Canadian Manufacturing

Pandemic challenges doing little to slow manufacturing innovators

by CM Staff   

Cleantech Canada
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Digital lighting solutions provide manufacturers the ability to control every aspect of their warehousing and manufacturing operations.

EcoGrid Technologies smart lighting solutions to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

2021 is presenting a new year of challenges for manufacturers looking to grow and rebound from the pandemic. While employees across many industries continue to work from home, factories, warehouses and office buildings remain empty or continue to transition to using smart solutions so they can save on costs, become more efficient, and reduce their climate footprint as well.

EcoGrid Technologies is a company currently experiencing a boom due to their future-proof lighting solutions that offer warehousing and manufacturing clients the ability to monitor, adjust and improve their operations in an effort to become future-proof and pandemic-proof.

The digital lighting solutions provide manufacturers the ability to control every aspect of their warehousing and manufacturing operations, including the ability to book meeting space, adjust temperatures, measure wireless demand, apply contact tracing and boost efficiency, all from smart lighting. Due to COVID-19, many industries had chillers and rooftop power units running in an inefficient manner while the buildings remained empty. With smart lighting solutions, optimized lighting is possible that would help save manufacturers money in the long run.

George Filtsos, President of EcoGrid Technologies, commented that “Smart lighting is the path to establishing a digital ceiling infrastructure to future proof investments in the industrial and manufacturing industries.”


Cost Savings

Switching to IoT enabled lighting also has significant cost savings, and replacing a simple fluorescent LED with a digital solution is a roughly 50% savings. If an organization were to completely overhaul their operation to make it future-proof, they would save anywhere from 50%-90% in costs due to how long smart lighting solutions last.

“While manufacturing and industrial industry organizations normally do not prioritize efficiency and take a ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’ approach, COVID-19 has created a perfect time for manufacturers to make these types of changes to their operation, with a lot of factories operating at reduced capacity.” George Filtsos added.

Smart lighting and monitoring solutions continue to challenge traditional lighting operations in 2021, providing an environmentally safer, and more cost-efficient way to run a factory or building. These solutions are already in use by Canadian clients such as Kodarin Industries, which is reporting a 79% reduction in energy use from lighting, and over 100,000 kWh of consumption savings. LHM’s use of Smart LEDs has also led to a large energy savings, and Treehouse Foods, based out of Delta, BC and in the food manufacturing industry has converted their 1 million square foot facility to a Smart LED operation to considerably positive results.


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