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Refrigeration Preventative Maintenance Program


Refrigeration preventative maintenance contract

Let's prevent it rather than watching the problem eat your bottom line!

The majority of operational sub-par conditions that can plague your refrigeration system will result in your system working harder, which will likely hasten repairs and drive up electricity costs. An ignored problem can result in a costly breakdown when you can least afford it.

Worse yet, the consequences of an unchecked problem could be a complete system failure!

A failed health inspection!

Or worse a diner getting sick on food not properly refrigerated!

Doesn’t it make sense to make it a priority to completing HVAC & refrigeration preventative maintenance!

It is vital to have a reputable refrigeration service company, such as Superior Equipment Company perform your HVAC & Refrigeration preventative maintenance.  We guarantee you the comfort level that the maintenance work is being executed properly and that any potential problems are being detected and addressed. Also, it will allow you to devote your time to what you do best.

To learn more about how SECO’s preventative maintenance contract could benefit your business, contact Angie, Brenda or Michelle at 314.644.6000 or email us at



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SECO: Texas Relief

SECO's Lead Technician Dennis H. went down to Texas to help re-build the devastated communities in which Harvey destroyed. 

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Roof patch

Getting the proper PPE on to spray foam

Getting the proper PPE on to spray foam




#T. Boone #Pickens An Open Letter to Governers


I have always been for an all-the-above approach to this nation's energy policy, but that doesn't mean we need to jam a square peg in a round hole. #Solar, #wind, #electric and #natural #gas all have their place, but it must be in accordance with an appropriate application. President Obama tried to grease that square peg into a round hole, choosing energy favorites with a hefty $2.7 billion, supplied by Volkswagen. Now, there is an opportunity for the states to correct that mistake and implement a more effective energy plan.

As you likely know, #Volkswagen was caught cheating on its emissions tests, resulting in vehicles on the road that far exceed federal #NOx emissions standards. The German car manufacturer was sued by the Obama EPA and settled for $16 billion with $2.7 billion going to the states, primarily for the creation of medium and heavy-duty vehicle grants to mitigate the #NOx.

Each state will receive an allotment of the $2.7 billion, and the Governor of each state must appoint a department to create a plan for spending the funds that follows the terms of the settlement. However, favoritism is standing in the way of a cost-effective, energy-efficient, market-driven plan.

While all alternative fuel types are eligible for grants of 25 percent of the vehicle cost, guess which technology was granted special treatment to receive 75 percent of the vehicle cost? You guessed it: electric vehicles (EVs). Some argue that they are cleaner because they have zero emissions. Well, they have zero tailpipe emissions, but plenty emissions are produced at the generation facility that creates the electricity. Keep in mind that many are still fired by coal and very few are utilizing even a small amount of solar or wind. In fact, when you look at the NOx emissions produced to create the electricity to power an EV compared to the tailpipe emissions of a near-zero natural gas vehicle (NGV), the NGV is at least equal and likely cleaner. For example, the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California views the new #near-zero natural gas engines to be #zero-emission equivalent based on the district's mix of electric generation supplying their grid - and they have one of the cleanest grids in the country. So, natural gas engines for heavy-duty trucks are far cleaner than diesel engines and as clean as electric vehicles.

While comparable in regard to NOx emissions, NGVs and EVs are miles apart on cost. An #all-electric medium or heavy-duty vehicle can cost twice the amount or more of a similar vehicle powered by a near-zero natural gas engine. As for buses, an EV bus can cost you north of a million dollars.

So you can see, there is no environmental or economic case for favoritism of EVs over other alternative fuel vehicles. In fact, there should be no favoritism at all. I have always been for fair and equitable market competition - government should not reach in and pick the winners and losers. If the idea is to mitigate the most NOx emissions with a set amount of funds, states should be free to accomplish that goal in the most effective way. Now, it's becoming clearer that the focus should be on getting medium and heavy-duty trucks running on natural gas.


That's where America's Governors come in. The 75 percent funding level for EVs is a ceiling. Governors can correct Obama's multi-billion dollar give-away to the #EV lobbyists by creating an even playing field for all alternative fuels, by providing grants in the amount of 25 percent of the vehicle cost regardless of whether it runs on #propane, #natural gas or #electricity. Furthermore, providing the lower 25 percent will mean more vehicles get funded and thus more emissions reduced.


So the question presents itself: Will you, Governors, continue the Obama give-away or will you put in place a market-driven plan to deploy cleaner and cheaper vehicles on the road?


The choice is easy - it's up to each of you to do what's right for our nation.


- Boone  



Biodiesel Incentive Introduced to Kansas Consumers, Fleets

Kansas fleets and individual motorists driving diesel vehicles can now get up to $2,000 of their annual fuel bill paid, just by using biodiesel blends. The Kansas Soybean Commission is funding the rebates through a Biodiesel Outreach grant, managed by Central Kansas Clean Cities.

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from vegetable oils and fats left over from food production. It can be used in any diesel engine, without modifications, in blends of up to 20 percent (B20).

Under the program, in a calendar year, fleets can receive a $1/gallon rebate for up to 2,000 gallons of any biodiesel blend above 10 percent. Individuals driving diesel trucks or cars can receive the same $1/gallon rebate, up to $200 for the year, for blends above 5 percent. The overall program is capped at $5,000 annually.

