Technology Trends Blog - Commercial HVAC & Data Center Industries

Learn from the experts and stay on top of the rapid changes in the commercial HVAC & data center industries with our weekly technology trends blog. You’ll learn about new technologies, technology management best practices, case studies, and more. New posts every month.

Vertiv Introduces Rack Power Distribution Unit

Introducing Vertiv’s Geist Universal Power Distribution Unit

Introducing Vertiv’s Geist Universal Power Distribution Unit The necessity for data storage is growing by the day. As the need for larger loads and greater capacity increase so does the need for efficient and economic power distribution. The Vertiv Geist family of Rack PDUs allows your space the flexibility of
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Wall-to-Wall Vertiv Solutions

Meeting Colo Customer Needs with Wall-to-Wall Vertiv Data Center Solutions When transforming a former printing press facility into a state-of-the-art data center, eStruxture wanted to give companies the ability to design multi-site, carrier- or cloud-neutral data center solutions with the scale and flexibility to accommodate any workload or power density
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Health and Wellness

Staying Healthy During the Holidays If you listen to talk around the office, you might hear that the average person gains about five pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most people don’t lose the weight they put on during the holidays, according to a report in The New England Journal of
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Healthcare Interoperability

Preparing Your Healthcare IT Infrastructure for Interoperability: 6 Steps You Can Take Now Interoperability is top of mind for many healthcare organizations. Learn about challenges IT professionals are facing in healthcare when it comes to interoperability implementation and 6 steps you can take to get ready. Saying that interoperability is
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CoLo Design

Future Proofing Colo Design If you thought CoLo design was done and dusted, think again. There are innovations that could change the way we build and run facilities, right down to the racks where the IT lives. It seemed a little like surgery. First the tubes carrying the cooling fluid
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Energy Conservation in Data Centers

Using EC Plug Fans to Improve Energy Efficiency of Chilled Water Water Cooling Systems in Large Data Centers A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency survey released in 2007 concluded that IT data centers consumed 61 billion kW of electricity at a total cost of $4.5 billion in 2006. As energy costs
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Disruptive Data Centers

Trends in Disruptive Data Centers – Next Generation DCIM, AI and More Like all tech-based industries, data centers that disrupt the status quo, that take the lead will succeed. Those that procrastinate and cling to the past will fall behind. Traditionally architected data centers will soon become obsolete. Like CRTs
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Top Considerations When Buying A Server Rack

Top Considerations When Buying A Server Rack 1. Know Your Server Rack Cooling Strategy With the heat generated by current denser technologies such as Blade Servers, understanding the role that a server rack play in your complete data center cooling strategy is essential. The type of rack you choose will
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Humdification Technology

Humidification Technology – Are You in the Know? CAREL designs, manufactures and distributes humidification solutions for the industrial and commercial segments in the HVAC market. They have solutions for air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating, and humidification and evaporative cooling systems. Not constrained to just one humidification technology, Carel has multiple options
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Higher Efficiency without Using a Drop

Achieve Higher Efficiency without Using a Drop with the Liebert DSE That’s the amount of water that can be eliminated annually in a 1MW California data center with the Liebert DSE using pumped refrigerant economization, compared to water economization. The California Energy Commission in 2015 approved using the Liebert DSE
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Future-Proof-Your-IT

How to Use Your Budget to Future-Proof Your IT A decades-long lack of funding for IT systems within the federal government created vulnerabilities that came to light on Tax Day 2018 when the Internal Revenue Service had an 11-hour outage — unexpected downtime that caused the agency to push back
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Commercial Comfort Cooling – Choice

Performance | Flexibility | Peace of Mind – Choice Commercial Rooftops by Johnson Controls Access, Inc – Wisconsin and Johnson Controls are proud to present Your NEW Choice in commercial comfort cooling: Choice Commercial Rooftops. Choice commercial rooftop units deliver on their commitment to leading the industry in rooftop performance,
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Litium Ion Batteries

The Emergency of Lithium-Ion Batteries within the Data Center A battery exists to store a specific amount of energy and then release it at the appropriate time. Whether that is to provide a working flashlight while changing the tire on a dark road, or when you require an effective bridge
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We’re Here / Hear for You !

We’re Here / Hear for You ! Access Inc is Constantly Evolving with new faces, new products and new changes to our website; all of this in our desire to meet Our Purpose. Did you know you can find your Sales Engineer’s picture with their email address and phone number
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HVAC Continues Efficiency Evolution

HVAC Systems Continue Efficiency Evolution At the 2018 ASHRAE show in Chicago, it was observed that boosting HVAC energy-efficiency is a key focus. Many of the new systems at this show were designed to: reduce operational and energy costs, improve building automation, and better meet the green building standard. Building
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Battery Replacement

Battery Imbalance and UPS System Failures Studies have shown that the majority of UPS system failures are caused by battery failure. They are the weakest link of your emergency power system. The actual service life of batteries is almost always shorter than the design life indicated by the manufacturer, which
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ClimateCraft Post Fire Replacement

