A select audience of industry practitioners and university researchers recently gathered in Kansas City, Mo., to grapple with a mind-boggling quandry: how to define the next industrial era of the global economy.
In the security industry, there are best practices for assessing security needs, designing security system solutions, installing the systems, and integrating a security system with other building systems. But what are the best practices for security system maintenance and service?
Today, Most building automation installations are retrofits, positioned with an eye to reducing energy consumption and the overall costs of operating existing facilities. With that in mind, building managers and owners have very different requirements than even 10 years ago.
There’s an old joke about Michelangelo in which he explains how he was able to create his enormous 6-ton, 17-foot-high sculpture of the young, biblical hero David: Michelangelo shrugs his shoulders and confesses, “I just chipped away everything that did not look like David.”
On the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents watched as Category 1 Hurricane Isaac bore down on the New Orleans region, evoking memories of the costliest U.S. hurricane disaster on record. On Aug.
In 1911, Leon Leonwood Bean (better known to his friends by his initials “L.L.”) stomped in from the chilly Maine weather with cold, aching feet after a long hunting trip. He had a fierce, personal obsession to design and manufacture a more comfortable boot for hunters and outdoorsmen.
Industrial and commercial facilities strive to service existing low-voltage distribution equipment in an effort to postpone costly replacement. As part of that effort, a maintenance contract can be critical to a facility’s life-extension program.
“Companies must put their people—not their customers—first,” writes Hal Rosenbluth, CEO of an international travel management company, in his 1992 classic book, “The Customer Comes Second.” At first glance, these words read like heresy against the great body of advertising that, for decades, has ost
Mike, an anonymous electrical contractor, is almost to the point where he can laugh about an incident that occurred last summer. However, right after it happened, it felt as though he relived his initial frustration each time the subject came up.
A good-looking set of year-end financial statements can be a source of pride for an electrical contracting firm. It’s too bad that even the best of those neatly bound booklets blessed by CPAs fail to contain critical indications of where the business may really be headed.
Hurricane season is over, and the inundation of floodwaters in many parts of the country has likely receded by now. However, evaluating electrical equipment that has been subjected to water and determining whether to recondition the equipment or replace it remains a serious issue.
Two technology entrepreneurs in 1940s Palo Alto, Calif., pioneered a wide-open approach to running their rapidly rising business that became a de facto trademark of its operating style and a darling concept among management gurus.
More than 600,000 people lost power when Hurricane Irene slammed into the East Coast at the end of August. Flooding in North Carolina, New York and Vermont has added to the massive power restoration project now underway.
Today, there is a push to save energy and, therefore, money. One of the largest users of energy in a commercial building is its lighting system, which Darlene Bremer discusses in this month’s Energy Management column on page 86.