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Willis Haviland Carrier

The “Father� of Modern Air Conditioning

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February flew by so fast and we’re about to finish the first quarter of the year already. From left to right, we hear fascinating stories about organizations, companies and even individuals who are creating their own marks in the engineering community. GineersNow’s mission is to share these wonderful stories and the latest news in our attempt to educate and inspire every engineer in different parts of the world. For decades, air conditioning has helped people from homes to businesses, bringing them comfort and increased productivity during extreme weathers and making hot summer weathers more bearable for everyone indoors. When you ask a person, more so an engineer or a contractor, what company comes first into mind when speaking about air-conditioning, one of the first names that would pop up, if not the first, is Carrier.


For this month’s GineersNow: HVACR Leaders, we are featuring the story of Willis Haviland Carrier, who is considered as the Father of Modern Air Conditioning. Learn more about his humble beginnings, his legacy and how Carrier shaped the HVAC industry. We have also included several HVACR features on the magazine such as the following: • Riyadh To Host HVACR Expo Saudi in 2019 • Trane Introduces AgilityTM: A New Solution for Existing Buildings • Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Expands Performance Builder Program • Job Management: Why the HVAC Industry Should Explore Emerging Digital Possibilities • Connected Home Brand Nest Launches in United Arab Emirates with Nest Learning Thermostat Lastly, we have prepared helpful articles to help you become your very own boss! Learn why engineers should work for startup companies first before having their own. Find out how you can generate ideas for your own startup company and why you should have your own blog when you decide to have it. Read our tips for engineers with side hustles while working full time and things you should know before applying for a patent. So go ahead, scroll through our pages and read the latest stories that put the spotlight on the HVACR industry. Get updated with the news and be informed with our inspiring stories that are slowly changing the way we live today. Enjoy this month’s GineersNow: HVACR Leaders.

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The Importance of Condenser Coil Cleaning Mere surface brushing and vacuuming of the condenser coil structure will remove the surface matting of dust/debris but doesn’t get at the clogging occurring within the interior of that structure and is not recommended. Cooling appliances (“coolers”) have condenser coils that are responsible for throwing off to the atmosphere the heat that has been extracted from the chamber holding the items intended to be refrigerated or frozen. To facilitate that heat exchange process, these coils, when contained within the appliance’s cabinet, have airflow directed through their structure by a fan in the condensing unit. All matter of dust and debris are also drawn in with the air causing clogging of the coils over time. Foster Refrigerator (UK) has stated that an airflow reduction of about 95% can be expected over a one year period of operation. Experts recommend frequent coil cleaning to insure good airflow —- often at periods of every three to four months as a minimum, and even more frequently in extremely dusty or dirty environments.

Why Condenser Coils Need Such Frequent Cleaning Clogged coils cannot effectively throw off heat since the dust/debris forms an undesired insulation layer. The refrigerant flowing through the unit gets too hot (resulting in high pressures) and starts damaging other components, the system draws higher amperage, run times increase, the refrigerant degrades restricting its flow, and so forth. A number of undesired things can happen as a result: Energy waste: recently data has shown that the amount of energy needed to operate the appliance can increase by as much as 90% to 100% —- our estimate for an average energy waste is 280 KwH/unit/year for a domestic

refrigeration unit and 1235 KwH for a commercial or institutional unit. Malfunction of the Unit: If the unit runs with clogged coils you may face an emergency service call which can lead to a very expensive service call involving proper removal of the refrigerant gas and tear down of the system. It can lead to four to six hours of labor costing quite a bit of money. In extreme cases, the unit might need to be replaced. Loss of Valuable Product Inventory: If the unit begins to malfunction, it may not be able to maintain the target temperature within the enclosure being cooled leading to compromise of the integrity of the item(s) being refrigerated. Shortening of the Life of the Unit: Malfunction of the appliance can also lead to a shortening of the useful life of the unit. Safety Issues for Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Units: There is a current and powerful movement to replace hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, which are bad for the environment, with “natural” refrigerants that are more benign. One class of such refrigerant are hydrocarbons, such as propane (“R-290”). This type of refrigerant is highly flammable and can be problematic in indoor locations unless certain safely measures are followed. One refrigeration safety expert has counseled that R-290 refrigerant units need to have their condenser coils in a clean condition along with constantly running fans in the

condenser coil area to promote good ventilation. Mere surface brushing and vacuuming of the condenser coil structure will remove the surface matting of dust/debris but doesn’t get at the clogging occurring within the interior of that structure and is not recommended. Specialized coil cleaning brushes are available that allow for extraction and removal by vacuuming of the deeply embedded dust/debris. Use of these implements greatly increases the time needed to get the cleaning job done. For decades, knowledgeable technicians have resorted to the use of compressed air to very quickly blow out clogged condenser coils, especially the deeply embedded material. However, doing this in indoor locations, requires effective capture of the blown off debris to insure that no collateral contamination is caused.

What Effective Capture Means are Available? Until recently, the technicians using compressed air coil cleaning have resorted to the use of a damp fabric or large garbage bag to try to catch the debris blown out of the coils. These primitive items both have serious deficiencies. The damp fabric, which is applied to the side of the coil unit opposite the input of

the compressed air, in many cases might not stay in place during the cleaning causing undesired collateral pollution requiring further clean up. If it did remain in place, the technician had to contend with a thoroughly polluted, damp article requiring cleanup or disposal. The cleaning of a large number of units in a preventative maintenance scenario is not well served with the use of a damp fabric. The use of a large garbage bag to attempt to catch the blown-off debris commonly would require two technicians, one to hold the bag, the other to do the blowing. This method also can allow some of the blown off debris to miss the open end of the bag being held. While a single operator can use this method, the bag needed to be taped or affixed to the coil structure which undesirably slows down the cleaning operation. The COILPOD dust hood, for example, can be placed over compatibly sized coils to trap the blown off debris as the coils are subjected to a blast of compressed air supplied through one port in the hood. A vacuum hose is placed through another port to vacuum the debris out of the hood. A video showing this product is shown here. Now a technician can clean clogged condenser coils with compressed air without fear of polluting the surrounding area.

