Mission Critical HVAC

The X-Factor: Y Should U Care?

Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet.
September 1, 2013
Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet. That’s helpful for data center designers, but applying a little thought and site-specific consideration can reveal the path to wisdom in areas like failure rate, noise, power draw versus temperatures, and more.
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Myths, Mix-ups, and Misconceptions

Do you know what you think you know about US/EU cleanroom classifications, HEPA efficiency, and air change rules of thumb? And what does that leak really mean for performance?
August 5, 2013
Do you know what you think you know about US/EU cleanroom classifications, HEPA efficiency, and air change rules of thumb? And what does that leak really mean for performance? Read on for further tales from the road to science-based environmental control in biopharmaceutical facilities.
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Critical Facility Mechanical Equipment And System Reliability

Come to terms with the key terms, and learn how to wrestle with the cumulative effect as each component tries to edge the overall system reliability downward.
March 29, 2013
In today’s world, so-called “high-performance, sustainable” facilities are a dime a dozen. But many of these buildings rely on overly complex mechanical systems to carry out their mission.
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Case In Point

History Colorado protects museum data with VRF zoning system

A new zoning system enabled History Colorado to maintain the precise temperature to keep its treasures safe.
March 29, 2013
Established in 1879, just three years after Colorado became a state, the Colorado Historical Society had long served as the state’s memory keeper, occupying a number of buildings over the course of its 133-yr history.
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The Heat Is On But The CRACs Are Off... Now What?

With Hurricane Sandy fresh in our minds, let’s examine the anatomy of a recent outage’s immediate HVAC consequences as a guide toward protecting equipment in the future.
March 29, 2013
October 29 was a Monday. It was also the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York City. Around 7 p.m., Con Edison shut power off in Lower Manhattan, and it would be sometime Saturday before lights would begin to flicker back on.
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Commercial vs. Industrial Automation In Data Centers

October 19, 2012
Since data centers are atypical in several aspects, unique BMS approaches are required to optimize their control, monitoring, and operation. Learn why it is important to know the detailed pros and cons between commercial and industrial automation system hardware, software, and instrumentation as you consider the facility’s automation design and associated costs.
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Improving Data Centers With Aisle Containment

August 1, 2012
In which the author lays out the path from earlier data center design to a more recently discovered airflow challenge. Read on for his insights on how to keep positive differential pressure from being a negative for your facility’s energy budget.
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Adiabatic Cooling Of Data Centers

August 1, 2012
Data center HVAC has come a long way since ’80s-era strategies and even since turn-of-the-century room parameters. Consider that evolution, and how options like economizers and evaporative cooling may be more appealing in light of wider environmental envelopes.
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Dehumidification With Extra Bite

June 4, 2012
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faced some extreme dehumidification requirements for its facility manufacturing denture-cleaning tablets. The strategy it selected not only reached target humidity levels but also allowed a 3º increase in chilled water temperature. Get the details on the system and savings that put smiles on the faces of this project team.
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Cleanroom Variable Airflow Design

April 27, 2012
Appropriately enough, a good variable airflow design accommodates and refines a number of design variables. Particle monitoring strategies, minimum supply air calculation, HVAC sequencing, and space pressurization are just a few stops on the way to spotless performance.
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