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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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.