KONE Wins Order for WOW Hotel Apartments Tower in Dubai KONE will be equipping the development with 16 KONE MiniSpace® elevators and 7 KONE MonoSpace® elevators. Situated in Dubai’s Business Bay, a fastdeveloping hub of the city’s residential and commercial development, the tower consists of 76 floors and reaches the height of 323 meters. KONE will be equipping the development with 16 KONE MiniSpace® elevators and 7 KONE MonoSpace® elevators. Additionally, KONE will deliver two loading bay area elevators and three disabled access platform elevators. “The supply of hotel rooms and hotel apartments in Dubai is expected to reach 134,000 by the end of 2018. We’re excited to be part of the city’s growing hospitality sector and look forward to providing premium travel experience with our equipment to the people visiting and working at the development,” said Pierre Liautaud, Executive Vice President for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa. The development is designed by Aedas Architects Ltd., developed by WOW investments Ltd. and it is expected to be completed in 2020. The order was booked in the third quarter of 2017. 12

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U.S. Government Study Finds Variable-Speed Screw Chiller Technology More Efficient 14

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A U.S. government General Services Administration (GSA) Proving Ground study recently concluded that a Carrier chiller employing variable-speed screw (VSS) technology with no mechanical unloaders was 11 percent more energy efficient and had an equipment price 30 percent lower than the previously recommended variable-speed chiller technology, providing an opportunity to further raise the level of performance in federal buildings. The findings of the study, conducted in the Sidney Yates Building in Washington, D.C. by scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, align with Carrier’s view that chillers employing variable-speed screw technology with no mechanical unloaders, like the AquaEdge® 23XRV, are among the best selection for modern, efficient chilled water plants.¹ The study was overseen by the GSA and peer-reviewed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). While not endorsing a specific chiller brand, the study recommends consideration of VSS chiller technology for new installations, end-of-life replacements, and energy saving retrofits in facilities across all climate zones. The study was conducted as part of the government’s effort to drive down energy costs in federal buildings. The government-funded study is part of the GSA Proving Ground (GPG) program, which evaluates next-generation building technologies in real-world operational settings. This study placed a chiller equipped with variable-speed screw technology alongside chiller technology previously evaluated by the GPG program to determine if the VSS technology with no mechanical unloaders could meet the benchmark for chiller performance.

Each newly installed chiller was connected to common chilled and condenser water systems, alternating operation in the existing machine room at the Sidney Yates Building in Washington, D.C. In addition to the improved energy efficiency and lower price, the VSS technology performed across a wide range of operating conditions and was subsequently referenced as a “universal design” system. “Carrier has long stated our variable-speed direct-drive screw compressor technology raises the bar for performance in real buildings and the GSA Proving Ground study corroborates our research. It’s another data point affirming the wide operating parameters of Carrier’s AquaEdge® 23XRV,” said Chris Opie, director, North America Commercial Marketing. “Our team remains focused on developing solutions that meet the growing desire for highly efficient commercial climate control.” “A more efficient, lower cost chiller makes for simple math when calculating lowest life cycle cost alternatives,” adds Opie. “Carrier applauds the U.S. government for its commitment to sustainable buildings and we were pleased to hear about the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s test results. We continue to invest in heating and cooling products that are among the most efficient and we strive to help the government and private industry in their goals to reach new levels of sustainability in their facilities. With our history of innovation and commitment to leading the industry, Carrier is well positioned to help customers meet their sustainability and energy-efficiency targets.” To learn more about Carrier’s variable-speed screw chiller offerings, visit proof.

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Willis Carrier: Leaving A Legacy On The Air Conditioning Industry For decades, air conditioning has helped people from homes to businesses, bringing them comfort and increased productivity during extreme weathers and making hot summer weathers more bearable for everyone indoors. When you ask a person, more so an engineer or a contractor, what company comes first into mind when speaking about air-conditioning, one of the first names that would pop up, if not the first, is Carrier. 16

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Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of Fortune 500-company United Technologies Corp. It has access to 84 manufacturing facilities worldwide and the support of nearly 124,000 employees operating in more than 170 countries on six continents. The company constantly builds its name in the industry as one which innovates and includes sustainability in its HVAC solutions.

the basics of modern air conditioning in 1902, Carrier has become the widest known brand in air-conditioning, as well as a world leader in the manufacturing and marketing of heating and ventilating equipment.

How Willis Carrier Became The “Father” of Modern Air Conditioning Born in 1876, Willis Haviland Carrier was an only child on his parents’ farm in Angola, NY. He was known for being a quiet, and gifted child who had the knack for solving problems easily. In a memoir, he wrote, “My mother told me to bring up a pan of apples from the cellar. She had me cut them into halves, quarters and eighths and add and subtract the parts. Fractions took on a new meaning and I felt as if no problems would be too hard for me—I’d simply break them down to something simple and they would be easy to solve.” Being equipped with a strong intellect, and a good learning foundation since childhood, Carrier was awarded a four-year scholarship to Cornell University where he then graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was then hired at Buffalo Forge Company, a firm that designed and manufactured steam engines and pumps. He was first assigned to design a heating system to dry lumber and coffee. Soon, he was doing his own experiment for heater design improvements and his efforts became so successful that the company promoted him to director of experimental engineering.

Throughout its history, Carrier has driven industries and shaped the HVAC industry. Now, its products and solutions cover residential systems, commercial systems, transport refrigeration, and commercial refrigeration, with an aim to promote global productivity, health, and personal comfort.

It was in 1902 that brought about Carrier’s biggest breakthrough. A printing company in New York City approached Buffalo Forge Company with a difficult problem. Due to the heat and humidity in the plant, the dimensions of the printing paper got affected which resulted in the misalignment of the colored inks. Carrier was able to solve this problem by building the first ever air-conditioning system. This new system created a stable atmospheric environment in the whole plant that resulted in the accurate ink alignment for the needed four-color printing.

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After advanced research, experimentation, and field testing, Carrier was able to patent his Apparatus for Treating Air in 1906. The airtreatment device was driven by a low-pressure centrifugal system that drew air through a filter and passed the air over coils that are filled with coolant. Then the cooled and dehumidified air will be brought out into the room that needs cooling. The hot air that is generated by the motor will be brought outside. Carrier has also discovered that “constant dew-point depression provided practically constant relative humidity,” which is a discovery that is vital to his design of an automatic control system. Soon in 1911, Carrier presented his study at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This was considered by many scientists to be the most significant document ever presented on air conditioning: the in-depth explanation of his Rational Psychrometric Formulae which included the 18

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detailed physical relationships between, relative humidity, absolute humidity, and dew-point temperature. At the beginning of World War I, Buffalo Forge Company decided to strictly be a manufacturer. Thus, eliminating the need for research and development. So Carrier and six other engineers pooled their life savings to form the Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915. Success came fast as the company continued to design and manufacture new refrigeration units of steadily increasing capacity to cool larger spaces. Soon, they were followed by home air-conditioning units. Carrier continued to refine is theories and got more patents before his death in 1950 at the age of 73. Today, Carrier Corporation continues to be the world’s largest manufacturer of climate control equipment. In 1952, Alfred University awarded Carrier an honorary doctorate of letters in recognition of

his contributions to science and industry. In addition to this, he was also admitted to the National inventors Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Science Museum Hall of Fame. Carrier’s invention has transformed the quality of life around the world through improving industrial productivity during unbearable summer months, protecting sensitive environments, and making extremely hot weathers bearable for everyone.

