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Umberto - Software for Resource Efficiency

Umberto - Software for Resource Efficiency

One of the leading software solutions for resource efficiency

With Umberto Efficiency+, you increase your resource efficiency through: 

  • Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA)
  • Material flow analyses
  • Cost accounting
  • CO2 balances
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Use resources efficiently and lower costs

Material efficiency is the key to the sustainability of your business. We are happy to advise you in how Umberto can best support your resource management goals.

Highlights of our software for resource efficiency

Optimizing production processes, saving resources

By building the graphical Umberto model you create transparency and gain a comprehensive understanding of the production system at hand. Sankey diagrams help visualizing material and energy flows.

The models you build of your production process in Umberto link process engineering knowledge with a cost saving and green manufacturing system perspective. Tackle energy recovery, material re-use, recycling, material substitution and waste reduction now. Optimize production in regard to environment and cost. This enables a resource efficient production.

Test Umberto Efficiency+ free of charge

Just download your free trial version of our software for resource efficiency. You can test it for 14 days and start with a first analysis of your material and energy efficiency.

Calculating the true cost of material losses

The integrated Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) in Umberto Efficiency+ helps to improve material efficiency. The aim is to save energy and costs by avoiding material losses (waste).

In addition to classic cost analysis, which looks at cost per product, Umberto Efficiency+ identifies how much can be saved if material losses can be reduced or eliminated.

With the MCFA method, costs are not merely allocated to the product itself, but proportionately to all material and energy losses. The use of this method helps to visualize the ‘hidden’ costs, which can often be even more than the pure production cost itself.

More details about the MFCA method

Analyse and assess optimization measures

On the basis of the modeled scenarios, you can answer the question what the effects of  improvement measures will be, and whether planned changes will help you reach material and energy saving goals.

Key performance indicators (KPIs) allow assessing the current situation, and comparing it to an optimized, more efficient production system. When will you break-even on the cost for the improvement measures?

Calculation of carbon footprints

With Umberto Efficiency+, you will not only find potentials for material and energy efficiency, but also for the reduction of CO2 emissions. The integrated GWP database (ecoinvent 2.2 among others) puts global warming potential data at your fingertips by being instantly available within our software. There is also the possibility to use the latest ecoinvent 3.2 GWP data. As a result, you can quickly and easily calculate your carbon footprint.

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Further information about our software for resource efficiency

Would you like to learn more about Umberto Efficiency+? Then please have a look at our product brochure. All functions and features of the resource efficiency software can be found in the data sheet. 

Application examples for the software for material and energy efficiency

Analysis and Planning of Ultra Pure Water Facilities

Arcade Engineering, an engineering company and plant manufacturer from Germany, uses Umberto in facility planning projects. In the project described in this success story, capacity limitations of ultra pure water facilities in a semiconductor plant were analysed. By using the software Umberto the planning became speedier and led to adaptations.

Analysis and Planning of Ultra Pure Water Facilities

Process Optimization in the Chemical Industry

Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now BASF Schweiz AG) is a leading chemical company. Nowadays the portfolio also includes plastics, performance products, oil and gas. The company used Umberto to successfully optimize processes in the chemical industry. By using the method of ECO engineering potentials for system optimizations and savings are systematically identified.

Process Optimization in the Chemical Industry

More case studies

Umberto is used in a wide variety of industries. We have compiled an overview of further case studies on process optimization and resource efficiency for you.

Free Umberto web presentation

Free Umberto web presentation

We offer free web presentations for an quick and easy introduction to Umberto. Here you can find the upcoming dates.

Umberto software trainings

Umberto software trainings

We would like to give you the best start for working with Umberto. That is why regular software trainings take place, where the software is explained in depth. Here you can find an overview of the next dates.

Umberto user Martin Schottler says:

Umberto user Martin Schottler says:

"The Umberto models I present to my clients leave a lasting impression long after I have left the room. I have been using Umberto for over 15 years."

Dr. Martin Schottler, Consultant for Process Engineering

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Umberto Efficiency+ Software for Material and Energy Efficiency

What is energy efficiency?

By being in compliance with the energy management requirements of ISO 50001, many businesses have already reaped the benefits of their energy efficiency measures, as is  evident from their financial reports. Constantly scrutinizing real-time material and energy use in your business in order to optimize the system is a crucial factor in energy efficiency management. It helps to minimize emissions of pollutants and to identify and realize every potential for further savings.

What is resource efficiency software?

Umberto Efficiency+ is a software tool that expands and facilitates efficiency management by focusing on material use associated with a product. This includes establishing a complete inventory of the entire production system including all processes involved in fabrication as well as the balancing of material flows. In other words: Umberto Efficiency+ can do much more than just visualize the measured material use. With its systematic approach and the power to visualize interdependencies, the software allows managers to easily identify potential savings.
As part of ERP, resource efficiency software is vital early on in the planning and development phases for the evaluation of potential savings. Using quantity-based Sankey diagrams, any impacts on the overall system become instantly visible. The introduction of more energy effective technologies is a good example of this. In addition, the software can balance all material and energy cost data and also include other factors such as investment costs. As a result, Umberto provides broad support for your company's goal of implementing comprehensive resource efficiency management. 

Using simple building blocks, an initial analysis can be quickly performed by the resource efficiency software using already available data and therefore can, for example, easily visualize the real-time use of energy. The model is then fine-tuned step by step with additional details in order to simulate production processes and to utilize its forecasting capabilities. The range of possible modeling options reaches from easy-to-read input-output balances to the integration of functional interrelationships. With your improved systems understanding, you can now make a well-founded decision regarding a suitable analytical approach. This ensures that all relevant energy flows will be captured for analysis. The information gained will, by itself, help move a business from using basic assumptions to focusing on what's really relevant in pinpointing the most important data for energy efficiency management.Combining more conscious material and energy use with taking all resources into consideration - including work force, capacities, and costs – is the decisive factor in realizing the full range of potential savings through resource efficiency management. The ifu Hamburg team is happy to show you how to move your business from merely compiling energy data to a more resource efficient production. If you're interested in a resource efficiency analysis for your business, or if you'd like to learn more about using our material efficiency software – just get in touch and we'd be happy to support you.