Cleaning and Sanitation in Craft Beer Brewing

[B]rewing is 90 percent cleaning and 10 percent paperwork” according to experts at Craft Brewing Business. This statement is no surprise to the thousands of craft brewers across the country who depend on clean brewing systems to produce high quality beers. If their beer tastes bad, they go out of business. But a clean brewing system means more than just good tasting beer. Keeping contaminated beer away from the consumer is also a public health issue.

The Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011, now gives the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction in breweries. In the interest of protecting the public, the FDA will come and inspect your brewery for cleanliness and adherence to federal food production regulations.

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Mold: The Original Facility Management Issue

The HVAC and building maintenance industries have seen issues come and go over the years. For a time, “sick building syndrome” was on the front cover of every facility management magazine. Now green has taken the headlines. Before green, the issue facing our buildings was mold.

Although mold may be off the front page, a quick internet search of “mold in commercial buildings” shows the problem of mold is still very real and very current. For a more sobering reminder that the problem of hasn’t gone away, search the keywords “mold class action lawsuit”. The results are enough to make any facility manager consider another career.

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Pro Tips for Choosing the Right Pressure Washer

Facility managers and maintenance technicians know cleaning is a necessary evil to keep equipment working properly and facilities well maintained. For big cleaning jobs, you’ll often need the muscle of a pressure washer to get the job done quickly and with excellent results. Pressure washers come in a variety of sizes, pressures, and flows and each pressure/flow combination is made to handle a different kind of cleaning. Selecting a pressure washer that’s too small means you’ll be cleaning for hours and hours. Picking one that’s too big and you end up with damaged surfaces or uneven cleaning.

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The Effects of Scale on Your Facility’s Cooling Tower

One proven way to reduce spiking temperatures in industrial systems is by deploying cooling towers. Once embedded, a cooling tower becomes the crucial component in rejecting heat from process equipment into the towers bulk water. Likewise, the process equipment is dependent on a tower’s performance to then further reject that heat out of the system.

So, it’s important to control scaling in your cooling tower through a regular preventative maintenance program. If the tower fill has scaling, that deposit minimizes the amount of air the tower fan can pull through to efficiently cool the bulk water. Failure to protect your cooling tower and its associated equipment from scaling can have a corresponding result in downstream failures in your process. Wondering what those might be? Read on and learn about the risks of uncontrolled scale and what you can do about these threats.

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Air Conditioning Makes You Smarter: Increasing the Bottom Line with Better HVAC Maintenance

CareerBuilder.com released a 2018 survey stating that 46% of employees think their office is too hot to too cold. Despite untold millions of dollars spent on heating and air conditioning systems, almost half of everyone in a building is uncomfortable. Year after year complaints about office temperature outrank dirty bathrooms, noise levels, no parking, or even bad indoor quality. It seems being uncomfortable is what is on people’s minds and for good reason. Several studies have shown a direct link between an employee’s comfort and their productivity, which is one of the many reasons why proper HVAC maintenance is so critical.

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