Carrier’s Expertise Regardless of climate, the applications of Carrier’s products in heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration are vast. Their impact goes beyond, with integrations in several key projects across the world. Like in residential systems, Carrier meets the demands of efficient and comfortable homes through the brilliant engineering of its heaters

and air-conditioning systems. The company offers furnaces, central air conditioners, heat pumps, ductless system, humidifiers, ventilators, ultraviolet lamps, air filters and monitors, which all uphold high energy efficiency and best indoor air quality. For high-rise buildings, Carrier sets the standards for performance, energy efficiency and sustainability through the HVAC products. It offers comprehensive HVAC solutions, through a whole building approach, that the establishments require for optimal performance. The movement of food, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and industrial chemicals requires refrigeration, and Carrier understands the technology for this more than any other company. It designs and manufactures transport refrigeration systems that allow for precise control of temperature and humidity in

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order to preserve different types of perishable cargo regardless of mode – by sea or by land. Moreover, Carrier offers cold chain monitoring and logistics security to ensure businesses that the products being transported will arrive in the quality and quantity that they are supposed to arrive. Not only does Carrier specialize in transport refrigeration, it caters to refrigeration in retail with products like refrigerated and freezer display cases, service counters, refrigerated multidecks and semi-verticals, wall-sited cases and islands, vertical freezers, plug-in cabinets, and refrigeration systems and controls. Stores, no matter the size, are ensured to keep their products fresh and safe. Other than being a famous name in refrigeration, Carrier has build its name as a committed company towards sustainability. It was founding company number one of the 20

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U.S. Green Building Council in 1993, and the only company in the world to be a founding member of the U.S., Argentina, China, India, Singapore and France Green Building Councils. For Carrier, it’s not just about business but helping the environment through its reduction of the greenhouse gas impact, its leadership in the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants, and its introduction of many energy-efficient HVAC solutions. What started out as a breakthrough in solving a difficult problem for a printing company, Willis Haviland Carrier’s invention changed lives, saved businesses and made several environments easier to live on. His legacy continues to inspire and motivate the company and its thousands of employees to continue to excel in the fields of air-conditioning and manufacturing and staying committed to its goal of achieving sustainability.

Willis Haviland Carrier The “Father” of Modern Air Conditioning

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17 July 1902 The First Modern Air-Conditioning System Willis Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system to solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. It launched an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play.

16 June 1949 Air-Conditioned Skyscrapers Carrier announced that New York City’s four biggest and most modern postwar skyscrapers would soon be air conditioned from top to bottom by Carrier’s Conduit Weathermaster system.

1904 September 6 Patent No. 808897 Willis Carrier applied for a patent on his invention, an "Apparatus for Treating Air," which became patent No. 808897 and was issued on January 2, 1906.

9 June 1942 An Honorary Doctorate Willis Carrier receives an honorary doctorate from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

21 June 1952 Shopping Malls

2 July 1971 The Sears Tower Contract

Carrier helps foster a new idea in retailing — shopping malls. The concept of a group of stores facing inward toward a sheltered court would conserve energy and cut operating costs.

Carrier is awarded the principal air conditioning contract for Chicago's 110-floor Sears Tower, which became the tallest building in the world at the time.

2013 111th anniversary Carrier celebrates the 111th anniversary of modern air conditioning.

15 May 1928 The First "Unit Air Conditioner" Carrier sells the first "unit air conditioner," a smaller air conditioning unit designed for retail shops requiring up to 2,500 cfm of air, to Merchants Refrigerating Company for controlling the air in its Newark, N.J., egg storage room.

3 July 1979 United Technologies Entered The Picture The acquisition of Carrier by United Technologies would reshape the global market for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

September 2011 A CO2NSERVATION Meter Milestone Carrier announced that the CO2NSERVATION Meter reached 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gases saved. This is the equivalent of removing more than 19 million cars from the road for one year, or the electricity used by more than 12 million homes for one year. The CO2NSERVATION Meter is designed to calculate avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since the year 2000 as a result of the installation of high-efficiency Carrier air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems by customers around the world.

WILLIS CARRIER: Historical Milestones Information taken from

2010 NaturaLINE Technology Carrier Transicold announced NaturaLINE technology, the container refrigeration industry's first natural refrigerant technology.

1911 The Rational Psychrometric Formulae

1913 The Carrier Air Humidifier

Willis Carrier's Rational Psychrometric Formulae brought science to what had been the often hit-or-miss design of air-conditioning systems, and in the process made Carrier an international name.

Willis Carrier developed the Carrier Air Humidifier designed to humidify the air in one room, such as an office or laboratory. It was the first self-contained unit with the fan and motor, eliminator, and sprays all combined into a single, packaged product.

13 May 1926 An Air Conditioner for Homes Carrier introduces the first home air conditioner.

1916 The First Air-Conditioned Dairy Carrier's first air-conditioned dairy was the Barber Creamery Supply Company in Chicago.

7 July 1993 Carrier's Preservation Work Three decades of painstaking work highlighted the original colors of Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, but also left it exposed to the elements. Carrier's preservation work included the use of highly accurate humidity-measuring units placed on a ledge about 30 feet above the floor and invisible to visitors.

2008 The 2008 Beijing Games Carrier participated at the 2008 Beijing Games by securing nearly 70 percent of all heating, ventilating and air-conditioning contracts for the event’s venues.

1 July 1915 Carrier’s First Offices The first offices of Carrier Engineering Corporation opened in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Buffalo.

8 July 1993 No More CFC-Based Chillers

7 December 1998 "100 Most Influential People of the Century”

In support of the U.S. Clean Air Act, Carrier ceases to manufacturer CFC-based chillers in the U.S..

Time magazine named Willis Carrier as one of the "100 Most Influential People of the Century.”

2004 The First CO2 System for Commercial Refrigeration Carrier introduced its first CO2 system for commercial refrigeration and today supports more than 300 stores in northern Europe using CO2OLtec™ systems.

