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Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
Real-time energy-monitoring capabilities track
equipment usage, boost productivity.
tlas Global Solutions, Sutton, MA, faced bottlenecks on their production line, and workers were requesting purchase of an addition-
al piece of expensive capital equipment, a new CNC
router, to solve the issue. Because the bottlenecks were
sporadic and information about the loss in productivity
was anecdotal, Frank Tavares, global process engineer
manager at Atlas, wanted to gain detailed insight into
the use of existing equipment and identify actual usage
The company designs and manufactures protective
packaging solutions ranging from foam, air-tube, and
recycled fiber inserts to corrugated-carton materials and
The typical method to determine usage trends is a
manual time study, which is labor intensive and prone
to error. However, Tavares recognized that energy use is
a common variable that can tie together the different
types of production machinery and serve as a proxy for
tracking equipment use and line productivity.
As a result, Tavares selected the LightRules Power
upgrade from Digital Lumens, Boston, as part of a facility expansion to the company's Sutton world headquarters. LightRules Power enables users to extend its real-time energy-monitoring capabilities beyond the
lighting system to virtually all of the equipment in the
Based on insights developed using LightRules Power, production schedules were modified and usage of existing equipment was optimized, eliminating bottlenecks, increasing line productivity by 20%, and avoiding purchase of a $250,000 piece of equipment.
Based on insights developed using the monitoring
system, Tavares modified production schedules and op-
derstanding energy intensity/sq. ft. Without the moni-
timized usage of existing equipment, thereby eliminat-
toring system, it would be impossible to accurately
The system integrates with the existing intelli-
ing bottlenecks, increasing line productivity by 20%,
quantify production expenses and allocate those costs
gent-lighting-system network from Digital Lumens, pro-
and avoiding purchase of a $250,000 piece of CNC
among the various departments.
viding the necessary infrastructure to address broader
equipment, all while ensuring worker engagement and
60% of the total production cost for that line.
The LightRules Power system provides Atlas Global
business challenges. The additional capabilities stream-
Solutions with a metered power report detailing the
line energy management by adopting the same interface
Additionally, detailed data at the sub-meter level
power consumption of every electrical load in the facil-
used for lighting to monitor electrical loads for cost al-
provided the breakdown of electricity usage that Tava-
ity, which for one particular product line accounts for
location and equipment utilization. CA
res needed for accurate cost allocation and equipment
utilization reporting, both of which had not been possible prior to the deployment.
Following the installation of the system, Tavares was
able to accurately monitor the energy consumption and
usage of capital equipment and better identify periods
of inactivity throughout the facility.
Tavares' operational goals for the facility include
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Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
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Commercial Architecture May 2016