The latest VFDs pack more semiconductor components into smaller form factors resulting in intense heat generation. Elevated temperatures degrade performance and shorten service life. A variety of cooling methods have proven effective, including passive air cooling with fans and heat exchangers, and active cooling with air conditioning and water cooling.
Evaporative cooling towers play an important role in green buildings by reducing energy consumption when they replace traditional air conditioning systems, reducing carbon footprint and operating costs. Although evaporative cooling is great at saving energy, it does consume some water but the benefits on energy savings outweigh the water usage.
The demand for data centers has exploded in the last few years. The seven largest U.S. markets, for example, saw a 50% increase in megawatt net absorption of data center space from 2020 to 2021. But as increasingly necessary as data centers are to our modern world, they are also intensive energy users; data centers use nearly 2% of all U.S. electricity.
When it comes to maintaining a building’s water systems, facility managers are often the first to hear about issues related to water pressure – from showers and faucets that aren’t performing as expected in tenant-occupied spaces to commercial units like restaurants, hotels, schools and healthcare facilities that rely on water to keep their businesses running.
Since the pandemic showed manufacturers, distributors, and retailers how supply chain disruptions can cause dramatic shortages, many are seeking to increase inventory to avoid similar problems in the future. However, warehouse space is in short supply, particularly around distribution centers, with prices rising as leased properties are quickly snapped up.
Since the 1940s, U.S. road maintenance departments have been spreading salt on streets and highways to melt snow and ice. The rate of use has gone up astronomically from about 0.15 metric tons per year during the 1940s to about 18 million metric tons per year today. Additionally, the biggest budget these departments have is for salt and chemical treatments.
Smart buildings simplify life, and they can help keep us safer. Older buildings that aren’t designated as smart have deficiencies that you can’t afford in your business but creating a smart building doesn’t happen overnight. You need a plan to create a building that communicates among smart components and automates processes within your building.
As the facility management industry is expected to grow to $76.3 Billion by 2026, now is the time for organizations to ensure they have the technology in place to increase their facilities’ accessibility. This is where interactive 3D maps enter the equation. Employed the right way, and promoted through the right channels, 3D maps take the mystery out of any facility.
Signal tower lights play a critical role in protecting the safety of people and equipment in manufacturing and process control environments. They are relatively simple devices but they have been difficult to configure, order and stock because of different options to meet a wide range of applications. Now, ordering signal towers is much easier and fewer spare parts are needed.
Facility management has evolved to become much more than a practice for managing buildings and the infrastructure contained therein. They are expected to recommend, coordinate, and actively implement best practices. Facility operations optimization is one of the practices that FMs can utilize to enable them to make strategic and sustainable improvements in their facilities.