2002 The Bibliotheca Alexandria’s Collections Carrier installed a climate control system to safeguard the Bibliotheca Alexandria’s collections while providing comfort air to a staff of 600 and visitors using more than 700,000 square feet of facilities.

Mitsubishi Electric Horizontal Ducted Indoor Units (PEAD) Now Available in Two Smaller Capacity Sizes Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric), a leading manufacturer of Zoned Comfort Solutions™ and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) cooling and heating systems, extends its M-Series line to include two new capacity sizes of the PEAD Horizontal Ducted Indoor Unit. The additions provide lower capacity and higherstatic-ducted options that meet the demands of today’s high-efficiency homes. These highly efficient, low capacity units target the Passive House and net zero energy applications that continue to grow in today’s energy-conscious society. “These smaller units were designed with energy-efficient homeowners in mind,” said Brinnon Williams, director of residential product development. “We place high value on energy conservation and are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, so creating these ultra-low capacity units are a perfect line 24

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extension for Mitsubishi Electric. We are excited to showcase them for the first time at the AHR Expo to such a large marketplace of HVAC professionals.” The two new horizontal ducted units, PEADA09AA7 and PEAD-A15AA7, are compatible with SUZ and MXZ-series outdoor units and are small enough to be concealed within an attic or closet space. Other product features include: - Wide ranging external static pressure (0.14-0.60) - A built-in condensate lift mechanism (27-9/16 in.) - Two-stage CN24 auxiliary heat control - A built-in CN105 controls connection, and compatibility with other control options including the kumo cloud® app - Available with an MXZ direct port type For more information on Mitsubishi Electric, visit

Connected Home Brand Nest Launches in United Arab Emirates with Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Labs, Inc. (http://www., architect of the thoughtful home, today announced its plans to bring the award-winning Nest Learning Thermostat to the United Arab Emirates.

so that you’re comfortable when you get there. When you leave, it turns itself down so that you save energy. And with the Nest app you can change the temperature or check your Energy History from anywhere.

“Since we launched in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been installed in millions of homes around the world and helped to save more than 18 billion kWh - that’s more than enough electricity to power all the homes in United Arab Emirates for an entire year,” said Payton Dobbs, General Manager of EMEA, Nest Labs. “And, starting today, the Nest Learning Thermostat will be available in the United Arab Emirates. That means millions more homes can benefit from its beautiful design and energy saving features.”

Nest Learning Thermostat Features

The Nest Thermostat is slim, sleek and beautiful. It learns the temperatures you like, then programs itself, and knows how long it takes to cool your home

The Nest Learning Thermostat for the UAE has the same features as the award-winning US and Canadian version, including: - Remote Control. Connect the Nest Thermostat to Wi-Fi to change the temperature from your phone, tablet, smartwatch or computer. - Auto-Schedule. No more confusing programming. It learns the temperatures you like and programs itself. - Home/Away Assist. The Nest Thermostat automatically turns itself up when you’re away to avoid cooling an empty home.

- Early-on. Nest learns how your home cools down and keeps an eye on the weather to get you the temperature you want when you want it. - Farsight. When the Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the time, temperature or weather. - Energy History. Know how often, and for how long, your cooling system was on. Customers will also receive an Energy Report summarizing the last month’s cooling usage versus the month before, and why it went up or down. In addition, the Nest Thermostat speaks with other connected products in the home, including Philips Hue, IFTTT, and Belkin WEMO, to work together, learn from one another and help you out - all on their own - helping the home to be safer, more secure, or help save money. To learn more visit https://nest. com/works-with-nest. Pricing & Availability The Nest Learning Thermostat is available from today from Etisalat, Noon, Home Bazaar and Virgin Megastore. Its MSRP is 999 AED (VAT included). Because the Nest Thermostat connects to your cooling system, professional installation is highly recommended.

Why Engineers Should Create A Blog For Their Startup Blogging enables you to deliver your content to your customers and it also makes your online marketing life a breeze. Startups nowadays rely heavily on online marketing when it comes to connecting with customers. This mostly comes in the form of Social Media Marketing, advertising, and many others. Those tools however require lots of research and planning in order to become effective; you may even have to hire someone to do it for you. There’s one other way to market your business on the internet though and it’s very simple to use unlike the prior methods: Blogging. 26

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Blogging enables you to deliver your content to your customers and it also makes your online marketing life a breeze. So why write a business blog? We’ve gathered together 10 reasons why you should choose blogging as your online marketing tool. Everyone’s on the Internet. Any business would probably want to be recognized by the masses, and the best way to reach the masses is through the internet. Almost everyone has online access

make you more visible, it also saves you some money which you can then use for something else.

and putting your content on the web is a surefire way to get a lot of viewers. Startups nowadays rely heavily on online marketing when it comes to connecting with customers. More viewers = More Customers. Getting your content out there is sure to get you noticed by more people who can potentially be your future customers. You can use it to show what your business is all about. This gives you the ability to tell them why you’re in the industry and what you can do for them.

It lets you know who your customers are. Blogging allows you to check the user trends with Analytic Tools. You can see what your customers read, what topics they like, and what they click on. This would enable you to gear up and find out what content is best for your online readers. It’s free advertising. If your blog contains useful information, there’s a high chance of people reblogging it or even sharing it to social media sites like Facebook. Not only does it

Anyone can use it. Whether you’re a fresh face in the industry or whether you’re already a business veteran, blogging is for you. You don’t even need graphics design knowledge to create a blog. Blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr offers a user-friendly interface which doesn’t require you to be tech savvy. It lets your customers know what’s going on. Real time updates or news regarding your brand is sure to leave a good impression to your customers. It makes you think about your business, your customers, and everything else around you. A good content gives good rewards and good rewards makes you and your business reach better heights.

It sets your brand’s ‘character’. An effective blog will show your customers who your brand is and it defines whether you’re a brand to look out for. It builds relationships with your customers and gives them confidence with your brand. Getting information through properly formulated content gives customers reason to trust your brand and your products.

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Things Engineers Should Know Before Applying for a Patent With so many innovations coming out these days, it can be very difficult to get your patent approved. More and more engineers nowadays are looking for ways to make the world a better place, and they do so by developing groundbreaking innovations that seem fit with their vision. Once the technology has been built, the next step would be always to get a patent. Patents are important because they can protect you from competitors who plan to use your ideas for their own benefit. Patents are also a business asset as it increases your value. This can help you build licensing partnerships in the future. However, with so many innovations coming out these days, it can be very difficult to get your patent approved, so here are some things you should know before you apply for a patent.

