How Advanced Materials Manufacturing Impacts the Construction Industry

Kelly RobinsonMechanical, New Construction, TechnologyLeave a Comment

Manufacturing has always been a primary driver of innovation and economic growth in our country. Advanced materials manufacturing takes this innovation to a new level by embracing new technologies to meet the demands of our ever-changing world. Along the way, these advanced practices have created a wave of new construction opportunities in our region. Advanced materials manufacturing utilizes enhanced materials … Read More

Advantages of DDC Systems for Your Building’s HVAC Systems

Andrea LaMontCorporate, HVAC, TechnologyLeave a Comment

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Though they can benefit buildings in all markets, commercial buildings are particularly well suited for direct digital control (DDC) systems. DDC systems offer several key advantages over traditional pneumatic systems for controlling a building’s HVAC systems. Both systems can perform the same functions, but DDC is simpler to work with and troubleshoot, and can be controlled and adjusted from a … Read More

Video Pipe Inspections Identify Plumbing Problems

Andrea LaMontPlumbing, TechnologyLeave a Comment

Plumbers use video pipe inspections to take the guesswork out of locating a plumbing problem. Inspections are highly reliable and effective in finding both leaks and blockages without damaging the pipes. Tiny video cameras attached to flexible fiber optic scopes show the inside of the pipes in great detail and can even detect problems under the foundation or inside the … Read More

Recognizing Cybersecurity Threats

Andrea LaMontCybersecurity, TechnologyLeave a Comment

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As threats to our technology and confidential information become more commonplace and sophisticated, it’s important for individuals and companies to learn how best to protect themselves and their data. Security breaches can compromise personally identifiable data, protected health information, financial and banking information, intellectual property, sensitive industry information, governmental information systems, and more. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and McKenney’s … Read More

10 Reasons buildingCONNECT is the Right Tool for the Job

Stephen JohnsonAutomation & Control Solutions, Cybersecurity, Security, Systems Integration & Controls, TechnologyLeave a Comment

McKenney’s is over seventy years old. When my boss’ grandfather began selling and installing floor furnaces in the 1940s, the controls (such as they were) were 100% analog. To say things are different today is a monumental understatement. In the years that have followed, McKenney’s has not only developed the process and facilities to produce the hardware needed for even … Read More

3 Ways to Prioritize Our Most Valuable Resource

Collin BarfieldData Centers, Engineering Solutions, New Construction, TechnologyLeave a Comment

The Mission Critical construction world has long-embraced prefabrication and offsite component manufacturing. Prefabrication, in particular, was identified early in the industry as a catalyst to reduce project schedules and get whitespace online as quickly as possible. With the demand for Mission Critical projects growing faster than the workforce that builds them, it is becoming more important than ever to find … Read More

Smart Systems that can Lower Operating Costs

Andrea LaMontHVAC, Systems Integration & Controls, TechnologyLeave a Comment

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Regardless of industry or market, facility owners and managers have two mandates: to keep systems running and keep costs low, all while keeping the building’s occupants comfortable and safe. This is difficult enough in a campus spread out across several acres, and exponentially more in large Class A buildings with multiple stories. To remedy these stumbling blocks, a solution needs … Read More

Site Monitoring Solutions for Commercial Properties

Andrea LaMontTechnologyLeave a Comment

Site Monitoring solutions enhance the performance of a building’s various systems to ensure the building is safe, comfortable, secure, and energy efficient. Intelligent data-enabled automation and controls means that HVAC, lighting, security, and surveillance can be integrated on a single platform to enable facilities managers to make informed decisions.

What In The World Is RPA?

Begad ShaheenTechnologyLeave a Comment

If “machine learning” sounds like the beginning of a bleak dystopian future, then think of it as if you mixed The Terminator with The Matrix. “Robotic process automation” must be the phase when the machines rise to rule humankind with ruthless efficiency, right?