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Energy data helps Corex Plastics reduce costs while boosting productivity, improving asset performance

by Wattwatchers Team
posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2019


SimbleEnergy is one of the first software-as-a-service solution providers to integrate with Wattwatchers’ IoT energy devices and data streams.

Its ASX-listed parent company, Simble Solutions Ltd, now operates in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and in Asia, including deploying hundreds of Wattwatchers devices at dozens of customer sites.

Since mid-2017, SimbleEnergy has installed 30 devices at the Dandenong South facility of Corex Plastics, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of Corflute Sheets, with the aim of using real-time monitoring of electrical circuits to improve production flows and identify savings opportunities.

As well as providing Corex Plastics real business benefits, the project also doubles as a a proof-of-concept commercial demonstration for a local industry body, the South-East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA).

Headline outcome: 15% reduction in energy costs per 1kg of plastics

How it works

Wattwatchers Auditor-type energy monitoring devices have been installed by electricians to monitor individual circuits for buildings and machines at the Corex manufacturing facility.

Raw data is transmitted wirelessly (cellular/WiFi) every 30 seconds to the SimbleEnergy cloud server and is value-added through processing and analytics.

Corex Plastics personnel receive sophisticated graphical visualisations, historical data, analysis and alerts via the easy-to-use SimbleSense dashboard.


Key results

Corex Plastics benefited in several key areas, generating ongoing interest from other SEMMA members:

  • Track energy use and eliminate waste, saving money and reducing environmental footprint/carbon emissions (15% reduction in energy costs per 1kg of plastics)
  • Preventative management of assets by using highly-granular, real-time energy data for fault detection and scheduling of asset upgrades
  • Benchmarking and optimisation of production lines
  • Facilitate energy costs allocations across the business and support better decision-making for future capital investments



VIDEOS: A video version of the case study can be found at (scroll towards the bottom of the page). SEMMA also has made a video highlighting the Corex Plastics project.

PDF: Brochure version