FLOWERS FOODS

CASE STUDY

Situation

Flowers Foods, one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United
States had just installed a new bread cooling conveyor system and was looking to light
the underside of the system to improve safety and efficiency. Ideally, Flowers was seeking
a low-profile, ultra-durable, efficient LED system that would consistently and sufficiently
illuminate the floor area and last for years without a second thought.

LOCATION
Opelika, AL
MARKET/APPLICATION
Food Processing

Challenge

Flowers Foods needed an NSF rated linear luminaire that was suitable for use in wet
locations, energy efficient and easy to install. Additionally there was a height restriction
challenge. Flowers needed to operate fork lifts under the lighting and many traditional
solutions were simply too large to allow this. Glass products were also not an option.
Flowers has been steadily moving away from the use of glass products on the production
floor as there is always a risk of breakage.

“It took me under three hours to install 75 feet of lighting! The system’s convenient push and-
click connectors just simply snapped together. Operating at about one-third the cost of traditional
lighting, it also provided the clear, bright white light that we wanted for our workers.
Switching all our lighting to LED is definitely now in the discussion.”

Chuck Gilmer, Building & Maintenance Superintendent

Solution

G&G’s low-profile, linear WPX series luminaires are NSF rated for use
in food processing applications. This rating provides assurance that
the luminaire can meet the rigorous demands of the food processing
applications, withstand daily cleaning protocols, contains no toxic
materials and are highly resistant to corrosion. At 150 lumens per
watt G&G’s WPX series was the efficient, simple and durable solution
Flowers was looking for.

Result

Flowers installed long linear runs of G&G’s WPX series underneath
the new conveyor system. The fixtures were mounting in a u-channel
with a finished mounted height of less than two inches. The end result
was a clean, quick and simple installation. At up to 1,500 lumens per
foot the system sufficiently illuminated the working area with a crisp,
consistent light output. From splash zones to loading docks G&G’s
WPX series can endure tough the conditions found in food processing
environments while consistently contributing to a clean, safe and
visually effective workplace.

Features That Mattered

  • NSF Rated – Certified for Use in Food Processing

  • IP68/IP69K – High Pressure Hose-Down Rated

  • Impact Resistant – IK10 Impact Certified

  • Low-Profile – Compact 1” Round Housing

  • Easy Installation – Plug and Play Connectors & Cabling