Networked fans make air quality a breeze at Dillard’s

New system centralizes controls for 26 fans in a 1-million-square-foot Dillard's facility.

By ·

At the Dillard’s DC in Fort Worth, Texas, only a portion of the one-million-square-foot facility uses air conditioning in the triple-digit summers. Roger Tudor, the maintenance manager, set out to create a more comfortable, safer work environment with a hands-off fan management system.

After managers visited the fan supplier’s laboratory to view a demonstration, Dillard’s installed 26 high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) warehouse fans with 24-foot diameters and connected by an industrial networked fan system, which can take customers out of the business of managing fans and allow them to focus on managing their facilities.

“We run two shifts per day six days a week and managing fan settings all day, every day just is not an option.” Tudor says. “The new fans are programmed to turn on at 6:00 a.m. at 30% power and increase 10% each hour on their own as the day warms up until they reach their optimal, energy efficient setting. We used to have 48 floor fans that workers would fight over daily. Now, I just set it and forget it.”

The system allows Tudor and his team to control fans from a single, touchscreen interface. The controls include fan speed, temperature and timer settings, as well as custom graphic displays of the facility with fan locations to easily pinpoint a fan’s exact location if adjustments need to be made. If the onscreen product manual does not help resolve an issue, the control system can even send a work order on behalf of Tudor to the local service provider.

The fan network software also tracks efficiency metrics and can generate reports based on each fan, each zone, or the entire facility. For instance, Tudor keeps the designated maintenance shop area at a much lower fan speed to prevent disrupting chemicals and paint.

Serco
800-933-4834
serco.4frontes.com

Read more Casebook 2013.


About the Author

Josh Bond, Contributing Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Casebook 2013 · Dock Equipment · Ergonomics · Serco · · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
The Five Point Tune-Up for Your Warehouse
Ready to make your warehouse smarter, stronger - and more profitable in every way?
Download Today!
From the August 2016 Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
5 Emerging Technologies Enabling Competitive Advantage for Distribution
Come hear about the latest in each-picking robotics, co-bots, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, sensors, drones and droids that are enabling competitive advantage for distribution.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
The data-driven lift truck
Now that manufacturers and distributors are using the data from their automated systems to drive...
Destination Maternity: Destination Automation
Running short of space in its old facility, Destination Maternity Corp. built a new, highly...

Hibbett Sports: Faster, Flexible and Efficient
A high-speed conveyor and sortation system at Hibbett Sports’ Alabama distribution center speeds...
Necessity is the mother of invention at Quiet Logistics
Faced with the loss of a robotic pick solution, Quiet Logistics invented its own robots. Are they...