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feature | sustainability

Manufacturing
sustainability,
particularly in
the processing
industries, can be
greatly improved
with Industry 4.0
technologies.

Use Industry 4.0 to

Elevate
Sustainability

Paige Marie Morse
Aspen Technology

The data generated by today's digital-transformation technologies can help you cut energy
costs and reduce your environmental impact.
ALL EYES ARE on the industrial world these days, with heightened
expectations that it must play its part to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions
and keep global temperatures down. Industrial companies must recognize this and work to ensure they meet these expectations, operating with
a sustainable and energy-efficient focus. The shift in approach will not
only help enterprise public images but also keep them more competitive.
Additionally, as organizations face consistently volatile markets, solutions
that lead to more sustainability often have the added benefit of improving
company profitability.
Industry 4.0 technologies will help drive sustainable movements forward and make reaching sustainability goals a reality for many industrial
organizations. Application of more-recent technology developments,
such as machine learning, IIoT, and artificial intelligence, to industrial
operations will help companies make strides toward a greener future.

JANUARY 2020

Industry 4.0 is not hype anymore. It's real, and the technology
advancements it has produced are pivotal to the industrial world,
particularly in the area of operational efficiency. Digital process-control
technologies help to boost production output while reducing energy consumption and cutting energy costs. They also reduce the overall carbon
footprint of production processes.
Most industrial processes demand high-energy input. According to
the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Washington (eia.gov), the
bulk-chemical industry accounts for the largest portion of U.S. industrial
energy use, at 28%, followed by the refining industry at 18%.
Operational instability also contributes to energy waste. When an
asset malfunctions and leads to unexpected production downtime,
organizations can experience millions of dollars in profit losses, as well as
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