Find good attorneys This is a very important tip especially if it’s your first time applying for a patent. When applying for a one, hire an attorney who is knowledgeable with the subject area. Also look for one who understands your vision and has the same view towards your innovation.

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While you can have the best attorneys in the country, it can still be a challenging and difficult process. Applications can get rejected again and again on different conditions, and the long process can get very frustrating. But if you really believe in your innovation, then don’t give up. Work together with your attorney, solve the necessary issues– and maybe do some needed revisions–then try to appeal once again.

Over budget for the process When budgeting for the fees for your patenting, it’s always a better option to over budget for the process. As said in the previous topic, the long process can take numerous revisions. This means an increase in your attorney’s hours, thus increasing your legal fees.

Laws could change Patent laws change over time– and unexpectedly, this is why it’s important to have an attorney with updated knowledge on patent laws. And while your attorney knows how the new processing goes, it won’t hurt to do some research as well.

Understand what you’re getting into During the whole patenting process, it’s important that you understand everything that is going on. While your attorney will be doing most of the legal work, it’s also good to learn the whole process. Also, have a good understanding on why you are applying for a patent in the first place. The process can be long and frustrating, but it will be extremely gratifying once it gets approved.

Good luck !

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Record-breaking 2018 AHR Expo Smashes Six All-time Highs By any measure, the 2018 AHR Expo, was an unparalleled success, setting six all-time highs including more than 72,000 in total attendance and 49,995 registered visitors, both records. When the 70th edition of the world’s largest HVACR marketplace convened in Chicago in January, four additional records were set, including the number of exhibitors, square feet of exhibit space and countries represented. Next year’s Show will be held in Atlanta from January 14-16, 2019. With exhibit space already


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sold out, and 90 percent of this year’s attendees forecasting excellent or good business conditions in the coming year according to ASHRAE Journal research, the 2019 AHR Expo is also poised for success. “The excitement generated by this year’s record crowds of attendees and exhibitors was palpable from the show floor to the training sessions,” said Clay Stevens, manager of the AHR Expo. “Whether you are designing a building’s HVACR system from the ground up, or want to make your existing spaces warmer, cooler, quieter, smarter, safer or

more comfortable and efficient, the AHR Expo is the only place where you can see and experience it all, learn from the industry’s top experts and stay at the forefront of innovation.” • Total Attendance (including exhibitor personnel) – 72,075, up from 68,615 (2017) • Total Visitor Attendance – 49,995, up from 48,568 (2017) • Exhibiting Companies – 2,155, up from 2,118 (2015) • Exhibit Space (SF) – 534,080, versus 500,159 (2017) 2018 AHR Expo by the Numbers • Countries Represented – 169, compared to 165 (2017) Innovation was pervasive at the Show, and leading the field were the 10 winners of the coveted 2018

AHR Expo Innovation Awards, recognized in a ceremony honoring their achievements. Selected from this elite group and announced at the event as the 2018 Product of the Year was the green building category innovation winner Danfoss for its Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor. Optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications, Danfoss Turbocor models feature oilfree, variable speed, magnetic.

Highlights from Chicago bearing operation for outstanding full- and partload efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint, and reduced maintenance. “The AHR Expo is the heartbeat of the industry. Everybody that’s anybody is here, either exhibiting or attending. We come to the Show to check the HVACR Leaders • February 2018


pulse of the industry and to get an opportunity to build relationships with new and existing customers in the U.S. This Show lets us see how people are thinking about the year ahead. Based on the Show so far, we’re seeing a lot of confidence, and in our product category, the industry is still growing and that’s a big opportunity for us in the U.S.,” said Kevin Bergin, director of Aspen Pumps Inc., UK.

Comments from AHR Expo 2018 Attendees “The AHR Expo is the only major trade show that our company attends because it is a complete Show. A lot of other conventions touch only on certain aspects, like sheet metal or plumbing, but at the AHR Expo we get everything we want all in one place,” said Elton Vega, vice president of JV Mechanical Contractors Inc. “This Show is a huge opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with suppliers and customers, and to make sales in the U.S. We get more sales leads at the AHR Expo than we do at any other show.” “I come to AHR Expo for the education, looking for sessions that break it down to a fundamental level, so you understand it and can explain it to others without having to be an expert yourself. There’s a real need for education sessions to help us more effectively communicate with others and manage our building automation systems and networks,” said Steven Thunberg, senior facility manager of Allstate Insurance.


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“AHR has been pivotal for our company. It’s where we began when we launched, and we continue to exhibit here every year. We always walk away with valuable new relationships and we are very grateful for the opportunity because our products are really well-received here. The AHR Expo has been tremendous for our company’s growth,” said Tony Petrosian, marketing director for Rossi Hardware.

Comments from AHR Expo 2018 Exhibitors “For designers and specifiers, talking with experts from our product design teams and the consulting engineers they will actually be working with while the products are right there in front of them is huge. They can open them up, look at our cutaways, and see the build quality, size and connections. It gives them confidence that when they actually build it, it will match exactly what they designed. You can’t get that anywhere else,” said Katie Steward, marketing coordinator of Fulton Management. “We have a large booth so that we can show the breadth and depth of our product line. And with our product managers and engineering design teams here, we not only can answer questions, but we also get direct feedback from clients that helps to shape o

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Job Management: Why the HVAC Industry Should Explore Emerging Digital Possibilities Disputes occur in all sorts of companies for all sorts of reasons. In the HVAC Industry the dominant disputes stem from the shortage of skilled labor and discrepancies in the payment and invoicing process. However, with the Internet, advanced software means that the days spent chasing invoices and job details and trying to get ahold of remote workers are beginning to change – though faster in some parts of the world than others.


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Richard Harries, CEO of Okappy argues that there are four compelling reasons why the HVAC industry should explore the emerging digital possibilities. “Traditional job management systems are costly for users; the systems are often very time consuming which means disputes can take a long time to resolve; information provided by paper job sheets can be unintelligible and out of step with modern internet society. Also, clients have a growing expectation that the services will be delivered digitally and in real-time.”

