Assess your facility's energy upgrade potential
Indoor air quality: There are plenty of resources available, including sources from utility companies and equipment manufacturers, to help with energy efficiency upgrades
Facility managers considering energy-efficiency upgrades don’t have to do their ROI calculations in a vacuum. There are plenty of resources available, including sources from utility companies and equipment manufacturers. For example, Rite-Hite offers several different customized energy-saving assessment programs, including calculations focused on loading dock areas, interior doors, and HVLS fans. All use standard industry procedures; in the case of fans, Rite-Hite’s ROI Analysis Calculator incorporates ASHRAE fundamentals, national weather data, and building-specific variables to calculate potential energy (and cost) savings.
While potential savings vary from facility to facility, they can be quite significant. For example, upgrades to dock equipment (such as shelters or leveler seals) can save a company as much as $1,000 annually, while interior and exterior door upgrades can generate annual savings up to $10,000. HVLS fan installations can help companies reduce heating and cooling costs as much as 20%-30% annually, depending on the climate.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey