A Grundfos Journey: From Denmark & Hungary with love — past & present

 

By John Mesenbrink —

The 300+-page Grundfos textbook was a bit cumbersome in size and weight to take back to the States, but definitely not cumbersome in content. As the group of 11 trade press editors finished its last multi-course meal at Frisholt, the Grundfos guesthouse near its Bjerringbro campus and manufacturing facility, we were thanked with gifts and, well, Grundfos — More than pumps, the textbook rich with Grundfos lore. I elected to take the book to get a better understanding of the history of the company and a glimpse into its founder — Poul Due Jensen. (I might add that Frisholt is a representation of the “Grundfos way” — a retreat for employees, execs, visitors and friends to enjoy the Denmark countryside, great food and spirits, with all the imprints and comforts provided by previous Grundfos leaders, Poul, and his son — an avid outdoorsman — Niels Due Jensen.)

According to the book, Grundfos was founded during a turbulent time. At the end of Word War II, people were exposed in every possible way and an enormous effort had to be made to rebuild countries and cultures. The time demanded technological inventiveness and rational action, as well as shared responsibility and respect for other people. The Grundfos culture revolves around these concepts — advanced technology and productivity combined with social responsibility and sustainability.

First Stop, Denmark

(10.6.14)We originally flew into Copenhagen and were able to experience some of the Danish architecture and canals, and I enjoyed a nice dinner on the water with Contractor editor, Candace Roulo. According to a popular Copenhagen website, up to the middle of the 20th century, Christianshavn, with its canal system, developed into quite a charming and trendy residential area with plenty of atmosphere and remarkable old buildings formed by Dutch architects around 1618.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

 

(10.7.14)The sustainability concepts mentioned above were immediately evident on the first stop of our media tour in Copenhagen the next day. There, we visited the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, touted as the world’s greenest and most sustainable hotel. (http://mechanical-hub.com/on-location-crowne-plaza-copenhagen-towers-the-worlds-greenest-hotel)

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In addition to one of the of the most advanced ATES (Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage) systems, which provided heating and cooling for the hotel, tour guide and applications manager for Grundfos, Jens Nørgaard, explained that all sun-facing facades of the hotel are equipped with ultra-thin solar panels, and the installation constitutes Northern Europe’s largest private array of solar cells, producing annually more than 200 kWh. In addition, Grundfos delivered all end-suction and inline pumps for the building’s air conditioning, heating and water boosting.

That afternoon we flew to Karop, Denmark and headed to the aforementioned, ever-comfortable Frisholt, our sanctuary for our two, individual-day pilgrimages into Bjerringbro, the home of the global headquarters for Grundfos.

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Frisholt, the Grundfos guesthouse

 

Our amazing host, Dorte Maach, Head, Corporate Communications, had us on an itinerary that was efficient as a Grundfos pump itself. From coordinating flights, bus travel, dinners, facility tours and seminars all were planned to perfection. (And it doesn’t hurt to be one of the most helpful and delightful people I’ve met.)

(10.8.14) The next morning, we arrived at the Grundfos Center, Bjerrinbro. To me, this was the essence of Grundfos. To see, experience and be in the moment in the very place where it all began was astounding.

We assembled in front of the Center to take a group photo.

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The media group from l to r: Bob Miodonski, Jørgen Bjelskou (Grundfos), John McNally, Candace Roulo, Mads Nipper (Grundfos), Martha Carolina, Michelle Segrest, Elisabeth Lisican, Peter Leonard, Jim Schneider, Gary Parr, Richard Carter, Helen Mubarak (Grundfos), John Mesenbrink, Dorte Maach (Grundfos).

 

The first order of business inside — meet with newly appointed Group President and CEO, Mads Nipper. Mads gave us the Grundfos “globe of the globe” — or state of the state. To paraphrase Nipper, it was the flat European sales growth that brought Nipper to Grundfos, and I’m sure he’s up to the task.

“We are the global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology. We want to improve the quality of life for people,” said Nipper. “It is also our goal to empower our customer to make the right decisions.”

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Grundfos Group President and CEO, Mads Nipper

 

Incidentally, Nipper, who previously was employed with LEGO, said that North American sales has seen steady growth since 2010, with 85% of North American sales in the United States, which established operations in 1973. The largest segment in U.S. sales consists of Building Sales 57%, followed by Industry 24% and Water Utility 17%. The goal is to see $1 billion in sales growth by 2020.

