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Smart Lighting Impacts Bottom Line with Efficiency

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 Smart Lighting Impacts Bottom Line with Efficiency - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
Applicable Industries
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
  • Facility Management
  • Software Design & Engineering Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge

Uline is the leading distributor of shipping and packaging solutions to businesses throughout North America. Family-owned for over 40 years, Uline has built its brand on customer service. Order accuracy, quick delivery, and low prices are the core of their promise to their customers. With a robust, 800-page catalog and over 38,000 products, everything in their facilities is expected to contribute to this promise. And by everything, that means each and every one of the warehouse’s 3,014 lights.

Uline’s director of Engineering, Mike McConnell, is tasked with finding efficiency wherever it may be hiding, and he understood the strategic importance of optimizing light to improve both operational and financial performance. Uline needed the lighting at its facilities operating at its best- energy-efficient, task tuned to enhance order accuracy, and simple to operate. Mike wanted his team focused on moving products, not wrestling with technology. Each day, dozens of tractor-trailers carrying tons of product are distributed from their 800,000-square-foot Lacey, Washington facility.

Uline identified a luminaire that best fit their facility’s needs, but they had issues finding a reliable lighting controls provider that could deliver a solution at this scale to meet the stringent energy codes and zoning requirements they needed. A few things were necessary: The lights in the entire facility had to operate as a single system with one interface, they had to adjust to natural lights from the skylights for daylight harvesting, and the technology needed to work with Uline’s existing IT systems.

The Customer
About The Customer

Uline is a privately held American company that offers shipping and other business supplies. Uline was founded in 1980 by Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein. It has more than 7,000 employees and is headquartered in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The company has distribution centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company has been criticized for its owners' stances on the COVID-19 pandemic and their extensive political spending.

The Solution

Synapse got to work on a smart lighting solution that would meet Uline’s logistical needs and impact their bottom line. 3,014 high-bay luminaires were installed at the Uline facility and then integrated with Synapse’s SimplySnap wireless controls. SimplySnap is a scalable wireless platform that can manage multiple locations and single sites with up to 10,000 lights. It allows Uline to set up, control, monitor, and manage every light from a single user interface that integrates with Uline’s existing building management system (BMS). The high-bay lights respond instantly without delay (check) and are optimized through SimplySnap’s precision controls and scheduling to respond to the natural lights from the warehouse’s skylights and enable daylight harvesting (check).

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]

    ULINE met the stringent energy codes required by the state of Washington, standardized on SimplySnap for all new facilities. and met the performance requirements and successfully integrated with existing BMS system.

Quantitative Benefit
  • ULINE reduced energy use by 28% by implementing scheduling and controls strategies

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