Shawn’s Tip Of The Week: Name Your Equipment

by Jun 9, 2015Tip Of The Week2 comments

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):

heat exchanger


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.


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  1. Gary

    I gave all our equipment at the hospital special names so that we could set up a Computerized PM Program
    Hospital has 3 buildings and the Hospital grounds (first level) Hosp, Residence, Amb Garage, grounds
    Then there is the floor of each building B,1,2,3.(second level)
    Then each piece of equipment gets a department name that resides on part of that floor (3rd level)… OBS, ER, Diag. Imaging, Dialysis.Etc.
    If you work at the hospital you know your own area. Sink=S, Toilet=T, room Number, etc. sink is S t
    Beds and furnature movable equipmentr get shuffled around so they are given asset codes… 001234
    If you are unfamiliar with the hospital you are SOL.
    Typical name H-1-ER-T-03 = Hosp- 1 floor -Emergency Dept – Toilet in room 03… Somebody plugged it with a disposible gown Again !
    Some of the general public are freakin’ dumb morons or they think its twistedly funny. We should have a psyciatric ward to put these people in.

  2. Shawn

    Hey Gary,

    Thanks for the feedback and for sharing your wisdom with everyone. Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your hands, but exactly the right kind of organization to handle it all.

    Let us know if you’ve got any other ideas (or stories), we’d love to hear them!!



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