Immediately following a Q&A session with Mads Nipper, Jørgen Bjelskou, Group Public Affairs Director, Grundfos gave his presentation — Grundfos Focus on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency. A couple of solutions stated were pump inefficiencies and water leakages. Pumps consume as much as 10% of the world’s electrical energy and it could be reduced 4% by swapping out the old with the new energy efficient pumps. Also, many cities lose more than 50% of water in the distribution system. Grundfos offers a pressure management system that reduces significant water loss; reduces significant energy loss; and minimizes maintenance costs.

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Jørgen Bjelskou, Group Public Affairs Director, Grundfos

 

Also, discussed was Grundfos’ social commitment, an integrated part of its corporate values. Currently, 2.9% of staff in Grundfos’ Danish companies is employed on special conditions, with a target of 5% globally by 2020.

Bjelskou also discussed the CO2 Grundfos footprint, which means that the company will not emit more CO2 than in 2008, and the goal is to become CO2 neutral.

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Outside of the Grundfos Museum, the Grundfos plate features Archimedes’ screw, symbolic in the Grundfos logo. Archimedes’ screw is a machine historically used for transferring water from a low-lying body of water into irrigation ditches.

 

In between the presentations of Mads Nipper and Jørgen Bjelskou, we took a break and were able to visit the Grundfos museum, which was located in the Grundfos Center. To see the timeline of events, to the see the very first pump and to see a replica of Poul Due’s workshop was incredible, and it brings you back in time.

Back to the Beginning

Born in May 1912, Poul Due Jensen’s childhood was fraught with hardships. His father managed a poorhouse and his mother passed away when he was just six. He had experienced the global effect and financial crisis of the stock market crash on Wall Street, unemployment and two world wars. According to the book, the extreme conditions of life in both immediate and wider world undoubtedly influenced Poul Due Jensen’s values throughout his life. He witnessed many human fates during his childhood and youth — and most of them sad. In practical terms, the experience formed the basis of the sense of social responsibility, which was practiced in the company from its early days.

Throughout his childhood, Poul had focused on woodwork and carpentry, but physics and chemistry were also top of mind, and during his apprenticeship at Bjerringbro Machine Factory, his activities also included iron, steel and machine technology.

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A replica of Poul Due Jensen’s workshop, which initially was located in his basement, now tells the story in the Grundfos Center Museum.

 

Later, Poul’s boss, Marinus Svendsen, had promoted him to constructor, works manager and other posts. Yet, Poul’s level of activity was growing and his basement workshop was becoming too small to hold all of his inventions and repairs. Nonetheless, he left his collaboration with Svendsen at the end of February 1944 and announced — through and advertisement in the regional newspaper — that he was launching his own company from the two room’s in the villa’s basement.

Paul Due was generous in his offers to potential customers — heating systems, sanitary systems, builders’ hardware, repairs, etc. His new employee recruits were looking forward to the move to the new machine workshop, which was built on the land he had acquired previously.

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Poul Due Jensen as a child

 

Let it be known that, according to the book, the explanation of Poul’s great willingness to take risks is partly found in the ballast provided by his wife, Inger Due Jenson, throughout his life. She anchored the family—four children—in a secure framework and traditions, and from this point forward had a far-reaching influence with her social and humanitarian initiatives.

Grundfos Is Born

With Denmark’s liberation in May 1945, trade and industry began adapting to new times. A property in the region gave the company an order for a small, automatic waterworks. At the time, it was impossible to obtain a pump for the waterworks, so in line with his way of tackling problems, Paul Due began to construct a pump himself. When the pump was ready, it was officially named “Foss” or waterfall. The pump was popularly known as “The Pig.” At least forty-odd “pigs” were made before they were replaced by models that looked less like animals within 12 months.

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Foss (“Water”) was the first pump developed by Poul Due Jensen, a shallow groundwater piston pump nicknamed “The Pig.”

