Whirlpool, the kitchen and laundry appliance manufacturer, had big plans last year for it’s Greenville facility, and, as of today, those plans are nearly complete.
In partnership with One Energy Enterprises, Whirlpool has decided to lessen their power grid use and turn the windy areas of Ohio to their advantage.
Following successful turbine construction projects in Findlay and Marion, the corporation has now turned its attention to their Greenville facility, constructing three turbines, which, in total, will amass enough electricity to power nine-hundred homes.
The switch will undoubtedly be beneficial to the company as they’ll own the rights to the energy they use, which will dramatically cut spending on the facility’s electric bill. What’s more, the energy they use will be renewable and virtually limitless. The average lifespan of a modern wind turbine is 20-25 years, so this is quite a long term investment for the fortune 500 company to make.
One can only imagine what kind of profit margin that would create for the manufacturing and testing costs for Whirlpool’s vast supply of appliances. The environmental benefits will also be a large factor in cutting down air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions in the location, which should benefit the surrounding spaces with cleaner air.
Additionally, the switch may help the Greenville community to get their electricity at a cheaper rate. With such a large, nine-hundred home, decrease for demand of fossil fuel-based electricity, the costs should theoretically go down for other users within the community.
Reception for more wind turbines in the area has been mixed over the years as a good number of community members have criticized wind turbine installation for reasons pointing to their size and the whistling noises that they can make.
However, the smaller sized three turbines along with the location of the turbines in relation to housing should offset the noise issue. The size of the turbines are definitely gargantuan in relation to onlookers, but the decision to go with three, smaller and well-placed turbines should help the area adjust to their presence.
With such a large-scale investment presenting such a large benefit for Whirlpool, it raises the question of why other manufacturing and automation companies haven’t invested in wind energy as well, especially when the rural, flat landscapes of Ohio have so much of it to offer.
Whirlpool can perhaps afford to go out on a limb like this because of their past successes as a company and the foreseeable longevity of the demand for their products, but for newer organizations who use less power, switching to wind energy may come off as a risky decision with a high, up-front cost.
However, the savings for Whirlpool will no doubt be vast for the next 2 decades as testing and building their appliances definitely requires a lot of energy, and they’ll have that energy at a profit. Additionally, at least some environmental benefits will be distributed to the local community.
This experimental way of cutting costs is not something that has often been adopted by other large, US corporations and you could say that Whirlpool is one of the first to truly pursue the option to this magnitude. We’ll have to see if other businesses adopt this strategy further down the line.
Until then, when you’re watching your washing machine spin, you can think of how that machine could have been partially created by the wind, itself.
It’s no secret that manufacturing jobs are a staple of the Midwestern lifestyle. Ohio, itself, is notable across the country for its manufacturing and automation production companies, and that’s truly a title for Ohioans to be proud of.
From aviation, to utility vehicles, to individual mechanical parts, manufacturing companies established in Ohio have a long history of often setting the pace as far as industry leading manufacturing in the US. We often standardize processes that are even adapted worldwide.
Sankyo Automation, located in Sidney, Ohio, is a business that allows companies to produce at the efficient rate necessary to keep up with the competition. Primarily a producer and distributor of high-precision machines that are used to develop other machines, Sankyo Automation was established in 1987 as a child company of Sankyo Seisakusho Co. in Japan.
Sankyo primarily specializes in the research and development of automating the manufacturing process. This means that the company manufactures and distributes variants of automation tools such as 4th and 5th axis rotary indexers, pick and place machines, servo roll feeds, torque limiters, coil feeders, cnc rotary tables, precision link conveyors, and many more devices and accessories out of their 30,000 square foot facility.
In short, many of these parts, such as rotary indexers, can aid in cutting and drilling hard, metal materials to exact specifications, while Sankyo’s line of pick and place machines can quickly grab small parts and place them onto a board in order to mass produce circuit boards that can function as the brain for any device one can think up. What would originally be a task requiring patience and an incredibly steady hand can now be achieved in seconds thanks to this technology.
