Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the one market segment that can take best advantage of all of Daylighting’s main benefits — energy savings, greater human performance and reduced environmental pollution.

Patagonia has a renowned environmental sensitivity that includes many concerns about pollution. It expects a 'greener' bottom line.

David Abeloe, spokesman for the distribution center, explains how. "We estimated a pay back of three and a half years," he said. That number, based entirely on energy savings, proved to be on target for two reasons.

First, the daylighting system cut the number of fluorescent fixtures, lamps and wiring required to light the 171,000 sq. ft. center by about two-thirds. Secondly, it has reduced annual operating expenses by 1/3, according to Abeloe.

Reduced energy costs are an established fact for all daylighting users, but manufacturing enjoys many other tangible benefits.

REDUCED ERROR AND ACCIDENT RATES

The “Scrap Rate” is a measurable percentage of product that must be thrown away due to quality control issues. It is well-known that reduced work surface light levels cause high error rates in many industries. Daylighting is the perfect antidote.  The human eye can recognize many more colors and shades under daylight than under other light sources. It has also been proven that daylight increases depth perception and peripheral vision thereby helping to avoid accidents.

Because daylight is the only type of light that can fully activate the circadian clock with the human body, workers who spend their daytime hours under daylighting report fewer sleep related problems. It’s easy to extrapolate that a fully rested worker makes fewer mistakes.

REDUCED ABSENTEEISM

Employers who have installed optimally diffused light distribution systems see enhanced productivity in the work place along with significant reductions in absenteeism — upwards of 40%.

 

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