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While some facilities around the country are closed for Columbus Day, World Workplace is currently being held in San Diego. Yesterday’s keynote from Dan Pink was both entertaining and informative, examining the shift from left brain (analytical) thinking to right brain (abstract) thinking. Today’s sessions have offered a range of topics so far, with more to come later in the day. Additional updates to follow!


While some facilities around the country are closed for Columbus Day, World Workplace is currently being held in San Diego. Yesterday’s keynote from Dan Pink was both entertaining and informative, examining the shift from left brain (analytical) thinking to right brain (abstract) thinking. Today’s sessions have offered a range of topics so far, with more to come later in the day. Additional updates to follow!

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Today from World Workplace

Today from World Workplace

While some facilities around the country are closed for Columbus Day, World Workplace is currently being held in San Diego. Yesterday’s keynote from Dan Pink was both entertaining and informative, examining the shift from left brain (analytical) thinking to right brain (abstract) thinking. Today’s sessions have offered a range of topics so far, with more to come later in the day. Additional updates to follow!






ABB Earns Award From Frost & Sullivan For Low Voltage Drives

ABB Earns Award From Frost & Sullivan For Low Voltage Drives

ABB recently earned the Frost & Sullivan “Growth Excellence in Market and Product Leadership of the Year Award, for 2006 Low Voltage Drives.” Technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development were contingencies Frost & Sullivan included in its evaluation. “In the drives space, this Award goes to the company that demonstrates excellence in the fields of technology and evident customer confidence, in terms of loyalty and service,” said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Shibu S L. Frost & Sullivan reviews the more than 100 companies around the world offering drives, when determining the Award. (At right: Rick Hepperla, general manager for ABB Low Voltage Drives, U.S. (left), represents ABB Drives globally, to receive plaque award from David Frigstad, CEO, Frost & Sullivan.) When presenting the Award, Shibu S L noted, “This is in recognition of ABB LV Drives for its superior expertise in creating profit-impacting solutions across all end-user verticals, which enables the company to establish itself as a global leader–with unsurpassable global market reach and presence.” ABB has shown unmatched ability to pioneer technological innovation and leadership in penetrating newer markets, Shibu said, and “displayed a superlative ability to translate its consistent quality and technology focus into a customer-winning value proposition, via providing better life cycle value for all its products globally.” Accepting the Award on behalf of ABB was Richard Hepperla, senior vice president and general manager of ABB Low Voltage Drives, North America. “ABB is particularly pleased with the Award because it is based on Frost and Sullivan’s original research,” he said. “That research confirms that customers value ABB’s focus on quality, technology, and support.” This kind of unsolicited Award, from a third party that knows the global landscape intimately, is highly motivating to management and employees, observed Roelof Timmer, marketing director for ABB Low Voltage Drives globally. “It gives us confidence that we are on the right track — and reconfirms our commitment to serve our customers throughout markets around the world now, and in the years to come.” Most Complete Drives Line for Marketplace Includes New DC TechnologyABB is also distinguished in its commitment to serve customers with the most complete line of drives in the marketplace, including AC and DC drives. Frost & Sullivan noted this distinction in its Award, as well. There are 30 to 40 niche DC drives companies that “are forced to invest a major amount of their revenues into research and development or to partner with larger companies to stay in business,” Shibu said. ABB, by contrast, always has… …Read More…


ABB Earns Award From Frost & Sullivan For Low Voltage Drives

ABB Earns Award From Frost & Sullivan For Low Voltage Drives

ABB recently earned the Frost & Sullivan “Growth Excellence in Market and Product Leadership of the Year Award, for 2006 Low Voltage Drives.” Technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development were contingencies Frost & Sullivan included in its evaluation. “In the drives space, this Award goes to the company that demonstrates excellence in the fields of technology and evident customer confidence, in terms of loyalty and service,” said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Shibu S L. Frost & Sullivan reviews the more than 100 companies around the world offering drives, when determining the Award. (At right: Rick Hepperla, general manager for ABB Low Voltage Drives, U.S. (left), represents ABB Drives globally, to receive plaque award from David Frigstad, CEO, Frost & Sullivan.) When presenting the Award, Shibu S L noted, “This is in recognition of ABB LV Drives for its superior expertise in creating profit-impacting solutions across all end-user verticals, which enables the company to establish itself as a global leader–with unsurpassable global market reach and presence.” ABB has shown unmatched ability to pioneer technological innovation and leadership in penetrating newer markets, Shibu said, and “displayed a superlative ability to translate its consistent quality and technology focus into a customer-winning value proposition, via providing better life cycle value for all its products globally.” Accepting the Award on behalf of ABB was Richard Hepperla, senior vice president and general manager of ABB Low Voltage Drives, North America. “ABB is particularly pleased with the Award because it is based on Frost and Sullivan’s original research,” he said. “That research confirms that customers value ABB’s focus on quality, technology, and support.” This kind of unsolicited Award, from a third party that knows the global landscape intimately, is highly motivating to management and employees, observed Roelof Timmer, marketing director for ABB Low Voltage Drives globally. “It gives us confidence that we are on the right track — and reconfirms our commitment to serve our customers throughout markets around the world now, and in the years to come.” Most Complete Drives Line for Marketplace Includes New DC TechnologyABB is also distinguished in its commitment to serve customers with the most complete line of drives in the marketplace, including AC and DC drives. Frost & Sullivan noted this distinction in its Award, as well. There are 30 to 40 niche DC drives companies that “are forced to invest a major amount of their revenues into research and development or to partner with larger companies to stay in business,” Shibu said. ABB, by contrast, always has… …Read More…


