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Aug 17, 2017 | Written by William Neuburger | MEP Engineering

How To Properly Apply Pump Vibration Isolators

As engineers we often apply pump vibration isolators between piping and pumps in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Sometimes we should apply these isolators, sometimes we should not and other times they are optional. This blog covers some concepts and guidelines about applying pump vibration isolators.

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Aug 10, 2017 | Written by Chris Font | Culturally Different, MEP Engineering

Five Steps to Etching a Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

We all encounter things that have a way of mildly frustrating us.  Enough to bug us, but just not enough to go out of our way to correct.  It could be a sticky lock in desperate need of a spray of WD-40, a weed growing in the middle of the sidewalk, or a dusty tabletop.

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Aug 03, 2017 | Written by Jill LaMothe | MEP Engineering

The Move to Revit

Revit software isn’t new; it’s been around since 2000. As an MEP Engineering firm, Hallam-ICS has used Revit in the past but up until recently hasn’t felt the need to make it our standard design tool. Not many Architects in the area were using Revit and clients just weren’t interested in it. More importantly, the software at that time just wasn’t where we needed it to be.

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Jul 27, 2017 | Written by Kristian Montenegro | Culturally Different

Hello...Are You Listening?

“Hello… are you listening?” Sometimes I want to ask this question to folks when we are sitting in a meeting and they are focused on the cold screen before them.  I assume that some might be taking notes about the subject; but I also assume that some are trying to multitask by responding to the latest pressing email, updating a schedule, or scrolling through Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Jul 20, 2017 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering

Three Misconceptions that are Costing You Money- Part 3

This is the third of a three-part blog series titled “Do we really need to get engineering involved? – Three common misconceptions that are costing you money”: 

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Jul 18, 2017 | Written by Ray Racine | Culturally Different

Hitting the Trail (It Isn't What You Think)

My son is also an engineer.  He works for an energy company putting up wind farms, and they work him 80+ hours a week.  In return, they fly him out for a 5-day weekend every 3 weeks.  A few months ago, he called and asked if I wanted to fly to Louisville and hit the trail with him – The Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Jul 13, 2017 | Written by Heather Valachovic | Manufacturing Intelligence

How We Got Started with Microsoft SharePoint

Perhaps you’ve heard of Microsoft SharePoint but aren’t using it and wonder, “What’s so great about SharePoint?” or “Should our company use SharePoint?” and “If we use it, what kind of benefit will we realize?”

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Jul 11, 2017 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Culturally Different, Process Control and Plant Automation

Making a 120 Pound Robot that can Climb a Rope


It all started back in the spring of 2016 when my son was telling me about a robotics team in a neighboring school that had competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition league.

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Jul 06, 2017 | Written by Thomas Topping | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming with Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx


For those of you that are new to Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx I’d like to give a brief overview of the system and explain some of the features that truly make it a modern day DCS.  PlantPAx is a plant wide control system that utilizes a common automation platform to seamlessly integrate both process and discrete control as well as plant wide information.

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Jun 29, 2017 | Written by William Neuburger | MEP Engineering

6 Items to Verify on a Metallic Piping Welding Qualification Submittal

This is the second part of a blog series on the Importance of Metallic Piping Welding Qualification Submittals.  The first blog, Metallic PipingWelding Qualification Submittal Process-Definitions, focused on key terms and definitions.

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