Motor system energy consumption often puts the emphasis on usage by pumps, fans, and compressors, but there are many additional energy saving opportunities that require more of a system view. (Source: US Department of Energy)
They can use efficient motors as this article suggests. But the end user, the factories, need to do theirs and turn off systems when not in use.
Do the factory lights need to be on 24 hours a day when there is no 3rd shift? Does the high pressure hot water system need to be heating through the weekend when there is no one in the fabrication facility?
There's efficient, and there's wasteful. The returns on wasteful should be explored at least as much as efficiency.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.