 

When the centrifugal pump became the primary product, Jensen needed to rebrand. He opened the company with the name Bjerringbro Die Casting Foundry and Machine Factory. Although the foundry was not established until a few years later, Jensen decided to drop the “Machine Factory,” partly out of consideration for Marinus Svendsen at Bjerringbro Machine Factory. In 1954, the named changed again, and to create a connection between company name and product range, Jensen used the name Bjerringbro Pump Factory. However, it was the names of the two key pump types: DYBFOSS and GRUNDFOSS that stood out much more clearly. In the early 1960s, when 70% of the company’s pumps were sold abroad, the company felt it was inconvenient to operate under a Danish-sounding name so the company took the precaution of writing GRUNDFOSS — Bjerringbro Pump Factory.

However, this upset another Danish manufacturer and entrepreneur, Mads Clausen, founder of Danfoss. He believed that the branding of the pump company could be misconstrued as an alternative to Danfoss. The conflict ensued until after Clausen’s death in 1966. For the Bjerringbro company, the result was to drop one “s” so that its global name from 1968 was: GRUNDFOS, while the Danish company was GRUNDFOS A/S.

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Meeting the energy challenge with Hans Brink Hansen, Business Development Manger, Grundfos A/S.

 

Back to the Tour

Standing in the workshop replica did indeed take me back to the beginnings of Grundfos, but the coffee break had ended and it was time to learn more. Hans Brink Hansen, Business Development Manger, Grundfos A/S, gave his presentation, “En Route to Smarter Buildings.” Some of Hansen’s talking point centered on what Grundfos can do for the industry:

• Heating and Cooling — Indoor climate optimization; low lifecycle costs and reduced CO2 emissions through intelligent operations; and control modes for all HVAC systems including temperature mode for DHW systems. i.e — MAGNA3

• Water Boosting — Fluctuating pressure avoidance and pressure levels control with start/stop functions and smart controllers. i.e. — Hydro MPC

• Water Disinfection — Safety with chlorine dioxide solutions; high water safety. i.e. — Oxiperm Pro

• Optimizing Lifecycle Costs — Efficiency and reliability through intelligent controls, a holistic systems approach and high efficiency motor technology.

Grundfos has saved EU buildings save 3 billion kWh, which is the equivalent to 600,000 households.

Finally, Grundfos iSOLUTIONS was discussed. This is a holistic approach to buildings through installation, commissioning, operations, monitoring, control and service.

The “i” stands for intelligence, integration, interoperability, insight and interconnectivity.

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Morten Gylling, Global Program Manager, gave us a facility tour of Grundfos Industrial Solutions—CR pumps/impeller production.

 

After lunch, we went on a facility tour of Grundfos Industrial Solutions—CR pumps/impeller production tour—led by our enthusiastic tour guide, Morten Gylling, Global Program Manager. Here we witnessed highly specialized components and equipment machinery through automation. And, I learned that the shaft seal is absolutely critical in the pump design. LEAN assembly processes apply here, and an interesting “Driver’s License” approach, where an employee incentive program—to learn as many stations as possible—to achieve a higher salary. (NOTE: A lot of forklift activity on this tour.)

After the tour, we headed back to a classroom with Rasmus Bloom, Grundfos Director, Grundfos Connect. Here, Rasmus addressed new challenges and demands concerning infrastructures and solutions. With a projected population of eight billion people by 2025 there will be a higher demand for mobility, increased traffic and a higher demand for energy and water. In fact, 10% of the population is living in cities with a population of more than 10 million. According to Bloom, there is a need for solutions, a fast implementation of efficient solutions with physical and intelligent layers of technology. It starts with an intelligent pump system with algorithms optimizing and adapting to the exact needed pressure during day, week, year through a smart grid distribution system with sensors transmitting data on pressure from “critical points” in the water distribution pipes.

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Rasmus Bloom, Grundfos Director, Grundfos Connect, addresses new challenges and demands concerning infrastructures and solutions.

 

The last stop on the tour for the day was the Bjerringbro District Heating Plant, a public/private partnership where Grundfos jointly operates the facility, with the manufacturer Grundfos owning the building and the city owning the heat pumps in the plant. According to host Klaus Christensen, this private/public venture recirculates water from nearby wells to provide heating and cooling for the joint facility.  In fact, Grundfos gets the cooling, and 15% of the nearby citizens enjoy the comfort of the hydronic heating produced here.

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John Mesenbrink (r) talks with Klaus Christensen about the heating and cooling system at the Bjerringbro District Heating Plant.

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That night we returned to the guesthouse for one last evening at the incomparable Frisholt. Our dinner was hosted by top management execs, Jørgen Bjelskou and Rasmus Bloom.

