The development of Volkswagen’s flagship plant continues apace – having entered its second half, the stage to implement demanding and incredibly complex health and safety requirements had arrived.
The plant, developed on a budget of $1 billion, incorporates a modern body shop, paint shop, vehicle assembly hall and Supplier Park. Spanning some 220 hectares – this expansive addition to Volkswagen’s manufacturing prowess is set to immediately create 3,000 jobs upon opening – growing to 16,000 over the coming years.
The logistics and demands of housing so many employees is an imposing task. Safety is pivotal – emergency event planning, critical - of integral importance to which is the need for a robust sprinkler system. Yet this in itself is traditionally accompanied by inconvenience and excessive use of water and energy as the plant must meet an obligatory four tests per year. Each time, every time, requiring on-site visiting engineers, and the manual draining of 320 litres of water.
The solution to this challenge has been Zonecheck – our advanced sprinkler system flow-switch testing product, developed for projects epitomised by Volkswagen’s, and installed by our trusted contractor partners - Minimax.
Zonecheck: A flagship fire sprinkler product, for a cutting edge plant facility
The Volkswagen plant is now home to 50 Zonechecks – each of which are delivering 100% water savings for tests that are carried out at a literal turn of a key. Our product has already saved over 64,000 litres of water, whilst the remote testing capabilities of Zonecheck has eradicated the archaic and cumbersome requirements for engineers to attend site for each routine test. This remote testing functionality is of stark reflection to the alternative – where engineers would otherwise manually drain each valve – a task that would likely prove impossible given the sheer scale of the plant.
Soft costs have also been achieved, as the sprinkler system becomes less demanding on the time of engineers by requiring less maintenance.
Finally, our product has also been a key driving force in Volkswagen’s continual focus on water management and sustainability. Their efforts, defined under the ‘Moving Progress’ policy, have set consistently lofty targets – and since 2010 the Group has reduced the amount of water used per vehicle by 6.9%.