SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 30, 2020—McWong International, a leading innovator in Bluetooth® mesh technology, collaborated with DS Services, Pentalux, Contemporary Energy Solutions and Silvair to deliver a robust Bluetooth mesh control system for DS Services in Mableton, Georgia.
The 150,000 ft2 DS Services facility in Mableton, Georgia houses 24/7 water bottling operations across production, warehouse and office spaces. A total of 180 employees maintain round-the-clock production supplemented by conventional administrative and supervisory work schedules. The company had a variety of legacy light sources, including HID and fluorescent lighting, throughout its work spaces and only manual switches for control functions. The project team proposed conversion of the lighting to LED and a Bluetooth mesh control network that would rely on occupancy-based control for maximum energy savings. TruBlu™ control devices from McWong, software from McWong’s technology partner, Silvair and a range of fixtures from other manufacturers were selected.
The project team knew it would be able to streamline the entire project by designing control zones and strategies at the outset, using the web-based commissioning tool. This was particularly important, due to the fact that the DS Services facility was in full operation during the COVID pandemic as an essential service, and the need for swift installation and commissioning was critical. The contractor, Contemporary Energy Solutions, was able to commission portions of the project as the installing team went along; for instance, if 30 fixtures and controls were installed each day, that section was also commissioned. This saved a significant amount of time over the course of the installation, estimated at approximately 30 installation/commissioning work-hours, or $4,000 in labor savings.
A total of 550 fixtures were installed, with approximately 585 control nodes (including wall and ceiling sensors for offices). Installation was completed in late April 2020. The project team estimates approximately $110,000 in annual energy savings, realized from the combined lighting and controls upgrade. Download the complete case study here.