(10.9.14)The next day, although a little under the weather, was the most fun, I think, for the group. We headed to Budapest, Hungary on the Grundfos corporate jet. Pretty sweet experience, if you ask me!

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The Grundfos corporate jet

 

When we landed, we went straight to the Grundfos Manufacturing Hungary plant in Tataba’nya, Hungary, the second largest Grundfos manufacturing facility with nearly 3,000 employees. According to tour host, Lazlø Torok, the idea behind opening a plant in Hungary was a wish for strategic positioning in Central Europe and a belief that political and economic stability was attainable (with future NATO and EU membership). The infrastructure was good — education system, healthcare systems, transport systems, etc. were all desirable. We were given a tour of the Hungary manufacturing facility where Kaizen improvement processes were stressed.

It was here that I learned about the Grundfos Lifelink water solutions. Grundfos is committed to delivering solutions that strengthen reliability and sustainability of water supply in the developing world. Lifelink combines innovative and reliable technology with professional service networks to support operations on the ground. Grundfos believes that partnerships across sectors and business model thinking are also needed to provide sustainable and scalable solutions. Grundfos addresses the missing link to sustainability in water supply through innovative Grundfos Lifelink solutions that take a holistic and long-term approach.

The Grundfos vision for sustainable water supply links innovative and holistic solutions withsustainability in four dimensions:

• Operational
• Financial
• Environmental
• Social

Fellow editor on the tour, Gary Parr, was taken with the idea of Lifelink. “One of the Grundfos things that stayed with me is the way they involve their employees, seemingly at all levels. Even more so, they simply seem to care about people in general,” said Parr. And I have to agree. It goes back to the Grundfos concepts of social responsibility and sustainability.

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A view of the Budapest Parliament building from our Danube River cruise.

 

The last night in Budapest was magnificent. We took a boat cruise on the Danube River. The weather was agreeable and the company even better. Photo-ops abound with lighted landscapes and buildings along the Danube.

Early Philosophies

Throughout his life, Poul Due Jensen thrived on challenges created partly by the opposition he faced so extensively from his youth, partly by the demands and possible solutions he sensed in the future. He matured into a solution-seeking pragmatist and his constant improvements of the processes and the standards of the end products led to the development of a large number of techniques and tools. Data and intelligence are key: enhance the value of products with software; create value through software tools for installing and commissioning of products and solutions and develop new intelligent, data-driven solutions.

As a result, one of Poul’s slogans was: Can it be done better? — which is an example of a kind of opposition that provokes progress and improvements. Even to this day, one management skill involves working with opposition — by challenging colleagues and employees. With several similar variations or permutations, Grundfos hasn’t strayed far from that message. There has been the quasi-Descartian philosophy — Be. Think. Innovate. — to “Demand More” message.

The company has grown from a modest one-man operation to a global group with some 19,000 employees, with 8,000 of these production employees. The Grundfos Group represents great diversity, and everyday attention must be paid to the great number of relationships, which reach across national borders, language barriers and local cultures.

(NOTE: I would like to thank Helen Mubarak, Public Affairs Coordinator, Grundfos North America, for inviting me on this trip. My once-in-a-lifetime experiences will always stay with me. Thanks to Dorte Maach and the rest of the European Grundfos team, making all the media representatives feel right at home.)

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From Denmark & Budapest with love. The group had a great time!

 

One thought on “A Grundfos Journey: From Denmark & Hungary with love — past & present

  1. It appears you have made the right connec tion with Grundfos and what we are all about. After almost 25 years with Grundfos myself, it only took a few days for you to see just what a wonderful company Grundfos is. Thank you for capturing the essence of what we do and putting it into words. Fun article to read and well done.

