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PROJECT lighting Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too Real-time energy-monitoring capabilities track equipment usage, boost productivity. A 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 trends. The company designs and manufactures protective packaging solutions ranging from foam, air-tube, and recycled fiber inserts to corrugated-carton materials and custom crating. 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. facility. 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 safety. 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 Want more information? The resources below are linked on our website at and our digital magazine at digital/may2016. Circle 13 on the Reader Service Card. Download an overview. Learn more about LightRules. Download a spec sheet. monitoring all energy loads within the building and MAY 2016 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE 57

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture May 2016

The Architects
Regulations Shape Hospital Design
Architectural Glass Goes First Class
Healthcare Green Design
Interiors Products
Insulation Chills Cold-Storage Facility
Exteriors Products
Dynamic Glass Transforms Elevated Oasis
High-Speed Doors Add Zip To Service Center
Windows & Doors Products
Controlling The Sun
Building Technology Products
VRF Holds Key To Detroit Renovation
Tankless Units Heat Water For 17 Stories
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Retrofit Cuts Operation Costs by 85%
Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
Lighting & Electrical Products

Commercial Architecture May 2016