BOTTLING FACILITY   Pokka Beverages

Knights' Electric has enjoyed a long relationship with Pokka Beverages, "We've been working with Knights' for 15 years," says Dan Hancock, Vice President of Operations and Logistics at Pokka Beverages. Knights' Electric originally worked with Pokka Beverages when the bottling facility was located in Graton. The plant was relocated to American Canyon in Napa County a few years ago. When the move was made Knights' Electric's commercial department was involved, "Knights' disconnected all of the electrical lines in the old plant, numbered them and reconnected everything at the new facility," explains Hancock.

High-speed bottling line at Pokka Beverages with enclosed metal wire way that contains power lines for bottling line controls and machines. Knights' Electric installed all of the electrical and the trapeze supports that hold the wire way.

High-speed bottling line at Pokka Beverages with enclosed metal wire way that contains power lines for bottling line controls and machines. Knights' Electric installed all of the electrical and the trapeze supports that hold the wire way.

The Pokka Beverage bottling facility in American Canyon is approximately 350,000 square feet. There are 4 bottling lines that vary in function from glass bottles, cans and plastic containers for beverages, such as soft drinks for many nationally known brands. Knights' Electric helped Pokka Beverage meet their grand opening deadline with the electrical installation of the relocated bottling line from Graton, which was expanded for greater production, and the electrical layout of the new blending room.

As Pokka Beverage expanded the production capabilities at American Canyon Knights' Electric was called upon for their expertise. A high-speed air conveyer bottling line for plastic bottles was added along with the 1000 amp, 480-volt, 3-phase electrical service to power the compressor and the other motors and controls. Knights' Electric hooked up the new filler and capper and installed an Allen Bradley product called Blue Hose that has computerized controls to improve  bottling line speed and efficiency. Photo eyes also watch for impediments or congestion on the bottling line and react to correct it. Knights' Electric installed an overhead wire way gutter to contain power lines with aluminum conduits for the motor drops for all of the electrical functions of the high-speed line including sensors for the automated palletizer at the end of the line.

Some peripheral work that was performed by Knights' Electric included electrical power to the 3 exhaust fans that take steam out of the 60 foot cooling tunnel, which removes the heat created from the sterilization process prior to and after bottling. Outside the Pokka Beverage building Knights' Electric completed the power hook ups and controls for the water tanks, sugar tanks and condensing units.
 

SERVICE CALLS  Big & Small

There's an old saying that goes ? No job too big, No job too small. For Knights' Electric this is true when it comes to service calls, "I've never said no to a service call," says Rob Knight, Vice President at Knights' Electric. "If someone has a problem, we try to help them by responding to their call." This is true for residential calls as well as commercial calls, "If a person calls with electrical problem in their home, we help them. That person may also be a future customer when they build a home."

Rob Knight, VP - Comm./Ind.

Knights' Electric's Vice President Rob Knight, says he's "never turned down a service call."

Most of the service work that Knights' performs is in the commercial and industrial business sectors. Gravel plants, lumberyards and, of course, wineries are most typically the calls they get. "When the customer has the primary electrical power and it doesn't involve PG&E, they will call us," explains Knight. Yearly ground checks are an example of the service work performed by Knights' Electric, where requirements must be met for bonded connections. High voltage testing, which must be documented in technical reports, is another area of service for Knights' Electric.

Knights' Electric uses their line truck for heavy-duty service calls and overhead work. The line truck has a man basket, or cherry picker, for overhead power line work, a crane that can lift 16,000 pounds and a digger for ground work. The line truck is used for situations like downed power lines and setting transformers in place.

On the technical side of service, Knights' Electric gets many calls for trouble shooting controls, "It could be motor controls or a switch or a button," says Knight, "PC boards, PC wire, electronics or computer controls like Allen Bradley." When the wineries call for help it could be anything from their bottling line controls to their water pumps for the water ponds.

Rob Knight remembers a service call Knights' Electric once got from Winnemucca, Nevada, "This company had a generator problem that they couldn't get solved, so they called us. It was a 9 hour drive to get there and it only took 20 minutes to fix it. That must have been a little embarrassing for some of the people there. Like I said, if someone has a problem, we'll figure it out ? but I don't think we'll be going back to Winnemucca."
 

RESIDENTIAL  Stinson Beach House

Last June we wrote about this Stinson Beach home as the project was getting underway. Now it is near completion with Hadley, Inc., the general contractor, putting on the finishing touches. The home features exterior cedar siding with large windows facing the ocean and a natural copper roof. A rock sea wall that has filled with shifting sand protects the house. The structure is built on a waffle slab with support piers that go down 15 feet below the water line.

Hardwood ceiling with recessed lighting and tract lighting inside skylight frame
 

Sconce lighting in master bedroom with recessed light in entryway for bathroom

Hardwood ceiling with recessed lighting and tract lighting inside skylight frame

 

Sconce lighting in master bedroom with recessed light in entryway for bathroom

     

Recessed lighting in hardwood ceiling and automated drapes and matchstick shades powered by HomeWorks for windows
 

Sconce lighting over entryway to family room with overhead fan and plasma television on wall

Recessed lighting in hardwood ceiling and automated drapes and matchstick shades powered by HomeWorks for windows

 

Sconce lighting over entryway to family room with overhead fan and plasma television on wall

The interior features bamboo hardwood floors and white oak cabinets with ceilings up to 14 feet at their highest points. Knights' Electric's residential department has installed a Lutron HomeWorks lighting control and automation system for the ambient lighting design and such things as automated shades and drapes. The exterior lighting is a simple pathway design on both sides of the home and front entry way as Stinson Beach restricts outside lighting to preserve the natural Oceanside environment.