"Sometimes the biggest hurdle in adopting a new technology or product, like an alternative fuel, is just trying it for the first time," said Shawn Schmidt, program coordinator for Central Kansas Clean Cities. "An incentive of a dollar per gallon should be enough to convince some drivers and fleets to try biodiesel, and our hope is getting over that initial hurdle will keep them coming back."

"Biodiesel is an American-made fuel that reduces greenhouse gases, increases our energy security and supports our economy," said Dennis Gruenbacher of the Kansas Soybean Commission. "Our hope from this project is that more Kansans will recognize biodiesel blends as a superior American fuel."

Many public and private fleets use diesel buses, trucks, snow plows, off-road equipment and more. But there are also more diesel passenger vehicles available than ever before. Rising to the challenge of building cars with better fuel economy, many auto companies have turned to diesel technology as a highly fuel efficient and clean option. There are about 50 clean diesel car, truck and SUV models available at dealerships nationwide.

Biodiesel blends can be found at several fueling stations throughout the state, including Robson Oil in Abilene, Ks, Loves Travel Store in Dodge City and Ottawa, Ks. Fleets can usually obtain custom blends by working with their fuel supplier, or switching to a new fuel supplier.

Visit the National Biodiesel Board's Guide to Buying Biodiesel or DOE's Alternative Fuel Data Center to find locations. For complete rules and instructions on how to claim a rebate, visit



ExxonMobil provides relief during Hurricane Harvey

ExxonMobil’s U.S. branded wholesale network, which operates more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil service stations across the United States, has organized a relief fund to help the millions of Gulf Coast residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The ExxonMobil network has set up a fundraising page through the American Red Cross where branded wholesalers can make their contribution to Harvey relief. The site has already raised more than $140,000 and is targeting an overall goal of $2 million

“With more than 300 branded wholesalers in the U.S., we have a real opportunity to come together and make a positive difference for those in need,” said Craig Hoppen, chair of the ExxonMobil U.S. Branded Wholesale National Council.

The U.S. Branded Wholesale Network is currently working with the company to help meet the consumer demand for fuel and replenish supplies as safely and quickly as possible. As part of this effort, ExxonMobil has given its branded wholesalers in the impacted areas the flexibility to deliver Exxon- or Mobil-branded fuel to stations of other brands that may be out of product, and vice versa.


Coca-Cola Is Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Vending Machines


Coca-Cola Is Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Vending Machines

Robots have already started taking over the world of beverages. We've seen artificial intelligence brew beer, come up with artsy-sounding names for craft beers, act as waiters for your beer order, and, lest you thought wine would be safe from the robot takeover, predict wine prices. Soon we may also see artificial intelligence infiltrate the world of soft drinks. In Australia, a team from Coca-Cola Amatil (Coca-Cola's manufacturer in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa), is working on transforming vending machines to operate without anyone having to actually touch them.

According to Journey, Coca-Cola's in-house magazine, the team has updated a machine in the town of Masterton, New Zealand so that, once it is cloud-connected, people can simply order a Coke using their phone. That includes, in theory, anyone in the world, meaning if you're in New York and your friend in New Zealand is having a rough day, you can order that friend a Coke right to where they are (assuming they're near a vending machine). The update also allows Coca-Cola to adjust pricing remotely, offer specials or discounts on products, and send restocking and sales information back to the company automatically.

Customers would also be able to chat with Coca-Cola's bot via Facebook Messenger. That's where the AI will really be apparent to customers. As the Coca-Cola Journey puts it, "Consumers could jump into personalized chats with Coca-Cola, as if they were communicating with a familiar bodega operator...Using data gathered through the consumer's Facebook activity, current location and tone of conversation, the AI bot will adopt a local dialect and attitude tailored to each user."

Perhaps the biggest innovation is that all of this technology is being applied to an existing vending machine. However, in order to apply these features, the upgrade would take about 45 minutes to complete. With over 26,000 machines operating in Coca-Cola Amatil's territory, there's still a lot of human work to be done before everything becomes completely automated.


Why You Should Rethink Integrating Your POS and Time Clock


Why You Should Rethink Integrating Your POS and Time Clock

Sponsored by HotSchedules.

If your time clock is currently integrated into your point of sale (POS) system, it may be time to upgrade your employee management strategies. Though including time clocks in POS systems may make sense on paper, these integrated programs cannot keep up with the increasing demands of today’s restaurant environment.

Time clocks were first included in POS systems because POS was the first type of tracking technology most restaurants employed, says Nathan Pickerill, principal solutions architect at HotSchedules and manager of the Sales Solution Center. Restaurant leaders’ reliance upon them makes sense because they can provide sales versus labor statistics.

But over time, the restaurant world has changed. Laws regarding labor have become stricter, while reliance on technology has influenced business practices. One pitfall, for example, is that POS time clock systems don’t usually give employees and managers records of shift changes, which can be a barrier to legal compliance.


“From a compliance standpoint, this is a huge hurdle when dealing with wage and labor grievances from employees,” Pickerill says. “As states’ labor restrictions become more favorable toward employees, there is a responsibility on the part of employers to document any time card transactions that aren't directly controlled by the employees, like adjusting the start or end times of shifts. Many employers use paper forms to track these adjustments, but trying to manage the paper and ensure changes are always tracked is a tenuous situation at best.”

