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November 11, 2009 FASTRACK Features Grooved Mechanical Pipe-Joining SystemsBy LARRY THAU, Victaulic Company Inc., Lehigh Valley, Pa. Like all materials, pipe experiences dimensional changes as a result of changes in temperature, ...

November 11, 2009


Grooved Mechanical Pipe-Joining Systems
By LARRY THAU, Victaulic Company Inc., Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Like all materials, pipe experiences dimensional changes as a result of changes in temperature, expanding when heated and contracting when cooled. The key to accommodating thermal expansion and contraction in a piping system is to allow predictable and controlled piping-system movement. [MORE]


Working Adults Willing to Sacrifice Comfort to Save Energy

Business owners should think twice before tweaking workplace temperature settings this fall. According to a new survey of office workers, 69 percent said they would be willing to sacrifice their preferred ideal temperature in the office to help their company conserve energy. However, the survey also found that nearly four in five participants (78 percent) say they are less productive at work when they are too hot or cold. [MORE]

NASEO to Convene Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will convene the Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium to support the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative. NASEO is comprised of senior officials from the energy offices of the states and territories, as well as affiliates from private and public sectors, and will provide leadership for the consortium. [MORE]

IFMA Names President/CEO

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has announced the appointment of Anthony J. Keane, CAE, as the association’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO). His appointment coincides with the retirement of David J. Brady, current IFMA president and CEO, at the end of February 2010. [MORE]

Former AMCA President Receives Distinguished Service Award

Pete Neitzel, former Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International president and retired vice president of engineering and manufacturing for Greenheck Fan Corp. in Schofield, Wis., received AMCA’s Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor. Current AMCA President Denis Labelle, executive vice president of T. A. Morrison & Co. Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, presented the award to Neitzel during AMCA's annual meeting, held in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. [MORE]

Yaskawa on Twitter

Yaskawa has been launched on Twitter. Yaskawa will be providing updates on work the company is doing—highlighting an official announcement, announcing new products, or pointing out something of particular relevance, such as a recent video on variable-frequency drives and energy efficiency or the advantages of Sigma-5 servos. [MORE]

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