WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR PIPING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE OUTSIDE

There is a simple reason why the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) requires a full internal piping and obstruction inspection every five years. This is the optimal time to test your fire system to make sure in the event it is needed it operates to full capacity. Even with the best materials used in the installation process, it is possible for internal corrosion and damage to occur. This may not be visible on the outside of the pipes, but in the event the sprinkler system was needed, there may be limited flow through the system or even leaks and pressure
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THE IMPORTANCE OF STEAM LINE SIZING

When it comes to a steam system, every aspect of design, installation, and even maintenance is critical for a long duty cycle. The best-designed steam lines are operational for up to two hundred years, which makes them one of the most durable aspects of any facility. One of the key factors in the design of the system is to ensure the correct steam line sizing. This is a critical decision and one that can have a significant influence on the efficiency of the system. A common mistake is to choose each component on its own, while the correct design and material choice
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ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF MASSACHUSETTS & GOULD CONSTRUCTION INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PIPING SYSTEMS, INC. AS STEP AWARD WINNER

WOBURN, MA – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the state’s largest commercial construction association, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulate Piping Systems, Inc. for recently being named a Silver Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) award recipient at the 15th Annual Safety & Education Dinner held on May 16th at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA. STEP is a national ABC program that provides safety benchmarking and improvement tools that has been shown to dramatically improve safety performance among participating companies.   Established in 1969, STEP was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  Companies measure their safety
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TIPS FOR OFFICE SAFETY

Safety is always essential in an office, just as it is in any workplace. It is fairly easy and straightforward to control office safety in a professional office building, but it can be more challenging in a workplace where the office staff may be out on the workroom floor, in the warehouse or walking around production, fabrication and manufacturing equipment. The challenge is in training the office staff to know the basics of staying safe on the workroom floor. Of course, there are also basic office safety tips to keep in mind. To develop a safe and complete working environment for the
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WHY SHOULD I HAVE A FIRE INSPECTION CONTRACT?

Depending on the type of business you have, the risk of fire may be something that is on the top of your radar or something that is way down near the bottom. However, fire is a very real concern on any commercial property and in any industrial setting. Some types of operations, including production, manufacturing and fabrication types of operations are seen as higher risk, particularly if equipment, machines, and systems are in constant operations. Even in office buildings, on campuses and throughout retail outlets the risk of electrical shorts, accidental fires and other factors can contribute to the risk.
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MATERIAL HANDLING IS THE MOST FREQUENT CAUSE OF WORKPLACE INJURIES

In any type of warehousing, distribution, production, manufacturing or fabrication industry, employees are constantly required to move and manage materials. Not surprisingly, incorrect or unsafe practices in moving materials can result in minor to very significant injuries. OSHA provides a range of regulations for businesses to help educate and inform employees about safe material handling practices. It is critical for any type of business with a small number of employees to multiple shifts across a number of facilities and locations to include regular training and talks on the safe handling of the specific types of materials your employees have to
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TEUFELBERGER – WHEN A CLIENT CALLS WITH AN EMERGENCY

When a client calls with an emergency, we get hopping to take care of them. This past February, our long-time client, Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corp (formerly known as New England Ropes) in Fall River, MA called us in a panic to help them out.  The boiler they rely on that not only heats their offices but also a part of their production line, had failed. Within 24 hours of their call, we worked with our supplier, Independent Piping and Supply Corp, Canton, MAand found a boiler in stock in New Hampshire ready to deliver.  Teufelberg called us on a Wednesday and by Friday
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ALL ABOUT ESFR SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS

As technology evolves, so do the methods used to provide protection to different types of buildings. In warehouses and other similar types of operations, there are two different options for fire suppression systems, also known as sprinkler systems. Control Mode Options The two different systems are designed for two different approaches to dealing with a fire in the plant, facility or building. The Control Mode system is a control type of system, designed to slow down the fire and to allow the fire department or responders time to arrive on the scene. These types of sprinklers provide water in and
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OVERCOMING TEAM MEETING STAGNATION

One of the most important meetings in any business is the team meeting. This can be at the senior management level down to individual departments, units or workplace team meetings. While this should be a valuable time for all involved, the team meeting is often dreaded by both the meeting leaders as well as the team. Everyone simply comes into the meeting room with the goal to get through the meeting, not to have to speak and to avoid being asked any questions. Thankfully, there are several ways that team leaders can spice up team meetings to make them fun, engaging and
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MANAGING DISTRACTIONS USING SPRING PRUNING AS A GUIDELINE

With the warm weather slowing arriving and the need to get out and do spring yard work rolling around again, it is tempting to think about how simple that seems compared to the million and one tasks you have to do to manage in your business on a daily basis. This is true if you are the business owner, a supervisor, or an entry-level employee. Each position in the company has any number of small to large tasks to complete each day, and this is not even counting all the random distractions that are also going to happen. Some of
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