FMLink Weekly News Digest I October 18, 2022
The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) and the Lighting Controls Association (LCA) have announced a collaboration on an informative new Lighting Controls Podcast seeking to raise awareness and expertise in lighting controls.

Produced every two weeks for audio listening on popular podcast apps or watching on a dedicated YouTube channel, The Lighting Controls Podcast is hosted by C. Webster Marsh of Penumbra Controls and Ron Kuszmar of Port Lighting Systems. This educational podcast provides a designer’s, supplier’s, and integrator’s take on advanced lighting control technology, application and other industry issues. Additional awareness will be generated by a website and social media, producing a digital industry hub for professional dialogue around lighting controls.

The conditions of indoor environments have never been more important to our health, safety and comfort. On top of the risk of germs and viruses spreading, general pollutants are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. For businesses, a healthy indoor environment can be the difference between employees and customers being happy to come to a building or completely avoiding it.  

But how do you really know if your building is healthy? Oftentimes, the ability to accurately track things like indoor air quality and water safety is a data black hole. Infogrid’s intelligent building platform allows you to understand the way people use the spaces you manage so you can improve their experiences and create desirable places to work and visit. 

Learn how to keep your occupants healthy with the Infogrid intelligent building platform.
Do you know how healthy your buildings are? Please select one of the following:
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No, I cannot answer performance/delivery questions with facts to make decisions.
Originally appeared on fnPrime Studies have shown that in a culture of reactive maintenance, organizations are spending three to four times more than on planned activities. In some instances, significantly more based on the consequence of the failure. How many times have facility managers heard someone say, “That’s the way it’s always been,” or “I understand what you’re saying, but we’re different.” These are the wrong responses. Instead, departments need to be moving from reactive to a culture of preventive maintenance.

This e-book outlines five essential components of a preventive maintenance program and how to move the facility from reactive emergencies to planned activities. Keep in mind that preventive maintenance alone is not likely to provide a world-class maintenance program. It must be combined with other maintenance strategies to optimize your efforts and results. Preventive maintenance, then, is defined as performing regularly scheduled maintenance activities to help prevent unexpected failures in the future.

The Gridd® adaptive cabling distribution system enables a building to adapt to inevitable technology changes, remain highly functional and operational, and save money at every stage of its life cycle. An original contributor to the circular economy, Gridd’s fluid, modular design enables moves, adds and changes without the mess of traditional cabling methods. If a facility manager can avoid contributing to the waste stream, that’s also an added benefit to the company’s ESG commitment.

The Gridd Mobile App makes it even easier for FMs, IT teams, electricians and maintenance personnel to make power and data cabling. Gridd Mobile provides augmented reality (AR), technical support, as-built drawings, how-to videos, original site pictures, and product information conveniently accessible on a smartphone or tablet.

Gridd Mobile allows facility technicians to see exact power, voice, and data cabling locations through the floor in an instant, making systems’ changes quick and easy. Gridd Mobile improves the life of your facility, allowing future facility teams, even years from now, to make moves, adds and changes to the same space with ease. When using Gridd Mobile, there is no knowledge lost between teams.

The Power to Change just got easier with Gridd Mobile. 
Informa Markets’ ISSA Show North America has just announced the recipients of the 2022 ISSA Show Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards program recognizes the latest advancements in commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning products and technology. Gausium was honored with the Innovation of the Year Award for its Phantas commercial floor cleaning robot. The robot integrates four floor cleaning modes, making it ideal for cleaning spaces with different types of flooring, both hard and soft.

"In the last few years, the cleaning industry has faced unprecedented challenges," remarked ISSA Show North America Director Amie Gilmore. "However, it has also been presented with many opportunities to innovate. This year’s awards recipients are dedicated to sustainability, elevating the industry, and advancing cleaning for health."

It’s not hogwash. The State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland) is using pigs to clean up unruly grass and weeds around its solar panels. It’s a first-of-its-kind experiment to see whether a special breed of grazing pig native to New Zealand can someday replace gas-guzzling machines in difficult-to-mow locations. Considering their name means “fat and round” in the Māori language, the pigs’ owner thinks they should be up to the task. SUNY Cortland already uses a small herd of sheep to crop the grass under and around its solar array. Visitors can see the two new Kunekune pigs (pronounced “cooney cooney”) grazing with the sheep at the university’s fenced field of solar panels.

When it comes to solar grazers, most animals are more trouble than their appetites are worth larger livestock are too big, and goats chew on wires and jump where they shouldn’t. Other pig breeds are too destructive when they root up the ground. But the Kunekune breed is known for grazing alongside sheep — and they do not challenge fences. They also have short, upturned snouts that discour­age rooting. If those behaviors hold true while they graze at the university, Kunekune pigs may soon expand the options available for grazing at other solar facilities.

Professional real estate and investment management services firm JLL announced in September that Flex by JLL, its enterprise-grade flexible space solution, has entered into a leasing agreement with Manulife US Real Estate Investment Trust (MUST) for the opening of a 15,407-square-foot flex office and coworking space at 500 Plaza Dr. in Secaucus, New Jersey. Reflecting the evolving state of real estate, this opening will mark the first official ground-up Flex by JLL space to come to market in the U.S.

The new Flex by JLL space in Secaucus will offer flexible private offices, coworking space, meeting rooms, team suites and virtual offices to organizations and residents in the region. The space includes ergonomic furniture, Tier 1 fiber broadband internet access, interactive client portals to book meeting rooms digitally, an on-site hospitality team, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

Education sessions and Product Zones are the most important reason to attend NFMT Remix in Las Vegas, November 2-3.

For Pro and Elite attendees, there are 60-minute sessions focused on foundational principals of Facilities Management. The key trends of technology, safety and sustainability tend to be cross-functional and have a major impact on overall facilities strategies. These sessions are geared more as introductory sessions. Think Tanks, for Elite attendees, are 60-minute informal discussions focused around either a specific building type or trend. This will allow you to network with your peers in a small group environment. Attendees can pull up a chair and ask your questions to like-minded facilities managers from around the country. Each roundtable will have an official moderator to help guide the conversation.

Concurrent Sessions run on Wednesday and Thursday, while Product Zone Sessions are featured during the Expo hours between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Women in FM panel and a reception conclude Wednesday’s activities.

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