Here at Rieker, Inc. we are committed to preserving our environment and building a more sustainable future for our planet by reducing our manufacturing footprint in several key ways. One of the ways we are dedicated to reducing our footprint is by constantly reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals involved in our manufacturing process. This is evident on many fronts: using lead-free solder and no-clean flux for our soldering process, welding plastics with environmentally friendly ultrasonic equipment and lasers, and processing raw materials with a complex system of clean water and ultrasonic cleaning.
These processes allow us to protect our employees as well as the environment by eliminating the need to store and handle hazardous and noxious chemicals. In addition to having reduced our chemical footprint in manufacturing, we have switched to a paperless documentation system. Any paper that is used is also recycled company wide. At Rieker, we are committed to generating less waste and disposal of hazardous chemicals which would otherwise be destined for our landfills. It is our mission to look after the wellbeing of our employees and our planet.
2013: Introduced Recycling Program at Production Facility
Rieker Inc. introduces its environmental initiative, by implementing eco-friendly ways to reduce waste, reuse and recycle material, and become an example for others in the industry to follow
2014: Pad Printing Index Lines
Pad printing index lines in lieu of burning on decals reduced carbon production and reduced overall material waste of decals and glass.
2015: New paint air guns reduced paint overspray and waste
Reduced waste by upgrading to new precision air guns that eliminate overspray and allow for more accurate paint application.
2016: Eliminated Epoxy Paint
Elimination of epoxy paints as a standard product; creating a safer work environment. Reduced the number of printers within the company.
2017: ISO Compliance
Gained ISO 9001:2005 certification. Transitioned to paperless throughout the entire company, including electronic work routers.
2018: Adapted Conflict Minerals & Anti-Human Trafficking Policies to help promote a better world
Incorporated a non-toxic, non-flammable damping fluid option for some mechanical products as well as a no-clean solder flux, greatly reducing our usage of isopropyl alcohol. Implemented recycling waste alcohol in-house to be able to re-use in the manufacturing process.
2019: Lead-Free Solder
Incorporated lead-free solder on printed circuit boards as our standard build practice (leaded solder available as a customer requirement only).
2020: New Cleaning Processes
Implemented cleaning parts with hot water, deionized water and ultrasonics instead of relying on hazardous chemicals. Stopped purchasing and providing water bottles for individual consumption. Enacted all CDC regulated social distancing guidelines and protocols throughout the company.
2021: Replacing Disposables
Replaced disposable hairnets and disposable foot coverings on production floor with permanent, re-usable materials.