Hot and dangerous working conditions are no way to go through the day. With temperatures reaching 120+ degrees Fahrenheit, employees at an automotive parts production plant were experiencing heat exhaustion and in several circumstances passing out on the job! The company was also struggling with their existing HVAC bills as they were higher than normal due to the addition of new equipment. The plant needed a fast and cost effective solution to cool their facility and they came to SkyBlade for the solution.
SkyBlade Fan Company received the inquiry to assist a company who specializes in the manufacturing of automotive parts. They wanted to distribute the process generated heat in the winter months to portions of the building in which the machines were not producing as much heat. Operating stamping machines ten or more hours a day during summer months was causing an excessive heat buildup within the plant, lowering employee comfort as well as slowing overall production. According to a NASA study, Compendium of Human Responses to the Aerospace Environment, worker productivity falls significantly for every degree over the optimum temperature of about 72ºF. More specifically, when temperatures rise over 85º, worker output drops by 18 percent and accuracy suffers from a 40 percent increase in errors.
After careful examination and calculations, SkyBlade was able to construct a cost conscious design to combat the buildings internal heat gain problem. By placing five STOL Series 16 Ft. diameter HVLS fans throughout the production area, SkyBlade was able to target and correct key sections of the building that produced the greatest amount of heat. Increasing both the volume and velocity of air movement throughout the plant helped to lower the workers perceived temperature through evaporative cooling, thus sustaining a comfortable and safer work environment. “Our workers are less exhausted and more productive on the job since purchasing our SkyBlade fans, they really move the air around well and cool this place down”, the plant manager told SkyBlade Fan Company. Receiving the stamp of approval from our customers means a lot to us here at SkyBlade!
Upon following up with the customer after installation of our HVLS fans; they are reporting significant benefits! More specifically, an increase in worker output production by 12% and increased employee moral which lead to a decrease in the company’s error percentage. The company also reported an annual energy savings of almost $24,000.00 on existing HVAC use.