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Business Sustainability: Avoid the Post-Holiday BLAHS

Once the holiday music is silenced, the lights are turned off, the tree is taken down and the festivities are over, many experience an emotional and physical let down. Since your business is made up of people, and you want them to be upbeat and productive, get creative and remedy this.

It can be easy. If you don’t already have simple employee rewards program and fun, free activities look on the web. You’ll find hundreds of ideas. Assign the organizing and overseeing of this to the right person (you know who), and start the year off right.
Our company is going to have a ping-pong tournament in early March. After the first of the year, the ping-pong table will be busy with employees practicing on breaks and at lunch. This competition sparks new interest and some good natured ribbing. The exercise will help ward off the wintertime woes as well as the few pounds that may have been packed on. It will also give them another reason to look forward to work. Other tournaments or competitions can be darts, ring toss, weight loss, Nerf basketball, etc.
Encourage all employees to contribute ideas of how things can be improved in the new year by putting out a “resolutions” box. It can be anonymous if you like. Most people plan to make changes in their work and personal life as a new beginning. What you get from them can be revealing and invaluable information that you would otherwise not know. Make sure to read the contributions before the end of the year. It will help you with a new beginning as well.
Another activity is to announce a “Spruce Up Day.”  If possible, rearrange office furniture, spruce up desks, get some new artwork, pull down those post-its, put items in storage that aren’t used, or add some things which are bright and new. Make sure to limit the time period. You’ll be surprised how a quick morning of this kind of activity gets things moving. Be sure to let the maintenance staff know this is going to happen so they will be ready to cart things off or help move or re-hang things.
These are just a few simple suggestions you can implement to make the New Year exciting at your business. Perhaps you have found success from past actions you have implemented. If so, share it below, I’d love to hear about it.

Patricia Burkhart is the executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is an IFMA CSP, EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.


Technical Corner: Handling The Unknowable

It is well understood that air handlers are essentially an enclosure for heat transfer coils and system fans and filters.  It is also a fact that removing and replacement of these units is expensive – quite expensive.

Often, owners wisely elect to refurbish the AHU instead of replacing the unit.  This saves major dollars in almost all cases.  It is almost surprising to see a corroded AHU almost literally falling apart be turned into a usable piece of equipment with a considerable renewed life span, often greater than 15 years.

While the owner might do the refurbishment himself, he may also elect to have an outside contractor perform the refurbishment if he has no staff or limited maintenance support staff available.

Older units gradually lose their galvanizing (the zinc coating over the sheet steel), particular in those areas where there is a lot of water – like the condensate water collection pan, and the coil structural supports.   When corrosion occurs in these places, metal thins of course, and small perforations occur through the metal.  These holes are normally small, the size of pinheads.

They are exceeding difficult to see, if they can be seen at all, when the water is drained from the condensate pans.  This is because the pans sit on concrete and there is no backlight to see these small holes are there.  Larger ones yes, but the smaller ones no.

Because Pancrete was engineered to a water-like consistency to help it flow all over the pan surfaces and under the coils, it will also, like water, tend to seep out through pinholes.  Thus, one can  pour in Pancrete and have it slowly drain out of the pinholes, depending upon the size of the pinhole and the number of them.

Service technicians can hardly be blamed for not seeing the pinholes in the first place – they may be very small and unnoticeable, or the crew  may be working in the middle of the night to do the refurbishment, be in a hurry to finish and not notice them.

A significant method to solve these possible problems is to use the Panhole Filler.  It is designed to be an underlayment for Pancrete that Pancrete will seamlessly adhere to.   The new Panhole Filler will fill holes up to 50 mils in diameter so as to prevent Pancrete from running out of these small, unseen pinholes in the metal.

The Filler is rolled onto the horizontal surfaces first, let to set up, and then Pancrete is poured as usual.  Use of the Filler prevents any surprises so the job goes A to B.   Outside of wasting Pancrete that has leaked through, it invariably is an embarrassment to the refurbishing staff.

Call CRT customer service to learn more about how the new Panhole Filler can help you compete jobs faster with no surprises.

