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Ensuring the Continuity of Industrial Production

Industrial manufacturers require production reliability and continuity. However, a wide range of conditions can make this challenging – from unexpected emergencies, power grid failures and blackouts to partial plant shutdowns for maintenance, upgrade, replacement, or expansion.



Evaluating Electrostatic Sprayers for Surface Disinfection

Using established technologies in innovative ways can help facilities navigate the “new normal” of clean needed to meet pandemic and post-pandemic standards. Electrostatic spraying technology is a great example of an established technology with a new application in surface disinfection.



Getting Your Property’s Landscape Ready for Spring

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about getting your commercial landscape in tip-top shape. As more people begin returning to the office or venturing out more often, these outdoor spaces are likely to have more eyes on them than ever.



Work Orders: Managing Maintenance Backlog

During the COVID-19 pandemic, maintenance teams had the responsibility to help their companies operate through this major disaster. As businesses return into operation, maintenance teams are now facing the biggest challenges of our time, having larger responsibilities of minimizing risks to employees with new sanitization and safety guidelines.



Is It Time to Modernize Your Elevators?

There comes a time in every elevator’s life when it no longer makes financial or logistical sense to continue repairing the same components year after year. Service calls get expensive, replacement parts become harder to find and the time the elevator spends out of service ends up exceeding its time in operation. Here’s everything you need to know.



Living in a World of What-Ifs

The entire facility management industry has been turned upside down since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Over the past year, many facilities essentially shut down as employers allowed workers to work remotely, leaving management companies with nothing to manage. Now those facilities, which typically had nothing more than a couple of security guards on duty throughout the day, need to place much more emphasis on building security.



Space Drives Demand for Advanced Fire Detection Systems

With real estate being one of its top expenses, many companies are seeking ways to maximize their office’s square footage and leave less underutilized space. Optimizing space on individual floors or throughout an entire building may mean exceeding the architectural specifications on record. One way of addressing that is by installing a fire alarm system that allows for faster, earlier egress from the building or tenant floor in the event of a fire.


Gas Monitoring

Flexible Gas Monitoring Design Key to Safe, Profitable Development

Whether new or retrofit construction, parking structures and shipping/loading bays are often crucial to the viability and efficient use of residential, commercial, industrial and multi-use developments. But to comply with building codes for life safety in confined spaces, parking structures require gas monitoring to prevent the dangerous accumulation of gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.



Combating COVID-19 With Healthy Ventilation Rates

As the novel COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the United States, ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important part of helping lower the rate of infections. Studies have demonstrated that higher ventilation rates have a direct impact on reducing the spread of microbials in workplaces and other occupied spaces.



Why Temperature Checks Are Just the First Step in Making Facilities Safer

As the pandemic continues to unfold, any facilities have turned to thermal imaging as a way to monitor patrons. With thermal imaging, facilities can detect patrons with irregular thermal readings to help combat the spread of COVID-19. However, thermal imaging alone can’t protect patrons; thermal imaging technology should be integrated with other safety and security technologies to ensure optimal COVID-19 safety protocol.