Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has two factories in the Netherlands where heavy equipment is manufactured. One of the big production halls at their Amsterdam site is equipped with Luxon, the connected light management platform from Nedap. The hall has more than 670 LED luminaires that are managed online using Nedap technology. This not only results in substantial savings, but also ensures a more efficient production process.
Introducing Brian Vermeulen (General Manager Corporate Strategy, Control & Governance HCME), Jeroen van der Heijden (management technician at Sodexo) and Rein Pijnenburg (General Manager Amsterdam Factory).
Brian and Rein share their experiences with connected lighting, how contributes to corporate goals in the area of sustainability, quality, health and safety. Jeroen van der Heijden (Sodexo) explains how a connected lighting system helps him unburden his customer HCME.
A healthy balance
As the General Manager of Corporate Strategy, Control & Governance for HCME, Brian Vermeulen is responsible, amongst others, for risk management and environmental policy. “Caring for people and the environment is very important to our company”, he says. “For every investment, we investigate the possible impact on the environment - in a positive and negative way - and what we can do to influence this. Our aim is to find a healthy balance between sustainability and cost efficiency.”
An intelligent system
“Lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about sustainability”, says Vermeulen. "But we have become more aware of the fact that we must look beyond the direct impact of our product on its own. On this basis, we asked a consulting agency to investigate how we can become more sustainable, taking into account aspects such as economic business and employee care. In their report, lighting emerged as one of the most important factors. So when the lighting of our production environment needed to be replaced, we started looking for an alternative. We knew LEDs were our best option, but we also wanted a very intelligent system. That’s why we opted for the connected light management platform from Nedap.”
Brian Vermeulen, General Manager Corporate Strategy, Control & Governance HCME: "We knew LEDs were our best option, but we also wanted a highly intelligent system."
A customized solution
At present, one of the halls at the HCME site in Amsterdam - the section of the plant where construction takes place - is fitted with Disano luminaires, controlled by Nedap Luxon. Vermeulen: “The specific lighting requirement for each step of the production process has been carefully evaluated. For example, you need more lighting in areas where lighting is necessary to carry out certain tasks and less lighting in areas such as corridors. Local lighting is also necessary when you are working in the evening and your colleagues have already left. Our people now have a customized solution. Of course, we have made predictions in terms of energy and cost savings. We are also going to use this in our other hall in Amsterdam, as well as our factory in Oosterhout.
Focused and measured
Rein Pijnenburg is the General Manager at the Amsterdam Factory. He started working at HCME in 1990 and has been the manager of the factory in Amsterdam for the past six years. “We have three assembly lines for the production of wheel loaders, excavators with caterpillar tracks, and excavators with wheels. There are several walkways and tracks as well as many different production zones. We wanted to light up the hall with more or less light at specific times. Thanks to the intelligent, connected Luxon system we can now use LED lighting in a focused, measured way, allowing it to contribute to the optimization of our production process.”
Rein Pijnenburg, General Manager Amsterdam Factory HCME: "Sufficient lighting is very important in the production of top-quality products
"Sufficient lighting is very important in the production of top-quality products," emphasises Pijnenburg. “Of course, the most important thing is that we are able to quickly see which phase of the production process requires intervention. Connected lighting can help with this. The optimal use of lighting prevents a lot of so-called waste, such as scratches or other damage to the heavy equipment.” Pijnenburg also points out that sustainability is becoming increasingly important for his organisation, as well as for customers. “The government requires organizations to take concrete measures, such as drawing up an energy plan. Using Luxon not only improves our own sustainability, but it also makes us more compliant.”
As a management technician at Sodexo, the facility service provider from HCME, Jeroen van der Heijden was involved in the implementation of Luxon from the beginning. “This is intelligent lighting as it should be”, says Jeroen. Every individual LED lamp can be controlled, selected and programmed.” Van der Heijden is not only proud of the end result, but also the installation process as a whole. “In less than three weeks, more than 670 luminaires were fitted and put into operation. It’s a great example of teamwork. I was very happy to work with people from Nedap and HCME.”
Jeroen van der Heijden, Sodexo: “So far, the system has exceeded our expectations.”
Van der Heijden: “Luxon is very user-friendly. Obviously, some people must be trained in how to optimally use the software, but employees in the workplace do not have to worry about it. They have a better lighting experience and the system also registers overtime, which is very important.” Van der Heijden also mentions that the ‘aftercare’ of the Nedap Luxon system installation is excellent. “If something needs to be changed or adjusted, it is done very quickly and without having to stop production. Even if the internet connection is interrupted for a short time, nothing happens to the lighting and the program simply continues. "
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