Handling this paperwork and processing manual shift changes can be time consuming, eating up significant parts of managers’ already busy days. Additionally, time clock functionality integrated into POS systems does not necessarily offer much security in the case of data breaches or system crashes, as much of it is not supported by cloud backups.

“It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does it can be devastating to have the POS hard drive crash and not have a backup of the time and sales data from the system,” Pickerill says. “Trying to piece together the clock-ins and clock-outs of every employee for a pay period can be extremely painful and costly, as employers will generally want to err in the favor of the employee. Having the data in the cloud makes things much more reliable.”

Though some POS systems are moving to the cloud, not all are doing so. Using a system that lacks this cloud functionality also makes it more difficult to manage payroll and labor costs from an organizational standpoint because it is harder to review accurate, timely information across a region.

Though at first thought, it may seem counterintuitive to introduce a new system to a restaurant that seems to make practices more complicated, investing in other time clock options can provide managers with a wide array of tools and features that make their lives much easier.

“There are so many solutions out there that offer differing levels of advantages,” Pickerill says. “For instance, time and attendance tools that are integrated with advanced scheduling and labor management systems generally offer better security through geo fencing, biometrics, and schedule enforcement and better compliance alerting and regulations.”

Though some restaurant leaders fear that moving away from a POS integration would change performance measurement practices, having more flexible access to time clock data is critical in today’s business environment. For example, today’s time clocks can help prevent issues with meal and overtime compliance, as well as offer predictive scheduling tools to help reduce these risks before compliance issues occur.

“As the labor laws in more and more states start to become more intense and POS systems aren't able to keep up with the alerts and information that managers need to monitor this compliance, companies are looking for better solutions,” Pickerill says. “Finding time and attendance features that exist within scheduling and labor systems that integrate the compliance features that operators need . to avoid penalties, the security features to prevent time theft, and the operational sales and reporting features needed in a near real-time environment is the Holy Grail for  hospitality companies.”




Iowa plant manager wants to convert food waste into fuel


MUSCATINE, Iowa — An eastern Iowa city is working to become the first in the state to convert food waste from restaurants, groceries and homes into renewable fuel for vehicles.

Muscatine Water Pollution Control Director Jon Koch has been working to implement a system in the city since 2012, the Muscatine Journal reported .

Koch said many locations in Europe, California and New York have switched to compressed natural gas to help with full landfills and high gas prices. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to a landfill.

“Heinz estimates it puts about 10 to 15 tons of waste a day into the landfill, and that’s mostly packaged material,” Koch said. “But all that ketchup and material is perfect to make gas in our digesters.”

The Water Pollution Control Plant installed waste digesters in 2010. The digesters already produce methane gas which could be turned into clean-burning fuel, Koch said.

“Methane gas is 20 times more damaging as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Koch said. “So by capturing that methane and using it for something good, we’re actually helping to reduce greenhouse gases, as well.”

A new machine would be used to separate packaging materials from food. The organic material would then be converted into gas which could be used to fuel public transportation buses, semi-trucks and police cars.

Koch hopes construction on the machine will begin within the next year. The plant has spent about $200,000 on the project so far and estimates the total cost could reach as much as $3 million.

“Right now, everybody pays more for gas than we do, but I’m not confident that’s going to last,” he said.

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Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers


Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers

Service & Replacement Parts are Important Considerations

If some or all of your fleet’s fueling needs are being met on-site at company facilities, it’s likely you’ve had to specify fuel dispensing systems.  “Fleets should work with a manufacturer that offers a wide range of dispensers with features and options designed specifically to meet their unique needs,” says Kevin DeVinney, director of dispensers and fleet systems at Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “For example, many fleets have a variety of vehicle sizes, which can lead to the need for high-flow, super-high-flow, and ultra-high-flow rate models. Satellite dispensers should also be considered to allow simultaneous fueling of saddle tanks.”

When evaluating fuel dispensers, fleets should consider fuel compatibility, suction pump or remote dispenser configuration, flow rate, nozzle and hose orientation, mechanical or electronic registration, and interfaces to fuel control systems, says Kent Robinson, product manager of fleet products at Wayne Fueling Systems. “Although standard dispensers are compatible with gasoline and diesel products, E85 and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) require special fluid-handling components because of their corrosive properties,” he adds.

Gasboy commercial fueling pumps and dispensers include the Atlas product line. All Atlas models have options for front- or side-loaded nozzles and are compatible with Gasboy Fleet Management Systems to help track and manage fuel use. “When choosing a fueling system,” Gilbarco’s DeVinney explains, “it’s important to think ahead to upgrades and to be consistent with equipment layout, future fuel capability, and wiring needs.”


Wayne Fueling Systems provides fleet fueling dispensers in two product lines: Reliance mechanical registration and Select electronic registration fleet dispensers. The Reliance Series is rated up to 22 gpm in single- and dual-hose models. Traditional side-mounted nozzles are available as well as a lane-oriented nozzle option for mounting the dispenser in front of an aboveground storage tank. 


