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With Jay R. Smith Customized Solutions, Naval Hospital Completed Early, Under Budget

To overcome multiple and unusual challenges—including concerns about terrorism—Pan-Pacific Mechanical, in partnership with Murray Co., and A.O. Reed, collectively known as RPM, called on Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. to accommodate unique specifications and complex coordination for the U.S. Navy’s Camp Pendleton Hospital Replacement Project, which had a budget of over $450 million. The 70-acre site includes a 500,000-square-foot, multilevel medical hospital; a central utility plant; a 1,500-space multilevel parking structure; surface parking; and supporting facilities.

CFI Mechanical Overcomes Skilled Labor Shortages with Victaulic Products and Services

Building information modeling (BIM) and 3D modeling offered by Victaulic’s Construction Piping Services (CPS) division helped CFI Mechanical manage the lack of detailers available in Houston, where construction is booming. Victaulic’s grooved piping systems and prefabrication services also saved CFI Mechanical installation time and money on a new office building project.

TG Gallagher Prescribes BAC Cooling Towers for Easy Installation, Efficiency

With only two consecutive weekends scheduled to replace Cambridge Hospital’s aging cooling towers, TG Gallagher selected Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) towers designed to make installation and upgrades easy. Recovering from one of the harshest winters in recent memory, the Boston-based hospital wanted to be prepared for their HVAC needs this summer, and they were looking for a more energy-efficient solution. The real challenge was getting the old towers removed and the new towers installed in the short timeframe while working around the busy Cambridge neighborhood streets.

Johnson Controls Offers High-Tech Connections to Monitor Equipment

Johnson Controls, Inc. combined its YORK® chillers and Metasys® software technology to help contractors monitor the health of installed chillers during the warranty period so you can save time and money. Instead of sending multiple parties to the site to diagnose a problem, this connected approach gives you remote access to operating data and trends that help you pinpoint the root cause and resolve issues more quickly.

Autodesk’s Smart Hardhat Software Alerts Workers to Onsite Dangers

Autodesk’s mobile software prototype communicates with dust and noise pollution sensors attached to a hardhat and tracks when levels become dangerous, offering the potential to dramatically decrease the number of injuries. Attendees of the MCAA Technology Conference: The Best of Now, The Best of Next, held just outside of Chicago, had a chance to try out the app and give feedback. Several members of the Autodesk research team came in from China to demonstrate the product, answer questions, and interact with potential users.

Donald C. Rodner, Inc. Cuts Labor Costs, Billing Time by Going Mobile

By adopting MobiliForms software from iBusiness Technologies, Donald C. Rodner, Inc. sped up their invoicing time and cut down on labor costs while still using the same forms and backend software employees were used to. Don Rodner, president, said, “When I saw a demonstration of MobiliForms at the MCAA conference, it blew my mind. I knew that we found the right solution.”

ACCO Gets Creative, Uses Single BITZER Compressor to Replace Tandem Units

When a major animation studio needed to replace a compressor and upgrade its systems, ACCO Engineered Systems took an unusual approach, replacing a tandem scroll set with a BITZER single semi-hermetic reciprocating 15-ton Varispeed™ model compressor with an integrated VSD. The new unit was easy to install and satisfied the customer’s demands.

Conti Corporation Cuts Installation Time with Erickson Incorporated Aerial Lift and Placement

Innovative aerial service provider Erickson Incorporated successfully conducted 13 chiller equipment lifts to the top of the JPM Chase building in Belleville, MI, in just two-and-a-half hours, allowing Conti Corporation to cut installation time dramatically. Erickson’s placement lifts saved time on the ground and also saved labor costs, because they were much more efficient than standard ground-based methods.

Bassett Mechanical Streamlines Payment, Reporting Processes with Viewpoint Software

By replacing their outdated accounting and management software with easy-to-use, flexible Vista™ by Viewpoint, Bassett Mechanical has improved efficiency and streamlined billing processes. “It’s important for our financial health that we get paid quickly, and by using the software, Bassett can give customers the documents they need (invoices, reports, etc.) the way they want to see them,” said Mike Kees, manufacturing project manager at Bassett Mechanical. “That means Bassett is presenting accurate data in a professional format with the right details per customers’ request, and so billing, for example, can be processed efficiently and not returned with concerns and questions that slow down the payment and cash flow.”

The Warko Group Strikes Perfect Humidity Balance with Rawal Devices

Pharmaceutical specialty and medical device manufacturer Angiotech had tried almost everything to keep humidity levels in its cleanrooms just right, but only the APR Control from Rawal Devices, Inc. was up to the task. Since The Warko Group installed the device, Angiotech has maintained humidity and temperature in its cleanrooms well within required specifications.

Tri Tool Customized Machinery Allows Unprecedented Relocation of Live Communication Lines Without Service Interruption

When a California transit project called for excavating and relocating buried telecommunication cables in Silicon Valley—while the cables remained live—Tri Tool Inc. created novel machinery to do the job. To complicate matters, a “hot work” permit would have delayed work, so the whole process had to be accomplished using cold-cutting techniques. Not only did the Tri Tool solution succeed in the delicate operation, it did so quickly, helping to bring the project in 10 months before schedule.