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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.


Building Grounds

Facility Management: Checklist to Keep Building Grounds Safe

When it comes to keeping building grounds safe and secure, planning ahead helps prevent many potential problems. Knowing safety is always the number one priority, the National Association of Landscape Professionals provides an overview of several important landscape features that need regular inspection and consideration when assessing potential hazards to ensure your facility is safe throughout the year.



How Many Mils is Your Coating?

From the job shop to the robotic assembly floor, it is vital that the product be made well and correctly coated for protection, aesthetics, and performance. Industries like automotive, aerospace, and those utilizing plating, anodizing, powder coating or other coatings need accurate coating thickness measurement. This is particularly important when the coatings play a critical role in preventing the corrosion or wear of metal substrates.



Barriers to Optimization and How to Overcome Them

Full-scale HVAC optimization typically reduces energy usage and costs by 20 to 40 percent, improves system reliability by operating equipment more efficiently and at optimal temperatures, ensures consistently healthy air quality and building comfort, and reduces a building’s carbon footprint.