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Right across the street from the Harvard Club of New York, funded by notable members such as Andrew Carnegie, sits the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York. Founded on November 17, 1785 the aims of the General Society were to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of … Continue reading Carlson-Holohan Award finds permanent home at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York

Caleffi releases new idronics: Water Quality in Hydronic Systems

Water is the essential fluid in all hydronic systems. Its quality affects the system’s overall efficiency, reliability, life expectancy and the effectiveness of chemical additives. The 18th edition of idronics™ discusses problems that can develop within hydronic systems when water quality is ignored. It lays our procedures for converting raw water into high quality water … Continue reading Caleffi releases new idronics: Water Quality in Hydronic Systems

Lochinvar names January VIP program winners

Lebanon, Tenn. — Lochinvar has announced its monthly VIP Contractor Program winners for January. The company rewards VIP Contractors throughout the heating season for impressive installations submitted in the VIP Installation Showcase and holds a monthly drawing for VIP Contractors who register qualified products. Of all the entries posted in January’s VIP Installation Showcase, which … Continue reading Lochinvar names January VIP program winners

Coffee with Caleffi™: Siegenthaler Examines Water Quality in Hydronic Systems

Many installers simply fill their newly installed hydronic systems with water that’s available on site. Sometimes they’re “lucky” to have water with relatively low dissolved solids, stable pH and low turbidity. Other times they may not be so lucky. Although problems may not appear right away, the life of their new system could be significantly … Continue reading Coffee with Caleffi™: Siegenthaler Examines Water Quality in Hydronic Systems

Taco introduces the Dan Holohan Comfort Award at AHR Expo

At this year’s AHR Expo, Taco CEO Johnny White Jr. presented the Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award to Dan Holohan. The award’s inaugural presentation to its namesake, Dan Holohan, was called, by White, “just one small token of appreciation for a lifetime of tireless commitment to improving the trade and — in no … Continue reading Taco introduces the Dan Holohan Comfort Award at AHR Expo

2016-2018 Carlson – Holohan Industry Award of Excellence Inductee – John Goshulak, P.Eng.

At the RPA party at this past AHR Show in Orlando, the next chapter in the Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence was revealed as John Goshulak, P.Eng., was announced the next torch bearer of said biennual award, which is bestowed upon an individual who is selfless and gives his/her time to raise the benchmark of … Continue reading 2016-2018 Carlson – Holohan Industry Award of Excellence Inductee – John Goshulak, P.Eng.

Must Own: Lessons Learned Servicing Boilers by Ray Wohlfarth

Ray Wohlfarth, international author of Lessons Learned in a Boiler Room and Lessons Learned: Connecting New Boilers to Old Pipes, has a new book on the service of hydronic and low pressure steam boilers, entitled, Lessons Learned Servicing Boilers. The book is filled with almost 300 pages of tips, rules of thumbs, formulas, and jobsite … Continue reading Must Own: Lessons Learned Servicing Boilers by Ray Wohlfarth

Product Review: Viessmann Vitocrossal (CU3) boiler

Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a very diversified company offering comfort and efficiency using geothermal systems, solar thermal sstems by and plumbing, piping and HVAC systems. Godbout provides service for the entire coastline of Maine from York to Freeport. Including: Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Portland, South Portland and everywhere in between. The Hub … Continue reading Product Review: Viessmann Vitocrossal (CU3) boiler

WaterFurnace introduces HydroLogic, a simple solution for radiant heating

WaterFurnace International, Inc. introduces HydroLogic, a turnkey solution for radiant heating that integrates seamlessly into a WaterFurnace geothermal system. It is a cost-effective product that takes the complexity and time out of radiant system installations. The main component of HydroLogic is a pre-piped, pre-wired modular mechanical panel designed to simplify installation. The panel supports cooling, … Continue reading WaterFurnace introduces HydroLogic, a simple solution for radiant heating

Boiler primer: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.

Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading source of high quality cooling and heating systems, including tankless, point-of-use and electric water heaters, floor-standing and wall-hung boilers, Bosch and FHP geothermal heat pump systems as well as controls and accessories for every product line. Bosch Thermotechnology is committed to reinventing energy efficiency by offering smart products that work … Continue reading Boiler primer: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.

‘Caleffi Excellence’ grand prize winner announced

The year-long contest — Caleffi Excellence — which is a platform where designers and installers of hydronic or plumbing systems can showcase their work and receive national recognition, has culminated in the announcement of the grand prize winner. Bill Olschewski of Tip Top Plumbing (Manitoba, Canada) and a guest of his choice has won a … Continue reading ‘Caleffi Excellence’ grand prize winner announced

tekmar snow & ice melting app & online design tool

tekmar unveiled its new app and online tool to assist users in designing their own snow & ice melting solutions. Contractors, engineers, and distributors can use the app and online tool to enter their design parameters and instantly receive the specific information they need to specify the correct control solution, prepare a quote, and successfully … Continue reading tekmar snow & ice melting app & online design tool

