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Building a patch management program
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It truly is a virtual world. The quest for improving plant efficiency through automation has placed an increasingly greater importance on software applications over the last few decades. As a result, the trend in the automation industry has been a move towards open systems platforms to support the growing number of applications and the increased need for connectivity between automation and business systems. More

Start 2012 off right—sign up for a CPMM Review Class
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Space is still available in AFE's Review Course offerings to be conducted in early 2012—just in time to help you fulfill your New Year's resolution to improve your professional knowledge and skills. The comprehensive Certified Plant Maintenance Manager — one of the most highly recognized certification programs in the world for building professionals — will be conducted at the AHR Expo from Jan. 20-22; and in Fayetteville, N.C., (Fayetteville Community Technical College) from Feb. 6-8. Space is limited for both courses, so act quickly! More

AFE Webinar: 10 tips for maximizing social media to increase your professional network
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LinkedIn. Facebook. Twitter...On Thursday, Jan. 12, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST., AFE will be offering a Webinar designed to teach you how to use the power of social media to take your professional profile to the next level. Whether looking to connect with employers, peers or clients or to engage regional and chapter members, social media has innovative solutions if you know how to navigate the tools. This Webinar will introduce quick and easy tips for developing an online profile that makes you more attractive to your audience, ideas for building groups and engaging members and tools for making the most of your network by developing an interactive platform More

5 ways manufacturers can cut energy use in 2012
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Manufacturers should concentrate on five areas that could have the greatest overall effect on their facilities' energy efficiency, according to Paul Stiller, director of energy management at Summit Energy Services, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric. More

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With today's broad awareness that green buildings offer lower operating costs, increased value and improved ROI, the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification has become the framework of choice for achieving sustainability at commercial properties.  More

Clearing up transparency
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If Greenbuild 2011 was any indication, transparency is the hot new topic in the green building industry. This buzzword was flying all around the convention center filled with building product manufacturers, architects, designers, specifiers and building owner/occupiers. Recently, it appeared in a new LEED pilot credit and was seen in the second draft release of LEED 2012. And all signs indicate that it is here to stay. More

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How safe are your electrical system work practices?
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Although it probably won't come as a surprise to some, a lot of plant and controls engineers are taking what appear to be risks in the workplace today. Many simply aren't following workplace standards and regulations—in particular NFPA 70E—when it comes to working on energized electrical equipment. More

LEED retrofits outpace new construction in 2011
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Environmentally-friendly practices aren't just for new buildings anymore. Their existing — and, in some cases, elderly — counterparts are catching on, too. In fact, the organization that oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program recently announced that, for the first time, the square footage of commercial and institutional buildings that received LEED certification as existing facilities is greater on a cumulative basis than the square footage of those awarded LEED status as new construction projects. More

March 15 brings new ADA deadline
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The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design were adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice as of Sept. 15, 2010. Until March 15, 2012 facility managers have a choice of which ADA rules and regulations to follow for a project: the 1991 ADA Standards or the 2010 ADA Standards. The advantage of the 1991 ADA Standards is that elements that comply will become "safe harbors" under the 2010 ADA Standards. More

Using Modbus for process control, automation
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Modbus is the most popular industrial protocol being used today, for good reasons. It is simple, inexpensive, universal and easy to use. Even though Modbus has been around since the past century—nearly 30 years—almost all major industrial instrumentation and automation equipment vendors continue to support it in new products. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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McKinstry is seeking a highly qualified critical facility engineer. To learn more about this and hundreds of other career opportunities for facilities operations, engineering and management professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. More
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