FM Articles


Human-Centered Design Drives Latest HMIs

For decades, operators in manufacturing facilities have relied on Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) for a visual overview of their process systems to monitor critical status and control information. A properly designed graphical user interface improves situational awareness, reduces workload, and enables the operator to view the entire process at-a-glance so they can focus on mitigating abnormal situations.


Smart Building

How Energy Harvesting Can Improve Smart Building Management

As IoT technology and applications are increasingly capable of connecting thousands of sensors and allowing for real-time data collection and analysis, buildings will become more efficient and user friendly. From door locks to lights and beyond, there is a host of existing IoT applications that can turn any building into a smart building.



Innovation Expedites Warehouse Logistics

The growth of e-commerce is driving warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment centers to utilize larger structures, automated systems, and engineered elevated work platforms that can deliver faster logistics and shipping. To accommodate the growing size and complexity of such systems, industry innovators are now expediting the process of quoting, designing, manufacturing, and installing the systems.



Bringing Buildings into the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The form of buildings as places of shelter or gathering has remained largely unchanged over the course of human history. While we may point to advances in plumbing, heating/cooling, or, more recently, communications, the notion of an “intelligent building” is still a futuristic concept compared to the transformations and breakthroughs we have seen in other asset and object categories.


Vendor Contract Management

5 Vendor Contract Management Tips

With the growing popularity of outsourcing in facilities management and building maintenance, it’s expected that more and more facility managers will collaborate with vendors to maximize the physical assets under their care. However, such collaborations can only happen with different contracts in place, all managed by an efficient vendor contract management process.



Headlamps as Critical PPE

Plants and facilities have a duty to protect employees by providing a safe work environment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for the job. However, despite various PPE options, many companies fail to supply or specify important lighting tools – namely headlamps. Unfortunately, the lack of suitable headlamps can lead to serious, even deadly, accidents in hazardous locations.



Stopping Pests at the Door

Pests can enter a facility in one of three ways: openings in the structure from the property exterior or sewer systems, by employees bringing in pests like cockroaches and bed bugs on personal belongings, and via incoming shipments. Stopping pests must be the focus of any food facilities prevention plan. In the fight against food facility pests, prevention is the best tool.


Supply Chain Disruptions

How CMMS Helps During Supply Chain Disruptions

Many businesses are recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply chain disruptions have made us more aware of our dependencies and the things that we don’t even think about because everything is operating so efficiently. Businesses are looking at their processes and what can be done so that they are more prepared for any disaster or disruption that could have an impact on their business operations.


Indiscriminate Disinfecting

Concerns Mount About Indiscriminate Disinfecting

Several manufacturers now make disinfectants. Many of them use the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride, a group of disinfecting chemicals known as quats. Some of these quat-based disinfectants are being used to kill the pathogens that cause coronavirus. This tells us that these products are valuable when it comes to protecting human health. However, as valuable as they are, the use of traditional disinfectants do have drawbacks.


Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring Can Benefit Workers

Different environmental monitoring technologies can help to detect and diffuse specific emergency situations, allowing buildings to communicate with their operators early to stop a minor issue from turning into a major disaster that closes the facility or halts operations. This approach can save time, money, and ensure peace of mind for facility management.