Crisis Communication Strategy for Security Professionals

Crisis Communication Strategy for Security Professionals

As a security or loss prevention professional, you are trained to deal with a myriad of crisis situations– from a violent crime occurring on your property to a significant loss of assets. Often high profile, these events can result in heightened media exposure, internal speculation , and public inquiry surrounding your company. CAP Index and its public relations firm, Buchanan Public Relations LLC, have collaborated to present the three key elements of an effective crisis management program, and quick tips on how a proactive public relations plan can help you achieve success. •Use a single spokesperson: During times of crisis, it is imperative that one person act as the designated company spokesperson, usually the CEO. A public relations team can help identify and train this spokesperson pre-crisis. A good plan will span the development of pre-set Q & A, training in on-camera behavior, maintenance of crisis response and mitigation capability. •Provide open, prompt and accurate communication to employees: One of the most important elements of crisis management is immediate and accurate response to internal stakeholders. A public relations team can help draft statements for intranet posting, as well as train the company spokesperson in effective employee-employer communication techniques. Message control is paramount: you don’t want your employees relying on outside news reports or word of mouth in times of crisis. •Maintain open communication with external audiences: Often cited as the most significant element of crisis communication planning, maintaining an open, informed and positive relationship with journalists is crucial. A public relations team can help field and respond to media inquiries, issue press statements, and provide valuable counsel during times of increased stress and media scrutiny. PR professionals know the “right way” to tell your story, and can help navigate the often complex waters of media relations. The security and loss prevention industry is often seen as a “hidden” specialty, with little access granted to the media and other publics. In times of crisis, however, it is imperative to engage both internal and external stakeholders in a knowledgeable, immediate and responsive dialogue. Public relations support can be invaluable in achieving this goal.


Michigan School District To Heat Middle School With Power From Corn

Michigan School District To Heat Middle School With Power From Corn

Honeywell recently announced an energy savings and modernization project with Merrill Community Schools in Merrill, MI featuring energy efficient infrastructure upgrades that will include a corn-burning boiler to heat the district’s middle school by turning bushels of corn into usable energy. This is the first Michigan school that will use this technology. The project also will improve school buildings and building systems, increase occupant comfort, and help the district reduce its annual energy costs by an estimated 30%. Merrill Community Schools, which serves more than 800 students in Saginaw County, will fund the project with the savings generated by upgrades to its building systems. The project is made possible by an energy conservation improvement bond from the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, which allows schools to implement performance contracts and provides the initial capital for improvement projects. Under a performance contract, improvements to school buildings are funded by the downstream energy and operating cost savings resulting from the modernization work. Honeywell guarantees the savings will pay for the upgrades over the term of the contract, so the project will not affect the district’s operating budget. “With budgets already tight and our natural gas prices up nearly 40%, we needed a way to fund upgrades and reduce our energy costs without having to redirect money or turn to tax payers for assistance,” said John M. Searles, superintendent of Merrill Community Schools. “We wanted to make improvements that went beyond the bare minimum, however, and would have a lasting, positive fiscal and environmental impact. This contract allows us to be better stewards of both the environment and tax money.” The project includes energy upgrade and renovation work at the district’s three main buildings (the elementary school, middle school and high school), as well as the district’s maintenance and administration buildings. Particularly notable is the installation of the corn boiler at the middle school, which will become the first Michigan school to use this alternative fuel technology as its main source of heat. The boiler, powered by 7,200 bushels of corn each year, will decrease the district’s reliance on fossil fuels and is expected to reduce annual energy costs by $10,000, a significant increase over the projected $2,000 the district would have saved with a new, traditional boiler. “Corn’s availability, pricing stability and clean, emission-free burning properties made it especially appealing to us,” Searles said. Other renewable energy work includes the addition of a waste oil heater in the maintenance building, which will help the district realize more than $2,000 in annual energy savings…. …Read More…


ASSE announces new construction safety standard

ASSE announces new construction safety standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the newly revised American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A10.44-2006 standard. The standard, Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations, recognizes the need for protection of personnel and property from injury due to unexpected start-up or release of stored energy from equipment, system/process or induced energy during repair, maintenance, operation, installation, and other activities involving machines or equipment. ANSI 10.44-2006 standard is one of a series of standards that focus on construction and demolition operations. It was approved by ANSI on August 29, 2006. The latest version of the standard establishes the minimum requirements needed to control and prevent the release of energy sources that could cause injury or illness to workers performing construction and demolition work. ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards serve as a guide to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry. The A10.44 Subcommittee Chair, James Brown, and ASSE professional member, stated, “The A10.44 standard is integral in providing safety requirements for the protection of individuals working in, on or around machines or equipment that may release energy unexpectedly, causing injury or illness.” The A10.44-2006 standard, Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction and Demolition Operations, will be available soon in both print and electronic format. For more information, contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929.