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    Customer Story: Yili Group

    Modernizing for production & energy EFFICIENCY

    China’s leading dairy becomes a model of energy savings and efficiency by digitizing their production with EcoStruxure Plant.

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    Activate an efficient and sustainable future

    The future looks bright for companies who integrate energy and sustainability initiatives to make smarter, data-driven decisions — we call this Active Energy Management. Learn how you can unlock its benefits today.

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    • Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd Modernizing for production and energy efficiency

      Watch how Yili Group has adopted digitization to become a smart manufacturer and pursue its mission of sustainability.

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    Activate an efficient and sustainable future

    The future looks bright for companies who integrate energy and sustainability initiatives to make smarter, data-driven decisions — we call this Active Energy Management. Learn how you can unlock its benefits today. Learn more

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    The Challenge

    As the world's most populous country and its second largest economy, China faces a huge demand for dairy products. Rapid population growth and urbanization mean the dairy industry has enormous capacity for expansion. In the “Made in China 2025” strategy and the 13th Five-Year Plan*, Chinese dairy producers, including Yili, also face the challenges of accelerating transformation and modernizing, energy conservation, emissions reduction, and sustainable development:

    • Greater energy conservation and emission reduction targets that are difficult to meet using traditional energy management methods
    • Energy efficiency status of equipment cannot be effectively monitored and managed in real time 
    • Lack of detailed and accurate data and analysis to support decision making 
    • Energy input-output ratio is difficult to scientifically quantify
    • Rebuild consumer trust through smart & secure manufacturing

    * January 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Commerce, and the State Food and Drug Administration, the five ministries jointly issued the National Dairy Development Plan (2016-2020)


    The Solution

       Apps, Analytics & Services: Energy management software & expert services
       Edge Control: Modicon M340 PLC, building automation
       Connected Products: Sensors, switches, UPS, cabinets

    The Yili Group adopted Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure-based architecture and platform, along with our energy management solutions to significantly reduce energy costs, improve energy data accuracy and interoperability, and increase overall management efficiency.

    • A complete energy management solution with EcoStruxure Plant, leading to sustainable development and moving to a smart dairy industry
    • Real-time monitoring and management of the energy efficiency status of equipment
    • Industry expertise and experience helping dairy producers to save energy & increase efficiency, with multiple references in this area

    Schneider Electric provides Yili with a complete energy management solution:

    Energy management software and expert services:
    • Provide comprehensive real-time system monitoring for energy efficiency, making it relatively easy to understand the situation
    • Generate reports on demand showing energy consumption
    • Correlate and compare and the system and historical data across different cost centers and product lines to help optimize processes, energy efficiency and lean management

    Powerful edge control system:
    Modicon M340 PLC and controller controls and collects a large amount of data quickly through a unified protocol, and uses the "information flow" to open up highly dispersed systems. The connection completely eliminates information islands between systems and realizes the transparent visual management of energy consumption.

    A full set of automation products:
    UPS, intelligent power distribution cabinets, sensors, and switches to ensure continuous and reliable use of electricity by deploying smart meters and gateways, etc.

    The Results

    • New industry benchmarks set for energy efficiency & operations management
    • Operational efficiency increased by 19%
    • Energy costs reduced by 5%
    • Integration of automation systems with energy management software to generate large amounts of valuable data, accurately and quickly
    • Complete transparency between energy demand side and supply side distribution
    • Labor costs reduced and efficiency improved

    Example: At the Yili Huanggang factory, staff can now complete the data collection from all 200 energy meters in 5 seconds, increasing efficiency by 1400 times, with complete accuracy. The energy consumption KPI indicators are now measured in a single second, greatly improving management efficiency. 

    Yili is actively promoting smart manufacturing. By piloting the digitization of the dairy industry, and the construction of smart factories to realize the automation, intelligence, and transparency of the entire process, from raw milk to finished products: Better production to better meet consumer demand. 

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    “By applying Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Plant… we have achieved transparent and efficient operations management, with operational efficiency increased by 19% and energy costs reduced by 5%.”

    — Wei Xiangyun, Deputy Director of the Liquid Milk Production Management Department, Yili Group
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