The Wayne Select dispenser product line is offered in various flow rates, including models up to 60 gpm. Superhigh and ultra-high-capacity models are offered in master and satellite models with master and satellite hoses for fueling vehicles with saddle tanks. All Select dispensers have single- and dual-hose models; side- and lane-facing nozzle configurations are available. Select fleet fuel dispensers with fuel control systems integrated directly into the dispenser to simplify installation are also offered. With this system, each dispenser terminal has an IP address and a PC-based controller so it can communicate across an existing local area network.

Ward provides fuel management solutions for site wide control and automated fuel access for fleets of any size. The company’s W4 fuel control terminal is a stand-alone solution that interfaces with dispensing systems for any fuel type.

Bennett 3000 Series commercial fleet fueling systems are available in high- or low-frame models with up to two hoses per side. Standard flow rate models are from 15-24 gpm, and models with flow rates of up to 60 gpm are available for high speed diesel truck fueling. The company also offers the Bennett 100 and 200 BlueFueler Series DEF dispensers designed for use with barrels, totes, and aboveground and underground storage systems.

Benecor manufactures DEF dispensing and storage systems designed to fit on a standard fleet fueling island. According to the company, the plug and pump setup has a DEF nozzle, a 25-ft. hose, and a pre-wired and pre-piped enclosure. A cold weather package is optional.

The QuikQ Fuel Purchase System manages fuel transactions through real-time direct carrier to truck stop connectivity. QuikQ’s RFID-based fueling system is currently being installed at truck stops nationwide and is being adopted by a growing number of motor carriers.

Fleets have numerous choices in fuel dispensing systems. According to suppliers, however, they should keep in mind that the dispensers are often kept in service for a long time, and they should also consider the availability of service and replacement parts.



Sherry Mail Contractors leading consumer of Trillium fuel

#Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. of Waterloo has become one the leading consumers of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel at @Trillium @CNG Stations across the country. #Trillium #CNG is one of largest providers of commercial and consumer CNG fuel in the U.S operating over 150 facilities.

CNG fuel is an alternative fuel to standard gasoline and diesel fuels. CNG is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG is composed mainly of methane and is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

Currently, 92 percent of ASheehy Mail’s truck fleet operates on CNG fuel since the trucks were first implemented in 2013. Sheehy Mail uses a variety of CNG stations to fuel its trucks in the Trillium CNG fuel network.

One of the primary fueling stations for Sheehy Mail is located in Omaha, Neb. Sheehy Mail has purchased CNG from the Omaha Trillium station since Oct. 4, 2016. Sheehy Mail also visits stations located in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

“Sheehy’s overall experience using CNG has been positive,” John Sheehy, CEO of Sheehy Enterprises, said. “The vehicles perform very well, maintenance issues are not any more difficult than diesel trucks, driver acceptance has been great due to good power and quietness. Fueling CNG trucks is clean and simple,” he added. Due to the overwhelming success of CNG in Sheehy Mail’s fleet, Sheehy Mail and Trillium CNG have been able to create a very positive business relationship.

Trillium CNG is owned and operated by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Trillium CNG has been able to provide fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily, and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Love’s and Trillium own more than 65 public-access CNG facilities.

With large companies like Love’s entering the CNG arena the future of CNG looks bright. “CNG is a natural progression from diesel, the engines run very similar, the infrastructure is getting to where gaps are few and far between,” Sheehy said.

Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. is a family owned and operated transportation company based in Waterloo. Since 1952, Sheehy Mail has been a premier mail contractor for the U.S Postal Service. Sheehy Mail is a pioneer in the use and implementation of alternative fuels making Sheehy an industry leader in use of alternative fuel to power commercial vehicles.

Trillium CNG is a premier provider of CNG fuel for both commercial and consumer use. Trillium CNG provides fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Combined, Love’s and Trillium own 65 public-access CNG facilities.

In 2013, Sheehy Mail began implementation of CNG fuel in its truck fleet. Sheehy Mail has been recognized nationally for its implementation of CNG fuel in its trucks.

Sheehy Mail is currently working on emission testing and the use of hydrogen to help attain even higher levels of clean operations.



Analysis: Is Uber the New C-Store? By Jackson Lewis

CHICAGO -- Back in April, when futurist Oliver Schlake told NACS State of the Industry Summit attendees in Chicago about his vision of the future, in which ride-sharing passengers visit convenience stores in the middle of their trip, I was skeptical.

Uber or Lyft passengers want to reach their destination as fast as possible, right? I for one would not want to stop anywhere until the trip was complete.

Not only was I wrong, but fate proved me wrong at breakneck speed. Lyft announced a partnership with Taco Bell on July 25, not even four months after the SOI Summit. The feature is dubbed Taco Mode, in which late-night bar goers can “ride-thru” a Taco Bell on their way home.

Meanwhile, Uber has partnered with startup Cargo to bring the c-store inside the car, albeit in a minimalist way. Cargo sends ride-share drivers in-car vending machines that the driver can use to sell passengers snacks and other items.

Both of these moves from America’s largest ride-sharing companies are bringing convenience inside the vehicle. Click through for more details on these industry-expanding moves from Uber and Lyft, and what they might mean for the convenience industry moving forward …

Lyft is going all out for Taco Mode, according to Eater. The service includes strobe lights, Taco Mode shirts, a “custom in-car menu” and a free Doritos Loco taco. To top it all off, the driver’s car avatar appears as a taco in the Lyft app.

