What the International Standard ISO 50001 requires:
“The organization shall use the action plans and other outputs from the planning process for implementation and operation” (ISO 50001:2011, Chapter 4.5.1). The securing of sufficient competence, training and awareness about energy related topics of involved persons has to be ensured by the organization. Furthermore, involved persons shall understand their specific roles, responsibilities and authorities in the context of the energy management initiative. The benefits of energy management in general, as well as their individual contributions shall be clearly visible to involved persons. Among other managerial documents, relevant recordings and reports have to be consistently managed and stored (identification, versioning, traceability). During operation and maintenance respective facilities (processes, systems, and equipment) shall be managed under defined conditions. This shall be ensured by respective monitoring and messaging mechanisms. Finally, design of new facilities and procurement of energy services, products, equipment and energy shall be supported by past energy performance observations.
How zenon supports the fulfillment of these requirements:
- zenon offers advanced ergonomic features. Hence, visualizations and interfaces can be created in a flexible way, taking specific user preferences into account. A meaningful illustration of processes and values helps to avoid mistakes and lowers necessary training efforts and related costs.
A variety of visual elements help the user to picture relevant activities at a glance, avoiding confusion or misinterpretation. Features include touch or multi-touch operation, process animation or the zenon “World View” option for visualization of extra-large objects, facilities or maps. Of course zenon supports flexible language switching.
- User administration is a build within the zenon functionality. Various user levels can be flexibly arranged and linked to specific permissions. This allows for a secure and controlled operation. Furthermore, the user administration within zenon can be based on Active Directory and thus be seamlessly integrated into existing IT-infrastructures.
- The creation of reports is another striking functionality of zenon, allowing for meaningful evaluations on the basis of the entire data volume being available in a facility. The seamless integration of process data from any data source for reporting on a corporate management level is one of the most striking functionalities of zenon. Process data can be comprehensively archived (Microsoft SQL Server 2012) in defined cycles. The historic data can be used along with actual process values for evaluations. This allows for instant benchmarking based on real-time and historical data.
Respective documents can be either displayed immediately (client terminal, HMI or Webclient), sent to involved persons via E-Mail for further investigation or can be archived. Reports can be exported to well-known office application standards. Moreover, zenon can interact with established document management systems in order to store and archive important documents.
A link to ERP level allows the providing of KPIs or statistics to existent management dashboards. Respective values can be freely defined and calculated by zenon on the basis of the available process values.
- Online monitoring of process values and respective alarming and messaging (instant messages, SMS, E-Mail) is a built-in function within zenon. Every person involved in the Energy Management initiative can be informed about important developments and incidents in real time.