AirIQ: Design Innovation and Testing for Better OEM Solutions
Indoor air quality is a topic of considerable public interest in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mark Lundberg has been thinking about it for far longer.
The Product Director for Field Controls helps develop new blower products, empowering facilities managers to move clean air into their buildings and make sure air is circulating to difficult to reach places.
While some companies are keen to give their customers a cookie-cutter solution, Lundberg and Field Controls look to understand what the client wants to accomplish and what their space looks like before making a sale.
“There’s a lot of blower managers out there where you can open up a book and say I need A, B and C. That’s the blowers I want. Great,” Lundberg said. “We’re the guys that say, I have an A, have a B and have a C, but tell me your application so I can tune it to fit exactly what you’re looking for. So, you get the best product for your money and the bang for your buck. It’s more tailored to fit exactly your need, not one-fan-fits-all.”
That means plenty of innovation and nearly constant design of new products and testing to make sure things are working as expected and actually will perform the task at hand. One of the biggest challenges is creating a small product that still has plenty of power but isn’t sucking up loads of energy.
“That’s the trifecta you’re looking for – being able to produce more airflow and higher static with less power as compared to everybody else that’s out there,” Lundberg said.
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