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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.



SARS and Drains

Every building has risers. These are supply lines, usually made of copper, metal, or plastic, that deliver water to and from water-using fixtures like sinks, toilets, urinals, and showers. Each fixture is fitted with a U-shaped water trap, commonly known as a U-trap or P-trap. The primary purpose of these traps is to prevent sewer gases from being released into the facility using water as a barrier. Deadly pathogens can spread if this water is allowed to evaporate.



Human-Centric Lighting – Many Benefits in the Post-Pandemic World

Light is rarely the focal point of a space. Aside from a rainbow after a rainstorm or a sunset over the ocean, we often don’t even see light, we just see with it. That may be one reason lighting considerations occur as an afterthought for many facilities. Despite the significant energy efficiency improvements of LED lighting, lights typically fly under the radar of a building’s occupants.



Eliminating the “Disconnect” Between Operators and Automated Processes

Even in highly automated production environments, standard operating procedures (SOPs) for startup/shutdown, material loading/unloading, line switchovers, clean-in-place, maintenance preparation and other tasks are still completed manually, using paper-based systems. Unfortunately, this creates a significant disconnect between equipment operators and the rest of the automated process.



Achieving Water Authority Compliance With Automated Wastewater Treatment

Electric power plants must meet EPA and local wastewater requirements for effluent, including those under the Clean Water Act. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA has identified 65 pollutants and classes of pollutants as “toxic pollutants”, of which 126 specific substances have been designated “priority” toxic pollutants. Failing to do so can result in severe fines that quickly escalate.