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Huge warehouse lighting upgrade for Kühne+Nagel

15 December 2021

LEADING LOGISTICS company Kühne+Nagel decided to renovate lighting at two of its logistics locations in northern Germany.

The reason: the high potential for reducing CO2 and costs by switching to highly efficient and connected LED systems. As a full-service provider, TRILUX did the whole thing, converting all areas in a short period, including light management and IoT functions.

Kuehne+Nagel's Net Zero Carbon initiative aims to achieve carbon neutrality for its sea freight shipments by 2030.  

An important building block on the way is the lighting of its logistics sites. 

The transport company implemented a lighting refurbishment for its two logistics hubs at Obergeorgswerder and Altenwerder in Hamburg, replacing the existing conventional lighting systems with highly efficient, DALI networked LED solutions from TRILUX. Light management and IoT capability included. 

In addition to the logistics areas, the associated outdoor areas were also converted to energy-efficient DALI-based TRILUX systems and networked with the LiveLink Outdoor light management system. All in record time and without interrupting operations.

In Obergeorgswerder, the indoor luminaires were connected with the LIVELINK PREMIUM light management system, designed to control and monitor large projects with any number of light points. By combining this with presence and daylight sensors, energy costs can be reduced by around 26 percent compared to an unregulated LED solution. In the outdoor areas, LIVELINK OUTDOOR was used.

Stripping out light strips

One of the "biggest chunks" in Obergeorgswerder was the renovation of the 44,000 m2 handling space divided over five halls. The first step was to dismantle and dispose of the 7.5 km of the old light strip. After that, TRILUX installed 7.5 km of its E-LINE NEXT LED. Thanks to a specially conceived LED shuttle, this process went quickly, efficiently, and sustainably. The product delivery followed a new principle. Lights were not individually packaged or sent as a bundle on pallets in the usual way but were pre-assembled on a five-meter-long transport system with wheels and delivered to the customer by truck. This simplified and sped up the installation process tremendously, as the LED modules do not have to be unpacked, and there is also no waste for disposal. In Obergeorgswerder, the complete renovation of all luminaires, including the 7.5 km light strip, was implemented in just eight weeks without interrupting daily operations.

Future-proof setup

The entire lighting system can be conveniently controlled and monitored uniquely by networking and connecting the lighting to the Cloud. The digital "TRILUX LIGHT MONITORING "service monitors and analyses the operating parameters of each light point in the lighting network. This data forms the basis for PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE, based on actual needs instead of fixed intervals. This lowers costs and increases security. 

In Obergeorgswerder, the location-based service "heat mapping" is implemented via the lighting infrastructure. Robust 3D sensors in the luminaires determine the paths of people and vehicles in the halls to find hot spots, danger, and congestion areas. The data is then displayed as graphically prepared frequency distributions on the hall floor plan. This information helps the centre adapt and reconfigure its layout to avoid the risk of accidents, generally improving safety for all employees.

Sustainability and security

The renovation has paid off in every aspect. Replacing the conventional system with energy-efficient LED technology with light management resulted in a significant reduction in the operating costs at both locations. A comparison of electricity costs in October 2020 (after the renovation) and October 2019 shows a reduction of around 30 percent. At the same time, the quality of light has been increased, with sometimes surprising effects. In Obergeorgswerder, deaf employees feel much safer in their work environment thanks to the higher lumen package

s. And when it comes to future viability, no wishes remain unfulfilled. With heat mapping, Kühne+Nagel has already implemented a location-based service for the lighting, and the systems can be upgraded with additional IoT components.

For more information, visit www.trilux.com

The Tomorrow’s Warehouse Event

While Kühne+Nagel attempts to future-proof lighting at these two key warehouses, our Tomorrow’s Warehouse Event will take a close look at how UK companies can take their logistics function into the future.

This is the key theme of our upcoming Tomorrow’s Warehouse Event on November 30 at the CBS Arena in Coventry.

The programme is broken down into four sessions, looking at the big picture in UK warehousing; warehouse automation; making the most of warehouse space; and the future of the forklift.

Speakers include Simon Woodward, Head of Accelerated Digitalization and Innovation, UK & I at DHL; Clare Bottle, new CEO of UKWA; Nicola Jaynes of the Health & Safety Executive, and many others.

You can see the full seminar programme and register free here - https://tomorrowswarehouse.live