Lynn Burkhart is the founder and president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

A Trade that Shows its Worth!

Earlier this year, CRT became an International Facility Management Association Corporate Sustaining Partner. We made the decision to become an IFMA CSP after hours of research and discussions. We truly wanted to reach facility managers, and hoped that this investment would give us that opportunity.

A couple of weeks ago, our company exhibited at IFMA’s World Workplace 2011. Perhaps it has been the shows, or the economy, but over the past eight years we have seen a decline in trade show attendees and exhibitors. So imagine how pleased we were to walk into a hall full of exhibitors. Not only was it packed, but the diversity was amazing – everything from HVAC, flooring, water filtration and furniture. There was even a guy there selling fruit! One of my favorite exhibits was a guy taking pictures and making custom “magazine covers.” Now I too have been on the cover of the Facility Management Journal.

The show lasted for two days, with a total of about nine hours of face time with attendees. Traffic in our booth was steady, and made the time fly by. Most importantly, the attendees that visited our booth seemed to be quality prospective clients. On the second day, former IFMA chair Francis Kuhn visited our booth and thanked us for exhibiting. He assured us that IFMA was a strong network of members who value the relationships within the association.

We left the show tired and dried out from the Arizona heat. We had made many connections and have multiple leads that we expect to develop into long-term clients. Then, within a week following the show, I received communication from an IFMA member inviting me to get involved locally. I never expected such a response, and quickly realized how I was contacted.  Thanks goes out to Mr. Kuhn for establishing this important connection!

Perhaps you also attended IFMA World Workplace, or another trade show that made a lasting impression. If so, I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.

Rachelle Tinley is the assistant executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Technical Corner: Flex Seal vs “Flex Seal”

Over the past two months we have seen an increase in calls to our offices regarding purchasing a new  product called “Flex Seal”, a product sold in a TV informational.   This relatively new  product is in an aerosol can, and is promoted as a sort of “stop-leak” spray for a variety of applications.

In contrast, our company (CRT) created and developed our product Flex Seal in the 1990s.  Ours is a professional product developed to coat walls, wood, and porous materials such as insulation.  The purpose of  CRT’s Flex Seal is to a) contain and encapsulate fiberglass and similar type particles thought by many to be carcinogens, b) to meet National Fire Protection (NFPA) fire and smoke generation code standards,  c) to provide a very low volatile organic (VOC) contribution, and d) to contain an agent that helps guard against the growth of odors and prevent microbial attack on its coating.
Aerosols generally have high VOC emissions (objectionable odors).   Rubberized compounds also may have a high flammability or smoke generation, making it unsuitable for many uses.

While CRT’s Flex Seal is a flexible coating with qualities listed above, it would be the product of choice for coating insulation within HVAC units or ductwork to seal off the porous insulation, and making it possible to clean the insulation.  Its white color allows users to see immediately if there is any dirt or foreign material buildup on the coating surface, and thus clean it with a rag – something not before possible on porous materials such as insulation.

While the TV infomercial indicates that the aerosol material may be used to seal a condensate pan, this is highly undesirable for several reasons, including VOC emissions, and long term usage.  If one is to coat any surface, it is desirable to clean the surface first or coatings will not have their best adhesion.   In this case, we recommend Pancrete or T-84 to coat these types of surfaces.

Our customer service dept at custserv@cleanac.com or our application specialist at application.specialist@cleanac.com can assist you in helping you select the proper products for your application.

Lynn Burkhart is the founder and president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

Congratulations to the CRT Family, We Reached Our Highest Ever!

Since 1985, Controlled Release Technologies have been cleaning, resurfacing, and protecting hvac systems. This month, CRT reached its highest ever in the history of the company. We are really excited about that. We would like to thank our supporters, clients, friends, and staff for all you did to aid in accomplishing this goal.

In this photo, are three staff members that were awarded for going over and beyond to ensure that this goal was met. ( Shandi, Jonathan, and Kristen). 

Again, congratulations CRT Family! Let’s keep up the great work.

As usual, we welcome your comments. Tell us about your latest accomplishments, we’d love to hear about them.