FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
By now, many facility managers are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables 24/7 monitoring and captures insightful data that can help organizations continually improve operations. Over the next several years, the IoT is estimated to have an economic impact of up to $11.1 trillion, and experts predict there will be more than 75 billion IoT-connected devices by 2025.
The demands on facility managers are significant. You have to battle on several different fronts at the same time. From occupants to contractors, from building owners to your team, everybody is looking to you for the success of the facility. Whether challenges are big or small, it’s essential to understand how focus and clarity on each of them will help to improve overall performance.
With the wave of a hand or the press of a button, today’s generation has instant access to technology never before imagined. Accessibility standards similarly follow suit, with automation now becoming the next frontier driving building design. In schools and health care facilities, automated systems have vastly improved the lives of those with disabilities.
In a state-of-the-art building on the southern end of the Auburn University campus, more than 325 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine first-and second-year students are taught the fundamentals of osteopathic medicine. Continuous, uninterrupted power is a critical element that supports virtually everything that takes place within the walls of the four-story, 100,000-square-foot building.
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 However, when comparing metal cooling towers to the latest engineered plastic options, that outdated logic is being laid to rest.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.
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In an effort to help custodial staff reduce waste and save time, GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, today introduces its upgraded Pacific Blue Ultra™ High Capacity Coreless Toilet Paper Dispenser System.
Now with easily interchangeable drums, the Speedrooter XL® from General Pipe Cleaners clears tough clogs in 3” to 10” lines – up to 200 feet. The rugged, easy-to-maneuver Speedrooter XL sports a powerful 3/4 hp motor and 100 foot capacity drums for Flexicore® cable.
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.