Transcipt of Interview between Brian Hunter, METERology and Mike Chaplin, Technical Director, ClickNetherfield Ltd.
Brian:Today I am joined by Mike Chaplin, who is Technical Director with ClickNetherfield. Hi Mike.
Mike:Good morning Brian.
Brian:Hi, I was hoping that you could start by telling us a little bit more about ClickNetherfield and what your business is all about.
Mike:Well Brian, our company is a very specialist company. We provide museum showcases for larger institions all around the wold. On of our product ranges, or one of the division of our business, deals with de-mountable showcases and part of what that addresses is the need to re-use cases again and again for museums who are doing temporary exhibitions and things like that. So the whole focus of this division is about our environmental policy and so this really fitted in with we were already doing with our recycling work and the re-use of these cases by letting us analyse our energy needs. And then you add to that the problems with rising energy costs and the need to make the business more efficient, well the timing was all just right for us.
Brian:What possible solutions did you look at when you were investigating how you could solve this problem?
Mike:We approached our utility company, because some of them have some solutions which were available, but what they offered was quite sort of limited, usually end of month information, and really very dry, database statistics which didn't really suits the needs that we had.
Brian:What made you choose METERology for your solution?
Mike:When we looked at the approach for the software we found the software very intuitive, easy to use and really what we felt was going to be important for us was being able to work with the existing setup we had, so we weren't going to have major capital expediture to install the system.
Brian:And how well is it working for you now?
Mike:It's very good actually. I do quite a bit of travelling with business and one of the things I do is when I am abroad I look to see if we are doing overtime or nightshifts. It has been a real leaning curve for us just seeing what our usage is at any point in time and that bit of detective work to find out what is causing it. There have been some very simple, easy things that we have been able to do to reduce our energy usage all because we've been able to identify that there was an issue there in the first place.
Brian:And that's something that you weren't able to do before you put the METERology system in?
Mike:No, I think we've all got experience of recieving an electricity bill at the end of the month and going "Oh, that's high", but having no means to actually analyse it.
Brian:So what was involved in the installation?
Mike:That was very straightforward. I was quite pleased with that element of it. We had to istall some "things" over the cable, (that's a technical term for it). And then feed that back to the actual monitoring unit.
Brian:Was there a need for a lot of cabling associated with the system?
Mike:No, really just one network point, so that was one of our guys just ran that ourselves.
Brian:Was it expensive?
Mike:No, we were actually quite pleased with it. I don't like to say that it was cheap but it was a low cost solution that actually gave us what we wanted.
Brian:And is this being used by other people in the organisation or is it just confined to yourself?
Mike:No, with the METERology system you can actually let several users be involved in that process and what we have found is that our managers within the business are quite competitive by nature and they want to beat the energy usage that we have got, so it gives them the tool to do that. It is a very easy system to use. Just login and the information is there. You can graph it by day, or over a period of time so that you can actually see the patterns of usage as well and things as well. Very intuitive
Brian:Thank You.