Fighting Fire the Smart Way: PSI Installs Sprinkler System for Taber Mill Apartments

Thursday, Jun, 07, 2018 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Fire protection, Safety

The best way to deal with fire is to prevent it, of course, but there’s a case to be made for limiting potential suffering and damage from the get-go. That was the thinking at Boston Land Company, a full service real estate development, investment, syndication, and property management firm with offices in Boston and Waltham, Massachusetts. The company manages 3,000 units of housing and 40,000 square feet of retail and office space across five eastern states. Not long ago, Boston Land Company ... [Read More...]

HOW CROSS-training MECHANICAL PIPING TECHS cuts costs on the job

Friday, May, 04, 2018 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Safety, Process piping

Piping Systems, Inc. recently completed the installation of mechanical piping, HVAC, fire suppression, and plumbing systems at the Blackburn & Union Privileges Superfund site in Walpole, Massachusetts. The former industrial site is currently being remediated due to chemical contamination. Located in a predominately residential area, the town received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remediate the site. The town plans to reuse the site for future municipal, ... [Read More...]

The 30 Most Commonly Overlooked Piping Problems In Your Facility

Tuesday, Apr, 10, 2018 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Safety

Process piping, fire protection systems, and HVAC units all operate in the background, ensuring your warehouse or facility is running smoothly - that is, until those systems break down. Gas leaks, burst pipes, or fire protection system failures can not only cause major disruption to your production, but can be life threatening as well. Halted production, no matter the cause, means lost revenue and increased expenses. Luckily, these system failures can typically be mitigated with regular ... [Read More...]

5 Indicators It’s Time to Expand Your Facility

Thursday, Feb, 22, 2018 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Process piping, Manufacturing

Managing a successful manufacturing company isn’t without its stresses and strains. In fact, your success is bound to create growing pains from time to time. Those pains include everything from needing to expand the square footage of a physical plant to upgrading essential systems like process piping, HVAC, fire protection, and more. Your company may be ready for a plant expansion if: 1. Keeping up with demand has become a problem. There’s a demand for your products, but production and delivery ... [Read More...]

The Cost of Going Cheap

Thursday, Feb, 08, 2018 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Customer Service, Process piping

Did you parents ever tell you: “If you’re going to do a job, do it right the first time?” Parents are smart. Of course, back then you were probably cleaning out the garage or mowing the lawn. But the lesson has lifelong applications. The truth is, doing a project right the first time can save a whole lot of wasted time and money. [Read More...]

Gas Pipe Welding in an Explosive-Risk Environment

Tuesday, Jan, 16, 2018 by Jason Taylor

Categories: Safety, Gas Piping, Welding

Almost all manufacturers have gas piping installed. But one of the key safety considerations when PSI works in a plant is whether we're installing gas piping in new construction or in an existing building that's expanding or adding new equipment. The risks to my service team, our customer's employees and the plant itself are not even close in those two scenarios. In a new building, there is virtually no risk in installing gas pipe: We're not tied to a meter yet.  But if we get a call to put gas ... [Read More...]

How A Massachusetts Manufacturer Lowers Its Fire Risk

Thursday, Jan, 04, 2018 by Piping Systems Inc

Categories: Fire protection, Manufacturing

Each month, PSI “exercises” one of our large customer’s fire safety system’s PIV (post indicator valve) valves. The polymer sealant and adhesive manufacturing company’s mechanic in charge of maintenance  has a mandate to keep the valves working properly and in compliance. “We have to do this because of our insurance,” he says. [Read More...]

7 questions to ask your industrial piping contractor

Wednesday, Dec, 13, 2017 by Piping Systems, Inc.

Categories: industrial piping, commercial piping

Every industrial piping system installation is unique, so naturally the types of piping, valve and fitting configurations used for each job will be unique as well. So, the best piping for one job won’t be the best for another. As an industrial or manufacturing plant manager, the decisions you make about what piping systems to use and who should design and install them can be one of the most challenging decisions you can make. [Read More...]

Chemical Manufacturing Too Hot To Handle?

Tuesday, Dec, 05, 2017 by Pauline Lally

Categories: chemical manufacturing, Process piping

Not with high-end piping! When things get hot, Ray Hoben calls Piping Systems, Inc. Ray is Vice President of Operations at a small plant in Randolph, Massachusetts, that manufactures composite materials and glass microspheres.  “Steam gets pretty aggressive because it's hot. We have a lot of acidic processes that eat up pipe work and pumps, so PSI installs high-end piping for us which survives over extreme throws of chemicals.” [Read More...]

Unconventional Ways To Prevent Maintenance Down Time and Avoid Danger

Thursday, Oct, 26, 2017 by Pauline Lally

Categories: Productivity, Safety, Innovation

AR Metalizing is the massive company behind those pretty metallic labels you see on common household products. They create labels for anything from Bush’s Baked Beans to Jim Beam Whiskey to Hallmark gift wrap. They’re a global company with facilities in Europe, the United States, and South America.  Marc Hyney, Facility Manager for AR Metalizing, has been working with PSI since September of 2013 when he came on board with the company. “Looking through the list of suppliers and vendors we have, ... [Read More...]