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.

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.

In celebration of our 20th-year in business, we are offering our MILJOCO thermometers and gauges at the prices from when Mechanical Equipment first started! Yes, we are significantly rolling back the prices on these essential products.

For the month of June, you can buy these MILJOCO ISO 9001 certified items at roll-back prices:

 

  • Standard MILJOCO 9” Thermometer with 3.5” stem, model SX935 for $25.00or $29.00 with a standard neck brass well, model W35B.
  • Standard MILJOCO 9” Thermometer, with 6” stem, model SX960 for $30.00or $40.00 with a standard neck brass well, model W60B.
  • Standard MILJOCO stainless steel, 4.5” Contractor pressure gauge, model P4598L, for $14.00 or $21.00 with needle valve and snubber.These are also UL certified per NSF/ANSI Standard 61 and 372 to be safe in potable and drinking water.

You can combine orders for even bigger savings, and even order extra to hold as inventory to increase your savings.

There’s no limit on quantities at these prices, we’ll even discount further on orders of 200 units or more. (Any combination of thermometers and gauges that equal 200 units or more – not including wells or accessories).

 

Customization Available

Some of our customers pre-order every year and have us include their company logo and phone number on the face of the pressure gauges. There’s an additional cost added to these prices for that, but why finish a project and leave the service calls up for grabs? With your name and contact info on the face of the gauge, odds are that they’ll call you when they need service. Call us for details on customization options.

Remember, this offer is only good through June 30, 2019, so review your current project list and take advantage of this great offer!

PSST: If you’re wondering if these prices are an honest-to-goodness real deal, check this link out, we’re even cheaper than Walmart!

 Give us a call at 800-355-7061 with any questions on this Anniversary offer.

You really don’t want to miss this one! Save August 15th in your calendar for our 3rd Annual Mechanical Equipment Customer Appreciation Golf Outing.

2019 is our 20-year anniversary, so we are going above and beyond with prizes and fun.

Come and take a shot for a chance to choose one of 3 prizes in our Hole-in-One Contest, a 2019 Ford F-150 Pick-Up Truck or His & Hers Harley Motorcycles or $50,000.00 cash! Do you feel lucky?

Miss your chance at a hole-in-one? You can still win prizes in our Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and Closest to the Pin contests. But if that weren’t enough (it is our 20th Anniversary after all) we will also have a special raffle, drawing 6 names where:

  • 1 player will get one chance to make a 60-foot putt for $2,500;
  • 4 players will each get one chance to make a Hole-in-One from 165 yards for $50,000 (all 4 could win); and
  • 1 player will get one chance to make a Hole-in-One from 165 yards for $1,000,000!

Seriously, we love our customers and want to share our success with you. We wouldn’t be in business without your support.

We hope you can join us for a beautiful day of golf at the newly renovated Makray Memorial Golf Club® in Barrington, IL.

Lunch will be served before golf, with fine dining and beverages after.

Details:

August 15, 2019

Makray Memorial Golf Club®
1010 S Northwest Highway (Rt. 14)
Barrington, IL. 60010
847-381-6500

Lunch: 11AM
Golf: Shotgun start at 12:00 Noon
Dinner: 6PM

Format will be a “Shamble”:

  • Everyone will tee off on every hole, then everyone’s second shot will be from the spot of the best drive, (you pick up your ball and move it to the best drive spot).
  • From there, everyone plays out their own shots on each hole.
  • The team event will be a 2 best ball, foursome.
  • Scores will be handicapped (using the Callaway System) and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

RSVP: Please respond no later than Friday July 12thSpace is limited, reserve early.  Call your individual Sales Rep or call our office at 847-526-3095 to confirm a reservation and Windbreaker Jacket size.

We are happy to announce that Pat Tucker has joined the Mechanical Equipment team as a Sales Engineer.

Pat has a long history in the commercial HVAC business. He started with a pipefitter apprenticeship right out of high school and was able to work his way up the ranks quickly in each of his positions. He became the Piping Superintendent at Murphy & Miller in Chicago, supervising apprentices, journeymen and foremen for ten years. He was also recognized as the youngest superintendent in Local 597’s history!

He then went on to become the Piping Manager at Westside Mechanical Inc., which added more responsibility and also allowed him to use his managerial expertise. Pat’s track record of success made him a highly sought-after person, and he was soon hired as a Project Manager/General Superintendent at International Piping Systems. That’s also where Pat met his future wife, June, who is now a Vice President at F.E. Moran, and where he also met Dennis at Mechanical Equipment. Pat also began attending night school at IIT, to obtain his mechanical engineering degree.

