A new company, Agentis Energy, made its debut at NPE 2009 last month with a web-based interface that enables plastics processors to monitor the energy consumption of every electrically powered device in the plant and use that information to minimize energy costs. The company is located at its sister company, Fast Heat Inc., Elmhurst, Ill. The firm’s Acuity Solution software tracks kilowatt-hour usage in real time per device or per job and calculates costs depending on whether the usage took place during the electrical utility’s peak or off-peak times. “Until now processors have paid their monthly utility bills with little or no knowledge of the factors contributing to what is typically their second or third largest operating cost, after raw material,” says Tim Stojka, CEO of Agentis and Fast Heat. “The Acuity Solution is an easy-to-install, easy-to-use system that enables them to account for every kwh of energy use.” Usage data is gathered by sensors installed on electrically powered devices. These sensors are connected to multi-channel nodes that send the data wirelessly over the internet to the Acuity server at Agentis. The customer’s energy consumption can be viewed through a secure connection via any web browser.