By Keith Ridley, Environmental, Health & Safety Program Manager and Danny Norman, Advanced Composites Technical Consultant
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) met online and in person with five of our UT CIS team members at the UT CIS Nashville office on May 30th. The goal of AEE is to foster cooperative action in advancing the common purposes of its members and to promote activities designed to enable the industry to be conducted with the greatest economy and efficiency.
The AEE meeting included an overview of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). The audience learned about CESMII’s mission to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models to improve energy efficiency. The talk included CESMII’s efforts to enable Smart Manufacturing (SM) and become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business improvements in U.S. manufacturing. Attendees discussed how their company may benefit by partnering with CESMII and CESMII members who strive to reach:
Topics also covered the CESMII technology roadmap, project announcements and case studies of energy savings by use of smart manufacturing technology. The roadmap outlines CESMII’s strategic objectives, the R&D Portfolio, and the near term action plans for advancing Smart Manufacturing business practices, enabling technologies, platform infrastructure, and workforce development. Project announcements and case studies gave the audience an idea of how the latest technologies can be deployed in their facilities.
Evelyn Brown, Ph.D. was present to discuss Smart Manufacturing practices that lead to energy efficiency gains. Brown is the Director of Extension Research and Development for NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions.
Siemens' Andrew Murphy also spoke to the group about the importance of having quality, environment and energy efficiency teams integrating ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 50001 activities to achieve energy efficiency.
The next AEE meeting will be held on June 27, 2019. To learn more about future AEE meetings, visit http://www.aee-mtchapter.com/.