Smart thinking at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems Production /Global/Sustainability/photos/Smart%20thinking%20ESD524x224.jpg ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems Production’s Monroe plant found a low-cost way of reducing energy use. The solution was installing clear plastic barrier strips on all dock door openings, reducing the loss of cool air, meaning that the air-conditioning system has to work less hard. Installing gating on the dock doors enabled cooling of the plant in the early hours of operation by opening the dock doors without compromising the facility’s security. Comparing energy usage figures for the third quarters of 2009 and 2008 shows an average daily reduction of 425 kWh. The redesign of packaging material for the Besam PowerSwing resulted in 100 percent recyclable material being used for the operator part of the product, and a 50 percent reduction in the amount of foam in the header part. The company is also participating in a wood pallet recycling program.