Facilities Maintenance News

Choosing The Best Lubrication For Your Equipment

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. Let's start with ...

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5 Reasons To Do Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is the core of any maintenance program. Unfortunately, many find it hard to convince others it's worth doing or they can't seem to find the time to stick with it. The truth is, the benefits of PM aren't seen right away and it is hard to quantify its value. However, in the long term, PM proves it's worth because of these five reasons.   Reason 1: Extends Equipment L...

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Category: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC

How To Read A Psychrometric Chart

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 ...

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Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Subject To The SPCC Rule

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,...

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Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Pay Off

Across all industries, maintenance departments are often viewed as cost centers. When the economy struggles, this department is targeted for cutbacks. While organizations often fail to see the real value that maintenance plays in daily operations, the reality is that maintenance departments keep operations from bottlenecking. They ensure that every physical aspect of a business runs smoo...

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Category: Industry News

Protection Against Legionella - New York State’s Emergency Regulations Concerning Cooling Towers

The recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City has been traced to cooling towers, and in response the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has approved emergency regulations requiring any owner of a cooling tower in the state to register, inspect and implement a maintenance program for their tower(s). The regulations were adopted August 17, 2015 and remain in effect f...

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