A large part of this endeavor includes a commitment to improving the energy efficiency and ecological impact of the work we do.
We’ve worked closely with Southern California Edison to make a wide variety of changes at our facility to improve our energy efficiency. We mitigate our morning electrical usage by staggering the process of turning on our various machines throughout the floor, and we’ve also transferred more work to the night shift to ensure high-energy usage is executed during non-peak hours. We’ve used the Summer Discount Plan to reduce our energy consumption with no impact to customer experience or office comfort, while the Summer Advantage Incentive sends us peak-day alerts helping us be proactive in energy reduction when it matters most.
Work has also been done on our machinery to reduce energy usage. Certain pieces of equipment have had their blower motors replaced with variable frequency drives which adjusts the horsepower of the motor and the energy usage according to demand. Our facility was once lit by metal halide bulbs, which have been replaced with much more efficient LED lighting. We also reduce our lighting until 5 or 6pm when it becomes more necessary for the later shifts. In addition to reducing our impact on the environment, these efforts earned us SCE’s 2012 Demand Response Rookie of the Year Award and have also saved us thousands of dollars in utility payments.
At Shmaze we also utilize environmentally sound solutions like carefully refurbishing lithium batteries from reclaimed cell phones rather than dumping them in landfills. By using High Volume, Low-Pressure sprayers (H.V.L.P.s) our facility experiences 40% less paint overspray. An added benefit of these modifications is that they deliver greater transfer efficiency.
We purify the exhaust from our facility by implementing a three-stage air scrubber. It absorbs 99.8% of the Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.s) found in the coatings. This new, state-of-the-art filtration system enables us to be compliant with the January 2005 law created by the California Air Quality Management District (A.Q.M.D), all without compromising quality, production yields, or profit for our customers.
It’s not enough to just deliver full-service creativity and unparalleled quality, it’s our duty to deliver top-tier work while continuing to explore new ways to reduce our impact on the environment.