CUSTOM Webcasts
Energy Management Series
1) The manager's role - how to ask the right questions and write an action plan
Date: July 13, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM to EST

Robin Kent is founder and managing director of British consulting firm Tangram Technology Ltd. He formed Tangram in March 1996 to address the needs of U.K. plastics processors, window systems suppliers, window fabricators, specifiers and consumers. He also has become an expert on energy management for all types of plastics processors. For the past 36 years he has been involved with plastics processing in a variety of sectors, from extrusion to injection molding. Kent also has also been very active in unplasticized vinyl (PVC-U) extrusion and windows since 1981. He has many years experience in product design, having worked as technical director for several major plastics processing companies in the U.K. and Europe. An Australian native, Kent has a bachelor of engineering honors degree in materials engineering from Monash University in Australia and a Ph.D. in solid-state polymer physics from the University of Surrey in England. He has published more than 220 technical papers and articles on plastics and windows and is a regular lecturer at conferences on materials processing and PVC-U windows.

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Free

Dr. Robin Kent, Founder & MD, Tangram Technology Ltd.

This webcast kicks off the series with considerations for managers of plastics processing plants. It starts with a look at the forces driving up energy costs -- financial, operational and environmental.

Next it addresses these questions:

  • Where are you using energy?

  • When are you using energy?

  • Why are you using energy?

  • How much energy are you using?

  • Reading the electricity bill - key tips

The webcast also covers how managers can obtain and use initial management information, including:

  • Monitoring and targeting

  • Reading a PCL chart

  • Analyzing the PCL data for processes

  • Budgeting

With this information, managers will be able to answer the question "Where are we now?" and develop an action plan for managing energy costs.

Watch a brief video of Robin Kent