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DOE Pump Regulations and Energy Overview

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jul 18, 2018 4:38:23 PM

The DOE compliance deadline for pumps is coming up on January 27, 2020.  While it may seem like this date is far into the future, think about this: New Year's Day 2019 is only 166 days away.  Time does fly, doesn't it?

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Topics: Pumps, General Knowledge, Design Engineer Tips, Efficiency

Manufacturer News: TACO's Optimized Efficiency Package

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jul 12, 2018 9:13:25 AM

 

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Topics: Pumps, Efficiency

Manufacturer News: MagnaClean Products Now on BIMStore US

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Jul 9, 2018 11:26:31 AM

As you probably know, BIM (Business information Modeling) embeds key product and asset data as well as 3D computer models that can be used by specifiers during the design and construction of commercial buildings.  We're excited to announce that ADEY MagnaClean commercial filtration products are now available on the BIMStore.

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Topics: Filtration

Manufacturer News: Dependable Mission Critical HVAC Solutions from TACO

Posted by Kelly Patterson on May 16, 2018 4:35:32 PM

"Mission critical" is defined as "an activity, device, service or system whose failure or disruption in normal business hours will result in the failure of business operations." When mission critical equipment is down, the bottom line of a business is severely impacted. In some applications, such as hospitals or other critical care facilities, there are even lives at stake.

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Topics: Manufacturer Information, Design Engineer Tips

Heating and Cooling High Bay and Airplane Hangar Applications

Posted by Kelly Patterson on May 9, 2018 11:15:57 AM

Note: Schwank will offer a webinar for PDH credit on April 15, 2018 for engineers interested in learning more about infrared heating and air curtain design in these applications. The registration link is at the bottom of this blog.

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Topics: Green Building Design and Equipment, Energy Savings, Air Curtains, infrared Heating

HVAC System Contamination: Solutions to a Dirty Problem

Posted by Andy Hayes on May 8, 2018 3:04:57 PM

Air and dirt are big-time attackers of closed-loop HVAC systems. Heating and cooling your system water can be more difficult with air and dirt causing problems and impeding the flow. Figuring out that your system is contaminated isn't too difficult, especially considering that few (if any) are 100% closed. One indication of a problem is noise in your pipes, terminal units and other equipment. Inadequate flow can cause problems like cavitation. You may hear moans, hammering sounds or even a high-pitch resonance. Increased operating costs could become problematic with a reduced ability to transfer energy. Systems with air and dirt contamination face corrosion and flow restriction and blockage. That's a problem.

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Topics: Design Engineer Tips, Water Purification

Connecting Earth Day and Commercial Building Design

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Apr 19, 2018 1:54:14 PM

In the U.S. in the 1970s, neighborhoods and highways looked much different than they do today. It wasn’t unusual to see people in the car in front of you chuck bottles and full bags of road-trip trash out of their windows. Highways were littered with the remnants of lunches and snacks from passengers who didn’t think twice about trying to find an actual trash receptacle.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Design Engineer Tips

3 Reasons Why Equipment Life Cycle Costs Matter

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Apr 3, 2018 9:35:35 AM

Design engineers work hard to design comfort systems that serve the goals of the building and, ultimately, achieve that ever-elusive dream of perfect comfort for building occupants. But after all the meetings are over and the bids are submitted, design is sometimes sacrificed for initial equipment costs. Or, a design is scrapped altogether because the building owner is frightened of initial costs. However, according to a recent article written by AEGIS, the lifetime cost breakdown of ownership of something as simple as an electric motor is boiled down to this:

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Topics: Pumps, General Knowledge, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips

Best Installation Practices for All HVAC Pump Styles

Posted by Joe Britt, PE on Mar 20, 2018 8:03:00 AM

You can purchase the best pump in all the world for your commercial HVAC system but, if it is installed improperly, it will mean additional costs in replacement parts, labor expenses and equipment down time. If you want to keep commercial pumps running for the long haul, you need to insure that best practices are followed, starting with the initial installation.

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Topics: Pumps, General Knowledge, Design Engineer Tips

Manufacturer News: Griswold Controls Application Tips

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Mar 7, 2018 3:14:30 PM

Our manufacturing partners are smart. That is, after all, one of the many reasons why we partner with them! Griswold Controls has compiled a huge list of very readable application tips that we think you might enjoy reading. Granted, they may not be as enjoyable as the latest book club selection, but these tips could be applicable to a current project or two of yours.

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Topics: General Knowledge, Manufacturer Information, Training, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Piping, HVAC Design Tools

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