LEDs and wireless controls cut energy costs for FCA plants and dealerships
The upgraded facilities include two in Canada.
By Peter Saunders
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reports it has cut its lighting energy costs by more than 50% at 50-plus plants and dealerships across North America, including two in Canada, after deploying LEDs and wireless controls from Current by GE.
An assembly plant in Brampton, Ont., and a casting plant in nearby Toronto are among the facilities that have been upgraded, as is a flagship assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., where special anti-glare lenses and extended power supplies were needed to address the scope of the 5 million-square-foot building.
While the energy-efficient benefits of LEDs are already well-known, FCA is also using wireless lighting controls to reduce costs further and to prepare for future industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Indeed, research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects adoption rates of LEDs in industrial spaces to skyrocket from 3% just five years ago (2014) to 76% in 2020.
“From digital energy management systems that track real-time consumption data and allow for plant-level analysis to applications that could help with common industrial tasks like maintenance productivity and inventory management, companies like FCA are investing in flexible technology today that will help future-proof their operations tomorrow,” says Rudy Calderon, Current by GE’s general manager (GM) for the industrial market.