The Paper Mill
Liverpool’s got an awesome new restaurant called The Paper Mill, and it’s got an awesome new automation system to control it! This is a relatively large restaurant, with 4 eating options all under one roof, so we tied it all together using a Clipsal Automation Controller. The main end goal of this project was to get the system to a point where staff don’t have to control anything so they can better use their time serving customers. We did this with the help of ‘Scenes’ and time-based ‘Schedules’. The scenes included ‘Day Trading’, ‘Night Trading’, ‘Cleaners’ and ‘Goodbye’. The Day and Night Trading scenes adjust the level of the lights and blinds accordingly so as to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests.The Cleaners scene turns on only the lights that the cleaners need, to save power and in turn money, and the Goodbye scene turns everything off and shuts the blinds, but temporarily leaves a safe, lit path to the door for staff to exit in time. The schedules then tie in with the scenes so that they will activate at the correct hour. More convenience and time-saving capabilities are provided to the staff with the ability to control all heaters and all blinds with the press of one button, rather than going around and individually adjusting each one, which in a venue this size is a time-consuming job. They also have the option to individually control each light, blind or heater on the corresponding pages.
The restaurant is created in a beautiful industrial style, with nods to the building’s history whilst maintaining a modern design using stunning lighting choices and gorgeous finishes. A building so cool deserved an interface to match and so we used our Dusk Interface Package which incorporates a lot of those dark, matte, industrial features. Using our own Clipsal Interface Package saved us loads of time with programming and we think the design matches perfectly to the space. In this system we utilised a dashboard homepage which has quick links to the most commonly used features – scenes and all on/off buttons. Another standout page is the Lighting control page which features a floor plan of the restaurant with a soft glow on areas that currently have lights turned on. For each automation system that uses a floor plan, we make a decision whether to do individual indicators for each light, or to just use an overall glow for each area. For a job this size, the obvious decision was overall glows, since there’s a large amount of lights and individual dots would be very crowded and overwhelming! This allows staff to glance at the lighting page and see where lights are on, rather than going through each area to check. Using a floor plan is a great way to make the system more user-friendly and easy to navigate, since staff will know the layout well. Take a look at our floor plan below – you’ll see that we aim to make the floor plan as realistic as possible whilst keeping a clean, simple design. For other automaters out there, we are always happy to convert your 2D floor plans into our style for a small cost.