Maintenance Software Made Simple

website homeblog home

How to Detect Air Leaks In Your Facility

Written by Ryan Noble

November 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM

It's that time of year again, at least for us up north. An easy way to minimize heating costs during the winter season is to conduct an air leak audit on your facilities. As much as 40% savings (https://www.airbarrier.org) can be seen by sealing up those elusive leaks. The question is how do you go about locating them? Well, there are a few different methods that will allow you to visualize the air currents from leaks. Air pressure manipulation, Infrared technology, smoke, and using your hands to feel around the facility envelope are all methods being used today for leak detection.

Read More

Topics: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC, Energy Efficiency

What Is BIM Data And Why Is It Important?

Written by Ryan Noble

August 12, 2016 at 3:03 PM

BIM or Building Information Modeling, is a way for designers and builders to pass along information regarding newly constructed facilities to facility owners. Most people think BIM is just three dimensional modeling, which is part of it, but what is important is the actual data delivered. BIM data can be used to effectively maintain facilities throughout their life-cycles.

Read More

Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks, Industry News, BIM

Infographic - How To Read Lighting Facts Labels

Written by Ryan Noble

July 5, 2016 at 10:15 AM

You can look up LED lighting facts online through the lightingfacts.com website.

Read More

Topics: Tips n' Tricks, Lighting

Why Doesn't Management See The Value Of Preventive Maintenance?

Written by Ryan Noble

June 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Preventive maintenance is a tough thing to convince management to invest in because you can't see it. Pushing for a
budget on something that isn't easily quantifiable is a hard sell in itself, but when you can't even see what you're buying, it's even worse. Fortunately, there are enough reports on the ROI and benefits of doing PM that, with a bit of persuasion, can make it easier to pitch to upper management.  Here a few of the common barriers.

Read More

Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks

Choosing The Best Lubrication For Your Equipment

Written by Ryan Noble

June 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Before we get into how to best choose lubricants, a quick disclaimer. Manufacturer recommendations are going to be your best answer as to what lubrication you should be using for your equipment. This post is meant for those who don't have manufacturer specifications to reference, have older equipment, or equipment that has been repaired with parts that are not original.

Read More

Topics: Preventive Maintenance, Tips n' Tricks, Lubrication

How To Read A Psychrometric Chart

Written by Ryan Noble

June 2, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Psychrometrics is the science of moist air thermodynamics (the effects of heat, work, and energy on a system) in relation to HVAC systems. A phychrometric chart is helpful for determining what combination of heating, cooling, humidifying, and dehumidifying sources should be used to reach optimal environmental conditions in facilities.

At the end of this post, I have an example of how to use a psychrometric chart to plot seasonal weather changes in relation to our desired "Comfort Zone." This will tell us what we need to do to offset the effects of outside weather conditions to bring us to our desired zone. First, lets take a look at the different parts.

Read More

Topics: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Subject To The SPCC Rule

Written by Bill Frye

November 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced revisions to the federal Underground Storage Tank (UST) Rule (40 CFR Part 280). Changes include adding secondary containment for new and replaced tanks and piping, adding operator training requirements, and adding operation and maintenance requirements, among others. Click here for a link to the USEPA amendment, or here for a Free Guide to learn more.

Read More

Topics: Tips n' Tricks, Industry News

Unlocking Your CMMS: Reengineering Facilities Maintenance Processes

Written by Ryan Noble

May 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM

"Reengineering strives to break away from the old rules about how we organize and conduct business. It involves recognizing and rejecting some of them and then finding imaginative new ways to accomplish work."

Read More

Topics: Increase Efficiency, Benefits of CMMS, Tips n' Tricks

What to Expect from an EPA SPCC Inspection

Written by Bill Frye

May 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with ensuring facilities that store or handle oil comply with the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations set forth in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112. Inspections may be announced or unannounced, and can be triggered by: national enforcement initiatives, referrals from state or local authorities, spills, multi-media inspections, or a facility incident. I'd like to share with you the four stages of a typical SPCC inspection.

Read More

Topics: Tips n' Tricks, Industry News, Regulation Compliance

5 Hidden Rules to Improve Steam System Efficiency

Written by Carey Merritt

April 20, 2015 at 3:15 PM

If you want to optimize the energy usage of your steam plant, consider these five general rules of thumb to improve steam system efficiency.

Read More

Topics: Increase Efficiency, Tips n' Tricks