But it will be some time before Taco Mode is released nationwide. Lyft tested the epitome of the drunk munchies in Orange County July 27-29 and again Aug. 3-5. According to a blog post, Lyft expects the service to roll out nationwide in 2018.

Uber’s partnership with Cargo is a different kind of ride-share innovation. Cargo directly sends drivers the vending machines, which hold everything from energy drinks and snacks to hangover cures and USB cords.

The driver gets 50 cents commission for each item sold, and there’s a good chance that drivers with snacks for sale will receive a good rating from their passengers.

Cargo operates only in New York, Boston and Chicago for now, but it has requests from 49 states and it already has received $1.75 million in seed funding.

These developments are two sides of the same coin: ride-sharing companies getting into the business of convenience.

C-store owners should pay especially close attention to the outcome of Lyft’s Taco Mode. If stopping at a Taco Bell during a Lyft ride is successful, why not offer a stop at a convenience store while they’re at it? Lyft has officially opened the door to the world that Oliver Schlake described at the SOI Summit.

Cargo, on the other hand, seems as if it could steal potential c-store customers. Why would a ride-share passenger want to stop at a c-store if they can buy the same retail items without leaving their car?

While these developments may not have a visible effect on c-stores now, they are part of a larger trend of innovative companies slowly encroaching on convenience petroleum’s territory. How these moves will ultimately affect the industry remains to be seen, but Uber, Lyft and other tech companies are constantly helping to redefine convenience.



5 Ways Shell Is Trying to Disrupt Itself - By Samantha Oller

LONDON -- With transportation and fueling infrastructure poised to transform fueling, Royal Dutch Shell could fight the inevitable, or it could join the revolution. It's choosing the latter, Istvan Kapitany, executive vice president of retail, told CSP Fuels.

London-based Royal Dutch Shell has 14,000 branded locations in the United States, operated and/or owned by wholesalers and dealers, making the U.S. its largest branded market, with Brazil as a distant second. Those sites are set to benefit from the learnings of several pilots underway in some of the 80 countries Shell operates in around the world, including everything from alternative fuels to on-demand fueling.

It’s a flurry of experimentation aimed to fill in the contours and detail of the fueling station of the future, where legacy offers such as gasoline join modern conveniences, such as an electric-vehicle (EV) charging station. 

“One thing is absolutely sure: For a matter of time, there will be a co-existence of fossil fuels and renewable energy, because it’s just impossible for a leap from one to another energy source to take place,” said Kapitany. “But you really need to start to make progress; you need to be part of that process.”

Here are five areas where Shell is attempting to disrupt itself ...

Shell has been testing alternative fuels for some time. It opened the first hydrogen fueling sites in the United States several years ago in California. More recently, it partnered with Toyota, manufacturer of the hydrogen-powered Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle, to open seven more locations. It also has five liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations in the United States.

In Germany, Shell is a partner in the H2 Mobility joint venture, which aims to install around 400 hydrogen refueling sites around the country by 2023.

It is also beginning to test the potential of electric-vehicle fueling. By the end of 2017, Shell plans to have 10 fast-charging stations at its fueling sites in the United Kingdom, and it is planning to test them in the Netherlands, Russia, Norway and Spain, among other countries.

Making these alternative fuels price-competitive with fossil fuels, and the infrastructure and pricing model fully scalable, is key, Kapitany said.

“We try to get into a position where it’s a good value proposition for consumers to buy a fuel-cell car, which is driving them from A to B,” he said. “It would be very difficult to assume that people would switch to something that is significantly more expensive."

Making the fueling transaction faster and easier is a continuing goal for Shell. Its Motorist app allows customers to find the closest Shell station and pay for fuel through their smartphone.

Now Shell is taking the next step and integrating payment from the vehicle itself. In the United Kingdom, it has partnered with Land Rover and Jaguar on the ability to prepay for fuel while staying behind the wheel. Drivers pull up to their local Shell station and use an app on the car’s touchscreen to select the type and quantity of fuel, and pay through PayPal, Apple Pay or Android Pay.

For consumers who want to dictate when and where their car fills up, Shell is piloting Shell TapUp, an on-demand fueling service that debuted in June 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Customers order a fill-up through the Shell TapUp app, requesting the type and amount of fuel and specifying the time and location of delivery. Deliveries take place between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Shell charges the average of gasoline prices in the area, with a delivery fee around $5.

TapUp leverages Shell’s mobile technology alongside its foundational capabilities. “We are very, very good in supplying fuels,” Kapitany said. “We developed a safe, secure environment. We certainly have the best people and product. And we have [trust in] the brand.”

Assuming TapUp is a success and Shell can make it scalable, there is no reason it could not work in the United States, he said.

In the United States, retailers such as 7-Eleven have partnered with Amazon to offer pickup lockers for online purchases. Shell is testing a similar model in Europe in which customers can buy items online and pick up in the store.

“We do have different tests running in Germany with Amazon, and we also do programs in Hungary with DHL, where they are using service stations as pickup points,” said Kapitany, noting the results are “very promising.”


