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Aug 22, 2016 5:45:00 AM

What is a Hydrogen Fuel Cell and How Does it Work?

Industry experts are calling hydrogen the fuel of the future. The main reason for that is because the value hydrogen provides in fuel cell applications. Fuel cells are becoming the fundamental piece driving many hydrogen energy applications today. Let’s start by understanding what a fuel cell is and how it works:  

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Aug 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Why Do HVAC Systems Need Pressure Sensors?

With the growing requirements of building maintenance, HVAC systems are no longer able to meet demand operating alone. Whether it is a commercial, retail or industrial building, pressure sensors play a significant role in monitoring the building for occupants’ safety and comfort. When integrated with pressure technology, HVAC systems can operate at optimum levels as well as improve building maintenance. Three ways this can be done are:

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Aug 15, 2016 5:55:00 AM

What is a Vivarium?

A vivarium refers to an enclosed area designed to provide a stable environment for animals and plants for observation or scientific research. Often, vivariums contain a portion of an ecosystem for a particular species with controlled environmental conditions on a smaller scale. A vivarium contains racks of various sizes dependent on the species it contains.

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Aug 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM

What are the setbacks of an oil-filled sensor vs. non-oil filled?

In the pressure sensing industry there are many different sensor technologies, but all sensors can be broken down into two classifications; oil-filled, non-oil filled. An oil-filled sensor refers to a sensor that uses oil as a transfer medium between a diaphragm and the sensing element. Oil-filled sensors appeal to many manufacturing applications due to its material compatibility, low cost, and ease of implementation. Although these sensors are becoming a standard, there are several drawbacks to selecting an oil-filled sensor over a non-oil filled sensor.

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Aug 8, 2016 4:30:00 AM

How To Make Room In Your Budget For Energy Management

Integrating energy management into your company’s budget is a challenging task. There are many reasons why companies today are not investing in energy management. Many owners view investments in as an expense rather than an investment. Energy costs often account for the largest portion of a company’s expenditures yet many don't realize that an energy management program can save money and provide an immediate ROI. We understand that budgets are tight, however by being creative with your budget there are several steps that can be taken to save money in order to invest in energy management.

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Aug 4, 2016 5:20:00 AM

Energy Savings Strategies For Operating Rooms

Operating Rooms consume a great deal of energy, considering the high airflow requirements needed, bright lighting, and significant plug load from patient care equipment. There are, however, strategies to conserve energy and still meet the stringent safety requirements of maintaining positive room pressure. Two conditions need to be met to enable OR energy savings. The first is a method to trigger occupied and unoccupied states. And the second is to act on that state change to setback both temperature and airflow.

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Aug 1, 2016 6:12:00 AM

What is the difference between Vented and Sealed Gauge Reference Pressure?

After clarifying the different types of pressure measurements and the difference between absolute and gauge, it is time to expand and discuss the two types of gauge pressure; vented gauge and sealed gauge reference pressure.

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Jul 28, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Why Invest In Tenant Billing?

The goal of every residential and commercial building owner is to attract tenants and be profitable in the market. So what does tenant billing have to do with that? Tenant billing is an opportunity for building owners to understand where their energy is being used so they can charge tenants according to actual usage. Although it may seem like a lot of effort to implement submetering and to hold each individual accountable for their energy usage, tenant billing is a great investment for the following reasons:

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Jul 25, 2016 2:08:00 AM

How to Select a Power Supply

After selecting your pressure transducer, it is now time to select a power supply. It is important to select the proper power supply to ensure all components are functioning properly and recording accurate data. 

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Jul 21, 2016 4:30:00 AM

What is the difference between BACnet, Modbus and LonWorks?

Until recently, there was no standard industry network protocol for building automation, and users had to choose between many different systems from different manufacturers. Proprietary communications were a result of no off-the shelf communication solution. Today, we have reached a place where there are three interoperable standard network protocols to choose from; BACnet, LonWorks and Modbus. All three are widely used, and according to a Building Operating Management survey in 2011, 62% of respondents had at least one BACnet application; for LonWorks the percentage was 40%, while for Modbus the number was 30%.

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