Coffee with Caleffi: Boiler Component Selection

December Webinar Completes Component Selection Series In the webinar, Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, training and education manager, completes a two-part boiler component selection series on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 12 noon CST concentrating on key components used in renewable energy hydronic systems. Please visit www.caleffi.com for registration details. The complimentary educational series, Coffee with Caleffi™, … Continue reading Coffee with Caleffi: Boiler Component Selection

Advances in boiler construction and design

Contractors, architects, engineers and others who specify commercial and industrial boilers continually seek systems that are more cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. The boiler industry has responded by making significant advances in both construction and design, with new systems offering greater efficiencies, cutting-edge technologies, advanced controls and the ability to integrate with renewable energy. Condensing … Continue reading Advances in boiler construction and design

Lochinvar names first 2015-2016 VIP Contractors Program winners

Lochinvar has announced the first winners in its 2015-2016 VIP Contractor Program, which offers more prizes than ever before. From October through April, a total of four VIP Contractors are rewarded each month for their installations of Lochinvar’s residential boilers. Three of the monthly winners are selected among participants in the VIP Installation Showcase, an … Continue reading Lochinvar names first 2015-2016 VIP Contractors Program winners

Solar thermal/condensing boiler project addresses multiple loads, earns energy offset

  In Eagle County, Colorado, local authorities not only promote energy sustainability, but insist on it. Any residential project that incorporates more than 200 square feet of snow melt, for example, must mitigate the load with an offset the draws upon a renewable energy source. So the county required owner to mitigate snowmelt energy draw … Continue reading Solar thermal/condensing boiler project addresses multiple loads, earns energy offset

SlimFit™ High-Efficiency Condensing Boilers

With a number of innovations, Weil-McLain® now offers an enhanced line of its popular SlimFit™ high-efficiency condensing gas boilers. New features include improved boiler-to-boiler communication, Modbus® and BACnet® for linking with BAS (building automation systems), express set up wizard, 10 preset typical heating systems, and updated controls interface for simpler navigation, at-a-glance boiler status, diagnostics … Continue reading SlimFit™ High-Efficiency Condensing Boilers

Watts Radiant’s R-flex Pre-insulated PEX Piping System

Watts Radiant’s R-flex is a pre-insulated, flexible, energy-saving PEX piping system with a durable, waterproof outer cover. It provides cost-effective distribution for heating, cooling, and snow melting applications in schools, universities, resorts, housing developments, and other residential facilities. R-flex consists of a long-lasting PEX carrier pipe or pipes surrounded by thick insulation layers, all contained … Continue reading Watts Radiant’s R-flex Pre-insulated PEX Piping System

Boiler, tankless install solves homeowner’s hot water concerns

  Sunshine Plumbing Heating Air was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in Denver since 2012 with a 534% growth rate. Susan Frew, president and William Frew, vice president, are a husband and wife powerhouse ownership team whose company just won the 2015 ‘Fastest Growing Company’ award for the Denver Business … Continue reading Boiler, tankless install solves homeowner’s hot water concerns

Caleffi DISCALDIRTMAG magnetic separation

Caleffi expands its solutions to problems caused by ferrous oxide debris within hydronic systems. Ferrous oxide debris, which is abrasive and often microscopic, is created from the oxidation of iron or steel materials. It can deposit onto heat exchanger surfaces and accumulate in other components including circulators, causing reduced thermal efficiency and premature equipment wear. … Continue reading Caleffi DISCALDIRTMAG magnetic separation

Viega provides design and product transition assistance for PEX applications

•  New Make the Switch program helps customers keep PEX installation projects on schedule. Wichita — Viega offers technical experts to assist with system design and product selection for switching to Radel® R-based PEX products. Known as a leader in press technology and training for the commercial, residential and industrial plumbing, heating and cooling industries, … Continue reading Viega provides design and product transition assistance for PEX applications

Plumbing apprentices shine at PHCC Connect

  With a program chock full of heavy hitting seminars, a straight-from-the-heart keynote and a trade show floor that featured some of the newest products and services, it was the plumbing apprenticeship contest that turned heads at this year’s PHCC-National Association’s Connect show in Hollywood, Fla. Some of the future’s brightest competed for bragging rights—and … Continue reading Plumbing apprentices shine at PHCC Connect