Eventually, Pat was offered an opportunity on the supplier side of our industry, becoming a Vice President at Flomech in Downers Grove, IL. Pat was responsible for overseeing estimating, sales, design, installation and start-up for all heating and cooling projects. His experience in contracting, gives him a great perspective of our customer’s needs, helping him offer excellent customer service. Pat’s design and installation background helps assure a smooth and profitable job for our customers.

Pat shared, “Coming from the contractor side to the vendor side, I made a commitment to be the vendor that everyone wanted to deal with. I always give 100% effort. I pride myself on that and I respond to my customers as fast as I can, 24/7 no matter the size of the order or how busy I am. Business is all about relationships and I plan to continue my excellent relationships for years to come.”

Dennis O’Shaughnessy, Mechanical Equipment’s founder, said, “I was excited to bring Pat into the ME team because Pat offers our customers yet another source for our ‘best in the industry’ customer service. His knowledge and design expertise is an invaluable asset in making sure that we are performing and delivering better than anyone else. His pipefitter experience tells him that sometimes what’s shown on a drawing doesn’t necessarily work on the job site. Having known Pat for 20 years, I have seen him grow and succeed in this industry, which makes me realize how fortunate we are to have him.”

Pat said, “I’m excited about working with Dennis and his team of people. He and I have known and respected each other for over 20 years. Mechanical Equipment has a variety of top-notch product lines and more opportunities to serve mechanical contractors. I like being able to help customers from A to Z and help save them money by helping resolve any issues, make changes or assist with the design.”

Pat is an enormously proud father of three children that keep him very busy, he also collects cars for fun, (he’s had over 75 throughout his life!) and if that’s not enough, Pat loves scuba diving.

Pat is available for engineering consultations, equipment specifications or anything at all that you need help with. Feel free to give Pat a call to help make your job easier. Welcome aboard Pat!

We have implemented a new inventory control system at Mechanical Equipment to make it easier for you to track your orders with us.

To make it easier to track your orders, our packing slips will now include the UPS tracking numbers, as well as a hot link, to click and check the status of your order. If you want to received an email copy of the packing list, with the UPS tracking number to track and hotlink to the UPS tracking site, make sure to give us your email address when you order and we’ll send that to you when your order ships.

As you will see on the sample packaging slip here, the hot link will take you directly to the UPS tracking site to see where your shipment is in the process with the estimated delivery date.

 

This is just another way we wanted to save you time and hassle when it comes to tracking your orders. You can always still call us, we love to hear from you, but now you have up to date info at your fingertips.

Let us know if you have any questions at 1-800-355-7061.

We are beyond excited to be celebrating our 20-year anniversary this month. We want to thank all of our customers and employees who have supported us in our growth thus far. We are honored to have earned your business and loyalty.

We interviewed our founder, Dennis O’Shaughnessy on what has changed over the past 20 years and where the company is going from here.

 

What prompted you to start Mechanical Equipment?

I was working as a Regional Sales Manager for Perma-Pipe (a company which we now represent). It was a great job and I learned a tremendous amount from my supervisor who later became the President of the company. But after twelve years of hotel beds and airplane meals (three and a half million miles), I wanted new challenges.

The company was extremely good to me and I hated to leave but I needed something else. I had done very well for Perma-Pipe and increased sales significantly in my region, so they really didn’t want to lose me either. So, my boss suggested that I become a manufacturer’s representative for their product! I loved the idea of getting back to direct customer sales, rather than management, and it seemed like an ideal solution for both Perma-Pipe and myself. It checked all the boxes I needed to have some new and exciting challenges. I left on the best of terms and will be forever grateful.

 

What’s the most satisfying achievement for Mechanical Equipment in the last 20 years?

I would have to say the positive impact that our company has had on the lives of our employees and our customers. Like most business owners, your colleagues become a personal responsibility for you. I really do feel like the people I work with inside our company, and those that I’ve been fortunate to get to know on a personal level outside the company, are like my work family. I don’t want to let anyone down or disappoint them. Of course, that isn’t always possible, but when it does happen, I can’t help but take it personally, even though I try to tell myself it’s just business. I’m happy that Mechanical Equipment has had a positive effect on their lives, and hopefully they feel like their lives are better for having worked here. I think they’d agree that Mechanical Equipment is a fun place to work!

 

What was a major turning point for the company where you grew, changed direction, or offered new services?

When I started Mechanical Equipment (there was no we then, just me) I only had two lines: Perma-Pipe and Advanced Thermal Systems expansion joints. I had a 10’ x 10’ office that Perma-Pipe let me use in exchange for training my replacement. Unfortunately, my two products were only on a small percentage of all the jobs that bid each year so I needed to find other product lines to represent, so I could generate a more even cashflow. Through help from customer suggestions and other rep firms that I had relationships with from my days at Perma-Pipe, we were able to generate interest from some manufacturers that wanted new or better representation in this marketplace. That was the significant turning point.

