According to some studies, the addition of vfd’s to an existing system can result in a reduction in energy consumption of 30% to 60%. For this reason, vfd’s are becoming quite popular. Since the technology has become much more stable over the last few years and costs are coming down, it’s a good time to look at vfd’s.
Not often does one get the opportunity to hear General H. Norman Schwarzkopf in person. The same can be said of business guru Tom Peters, former Burger King ceo and now international speaker Barry Gibbons, U.S. Olympic gold medal wrestler Rulon Gardner, and syndicated columnist George Will.
Over the course of five days, more than 1,600 attendees of the 2002 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) convention had the good fortune to listen and learn from these five speakers.
Most of the time it’s not a question of whether or not to replace a motor. By the time a contractor is called to the scene, the motor has already failed or is in its death throes. Replacement is usually a viable solution, because repairing a motor can be fairly expensive.
To prove his point that talent matters in today’s business world, Ron Magnus introduced a recent study from The McKenzie Group, which surveyed and interviewed over 6,000 executives from 77 Fortune 50 and 100 companies. The report, “War For Talent,” concludes that “Talent matters more than the tangible assets such as financial capital.”
“How do you define energy efficiency or cost effectiveness?” asked an attendee at the 2002 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting forum, “What Is the Definition of a High-Performance Building?”
You’ve got an exceptional applicant for an opening in the field service department. The person has good mechanical aptitude and good social skills. But there’s a problem. A check of the applicant’s driving record turns up an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. What do you do?
During the discussion in the forum “Methods for Estimating Maintenance Costs” at the 2002 ASHRAE Winter Meeting, it was noted that no original maintenance cost data have been surveyed since about 30 years ago.