Scheduling Advisory System

Process control and automation is important for the annealing and finishing steps as well. An expert system, called Furnace Scheduling Advisory System is one such solution that is proven to be effective in reducing "work in progress" and providing sizable reductions in energy use and operational costs (Worrell et al., 2008. p. 72).

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Scheduling Advisory SystemCosts & Benefits

Parent Process: Finishing
Energy Savings Potential

A glass-lined steel vessels and parts producer in the UK reduced the energy consumption in its electric glass coating furnaces by 12% (Worrell et al., 2008. p. 72)..

CO2 Emission Reduction Potential

The expert system US $55,000 /year in electricity, $43,000 in reduced labor, maintenance and repair and $74,000 [1989 values] for reduced work in progress (one-time savings). The total system cost was $161,000 (1987), yielding a payback of 10 months (Worrell et al., 2008. p. 72).

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