Growth of Data Centers in North America

As US businesses expand, strategic location and storage must be considered over storage and interaction with their data. Today data centers are allowing businesses to relocate their data rather than having resource consuming servers on site. Gone are the days where companies had their systems in an over-sized closet on site with the air-conditioning running on maximum.

In turning to these cloud solutions the business will enjoy better data bandwidth, avoid regulation and compliance issues and save huge amounts of money on maintenance, running costs and even space. Data center running costs include the power consumption and maintenance of HVAC equipment. It is important to manage and keep outside air flowing efficiently and safely in and out of a data center environment to reduce energy loads. Hyper scaled cloud server facilities have made a complex science out of increasing data center efficiencies to bring down HVAC energy usage down as much as possible.

Next to the actual server systems used, cooling and air movement systems consume the most energy within the data center. Data centers are estimated at consuming at least as much as 1.8% of the USA’s electricity usage calculated at over 70 billion kilowatt-hours. Demands on these systems have increased substantially in recent years as server densities continue to rise.

Ruskin® has been out front and anticipating the trends to data center cooling and providing equipment to help solve customer challenges. Equipment that takes into consideration more economical cooling solutions as well as protection against the elements for data centers. In an independent study, the use of Airside Economizers reduced the energy use by as much as 13%!

In order to protect vital data center generators from overheating and causing a potential shut down, compromising critical information, a Ruskin CD50, CD60, and TED50 have all been used, which open quickly and allow for proper exhaust functionality.

In critical environments, the thermal-efficient TED50CE eliminates thermal transfer and the potential for condensation. The damper also meets the IECC, features the same non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage as the CD50CE and includes twin seals to ensure no thermal path. Both of these dampers are low leakage, low maintenance, AMCA licensed to Class 1A and offer quieter performance to the data center facility manager.

Ruskin louvers and FEMA rated grilles, the HZ850, the EME720, and the XP500S also will protect your data center, as well as allow air flow in and out of the facility in areas that are prone to extreme weather conditions meeting AMCA 540 and AMCA 550 requirements.

The Benefits of a Corporate HQ in Kansas City MO

I think Kansas City is a secret! Described as America’s creative crossroads, with a population of around 2.3 million people, Kansas City is built on diversity, innovation, and accessibility.

Ruskin® was founded in the Ruskin Heights area of Kansas City in 1958 growing into the largest and most innovative manufacturer of air control solutions with production and office locations across the States and worldwide.

Home of Ruskin’s worldwide headquarters, Kansas City is logistically the ideal location for our headquarters coordinating manufacturing, support, product development and sales efforts. For our Regional Sales Manager’s supporting our Sales Representatives own offices across the United States it aids traveling with access for face to face meetings and technical support. Any location can be reached relatively quickly from this central hub. It also serves as an optimal location for basic and advanced training sessions to assist and build knowledge around our product offerings, applications, and standards.

On site at Grandview headquarters, there is a fully equipped state of the art AMCA accredited test laboratory, allowing Ruskin to test air control products at the center of their development, in turn, assisting speed to market.

The Benefits behind a Digital Catalog

The objective behind any catalog is information. To communicate information on product models, illustrate their features, specification and provide useful illustrative imagery. Representatives have always used catalogs to guide customers as to best-suited products for their needs. Speed provided by digital access is vital today getting product information to our customers to allow them to complete their task at hand.

As the Internet has evolved since the late 90’s, practically every company has moved over to housing their products within an ‘online’ digital catalog on their website. Using an online catalog also has great advantages over paper for the customer with search functionality and the ability to share. Also, online catalogs ultimately provide greater product visibility to end users, with 24/7 Worldwide access from any device.

Digital has no restriction in size and isn’t limited by the amount of pages. There are no logistics involved around distribution, as with traditional printed mediums.  Producing printed catalogs can involve production and printing costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. They can have large fixed costs for a small number of products. Along with this also comes storage and these can become can be outdated and wasted in a very short time period. Wasting catalogs means wasting paper and this isn’t very green. When printed catalogs run out it is increasingly difficult to share the information, however with digital sharing is endless. Mistakes in printing can be costly after a print run, but with digital errors, these can be instantly corrected. Digital also has the possibility of linking to other media, for example, installation videos or relevant codes and authority.

