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ASHRAE 90.1

ASHRAE 90.1

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning publishes technical standards for improving energy efficiency, indoor air quality, building service engineering, and the sustainable development of HVAC&R technology. One of the publications they have is Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This is an ANSI standard that has been published by ASHRAE and sponsored

CAS Number

CAS Number

A CAS number, also known as a CASRN number, is a route for identification of specific chemical substances. This number can contain up to ten digits and has three parts. The first section can hold between two and seven digits, the second section contains two digits, and the third only has one as a check. With

MRO (Maintenance, Reliability, and Operation)

MRO (Maintenance, Reliability, and Operation)

MRO is defined as the goods or equipment that are necessary for the production process but are not included in the final product of that process. MRO management is an important part of proactive maintenance because if properly implemented and managed, the facility will benefit from lower costs, protect customer deliveries, and reduce downtime incidents. MRO items

Warehouse Racking

Warehouse Racking

Warehouse racking is essential to facilitate organization within areas used to store hundreds or thousands of products. Storing products in this way makes it easier for employees to locate product quickly and efficiently. However, warehouse racking means nothing without the proper labels used to identify what products are. The information that is usually found on these warehouse

Idle Time

Idle Time

Idle time is often confused with downtime when in fact they are two very different concepts pertaining to manufacturing, distribution, and other industrial environments. Idle time is defined as a period of time that could be spent performing work related tasks, but nothing is being done. On the other hand, downtime is defined as a period of time

Fleet Management

Fleet Management

Successful fleet management systems are multi-faceted programs that work to optimize costs, reduce risks, and increase productivity in workplaces that regularly use company vehicles to provide services. These vehicles can be anything from commercial motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, or specialized vehicles such as forklifts, and private vehicles such as planes and helicopters. Fleet management

RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance)

RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance)

RCM, also known as reliability centered maintenance, does exactly what its name implies. It ensures maintenance and inspection tasks are focused on improving the safety and reliability of essential equipment. This system can be recognized by its three distinct and ongoing phases: Decision – This phase first focuses on the components of a system that have a

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The goal of applying the theory of constraints, or TOC, is to increase profit by increasing the company’s throughput. Throughput is the rate at which a company can produce and deliver a product or service to their customers. It is essentially the speed of production. To meet this goal, there are three objectives that the company

UBM (Usage-Based Maintenance)

UBM (Usage-Based Maintenance)

Think of usage-based maintenance, or UBM, as the same as car maintenance. “Change out your oil every 3,000 miles, rotate your tires after every 10,000, and change out the timing belt after 60,000!” UBM is a type of preventative maintenance that takes places depending on how much activity a piece of equipment has done rather than

UID (Unique Identification)

UID (Unique Identification)

Unique identification is classified as a set of characters or numbers that belong to a single item. Usually autogenerated, UIDs can be used for anything that needs to be distinguished from other objects. There are numerous forms that a UID can take, for example: A Uniform Resource Locator, also known as a URL, is a unique

Inventory Control

Inventory Control

Inventory control and inventory management are often taken to be the same concept. However, while both methods work to be a part of the same goal, they operate on different scales in the inventory sector. Inventory control is essentially managing stock as it comes in and goes out of a warehouse or other facility. It is

Fixed Asset

Fixed Asset

Fixed assets, also known as capital assets, are defined as objects, installments, or pieces of equipment that companies use to make income. These tangible pieces of property are a long-term investment that are not intended to be sold and are meant to last more than a single year. These types of assets make their appearance

FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System)

FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System)

FRACAS is a closed-loop process that gives companies a way to succinctly report, analyze, and correct production failures. Enormous benefits are enjoyed by the companies that choose to manage their reliability engineering with FRACAS. Some of them include: It provides failure data and both corrective and preventative action solutions for reliability analysis. It’s able to identify

Asset Tracking

Asset Tracking

Without an asset tracking infrastructure, a lot of time must be allocated to finding objects. There is also the very real risk of losing assets completely either within the facility or while it is being loaned out as a part of the service that a business provides. With that being said, keeping track of important

Asset Management

Asset Management

There are several different kinds of asset management systems that companies use to approach the value of both the tangible and intangible objects they possess. Take for example, financial asset management for companies that need a financial advisor to take care of their investment accounts. Non-physical asset management is another example where consumers and organizations purchase intangible

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