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Monitoring Energy Utilisation and Assets at ASDA

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ASDA business International Procurement & Logistics (IPL) is using industrial IoT and energy analytics software from SolarEdge subsidiary, Hark, to monitor the sustainability and performance of its facilities. 

IPL sources a variety of different products from around the world, specifically for customers of Asda Stores in the UK, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to house plants, flowers and award-winning wines.

Hark’s technology enables enterprises to improve efficiency, reduce waste and maximise yield by connecting to, providing visibility of, and automatically controlling assets such as energy meters, building management systems, energy storage systems and industrial systems, regardless of manufacturer.

The initial goal of the partnership with IPL was to retrieve energy and asset performance data to feed into the company’s OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) metrics, with the collaboration now expanding to improve connectivity to, and visibility of, industrial assets within multiple packaging sites in the United Kingdom.

IPL operates multiple production lines, refrigeration plants and sub-metered areas. Working with Hark’s IoT software provides it with centralised controls and energy process data visualisation, supported by cloud connectivity to a real-time asset and energy management system.  

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The Hark Platform gives users the ability to see real-time energy data, plant performance data and real-time process line data that is set up in custom dashboards. This data allows users to start identifying where potential energy savings can be made and highlight inefficiencies across the site.

Patrick Waterton, Manager of Engineering & Hygiene at IPL, says: “Having a deeper understanding of what’s happening behind the scenes at our production sites has been a real game-changer for how IPL makes operational and capital decisions. The Hark Platform gives me and my team the insight we need to keep our assets running at peak efficiency and to identify potential improvement initiatives, which ultimately helps to reduce operational and energy costs.”

Having a deeper understanding of what’s happening behind the scenes at our production sites has been a real game-changer

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    FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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