Britvic Soft Drinks, Rugby
The introduction by TCS of a portfolio of different lighting types – including a tailor-made design – for soft drinks giant Britvic Soft Drinks has delivered a range of benefits including reduced energy bills and happier staff!
When TCS went to look at Britvic Soft Drinks’ factory in Rugby to tender for the replacement of lighting there it instantly recognised that different areas and the different activities taking place within them meant that a range of lighting types was required to achieve optimum results.
Ahead of the replacements taking place at the Rugby production plant, at which over 800 million cans of drinks including Pepsi, 7Up, Tango and Fruit Shoot My Five are made each year, 400w metal halide lighting was fitted throughout.
TCS surveyed the plant and drew up a lighting configuration that would improve efficiency, lighting levels and the environment for the staff. It involved using a range of different technologies.
Project Manager for Britvic, Calvin Winch, says that this was a significant advantage. “We were most impressed by the fact that TCS could offer a range of different technologies because they are not tied in to one supplier or trying to push one style,” he said.
Being able to see what TCS was proposing for each area with the associated costing for each was also appreciated. “Instead of the usual pdf document showing what was to be done TCS prepared a very clear spreadsheet. They provided a tailored service to suit our needs and offered good value. It also meant that if we had wanted we could make adjustments,” Calvin explained.
The portfolio of lights supplied and fitted for Britvic that includes fluorescent units that TCS had tailor-made for use in the production hall. Induction lighting has been used in some areas to reduce maintenance where access is difficult and various fittings have been used in other areas where increased light levels are required.
As a result of the nature of the work that takes place in the Britvic factory TCS ensured that all tubes used are shatter-proof and IP rated fittings are installed where necessary.
Commenting on the tailor-made units, TCS Director Mike Clements said: “Other suppliers had suggested standard fluorescent fittings with sensors across the site, but we recognised different areas required different solutions. We proposed units be used that were dependent on lighting requirements and occupancy levels for each area.
“To enable us to achieve this we went to a manufacturer and had twin units purpose-made. This has enabled us to achieve improved payback.”
Bench tests on the old and new units before and after electrical loading have been carried out and these have proved that an 89.9% energy saving will be achieved delivering a payback in less than seven months.
The saving has not been made at the expense of lighting levels. “I didn’t expect the light levels to be what they are,” Calvin Winch admitted, “The quality of light is improved. Opposed to the old halides it’s a much clearer light to work beneath and the staff definitely prefers it.”
Installation of the lighting by TCS took place over a period of four months with staff working around the 24-hour production at the factory to minimise disruption.
As a result of the success of the work at Rugby TCS has now been invited to look at other Britvic sites.