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ARE YOU UP TO SPEED WITH THE 2018 CHANGES TO THE NFPA 70E ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARD?

By: Dwayne Kessinger, C.E.S.C.P,  Project Manager Anyone who works with electricity knows how important it is to be aware of potential safety hazards. These hazards include shock, arc flash heat and explosions that can take place due to electrical mishaps. Predicting the level of hazard can be calculated thanks to the NFPA 70e Standard for […]

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TOP 5 BENEFITS OF PREFABRICATION IN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF PREFABRICATION IN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING

By: Jeff Taylor, RK Electrical Assistant Operations Manager Although prefabrication methods have been used for centuries in the construction industry, they are new to the electrical industry. Prefabrication, which means to construct in advance, is the practice of connecting components in a warehouse and delivering completed or partially completed units to a construction site for […]

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8 INNOVATIONS IN HVAC DESIGN HELPING CONTROL ENERGY CONSUMPTION

8 INNOVATIONS IN HVAC DESIGN HELPING CONTROL ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of “Innovations in HVAC Design”. By: Paul Ruffini, Senior Preconstruction Manager Energy consumption is on the rise and consequently, more expensive than ever. As the demand continues to increase, scientists and engineers are exploring new ways to increase efficiency and safety in systems that require a lot of energy; HVAC […]

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In-house Steel Weld Testing Can Save You Time and Money

In-house Steel Weld Testing Can Save You Time and Money

By Ron Applehans, RK Steel Shop Operations Manager Testing Welding Candidates Before Hiring is Key Quality and safety are top priorities when it comes to steel fabrication. In order to produce high quality products, it is important that steel fabricators test welding candidates before they are hired. Some companies will even retest certified candidates to […]

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ASSET MANAGEMENT FOR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

ASSET MANAGEMENT FOR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

By: Jeff Gannon, RK Service Sales Manager Managing mechanical systems involves a deep understanding of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the equipment. Asset management relates to the management and enhancement of those mechanical systems. Importance of Optimal Mechanical Systems Mechanical systems are comprised of pumps and filters, among other equipment, that are responsible […]

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3 Reasons Causing the Skilled Trades Labor Shortage

3 Reasons Causing the Skilled Trades Labor Shortage

By: Jon L. Kinning, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President  The national unemployment rate is at a shocking low of 4.4% due to growth in the manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care and mining industries in 2017. This statistic indicates that the country’s economy is healthy with increased production, more jobs, steady consumer spending and […]

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