Protecting data gathered by the Internet of Things

One of the issues of “Industry 4.0,” also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will be how to manage all the data that should be flowing from every component, every machine, every device, every product, and every design and production process. Secure management of all of these data will be critical, as most data are only a hack away from being stolen and used for other means.
Soon, you will also hear of the need to ensure that the quality of the gathered data must be high enough for industrial needs. Data centers can play a key role in the housing and security of data collected from the IoT processes. The design of a data center depends on customer requirements, which include function, performance needs, security, availability, efficiency, scalability and future needs. They also include investment and operating costs. A data center is made up of several elements, which include services and applications, active components such as servers, switches and storage systems, and the entire IT infrastructure necessary for operating these systems. The supply paths for power and climate control are particularly important. The individual components in the power supply path are: infeed, emergency backup system, main and sub-distribution, power backup, sub-distribution to bayed enclosures, and distribution in the enclosures through passive or active socket strips. In addition to the functional interfaces that ensure the current flow, the monitoring interfaces used to forward measurements and alarm signals to a central management console also need to be taken into account. In addition, consider the supply path for climate control. Such a path comprises generation and transportation of cooling energy, distribution of cooling energy in the data center and removal of waste heat. Here, too, a monitoring network needs to be in place that forwards parameters and alarm signals to the monitoring console. Mechanical components (server and network enclosures, raised floor, aisle containments) and safety equipment (sensor network, early fire detection system, fire extinguishing system, access protection) as far as the data center shell (container, security room, drywall construction) must also be included. Sometimes, it’s just easier to turn to a custom data center. But planning, installing, operating and servicing a custom data center can be complicated. One option is to select components from a modular system, such as RiMatrix. Choosing among parts already configured to operate together ensures compatibility and that the system functions as a single entity. The advantages of a custom-built data center include:
  • choice of cooling technology and combinations of different solutions if several climate zones need one data center
  • modularity and scalability, as existing infrastructures can be expanded (pay-as-you-grow)
  • integration of third-party devices, as long as these meet international standards (also in terms of communication interfaces)
Standard data centers A modular system of compatible data center modules opens up prospects for planning, implementing and operating data centers. Individual server modules are integrated with central supply modules (power supply, cooling) using defined and standard interfaces to create complete solutions. A modular system not only simplifies the planning phase, it also reduces delivery and commissioning times. The individual modules are designed to complement each other and ensure energy efficiency. For ROI analysis, data sheets take into account both the investment sum and a detailed evaluation of the expected operating costs. Particular focus is attached to energy costs, which can be reduced with an intelligent climate control system. Micro data centers A micro data center is a complete data center within a protective safe and provides all the essential features of an IT infrastructure:
  • power distribution and cooling
  • early fire detection and fire extinguishing system
  • monitoring of operating parameters and alarms
The shell design provides appropriate protection from potential physical threats such as intrusion, vandalism, fire, smoke, water and dust. The key features are:
  • two designs for the protective shell with different levels of protection against potential physical threats
  • energy-efficient cooling from 5 to 30 kW
  • range of climate control options
  • a “bayable” design makes it easy to scale up as needed
Particularly for small companies, but also for workshops and remote locations, a micro data center offers complete all-round protection for important IT devices such as servers, switches and storage systems. Server and network enclosures are the backbone of every data center as they contain all the active components, including servers, switches and storage systems. Enclosure systems ensure stability for these sensitive devices. They also supply the hardware with cooling, power and connection technology precisely where this is needed. They serve as an interface for the selected cooling concept and provide an insight into the current status of the data center through intelligent management functions. (Source: Whitepaper: IT and IT infrastructure in the context of Industry 4.0)

Keep Your Drink Cold on July 4th Weekend!

So it’s the 4th of July weekend and you’ve decided to grill out.  Cold Drinks and BBQ are a natural partnership, but where do you set your cold beverage while you’re grilling? If you’re like many of us at UAF, you set it on the grill’s side shelf — less than a foot away from the flames. Better drink it quickly, because it’s not going to be cold very long, right? But how much time until it’s warm?  

Since we help our clients address many concerns in the area of thermal design, our engineering team found this study hit close to home for this holiday weekend.  Our friends from SolidWorks are the creative force behind it and we reference it every year.  We haven’t forgotten about keeping your equipment clean, dry and running at peak performance but thought we would pass along another fun application. 

Happy Independence Day to all of our customers, industry colleagues and friends. Watch the video below to learn more.


AT&T Selects UAF as the Exclusive Supplier for Network Air Filters

Sauget, IL: Universal Air Filter is awarded a 3 year contract with AT&T as the exclusive supplier for over 350 networking equipment replacement air filters. For 35 years, UAF has worked with AT&T field engineers and technicians but the new contract elevates the relationship between the filter manufacturer and the largest fixed-telephone carrier in the US.