Offers such as the mobile-payment apps and Shell TapUp could eliminate the need to ever go inside the c-store. Others attempt to forge a better connection with the consumer. For example, in Turkey, Shell is testing a click-and-collect service where customers can preorder food on an app and pick it up at their local Shell station. An employee fills up a customer's car and then retrieves and delivers the order to the customer, who then pays by mobile app.

“One size does not fit all,” said Kapitany. “It’s about providing mobility and providing it in a way they want it. If they want it from a Shell forecourt, they can get it from a forecourt. Or if they want to go into the c-store, we provide them with great convenience stores. But if they want us to deliver … to their homes, we can now do this.”

For more on Shell’s efforts at disruption, watch for the September 2017 issue of CSP magazine.



Preventive HVAC Maintenance is a Good Investment

Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car: If you don't change the oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won't operate. The same holds true for HVAC systems.


Imagine working in an office tower that lacks proper ventilation and air circulation - one that is sweltering and stuffy in the summer, and frosty and downright cold in the winter. No one, including you and your staff, would want to work there, let alone lease the space inside.

Building systems are the lifeblood of any facility. Without lighting, water, or heating and cooling, a building would be uninhabitable. That’s why a strong preventive and predictive HVAC maintenance program isn’t an option; it’s a must.

“Two issues - the asset and the life of the building - can be tied back to the fact that a solid program of preventive maintenance is absolutely paramount,” says Anthony Shaker, vice president of operations and maintenance at UNICCO, Newton, MA. “The better it is maintained, the more likely you’re going to get the appropriate life-cycle from the equipment. If not, it will deteriorate. If you are looking for viable occupancy, you need to maintain the system so people can inhabit the building and [achieve] full productivity.”

A Case for Maintenance
Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car: If you don’t change your engine oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won’t operate. The same holds true, in a sense, for HVAC systems. “If you spend $30 on an oil change in your car, you will save $3,000 on a new engine,” says Matt Ashwood, president and CEO at Bonded Filter Co., Nashville, TN. “Proper preventive maintenance [for] HVAC equipment will do the same thing.”

Maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might need to spend if your system degrades (and ultimately fails). Shaker provides this example: If you have a piece of equipment that costs $10,000 to maintain and has a forecasted life of 10 years if properly maintained, you will spend only $20,000 from first cost to replacement cost at the 10-year mark, assuming it would cost $10,000 again to replace it at the end of its life-cycle. However, if you did not properly maintain the unit and it failed at the 5-year mark, you would need to spend $10,000 to replace it after 5 years and then replace that same unit again in another 5 years if you continued to not perform maintenance. Your total cost would be $30,000.

“[Those are] significant savings. Proper maintenance costs a lot less over the life of the equipment than to change out equipment on a more frequent basis,” Shaker says. “The word ‘preventive’ speaks for itself. It keeps things from happening.”

Crafting the Perfect Plan
Two main issues are at the heart of any HVAC maintenance program:

  1. The recommended performance and maintenance tasks for each piece of equipment.
  2. The overall operation of the system in relation to the building in which it’s installed.

“Depending on those two requirements - the sophistication of the equipment, as well as the environment and operation of the overall system - you need to decide if your preventive maintenance plan is a full-maintenance-coverage plan or if there’s an opportunity for system-performance enhancement,” notes Michael P. Bordes, senior vice president at EMCOR Facilities Services and president at Norwalk, CT-based EMCOR Services’ Elmhurst, IL, office.

The first place to turn to if you have questions about how to build a successful HVAC maintenance plan should be right at your fingertips - or at least nearby on a bookshelf or in a desk drawer: It’s the operating and maintenance manual, provided by the manufacturer.

Don’t overlook these maintenance manuals. They provide a concrete blueprint for the steps you need to take to maintain chillers, boilers, motors, air-handling units - every piece of equipment in a building’s HVAC system. “Manufacturers spend a lot of time and money testing their equipment to determine what the maintenance needs are,” says Walter M. D’Ascenzo, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC. “They put this information into the manuals; it’s all there in black and white. These maintenance manuals were not dreamt up in a conference room over doughnuts and coffee.”

If you don’t have the original manuals, you can easily get replacements. Call your manufacturer’s representative with the pertinent model and serial numbers, and they can get you the replacement information you need.

Once you read the manuals and consider your system’s specific needs, you will have all the necessary information to get a successful preventive and predictive maintenance program off the ground - one that is tailored to your building’s HVAC system and operating environment.

Focus Areas
Some aspects of a maintenance plan are simple - change the oil, change the belts, change the filters (just like your car). But, to keep a system operating at maximum efficiency, you’ll need to expend more elbow grease beyond the basics from time to time. Air-handler coils need to be cleaned periodically to keep heat transfer at maximum amounts. Boilers need to be cleaned annually; even 1/16-inch of soot and ash on heat-exchange surfaces in an oil-firing boiler can reduce efficiency by 10 percent.

And, don’t forget fire testing. D’Ascenzo suggests fire testing and flame adjustment every 3 years. “You can’t just test by eyeing the flame,” D’Ascenzo says. “You can be so far off the mark by trying to eye-adjust a flame in a boiler. You’ve got to measure.”

