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Commissioning HVAC systems thoroughly
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HVAC systems and temperature control strategies have been getting increasingly complex and difficult to implement. Verification has also become more complex. System design engineers, new ASHRAE control strategies, U.S. Green Building Council LEED requirements and building construction codes (including International Building Code and state codes) have put increasing demands on getting systems to operate at peak efficiency. More

Recruiting and training remain priority
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The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute recently released an excellent promotional video to help attract young people into this industry. It is available to download and use in your marketplace. The video does an excellent job depicting this industry as a great place to make a good living for women, young people, minorities and older workers — a cross-generational promotion that may be one of the first of its kind in this industry. More

Access to capital improving for small businesses
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The credit pipeline for small businesses has been frozen or clogged for years now. And while plenty of entrepreneurs still can't get financing, a growing number of indicators point to improvement in access to capital. Here are some signs worth watching. More

Sid Harvey's Pump Test Manifold

Sid Harvey’s Pump Test Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello.

 Updates from OESP

Getting the most from your membership
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To get the most out of your membership, you can take advantage of educational opportunities we sponsor and plan now to join us at our 60th annual convention and trade show May 19-23, 2013, in Hershey, Pa. You might have even attended the annual Crab Feast held by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter last weekend. "Thinking local" is easy for seafood lovers when in Maryland. No one has better crabs! The chapter hosts this event each fall and it is eagerly anticipated by many of its members and friends.

In December, the chapter will also host its annual Christmas party at the Rolling Road Country Club.

Speaking of chapter events
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The Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter will be trying something new at the Stevens Technical College, in Lancaster, Pa. There will be some exhibitors onsite displaying products they offer and Craig Butler, from Beckett, will speak a little about controls, a little about burners and a whole lot about how to develop the ultimate tool needed by a heating professional: communication. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Craig will speak at 6:45 p.m. Join us and bring your technicians. The cost is $15 per person and includes food. Stevens Tech is located at 750 E. King Street, in Lancaster, Pa.

Archives added
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Last week, executive director Judy Garber reminded you about the Online Resource Guide — the button is on our home page. Did you know that The Advantage weekly news brief is also archived on our site? Simply click on the red "A" button located on the top of our site to view past issues. More

ISH 2013
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Thinking of going with us to France and Germany? Our group will depart from Newark, N.J., on March 7 and travel to Paris. From there, the group will head to Normandy for a guided tour and then back to Paris for two days before departing for Germany via train. The trip is shaping up very nicely and we don't have many more seats available. So if you are interested, email Judy Garber. The price is $3,750 for a single and $3,100 per person for a double.

 In The News

10 ways to optimize cash flow
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The rules of cash flow are simple: a business is successful only if the cash it generates exceeds the cash it consumes. Proper cash flow is about planning up front and tying back to your strategies. What are you trying to achieve and how are you going to do it? More

Innovation driving future of energy-industry engineering
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The future of petroleum and chemical engineering is very bright with new technologies on the horizon that will bring energy to the world in a safer, cleaner and more efficient way, said Emil Peña, executive director, Global Energy Safety Institute, adjunct professor at Rice University, and former deputy assistant secretary, Department of Energy. Nanoscience and nanotechnology offer important new tools to work toward a sustainable environment with environmental remediation, energy production and environmental security. More

New solar cell efficiency record set by Solar Junction
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The U.S. company Solar Junction set the gold standard for solar cell efficiency last year at 43.5 percent, a worldwide mark that it has just shattered with a new solar cell efficiency record of 44 percent. All the lab work is behind it and it's ready for commercial production, which will take place in the U.S. thanks to support from the Department of Energy. More

October is Energy Awareness Month
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As temperatures begin to drop and more homeowners dial up their thermostats, it's important to guard against potential areas of the home where energy may be lost, resulting in higher utility bills. The U.S. Department of Energy celebrates Energy Awareness Month each October, making it an ideal time for homeowners to make their home more comfortable while improving its energy efficiency. More

5 money-saving tips for small business owners
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Becoming a business owner is an exciting and empowering path to travel, but it can also be a huge strain on your finances if you don't have a solid plan. Be sure your plan includes these five points and you will save yourself some money. More


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