The Internet of Things now has a fundamental role in reducing energy consumption. One of the projects in the Body Shop unit has to do with the fans used to cool soldering tongs in the cooling tower. These used to run continuously but are now only activated when necessary. Thus, according to the analyst for the Body Shop Technology Processes unit, Paulo Carneiro, the average consumption fell from 88.26 to 21.88 KWh, a drop of 75%. "We connected a frequency inverter to a temperature sensor," he explains.
Projects like this one are suggested by the employees themselves, through World Class Manufacturing (WCM), which is the methodology focused on reducing losses and increasing productivity used by FCA around the world. Last year alone, more than 900 projects were developed only to reduce electricity consumption at the Betim plant, a figure three times higher than in the previous year. Between 2015 and 2018, the reduction in consumption is equivalent to the supply of more than 16 thousand homes with four residents. And the goal is to continue on this path, of course.
The coordinator for Environment, Health and Work Safety at the Fiat Automotive Plant, Flávia Vilas, says that each operational unit in the factory has spaces dedicated to experiences and practices of environmental and energy management. "The objective is to provide employees with the conditions to explore opportunities never before perceived, seeking solutions for rational use of energy, reduction of waste generation, among other environmental aspects", she says.
In Pernambuco, at the Jeep Automotive Plant, preservation takes place directly in the wilderness. There, the car factory is also a seedling factory, produced to restore and preserve the original biome of the region: the Atlantic Forest. "For centuries, this region was dominated by the cultivation of sugarcane, which replaced the native vegetation", says Danubia Lima, coordinator of the Biodiversity Program. In 2014, according to Danubia, 174 native species from the region surrounding the plant were identified in partnership with the federal universities of Pernambuco (UFPE) and Rural of Pernambuco (UFRPE) in order to start the program. Today, Jeep celebrates the results: about 100 thousand seedlings from 295 different species have returned to their area, restoring the landscape of the ‘Zona da Mata’ of Pernambuco.