The master of using complex apparatus to perform simple tasks would be proud of many older control systems. Here’s how one engineer learned to cut through the resulting clutter to achieve award-winning energy efficiency.
It’s not necessary to use pneumatics to win a Rube Goldberg award for needless complexity. Here, the panels were all-electric. When I turned the latch of the hinged door on the first one, it literally exploded.
Engineers should use theory – the physics and modeling of equipment and systems – to uncover the possibilities for higher efficiencies. But to achieve them in the real world takes constant energy monitoring, training, and incentives.
What do skyscrapers and schools have in common when it comes to energy management? Not as much as some people think. The differences might offer you some insight into variations among industrial facilities.
When you’re the expert and you know more than anyone else in the room, you may suddenly find yourself outnumbered. That’s a good time to remember solid engineering principles like “heat in equals heat out,” and stick to them.