WMIA WOODEN GLOBE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
This year’s WMIA Wooden Globe Innovator of the Year award goes to Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. for their energy saving Hocker North America Dust Collection & Energy Management system.
By combining adaptable and customizable components with an energy management system, Hocker North America was able to deliver a one of a kind system to the Crystal Cabinet Works’ plant. One of the main challenge of Crystal Cabinet Works has been company growth. As the company grew and added machinery the dust system was also required to grow and adapt. This resulted in 6 different collectors from 4 different companies. The hodgepodge of systems resulted in bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and high energy consumption.
The Energy Management System capabilities of the Hocker products caught the attention of Crystal Cabinet Works. After discussing their needs with Ben Dipzinski, owner of Hocker North America, the company decided to proceed with this much more efficient system.
The new Energy Management system was able to save the company an estimated 1 million kilowatt hours each year. This savings is equivalent to to meeting the electricity needs of 94 average U.S households, 562,023 dishwasher cycles or brewing 3,831,933 pots of coffee. From an environmental standpoint, the energy consumption reduction equals saving 1,236,225 pounds of C02 or 24,725 trees needed to absorb that amount of CO2.
According to Dipzinski, “Even if you don’t take Höcker’s Energy Management into consideration Crystal Cabinets would still see a 25 percent reduction in energy costs just from our higher efficiency fans and motors. We are able to provide more cfm with less horsepower. Our total connected horsepower is 485 versus 650 with the old system.” A sure choice for energy savings and increased ROI, Hocker North America is continuing to offer systems to small and large shops throughout the United States.