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Simplifying selective coordination with 30-cycle transfer switches
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Recent changes to the National Electrical Code require the selective coordination of overcurrent protective devices at hospitals and other mission-critical facilities. Transfer switches with 30-cycle closing and withstand ratings dramatically simplify designing to that requirement. More



Russian hackers breach water system in central Illinois
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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security recently revealed that they are looking into an apparent cyber attack that shut down a water pump near Springfield earlier this month. Reuters reported the Nov. 8 cyber attack originated from Russia and the hackers repeatedly switched the pump on and off, resulting in a burnout and shutdown. More

Specifying sustainable paints means determining life-cycle costs
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Sustainability has become a higher priority for maintenance managers specifying paints and coatings, with a great deal of attention going to the volatile organic compounds (VOC) these products contain. More

Part 2: Quality, long-term performance essential for sustainable paints


7 steps of automation project success
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The following seven steps will help avoid common pitfalls in an automation project, and put the project on solid footing. Automation engineering, often the most labor-intensive part of a project, is unique among the engineering disciplines. More

Physical Plant Engineering Design and Management course to be held as preparation for CPE exam
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison will be hosting a Physical Plant Engineering Design and Management Course from Dec. 5-9. In addition to providing preparation for the optional Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Certification exam, the course is designed to increase your understanding of mechanical and electrical systems, operations, economics, management, and other topics, all within one 5-day course. More

Building guidelines for bird safety
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As part of a program to reduce the number of bird deaths resulting from building collisions, American Bird Conservancy has made available a new publication, "Bird-Friendly Building Designs." More

Don't question commissioning when it comes to lighting controls
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Pop Quiz: What is the biggest heat load in a building that we can control? If you guessed lighting, you're absolutely correct. More

Flowmeters improve HVAC system performance
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There has been no shortage of studies, discussions, and debates surrounding the concept of energy efficiency over the past 40 years. In the early 1970s, when two international petroleum crises led to dramatic rises in the cost of energy, the major industrial countries were forced to consider a sobering possibility: that the world's supply of energy resources might be finite. More

How you measure energy efficiency can significantly affect your success
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When compared with the other two large energy users, transportation and buildings, industry has done by far the best job in managing energy. It has managed to globalize good energy practices better than any other sector, and on an indexed basis, there's less than a 20 percent spread in energy use between the North American and the European averages. More

Report says: Efficiency could cut electricity use 15 percent
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Energy efficiency is likely to bring down U.S. electricity consumption by five to 15 percent by 2020, relative to forecast trends, according to a report by The Brattle Group. More

AFE LinkedIn Group site — post of the week
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Vince D., a director asset manager in the Montreal, Canada area, posted the question: "Does anyone know what the rule of thumb is for number of technicians required to be present on site (HVAC, Chillers, boilers and electrical)?" To reply to Vince's question, or post your own comment or question to more than 1,800 knowledgeable facilities professionals, visit the AFE LinkedIn group site. More

Career Center job posting of the week
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A major global pharmaceutical company is seeking a highly qualified Engineering Program Manager at its location in Lincoln, Neb. To see this and hundreds of other career opportunities facilities engineering professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. More
 
 
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