What is ecoCARE?
It’s like buying a smart home that comes with access to the architect who designed the home for future modifications. Imagine also getting discounts on future materials for home upgrades and annual engineer visits that ensure your home is working efficiently for you. This is unheard of in the real estate industry, but in your industry, this is ecoCARE.
For the past 25 years, we’ve worked with thousands of factories and have seen firsthand all the changes a factory goes through. Whether you’re adapting to the demand, shortages, or simply expanding your factory floor, ecoCARE is designed to ensure you keep all the Ecogate benefits with every adjustment. There is nothing worse than spending the money for a system that saves money each month only to reduce those savings by more than 50% because of an equipment or production change.
You focus on increasing sales and we’ll focus on keeping your savings coming year in, year out. You shouldn’t need to sacrifice savings to increase production, not with ecoCARE.
Access to Web-based Data Analytics
Do you know the actual utilization of your workstations? How do you manage preventative maintenance? Without data, these tasks are a challenge. With our web-based data analytics platform, you can track your overall system performance and key data such as fan load, fan/filter pressure, the average number of active gates, and VFD frequency. Additionally, you may select specific date ranges of your system performance to review and compare.
Our web-based data analytics platform is available to users who are interested only in the platform. For $600 annually, users can still take advantage of our analytics to monitor their overall system performance and make better maintenance decisions.
Daily & Monthly Reports
For managers and supervisors who don’t have the time to go into our analytics platform, we also automatically generate reports to deliver them straight to their inboxes. These reports give you a snapshot of your system’s performance along with other key average values. The Daily Report is great for maintenance managers because they get to monitor the system daily. The Monthly Report is loved by supervisors because they get a lot of information in a single report and this reduces the need for meetings or fetching information.
Users who are subscribed to our web-based data analytics platform will be able to receive these reports. Consistently seeing snapshots of your system’s overall performance helps you make better decisions. Many factories are adopting the Industry 4.0 practices, which means that any business left behind will be at a huge competitive disadvantage. Having accurate data can not only help you with preventative maintenance but it can also let you see the true active utilization of all your workstations, which often we find that managers overestimate this and therefore make uninformed decisions.
Often after installing an Ecogate system, users expand, replace/add a new machine, or change their floor layout. In other scenarios, change orders are required to complete the project. For these reasons, we’re including special discounts to allow you to keep expanding with the least cost possible. The discount applies to all Ecogate products, such as blast gates, companion flange rings, sensors, and cable.
Obviously the more orders after the system’s installation the bigger the discount amount will be. Some users end up having thousands of dollars saved from multiple change orders and additional purchases. As an example, we’ve taken a conservative average of a typical subsequent order with the Plus-level ecoCARE plan discount of 7%. Off the bat, nearly $300 would already be saved and by the end of your subscription, the savings amount will most likely surpass the cost of the ecoCARE plan.
4" Smart Gate
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AC Volt Sensor
Ecogate Master Cable
Life is great when things are working properly, but when something needs troubleshooting, if you have ecoCARE, life is still great because your plan includes unlimited remote technical support (during regular Ecogate business hours). Factory life moves fast and you cannot afford to wait for an engineer to fly there to check out your system. With ecoCARE you can have an engineer check out your system in real-time and in nearly all cases have your system back up and running efficiently in a timely manner.
We do offer Remote Support a la carte for those who don’t wish to get the full ecoCARE plan or just have a one-off issue. If only a couple of hours are needed, remote support can be secured for $150/hr. On average, we’ve found that users use 4-6hrs of remote support after installing their system. If you sign up for ecoCARE, that’d be $600-900 you don’t have to pay, this is peace of mind year-round. If your factory has a huge output and every minute counts, we recommend the Platinum tier as this ensures you have a dedicated engineer available to you for priority service and support.
Engineering Consulting Services
Our engineers are leaders in Industrial Energy Efficiency so you can rest assured that we’ll help you make your business more efficient, environmental, and profitable. Depending on your factory needs, this may include on-site measuring of key ventilation values, calculations & drawings, and checking that safety systems are in place. The key ventilation values include drops, branches, main duct air velocities, air volumes, pressure losses in the entire system, and fan consumption measured by real power analyzers. After collecting all this data, we prepare a presentation with explanations & recommendations written in plain English so it doesn’t feel like you’re looking at the Matrix screen.
