Smart Solutions

Message from Parthiv Amin, M/SC Chair: Keeping a Competitive Edge

MCAA’s manufacturer and supplier partners share their expertise on staying competitive in this issue of Smart Solutions. Jomar Valve explains how thermostatic hot water balancing can cut down on callbacks, while Xylem Inc. – Bell & Gossett illustrates how smart technologies can streamline preventive maintenance needs, and Reliance Worldwide Corporation demonstrates the advantages of outlet boxes in new plumbing systems. Tyfoom describes how to create a learning culture to reduce human error, and ClickSafety summarizes employers’ responsibility to protect workers from extreme heat.

Others are anticipating future directions in the field, including FARO Technologies, Inc., which is forecasting the role of artificial intelligence in contracting, and SLOAN, which is driving a movement to increase hygiene through easily accessible handwashing stations.

Also in this issue, MCAA members show how they save time and money in the field. Using NIBCO Inc.’s new PressACR system saved Starco, Inc. at least 100 hours while installing a jail’s new HVAC system. Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp. selected Victaulic products to replace a residential tower’s riser system, shaving days off a tight schedule. Harry Grodsky & Co., Inc. saved time and overcame space constraints using Mueller Industries’ Streamline®ACR Press Fittings.

Harris immediately improved efficiency in cutting and handling with its new Watts Specialties automated pipe cutter. With Novarc Technologies Inc.’s spool welding robot, Western Allied Mechanical increased their productivity and capacity to take on bigger jobs. Strategic Mechanical, Inc. sped up its fabrication processes and opened up new avenues for prefabrication by using PypeServer, Inc. technology. Atomatic Mechanical Services, Inc. and J.C. Cannistraro both keep their costs down with Wheatland Tube’s SureThread pipe, which minimizes wear on tools.

Also in this issue, our partners demonstrate their role in providing solutions. For example, F.W. Webb Company rapidly supplied thousands of feet of HDPE pipe to a small city that suffered a rash of residential water main breaks, providing the material for a long-term solution. Renovating an historic building, Holaday-Parks earned accolades for sustainability with a water-saving vacuum plumbing system from AcornVac, a division of Morris Group International.

Many members are reaping the benefits of new software. Andy J. Egan Co., Inc., credits MSUITE software with helping shave three weeks off a major power utility upgrade. Northwest Mechanical Group switched to BuildOps and rapidly saw quicker turnaround times. Since A&R Mechanical Contractors adopted Procore Technologies, Inc.’s workforce management software, timelines are down and profits are up. Althoff Industries switched to ServiceTitan software, improved customer service, and increased revenues dramatically. With ServiceTrade software, Western AlliedMechanical cut their quote delivery time in half and sped up their invoices. Read on to find the smart solution for you.