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Dan Rafter

Dan Rafter is a technical writer and frequent contributor.

Articles by Dan Rafter

VFD Technology

Energy

VFD Technology

Boosting energy efficiency remains a top goal of building owners across the country. And why not? Rising utility bills can cause a company’s bottom-line to plummet.

How to Nix Non-Revenue Water With Acoustic Leak Detection

Water

How to Nix Non-Revenue Water With Acoustic Leak Detection

Providence Water, the public water utility based in the city of Providence, RI, is no small operation. The utility serves more than 17 cities and towns, providing more than 60% of the state’s drinking water. The utility relies on more than 950 miles of piping to deliver this water.

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

Construction

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

Contractors turn to a host of machines when they’re taking on grading and excavation projects. But few machines are as handy as the backhoe.

Brian Hennings, product marketing manager for backhoe loaders with John Deere Construction & Forestry, refers to the backhoe as the Swiss Army Knife of the construction industry. “The different attachments

Inside the Internet of Things

Water

Inside the Internet of Things

When you think of the Internet of Things movement, or IoT for short, you might think of a refrigerator that tells its users when a bottle of milk is getting old. Or maybe you picture an alarm clock that not only wakes you up at 5:30 a.m. but also tells

Keeping Power Quality High

Energy

Keeping Power Quality High

What do building owners and facility managers seek more than anything today? Reliable, high-quality power.

Fortunately, this isn’t in short supply. Owners and managers today have plenty of options for boosting the quality of their power in their buildings and facilities. The onsite power generation options they have, along with a

Onsite Generation and Energy Storage Solutions

Energy

Onsite Generation and Energy Storage Solutions

Data centers, hospitals, and manufacturers can’t lose power for even a minute. The same can be said for financial institutions. Unfortunately, public power infrastructure in cities across the United States is aging. And as it does, power failures are becoming more common.

Tapping Into Power

Construction

Tapping Into Power

There was a time when contractors thought little about the attachments that they connected to their machines. They’d invest in buckets, hammers, and thumbs and then mostly forget about them.

Technology In a Can

Waste

Technology In a Can

There had to be a better way for solid waste agencies to manage their garbage collection routes. That was the impetus behind Bigbelly, a Needham, MA-based company that relies on technology to help clients more efficiently collect trash.

Put Data to Work

Water

Put Data to Work

It wasn’t long ago that automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) were a pair of luxuries that most water utilities couldn’t afford.