Sterlco® Condensate Units set a new standard of performance for pumping condensate water in a steam system. Thicker tank wall design and wear-resistant pump seals keep the system running longer and require less maintenance. We are proud to represent this high quality brand and want to share more information with you from Sterlco on their product line as well as how steam systems work.

The 3450 RPM motors assure maximum efficiency and an economical operation. Available in steel, cast iron and stainless steel receivers to fit your specific application, Sterlco Condensate Units are available with extensive capacity configurations and optional features. Decades of reliable system performance draws customers to Sterlco steam control equipment for commercial and industrial HVAC, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, schools, power utilities, refineries and petrochemical applications.

Want to learn more?

Here’s a video with highlights of the Sterlco full line of steam control products.

How does a steam system work?

Steam is generated inside the boiler by heating treated condensate, above 212°F. The steam is then transported through pipes to the point of use, driving the heating process created by the steam. When the steam cools down and converts to condensate, it flows into the condensate unit, and eventually into the boiler feed unit. The boiler feed unit sends make-up water to the boiler as needed.

There are 5 key components to a steam system:

Centrifugal Pumps are the main component of any boiler feed or condensate unit and are essential to keep your steam system running efficiently. Pumps deliver condensate at proper flow rates for maximum steam control system performance. The pumps are made from high quality parts and engineered to ensure long life and peak efficiency. Maintenance is made easy with a motor and impeller removable without disturbing piping connections and easy to replace seals. If you need to replace a pump on an older boiler feed or condensate unit, Sterlco offers pump adapter kits to easily mount to the bolt patterns of other manufacturer’s units in the field.

Boiler Feed & Condensate Tanks are extremely reliable and known for their long operating life in the field. Each tank is heavy-duty for secure pump attachment and is offered in steel, cast iron, and stainless steel. If required, the tank thickness meets military specifications. Units come with a wide range of standard and optional features.

Applications requiring up to 212°F or vertical multi-stage applications utilize an elevated tank system design. If space is limited, low profile tanks are available to fit within your plant’s designed footprint.

NOTE: While Sterlco offers a full lineup of standard boiler feed and condensate units, the ability to customize is something that they specialize in. If your system needs unique tanks, pumps, or control panels, their experienced engineers can design the perfect boiler feed or condensate package to fit your application’s unique requirements.

Control panels are available for boiler feed and condensate units with multiple standard and optional features. Indoor units protect against foreign objects, settling dust and drips. Upgrades are available for outdoor use, increased water resistance and corrosion protection. If your control panel requires more features, a solution can be designed that meets your needs, budget, & timeline.

Sterlco’s Self-Modulating Temperature Control Valves are heavy-duty and designed to help maintain temperature, flow and pressure. The 56-T series lineup is designed for cooling applications while the 150 series lineup is designed for heating (D-150-G series) or cooling (R-150-G series) applications. All valves are self-modulating for continuous & accurate control. Installation is made easy with the ability to mount in any position and minimal maintenance is necessary.

Traps, strainers, and radiator valves. Sterlco offers an extensive lineup of steam traps designed for the most demanding applications. These rugged and long-lasting traps & strainers are engineered to operate at the highest efficiency levels.

Give us a call with any questions about Sterlco steam system components or to place an order – 800-355-7061. You can also grab a brochure here.

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.

Taco Comfort Solutions® has introduced two new high-efficiency water circulation pumps and circulators. Here’s their announcement along with links to the product catalogs. Please contact us for more information and pricing at 800-355-7061.

Taco announces the release of the 0034e™ and 0034ePlus™ ECM High-Efficiency Circulators for large residential and light commercial hydronic circulation. The 0034e features an easy-to-use dial while the 0034ePlus offers an intuitive digital user interface with real-time performance feedback. Both versions are available with Cast Iron or NSF certified Stainless Steel volutes with rotated flanges.

