Smart Solutions

Message from William Hughes, M/SC Chair: Efficiency On Demand

In this issue of Smart Solutions, read how our manufacturer/supplier partners continue to provide what you need, when you need it. Olson Plumbing and Heating renovated a medical center to care for recovering COVID-19 patients in just 30 days—thanks in part to Daikin Applied factory workers going the extra mile. With Viega products, Nelson Stark Company overcame the challenges of repurposing a dilapidated factory into a mixed-use development. Saladino Mechanical won the bid for a college dorm renovation by specifying Uponor’s PEX piping rather than more costly copper—saving themselves time and money during installation. Xcel Mechanical Systems estimated saving as much as 40 percent in labor on some aspects of an aerospace laboratory renovation project by using NIBCO® Press fittings and valves.

J.M. Brennan, Inc. used Zurn’s new universal lavatory carrier for an upgrade of a health clinic’s restrooms, saving time and materials. To expand a large biopharmaceutical company’s COVID- 19 vaccine research and production capacity, High Purity Systems, Inc. turned to Orbitalum welding systems (distributed with support from E.H. Wachs) to rapidly complete thousands of high-purity welds. With a tight construction timeline for a new assisted living facility, Brandt Companies relied on Reliance Worldwide Corporation HoldRite products to save time while meeting code requirements. Northern Ohio Plumbing Co., Inc.’s creative approach to mounting A. O. Smith tankless water heaters saved the contractor installation costs.

Tech Support

Contractors are continuing to learn how to put technology to work for them. Helm Group is combining leading technology like BIM 360 within Autodesk Construction CloudTM with Lean construction principles to increase efficiency. Lexington Plumbing employed Lochinvar’s exclusive SMART SYSTEM interface to simplify installation and operation of two new Lochinvar ARMOR water heaters. Ferguson’s new virtual design and construction department became a pivotal partner to MMC Contractors on a major building project, identifying potential pitfalls and offering cost-effective solutions.

Upgrading from Excel to LaborChart for labor scheduling proved to be an ideal solution for Martin Mechanical Inc., streamlining communication and making life easier for the whole staff. Havtech and MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions are using XOi technologies to set themselves apart in a highly competitive market. Thanks to Trimble SysQue MEP software, Renick Brothers is working smarter, streamlining and automating workflows.

Pro Tips

Also in this issue, our manufacturer/supplier partners offer hard-won, how-to advice to improve productivity. Raken shows how to maximize efficiency with digital tools, while Ridge Tool Company explains how to make sure you always have the right gear on hand. The pros at Milwaukee Valve Company describe selecting and installing check valves properly, and Aquatherm’s experts offer tips on butt-fusing polypropylene piping. Dive deep into dezincification with Jomar Valve to learn more about alternatives to bronze valves.

Expand your horizons further by attending the first-ever MCAA 2021 Virtual Education Conference. Visit the virtual exhibits to connect with the event’s sponsoring manufacturer/supplier members.