The Expert’s Boat Switch Panel Buying Guide

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Whether you are a novice boater, a seasoned seafarer, or a boat manufacturer, you know the importance of outfitting vessels with the best and most reliable equipment on the market. Regulations written by the ABYC detail the many pitfalls that boat owners and manufacturers suffer when making decisions about electrical components – wiring, in particular. …

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Complete Guide to USCG Documentation Standards and Requirements for Boats

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Vessel documentation has a long history in the United States with some of the first requirements being outlined by the 11th Act of the First Congress in 1790. This type of regulation serves as the known standard to prove nationality for international purposes, regulate trade among coastal territories and fishing grounds, and clarify ownership of …

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5 Sanitary and Hygienic Design Training Courses

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Sanitation used to be a not-so-important subject, but that’s already in the past. Today, no matter how large or small an organization is, sanitary and hygienic practices should be regarded as a priority. Consider this: deadly microbial contamination or other serious mishaps can happen in seconds and cause negative publicity, loss of customers, and financial …

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50 Best Boat Design Software Tools

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

As technology continues to progress, designers, architects, and engineers hailing from all different disciplines are reaping the benefits of 3D design and ultra-fast modeling. Long gone are the days of flubbed designs and mountains of draft paper abandoned in the trash can. Now, the best and brightest minds can take advantage of innovative software solutions …

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Airworthiness Certificate Guide: Obtaining & Maintaining Airworthiness Certification

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Every day within the United States there are over 44,000 flights that carry over 2.7 million passengers. Given these large numbers, the airline industry is remarkably efficient, with airports and operators continuing to improve their turnaround times for planes while still maintaining all mandated safety protocol. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with its …

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3 Best Practices for Aircraft Maintenance

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Aircraft are some of the most complex vehicles in existence today. On any given plane there can be thousands of parts along with integrated electrical, fuel, and software systems. Yet they are also remarkably reliable, especially when effective industry maintenance practices are followed. Regardless of the size of the plane or the number of aircraft …

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4 Keys to Building Seaworthy Yacht and Boat Switch Panels

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Today’s yachts and recreational boats have a ton of wired equipment, and many boat owners add custom components. This can lead to a mess of wires, switches, and panels in some parts of the vessel with controls for things like lighting, navigation, and speakers. For boat owners and manufacturers alike, there is a true need …

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Complete Guide to ASHRAE Standards for Commercial HVAC Manufacturers

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Today’s major industries all face a push toward cleaner and more energy-efficient equipment solutions. Among them, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units remain some of the largest energy consumers at commercial sites throughout the world. Building owners and operators at these locations are regularly looking for ways to reduce cost without losing capability. As …

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6 Benefits of Durable Labels and Nameplates in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Equipment used in the aerospace and military industries require highly durable parts, including their ID labels and nameplates. Inferior materials just won’t make the cut, with abrasion, corrosion, extreme temperatures, and UV exposure causing degradation and loss of readability. As such, the aerospace and defense industries have set stringent requirements for industrial labels and nameplates, …

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What is the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), How Does It Work, and Why Use It in Commercial HVAC Units?

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

A Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is a motor controller commonly used for three-phase motors. Other names for Variable Frequency Drive include: Variable speed drive Adjustable speed drive Adjustable frequency drive Inverter AC drive Microdrive What makes VFDs unique is that they vary the frequency and voltage given to the electric motor based on its electrical …

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5 Emerging Trends That Are Reshaping the Commercial HVAC Industry

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has touched just about every facet of our lives. But how is it affecting the way we do business? For one, it’s enabling companies to become more flexible. This is all thanks to software, online platforms, and interconnectivity like we’ve never seen before. It’s rapidly changing all industries, including commercial HVAC. …

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ABYC Standards: What Boat Builders Need to Know to Stay Compliant

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

When it comes to developing, implementing, and policing initiatives concerning workplace safety, sanitation, public health and more, the United States leads the way. As it happens, the U.S. also boasts a comprehensive boat safety sector, one that is comprised of several organizations that contract with public and private entities to ensure the best possible structural …

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What is NSF/ANSI 51-2017?

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

At the moment, there are 21 commercial food production-related standards overseen by the National Safety Foundation (NSF). The 21 guidelines have been rigorously developed by the NSF with the help of another prestigious national organization, the American National Standards Institute. Today, we are going to take an in-depth look at NSF/ANSI 51-2017, (better known as …

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5 PMMI Certification Training and Cost Resources

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Those working in the manufacturing packaging or shipping logistics fields are likely aware of the powerful trade association, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, most commonly known as PMMI. PMMI was first formed as the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute in 1933 after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced unprecedented restrictions on the manufacturing community. From …

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6 Benefits of Metalphoto® Control Panels for Offshore Marine Cranes

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Off-shore marine cranes experience some of the most extreme environmental conditions seen in nearly any marine environment. In the middle of the ocean, these structures are exposed to constant sunlight, salt spray, pounding waves, and changing weather patterns. But, even under these less-than-perfect operating conditions, these cranes still must perform safely for thousands of hours …

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5 Benefits of Durable Nameplates for Commercial HVAC Drives and Generators

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Running a commercial operation requires site management to balance a number of technical factors to maintain the right temperature and conditions inside the facilities. Especially when it comes to maintenance and making adjustments to settings, knowing the exact operating parameters of each HVAC drive and generator is critical. The nameplate of each HVAC unit contains …

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The Basics of Commercial HVAC Design: 10 Great Resources

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) design is a discipline largely dictated by compliance and engineering. But, just because a commercial system meets all of the legal standards necessary doesn’t mean that it’s an efficient or cost-effective one. To make the delicate design process a bit easier, we’ve rounded up the top 10 resources …

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