Boilers: Renovate or replace
This article explores the issues associated with leveraging a necessary O&M expenditure in order to improve efficiency, sustainability, and performance.
As buildings, systems, and
equipment age, facilities engineering groups frequently are faced with the need
to replace equipment that has reached the end of its useful service life. Given
tight operating budgets and constricted timelines, often driven by an imminent
failure, it's common for the engineering group to approach a trusted contractor
to obtain a price to replace current equipment with equivalent capacity. Thus,
projects frequently are handled on a design-build basis using the installing
contractor's engineering expertise, but only to the extent necessary for code
While expedient, this
approach often represents a lost opportunity.
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.