The Rise Of 3D Modeling In The HVAC Industry

One of the challenges in working on commercial and industrial HVAC installations and retrofits is the unique elements in the systems between buildings. Some of these building owners are interested in testing out different looks, options, and features in the HVAC system components.  It is one thing to be able to have a visual concept of these unique configurations of HVAC components, or even to create the components through CAD/CAM or other types of software programs, but it is quite another to actually manufacture the part or component.  Today, thanks to advances in 3D printing, creating a part or system
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How To Prevent Winter Freeze-Ups In Commercial Building Piping Systems

In any area of the country where winter temperatures drop below freezing, piping system freeze-ups are a concern for a commercial building owner or manager. This is mainly a concern if freezing temperatures are paired with storms that knock out the power or create a challenge in maintaining above-freezing temperatures inside the building.  Of course, another issue to consider is the exposure of piping systems on the exterior of the building in the basement and sub-basement areas. Typically, these are the first areas to freeze, and with their larger pipe sizes, they can result in significant and costly water damage
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Customer Service Resolutions To Make You A Better Leader In 2020

It is easy for a leader in any type of business to become focused on sales and the revenue-generating parts of the business. This is natural, but it is also shortsighted and may actually be hindering aspects of your business that are most vital to your customers’ positive image of your company and the loyalty to your brand.  The customer service and support part of any business is often seen as a department that can basically run itself as it just has to respond to questions, problems, issues, and perhaps provide troubleshooting support for customers. If leaders stop and think
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Tips For Creating A Safety Recognition Program

Safety in the workplace is a critical focus for companies of all sizes. While most companies and businesses provide stand-up or shift talks that have a safety element, it can be difficult to address all issues as a company focus.  One way to do this is to create a safety recognition program encouraging a safe environment so that people go home every night injury-free. Think About the Message  It is vital to have a focused method to kick-off your program and to use it to remind your managers and employees of the safety program. The message can be something simple
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A Closer Look At The Benefits Of Niron Piping

There is an increasing number of different options in pipes and fittings for all types of applications. In both potable water and HVAC types of applications, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipe has been the go-to option for durability, ease of installation, and for its long life cycle. Today, there is another option on the market that may offer significant advantages over HDPE pipe and fittings in these types of applications.  Niron Pipe Systems Niron, also known as PR-RCT piping, is a complete type of pipe and fitting system. It is a form of polyethylene pipe that is manufactured in layers, creating
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Goal Setting Tips For 2020

The end of the current year and the beginning of a new year is an excellent time for a business to set future goals. Top companies have yearly goals, and they also have long-term goals, which can include 2 years, 5 years and 10 years, and they create a set of milestones for the company to meet to keep growing and expanding in the market.  Setting goals is challenging, and it may seem as if there are variables that come into play that may make it even more of a challenge. However, even in an uncertain market, there are specific
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Encourage Giving Over The Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time when people are open to the spirit of giving, regardless of the holiday traditions they follow. A small business or a large corporation can maximize this trend and encourage giving within their employees to add to the sense of workplace culture and pride in the company.  Community Charities One of the ways that any business can encourage employees to get into the holiday spirit of giving is to have a specific type of drive or collection for a local community charity. Many charities are involved in collecting toys for children, food for families, or
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Creating Gratitude In The Workplace For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a different type of holiday and one where everyone can find things in their life that they are thankful to have and to enjoy. This sense of gratitude can be cultivated in the workplace, and it is a wonderful way for management and employees to connect and appreciate each other for all that they do.  As with any program or practice in the workplace, getting management involved is key. When management supports the program and models gratitude towards others, it has a ripple effect throughout the workplace. It can even impact how your employees interact with customers, vendors,
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Building Your Customer Base In the Slow Holiday Season

The holiday season can either be a boom for a business, or it can be a slower time of the year. For retailers, the months between October and December are often the peak sales time, while for service industries, they are the lowest.  There are some simple solutions to boost your business and even add new customers, even in the slow holiday season. The key is in being creative and offering new information and ideas to customers to place your business in a position of being a reliable authority in your industry.  Offer Service Packages at a Discount Even though
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A Service Industry Throw Back Thursday

Anyone who has worked in a service industry for more than a few years can probably recall changes. Those who have worked in the industry for decades have seen some major changes, some of which have made the industry stronger and some which have changed the way companies do business.  Here are some of the ways the service industry used to be as compared to what they are today.  More Focus on Customer Service and Less on Productivity One change in all types of service industries is the decrease in the personal aspect of dealing with customers. In other words,
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