Orion Energy Systems has announced the expansion of its APOLLO Class LED VaporTight lighting product line with NSF/ANSI Standard 2 certification. Orion is taking its APOLLO LED VaporTight product family into lighting application spaces where NSF/ANSI Standard 2 certification is required, opening opportunities in what Orion estimates to be a $530 million food and beverage market.
“US manufactured products are important to our customers today,” says John Scribante, Orion’s chief executive officer. “The fact that the VaporTight product line is manufactured in the US and is NSF/ANSI certified is a benefit, proving that our US manufacturing strategy gives us an advantage.”
The National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) identifies areas that require NSF/ANSI certified products as areas that are exposed to routine soiling from splashes and spills, including food related commercial and industrial businesses such as commercial kitchens, food distribution centers, canning and bottling, and meat processing. To qualify for NSF/ANSI certification every aspect of a product’s development is evaluated including product testing and material analyses as well as unannounced plant inspections. NSF certification is not a one-time event, but it involves regular on-site inspections of manufacturing facilities and regular re-testing of products to ensure that they continue to meet the same standards required to maintain certification over time.
NSF/ANSI certification is important because it means Orion’s APOLLO LED VaporTight NSF fixtures are durable enough for demanding environments, including facilities with wash down requirements up to 1500 pounds per square inch (PSI).
Businesses that are required to use NSF/ANSI certified products can now realize the energy saving benefits of the APOLLO VaporTight series, including best-in-class performance at up to 155 lumens per watt (LPW). More lumens per watt means the fixtures produce more light for less energy, and therefore save Orion customers more money on their electricity bill.
More light for less energy is compelling for the food processing industry, and especially meat and poultry packing plants, because of requirements by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to meet higher minimum light levels for food safety purposes.
The APOLLO VaporTight NSF series has advantages over legacy high intensity discharge and fluorescent lighting technologies, such as improved light output, dimming options, and instant-on performance, all of which lead to more energy savings. Low maintenance and a life of up to 125,000 hours reduces maintenance costs.
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