Employing Energy Savings as a Competitive Edge

Known for their heavy use of energy, the meat and poultry industries need to cut usage wherever they can. Energy-saving solutions should be well planned and not attempted all at once because they can be disruptive. "Some companies have seen that isolated capital investments in 'green' solutions can actually disrupt stable processes that currently manufacture products relatively efficiently," says Katie Beissel, GE Intelligent Platforms global industry manager - food and beverage. "Concurrently, some processes can actually result in waste, whereby simply improving efficiency and yield would deliver more benefits than a major capital investment in 'green poer' or water conservation."