Bette GmbH & Co. KG (Bette) manufactures high-quality bathroom components from titanium steel and places a very high emphasis on sustainability.
Bette relies on a clever Siemens energy management system to monitor and optimize production, ensuring it uses energy and resources responsibly. When all possible combinations are taken into consideration, the Bette product range includes several million items and this represents a significant challenge when optimizing the use of resources.
All the new and existing machines at Bette have been fitted with Sentron PAC3200 energy measurement devices and Simatic ET 200SP AI energy meters to capture the air pressure in individual departments.
In Energy Manager Pro, Bette is able not only to trace the flows of energy from the supply to the individual machine or device in detail, but also to use these flows for further analyses.
Bette GmbH & Co. KG (Bette) manufactures high-quality bathroom components from titanium steel. Sustainability and responsible use of energy and resources is a particular point of focus for the company. In order to monitor and optimize production against these criteria, Bette relies on a clever Siemens energy management system. This allows the bath manufacturer to integrate all the energy flows and consumer units into a single energy management system. The solution is easily installed and extended in the engineering on a modular basis and provides detailed overview and analysis of the consumption figures.
When all possible combinations are taken into consideration, Bette offers several million products. This breadth of product range is challenge, not only to the automation technology, but also when optimizing the use of resources. Monitoring energy usage is therefore close to the company’s heart for reasons of sustainability; Bette places particular emphasis on meeting the requirements of EN 16247 (European standard laying down the requirements for qualitatively good energy audits). To achieve this, a large number of devices for measuring the consumption of energy and resources have been installed on the production lines. The data captured here is transferred to the Siemens Simatic Energy Manager Pro energy management system, allowing the company to track 90 percent of the energy flows.
The bath manufacturer has high demands on its suppliers in that they have to prove the motors used in the machinery supplied conform to the energy efficiency class IE3 in accordance with IEC 60034-30. In addition to this, all the new and existing machines at Bette were also fitted with Sentron PAC3200 energy measuring devices and Simatic ET 200SP AI energy meters to capture the air pressure in the individual departments. Project management for the measuring technology is carried out with the Simatic Energy Suite, a tool for simple integration of energy measuring points into the automation software using drag & drop. Two Simatic S7-1500 controllers capture the consumption data for the electrical energy in production and the energy consumed when generating compressed air. They then send this information to the Simatic WinCC Professional Scada system (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) and the Simatic Energy Manager Pro system. “In Simatic WinCC we can see the energy flows together with other production information down to the second and therefore have a good overview of what is currently being consumed where. The data can also be analyzed and evaluated in corresponding dashboards in the Energy Manager. This enables us to match consumption data to the departments and monitor and compare key figures – in short, everything we need for evaluating our energy efficiency,” explains Mark Becker, Energy Manager at Bette.
Close to the target
Implementing the systems was extremely easy and was largely completed using in-house resources. “With Energy Manager we opted for a powerful energy management tool that offers a wealth of functions – and we were able to implement the system without a lot of training thanks to the excellent support,” confirms Becker. By using the Siemens solution, Bette is taking another step closer to its target of precisely capturing the energy consumption of each individual plant and therefore eventually for every product.