Working as a youth in a commercial lighting manufacturing company (that was founded in 1929) the President of Sterling Innovations LLC, Ron Sterling Bieber, gained extensive experience during his 29 years with the company. His lighting and manufacturing background encompasses almost every aspect of the Commercial Lighting Industry, including: engineered product design (based on 3D virtual modeling), photometric based application design, photometric based virtual 3D installation site renderings, R&D, implementation of C.N.C. (computer numerical control) sheet metal based product design/manufacturing, internal company infrastructures, sourcing, establishment/adjustment/support of a national sales network, project management, trouble-shooting, and much more.
Concurrently, in the early 1980's, Mr. Bieber, adverse to the then, current choice of automobile alarm systems, which required either drilling a large hole in the exterior of a car for a keyhole or acceptance of an alarm time-delay (which was required with an ignition key based auto alarm system) designed and developed the first wireless remote control system for automobiles. His original system controlled 8 different functions, including the activation and deactivation of a vehicle alarm system. He personally promoted his system and the concept gained in popularity. Today, over three decades later, the remote controlled, wireless vehicle alarm and access device remains an important feature associated with the majority of automobiles sold.
In the mid 1980's, Mr. Bieber became enamored by what he believed to be the tremendous potential of the then, emerging "personal computer" and by the late 1980's, he and a partner jointly created an alternative full-featured disk operating system that they named "SmartDOS", which he sold to two disk drive manufacturers (Rana Systems and Astra Systems) as well as to retail outlets, including Sears.
Later, in his career with the same lighting manufacturing company, he setup and supervised: a new Purchasing Department, a Photometrics Department, and a C.N.C. Manufacturing Department, which utilized 3D model based designs in the creation of lighting fixture housings, reflector systems and related parts; converting those models into finished products via computer "G-code" programs for C.N.C. manufacturing equipment, in order to quickly and efficiently cutout fold-up ready fixture bodies, reflector systems and parts from sheets of metal. His designs and products have been utilized, implemented or installed, for projects located all over the world.
In the early 1990's, he realized that a properly involved company owner should ideally know how to perform every function of their company and Mr. Bieber worked towards that goal. In 1995 he became one of 4 partners of the company and the force behind the push to manufacture more efficiently through the use of computer based virtual 3D design, combined with "state of the art" C.N.C. manufacturing methods.
In 2005 Mr. Bieber played a major role in selling the 76 year old lighting manufacturing company and then formed Sterling Innovations LLC, providing: design services, 3D modeling, CNC programming, parts, and finished products for clients including: lighting companies, property owners, metal part/product manufacturers, architectural/engineering design firms, factory representatives, distributors, aerospace companies, and more.
Today, as Sterling Innovations LLC, we offer our clients:
● Site-based lighting fixture layout/design & photometry
● Isolux curve reports, tables, and comparisons
● Virtual 3D-based, part/product design & refinement
● Sourcing light fixtures, poles, mounting hardware & accessories
● Comparing & virtually testing lighting fixtures to determine the best choice for each project
● Establishing, adjusting, and maintaining national Rep networks
● Design of lighting fixtures, optical systems, & related parts (specializing in sheet metal)
● Research C.N.C. machinery, to achieve client goals
● Programming C.N.C. equipment to produce: fixture bodies, reflectors, & parts (up to aerospace grade) in high quality & volume
● Locating new part/product sources for clients to lower their costs
● Promotional and documentation graphics (e.g. 3D models, catalog pages, and "cuts”)