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Does Your System Need Shaft Grounding Technology?

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Nov 16, 2018 9:40:40 AM

We are huge advocates of utilizing VFDs to control AC motors in most instances.  It isn't often that we need to run a pump motor at full speed, so we can reduce our energy consumption (lower costs) while being a little kinder to our motors by installing VFDs in our systems.  Rarely in life do we encounter anything that is flawless, however, and VFDs are no exception.  They do lower our operating costs and can increase system performance, but they also create shaft voltage. 

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Topics: HVAC Design Tools, Variable Frequency Drives, Energy Savings

5 of the Scariest Questions for Engineers

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Oct 31, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Halloween is here, the scariest night of the year!  We all know that HVAC and plumbing engineers are brave, strong, and essentially fearless.  After all, they design systems out of thin air, easily troubleshoot annoying problems that haunt other mortals, and relentlessly stick to their guns when specifications are called into question.  Engineers are basically the John Wayne of the professional world.  They just don't scare easily.

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Topics: Efficiency, Filtration, Energy Savings, Design Engineer Tips

Prevent Boiler Problems As Winter Approaches

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 26, 2018 8:46:00 AM

Let’s face it, we live in a world of instantaneous gratification. We want it now. We want it now and we don’t want to wait. We want it now and we don’t want to go any further than our finger tips to get it. In today’s IoT world, everything is immediate.

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

Control Valves Can Improve Hospital HVAC Systems

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 28, 2018 11:21:52 AM

Hospital HVAC systems work overtime. Every day of the year, around the clock, they must be working properly for patient comfort, maintaining air quality and keeping airborne disease transmission at bay. And, since HAIs (Hospital-acquired Infections) are a hot topic among hospital administrators and the news media, system designers and facilities managers are increasingly pressured to ensure that systems are chosen, installed and maintained with care.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge, Efficiency

Manufacturer News: Upcoming Air Curtain Webinar

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Aug 23, 2018 10:32:29 AM

Air curtains are a critical piece of commercial building design for certain applications but many building designers aren't sure what the best practices are for incorporating them.

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Topics: Webinars, Air Curtains, Energy Savings

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

Manufacturer News: AERCO Deserves the Gold at Olympic Hotel

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 15, 2018 2:13:21 PM

So far, the US has won five gold medals in the PyeongChang Olympic games.  You probably knew that.  But, did you know that AERCO is supplying hot water to five out of the six main hotels at the 2018 XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea? True story.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, Boilers and Water Heaters

Is Your VFD Smarter Than the Average Drive?

Posted by Kelly Patterson on Feb 1, 2018 4:10:15 PM

I like to think that we're all getting smarter. After all, we have smart phones, smart homes and even smart cars. Even our HVAC equipment is getting smarter. Visit a modern mechanical room these days and you'll see brightly lit touchscreens, ready to interact with users. It's probably no big surprise that users can now control VFDs through their very own smartphone.

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Topics: Energy Savings, Building Owner Tips, Design Engineer Tips, General Knowledge

How Predictive Maintenance Can Prevent Boiler Problems

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 18, 2017 2:32:11 PM

Let’s face it, we live in a world of instantaneous gratification. We want it now. We want it now and we don’t want to wait. We want it now and we don’t want to go any further than our finger tips to get it. In today’s IoT world, everything is immediate.

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

Why Oxygen Levels Matter in High Efficiency Boilers

Posted by Andy Hayes on Oct 10, 2017 8:56:33 AM

Oxygen matters.  Every living organism on earth needs it in one form or another.  While a high efficiency condensing boiler isn’t necessarily a living thing, it does work in a system that requires appropriate amounts of oxygen to operate at optimum levels.  In that way, high efficiency boilers are a lot like you and me.

So, how does it work?

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Topics: Boilers and Water Heaters, Design Engineer Tips, Energy Savings

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