Situated at Inundatiedok 34 in Nieuwegein, where the V&D department store once was, the distribution centre was recently transformed into a 24/7 fulfilment centre by new tenant Fiege Nederland. Within the logistics service provider’s network the DC functions as a central e-commerce centre, from which logistical operations are taken care of for a variety of clients.
‘In order to make the building suitable for its new role, owner of the Warehouses De Pauw Nederland N.V. premises did such things as remove part of the mezzanine floors’, says Niels Lindenbergh, Head of Sales & Projects at Fiege.
‘This created a shell space 12 metres in height and with a surface area of around 13,000 m2, which we made the most of for bulk storage and putting in pallet racks. We replaced the lighting in those places where the mezzanine flooring used to be. And we installed new lighting where the technical equipment was. In this regard we looked to team up with Bever Innovations, who also provided LED lighting for our new Cross Dock facility in Zaandam at the start of 2016.’
High quality, long lifespan
‘When it came to the new build in Zaandam we did extensive research to work out what lighting would best suit Fiege and our objectives’, explains Lindenbergh. ‘It emerged that we not only wished to have high-quality lighting, optimum energy-efficiency and long lifespan with minimal depreciation but also needed the lighting to be flexible and optimally controllable. Requirements that are also applicable in Nieuwegein, where some of the pallet aisles only see activity for a few hours a day. Optimal light control is a must here, ensuring that the lights aren’t on needlessly anywhere.’
Whereas Bever Innovations’ Luci Series Industry LED luminaries were installed in Zaandam, Nieuwegein will be using Bever Innovations’ latest technology, EOS, which enables luminaries to be (wirelessly) switched on not only individually but also in zones. ‘In order to generate even illumination, we fitted our special “Rectangular Beam” optics for high racks in the pallet aisles. ‘Fiege wanted to have a light output between the racks of at least 150 lux. Setting our luminaries to 60% (180 lux) meant we were able to amply fulfil their wishes. In addition, we gave Fiege the option of flexibly adjusting the light intensities if more or less light is needed in the future.’
Even illumination, minimal energy consumption
For each 60-metre aisle four EOS luminaries were installed, and these continuously communicate information on such factors as daylight readings and motion with each other, adjusting the light output on the basis of this. ‘The sustainable outcome is optimum illumination and minimal energy consumption’, says Van Ham. ‘Compared to the old situation, Fiege is making savings of at least 74% on connection capacity.’
If no activity is detected in a pallet aisle for two minutes, the EOS luminaries automatically dim, with EOS Premium even making an extra dimming step. ‘In this case a single luminary will dim more slowly, with another half an hour of enough light for people to get their bearings in the space’, says Van Ham. ‘If people enter the aisle again within half an hour, then they won’t find themselves in the dark. What’s more, the latest version of our EOS luminaries features patented Emergency Lighting technology with maximum flexibility for emergencies. Customers can easily select EOS luminaries in the EOS Manager app, which will function as emergency lights for at least half an hour (autonomy period) in case of an emergency.’ All data from the luminaries can be consulted in the EOS Manager app. Consider in this regard the energy consumption and maintenance status of the luminaries as well as activity detected. Lindenbergh: ‘Furthermore, this data presents options in terms of predictive maintenance.’
Flexible switching: Thanks to the EOS technology, luminaries can be (wirelessly) switched on not only individually but also in zones.
Even illumination: The ‘Rectangular Beam’ optics generate rectangular, even illumination, even at significant height.
Energy saving: The EOS luminaries are only on when and where required.