Rockwell Automation has been contracted to provide energy management software to Real Pet Food Company across four production facilities in Australia. It commissioned the sustainability upgrade to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

The energy management solution will be delivered by Rockwell’s consulting arm, Kalypso, which specialises in the digital evolution of industrial companies through consulting, digital innovation, enterprise technology, and business process management services.

Real Pet Food Company produces brands including Nature’s Gift, Farmers Market, Ivory Coat and V.I.P and supplies major Australian supermarkets.

Digitising sustainability data

Real Pet Food Company is currently measuring its energy management using spreadsheets and clipboards. This results in decentralised and disconnected information, and a lack of real-time management.

Rockwell Automation regional director – south pacific, Anthony Wong said, “Turning this manual data entry into a digital solution will provide Real Pet Food company with better visibility of its energy consumption linked to production data, allowing it to identify optimisation opportunities.”

Real Pet Food Company's Head of Sustainability, Jarrod Edgecombe said the company had a renewed focus on sustainability, with a new strategy in place.

“The partnership with Rockwell is transforming our data availability to ensure that we see an increase in the volume and the quality of data. These two factors are critical to underpin our decision making in real time and enable our journey in decreasing energy intensity and carbon footprint through our operations,” said Edgecombe.

The Energy Management software can integrate directly into Rockwell Automation’s ThingWorx IIoT platform. ThingWorx is part of Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, and allows users to connect, manage, monitor, and control diverse automation devices and software applications through one intuitive user interface.

“Once fully installed, the Energy Management software will help increase Real Pet Food Company’s energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and allow access to real-time operational data for reporting and audits.

“The software was developed in part by local software engineers, so the Australian teams from both Kalypso and Rockwell Automation had extensive experience to draw upon when creating the optimum sustainability solution for Real Pet Food Company,” said Wong.

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