After a Fire, Team Effort Salvages Student Residence Hall with ClimateCraft Site-Assembled ACCESS Air Handler (AHU) When one of a Nashville-based university’s student residence halls suffered a two-alarm fire in March 2017, the first thought of the University was gratitude that no one was injured and that damage had been
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How to Beat the Heat

How to Beat the Heat Excessive Heat Buildup at an Automotive Production Plant Air conditioning (AC) ventilation systems are often not practical at a production facility. Heavy equipment, such as that found in an automotive production plant can result in temperatures exceeding 120+ degrees Fahrenheit; far too high for the
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Load Banks for Power System Testing

Power System Testing for Assured Performance Does your UPS system maintain continuity during a power disturbance? Access, Inc. Wisconsin and Access, Inc. Michigan suggest a load bank test at the initial start-up of any GenSet, or generator and ATS (automatic transfer switch) system. And, to maintain this equipment, an annual
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Why is VRF Technology the Right Choice?

Why is VRF Technology the Right Choice? If you’re considering replacing the HVAC system in your commercial space or high-end residence, there’s a new type of HVAC technology on the market that you need to know about. It’s called Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) and it’s the latest and greatest in
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Transatlantic Landing Station

Vertiv Landing Station Helps Hibernia Express Build Transoceanic Cable Hibernia Networks selected Vertiv as its partner to design and build two fully integrated cable landing stations on each side of the Atlantic Ocean based on their experience, expertise, and deployment speed. The Customer Hibernia Networks was a privately held, US-owned provider
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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Hoisting One of the Worlds Largest Dehumidifiers at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center Hoisting a 30-foot-long, 20,000-pound Dectron Internationale Dry-O-Tron dehumidifier sideways into the semi-completed $40-million Hilton Milwaukee City Center expansion was a rigging challenge. The huge 50,000-CFM unit — one of the world’s largest — will dehumidify the Hilton’s
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So are we the best?! YES. 

Why do so Many Say “Access is the Best” Here’s Why Access Wisconsin and Access Michigan are the Best Somewhere in every sales call the questions always arises: “Why You? Why are you the best choice”? Everyone claims to be the best, so why is Access, Inc. different? What makes
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Cooling Towers to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

NY Hospitals Install Cooling Towers to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease HEALTH- NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln announced today the completed installation of state-of-the-art antimicrobial cooling towers. The towers not only support the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system but also include antimicrobial features that significantly reduce the risk of harmful bacteria that sometimes
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Advances in Load Bank Technology

In recent years, load bank control and instrumentation systems have evolved significantly. With the introduction of these advanced systems, instrumentation has become an integral part of the load bank providing precise data monitoring. Standard features now include multiple networked load bank control, load correction, transient speed instrumentation, real-time graphs, full
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The Future of AC – The Magnetocaloric Effect

The Future of AC Magnetic Air Conditioners: A High Tech Way Of Keeping Cool Original post by  Beth Brindle at How Stuff Works Magnetic air conditioners are based on a phenomenon known as the magnetocaloric effect. Magnetic materials heat up when they are exposed to a magnetic field, then cool down when the field
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The Future of Retail’s Digital Transformation

What Lies Ahead for Retailers with Advances in Digital Technology Retailers are transforming themselves with new business strategies, processes and technologies to support a more consistent and rewarding customer experience across channels. Breaking down technology silos to create a more seamless experience wherever customers touch their brands Transforming distribution centers
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A New Variable Capacity DOAS Technology

BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY SAVINGS VS. CONVENTIONAL FIXED CAPACITY DOAS Florida Solar Energy Center conducted a study documenting the Linear Capacity achieved greater than 50% energy savings versus conventionally fixed capacity DOAS. Regarding this new variable capacity DOAS technology, they wrote “Addison HVAC has developed an exclusive DOAS package design that uses
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YORKS Solution Air Handlers New Addition – Endura for Outdoor Environments

YORK News ! The Endura Offers Greater Outdoor Durability The YORK® Solution Endura™ combines the flexibility and cost-savings of our semi-custom Solution™ air handlers with technology tailored for reliable, efficient performance in outdoor applications. Available exclusively from YORK®, the Solution Endura™ air handler is specifically designed for greater durability in
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Casino’s Have IAQ Concerns

The HVAC System in a Casino Makes a Big Difference on Indoor Air Quality! FläktGroup SEMCO has decades of experience in the gaming industry. Their products ensure that both customers and staff are breathing cleaner, fresher air when our energy recovery wheel ventilation systems are utilized. Exhaust air from casinos can
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The Future of 5G of the Edge

Turning on 5G: Using Edge Archetypes Originally Published 2/13/2019 by Vertiv How do telecom operators, retailers, transportation planners, healthcare providers and others plan to deliver better experiences, more personalized services, and faster response times? By implementing the IT infrastructure required for these Edge computing archetypes. Read the Vertiv 5G Edge
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Retrofit or Replace? Four Scenarios for Optimizing Cooling Systems

