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Watertown, Mass. – Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. sponsored three students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Electrical and Computer (ELECOMP) Capstone Design Program for the 2017-2018 school year, a course that promotes collaboration between senior-level engineering students and industry sponsors to design, build, program and test solutions to real-world problems. The Bosch ELECOMP project’s Read More

Watertown, Mass. – Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. sponsored three students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Electrical and Computer (ELECOMP) Capstone Design Program for the 2017-2018 school year, a course that promotes collaboration between senior-level engineering students and industry sponsors to design, build, program and test solutions to real-world problems.

The Bosch ELECOMP project’s purpose was to investigate ways to extend and improve the lifespan of HVAC products. The students analyzed and reviewed the components of Bosch’s Inverter Ducted Split (IDS) Air Source Heat Pump and Packaged Water Source Heat Pump, with the goal of improving future HVAC system design through their insights. The assignment included hardware and electrical tasks, as well as firmware, software and computer tasks.

The Bosch technical directors supporting the project included Jerry Huson, controls engineering group manager and Mike Caneja, IoT product manager. The consulting technical director was Mike D. Smith, founder and principal designer at Bold Circuit LLC.

“As a URI alumnus who participated in the ELECOMP Capstone Design program, I speak from experience when I say these projects are valuable for both parties,” Caneja said. “The next generation of engineers gain hands-on experience, and the fresh ideas from these up-and-coming technicians give us new perspectives to help drive innovation.”

The project culminated in April 2018, when the students presented a working prototype at the University of Rhode Island’s ELECOMP Capstone Summit 2018. The presentation also included other key accomplishments from the project such as the development of their hardware and software specifications, as well as the implementation of those specifications into their working prototype.

“This successful partnership with the University of Rhode Island spurred collaboration between students and Bosch technical directors on a meaningful project for the HVAC industry,” said Goncalo Costa, director of air conditioning at Bosch Thermotechnology. “Bosch’s new Watertown headquarters is located in a major hub for higher education, and we’re looking forward to partnering with more universities in Boston and the central New England area.”

The July episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast explores one code official’s transition from military service to civilian life. Currently a code services officer in Manhattan, Kansas, Sergeant First Class Mike Reese shares the fascinating story of his journey from serving his country in the U.S. Army to protecting his community in the building safety Read More

The July episode of the ICC Pulse Podcast explores one code official’s transition from military service to civilian life. Currently a code services officer in Manhattan, Kansas, Sergeant First Class Mike Reese shares the fascinating story of his journey from serving his country in the U.S. Army to protecting his community in the building safety profession. Reese discusses the connection between his military experience and his civilian career and offers his advice for other veterans seeking new opportunities.

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To learn more about ICC’s Military Career Path Program, visit www.iccsafe.org/military.This program helps veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options.

The International Code Council is a U.S.-based international association with over 64,000 members. We are dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

Broomfield, Colo. – Through a continued partnership with Thomas Publishing Company, Viega LLC is adding to its BIM (building information modeling) library of easy-to-download, multi-format models. Partnering with Thomas, a data, platform and technology company, enables Viega to provide its customers with design flexibility and allows faster and easier specifying, designing and estimating of the Read More

Broomfield, Colo. – Through a continued partnership with Thomas Publishing Company, Viega LLC is adding to its BIM (building information modeling) library of easy-to-download, multi-format models. Partnering with Thomas, a data, platform and technology company, enables Viega to provide its customers with design flexibility and allows faster and easier specifying, designing and estimating of the company’s products.

The BIM content allows customers to configure Viega products in their specifications on any given project, enabling the output to be customized to a specific product on a selected platform. The additional BIM models are part of Viega’s ongoing commitment to address the needs of its design and fabrication contractors.

BIM graphic of multiple piping runs for steel pipe using Viega MegaPress® fittings.

“By partnering with Thomas Publishing, we can provide architects, engineers and contracting professionals with the most current data in a wide variety of BIM formats that offer a convenient way to include Viega solutions in the early stages of a commercial building project,” said Jason McKinnon, director of technical services, Viega. “Customers can automatically generate and download drawings and insert them into their designs to ensure accuracy of the most recent product offerings.”

