Automotive glass supplier Pilkington Automotive, part of the NSG Group, is using a wirelessly connected, cloud-based lighting system from Signify to reduce energy consumption, establish a safer working environment and gain insight into space utilisation at its new warehouse facility in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Marking lighting company Signify’s entry into the Industrial IoT space, the Interact Industry lighting system for warehouses and manufacturing facilities features embedded smart sensors that collect data on space utilisation and data analysis software that enables Pilkington Automotive continually to improve warehouse and process layout. Marcel Devereaux, Category Manager Energy Projects, NSG Group, claims the system has enabled Pilkington Automotive to reduce the site’s carbon footprint by 290 tonnes of CO2 each year. He said: “Compared to sites where conventional lighting is used, the new system achieves up to 50% energy savings by adapting the lighting to demand, using daylight harvesting and presence sensors. This is on top of the significant savings already achieved by changing to LED lighting.” Benefits of the connected, centrally controlled lighting system include:
*Increased safety and productivity – Interact Industry ensures a safe working environment and continuous operation through preventative rather than reactive maintenance. By providing insight into current faults and flagging potential defects before they occur, the system can limit downtime and reduce costs;
*Optimal use of space – motion sensors show how space is used at different times, allowing managers to verify ABC stocking strategies and to take appropriate action to improve operations and reduce inefficiencies in order-picking; and
*Reduced energy consumption – operators can monitor energy consumption across the facility and optimise light settings based on presence, daylight levels and the activity being carried out.