With the easy-to-use dial of the 0034e, you can choose between activeADAPT™ (Taco’s self-adjusting proportional pressure), Low, Medium, High and 0-10V DC analog or PWM digital input. The digital 0034ePlus offers more with activeADAPT, 5-constant pressure settings, 5-proportional pressure settings, Min/Max fixed speed and 0-10V DC analog or PWM digital input. Both are dual voltage and provide 34 feet of head and 50 gpm max flow. In addition, they come with Taco’s exclusive features and benefits including; SureStart® automatic unblocking and air purging, BIO Barrier® black iron oxide protection, flange nut-grabbers, dual electrical knockouts and rotatable control covers.

This new addition to the legendary 00e Series® reaffirms Taco Comfort Solutions’ position as the industry’s leader in high-efficiency, ECM technology.

Want to take a look at the catalogs? Here are the links.

0034e Catalog
0034ePlus Catalog

Again, give us a call with any questions or pricing information.

Nexus has released another Nexus Fast Fact video introducing their Bypass & Flush Kits. Host Nick Howell explains the benefits of both kits and how they can offer you complete isolation and protection of sensitive equipment on the supply and return of your coil.

Both of these kits are going to allow for forward and backward flushing without removal of any strainer screen, flow control cartridge, coil, or any other orifice or piece of equipment that shouldn’t be flushed through.

It’s going to offer complete isolation and protection for all the sensitive equipment on the supply and return. And it will allow for full circulation of the system during flushing.

If you have any questions on these new bypass and flush kits or want to place an order, give us a call at 800-355-7061.

One of our top selling manufacturing product lines, Nexus Valves, has started a new Fast Facts video series on some of their products. They are short, to the point, and very helpful. Please take two minutes to watch them and you’ll be glad that you did!

The first one is on the Flamcovent Clean Smart air separator, which removes even the smallest microbubbles from the system water. Air and dirt in an installation cause problems like unnecessary breakdowns and extra wear or noise, but also lead to disruptions in the installation, less heat transfer and reduced pump performance. The result: higher energy consumption and an unreliable installation.

The Flamcovent Clean Smart air separator is virtually maintenance-free with a negligibly low flow resistance. The air and dirt separator can be incorporated in a variety of heating and cooling systems and in every desired direction. The absence of obstructions in the main flow ensures that clogging or blockage is prevented which guarantees superior and continuous operation over its service life. The air chamber of the separator is conical in shape leaving little chance of contamination. According to Nexus, the Flamcovent Clean Smart air separator offers 60% better performance compared to conventional separators.

Here’s the Nexus Fast Facts video, hosted by Nick Hallowell, featuring the Flamcovent Clean Smart air/dirt separator.

And, here’s an illustrated video of how the product works.

If you have any questions on this air/dirt separator or want to place an order, give us a call at 800-355-7061.

Patterson-Kelley has announced their boiler, water heater, and installation training schedule for 2020. They are also offering sales training classes. This is a great opportunity to become a PK Certified Technician in 4 days, renew your certification in 2 days, or get 2.5 day product training for your sales team.

Class sizes are small and only offered on certain dates in 2020. Only 9 people can register per class, so ACT QUICKLY to grab your spot.

Patterson-Kelley has expanded their Training and Education Center, which provides value-added services in a hands-on learning environment. Housing state-of-the-art equipment, the Center is designed to enhance the learning experience. It is equipped with their full line of condensing and non-condensing boilers to create a real world environment so trainees can work efficiently and effectively.

Mechanical Equipment is sponsoring the training classes so you need to register with us. View the Training Calendar with class types and dates here and then call us at 800-355-7061 to register today.

Nexus has some new, innovative products out that we wanted to share.

The Configur-A-Ball™ Customizable End Turns and Isolation

Nexus is excited to introduce this quarter turn isolation valve with multiple end connection options to be configured for easy piping connections.

The Nexus Valve Configur-A-Ball is a quarter turn isolation valve for hydronic heating and cooling systems. The unique feature of the Configur-A-Ball allows for multiple end connection options to be configured for easy piping connections and transitions into one singe compact valve for flexible use.

