Metalcaster Cuts Power Consumption With Lighting Upgrade

September 17, 2015

Ashland Foundry & Machine Works Inc., Ashland, Pa., has upgraded the lighting in its casting facility. The project, which included $109,000 in incentives from Pennsylvania’s PPL Electric Utilities, included the replacement of metal halide fixtures in the 215,000-sq.-ft. facility with an LED lighting system from Smart Start Lighting Long Branch, N.J.

Ashland executives believe the new lighting system will improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption by as much as 85%. The steel and iron casting facility has saved more than $85,000 since deployment.

“Due to the harsh conditions, lighting has always posed a challenge in this environment, requiring frequent maintenance and replacements, which took a toll on both our financial and personnel resources,” said Alden Roberts, facilities superintendent, Ashland Foundry. "We are amazed at the level of control and flexibility the Digital Lumens system gives us to improve operations within the foundry while simultaneously slashing our energy usage."

The new installation allows Ashland Foundry to schedule and manage lighting to match shift work, downtime and holidays without needing to access fixture-mounted switches. The Digital Lumens System doubled light levels, while improving safety by removing all glass and mercury.

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