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Ingram Brothers

Client: Ingram Brothers
Project length: 3 months
Completion date: January 24
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Brief project description: Our electricians at HF were tasked to complete a full LED lighting upgrade of the factory, warehouse and office lighting for the Ingram Brothers headquarters in Paisley, Scotland.

This project covered both the design, build and installation of new LED lighting across the entire site. Our electricians had to make sure that the new LED lighting that we were installing met the required lux levels for the different areas of operation.   Lux is a measure of the amount of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as unit of illuminance or illumination on a surface area. Lux is an SI unit that measures ‘luminous flux’ per unit area.

We liaised with lighting designers during the initial design phase of the project to create a fully compliant design which we then presented to the client for their comments. Ensuring that our clients are involved in all aspects of the design phases ensures consistency and quality in our work.  With senior-level hands-on management from initial planning to final handover coupled with the opportunity to tap into a wide range of varied services and associated consultants means that we can offer our customers unsurpassed levels of genuinely in-house capabilities.

Following on from the initial design phase we introduced the idea of fitting new lighting control units to the sites corridors, offices and meeting rooms. We presented this option as a green energy solution that would allow Ingram Brothers to cut their energy costs by reducing lighting in areas that weren’t in use.  These lighting control units save energy by switching off lighting in areas that are not in use which, along with the benefits of LED lighting will help them further reduce their electricity costs per annum.  As with so many companies looking to both reduce energy costs and improve their green credentials, this solution was welcomed by the client and was incorporated into the LED lighting upgrade work.

Once the design stage was signed off, our electricians were able to schedule the installation work around the clients busy day to day operations, completing the LED Lighting Installation work on time and to the same high standards that HF have built our name on as the first choice for some of the country’s leading businesses when it comes to electrical services.

Project Challenges: There were two core challenges to overcome working on this project.  The first being that the factory, warehouse and offices had to remain fully operational throughout the work.  This meant that our electricians had to work around production schedules and other day to day operations within the company. With decades of experience working in ‘live’ environments, this was not a problem for us and we were able to successfully schedule all work safely around the companies working requirements.

The second challenge was more explosive in nature. The Ingram Brothers specialise in manufacturing high quality icing products for clients in the food industry.  This means that they have, on site their own sugar mill which is defined as ATEX Zone 21.  A Zone 21 area is classified as a location in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air or flammable substances (in the form of powder or dust) is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.

As part of our initial design phase, all lighting in this area had to be intrinsically safe to comply with the Zone 21 requirements. This also meant that the installation of LED lighting in this part of the factory had to be completed by our CompEx trained engineers.

From large scale electrical installation work to manned 24 hour call out service and annual inspection and testing, Our Electrical services have become the first choice for some of the country’s leading Food & Drink brands. Hence, these two challenges were easily overcome by our brilliant design and installation team. The entire project was successfully completed safely and to the high standards that are expected of the HF brand.

A Company Well Connected

The food and drinks sector is a hugely important industry for the UK covering manufacturing, production, distribution and consumption.

At HF Group, we can deliver effective package services to provide a bespoke service to fit your requirements. From Fittings, Installation, Servicing and Monitoring, we can deliver a one-stop shop for all of your business needs.

When working to stringent quality control, health & safety criteria and of course strict budgeting on a tight deadline, there are few competitors that can truly match us. At HF, we occupy an unprecedented position in industry and through a business that has spanned over three centuries, we have diversified and developed our services abreast of industry advancements to grow into a group of world class companies that are truly leading the way in service and quality.

If you would like to know more about HF and the range of services that we can offer across the UK through our branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast and Aberdeen, please contact us.

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