Likewise, technology such as Sankyo’s Sandex torque limiters can insure that the highest rotation rates are possible without a high risk to the life of the parts being used, in addition to ensuring that the slowing down of quickly rotating parts happens as smoothly as possible.
Likewise, their precision link conveyors serve to keep parts moving as they rotate around a central belt in order to move each component to its proper location in which it will be worked on by other automated devices for quickly assembling components in quick succession.
Sankyo Automation truly specializes in the science of efficiency and is continuing to create tighter specifications for their future products as their customers also further improve their own production methods.
Sankyo, likewise, must meet their product specifications to evolving industry standards, which creates a kind of cooperative effort to improve production processes on multiple levels.
Sankyo provides an important service that fills the ever growing demand for production efficiency in the midwest. They also ship to locations across the country as well as Europe, Central America, and South America.
Manufacturing companies such as Sankyo Automation are continuing to push the boundaries of what is mechanically possible in today's world, and it’s quite a thrilling ride to see how far automation has come in Ohio, and how many brilliant minds have joined its ranks.
However, there’s still a long way to go as well. But Ohio, as a landscape for manufacturing, is continuing to look very promising.
Tipp City has many wonderful stores, restaurants, and exhibitions on it’s main street. However, if you were to drive through Tipp City on a given afternoon, you may notice one storefront that stands out, not just because of its varied and colorful window decorations, but because of its playful nature and inviting, childlike personality.
Playtime has come to Tipp City with the grand opening of the city’s new, main street store, Topsy Turvy Toys. Originally founded in New Bremen, Ohio in July of 2007, Topsy Turvy Toys has been a popular spot for many adults and children, alike, fulfilling a demand for not just entertainment, but also the hands-on, educational activities that make play time something that children and adults can enjoy together.
Now, as of July 1st of 2018, Miami County residents have the chance to see what all the fanfare is about. In my personal time spent at the Tipp City store location, it seems the area’s residents are slowly growing very fond of the spot as wanderers come seek the store out from the street or from word of mouth only to be greeted by a rich, artful, and welcoming environment, as well as, equally welcoming employees.
Whether you’re there to browse, shop, or you have a very specific toy in mind, Topsy Turvy Toy’s does a very good job of helping clients find exactly what they need. If you need a suggestion on the most popular children's toys, I highly recommend going to them.
Although, sometimes the real answers to these purchasing questions can’t be measured by words alone. When it comes to fun, an actual experience often speaks volumes over a description. That’s why Topsy Turvy has a very pro-hands-on policy within their store which allows children and adults to play with the toys to their heart’s content before they decide what to ultimately bring home.
The store is very spacious with a large, storefront window that lets in a good amount of natural light. As soon as they walk in, children just seem to light up and often will know immediately to touch and begin playing with the toys and board games, an act which is very much encouraged by the store’s philosophy of bringing playtime to the community.
Topsy Turvy’s owner, Cathi Hall, is the embodiment of what her store represents, good and honest fun. When asked what her motivations were for initially starting her business, Cathi expressed that “Topsy Turvy Toys was created to fill a void in a community. We provide quality toys and games, but first and foremost, we provide opportunities to play.”
I think that statement sums up everything that truly needs to be said about Topsy Turvy Toys and the need for opportunities to play in many other areas and communities.
Children need play in order to learn, socialize, and have fun. It’s a factor we sometimes forget about for adults, as well, as we press on through our daily lives with a certain level of seriousness and maturity.
Whatever that play time looks like for the individual, interactive fun is a serious factor in the happiness and connectivity of many communities. Without opportunities to play and interact with the world around us in enjoyable ways, things can get quite boring.
So, that’s just what Cathi set out to fix with her store, and the positive community reception in both locations has spoken for itself with a resounding “yes”. When asked why she chose to expand her store, Cathi professed that she moved to Tipp City in order to bring her “Play Matters” philosophy to as many communities as possible.
I think it's safe to say that many can align with the nobility of that cause. I mean, who couldn’t stand to loosen up a bit and just take a moment to play with some amazing toys? Heck, that moment of play could even change someone’s life.
You can go see Topsy Turvy Toys for yourself at its new location at 31 East Main Street in Tipp City, Ohio.