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  • 06/12/19
    Jack Bittner & Kim Melton
    Maintenance and turnarounds are challenging, time-consuming endeavors, but they are absolutely necessary to keep a plant running safely and efficiently. While most plants typically schedule maintenance on a regular basis, an entire unit might run 3 – 5 years before it receives any maintenance, and some units can actually run up to 10 years before undergoing a major turnaround. The infrequency of maintenance and turnarounds can make it difficult to find a rhythm to work out kinks in the process.more...
  • 06/12/19
    Authur Davidson
    The turnaround industry is being hit hard by the baby boomer retirement tidal wave. Every day sees another 10,000 skilled workers evaporate from our national talent pool, leaving behind two classes of people: those who are fully qualified to carry on and those who are not. This quickly sets in motion a two-pronged cycle downward: First, the remaining skilled workers are stuck carrying the bulk of the load, becoming burned out and resentful of less skilled employees who are not carrying theirmore...
  • 06/12/19
    Authur Davidson
    History will never forget the name George S. Patton. This World War II superhero was the combat general who charged into Sicily, swept across France like a tidal wave and blazed through Germany, capturing 10,000 square miles of enemy territory in just 10 short days! He was the Nazis’ worst nightmare. Much is known of his military genius and bravery, but what is little known is that the heart of his strategy was materials and logistics.more...
  • 06/12/19
    AMACS
    A planned shutdown or plant turnaround can come with a significant cost and hit to operating budgets. These shutdowns may even come to the attention of an operation’s boards of directors and shareholders, as well as have an effect on inventory supply and client relationships. Therefore, it is essential that plants manage shutdowns and turnarounds, as efficiently as possible. Given AMACS’ extensive experience in this area, we’d like to share these 10 crucial steps to a successful turnaround.more...
  • 06/12/19
    Brennan Hall & Kim Melton
    If you look at a duct wrap insulation data sheet, you may notice that there are two different R-Values listed: Installed R-Value and Out-of-Package R-Value. These two R-Values reflect the difference in thermal performance that occurs when you compress the insulation during installation (installed R-value) from the thermal performance of the insulation directly out of the package (out-of-package R-value).more...
  • 06/12/19
    DIY Staff
    When insulating ducts, understanding the meaning and impact of R-Values and insulation thicknesses is essential to getting the most efficient, affordable outcome on your heating installation project. The ratings provide a guide for homeowners that determines the effectiveness of the insulation, making it easier to choose the right insulation for your home.  Proper insulation can save homeowners time and money, while conserving energy for a greener future.Click here to learn more about howmore...
  • 06/12/19
    SNIPS Magazine
    Steel is the infrastructure of the duct fabrication industry, which is why it makes sense for us to keep an eagle eye on all the factors that influence its price and availability to duct manufacturers. Enter our new steel report section on SNIPSmag.com. There you’ll find in depth analysis on all the latest news about tariffs on steel and other metals as well as profiles on some of the country’s most well-known steel producers.more...
  • 06/12/19
    Insulation Outlook
    Insulation Outlook has gathered articles from industry experts to discuss the outlook for the rest of 2019 and beyond.Reasons for Optimism—and Caution—in 2019 by Ken SimonsonKeep Calm, Stay Focused, and Get Ahead of the Next Downturn by Chris DaumThough Signs Point to a Slowdown, Growth in Construction Spending Should Continue through 2020 by Kermit Baker2019 Engineering and Construction Industry Outlook by Michell MieselsClick here to read each of these detailed articles.more...
  • 05/01/19
    Kim Melton
    Johns Manville recently supported the National Insulation Association (NIA) in developing their new Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program. This is a robust program designed to help fill a growing need in the insulation industry. We recently sat down with Ron King, one of the principle developers of NIA’s new program, for an interview to learn a little bit more about the Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program, who it’s for, and how it can help.more...
  • 05/01/19
    Alice Yu
    Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time.more...