Integrated Facility Management Technology Proves Valuable for Leading Convenience Store Chain
ST. LOUIS, January 12, 2010 – Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today announced that United Dairy Farmers has selected the E2 Facility Management System, which is designed, manufactured and installed by Emerson Climate Technologies’ Retail Solutions Division, to reduce energy costs across their enterprise.
United Dairy Farmers is just one of many leading convenience store retailers who have installed Emerson’s E2 system to more efficiently monitor and manage energy consumption within their facilities. Already installed in a significant number of locations, the retailer plans to upgrade all new and existing stores with the system. United Dairy Farmers operates nearly 200 convenience stores across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and is widely considered an industry leader with its unique focus on combining the nostalgia of an old fashioned ice cream parlor with the benefits of a modern convenience store and petroleum retailer.
After analyzing operational data for their entire enterprise, United Dairy Farmers realized that improvements in energy efficiency, maintenance and product protection needed to be made. By applying Emerson’s E2, United Dairy Farmers has documented an eight percent reduction in electrical consumption (kWh) and a five percent reduction in demand (kW).
“With more pressure than ever on operating profits, our use of Emerson’s technologies have delivered greater energy and maintenance savings than any other initiative,” said Brad Lindner, CEO for United Dairy Farmers. “This helps our store managers focus on delivering the superior customer service United Dairy Farmers is known for, while enabling our operations team to save energy and ensure stores run optimally.”
“We are proud to be working with United Dairy Farmers, and are excited that they have chosen to use Emerson’s products and services. It is our goal to improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment,” said Mark Dunson, president, Emerson Climate Technologies, Retail Solutions Division.
As a core component of Emerson’s Intelligent Store™ architecture, the E2 manages all lighting, refrigeration and HVAC systems in a convenience store, including the anti-condensate heaters on glass door display cases. As with other retailers, United Dairy Farmers is also using the E2 to remotely control their fuel pumps – a strategy which has led to a significant reduction in service calls and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the E2’s built-in peak demand control algorithms and integration with smart utility meters allows United Dairy Farmers to directly monitor a store’s power usage, shedding non-critical electrical loads when power consumption is in danger of exceeding a desired level. This demand shedding strategy allows United Dairy Farmers to minimize electrical demand charges and ensure that stores never exceed their allowable power usage – all without the addition of extra hardware or control systems. Integrating all of these systems into the E2 enables multiple stores to be monitored from a central location.
Emerson’s Intelligent Store architecture creates an integrated suite of products and services that provide retail operators a new level of insight into their operations. When integrated, these innovative products and services provide lower maintenance and energy costs, as well as improved reliability. Also included in the Intelligent Store architecture are Control Link® device controllers, Intelligent Store Discus® compressor, select Lennox® rooftop units, and other third party devices. Emerson Climate Technologies’ Retail Solutions Division also offers ProAct™, an enterprise management software suite, which helps retailers measure, manage and optimize energy, maintenance and operational performance across numerous stores from a single interface. For more information on Emerson’s Intelligent Store architecture, the E2 CX, or facility monitoring and field services, visit www.EmersonClimate.com.
Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Emerson’s sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. The company is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.
About Emerson Climate Technologies, Retail Solutions Division
Emerson Climate Technologies, Retail Solutions Division is the leading provider of comprehensive facility management systems & services for the retail industry. Retail Solutions is made up of Computer Process Controls, Oaksmere Refrigeration Design and Consultancy Ltd, Clive Samuels and Associates and Retail Solutions’ Design Services. Emerson has been at the forefront of developing new technologies and trends in refrigeration and HVAC systems, lighting controls, third party interoperability, field services, remote monitoring services, and building engineering for decades. Retail Solutions is a part of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information on Retail Solutions, visit Emerson Electronics, Emerson System Controls, Intelligent Store, and CPC.
About United Dairy Farmers, Inc.
United Dairy Farmers combines the nostalgia of an old fashioned ice cream parlor with all the benefits of a modern convenience store and petroleum retailer. Starting with a single store in Norwood, Ohio in 1940, United Dairy Farmers is one of the industry’s most forward thinking retailers. Today, with nearly 200 stores, United Dairy Farmers delivers outstanding customer service and supports communities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
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