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  • Writer's pictureCraig Drabyk

Lighting Retrofit Project

Omni recently completed a large-scale lighting retrofit project at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Maryland. More than 3,000 fluorescent light fixtures were replaced with new energy-efficient LEDs in office areas, the central utility building (CUB), and productions areas, including clean rooms, in order to save energy and reduce utility costs. The challenge was to compete the project in a timely, organized fashion with no interruptions to daily plant and administrative operations.

Project planning began with obtaining and verifying the necessary fixtures, controls, and voltage for each area, and all lighting circuits and breakers were charted and prepared for lockout/tagout procedures. Lighting installation in administrative areas took place during the night shift when no one was around, and Omni took great care to leave no trace of their presence and make sure all lights operable for the next day’s work. Special permission was obtained to enter executive offices and secure areas. Lighting on the loading dock area was performed during the night as well to avoid interruption of shipping and receiving activities. CUB replacements were coordinated with facility maintenance staff and completed during daytime hours.

Lighting installation in production areas, labs and clean rooms required the most intensive planning, scheduling, and coordination. Omni worked closely with plant personnel to schedule work between batches in production areas, with no interruptions. Extreme care was taken to avoid turning off breakers needed for ongoing lab experiments. In the end, of all of the careful planning and organization resulted in a successful project and a satisfied client.

About Omni

Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc. is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation Services, Inc., is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.

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