A leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe and a specialist in plastic packaging worldwide, DS Smith has a 75+ year legacy of innovation and process efficiency. Started in 1940 by the Smith brothers in London, the company now has operations in 37 countries, employing more than 27,000 people worldwide and posting £4,781m in annual revenue for fiscal year 2016/2017.
With a focus on eco-friendly design and recycling, helping its customers to reduce waste, cost and complexity in their supply chain is a top priority.
Aiming to reduce energy consumption at sites across the continent, Head of Energy Efficiency Martin Mead began examining options for a major overhaul to DS Smith’s lighting infrastructure. At the time, most facilities relied on traditional light sources like metal halide and linear fluorescents for both internal and external illumination.
Not only was the high energy consumption a concern, but also the maintenance required by these fixtures was time-consuming and expensive. At many locations, high ceilings and difficult access over the top of machinery added to the cost and time required for a simple lamp change, which was often only possible during planned maintenance.
Looking for a more efficient, dependable solution, turned to The LED Industrial Lighting Co. (formerly OCIP Energy Ltd – a UK Dialight agent) for a solution. In addition to reducing energy consumption – which translated to a direct reduction in carbon emissions – and the longest maintenance-free performance of any other industrial LED lighting supplier, Dialight’s DuroSite® and Vigilant® LED products also offered a much lower operating temperature—an important safety factor in the packaging environment. The deployment of polycarbonate lenses coupled with the elimination of ultra-violet radiation contributes to the attainment of BRC compliance for relevant sites.
“Dialight demonstrated a robust, long-life solution to meet the needs of DS Smith across our many business operations,” explains Mead. “They also offered the sophisticated support for a large commercial project of this kind, with outstanding technical expertise and account management.”
Working with Aidan Brown of The LED Industrial Lighting Co., Dialight conducted a comprehensive site survey to review current installed lighting and propose a high-efficacy lighting plan for each facility, focusing on optimal light placement and energy efficiency.