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Automation

FM Automation You’re Probably Overlooking

Facility management automation relates to technology that automates entire systems whereby data about machinery, equipment, and processes are instantly available and can be transferred to and processed by software for the purpose of facilities-related planning and management. Everything from security systems to temperature and lighting controls can benefit from automation.

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Environmental

Environmental Improvements: A Look at UVC & Other Technologies

With Americans spending about 90 percent of their time indoors, it could be beneficial to employees to know the facilities they work in are striving to support their well-being. Providing environmental improvements that support the health and well-being of occupants can also benefit facility managers and building owners by helping to improve tenant retention.

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Sewer System

Tips for Successful Sewer System Maintenance

A sewer system maintenance program works against the age-old mantra “out of sight, out of mind” by requiring watchful eyes on piping and drainage systems. These vital systems stay hidden from plain sight, as you maneuver through daily tasks. More often than not, a malfunction occurs due to a lack of awareness of underlying issues, disrupting the efficiency of your plumbing system.

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Health

How Technology Can Address Health & Safety Concerns

As the Omicron variant surges, it’s important that facilities consider revamping their health and safety plans to best protect their employees, property, and buildings. During these times it’s important to ensure the health and safety of your employees while on-premises and to also equip them with the right technology so they can more effectively complete their jobs.

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IAQ

Boost IAQ With Your Commercial Carpets

IAQ has become a major point of discussion when it comes to preventing the spread and intensity of aerosol transmissible diseases. For facility managers, this means it’s time to take IAQ improvement measures into their own hands. Though it may sound like a daunting task, quickly improving IAQ doesn’t have to be complicated. It can start at the ground level with a focus on carpets.

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Insider Threats

Beware of Insider Threats

According to a 2017 report by TransUnion, the consumer credit company, ninety-five percent of property management companies experience some form of fraud each year, including ways to work around credit checks. Further, “those committing fraud are becoming more clever and sneakier by the day. If they come after your company, your reputation and revenue could be on the line.”

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Waste Disposal

Campuses Can Improve Safe Waste Disposal

One key lesson we have learned from this past year is how critical it is to put health and safety initiatives in place for students. As we look ahead to what college life will look like for campuses across the nation following the pandemic, it is important for university leaders to understand all aspects of what a safe campus looks like, and that includes proper waste disposal.

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IoT

How IoT is Taking Over the Cleaning Industry

Most of us are already familiar with IoT and rely on it more than we may realize. For instance, IoT systems can connect sensors, alarms, cameras and lights to smartphones, and those same smartphones can control them. Where will we see interconnected technology in professional cleaning systems, and how will facility managers and the cleaning contractors maintaining their facilities benefit from these advancements?

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Specifications

Re-evaluating Headlamp Specifications

For workers at industrial plants and processors one of the most critical tools of the trade have been headlamps. In low light conditions, these essential tools enable technicians to clearly view the task and surroundings under bright light while freeing up both hands. Unfortunately, industrial workers are often restricted to purchasing products through distributors based on specifications that were established many years ago.

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Project Management

Why Project Management Skills Are Essential

Project Management (PM) and Facility Management (FM) are professions that have certain similarities. Both career paths are demanding disciplines with a keen focus on improving performance and productivity within budget and time constraints. Keep reading if you are an FM and you’ve ever wondered whether acquiring some PM skills will help make you more successful.

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