Maintain or Replace – be Energy Efficient or not – continuing the debate
So the other day my wife told me the water in the shower didn’t seem as hot as it normally does. “Maybe something wrong with the water heater?” she said. I did all the normal checks: no water on the basement floor, pilot is lit, check, check. All seems ok.
We happened to go to Home Depot to buy some other stuff, but we ran into the water heater guy. His diagnosis: water heater going bad. (Full admission, it is 11 years old)
I kind of buy his story, it makes sense. Here is an appliance that is 11 years old that I never maintained. Expected life is 10 years, so I am already plus one, right? And maybe a new one would be more efficient, right?
But isn’t that the sort of internal argument manufacturers go through every day? Sunk cost (what they already paid for) vs. Maintenance vs. Replacement? How efficient are the machines you bought 10 or 15 years ago? How do you know? How much does it cost you for a shutdown for two to three days while you secure a replacement machine and install it? Wouldn’t that information be valuable to you if it was visible? How do you know?
Energy management/awareness is certainly a big part of this sustainability issue. Check out this video from Chet:
This truly is the power of a Converged Plantwide Ethernet architecture. Data from end devices all over the plant is available to your HMI and SCADA reporting systems, (all part of your existing Data Center) allowing you to monitor and track actual machine efficiency and up/downtime. Besides monitoring you can control the scheduling of those machines, and you can build in maintenance schedules when they are convenient to you. So now you know!
Our Manufacturing Solutions, coupled with our network of partners, help you discover what is going on in your operations, help you respond to external as well as internal pressures, and help you remain on top of your competition. Cisco truly makes your network Borderless, so you can be there virtually, securely, effortlessly and efficiently.
Isn’t that the key? Being profitable and being #1? And not having water on the floor?