Regional Manufacturer Donates Metering Devices to EEB Hub
On March 21, 2013, the Nielsen-Kellerman (NK) Company made a donation of environmental metering equipment to the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub). The donation is intended to assist the EEB Hub in collecting building data, as an element of the Hub’s efforts to generate interest among commercial building owners in deploying energy-saving retrofits.
This donation includes NK’s Kestrel® Weather & Environmental Meters. These hand-held, rugged, accurate, and easy-to-use wireless devices measure temperature, humidity, and radiant heat from the sun and surfaces, as well as wind speed, and both dry bulb and wet bulb global temperature in many indoor and outdoor settings. The devices are currently used in the industrial hygiene market and carry an industry-leading five-year warranty. Advanced Kestrel models add high-capacity data-logging with on-screen graphical recall and optional Bluetooth® wireless data transfer to computers and smart phones.
At the EEB Hub
The donation was arranged by the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), an EEB Hub member that serves the business needs of area manufacturers. It was DVIRC that matched the innovations at NK to the needs of the Hub technical staff.
The Hub member accepting the gift was Vivian Loftness, a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Melon University (CMU). Vivian currently heads the Hub projects on Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).
“This innovative equipment will allow us to gather and analyze building data – quickly,” Professor Loftness said. “This data will help facility managers to control and monitor IEQ in buildings, and to create building metrics as part of the EEB Hub’s study of energy-efficient technologies and integrated systems.”
“The NK metering devices will be useful for the EEB Hub, in striving for our goal of reducing commercial building energy consumption in the Philadelphia region by 20% by 2020,” said Dr. Tim Wagner, Deputy Director of the EEB Hub and a Principal Engineer for United Technologies Research Center.
Michael Naughton, Engineering Manager for Nielsen-Kellerman, made the presentation and demonstrated the measuring device, which can change its output to complement any unit of measurement.
“We immediately recognized a great fit between our work at NK and the Hub’s projects,” he said. “We’re thrilled that they will put these instruments to good use, and we hope their feedback will help us refine our products for measurement and analysis of building system data.”
The EEB Hub will use the meters to measure solar energy, air and radiant temperatures, humidity and wet bulb global temperature. This data will help facility managers to control and monitor IEQ in buildings, and to create metrics for building data as part of the EEB Hub’s project for new, energy-efficient technologies. The Hub is also developing instrumentation to measure the impact of temperature and other indoor environmental factors for energy and occupant comfort, as well as monitoring the scientific implications that arise from their findings. Cost effective outdoor and indoor meters can support temperature control, natural ventilation and effective daylighting.
Nielsen-Kellerman designs, manufactures, and distributes rugged, waterproof environmental and sports performance instruments for many technical applications, including HVAC and home/building management/auditing/inspection, construction and industrial, concrete installation, and firefighting. The products also find use in sports and active lifestyle activities, such as rowing and paddling, shooting, hunting, auto racing, and other military and outdoor pursuits.
The company remains committed to U.S. manufacturing; every Kestrel meter is designed, developed, built, tested and supported entirely in the USA. Nielsen-Kellerman is similarly dedicated to the continuous improvement of their products, processes, flow, inventory management, and people. This enables them to stay cost-competitive and ensure that they can deliver what customers need when they need it.
In business for more than 30 years, Nielsen-Kellerman, headed by CEO Ms. Alix James, employs 80 local residents and is headquartered in Boothwyn, PA. NK donates more than 2% of pretax profits to charitable organizations they believe help make the world a better place in ways relevant to their customers.
The DVIRC is an economic development organization established in 1988. We focus exclusively on the region’s manufacturing community to grow business value in four key areas. DVIRC offers “best practice” consulting services for small to mid-sized manufacturing enterprises. DVIRC has a long-standing commitment to talent development that is integral to everything we do for our clients.
DVIRC is a founding member of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub. DVIRC is funded in part by the NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The collective role of DVIRC and its sister organization New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is to connect Greater Philadelphia’s manufacturers to projects and opportunities being developed at the EEB Hub, and to grow business value and spur job creation.
About the EEB Hub
The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established in Philadelphia by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) on February 1, 2011 with a unique dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—and promoting regional economic growth and job creation from its headquarters in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities.
Federal funding for the EEB Hub’s first five years of operation comes primarily from the DOE, with additional support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).