Ask anyone who loves blues music about “Lucille,” and they’ll instantly know that you’re talking about the late B.B. King’s signature guitars. His main piece of equipment, modeled after a $30 Gibson he saved from a burning building in 1949, has taken on a character and lore of its own. In naming his guitar, King showed a respect for the instrument that helped him shape his craft.
Do you name the tools of your craft? What do you call your boilers, chillers, etc.? If you don’t know, it’s probably time for you to start naming.
The names can be simple and descriptive, like “PHX-SC-3″ (Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger in the Sub Cellar #3) or SCWP-2 (Secondary Condenser Water Pump #2):
Or they can be personal and human, like Jenny and Betsy:
Not only does naming decrease confusion when you’re talking to other engineers and contractors, it helps you remember the little quirks which individual machines may have that you’ll never see in any manual.
How do you name the equipment in your building? Share it in the comments below. Or, for more reading on how to keep your mechanicals organized, read my post about color coding your pipes.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this from the late, great B.B. King, with Lucille, of course:
Have a good week, everybody.