Energy Management System delivers 31% energy saving for railway engineering company - MIDAS

Energy Management System delivers 31% energy saving for railway engineering company

Energy efficiency business Vickers Electronics has enabled the UK’s leading railway engineering company Wabtec Rail to slash its gas bill by a third.

Wabtec Rail has reduced their heating gas usage by 31% and cut their CO2 emissions by 690 tonnes per year after installing one of Vickers Electronics’ cutting edge energy management systems at its Doncaster site.

As a direct result of the success in South Yorkshire, Vickers Electronics is to install similar technology at Wabtec Rail’s other sites – Wabtec Rail Scotland in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, and their site in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Vickers Electronics specialises in the design, manufacture, fit-out and maintenance of technology systems which dramatically cut energy bills and carbon emissions by controlling heating in commercial or industrial buildings.

Wabtec Rail and Vickers Electronics have been working together to reduce energy use at the 22-acre site in Doncaster for the last two years.

Vickers Electronics’ technology replaces conventional heating controls, which are often unreliable and wasteful, with purpose-built control panels which constantly monitor and control temperature and timings so that premises are optimally heated.

Wabtec Rail’s warehouses and sheds were also fitted with door sensors to limit heating loss. A network of seven control panels allows heating to be controlled via a single computer.

Malcolm McKinlay, regional accounts manager at Vickers Electronics, said: “All of our customers are guaranteed a saving on their energy bills. For Wabtec Rail the pledge was 19% but the sub-metering we installed to measure the results has shown we’ve already achieved a 31.4% saving.

“It’s a fact that our energy management systems boost bottom line performance while simultaneously improving environmental credentials.

“Any firm that’s paying energy bills of £6,000 or more needs to talk to us because we can help cut that cost.

“We’re looking forward to working with Wabtec Rail at Kilmarnock and Loughborough so we can repeat the same excellent levels of energy saving there.”

Steve Cowling, works services manager of Wabtec Rail, said: “It simply does what it says on the box and has returned expected savings.”

Vickers Electronics, which is headquartered in Trafford, Greater Manchester, is constantly expanding its product range. The latest system, the V42, can control lighting and electrical appliances as well as heating.

The firm has ambitious growth plans including trebling its turnover – from £4m to £12m – in the next three years.



Founded in 1991, Vickers is headquartered in Manchester and employs 42 staff. With a turnover of £4.2m, Vickers’ diverse client-base includes household-name organisations such as Stagecoach, Caterpillar, Weetabix, Magnet and Boots.

Its groundbreaking product – the Vickers Energy Management System (VEMS) – is the result of ongoing research and development, which has been recognised by the Queen’s Award for Environmental Achievement.

Vickers can reduce customers’ energy costs by more than 40% thanks to ‘smart technology products’ complete with self-learning predictive programming, ultra-accurate temperature sensors and other energy saving features.

Vickers’ technology replaces conventional heating controls that are often unreliable, inefficient and wasteful due to inaccurate thermostats and manually adjusted time-clocks. Time and temperature are electronically controlled by tamper-proof panels so customers can be certain their premises are optimally heated.

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