It is worth remembering that printed catalogs still function without batteries or Wi-Fi signal. Many people still find them extremely convenient, however, the days of us mailing mass quantities to everyone isn’t the case anymore. We still respect customer requirements and are happy to deliver a catalog in whatever form needed at their request.

Recognizing and serving customer needs through product development

Advances within the HVAC and Ventilation industry have to strongly rely on innovation in product development. The goal of new product development is ultimately recognizing, understanding and serving customer needs. If a new product cannot meet customer needs it will fail in the marketplace.

Focusing on product development is one of our proactive strategies and one where we continuously innovate and adapt on a daily basis. Knowledge of industry trends and technology helps evolve products. We rely on the input from ‘industry intelligent’ individuals to deliver valuable insights to support our offerings. The technology, knowledge, and adaptiveness of our company and staff allow us to satisfy industry test standards and customer requirements.

The forward innovations behind some of the recent products such as the EME720 louver and the corrosion resistant dampers were driven by our customer needs. Boundaries were pushed to provide products that meet or exceed that same customer’s needs and expectations. The technology behind these new products are intended to save customers money as well as provide increased durability and functionality they will not find anywhere else on the market.

Women in HVACR

I wanted to mention the great work of ‘Women in HVACR’ which exist to improve the lives of their members by providing professional avenues to connect with other women growing their careers in the HVACR industry. I support their President, Julie Decker’s goal for 2017 of extending their reach within the industry.

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, 9.1% of the construction industry are women and this number thankfully continues to grow. Considered a male dominated industry, our industry is no different from any other in construction, however hard work, training, and the right certifications pave the way to competency and success, no matter what your gender may be. Without prejudice, the HVACR industry, for the future should continue to present mentors and opportunities to hard-working individuals interested in a challenging career. Only with this mindset can our industry prove successful and meet the challenges of future years, a mindset that is strong throughout the organization of ‘Women in HVACR’. Through well-presented initiatives, they are ultimately building a firm legacy within the HVACR industry, backed up by solid work ethics and results.

Severe treatment for commercial buildings on the coast

Sun, sea and salt air, most of us have been to the beach and enjoyed these. We have the ability to wash our cars and take a shower after a fun day’s outing, however a commercial building on the coast has no such luxury. On the coast, deterioration tends to happen at an accelerated rate.

Engineers have to take the harsh conditions these buildings are exposed to into consideration, with a strong emphasis on longevity and durability where high moisture/humidity and salt spray are a daily occurrence.

The new critical environment damper series from Ruskin® is designed and manufactured to withstand the elements of coastal and corrosive applications. The CD50CE and TED50CE combine the strength of stainless steel and protection of anodized aluminum to combat salt water elements. Corrosion resistance is a key attribute of anodic coatings, vital for metal parts that need to withstand the extremes of a coastal environment.

The new dampers feature low-maintenance, non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage; airfoil blades for high-velocity heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, low-pressure drop and quieter performance; and mechanically-fastened blade edge seals.

Take a look at the new Critical Environment Dampers here

New AMCA International White Paper

White papers promote thought-leadership and clarify complex methods and solutions, delivering great value to the reader. Writing those takes some real work, and non-bias writing is important. White papers are one of the highest valued of any content offered online and a vital component within changing perceptions.

As I mentioned in my previous post ‘By Association’ the majority of associations will hold an enormous wealth of information including white papers.

If you are working within the building construction industry, AMCA International has just published a very useful white paper written by Louver Thought Leader, Ruskin Product Manager and a member of the AMCA Louver Marketing Task Force, Peter Blaha. Within this free white paper, Peter describes the tests outlined in ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-L. This will help specifiers understand what testing in accordance with this AMCA standard proves and does not prove about the louver they are considering for a project.

Link to Understanding the ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-L Tests White Paper