FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
An elevator is often a part of a building that doesn’t receive a second thought until something goes wrong with it. And should a problem arise – like a malfunctioning door or a broken cable – it disrupts the entire flow of operations and can become a nightmare to deal with. That’s why an elevator maintenance plan is so important.
Construction projects in public spaces such as schools and hospitals are on the rise across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, education construction is estimated to have exceeded $98.9 billion in 2018; and in that same year, 12 hospitals and health systems announced or unveiled facility expansions and renovations with price tags of 1 billion dollars.
A contractor tells his assistant to put a drain cleaning machine in a ditch filled with water. The frayed extension cord lies across the wet ground. The assistant, wearing rubber boots, tries to use the machine but complains he is getting shocked. The contractor calls his helper a sissy and gets in the ditch wearing street shoes. When he turns on the machine, he is electrocuted.
Conventional wisdom says that metal tends to be stronger, harder and more durable than its plastic counterparts. However, when comparing metal cooling towers to the latest engineered plastic options, that outdated logic is being laid to rest. HDPE technology not only holds up better than metal towers, but has additional benefits like increased energy efficiency and lower maintenance that make it a superior option.
In the public transportation business, fleet owners and managers need to know that their bus, shuttle, or taxi drivers are exactly where they need to be, arriving and departing on time, so as not to inconvenience or worse – strand – any passengers. This is even more important when there is a set schedule that must be precisely kept.
When staff at Festus School District in Festus, MO face stoppages in smaller 1-1/4” to 3” lines, they grab the Model DRZ-PH™ power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners. Maintenance pros there routinely use it to clear drains for urinals, water coolers, hand sinks, pot sinks, and disposal lines.
The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare provider dedicated to improving community health services in Bel Air, Maryland. It’s common for hospitals to expand over time, and facility managers are finding that existing backup generators can no longer support power needs during outage situations.
For developers and architects, maximizing income-generating space for mixed use commercial projects is critical, particularly when land is limited or expensive. In many cases, the project cannot advance unless the architect can somehow “create space” to achieve the building design and parking density required. Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. provides the solution.
In 2013 Auto Trader went from a publishing company to a fully online digital business. The online migration resulted in significant growth and a new work environment was needed that reflected their flexible working style. The company was operating through several regional offices all over the country, which it wanted to consolidate to make a more unified business model. Condeco helped provide a soltuion.
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Having an extinguisher accessible – and not stolen – helps keep everyone safe in case of a fire. With the cost of fire extinguishers on the rise, it is now more important than ever to protect these vital units. STI reports the solution to help stop extinguishers from being stolen is the highly effective Theft Stopper® (STI-6200) alarm.
Southco, Inc., a global leader in engineered access solutions, has expanded its successful line of E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latches with a new version designed to resist intensive and forceful chemical cleaning procedures.
Grasshopper snowthrowers feature heavy-gauge welded steel construction, a high-speed 12-inch-diameter auger and a heavy-duty replaceable scraper blade for reliability season after season. Options include a winter enclosure and heater.
Myers Emergency Power Systems (EPS), a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power solutions, announced the introduction of the Illuminator LVU Series of micro inverters. The inverters provide emergency power to illuminate the path of egress using existing interior and exterior lighting products during critical power outages.
STI’s Clock/Bell Damage Stopper® wire cages help ensure clocks, bells, and more are protected against vandalism and damage. Constructed of 9-gauge tough steel wire, the guard can withstand intentional or accidental damage from basketballs, hockey pucks and more.
Reformulated Snake Oil Plus™ from General Pipe Cleaners offers enhanced protection of drain cleaning cables and machines – and can extend the life of your other equipment, as well! It features the same rust-inhibiting properties and pleasant lemon scent of original Snake-Oil but its improved non-toxic, eco-friendly, biodegradable formula also creates virtually non-stick surfaces, significantly extending your drain cleaning equipment life.