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Web Exclusive: Infrared Inspection for facilities managers

Infrared (IR) inspection is a powerful and noninvasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. An IR camera can identify problems that can be immediately documented with full color thermal pictures and corrected before they become serious. IR gives the facility manager a new tool that not only saves time and money, but also helps to elevate him or her as a true technology professional. How Infrared Thermography... ...Read More...

Free Ethernet Control Seminar, Oct. 10-12

WAGO Corporation has announced the schedule of its free, three-day seminar on Industrial Ethernet Control. Attendees will receive an introduction to the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM hardware, overview of Industrial Ethernet components and protocols, hands on IEC 61131-3 programming session with live demo nodes, and review/create Web services or applications (such as alarm e-mails, Web pages, etc. from the controller) using the new 750-841 Ethernet... ...Read More...

Grainger assisting in Gulf Region recovery

TFM FEY sponsor Grainger has pledged more than $1 million in cash and emergency supplies such as tarps, gloves, flashlights, and batteries to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help communities and businesses recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The company also is encouraging its employees to contribute to the recovery efforts by providing a four-to-one match of employee gifts to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.... ...Read More...

Friday Funny!

Be on the lookout for the “work blind.” Clever, but... ...Read More...

Online Response Center for IREM members (and others) impacted by Katrina

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) has created a dedicated online Hurricane Response Center to aid members, their families, and other impacted by Hurricane Katrina. This action follows an earlier announcement that IREM®, through its IREM Foundation (a 501(c)(3) foundation), is soliciting tax-free donations from members and staff; 100% of all contributions collected will be channeled to ongoing hurricane relief efforts. The main... ...Read More...

Johns Hopkins Master Plan…impressive!

Members of the TFM staff are just back from a visit to Baltimore, where we took a group of professionals (pictured, left) on a tour of the massive Johns Hopkins Hospital campus. In the midst of a 10 year master plan, the campus has gone through massive renovations, including a complex effort to restore the hospital’s three original buildings, dating back from 1898. Howard Reel, senior director of facilities design and construction for the... ...Read More...

Small business makeover, courtesy of HON

The HON Company recently awarded Wisconsin-based Sprecher Brewing Co. with a full line of new office furniture as the winner of “The Most Deserving Small Business Office Makeover.” Selected for both its remarkable commitment to the community and its lacking work environment, Sprecher was given a complete overhaul of its office. Additionally, the company received new office technology supplied by Xerox. Using HON office furniture, interior... ...Read More...

Who needs terrorism when you’ve got incompetence?

A sudden power outage hit Los Angeles and its environs on 9/12/05. Laura Wides of the Associated Press reports, An error by utility workers caused a blackout; outages were reported from downtown west to the Pacific Coast and north into the San Fernando Valley. Much of the power, which failed at 12:37 p.m., was restored within 90 minutes. All power was restored by 3 p.m. Workers who were cutting wires mistakenly sliced them as a group rather than... ...Read More...

Who needs terrorism when you've got incompetence?

A sudden power outage hit Los Angeles and its environs on 9/12/05. Laura Wides of the Associated Press reports, An error by utility workers caused a blackout; outages were reported from downtown west to the Pacific Coast and north into the San Fernando Valley. Much of the power, which failed at 12:37 p.m., was restored within 90 minutes. All power was restored by 3 p.m. Workers who were cutting wires mistakenly sliced them as a group rather than... ...Read More...

Video on non-chemical pest prevention

To help commercial facility managers in the ongoing battle against pests, Orkin Commercial Services is offering a series of free training videos in the “Orkin University Online” section its Web site. Anyone with an Internet connection may access the videos by selecting the videos from the “What’s New” menu of the site. The educational series, entitled “ABCs of Pest Habitat Modification,” will illustrate several non-chemical... ...Read More...