Predictive maintenance is also important. By tracking different system indicators such as oil temperature, RPM speeds, and other factors, you can pick up on many emerging problems before they reach a crisis situation. “A lot of different diagnostics can point to issues where service isn’t being performed in the repetitive, regular nature that it is supposed to be,” Bordes says.

Building automation systems can be invaluable in maintenance diagnostics by greatly improving response time to maintenance issues via troubleshooting.

“When you have someone sitting at a PC and [looking at] the issues to see what is going on, nine times out of 10 you can find out what is causing the problem and correct it with a keystroke,” notes Jeffrey T. Hunt, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC’s Dallas office. These building automation systems can also be linked to computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) to further enhance your operations.

Keeping Tabs on Work
Once you have your plan ironed out, take the list of HVAC tasks that need to be done monthly, quarterly, annually, etc., and input them into your maintenance management system, along with any of the documentation that goes with it, whether it is a paper-based system or a computerized one. Just make sure it is easily retrievable for anyone who works on the system. A solid program should provide a comprehensive history of maintenance conducted on every piece of equipment, as well as the corrective costs incurred.

“You need a good, clear record of service being performed and when it was performed,” Bordes says. “You need to keep a paper trail. If you do, you will be able to see trends and better predict what should be done.”

Placing stickers on your equipment is another way to keep maintenance professionals apprised of the work that has been done on a system’s many and varied components. A simple decal affixed to the equipment that lists the last time the equipment was serviced, what was done, and who serviced it is invaluable. “[This way], you have a record of the last time someone was in this piece of [HVAC] equipment and what they did to it,” Ashwood says. “All it takes is a quick visual check.”

Good People = Good Preventive Maintenance
The most finely crafted preventive maintenance program is only as good as the people who bring it to life. “The more you and your staff know about your facility, the better you can maintain it,” says Jeffrey T. Hunt, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC’s Dallas office. “If your maintenance people don’t know what a piece of equipment does, how do you expect them to maintain it?”

First, hire people who can be taught and who want to learn. Second, train them on every piece of equipment they encounter; don’t throw them out on the job and expect them to learn as they go. Have a formal training process in place and provide refresher sessions at periodic intervals.

Also, keep your staff involved in such processes as retro-commissioning. “They know more about the system than anyone else and might [know] why something was changed from [its] original settings,” Hunt says.


Repair vs. Replace
In any system’s life-cycle, there comes a point where you need to decide whether it’s fiscally and practically feasible to continue maintaining and repairing an aging, degrading piece of equipment. It’s important to do a life-cycle cost analysis when determining if you should repair or replace an aging HVAC system component, Hunt says.

“To keep the unit going, do you replace the part, which will cost ‘X’ dollars, or do you replace the entire unit?” he asks. “Consider all costs in a life-cycle cost analysis - the cost of the equipment, maintenance, and even energy. Maybe you are 10 years into the unit’s life-cycle; it might have a typical service life of 15 years, but has only a little life left in it because of the way it has been maintained and operated. A life-cycle cost analysis will consider the current condition and efficiency of the unit.”

Let’s say you have a 30-year-old chiller and have spent more money than anticipated on maintenance; and, new chillers have twice the efficiency of the old chiller. The decision to replace is an easy one, Hunt says, if you run a life-cycle cost analysis.

Ideally, the ratio of spending for HVAC systems should be 70-percent preventive maintenance and 30-percent corrective maintenance, according to Shaker - these numbers are benchmarks that UNICCO professionals use in charting the effectiveness of client maintenance programs. “If the corrective maintenance level is up to 70 percent, you know your program is out of control,” he says. “The buildings where the numbers are in reverse are the buildings that people don’t want to be in. That’s what happens when preventive maintenance isn’t instituted.”

While every piece of equipment will need to be replaced eventually, following a stringent, comprehensive maintenance schedule will prolong your building’s HVAC system and maintain not only a healthy bottom line, but happy, satisfied, and comfortable tenants.

“For the most part, facilities [managers] understand the exposure they have in large capital expenditures with negligence when it comes to preventive and predictive maintenance, especially [with] air-handlers, large chillers, and pumping systems,” Bordes says. “They are aware of the necessity and the [responsibility] they have financially if they neglect it.”



Frito-Lay’s CNG Fleet Notches 100 Million Miles in Sustainability Effort


#Frito-Lay’s #CNG Fleet Notches 100 Million #Miles in Sustainability Effort

by NGT Staff
on Aug 04, 2016

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Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, says it has reached a major milestone this month, as its compressed natural gas (CNG) truck fleet logged more than 100 million miles driven on routes across the U.S. over the last six years.


According to PepsiCo, the division first began leveraging CNG technology in 2011, when 16 CNG freight trucks were placed into service. Today, the Frito-Lay CNG fleet has grown to more than 500 vehicles, representing more than 35% of the company’s long-haul inventory.

As reported, CNG freight trucks emit 23% fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) tailpipe emissions than do the diesel freight trucks they replace, marking a significant improvement in its efforts.

“Increasing the efficiency of our vehicle fleet is a key component of achieving PepsiCo’s overall goal to reduce GHG emissions,” says Michael O’Connell, senior director of supply chain for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division.