The most predominant problem is the piles of paperwork that clog up offices. Information is hard to reference and even harder for other parties to access. Many companies are ahead of the game with the e-job-management revolution and have already started using digital workflows to manage their employees. However, many companies are yet to make the leap. One of the main issues stopping HVAC companies from on-boarding with digital workflows is training. Training can be an issue, as it requires managers and team members who may already be overstretched to take time out from their day-to-day work. Another issue is capacity, often there are only a few companies offering software training services to support professionals wanting to learn more about the practice and principles underpinning the delivery of e-job-management. As more HVAC companies start implementing digitised job management systems there will be a switch from a high touch to a low touch onboarding process. Face-to-face training sessions will be replaced with more online webinars and video tutorials to walk HVAC companies through the set-up process. All Seasons Climate Control Ltd now uses Okappy’s online job management system to manage their operatives. Okappy’s communications and collaborations system allows jobs to be added on the go and updates to be sent and received in real-time. Since using the system they are able to access all relevant information and become aware of the job details without chasing up workers or clients by phone or in person. Companies that lag behind in efforts to reach a more streamlined, accessible online job management system are often struggling not just with the costs of administration, but to hold onto their clients. All Seasons uses Okappy to record when a lead comes through by logging it initially as an enquiry and then updating it as it progresses through to the stage of the lead being won.

“It’s definitely a time-saver to say the least. I used to spend a lot of time tracing engineers and surveyors and trying to grab hold of different types of paperwork which may or may not be in their folders,” said Ellie Creay, climate control administrator, All Seasons. “Okappy has been a life-saver in terms of tracing information. It has definitely helped us out a great deal. I’d imagine if we worked it out we must save a whole lot of time each week compared to before.” “All Season’s transformation of the data aspect of the job management system has resulted in a service that is faster, more transparent, and more cost efficient,” said Colin Owen, director of the company. The system has also created a virtually paperless working environment, so it is greener too. Some of these innovative communications platforms are attempting to kickstart a more fundamental transformation of the way job management is delivered. Online systems developed by tech companies such as Okappy and Xero have inspired some companies not simply to substitute electronic documents for bundles of paper, but to replace the office with a decentralised service operated over the internet. Operating through a decentralised network can help to resolve disputes surrounding shortages of labour in certain areas by making the best of the remote workers already in a location. This optimises productivity through avoiding the expenses of pricey and time consuming travel. The risks of a remote and decentralised network are that direct supervision of employees is not possible, with potential security or welfare concerns going unchecked. Using a communications platform with real-time features means that clients and managers can access information, submit their documents and invoices can be sent straight away electronically on the completion of a job. The key benefits remain that the disputes surrounding discrepancies in payments and invoicing process will be avoided. HVACR Leaders • February 2018


Concrete Water Pipes as a Housing Solution? Why Not, This Company Says Hooray for micro-living! With cost-effective housing still a worldwide problem, architects and engineers are exhausting all the means to provide decent shelter to people. Different designs and concepts are being proposed, even the wildest of ideas just to meet the demand for such basic need. If you ask a Hong Kong architecture firm called James Law Cybertecture, it would say that we should create houses out of concrete water pipes to solve this problem. Concrete water pipes are designed and used primarily for subsoil drainage and sewers and water treatment. But never was it proposed to be made for housing – until now.


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Called OPod tube housing, the idea is to have stackable, 2.5-meter wide concrete water pipes converted into tiny houses. The floor area of each tiny house, covering 9.29 square meters with a length of 5 meters and inside diameter of 2.1 meters, should fit for one or two people complete with living, cooking, and bathroom spaces. That is micro-living redefined. No problem with such tube housing occupying large spaces since the OPod is meant to be stacked together, meaning the narrow, vacant, spaces unused in cities could be filled.

Each OPod tube house is equipped with a smart phone lock for online access, and space-saving furniture that maximizes the amount of room inside. There is a door and window, of course, bringing light into the space. As conceptualized by James Law Cybertecture, the tube house includes LED lighting, a flat timber floor, fold-out bed, a clothes rail, and a tiled bathroom with shower and toilet. For maximum comfort and convenience, the inhabitants are given a space for computer desk and shelving and an air conditioning unit. The water pipe, weighing 20 tonnes each, can be delivered and installed on-site with ease just like in construction sites. An OPod costs $15,350 to build. That is relatively cheap because of the price of concrete water pipes in the construction market. When for rent, it would be priced at a cost of $383 per month targeted at the city’s youth. According to James Law, chairman and CEO of the firm, he came up with the idea behind the OPod when he was on a construction site. “I walked into one of them (a concrete water pipe), and I was surprised by how big they were,” he said. “I thought: wouldn’t it be a really great idea to utilize these leftover concrete water tubes to create vast, micro architecture — that could be at very low cost, and also quite interesting for young people in Hong Kong?” So the idea materialized, taking him one month to develop the idea. “We need to live small in the city, because we can’t afford the space — however, it doesn’t mean that we have to live in a squalid, or inhuman environment like subdivided flats or cage homes,” he added. Its prototype was in display at the Hong Kong’s DesignInspire exhibition in December 2017. Suffice to say that many were pleased with the concept.

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Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Expands Performance Builder Program

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric), a leading manufacturer of Zoned Comfort Solutions™ and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) cooling and heating systems announces the expansion of its Performance Builder Program. Developed to help builders meet the energy efficiency demands of the modern homebuyer, the program provides guidance for those who need high-performance cooling and heating systems for new construction, renovation, hot spot/cold spot situations, multi-family units or custom homes. Each Mitsubishi Electric business unit includes a Performance Construction Team dedicated to supporting the Performance Builder Program. The experienced team is on top of, and thinking ahead of, industry best practices, trends and advancements in order to provide industry leading, innovative and effective performance building solutions for U.S. homebuilders, remodelers and multifamily developers. “Today’s homeowners have high standards for construction – they are more educated and more discriminating than ever before,” said Mike Smith, senior manager of residential marketing, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s Cooling & Heating Division. “By staying on top of industry trends and needs, the Performance Builder Program works with customers to ‘build better.’ That means building more efficiently and proactively for better home comfort, health and performance.” Participating in the Mitsubishi Electric Performance Builder Program offers a variety of benefits for builders and remodelers, including: - Brand strength in working with the market leader 38

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in high-performance HVAC systems - A powerful national network of distributors, installers and technicians that ensures product availability and responsive service - In-depth training opportunities available through Performance Builder Program classes - Access to a knowledgeable team of Mitsubishi Electric Performance Construction consultants - Marketing support to aide in promoting Zoned Comfort Solutions in homes - Exceptional product reliability According to Smith, as society has prioritized energy efficiency in buildings, the focus has shifted to HVAC products. Consumers want energysaving, smart products that can be monitored and controlled from afar. Mitsubishi Electric’s highperforming Zoned Comfort Solutions system offers homeowners the ability to individually control up to eight distinct zones (per outdoor unit) within a home through advanced, connected controls. The Performance Construction Team works with builders and remodelers across the country to educate and share cooling and heating best practices, such as zoning, so that any home, at any price point, can achieve high-performance status. Zoning systems are better insulated and smaller than central cooling and heating systems, and require only short run ducts, or no ductwork at all. When used to their full potential, they offer improved air quality, smart comfort control and can save homeowners in annual energy costs. Current program partners include: - Southface, Atlanta, Georgia - Viridiant, Charlottesville, Virginia - The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), Minneapolis, Minnesota - ZERO Energy Ready Home, Washington, D.C. - Earth Advantage, Portland, Oregon For more information on the Mitsubishi Electric Performance Builder Program, visit www.

