Part 2 of 2 in a series focused on helping distribution centers reduce energy consumption and demand
Warehouses are a critical part of any supply chain but when the products being stored, handled, and shipped are pharmaceuticals, there’s no room for anything but distribution excellence. Besides meeting delivery dates that affect patient outcomes, pharmaceutical distribution centers often need to maintain specific temperature and humidity requirements to protect the efficacy of sensitive products. To meet these stringent requirements, their HVAC systems experience increased demands that result in higher energy costs than otherwise similar sites.
Keeping these factors in mind, Encycle recently helped a large global wholesale pharmaceutical distribution company save thousands of dollars annually on HVAC-related energy costs while also helping them qualify for significant utility incentives. The solution? A cloud-based energy management technology known as Swarm Logic® that required no risk, no capital investment, no new equipment, and almost immediate payback for the customer.
Encycle’s unique and proven Swarm Logic software dynamically synchronizes HVAC rooftop units (RTUs), enabling them to operate more efficiently in response to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature and building occupancy levels. RTUs become part of an IoT-based closed-loop system that coordinates their activity and distributes energy consumption more logically among the individual RTUs. Typical Encycle customers save 10% to 20% on energy consumption and demand.
The details of how Encycle helped the pharmaceutical distributor achieve dramatic HVAC energy savings are featured in a new Encycle case study that highlights:
- Unique challenges of its two distribution centers
- Swarm Logic installation and site details
- Total annual savings in terms of dollars, peak demand, and kWh reduction
- Demand response (DR) incentives added as a result of Swarm Logic’s ability to simplify DR tasks
- Annual reduction of CO2 emissions in tons
To view or download the case study, click here.
Contributing author: Chris Hensley, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Encycle Corporation