"Building Durable Goods is our Way of Conserving Energy and Resources"
Protech's business model is as unique as its products. We build what used to be referred to as "durable goods". There is no planned obsolescence built into our equipment. By doing so, the life of our product
is extended—a more environmentally desirable option than recycling.
Furthermore, improvements and new features are provided by upgrading the software that runs our systems rather than throwing away the hardware. Software upgrades are provided without charge. Our new designs are engineered to be "backwards
compatible". Backwards compatible engineering means if a replacement part is needed and the original part is no longer made, a new part can be programmed to mimic the old one. There is no need to replace an entire system just because
an individual component part becomes obsolete.
What does this mean for the environment? Simply stated, it means that our equipment is not likely to be in a landfill for decades, even generations to come. Besides using the best components and raw materials available,
we recycle our older models by using the steel cabinets and as many of the original circuit boards as possible. This not only conserves resources but it saves energy as well.
Our technology based society has improved many areas of our everyday life. It has also created an unprecedented problem for waste management. Our landfills are bursting with computers, monitors, printers, cell phones and other so called
"disposable" electronics. However, electronic devices like the ones just mentioned are hardly disposable. These devices are polluting our ground water with extremely dangerous toxins that include: arsenic, bromine, cadmium, lead,
mercury and PCB's. The plastics alone represent billions of barrels of oil each year.
We designed our web site to be a complete "interactive" brochure. By using our internet site in this manner, we eliminate the waste of paper and the hazards caused by the inks used to print brochures and other advertising materials.
Our drive alert systems use standard alkaline batteries that can last up to three years. These batteries contain no sulfides or cyanides and are classified as "non-hazardous" household waste.
We build the majority of our products here in the US and are not lured by the low labor costs of third world countries that, unlike the US, often lack environmental regulation and enforcement. We take advantage of technology whenever and
wherever we can to provide customer service and support. We are committed to building our driveway alarm systems to such high standards that little to no customer service is required. If service is ever needed, the modular design of our
drive alarm allows for easy replacement through the mail.
Like other enterprises, return on investment, financial viability, waste-reduction, and brand leadership are all important goals. At Protech, these conventional business values are balanced against choosing sustainable, environmentally
responsible processes that will leave the world better and safer than when we found it.