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Trane Introduces Agility™: A New Solution for Existing Buildings Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is now offering Agility™, a new watercooled centrifugal chiller product line. Agility is ideal for customers retrofitting existing spacelimited commercial buildings for efficiency and sustainability. Agility is a completely redesigned chiller in the 175425 ton range with a new and different compressor and heat exchanger. It uses next-generation, highefficiency (CHIL™) evaporators that are proprietary to Trane that decrease size by 25 percent and total chiller refrigerant charge by up to 25 percent versus other medium pressure heat exchangers available on the market today. “The redesign makes the Agility chiller line more compact which increases ease of installation, and saves time and money for commercial building owners,” said Donny Simmons, president of the commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business of Ingersoll Rand “There are thousands of existing buildings that are at or past their expected life. Most of these chillers are 40

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less efficient than those available today and in mechanical rooms that are difficult to access.” Delivering over 40% better IPLV than the ASHRAE 90.1-2016 requirement with a 25% lower refrigerant charge than other medium pressure chillers, Agility is designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These chillers are part of the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio of products, which are solutions available with next generation, lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants offering safety, reliability and efficiency. The Agility chillers are design-optimized with next-generation, lowGWP refrigerant, R-513A and are also available with current generation refrigerant option, R-134A. Products within the EcoWise portfolio reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while maintaining safety and energy efficiency through innovative design. Other Trane chillers included in the EcoWise portfolio are Sintesis™ air-cooled chillers and entire CenTraVac® centrifugal chillers portfolio that also include Series S and Series E chillers.

Riyadh To Host HVACR Expo Saudi in 2019 “There’s a great deal of opportunity in the market there and we will be working hard to make sure our exhibitors and visitors get the chance to discover as much of it as they can,” said White.

Niche industry events move closer to heart of country’s regulatory planning and decision making dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, a leading international events company, will present HVACR Expo Saudi in Riyadh, for the first-time next year. Set to take place at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center on Jan. 14-16, 2019, HVACR Expo Saudi will be co-located with FM Expo Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo. All three events are well established in the country, thanks to being part of dmg events portfolio of construction related exhibitions, which also includes the Jeddahbased Big 5 Saudi.

As well as attracting thousands of visitors keen to research the latest products and service developments in their industry, the events will also give people the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and update their industry skills. A curated conference program will see industry leaders debate key trends and challenges, while a series of workshops will explore some of the latest technical advances with a hands on and interactive style. Attendance at all three events and their related conference and workshop programs will be free, but visitors will need to register to attend.

“The move of these three niche industry events to the capital has been carefully considered,” said Andy White, Senior Vice President, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa. “Relocation of our events serving these very focused and technical industries means our exhibitors will delivering their great international Products and services right into the heart of a busy market. But being in the nation’s capital means the events will also give them a platform from which to influence regulation and policy development in these critical sectors, as Saudi Arabia makes progress on its aims for Vision 2030.” Riyadh represents a significant project market for HVACR, FM and cleaning related businesses. The Saudi capital is home to more than 30 active projects worth $1bn or more and some 25 per cent of the country’s total construction activity takes place there too. In addition, it has a large quantity of built stock demanding ongoing maintenance, as well as new builds becoming operational.

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Powering a World That’s Always On: Cummins at Middle East Electricity 2018

At Middle East Electricity 2018 show, Cummins is introducing the new C450 D5, as part of the QSG12 series diesel generator sets for the commercial and industrial markets. At Middle East Electricity 2018 show, Cummins is introducing the new C450 D5, as part of the QSG12 series diesel generator sets for the commercial and industrial markets. This new product offers more power for less space, by delivering a much higher power density and a more reliable power solution. The series is available from 400-450kVA and powered by a Cummins four cycle, inline, 6 cylinder dual speed diesel engine offering more robust performance using less fuel. Features also include extended service intervals of 500hrs, lower fuel consumption and unaided cold start capability at 12°C. Also on display will be the C1540 N5CC, the newest addition to the QSK60 gas engine portfolio offers new customer options that make it a perfect fit for both independent power producers and combined heat and power applications. Supplying electrical efficiency of up to 43.8 per cent, the upgraded model can reduce total cost of ownership for its customers and deliver world-class power efficiency.


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The new 9.5 litre G-Drive Coolpac series will also be showcased in the newly released Cummins black colour. The 6LTAA9.5-G1 G-Drive Coolpac model, available at 350kVA offers higher efficiency and dependability. With a 24-valve and a larger flow injector design, this new model delivers one of the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. Cummins is also displaying the Digital Master Control 8000, a fully automatic, distributed logic controller suitable for remote applications, making it easier for users to integrate and adapt their varying power needs. The new Digital Master Control system can control diverse power sources such as solar, genset and wind. With available remote access and monitoring, users can securely access the control system and view up to 90 days of data logging at anytime, anywhere. This year, Cummins is launching a virtual reality experience, allowing users to step inside a generator plant room. Users will be tasked with connecting our complete power system before the time runs out to help Cummins power a world that’s Always On.

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10 Ways Engineers Can Generate Ideas for Their Startup If you’ve ever thought about creating a startup of your own but don’t know what your company will be, this may help you Startup companies are now taking the world by storm. There are a vast amount of people from all walks of life creating their very own businesses that fits their very own personality. If you’ve ever thought about creating a startup of your own but don’t know what your company will be, here’s a few tips on how to generate ideas for your startup.

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thinking of something cool that you’d want to try out. You’d have more success building up a business model to solve a specific problem rather than building on off a cool idea you got off the internet. Businesses are there to solve problems. If your business does not solve a problem, you wouldn’t have a market to work with. That said, your business will thrive depending on how big the amount of people affected by the problem is. Every business has a problem they’re solving, that’s why yours should too.

