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Troubleshooting your airflow system
Plant Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When a manufacturer makes a process change that delivers an increase in production, it may want to hold the applause until the system has run for 4 to 12 weeks. Process changes typically alter the airflow characteristics that were part of the system's original design criteria—for example, the amount of process air, its temperature, its humidity and the quantity of particulates and gases. More

ACEEE says US should focus on energy efficiency before supply
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America is thinking too small when it comes to energy efficiency, while also making the mistake of "crowding out" economically beneficial investments in energy efficiency by focusing on riskier and more expensive bids to develop new energy sources, according to a major new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. More

Air quality in the pharmaceutical industry
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The United States accounts for roughly half of the global pharmaceutical market. This certainly keeps the Food and Drug Administration busy in its oversight of pharmaceutical safety and effectiveness, including with the production processes. As the pharmaceutical industry has grown, so too has its utilization of compressed air for breathing air, operation of equipment and instrument air. More

DOE Retail Building Guide 'can halve energy costs'
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The Department of Energy has released a guide that it says will help owners of retail stores achieve 50 percent energy savings, compared to the building energy code used in many parts of the U.S. More

EPA approves latest refrigerant substitutes
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The three substitutes, for use in small commercial and refrigerators and freezers (and their household counterparts), mark the first time hydrocarbon replacements might be widely used in the U.S. The refrigerants approved as acceptable substitutes, with use conditions, are propane, isobutane and a chemical known as R-441A. More

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Space still available for CPMM Certification Review Class and Exam
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Classes are filling fast, but there is still time to sign up for AFE's Review Course offering—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! Contact Jeanine Salifou at for more information. More

Manufacturers reduce design time with common design environment
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In the past, manufacturers were forced to use multiple, dedicated control systems to solve different application requirements. Each control system required different software, language types, spare parts and training—and integrating these disparate control systems proved time-consuming and costly. More

Architects try quake-proofing buildings with controlled destruction
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Earthquake building codes aren't really designed to save buildings. Engineers need to protect occupants, but there's no rule that buildings should withstand earthquakes of any particular magnitude. More

ISM data showed manufacturing accelerated in December
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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. More

What is 'green' steam cleaning?
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A concept that has garnered attention the past couple of years in the professional cleaning industry is chemical-free cleaning. This typically refers to the use of equipment and related products that effectively clean using just tap water without chemicals. More
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