We want to let you know about something that you should take advantage of, while we’re all working from home. It’s called TACO TUESDAY!

What is Taco Tuesday? Every Tuesday, Taco Comfort Solutions hosts a fun, free, fact-filled one-hour training webinar that will keep you up-to-date on the latest HVAC systems, tools, and technologies. Every week they switch up between a Commercial and Residential focused topic.

These are great educational sessions, and we guarantee that you’ll learn something new each time, even if you feel like you know everything you need to know already. What’s better is that you will receive Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits for each class you attend. That’s right, each class offers 1 PDH for either a Residential or Commercial class! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your education credits.

These classes are free of charge, but you must register.

Here’s a list of Upcoming Topics and Dates
(C = Commercial Focus – R = Residential Focus)

May 26 – C -TACO HSS Software – Hydronic Heat Pump Focus!

June 2 – R – Combustion Analysis

June 9 – C – Manual Pressure Drop Calculation for Hydronic Systems

June 16 – R – Piping/Pumping Mod-Con Boilers

June 23 – C – Chiller Plant Concept Focus

Get more details on each of these classes and the link to register here.

Taco Comfort Solutions also offers a library of previously recorded trainings. You can check those out here.

Sometimes really cool projects fall your way. This giant stainless-steel air separator was one of them. A customer called asking if Taco made “custom” tanks, air separators, etc. Of course, Taco is capable of building virtually anything made of metal / steel that can be fabricated, and everything is ASTM certified. The customer needed a VERY large, custom air separator for a process application and the system required that the air separator be constructed entirely of stainless-steel.

Removing air and dirt from any hydronic system is critical to maximizing system efficiency and most importantly, for prolonging the life of the pumps and the rest of the equipment in the system. The project was a tall order, literally, but Taco was up to the task!

Custom Design

The design was based on Taco’s top-of-the-line 4900 series air and dirt separator with some very unusual dimensions; 132” (11 feet) tall and 66” (5.5 feet) in diameter. Flow requirements necessitated the tank to be 30” in diameter!

Once we had the requirements from the customer, we asked Taco engineering to provide design and full submittals, including drawings, pressure drop calculation and minimum / maximum conditions of the unit. After the submittals comments and design were finalized, the unit was released for fabrication using ½” wall, 304 stainless-steel. All work was performed in-house by Taco craftsman, using Taco equipment, including rolling the ½” wall steel on their own rolling equipment. Taco’s fabrication shop, certified welders and capabilities are second to none in the industry!

A Small COVID-19 Setback

The project began, just as the COVID-19 virus hit, requiring Taco to shut down briefly, then adjust to local (Massachusetts) state ordered production rules. This reduced the total weekly operating hours, limiting them to four-day shifts, and requiring sanitization of the entire facility at the end of each week to ensure the safety of their employees.

Despite this, Taco’s Fall River Massachusetts facility (the pumps and drives are made in Rhode Island) completed the fabrication, pressure tested the unit and shot-blasted it prior to shipping it. According to Anthony DeMoura, Taco’s Vice President of the Fabricated Products Division & PIFA Foundry Operations, this was the largest stainless-steel vessel they have ever made.

Specialized Shipping

A specialized cartage company had to be used because the air separator weighed four tons! As you can see from the photos, the design, transportation, and install was a tremendous success! Everyone involved in the project pulled together in order to make this custom air separator and the unit was featured in this month’s Taco newsletter.

Need a custom piece of equipment for your project? Trust us to handle it successfully for you. Give us a call at 800-355-7061 to talk through your needs and get ideas on how to tackle it.