 “For the past 35 years, we’ve excelled at supporting our partners at AT&T whether they’ve been faced with a difficult network contamination challenge or were looking to simplify their equipment maintenance and improve reliability,” said UAF CEO Dan Krupp. “We’ve been a trusted resource for AT&T for many years and this agreement is a recognition of the strength of our partnership.”

 Proper thermal management reduces costs and improves network uptime – two elements that are critical to operating a global telecommunications company. When filters aren’t built to exact specifications and serviced properly, routers, switches and other air-cooled equipment overheats and ultimately fails. Equipment failure results in longer service cycles, increased maintenance costs and decreased network performance which is bad for carriers and consumers. UAF’s proven track record of service to AT&T over the last 35 years helps ensure that AT&T reduces unscheduled maintenance and downtime – good news for users.

 “Average AT&T customers never think about air filters, but the number one reason for network equipment failure is overheating,” said Krupp. “Our filter design, manufacturing and technical teams closely align with AT&T switching centers around the world to ensure filters are built to specification and replaced on schedule.”

 Along with AT&T, UAF services OEMs like Cisco, Ciena, Nortel, Fujitsu, Juniper, Tellabs, Alcatel-Lucent, Adtran, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Sonus, Sun Microsystems, Dell, and Genband. In addition to telecommunications, UAF specializes in delivering thermal management solutions for electronics in data center, medical, power-gen, gaming, and transportation applications. Learn more about UAF and telecom air filters.

 Established in 1959 and headquartered in Sauget, IL, UAF operates within the Environmental Air division of Filtration Group, the world’s leading filtration company.  Filtration Group is a globally recognized brand, serving many of the world’s known companies through a network of 39 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.  Collaboration between UAF and Filtration Group allows for world class service and products to customers across all industries and regions. For more information Please Contact Us or Call at 800-541-3478.

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UAF to Exhibit at Texas Communications Expo

Universal Air Filter Company, the preferred telecom OEM air filter supplier, is exhibiting at the upcoming Texas Communications Expo, Inc (TCEI). UAF will be prepared to offer guidance on OEM approved replacement telecom filter parts. As part of an expanded service offering, UAF is introducing popular replacement air filters for immediate purchase online. Additionally, UAF will display new innovations in air filtration, EMI shielding, and fire block panel technology for new or retrofit applications. 



Stella’s Solar Car Wins Technology Achievement

The best tech for 2014 is getting its just desserts at the 8th Annual Crunchies right now, and Best Technology Achievement is one of the categories that reflects true excellence in a field where it’s easy to identify standouts. This year’s winner is Stella, whose four-seat, solar-powered car won the World Solar Challenge and is designed to be a functional family vehicle instead of a tech demo or high-speed racer.

Stella’s car uses a roof-mounted solar panel that can provide enough power to move the car 500 miles on a full charge of the battery, which is considerably more than the max mileage of a Tesla Model S. Stella is the product of a team-up between the Eindhoven University of Technology and NXP Semiconductors, and it actually manages to produce twice the energy it consumes through its photovoltaic energy system.

 Not only was Stella a showcase for clean energy, it was also a means to demonstrate new vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that could eventually allow cars to work together to determine the best speeds to drive in order to keep traffic moving efficiently.


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IoT Driving Global Broadband Connectivity & Speeds

The Internet of Things (IoT) spans a vast array of devices and innovative capabilities designed to enhance daily life, while giving consumers’ greater control via apps that sync with these technologies. From home security systems to energy saving devices and tools that help personal health, broadband is the common thread running through all of these offerings. According to the third quarter 2014 “State of the Internet” report by Akamai Technologies and analysis from ZDNet, increasing connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks are accelerating Internet usage and traffic worldwide.

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We all look ahead to 2015 to see what new technologies are poised to disrupt the status quo while —Every year, IDC issues a report that predicts what technologies will be the most significant and here they are….

Worldwide IT and telecommunications spending will grow–Worldwide IT and telecommunications spending will grow 3.8% in 2015 to more than $3.8 trillion. Nearly all of the growth and one third of total spending will be on new technologies, such as mobile, cloud, big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT). Wireless data will also be the fastest growing (13%) and largest ($536 billion) of telecom spending. Net Neutrality will be mandated in the U.S., with a hybrid approach that will provide a baseline of services available to all.

Phablets will be the mobile growth engine–Sales of smartphones and tablets will slow down slightly, reaching $484 billion and accounting for 40% of all IT spending growth. Wearables will see an explosion of innovation in 2015, but unit sales will underwhelm.

