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We are excited to announce that we are distributors for a new product line, LiquiTech, who has been providing innovations in water management and safety for over 30 years. LiquiTech offers solutions in a multiple of industries including hospitals, medical facilities, large manufacturing plants, commercial, high rise residential, and hospitality properties looking to improve water quality for their patients, employees, and guests – let’s talk.

LiquiTech, a company located here in Illinois, offers a comprehensive approach to improving water quality, safety, and purity by helping protect from Legionella and waterborne pathogens found in drinking water.

Water security is one of the most pressing issues facing facility owners and managers across multiple sectors. A clean water supply is essential to ensuring the health and safety of those environments. Having a solution that can improve the prevention of pathogens from entering and contaminating this vital resource is critical.

According to LiquiTech, 70% of all water systems are contaminated with Legionella. This issue has become extremely challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic because studies have found that Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) that originate from the water supply can be a key contributor in causing secondary infections that may lead to severity and mortality of COVID-19 patients.

An estimated 1 in 7 COVID-19 patients will develop a secondary infection while hospitalized.

LiquiTech’s multi barrier water management technologies are ideal for the following industries:

HEALTHCARE

Help hospitals prevent the high cost and risk of HAIs by addressing waterborne bacteria such as Legionella, Pseudomonas and others that may live in their water.

 

FACILITIES/ENGINEERING

Consistent, high quality water is invaluable to an industrial or manufacturing facility’s structure and processes. LiquiTech can deliver custom engineered solutions to address the unique process water challenges at your facility.

 

COMMERCIAL / HOSPITALITY

LiquiTech’s water management solutions can help commercial properties maximize operating effectiveness and improve guest satisfaction, while providing a safe, clean environment.

 

Their product line includes:

  • Point-of-Entry Filtration
  • Ultraviolet Disinfection
  • Copper Silver Ionization
  • Water Testing

 

If protecting patients, guests, and employees is absolutely critical for your customers, give us a call to help educate you at 800-355-7061 and to discuss LiquiTech’s solutions.

The Flamco Smart series of air and dirt separators from Nexus remove even the smallest microbubbles and minuscule dirt particles from the system water. Thanks to the innovative design, the pressure loss in the system is kept to a negligible minimum. The 360° rotating connection and compact dimensions of the Flamco Smart series enables them to be easily installed even when space is limited.

Curious about what’s on the inside of Nexus’ ASME rated air & dirt separators? Nexus produced a new video to take a look.

As you’ll see, there is no coalescing media that can become clogged. The video showcases a close up of the separating element, the stack of powerful Neodymium magnets in the base, and the dual dirt scraper at work inside the separator.

 

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Nexus utilizes an engineered stainless steel separating element. The separator pushes the air up to the Flexvent Super air vent and the dirt particles down into the base. The stack of powerful Neodymium super magnets in the base grabs the magnetite from the fluid stream until the dual-edged dirt scraper breaks it loose in preparation for a clean, complete blowdown. The dirt scraper feature is unique to Nexus.

If you have any questions on the Flamcovent Clean Smart Air & Dirt Separator, please give us a call at 1-800-355-7061.

 

Sterlco offers a wide variety of motor options to assure maximum efficiency and an economical operation. The tank receivers are available in steel, cast iron and stainless steel to fit whatever your specific application is, and Sterlco Condensate Units are available with different 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.

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, and as the steam cools down and converts back into condensate, it flows back into the condensate receiver / unit. When the boiler feed unit determines that the boiler needs more make-up water, it sends it from the condensate receiver / tank, into the boiler to be re-heated and sent back through the system all over again!

There are 5 key components to a steam system:

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

Our Boiler Feed & Condensate Tanks are extremely reliable and known for their long operating life in the field. Each heavy-duty tank is offered in steel, cast iron, and stainless steel. If required, we also custom manufacture the tank thickness to meet any specification, including military specifications. Sterlco Units come with a wide range of standard and optional features. We have systems for vertical multi-stage applications utilizing an elevated tank system design, or if space is limited, we have low profile tanks available to fit within your design 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.

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.

Sterlco® Boiler Feed Units are very popular with our customers for a variety of reasons. With more than 100 years of application experience, a diverse engineering staff, state-of-the art engineering design capabilities including custom applications, Sterlco is a brand you can trust to build into your customer solutions.

Their company vision is to be the foremost equipment provider in the steam auxiliary marketplace, which makes us proud to represent this line.

Their boilers are designed to be reliable and efficient at maintaining proper water levels.

Each unit features heavy-duty cast iron receivers for long operating life. In addition, the 3450 RPM motors assure maximum efficiency while maintaining minimum motor horsepower.

Available in steel, cast iron and stainless steel receivers, Sterlco Boiler Feed 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.

In addition, Sterlco boiler units are assembled and tested in New Berlin, Wisconsin and have plenty of accessories and options to meet your specific needs.

You can grab a copy of their Boiler Unit Brochure here or give us a call with any questions on products or pricing at 800-355-7061.