Use resources efficiently and lower costs
Material efficiency is the key to the sustainability of your business. Our resource efficiency software enables you to establish the relationship between your material and energy use and your resulting costs. With Umberto NXT Efficiency you will discover potential savings and improve your resource efficiency. We are happy to advise you in how Umberto can best support your resource management goals.
Highlights of our software for resource efficiency
Know all material and energy flows for a comprehensive system optimization
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 NXT 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.
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 NXT Efficiency, you can not only discover opportunities for increased material and energy efficiencies, you can also find ways to reduce 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.
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.
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.
Further features of our resource efficiency software at a glance
What are my options when building a model?
- Linear and non-linear process specifications
- Freely defined parameters
- Calculation of Carbon Footprint with integrated GWP data (ecoinvent 2.2 GWP, PAS 2050, BioGrace). Optionally available with the latest ecoinvent 3.2 GWP data
- Process specifications with user-defined functions (mathematical formulas)
- Save model sections in the module gallery for later reuse
- Integrate inventories and inventory changes
- Export and Import of Linear Specifications as Excel file in the form of an aggregated input/output table
What are my options when using cost calculation?
- Free definition of cost types and cost plans
- Unit cost accounting
- Material direct costs
- Assign fixed and variable costs to each cost center
What analyses and reports can I generate?
- Mass and energy balances for the entire system as well as for sub-systems
- Analysis based on processes, products, flows
- Display cost analysis in tables or graphs
- Export of all result data to Microsoft Excel
- Sankey diagrams of cost, energy, and mass flows
- Sankey diagram graphics export is quick and easy
Umberto – 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 NXT 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 NXT 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.