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March Madness is about to begin, I just love this time of year even if are setting cold temperature records. We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out website. However, just in case you did not have the opportunity to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

Our blogs this week centered around energy efficiency for Casinos and hospitals. Energy efficiency is more than changing out a few lights bulbs and turning off the lights. Poor energy efficiency means higher cost and in the case of casinos may pose a potential health risk to customers and staff. The most popular article of the week was Is Casino Smoking Good Businessexplained how smoke on a casino impacts the lifecycle of assets.

1. Is Casino Smoking Good Business?

Author: Stuart Smith

Smoking in casinos is a hotly contested issue, however the impact of smoke residue is much clearer. Smoke residue can cause machinery to run much less efficiently and significantly shorten the useful lifecycle. In addition, smoke residue leaves an odor that can last for months perhaps years. As a result, casinos should be proactive in applying preventive maintenance.

Key Point: Smoke can filter into any hidden crevice and leave a residue that causes harm to machinery. Only by using a good inspection and preventive maintenance program can assets be expected to work properly.

2. How Casinos Can Hedge Their Bets With a CMMS/EAM

Author: Stuart Smith

Building a new casino runs in the billions of dollars. Because of their size, complexity and public visibility, casinos must comply with numerous Federal and State laws. Meeting certain OSHA standards for example, literally require preventive maintenance programs to be set up.

Key point: An EAM is the ideal tool to manage assets from the planning stage through the retirement or replacements of assets. The positive impact of an EAM can be felt in vendor management, maintenance management as well as capital analysis.

3. Why Hospitals Should Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Author: Stuart Smith

Fossil fuels are still the most common source of electrical power. However, the energy they produce leaves a measurable greenhouse gas trail also known as the carbon footprint. It comes as no surprise that hospitals in the U.S. spend over $5 billion annually for energy also have enormous carbon footprints. The article discusses briefly why energy usage is so high for hospitals and what are some alternative to controlling these costs..

Key Point: Much of the energy wasted can be reduced by a little common sense and the implementation of preventive maintenance and inspection programs. Hospitals could easily reduce their energy consumption 10-15 percent by implementing an EAM.

Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 5 best this week are:

1. Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

Author: U.S. Department of Energy

Concise article published under Federal Energy Management Program looks at the capabilities of CMMSprograms, their benefits and disadvantages. The U.S. Department of Energy web page reinforces the messages that Mintek blogs discuss regarding why a CMMS can help save energy dollars and the identifies obstacles to their successful implementation.

Key Point: “The most significant CMMS advantage is the elimination of paperwork and manual tracking activities, saving time and allowing staff to remain productive.” More time on maintenance means more efficient assets.

2. Climate politics, science and risk

Author: Peter Garforth

Nice article discussing the energy gap between the U.S. and Europe and how the U.S. lost the energy productivity lead around the world. Peter suggest that the cornerstones of a good energy policy will result from competitiveness, supply security, and the environment.

Key Point: “The lack of focus on energy productivity has resulted in a loss of innovative and business leadership in most critical energy productivity-related technologies and solutions.” – Peter Garforth

3. How a reliability engineer improves reliability

Author: Ken Culverson

Ken talks about the value of a Reliability Engineer and the roles they play within an organization. For companies not large enough to support a reliability engineer, Ken, lists 8 do-it-your-steps to achieving the ultimate goal of increasing asset reliability

Key Point: The difference between world class companies and everyone else is their ability to have trained, dedicated Reliability Engineer to manage the lifecycles of assets.

4. 8 Step Process for Implementing an FM system (IWMS/CAFM/CMMS)

Authors: Posted on fminsight.com

This article is a quick review of 8 important steps for implementing an Facility Management system with either an IWMSCAFMor CMMS.These steps match the 3 basic processes of 1) understanding your workflow, 2) utilizing change management techniques for successful buy-in, and 3) followup to make sure the results and as intended.

Key Point: The individual steps may vary depending on who is conducting the change, but the principles are the same.

5. Biolubes: The pressure is on

Authors: Alan Bachus

Lubricants remain a mainstay of machine maintenance. Technology developments and an ever increasing desire to use green products has helped propel the use of Biolubes into the spotlight. Biolubes are considered more environmentally responsible than mineral oils and are used to reduce the carbon footprint.

Key Point: U.S. government agencies are required to purchase and use products containing specified levels of bio-based content when possible.

What We Learned This Week

In reviewing this weeks articles both published by Mintek and those published elsewhere it is evident that the push toward energy efficiency and sustainability is gathering momentum. Industry and organizations that are still waiting to react may soon find themselves in a very undesirable position. Failure to move green will make a company less cost efficient over the long run and therefore not able to compete if margins become tighter. Secondly, lowering the carbon footprint is the right thing to do. We must all look out for the future.