Everything changed as we started signing up other products. After we demonstrated that we could be successful with them, other manufacturers took notice and reached out to us to represent them. Our ability to sell a better product and more importantly service our customer’s needs with those products really took the company up to the next several levels. At times, it felt like I was hanging onto the tail of a runaway animal, but it was also very exciting! Now we have offices as well as 6,500 square feet of warehouse with a million dollars’ worth of inventory.

 

How has the industry changed since you started?

This is going to make me sound old but when I started at Perma-Pipe in 1987 the internet and email didn’t exist! Cell phones were just coming into the business world and were super expensive because you paid by the minute, so they were mostly used by upper management. I had a pager and would return calls from the airport when I got off the plane or from my local rep’s office wherever I happened to be that week.

So, most of our communications and business was conducted by phone and then confirmed in a letter that we mailed at the post office and received 3-5 days later. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of advantages with the rapid way that we communicate now, but nobody can deny that business and business relationships have become less personal.

 

Has there been anyone or any company who helped you most along the way?

I definitely need to recognize hundreds of people that made Mechanical Equipment possible. I really don’t want to name people because I’d be afraid that if I left someone out, they’d have hurt feelings. However, I do want to thank a few key people that were responsible making Mechanical Equipment possible.

My former boss Fati Elgendy. Fati took the raw talent in me, and taught me how to be a successful sales person, sales manager, and business man. He also taught me a great deal about life, during many long discussions after hours, and about any subject you could imagine. I learned the most in my professional career from him and I will be eternally grateful to him. Without a doubt, he is the smartest person I have ever spoken to, the finest “pure” salesman that I’ve ever worked with, and he was also the person that came up with the idea of putting me in business as a rep and created a flexible plan to enable my success.

I owe a huge thank you to my late parents, Bernie and Midge O’Shaughnessy. They loaned me money in order to establish credit with factories, banks, etc. I was very confident that I could and would succeed, however nobody provides the unwavering support like a parent. They talked me up when I got down, encouraged me when I got discouraged, and provided constant reinforcement whenever I had doubt. They kept me grounded by always reminding me that life can change on a dime, so never, ever take your good fortune for granted. To this day, I say thank you to every customer, for every order, no matter the amount, I am truly grateful.

Thank you to the factories that we represent. Without their belief and trust in Mechanical Equipment, we’d have a hard time growing the business and in turn our lives. I am humbled that they have allowed us to share their name on our letterhead, and for the support and good fortune they have brought to our company.

Thank you to our customers! None of this is even possible without them! When I first interviewed for my job at Perma-Pipe, I met with the owner of the company, Mr. David Unger. A wonderful, generous and unbelievably kind man that treated me like family. During my interview, he asked me “as a salesman, do you think you represent your company to your customer, or your customer to your company?” After thinking about the question for a moment, I told him that I felt that I represent my customer to the company, because without the customer, the company doesn’t need me! That truly is how I feel and how any successful sales person in any industry feels. Everything starts with a customer! You can’t make a sale, process an order, employ people to support the transaction or create a financial transaction, without a customer!

Finally, thank you from the bottom of my heart, to all of our employees! These people treat Mechanical Equipment as if it was their own company, and frankly, they have made it so. All of them bust their butts’ day in and day out for me and they’re the ones that deserve all of the credit. From estimating (putting out what I believe are the most detailed, complete and consistent quotations in the industry), to the inside sales support staff making sure your orders get shipped correctly and on time, to our inside sales team taking care of all the parts orders, and to the warehouse staying late for last minute emergency orders and deliveries. Everyone that touches a part of our business at Mechanical Equipment, does so with passion, dedication, and pride to do the best they can do every day. I am so fortunate to have assembled such a great team! As Leo Burnett, the founder of the greatest advertising agency in the world once said when he started his business, “Reach for the stars. You may not always catch one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either!”

 

What do you see for the company looking ahead? What should/could customers get excited about?

It’s hard for me to say, simply because even in my wildest imagination, I honestly never dreamed we’d be where we are today! I think the sky is the limit for Mechanical Equipment as long as we stay on our current path, and maintain the positive and grateful attitude we have now. Well known factory names continue to contact us, requesting representation in the Illinois market and that means continued growth. What business doesn’t want positive, controlled growth, right?

But we’re selective. We want to rep the best product lines and in turn do a great job for them. My strategy has always been to have no more than a dozen main product lines, and to become the industry leaders in product and system knowledge for those brands. Hopefully, we will continue to enjoy the relationships that we’ve developed with our customers over the last 20 years and continue to add more customers to the list!