Slash Energy Costs, Improve Protection  By Greg Myers, Marketing Manager Thermal Products, Vertiv Original Published 6/28/2018 Vertiv has released four payback scenarios that detail the cost of upgrading cooling equipment and the projected payback periods. In virtually every situation, retrofitting or replacing data center cooling systems makes financial sense. I
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Designing Chillers for the Most Demanding Applications

Haskris Designs Chillers for the Most Demanding Applications Think of Haskris and Access Inc. as an extension of your chiller team: designing chillers that can support the most demanding applications; rigorous testing that ensures reliability; and technical experts to support your complex technology in multiple sectors around the world.  IN
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Vycon Flywheel UPS: Certified and Trusted

Vycon Flywheel UPS: A Green Energy Storage Solution… With an Impressive ROI Vycon VDC Energy Efficient Flywheel Storage Today’s enormous demand for data storage is driving exponential data center growth in markets around the globe. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things/Industrial Internet of Things (IoT/IIoT), virtualization, the cloud, mobile
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Reinventing The Cooling Tower

Reinventing the Cooling Tower As Published by Delta Cooling Towers 12/4/2018 With heat playing a major role in all chemical processing operations, it’s hard to find a plant today that doesn’t have a cooling tower or two on the roof, or somewhere on the facility grounds. That is because any process
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rightsizing UPS

An Edge-ucation on Rightsizing Your UPS

There are many factors to consider when selecting the right-size UPS for your environment. As your Local Vertiv Office, we’re here to help you select the right power solution for your critical infrastructure. Here’s 5 tips to consider.
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Vertiv Speaks Out on the Future of Refrigerants in the Next Generation of Data Centers

Refrigerants of the Future: Their Impact on Next Generation Data Centers Like other sectors, suppliers of cooling equipment are responding to ongoing concerns around climate change by developing products and services that help reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  For example, some cooling manufacturers have shifted their focus towards low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants
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Vertiv Intelligence – Mobile App and Portal

CLOUD-BASED MONITORING AND CONTROL ANYTIME AND FROM ANYWHERE Vertiv Intelligence unites your complex IT and data center ecosystem to transform how you manage your infrastructure. Securely connect your equipment to the cloud and see all your remote locations through the vIntelligence mobile app and portal. Gain a complete picture of
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Outstanding Chiller Reliability with the YORK YZ Chiller

The YORK® YZ chiller is a revolutionary advancement that challenges everything about conventional chiller design. Built upon decades of industry-leading chiller expertise, our engineers questioned every component, analyzed every function and challenged every assumption. Optimized for Ultimate Performance The design premise for the YORK® YZ was simple: don’t just make a new
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The CEO of VERTIV Discusses Network Trends for 2019

The Network Trends for 2019 By: Rob Johnson, CEO of VERTIV as posted December 4, 2018 For several years now, Vertiv has undertaken an interesting experiment as we head toward the new year. We have gathered many of our leading experts on the data center space and solicited their thoughts on
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Vertiv digital transformation for retail

3 Vertiv Products to Transform Your Retail Business

3 Vertiv Products to Transform Your Retail Business Retail business is not just about selling quality products at reasonable prices. It goes beyond that. It’s about creating a seamless experience between the consumer and the brand. But for retailers to remain competitive and agile in an ever-evolving market, they need
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Vertiv data center assessment

Unlocking Data Center Potential

How can you unlock hidden potential in your data center to better meet the needs of customers? In our work with diverse data center teams across the country, from tiny to mega -- each relies on two keys, data center assessment and innovative solutions.
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data center cooling

4 Steps to Better Data Center Cooling

Cost savings and carbon footprint reduction can sometimes seem like opposing goals. But there’s one place where the two go hand-in-hand: the data center. According to the Uptime Institute, data centers are responsible for as much as 35 percent of total energy use in non-manufacturing, information-intensive companies. But despite the data center’s heavy power load there is a great opportunity to save money through more effective energy management.
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data center disaster recovery

Protecting Your Business – 7 Essential Disaster Recovery Questions for SMBs

According to research by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of an unplanned data center outage in 2015 was $740,357. A report by Verizon showed even small data breaches -- those with fewer than 100 files lost – may cost between $18,120 and $35,730. The top causes of technology outages include: equipment failure, UPS failure, cybercrime, and human error. What will you do if your technology infrastructure experiences an unexpected failure?
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three arrows representing availability, skills, and security

Scaling for Growth: 3 Keys for Your Data Center

Technology is constantly evolving, and the processes and skills needed to manage it efficiently must evolve as well. Availability, security, and skills are key to ensure continuous efficient operations and the flexibility to meet the dynamic needs of customers.
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Access Inc. is “Socialized”

With the debut of our new website at http://access-inc.com, Access Inc. has branched out via several social media sites. Want to see what other business people think about us, then link in at LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/access-inc-and-acsi. Visual imagery peaks your interest, check us out on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/accessinc/. Can’t remember how
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