New England’s Largest LED Lighting

7. května 2013 v 7:45 |  solar power systems
Mack Technologies has substantially reduced energy consumption in its Westford, Massachusetts manufacturing facility with a comprehensive LED lighting retrofit. This project has the distinction of being the largest retrofit deployment of LED lighting in any manufacturing space in New England.

Mack Technologies provides complex electronic manufacturing services including printed circuit board assembly, electromechanical assembly, and complete system integration. The company provides lifecycle management and manufacturing solutions for original equipment manufacturers in the defense and aerospace, medical device, industrial control, energy, and communications and networking industries. Headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts, it also operates facilities in Melbourne, Florida and Juárez, México.

The project will help Mack Technologies meet new sustainability goals, cut costs and significantly improve the working conditions of its employees. The company will save more than $50,000 in annual lighting costs and will receive over $130,000 through a combination of state and federal tax credits, and utility incentives provided by National Grid. The LED lighting project provides a two year payback for all invested capital.

"Concerns about initial cost, relative youth of the industry, and LED illumination characteristics made some manufacturers cautious about conversion," said Paul Maher, facilities manager, Mack Technologies. "Our decision to move forward was based on a careful assessment of LED lighting quality and cost, as well as our desire to be a leader in corporate social responsibility."

Energy conservation engineering and project development services company Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, replaced 2,600 T-8 fluorescent bulbs with high efficiency Lithonia LED fixtures in Mack's manufacturing space, as well as several hundred older bulbs with high-performance T-8 bulbs in Mack's offices.

Savings from the new lighting system was further increased by more than 50 percent by using state-of-the-art wireless controls on a standards-based, ZigBee Certified ControlScope platform provided by Daintree Networks. This system gives Mack Technologies the ability to expand their facility's energy efficient controls wirelessly, for decades to come.

"We're pleased to help Mack Technologies convert to LED technology and reach their environmental, energy and quality goals," said Ryan Blair, president, Bluestone Energy. "Through our Lighting Division, Mack Technologies has decreased its energy lighting costs by 40%, met strict industry lighting standards, and improved both manufacturing-space illumination and facilities' appearance - all while earning payback on its financial investments within two years."

Over the next year, Mack and Bluestone plan to collaborate on more sustainability projects, continuing Mack's goal of reducing its energy consumption and achieving its environmental sustainability goals.

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