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40% savings achieved for JCB with new control system

  • Client


  • Industry


  • Service

    Building Energy Management


JCB appointed YLEM Energy to upgrade their outdated control system to our cutting-edge technology which is designed and built by our in-house engineers.


JCB’s existing Seachange controls had become outdated and unfit for purpose.

Updating these would allow the business to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and help them on their journey to net-zero. The existing control system could only be accessed through a local PC which meant unless an employee had access to this the controls couldn’t be changed remotely.

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YLEM Energy worked closely with JCB to
develop a tailored solutuion to upgrade their
obsolete control system.

Our expert team designed and built the new system which was installed in just under a week and despite taking place during the peak heating season it was carried out with minimal disruption and downtime, this was aided by the fact that we could utilise the existing network and sensor cabling.

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The site has a centralised heating and ventilation control panel, to which we mounted an additional enclosure allowing
adequate room for future
expansion. Controls were added to allow customers to switch compressors and production pumps on and off via a time base on our app, meaning there was
no risk of needlessly running out of hours.

With the use of our app users can switch compressors on and off remotely.
The heating of the production areas consists of 65 gas-fired radiant tube-style heaters split over 11 zones.

Updating the existing control system
allowed JCB to achieve 40% savings
on their energy bills.

  • Now that the system is fully
    upgraded, JCB can look forward
    to using a modern system capable
    of maintaining and building upon
    the savings achieved since the first
    Seachange controllers were installed.
    They also have a system that can be
    accessed on any smartphone or tablet
    to show real-time data.

    Mike Thompson — Project Engineer


The old analogue phoneline
required for remote support
and reporting features for
Seachange is no longer required
resulting in an additional cost

  • Remote energy management

    As the new controllers can be remotely updated and engineered, universal inputs and outputs can be programmed for the customer from the YLEM Energy Remote Support Centre.

  • Self-wiring meter points

    Additional meter points have been added allowing the customer to wire themselves without the need for an YLEM Energy engineer to attend site.

  • Advanced scheduling capabilities

    Holidays and planned shutdowns can now be scheduled into the system years in advance if required and exceptions to the time schedules can be easily added.

  • Efficient graphics modification

    JCB was most impressed with the animated graphics pages, and the ease of use. Changes to the graphics are easily carried out and once complete, can be seen by all users without relying on updated local PC files.