In January 2018, the Carreras Group planned the construction of a new logistics platform. The concept of lean construction, which the Group applies both in the building and in the maintenance, posed a complex project. To this concept it was necessary to add the particularities of the stored goods, the requirements of an efficient lighting and the density of light. TRILUX has responded to these complexities. The proof is that the warehouse is equipped both inside and outside with the manufacturer's lighting system.

The Carreras Group, Europe's leading logistics provider, was founded in 1933. At present, it has a staff of more than 2,000 employees and manages 42 logistics platforms with a global surface of 490,000 m2. The company has logistics facilities in Spain, Portugal and France. In addition, it offers all the services of the sector: national and international transport, multimodal, storage, distribution, handling, co-packing, palletizing and logistics consultancy.

With TRILUX's E-Line solutions, the Carreras Group tackles interior lighting. While for the exterior lighting, OLEXEON and TRILUX LnStar projectors were chosen.

This new logistics platform has an area of nearly 63,000 square meters. The objective was to have a lighting system "that is quick to install and as efficient and safe as possible", says Jesús Arpa, head of the technical department of the Carreras Group. "In this sense," he continues, "TRILUX's E-Line solution makes it possible to assemble 10,000 m2 of luminaires per pair of workers in one week without the need for tools and without any margin for error, which makes it easier to meet the construction deadlines.

A project with its own construction and lighting requirements

The challenges of the project were:

  • Finding an efficient lighting system that would allow optimal consumption. The reason for this is that we work uninterruptedly for six days a week.
  • To achieve a light density that would avoid dazzling and increase worker safety.
  • To comply with the particularities of the concept of lean construction, with which the Group works.
  • To meet the needs of the building itself: a construction with a large surface area and the absence of natural light. The large surface area could trigger the cost of both deployment and maintenance of the facility. The absence of natural light is due to the fact that many of the stored goods are food products and can be damaged by the impact of direct light.

       

The concept of lean construction applies to both the construction and maintenance of the warehouse, and promotes buildings with little electrical installation. In this sense, explains Arpa "we always use 7-wire electrified rail so that the warehouse only has the rail that covers all the lights and the emergencies. This allows us to eliminate a lot of trays, wiring and electrical maintenance of the warehouse in addition to the savings itself".

With these premises, the Carrera Group contemplated the E-Line system of luminaires, specifically the models 7650T LED6500-840ET. This allows an efficient lighting, even greater than other alternatives in the market. In addition, it provides a suitable light density for the shape to be illuminated. "This is a variable we have already worked with in the Group and which generates significant savings. It also means increased safety for workers, for it avoids dazzling them when storing goods at great heights with retractable machines", Arpa points out.

TRILUX's ability to meet all the demands of the project has also been a decisive factor. In this sense, the head of the technical department highlights "how TRlLUX has solved the need to install lights inside the warehouse without intermediate supports with hangers every 3.4 meters below deck and to adapt its packaging so that we are more sustainable in the generation of waste".

With all this, Grupo Carreras chose to install the TRILUX E-Line lights models 7650T LED6500-840ET in the corridor area as well as in the beach area. As Arpa explains, "If in the medium/long term we make changes to the shelves, with the extensive optics there would be areas left unlit. However, we have seen that by extending the intensive lights to the beach areas, due to a small increase in cost, the performance is maintained".