You don’t have to be “original” A lot of successful businesses didn’t even create the idea from scratch. It’s not a matter of generating an idea that revolves entirely on a concept YOU created. It can be an existing idea that you’d want to re-imagine into your own creative version. Take Facebook as an example; It’s a huge and successful Social Media Platform but it’s not the FIRST Social Media Platform. Facebook took the idea of a Social Media Platform and transformed it into their own intricate design.

people in your community will benefit from your upcoming business and if it’s really what your target market needs.

Think practically There’s a lot of ideas which sound really good on paper but not in actuality. You’d have to check time in again if your business idea is something you or your partners can do. If you got a couple of ideas, sort through them first. Think whether it’s really needed or whether it’s actually doable. If your current idea pool gets drained, take a step back and check for more.

If you can’t think of a problem, ask your friends or family There’s nothing better than asking the consumers themselves. Are they bothered by the issues with the environment? Is it something you can create an idea from? Do you have a way of solving this issue? If you said yes to any of it, then asking around did you good. Sometimes, it’s good to take a good look at your surroundings. It’s a good way to see how the

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A business has to be practical to start with, if you think you’d be setting yourself up for something really risky, think twice before you plunge right in.

If you’re boggled about an idea you have, ask questions from people who know or take it to yourself to learn more about it.

Go with what you like

Let your brain rest

If you’ve already gathered the ideas needed and you’re having a hard time choosing which one you’re going to go with, here’s a question you should ask yourself: “Is this really what I want to go with?”

If you’re stuck creating an idea, take a breather. It’s not good to continuously squeeze ideas out from a tired brain. Let your brain cool down and think about it tomorrow. No good idea comes overnight.

If you answered yes, then go with it. This way, you’ll love it when it booms and it you’ll regret it less if it fails. Always consider where your heart lies since it’ll allow you to focus more and give more to the startup you’re planning to grow.

Thinking of too much and not allowing your brain some rest means new and fresh ideas might not come to you. Always make sure that your brain gets some rest. Who knows? Your dreams might just inspire you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice

Go to new places

If you have a friend or someone who has a business background (having a startup is a plus) then don’t hesitate to ask them for advice. If you don’t have anyone near you who can help, try searching online or try reading a book about business ideas.

A little exploration won’t hurt anyone. If in any case you can’t find anything in your community, try reaching out to new places. You can try going overseas or just travel within your country, it’s completely up to you. New environments inspire your brain to think outside of your comfort

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zone, allowing you to see things from a different perspective. They say traveling helps calm the mind and soul. It also helps your brain by exposing it to new things which broaden your mind and increase the chances of developing creating and innovative ideas.

confusing or is something that the audience has little knowledge of, it’s best to rethink your plan. If your customers are unaware of the subject you’re trying to do, it’s going to be extra work for you to convince them that your business is actually worth it.

Know how big you want your startup to be It will surely help your mind in generating ideas if you know how big the startup company you’re making should be. If you plan to make a smallscale startup, it’s best to let go of ideas that are too grand or are too costly. Consider the amount of manpower your idea would need for it to work. If you’re planning on a large-scale startup, see if your idea’s risk factor is worth taking.

The idea should be relatable A good business idea should take their market into consideration. If your business idea is too

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Why Engineers Should Work for Startups Before Starting One Planning to build your own startup? Make sure you’re ready!

many of them desire to create their own startups. Unlike in the past, we now have countless tools like the internet and social media at our disposal that can help us to create our own business easier than ever. But even if it is easier to build your own startup nowadays, it is also true that being your own boss isn’t for everyone. Being your own boss means that you’ll be responsible for everything. The burden of the entire world can feel like it’s completely on your shoulders, and it can be very stressful when things aren’t going quite according to your plan.

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If you feel that you are fully equipped with the right skills and ready for these challenges, then go ahead and give it a go. If not, then it’s alright. You can learn so much from working for other startups that have a similar cause as you do. Give it your

all, and reach towards the startup’s goals. Maybe once you are equipped with all the needed skills, you can then build your startup. Here are some skills you will gain from working in a startup

Business Development This is the skill for networking and meeting people. These are one of the main skills for a startup to be successful. In a startup, you will be trained to meet new people, create partnerships that can make a massive impact on both your companies, and find out how working together can benefit both companies.

Marketing When working for a startup, you will learn how to market the startup’s products and services. It is a crucial skill since every startup needs to be seen, and every unique voice needs to be heard above everyone else in the same industry.

Engineering and development While we already have engineering and development skills, it’s also important to understand how the manufacturing process is done, from design to finished product. By doing so, you will have a better understanding on how the startup’s products are manufactured. You will also be able to find improvements in the process and find a better solution. There are many skills that you can learn while working in a startup. Find your niche and try it out. After a few years of experience, you can weigh if you’re ready to build your own startup. What’s important is that you were able to contribute to a cause that you are interested in, and were able to gain experience in that field. Combine that experience with leadership skills and you’ll soon be ready to build a successful startup!

Tips For Engineers With Side Hustles While Working Full Time Learn to balance working full time alongside your side businesses. Why Did You Choose This? Find your reason for choosing this passion. Your answer may be, “well, because it’s my passion”. Yes, that’s true. However, the “why” needs to be clearer as you continue on with your new business.

Millennials nowadays love side hustles even when they are working full time. For them, it’s not all about the money. It’s the happiness they get when they are able to do their passion, and money is just the small part of that happiness. While having side jobs alongside working full time has been an ongoing trend, it’s important to note that this isn’t something anyone can do off the bat. It can be tiring, and could ruin your full time job if you haven’t planned well enough. So here are some tips on how you can balance working full time alongside your side hustles.

Start With Your Passion Knowing what you are passionate about can help you find the right niche for your side hustle. Remember, 50

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you’re going to be spending your 8 working hours at your full time job already, so find a side hustle that you are willing to spend your after hours to wholeheartedly. This gives you the chance to open your heart to what you’ve always wanted to be other than being an engineer. You could venture into writing a blog, creating videos, recording music on YouTube, painting, or even cooking! By identifying your passion, you will be able to find that extra strength you need to pursue your side business. It will be your motivation to keep your endurance during the first few difficult months of starting your business. So, What is your passion?

For example, you may want to start a blog because you want to feel more fulfilled, and you wanted an outlet for your daily frustrations and opinions on different events. It could also be because you want to pursue your lifelong dream without having to sacrifice your work.

Plan Your Schedule Carefully Remember that time is of the essence. Don’t make time your enemy, make it your friend. Define your priorities and schedule your time efficiently. Make sure your hustle hours are outside of your regular work hours, so you won’t be distracted from completing your tasks for your full time job. Make a schedule and stick to it. These are just tips on how you can follow to balance your side businesses with your full time job. I hope these help.

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