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Dan Rafter

Dan Rafter is a technical writer and frequent contributor.

Articles by Dan Rafter

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

Construction

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

Grading and excavation contractors have plenty to worry about. They need to make sure that they are bidding fairly on jobs, offering a solid price but not shorting themselves needed profit at the same time. They need to offer proper training to their crewmembers and make sure that they are

Tapping Tanks for Energy Storage

Energy

Tapping Tanks for Energy Storage

For more than 25 years, retailer JCPenney has relied on ice-based energy storage from CALMAC to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs. In 2015 alone, the retailer’s headquarters in Plano, TX, reduced its annual energy bill by more than $100,000.

The Automation Advantage

Water

The Automation Advantage

New technology doesn’t come cheap. But what if that new tech could help utilities better control and monitor the flow of drinking water through their water delivery systems? What if that technology could help utilities discover potential leaks or isolate those pumps and valves that are starting to gradually fail

Embracing Water Audits

Water

Embracing Water Audits

Water remains a scarce resource throughout the country. But it’s important, even for utilities that aren’t serving drought-stricken areas, to make sure that they are getting paid the right amount for the water they are delivering. It’s important, too, that they quickly identify and repair costly leaks throughout their systems.

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