The Cloud’s landscape will be reshaped–Spending on the greater cloud ecosystem (public, private, enabling IT and services) will reach $118 billion.

Data-as-a-Service will drive new big data supply chains–Worldwide spending on big data-related software, hardware, and services will reach $125 billion. Rich media analytics (video, audio, and image) will emerge as an important driver of big data projects, tripling in size. 25% of top IT vendors will offer Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) as cloud platform and analytics vendors offer value-added information from commercial and open data sets.

The IoT will continue to rapidly expand the traditional IT industry–IoT spending will exceed $1.7 trillion, up 14% from 2014 (and will reach $3 trillion by 2020). One-third of spending for intelligent/embedded devices will come from outside of the IT and telecom industries. According to IDC, this amounts to a “dramatic expansion of what we would consider IT.” Seeing the opportunity, a number of traditional IT vendors (possibly Cisco, IBM, and Intel) will form “an IoT solutions company.” Predictive maintenance will emerge as an important IoT solutions category.

Cloud services will continue to explode in growth–Cloud services remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. 

Rapid growth of industry-specific digital platforms–New technologies will combine to create a business innovation platform that will help transform all industries. One-third of market share leaders in every industry will be disrupted by vendors selling new IT products and services. The number of industry platforms – industry-specialized cloud-based data and services platforms, usually created by leaders within the industry – will expand rapidly, doubling in 2015 to 60.

Adoption of new security innovations–Next year 15% of mobile devices will be accessed biometrically (over 50% by 2020). Securing the core: 20% of regulated data will be encrypted by year-end 2015 (80% by 2018). Threat intelligence will emerge as a killer DaaS category: By 2017, 55% of enterprises will receive customized threat intelligence data feeds.

3D printing will continue its explosive growth–3D printing will see significant activity among conventional document printing companies: 2015 spending will surge 27%, to $3.4 billion, and by 2020, 10%+ of consumer products will be available through “produce on demand” via 3D printing.

China continues to be a driving market force–China’s spending will account for 43% of all industry growth in the IT and telecom market in 2015 with one third of all smartphone purchases and about one third of all online shoppers.

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Faulty air filters may have caused fire at AMPI plant in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A fire destroyed a generator at Associated Milk Producers Inc. in Rochester. The Rochester Fire Department responded to the AMPI plant at 700 First Avenue Southeast just before 7 p.m. Wednesday for a generator fire. The report said the generator began smoking, then ignited. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, and ventilate the building. Officials believe faulty air filters caused the fire.

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UAF Enters HVAC Market with Custom High Efficiency Filters


SAUGET, IL. – Universal Air Filter walked away from custom MERV rated HVAC applications in years past before the merger with Filtration Group.  With easy access to Nexfil and Geopleat media from FG HVAC division, UAF is now positioned to deliver custom size high efficiency filter solutions with surprisingly short lead times.



HVAC systems and commercial/industrial enclosures are exposed to a variety of airborne particles including dust, mold, and pollen.  Removing these particles with a high efficiency filter can extend equipment operating life and enhance air quality. 

In 2014 a Canadian manufacturer of heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) contacted UAF after reviewing the online technical data for new high efficiency filters at   Their China residential HVAC customer requires minimum filtration level of MERV 14 in a custom size.


Custom high efficiency pleated filters are designed to remove dust and other particles for fan cooled indoor and outdoor industrial / electronic enclosures.  This product is also well suited to enhance indoor air quality by removing airborne irritants for HVAC and air handling applications.

Custom high efficiency MERV 11, MERV 13, and MERV 15 pleated filter products from UAF offer high dust loading for maximum service life while minimizing airflow resistance.  The 100% synthetic media is highly effective at removing 0.3 – 1.0 micron particles from the air stream and is adhesively bonded to all four sides of the filter frame to eliminate air bypass.  A rigid aluminum frame and robust media are extremely durable and are designed to withstand damage from shipping, handling, and installation.

Custom high efficiency filter assemblies are made to exact length and width dimensions with tolerances of +/- 0.06”.  Standard frame thicknesses of 0.88” and 1.88” are available as well as custom thicknesses to meet specific requirements.  

High efficiency media is available in MERV 11, MERV 13, and MERV 15 efficiency ratings



Original forecast of 2,000+ units per year is now growing with 2,250 pieces shipped in the first 3 months combined with a report on recent overseas trip by HVAC customer’s VP of Operations. 

“Let me say that the potential for both our companies is quite massive. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes and met the people who are ready to buy and buy lots.”

Because end country is China, the HVAC customer is very concerned with potential IP loss and turning to UAF for complete private-label OEM-branded solution including anti-counterfeiting marking features. 

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