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Air Cycle at IFMA World Workplace 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012
This fall, World Workplace Conference & Expo, one of the largest facility management conferences in the world, will take place in San Antonio, TX and Air Cycle will be there!

Exhibiting at booth #150, Air Cycle Account Executives Ryan Hardin and Gary Casola will be on hand to demonstrate the Bulb Eater® lamp crusher and EasyPak™ prepaid mail-back recycling containers, including the new VaporShield® lamp recycling box design.

The conference runs from October 31 through November 2 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Come see us at the conference and learn the most effective way for your facility to recycle!

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New VaporShield® Video Screening at

Saturday, September 15, 2012
If you haven't already seen it, take a minute (or a minute and 16 seconds to be exact!) to check out the video about our new VaporShield® mail-back lamp recycling boxes. Featuring Air Cycle Account Executive Justin Hayes, the video explains a little bit about the usability and safety aspects of the box, and shows it in action.

The new box eliminates the hard-to-use plastic liner that most--if not all--other mail-back boxes require by using a specially treated material for the box tube, which contains mercury vapor in the event of breakage during shipment.

VaporShield® containers also include an interior divider, which adds structural rigidity to the box and allows lamps to be stacked more conveniently. Both of these innovations make the box easier to load, which means users are less likely to break a lamp outside the box while fumbling with liners and box flaps or while attempting to load a lamp in an almost-full container.

Preliminary feedback from users has so far been very the video to find out why!

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The Trick of Effective Lighting Controls Projects

Friday, September 7, 2012
The use of lighting controls is a popular topic in facility management, and is often recommended as a way to reduce electrical utility and lamp replacement costs. In fact, almost two-thirds of facility managers have completed a lighting controls-related project within the last three years.

But that doesn't mean installation or retrofit of lighting controls is simple. According to this article in FacilitiesNet, careful planning is the key to mastering the complexity of these systems and managing an effective lighting controls project. This first in a series of four posts about lighting controls explains how the end goals of a project should drive the choice of components and manufacturer, not the other way around.

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Facts for FAQs

Monday, September 3, 2012
Q. Why is mercury an environmental concern?

A. In sufficient concentrations, mercury may cause adverse health effects. Sources of mercury in the environment from human activity include fluorescent lamps, batteries, and coal-burning power plants. Small amounts of mercury are a necessary component of fluorescent lamps, but when a lamp is broken, crushed, or disposed of in a landfill or incinerator, mercury may be released into the air, surface water, or groundwater.