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The Need for Bearing Protection for Inverter-Duty Motors

By Adam Willwerth
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All major manufacturers of three-phase ac induction motors offer “inverter-duty” or “inverter-ready” models, but while these motors have inverter-rated insulation to protect the windings, the bearings — their most vulnerable parts — are too often ignored. 


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Back to the Things That Worked... Back to the Past

By Bob Janet
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Are some of your best marketing and selling tools on the shelf collecting dust? Is this the right time for you to go back and use the selling tools that made you money years ago? Tools like personally contacting your customers. In person.


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Slant/Fin Helps Reheat Long Island During and After Sandy

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For over half a century, Slant/Fin has called Long Island home. As with virtually everyone else in the New York metro area and New Jersey, everyone employed there was in some way affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some suffered damage to their homes and cars, and almost all were without power at home for a week or more.


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Btu Buddy 118: Tim Gets a Shock

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim arrived at their fifth service call of the day. They were both wet from servicing a heat pump outdoor unit in the snow. This was a no heat call for a gas furnace. The weather was cold and there was no heat at all in the house. 


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Consultant Offers Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2013

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Leading green building and sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson has released his annual list of “Top 10 Megatrends” for the green building industry. Yudelson said, “It looks like a good year ahead for the green building industry.”


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Minimizing Employee Litigation Through Arbitration Agreements

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Lawsuits are expensive and inconvenient, but employee litigation can be even more painful for companies, executives, and managers. Fortunately, employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.


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New York High-Rise to Install Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power System

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Tecogen Inc. announced that it has signed a contract with the Brevoort East, a luxury 323 unit high-rise co-op in Greenwich Village, N.Y., to provide a turnkey Tecogen combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) system. The system will deliver electricity, space heating, domestic hot water, and air conditioning to the building’s common areas.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That Won’t Heat

By Jim Johnson
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In this troubleshooting problem, the customer’s general definition of the situation gets more specific when you arrive at the site and discover that the reason there is no heat is because although the burners ignite on a call for heat, the air handling system never starts, and the system’s limit control shuts the furnace down.


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Increasing the Lifespan and Reliability of Electrical Components

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Heat is both a byproduct and one of the greatest enemies of electrical and electronic components. If not dissipated, this heat has the potential to cause early failures and malfunctions.


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Consumers, Manufacturers Are Focused on Quality and Safety, Says UL Study

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has released the 2012 findings of its annual global study, The Product Mindset, which examines manufacturer and consumer perceptions about how products are made, sold, bought and consumed. This year's findings show high expectations about quality and safety.


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