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randy rozema of acs explains why it pays to hire a system integration specialist

Why it Pays to Hire a Systems Integration Specialist

March 8, 2022

Systems integration is not a new concept. It’s one construction companies, equipment suppliers, and design-build firms are very familiar with. When it comes to the complex requirements of a modern facility, a systems integrator may be one of the most valuable members of your team.

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an engineer works on a budget for a facility construction project

Seven Mistakes that Will Kill Your Project’s Budget

March 7, 2022

If you’ve ever been responsible a facility construction project, you know that managing the budget can be an especially daunting task. In the months between budget approval and project completion, any number of problems can rear their costly heads. Scope changes, material prices, even inclement weather can pile expenses onto the total.

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david suehs, engineering manager, machine design and matt thiel, director of facility planning and integration of Affiliated Construction Services

“Evolution, Not Revolution: The dawn of the EV era is changing motor testing.” Published in Assembly, February, 2022

February 24, 2022

ACS Article: “Evolution, Not Revolution: The Dawn of the EV Era is Changing Motor Testing.” Published in Assembly, February, 2022

Switching to electrified systems means adapting test processes all along the development and assembly chain. In the design stage, testing ensures that a product functions as envisioned. Tests during production monitor for defects. Quality assurance tests verify that finished products are up to a manufacturer’s standards.

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designing equipment and facilities

Like a Glove: Designing Equipment and Facilities to Work Hand in Hand

January 17, 2022

An integrated test stand can be as easy to operate as an integrated air conditioning system. “We want the operator to enter the least amount of data required to get their test under way,” ACS Senior Mechanical Engineer Kevin Koss said. “Running a test shouldn’t have a bunch of steps like, ‘Go start the chilled water system over here, then go over there and make sure those valves are open.’ You should be able to start the test and those things just happen.”

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Matt Jorgensen, Director of Facility Engineering and Site Management at ACS leads a class "Five Challenges to Building a Test Center"

Five Challenges to Building a Test Center

September 7, 2021

“To keep scope in line with budget, the designer can pare down the list of wants and needs to the true immediate needs, but design the facility to be expanded in the future. That way additional wants can be accommodated over time without having to build from scratch.” – Matt Jorgensen

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custom process equipment manufactured by affiliated construction services

Custom Process Equipment

August 26, 2021

Innovative manufacturers are always thinking of new ways to address their customers’ problems. Sometimes this innovation creates a problem of its own. There is no equipment designed to build or test the products they’re creating.

“You start talking about custom process equipment any time somebody can’t find what they’re looking for in a catalog,” said Daryl Rothamer, Director of Systems and Equipment at ACS.

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