Viessmann celebrates 25 years in the U.S. with VIP/Open House event

Early last month at its U.S. headquarters in Warwick, R.I., Viessmann held a two-day event in which the company celebrated its 25 years of operation in the states. The first day, September 9,  was a special VIP event where more than 150 guests attended the anniversary day of celebration with speeches, gourmet luncheon and a … Continue reading Viessmann celebrates 25 years in the U.S. with VIP/Open House event

Avanti Plumbing and Heating, Inc. moves ‘forward’ with hot water recirculation

The Italian word, “Avanti” means “forward.” In the sense of motion, it’s a fitting description of young business owner Anthony Tosco and his three-man company, Avanti Plumbing and Heating, Inc., just west of Philadelphia. Currently, the company offers plumbing, heating, hydronics and air conditioning to customers all over eastern Pennsylvania. Most work consists of residential … Continue reading Avanti Plumbing and Heating, Inc. moves ‘forward’ with hot water recirculation

California wastewater agency wins with radiant technology

When most people think of radiant heat or hydronic snow melt, the usual applications come to mind: warm floors, heated sidewalks and snow-free driveways. The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) in Big Bear, Calif., contacted Viega Radiant Design Services with a project that needed an innovative solution. A byproduct of the water treatment … Continue reading California wastewater agency wins with radiant technology

White House recognizes Bosch Thermotechnology for commitment to energy saving solutions

Londonderry, New Hampshire – Bosch Thermotechnology has been recognized by President Obama for its ongoing efforts to provide innovative low-cost energy solutions across the building spectrum, to include use of renewable technology solutions like geothermal heat pumps. The Bosch recognition by the President comes as part an executive order in conjunction with the EPA’s Clean … Continue reading White House recognizes Bosch Thermotechnology for commitment to energy saving solutions

BOSCH THERMOTECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES FLOOR STANDING MODEL

BOSCH THERMOTECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES FLOOR STANDING MODEL WITH AFUE 95% RATED EFFICIENCY Bosch Thermotechnology’s Greenstar gas condensing boiler for residential applications is now available in a floor standing (FS) version for all eight regular (heat) and combi (heat+hot water) models. With its sleek appliance-like design and small footprint, Greenstar FS models are ideal for use in … Continue reading BOSCH THERMOTECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES FLOOR STANDING MODEL

Navien named APR’s Innovation Partner of the Year

Lebanon, Pa.  — At their annual awards dinner in Hershey, PA, APR Supply Co. named Navien their Innovation Partner of the Year. Jeff MacDowell, VP of Marketing and Emerging Markets presented the award to Gary Eklof, president of Harry Eklof & Associates, Navien’s area representative.   In his presentation, MacDowell noted that “Navien distinguished themselves … Continue reading Navien named APR’s Innovation Partner of the Year

Bell & Gossett releases Q3 Little Red Schoolhouse schedule

Bell & Gossett announces its 2015 third quarter Little Red Schoolhouse seminar schedule for in-person training. The training center’s seminars provide systems design training to engineers, wholesalers and contractors in the plumbing and hydronic heating and cooling industries. Little Red Schoolhouse Opened in 1954, the Little Red Schoolhouse offers seminars covering a wide range of … Continue reading Bell & Gossett releases Q3 Little Red Schoolhouse schedule

Coffee with Caleffi™: August Webinar Explores BIM in Hydronic System Design

A new speaker to our Coffee with Caleffi™ webinar series, Jim Meseke, Director of BIM Content at ENGworks, will share his 21 years’ of AEC expertise on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 12 noon CDT discussing How to Utilize BIM in Hydronic System Design. Meseke will walk the audience through what BIM is and its capabilities, … Continue reading Coffee with Caleffi™: August Webinar Explores BIM in Hydronic System Design

Weil-McLain Evergreen™ High-Efficiency Condensing Boiler

Weil-McLain® now offers its most advanced high-efficiency condensing boiler. The new 95% AFUE Evergreen™ boiler features cutting-edge technology with simple controls, flexible functionality for multiple applications and a durable design, and is easy to install, use and maintain. The unit is adaptable for most heating needs including light commercial or large residential applications and for … Continue reading Weil-McLain Evergreen™ High-Efficiency Condensing Boiler