COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s die-cast facility in Cologne has achieved ISO 50001 certification following an external audit of its highly advanced energy management system.
Liquid aluminum pressure die-casting is one of the most energy-intensive processes carried out by Ford at the Niehl Plant in Cologne/Germany. To achieve the coveted ISO 50001 Certification, the energy team had to analyse all areas of energy use, identify where savings could be made and then formulate a plan of action.
Overall, the team identified potential savings of almost 10 per cent, which corresponds to approximately 1.4 GWh a year.
Energy saving measures to be introduced included reducing the speed of electric motors where possible, optimising furnace temperatures and encouraging staff to switch off electrical appliances when out of the office.
To check and analyze the effectiveness of all these measures a web-based metering and monitoring system has been introduced which records energy usage for every building, providing real-time and historical figures energy use.
And this is only the first step. By end of 2014 Ford Werke GmbH with all its facilities in Cologne and Saarlouis should be certified according to ISO 50001.
The basis for this is the new Ford Internal Energy Management Operating System (EMOS) which was rolled out in April this year at all FoE manufacturing sites. This will result not only in significant cost advantages driven by energy savings, but also tax benefits as part of the local legislation.
EMOS is fundamental to deliver the global energy strategy whose goal is to achieve a 25 per cent energy reduction per vehicle produced by the end of 2016.
Championing the introduction of EMOS in Europe and especially in Cologne is Karl Anton. The project is supervised, coordinated and supported technically by a Ford-Land Energy Efficiency team led by Richard Douthwaite.