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The Cost of Not Having an Elevator Maintenance Plan

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.



Maintaining Safety and Security During Major Construction Projects

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.



Safety and Your Sewer Machine

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.



The Liberating Benefits of Smart Emergency LED Lighting

Emergency lighting is a fundamental feature of fire safety and emergency evacuation, playing a critical, life-saving role in commercial and industrial settings. Should a power outage occur, effective emergency lighting will direct the occupants out of the facility safely. Where the system is ineffective, people’s lives are put at risk and the outcome can be devastating.



Effective Floor Care Tips for Winter

Winter is here, which means many areas in the U.S. are experiencing plunging temperatures and snowstorms. While a winter wonderland can be beautiful to watch from the comfort of a warm and cozy building, the weather associated with the season can be less than ideal when tracked indoors – especially for those who have to clean it up.



Cloud-Based Technology Drives Efficiency for Property Managers

Property management is an industry with specific needs and a multitude of audiences. While many property management companies are smaller “mom and pop” shops, others are managing multiple properties, sometimes divested among several locations.



Manufacturing: Hanging On until 2030

Generating around 12.75 million jobs, and producing 18.2 per cent of the world’s goods, US manufacturing is colossal. What’s more, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.89 in business growth in other supporting sectors, such as retailing, transportation and business. Yet, 89 per cent of manufacturers currently have unfilled vacancies. Why?



The “First Line of Defense” in Protecting Membrane Filters

For municipal water authorities, pre-filtration of water is critical to protect and extend the life of membrane systems, as well as increase intervals between backwashing or necessary maintenance. A growing number of municipalities are ensuring superior water quality, as well as membrane longevity and reliable production, by utilizing low maintenance, multi-element, self-cleaning, pre-treatment filters.



The 5-Minute Guide to Getting the Most Life from Your Faucets

Repair. Replace. Repair. Replace. Facing this unrelenting cycle with your facility’s plumbing fixtures can be exhausting. Reducing the constant churn of faucet repair and replacement starts at the beginning, with selecting the right fixtures for the job, and continues through proper installation to ongoing maintenance. This quick guide helps you get the most life from faucets.



‘Smart’ Tech Enhances Access Control Security

For much of history, our identification systems have relied on face-to-face interactions and physical documents and processes. But digital technologies are transforming how identity is authenticated around the globe. In an era of growing security concerns, governments, corporations and property managers must elevate the importance of a trusted identity while balancing the demand for convenient and efficient access.