Sun Shines for Schneider Stone Open Day

Back Row: Sarah McBurnie, Janet Parker, Lisa Wright, Paul Kerr, Kevin Hill, Trevor Beacham, Pete Dutton, Piotr Swako, Alan Trow and Gary Downes 
Front Row: Claire Hale, Trish Mason, Steph Randle, Craig Masters, Wayne Bailey, and Harry Barthel 

Back Row: Sarah McBurnie, Janet Parker, Lisa Wright, Paul Kerr, Kevin Hill, Trevor Beacham,                                        Pete Dutton, Piotr Swako, Alan Trow and Gary Downes 
                                                                                                                                               Front Row: Claire Hale, Trish Mason, Steph Randle, Craig Masters, Wayne Bailey, and Harry Barthel

More than 200 family and friends of Schneider employees attended the open day at the 3000m2 Schneider Electric factory in Stone on a hot and sunny summer Saturday. The event was a resounding success giving the opportunity for Schneider to showcase its activities and for the families and friends of Schneider employees to visit this new facility and then to go on to Aston Marina, Stone for an afternoon of fun filled events.

The day started with a tour of the production lines, where people were able to see what is involved in making some of the 15,000 protection relays that are produced annually and shipped to customers all over the world. These protection relays are used to measure conditions on electricity transmission and distribution networks and to trip circuit breakers if a fault is detected.

The tour then went on to a simulated production line where everyone was able to pick the parts needed to build a solar powered turbine, put it together and test it. They got to take their finished model home with extra parts to transform it into a car, plane or boat. This was followed up by demonstrations of hardware investigations and software programming by the R&D team and Environmental and Electromagnetic Compatibility tests in the UKAS accredited Certification laboratory.

The Health and Safety department got in on the act too by setting up an accident scene titled “CSI Stone” where everyone, especially children, were asked to identify as many hazards as possible. The winner (the 14 year old son of an employee) managed to spot 19 unsafe conditions and received a £20 gift voucher. The purpose was to raise health and safety awareness not just at work, but at home too.

With the factory tour completed, everyone then made the short journey to Aston Marina where the fun in the sun continued with BBQ, bouncy castles, face painting, welly wanging, boat rides, tombola, skittles and an owl display.  £250 was raised on the day for the Schneider Electric nominated charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Schneider Electric Stone is part of the Schneider Group, a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

The highlight of the day for most people was the chance to drive the Schneider electric car, which was used to showcase Schneider’s capabilities in the fields of green and renewable energy technologies.

The open event was a fantastic success, in part due to the wonderful weather, but mostly due to the exceptional efforts of the Stone “Cool Sites” team who planned and organised the event ensuring that everyone certainly made the most of their energy on the day. For more details please contact pete.vivers@schneider-electric.com