“Alternative fuel solutions like Frito-Lay’s use of CNG freight trucks are an important piece of our overall strategy, helping us reduce our environmental footprint, meet changing consumer needs and thrive in today’s economy,” he states.

Frito-Lay says that the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel has been critical to the expansion of its CNG fleet, as the company reports to be a major customer at 16 public CNG fueling stations around the country. These stations – the most recent of which is the Questar station in Buttonwillow, Calif., which opened this past June – also provide fuel to other companies currently using or considering alternative fuel vehicles.

According to PepsiCo, Frito-Lay currently maintains the seventh-largest commercial fleet in the U.S., with approximately 22,000 vehicles, including everything from cargo vans up to Class 8 tractor-trailers. Having joined President Barack Obama’s National Clean Fleets Partnership in 2011, the Frito-Lay vehicle fleet currently features several different fuel-efficient models, including 269 electric delivery trucks, 208 CNG trucks and various advanced diesel technology from some of the leading manufacturers around the world.

“We currently maintain the largest commercial fleet of EV trucks in the United States,” O’Connell adds.

As a result of this comprehensive approach to fleet efficiency, Frito-Lay says it has reduced its diesel fuel use by more than 30% from 2008 to 2015.

This news follows close on the heels of both UPS and Ryder making CNG announcements of their own. UPS recently announced that it had achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet – and in fact, reached its target one year earlier than planned. In addition, Ryder signed a full-service agreement with Postal Fleet Services Inc. for 20 CNG heavy-duty vehicles for mail delivery operations in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.






#UPS Drives 1 Billion Miles Using #Alternative Fuels

UPS Inc. has completed a project to drive 1 billion miles using alternative fuels and advanced technology one year earlier than it planned, the company announced Aug. 2. The Atlanta-based carrier began the “Rolling Laboratory” in 2012, testing vehicles powered with electricity, natural gas, renewable diesel, propane and ethanol. It also tested electric bicycles and tricycles in European cities in which lawmakers are regulating tailpipe emissions. More than 7,200 vehicles were used worldwide in the test. “The question wasn’t, 'Should we make alternative fuels work?' ” said Mike Whitlatch, UPS vice president of global energy and procurement. “Instead, it was, 'What’s the best way to make alternative fuels work for UPS and for the environment?’ After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than 1 million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.” UPS ranks No.1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. The report recommends propane fuel and hydraulic hybrid vehicles for suburban or rural trips of 100 miles or more. For cities, UPS suggests using ethanol, electric vehicles or electric bicycles and tricycles. For longer hauls, the report concludes that natural gas and renewable diesel are the best options. UPS Inc. Renewable diesel refers to fuel derived from organic sources, such as animal fats or vegetable oils, which is chemically identical to traditional diesel but does not require a petroleum blend, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But UPS concedes there are concerns about the cost to produce renewable diesel and how it could impact other industries. “These tests confirm that the use of renewable diesel lowers overall emissions, with a 4.2% reduction in tailpipe CO2 and 4.1% reduction in NOx emissions,” the report states. “Although fuel economy decreases slightly, overall performance improves — with quicker starts, a more powerful and smoother drive, and fewer harmful emissions.” Renewable natural gas comes from methane, which is purified and processed, then distributed to natural gas stations across the United States. At the end of 2015, UPS had 33 such stations in 19 states, and the company will have 45 before the end of this year. The report finds that total production and use of RNG results in a 90% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with traditional diesel. UPS also studied the effect of telematics on the overall emissions from its fleet. The company believes it can cut 100 million miles and save 10 million gallons of fuel per year through route optimization.

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1,300 Children Given Back to School Supplies


CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – Sunday the National Council of Jewish Women in St. Louis gave back to the community by helping more than 1,300 local children prepare for the school year.

They gave students new clothes and school supplies.

The back to school store was held at the Temple of Israel where kids were given back packs, winter coats, shoes, pants, shirts and school supplies free of charge.

Organizerssay it'sis designed to get kids to school on the first day and aid children in staying in school all year long.

Fox 2’s Jasmine Huda served as one if this year’s honorary co-chairs.

Organizers say it’s important to create positive self-esteem and enthusiasm about the upcoming school year.

Each child was assigned an adult volunteer to help them shop for brand new clothing and supplies.



KIDstruction Week - BUILD FUTURES For KIDS




Hello all!


KIDstruction Week is quickly approaching!  St. Louis Children’s Hospital KIDstruction week is the chance for you to help “Build Futures for Kids”.


What is KIDstruction Week?  It is a simple campaign that asks you to consider a $1 donation to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for every hour you work during the first week in August.  It is just $1 per hour, for just one week.  This SMALL donation makes a HUGE difference to St. Louis Children’s Hospital which has helped patients from ALL 50 states and 80 countries!


This year, SECO wants to raise $10,000 but WE can’t do it without YOU!  If you want to fill out the KIDstruction brochure we can make it easy for you to donate $1 for every hour you work in the first week of August.  If you want to donate online, just go to WWW.KIDSTRUCTIONWEEK.COM and search for SUPERIOR EQUIPMENT COMPANY to support your company team!


Thank you all for the consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions.





Matt Gross

2016 KIDstruction Week Foreman