environment.

Savory’s holistic philosophy has since been adapted to the medical, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, and heavy industry sectors, among others.

The holistic industrial cooling management process aims to optimize the use of cooling systems. Among other things, it optimizes the temperature setpoints of each cooling system, avoiding additional costs, unplanned downtime, and productivity losses.

Proper management of cooling systems saves up to 40% on energy bills.

 

2. The benefits of managing your HVAC & refrigeration equipment well

Due to the energy crisis, industrial companies face an increased burden related to the energy consumed by HVAC and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) systems. However, the holistic management of industrial refrigeration solves this problem.

There are multiple advantages for significant energy consumers thinking of their HVAC-R systems holistically:

  • Holistic management reduces cooling systems’ power consumption and thus reduces costs.
  • Holistic management improves equipment maintenance, extending its lifespan and reducing unplanned downtime.
  • Holistic management’s real-time monitoring detects problems quickly and corrects them before they become an emergency.
  • Holistic cooling management improves production and work quality by guaranteeing optimal conditions throughout the year.
  • Holistic management improves employee productivity and reduces intervention costs.

 

3. How to achieve “holistic” management

Since 2015, BeeBryte has worked with significant users of cooling and refrigeration systems to produce intelligent energy reduction solutions without harming their activity or changing their equipment.

BeeBryte’s system integrates with your existing hardware without disrupting your operations.

The system combines patented technological innovation and our experts’ knowledge to deliver a balanced solution.

Cooling equipment controllers and PLCs used in modern architecture automation have pre-established programming that responds to environmental changes.

For example: When the temperature increases, a valve is opened to distribute coolant.

The information the equipment uses to make this decision is local. Each PLC ignores other PLCs as well as the behaviour and influence of the production and the distribution systems on each other.

Holistic control ensures each PLC takes decisions based on all the available data, including other PLCs in the system, in order to improve as a whole the equipment performance in the facilities’ temperature control system.

 

BeeBryte is a pioneer in implementing holistic cooling management for several reasons.

  • We are a team of 30+ specialists in industrial refrigeration.
  • We designed our solution to dynamically connect equipment between them so that each piece constantly receives the most relevant information in real-time.
  • We analyse and predict the weather, human activity, and energy prices via our intelligent overlay, improving communication between systems.

For example, the diagram below shows an optimization track we implemented for one of our customers using a holistic approach.

The green dot in the centre represents the optimal coefficient of performance (COP) needed to maintain temperatures.

For more information, contact us.

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