We offer this service for anyone who is looking to design a brand new system or simply needs their current system reviewed and optimized for maximum efficiency. The cost comes in at $200 per hour with a 4-hour minimum. When considering the positive effects of proper engineering, this cost is well justified. The Basic ecoCARE plan for Smart Systems comes with the 4 hours of engineering services included, which means that over 50% of the Basic plan’s price is already recouped.
Annual Site Visit
For the Plus and Platinum plans, an Ecogate engineer is reserved for you every year for an on-site visit (US & Canada). During this visit, our engineer will perform system updates, tune-ups and even offer hands-on training for anyone who needs to learn. Additionally, we recalibrate your system to optimize the performance of your dust/mist/fume collector, this includes checking and optionally adjusting the minimum and maximum fan speed, adjusting the cleaning function, and tuning the minimum airflow settings. These visits could be scheduled around the times when the floor layout needs changes, such as adding, removing, or changing workstations.
Many ecoCARE subscribers sign up for ecoCARE just for the Annual Site Visit benefit. Whether it’s to address increasing demands or increasing market costs and shortages, every year factories experience many changes that can reduce your system’s efficiency. If you spend thousands of dollars on a system that saves you thousands of dollars every year, you will definitely want that system to be at maximum efficiency. Site Visits can still be ordered by users who choose not to opt into ecoCARE, starting at $3,000 (depending on days and location).
Annual System Optimization Tune-Up
The Annual System Optimization Tune-Up is the compact version of the Annual Site Visit. An Ecogate engineer runs a full system check for updates, tune-ups, and troubleshooting. We then review all your system measurements to ensure that efficiency has not dropped since installation (lower efficiency = lower $avings). If your system’s efficiency has dropped, usually from changes in the factory, our engineer will adjust your settings accordingly and offer further recommendations.
Because it is performed remotely, this could be scheduled in a timely manner especially right after sudden factory-floor changes. For the Plus and Platinum tiers, it is common to see the Annual Site Visit and the Annual System Optimization Tune-Up scheduled six months apart to spread the coverage year-round (including unlimited support). If you have ecoCARE Basic (Standard or Smart), where an onsite engineer is not included, this is just as valuable as it is how you ensure your system remains optmized every year. The Annual System Optimization Tune-Up is available for $465 for users who require more than one per year or those who do not have ecoCARE.
ecoCARE is available for Smart and Standard systems, with the Smart systems having three tiers to choose from. All plans are annually renewed and offer you special pricing on all Ecogate products year-round.
ecoCARE for Smart Systems
Smart systems use either a greenBOX NXT or a greenBOX MASTER. All ecoCARE tiers for Smart Systems include access to our proprietary web-based analytics platform which allows you to monitor the overall system performance and track key data. All tiers also offer you monthly summary reports delivered to your email, unlimited technical support, annual system optimization tune-ups, and engineering consulting services.
For mid to large-sized factories we recommend the Plus or Platinum tier as this includes the annual site visit by an Ecogate engineer. Factory life happens and when changes are required, the potential savings lost after the change can amount to large amounts.
ecoCARE for Standard Systems
Standard systems use Ecogate’s classic controller, the greenBOX 12. ecoCARE for Standard System is available as a single plan that includes a free Netbook with pre-installed Ecogate software. Valued at $600, the Netbook for greenBOX 12 will make your life easier during setup and monitoring. Furthermore, having your greenBOX connected to the Netbook will allow us to offer you remote support in a timely manner.
With up to four hours of engineering consulting services, we could help you improve your shop to ensure it is optimized for savings. If you own your shop it matters most to you that your system remains efficient no matter the changes and that electricity dollars stay in your pocket.
A common standard installation for shops with more than 12 workstations is connecting two greenBOX 12s to work together. From the spending perspective, this is very cost-effective as going with a greenBOX 12 controller means you’d be spending on standard versions of gates, sensors, and cable - smart systems have more expensive components. From a setup perspective, without expert help, this can become complicated. If you go with the two greenBOX 12 setup, just avoiding the setup headache alone will justify your plan’s cost and on top of that, you have the other benefits for the whole year.
If you have questions, or would simply like to explore how ecoCARE can work for you, reach out to us.
Author, David Vera