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First Results Find Evidence that Copper from Roof Runoff can be Controlled

May 20th, 2013 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA), Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development

Joe Gorsuch works with environmental regulations and the collection of ecological toxicity data.  For 30 years prior to joining the CDA in 2009, he worked with Kodak, conducting environmental effects and stability studies on chemicals in the laboratory and outdoors to register chemicals for the photographic industry.  From 2005 to 2009 he was President and Owner of Gorsuch Environmental Managements Services, Inc. [GEMS, Inc.] coordinating environmental studies. Go here for his earlier posts on stormwater and environmental issues.

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Does Your Company Need a Motor Management Plan? (The Answer is Probably ‘Yes.’)

April 26th, 2013 No comments

By Richard deFay, Project Manager, Sustainable Energy, Copper Development Association (CDA)

We tend to take electric motors for granted, even in our technically advanced industries. But in reality, they are among the least well-managed industrial tools. Some managers don’t even know how many industrial motors they have in their facilities. That can lead to big – and expensive – problems.

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Copper-Nickel Alloys: A Strong Weapon Against Corrosion in Marine Environments

March 18th, 2013 No comments

By Jim Michel, Manager, Technical Services, Copper Development Association.

I look forward to getting the word out about the benefits of copper-nickel alloys for use in marine environments March 18 at the 2013 NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) International conference in Orlando, Fla.
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When Evaluating the Impact of Copper on Salmon, Water Chemistry Matters

December 13th, 2012 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, CDA, Manager,  Health,  Environment and Sustainable Development

Joe Gorsuch works with environmental regulations and the collection of ecological toxicity data.  For 30 years prior to joining the CDA in March, 2009, he worked with Kodak, conducting environmental effects and stability studies on chemicals in the laboratory and outdoors to register chemicals for the photographic industry.  From 2005 to 2009 he was President and Owner of Gorsuch Environmental Managements Services, Inc. [GEMS, Inc.] coordinating environmental studies.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, focusing on Aquatic Toxicology, both from Purdue University.  Read more…

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Copper-Nickel Alloys Prevent Biofouling

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

By Jim Michel, Copper Development Association (CDA) Manager, Technical Services

Biofouling – especially of ships – has been around as long as we’ve sailed the ocean. The first reference to it came in early Greek civilization when the historian Plutarch described it impact on a ship’s speed “when weeds, ooze and filth stick upon its sides, the stroke of a ship is more obtuse and weak.” Ancient sea-faring nations such as the Carthaginians and Phoenicians (1500-300 BC) used copper plating as an anti-fouling technique. Read more…

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CDA Training Covers Motor Management from Inventory to Analysis (Part 2 of 2)

July 24th, 2012 No comments

By Richard deFay, Copper Development Association Project Manager, Sustainable Energy

In our teaching, I also like to emphasize the life cycle cost vs. the first cost and the need for early replacement of older, less efficient motors. The initial cost of purchasing a copper rotor motor represents only 2% of the total cost of ownership. Energy costs, maintenance and other variables make up the other 98% of the cost over the lifetime of the motor. Read more…

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