Seeing things in a new perspective can be an eye-opening experience, and that’s the goal of the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, a public-private partnership through the Department of Energy.
Recently, General Motors and cosmetics giant L’Oreal participated in the program and The Detroit News detailed both companies’ findings in a Tuesday report.
“You might expect the factories to be really different, but it’s just a different scale and a different speed. Other than that, there’s still a lot of robots doing a lot of the work, but with people operating their lines,” said Erin Lawrence, an associate energy engineer for GM who trekked down to Little Rock to visit the L’Oreal factory. “It looked really familiar to me once we got inside their plant.”
From the experience, GM employees walked away with a handful of tips after the experience. Notably, plans to switch the Detroit-Hamtramck plant’s lighting to more-efficient LED lights is in the works, and employees will show off compressed air to some machines when they aren’t operating.
You can see episode one of the plant swap series in the video above, which takes GM inside the L’Oreal facility.