As aging facilities are tapped to accommodate expanded manufacturing and broader process applications, facility owners and managers are faced with vexing challenges. Primary among them is how to meet these demands within realistic budget parameters.
Adding to the difficulty is the perennial cry to reduce energy use and water consumption — often two of the largest budget items for facility managers. To magnify the challenge, some municipalities have set water-use restrictions for plants, creating an unexpected burden. Another facet of the challenge of doing more with less is the common problem of deteriorating mechanical infrastructure with footprints that may be difficult or impossible to expand.