Selectable end connections in FNPT, SWT, NexPress, NexLock & Garden Hose make it the most versatile valve available in the market. Selectable pipe size ends can also configure eliminating additional adapters, additional field connection, saving both time and space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Configur-A-Ball is pre-ordered with the connection that you choose and comes with a variety of accessories like a butterfly and extended handles as well as memory stops for full-height vapor barrier. It’s the most versatile valve on the market!

 

The UltraMatic UMNL / Lead-Free

Automatic Flow Limiting Valve

Introducing the UltraMatic™ UMNL lead-free, NSF/ ANSI 61 & 372 certified automatic flow limiting valve specifically designed for domestic potable water applications. The UMNL is one of the most unique devices in the industry with its non clogging design and field accessible cartridge. The cartridge is made of stainless steel and composite moving parts and has a control accuracy of ±5% across the control range. The UMNL comes standard with two pressure and temperature test plugs, and two FNPT end connections. All valves are 100% factory leak tested and contain less than 0.25% lead content by weight on wetted surfaces.

If you have any questions or wish to place an order, please give us a call at 800-355-7061.

Do you know that Taco’s VT Series vertical turbine pumps, powered by Hydroflo Pumps, provide the ultimate in reliability and ease of installation? With 6” to 18” bowl diameters, the VT Series provides quiet, dependable performance for cooling tower and chilled water applications.

Taco VT Series Vertical Turbine Pumps provide the ultimate in reliability and ease of installation. Applications include condenser water, chilled water, water transfer, pressure boosting and water supply. Quiet, dependable, with proven performance.

NOTE: Pump is also available with 50Hz or 60Hz motors.

 

Additional features include:

  • Ductile iron discharge heads
  • 250 psi ductile iron stuffing box with stainless steel packing glands
  • Steel baseplate (option)
  • Standard 416 stainless steel shafting & couplings
  • Assembled with stainless steel bolts and impeller collets
  • Stainless steel basket strainer (option)
  • GE and US VHS motors standard with non-reverse ratchet and space heaters
  • High profile discharge head allows 2 piece head shaft
  • Dual 1/4” air release ports at top of discharge flange
  • 4” thru 10” discharge heads have matching centerlines
  • Stainless steel bearing retainers
  • Investment cast stainless steel impellers
  • Epoxy lined cast iron intermediate bowls

See the 5 Step Installation Process here.

Give us a call today at 800-355-7061 to learn more about the Taco VT Series Vertical Turbine Pumps or to place an order. We’re happy to answer any questions or help spec out a project.

Air-Tec, one of our HVAC product lines, published a recent newsletter with some information we thought our customers would find valuable on the benefits of a pre-fabricated engine exhaust system. Here it is:

“Chicago customers are finding that the modular pre-fabricated engine exhaust system is their new choice over the old black schedule 40 installs to gain control and reduce the costs of your next emergency generator install. Why?

In material list alone, a pre-fabricated engine exhaust system sees an average 15-20% cost savings compared to the schedule 40. The costs for each system included inner pipe, insulation, outer jacket, bellows, fixed and guide supports.

But the much bigger savings were found in the labor costs. The modular pre-fabricated system is simply that. It comes in 304 stainless steel, 1”, 2” or 4” wool insulation and galvanized outer jacket ready to install by one trade. The outer jacket is also available in 304 stainless steel for harsh conditions or for the portion of the stack exposed to weather. In all cases the black schedule 40 pipe took considerably more time to complete each connection, suspend from the structure, was harder to handle, still needed to be insulated and then the galvanized jacket applied requiring three trades.

The logistics of scheduling the other two trades was also another consideration that was brought up several times.”

Since the material cost offers a considerable savings and the install time is typically done in less than half the time requiring only one trade, you can see the benefits of a pre-fabricated system.

For more information from Air-Tec on pre-fabricated systems and their new DuraStack Pro modular engine exhaust system, click here.

Or give us a call at 1-800-355-7061 with any question you may have on this new product or product line.