A couple of years ago, Mike Rutigliano of Stephen Thorpe Plumbing & Heating in Flushing, NY, was looking for some able-bodied help. He took a chance on an organization that trains and supports people who need a “second chance” in life.
Whatever else the nation has learned from the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America, it is clear that American business was sent a loud wake-up call. Companies discovered their vulnerability, not from without but from within.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) held a press conference at its 34th Annual Conference to provide a “sneak preview” briefing on Version 8 of Manual J, the industry standard for residential load calculation.
The dedicated employees at PoolPak/Heat Recovery Technology, Inc. (York, PA) took advantage of the AHR Expo to tout the company’s newest product, the ClimatePak. This 100% outside air makeup air system was two years in the making.
Two products are being introduced to provide users with increased motor performance, as well as greater flexibility and functionality. Rockwell Automation has released its Allen-Bradley smart motor controllers, the SMC-3™ and SMC-Delta™.
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.