Professionals who visit the site can access hundreds of Viega products in more than 25 platforms including Revit®, AutoCAD® and AutoCADmep™. Viega product lines that are currently available for downloading include: Viega MegaPress®, Viega MegaPress® G, Viega MegaPress® Stainless 304 and 316, Viega MegaPress® CuNi, Viega ProPress®, Viega ProPress® G, Viega PureFlow® System, Viega MiniBloc™ and Viega ManaBloc®, Viega ProRadiant Stainless Manifolds and Manifold Cabinets and Viega Eco Plus® urinal, sink and water closet carriers.

Files can easily be accessed at: https://bim.viega.us/category/all-categories

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States Read More

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States.

This newest expansion will house the company’s advanced manufacturing, engineering, and global research and development center, occupying a 3.5-acre site on the company’s Global Headquarters Campus. The 114,500-square foot, multi-story building starts construction in Q3 and is expected to be completed by Q4 of 2019, bringing its global headquarter space from 390,000 square feet to an approximate 504,500 square feet.

“When you look at the growth our company has achieved in the last decade, the catalyst for our success has been, and will always be, our people. The drive, determination, and obsession of our employees has enabled us to continue delivering disruptive innovation for the professional trades and our distribution partners,” said Steve Richman, Milwaukee Tool Group President. “Our newest expansion will help us continue to grow a world-class work environment that will attract, recruit, and retain the best talent in the world.” ​

Milwaukee Tool has sustained organic double-digit growth throughout the last decade. This growth is driven by its exceptional people, the company’s focus on the professional trades and its breakthrough developments in cordless technology, advanced accessory engineering, and innovative hand tool and storage solutions.

Over the last decade Milwaukee Tool has continued to invest heavily in its national growth, making over $190MM in capital investments in the U.S., including $33.4 million in

manufacturing, tripling the workforce at its Global Headquarters Campus in Wisconsin, and growing its base of 3,500 employees nationwide. This newest expansion marks the next step in the company’s impressive growth and is a testament to its dedication to continuing all product development in the area for which it was named.

Irving, Texas—The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) has announced the creation of the Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee within its Building and Construction Division (BCD). This new group will focus entirely on polypropylene pressure pipe, and is a significant development for PPI in supporting this industry. PPI is the major North American trade association representing Read More

Irving, Texas—The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) has announced the creation of the Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee within its Building and Construction Division (BCD). This new group will focus entirely on polypropylene pressure pipe, and is a significant development for PPI in supporting this industry. PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

The Steering Committee focuses on two types of polypropylene pressure pipes: PP-R, polypropylene random copolymer, and PP-RCT, polypropylene random copolymer with modified crystallinity and temperature resistance. Both types of pipes are approved for potable hot and cold water plumbing systems, hydronic heating and cooling systems, as well as other applications.

PP-R and PP-RCT pipes are available in metric sizes ranging from 16 to 355 mm and IPS schedule 80 sizes ranging from 1/2 to 6 inches. The minimum hydrostatic pressure ratings are 160 psi at 73ºF (1105 kPa at 23ºC) and 100 psi at 180ºF (690 kPa at 82ºC) for plumbing applications, but pipes with different dimension ratios (DRs) can have higher or lower pressure ratings, as needed by the customer.

The recent formation of the Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee (P4 SC) reflects the rapid growth and continuing acceptance of polypropylene pressure pipe in the North American market.

According to PPI President Tony Radoszewski, CAE, “PPI has been a strong advocate and technical resource for many types of plastic pipe systems since its formation in 1950, including new materials as they develop. While not new in Europe, polypropylene pressure pipes are relatively new in North America, and PPI can serve members by helping to grow this market in a technically correct and responsible manner. Pipe producers see the value in this industry collaboration. In fact, the number of polypropylene producer members at PPI has tripled since this Steering Committee was initiated in late 2017.”

The P4 SC fits well with the BCD focus on plastic pressure pipe and tubing systems used within buildings and on building premises for applications such as plumbing, water service, fire protection, hydronic heating and cooling, snow and ice melting and ground source geothermal piping systems.

The mission of PPI’s Building & Construction Division is to promote the expanded acceptance and use of high-reliability plastic pressure pipe and tubing systems in building and construction environments by providing research, education, and code and standard development with a focus on delivering sustainable and safe plastic system solutions that enrich people’s lives.

According to PPI’s BCD Director of Engineering Lance MacNevin, P.Eng. “Our first activity was to publish a new PPI webpage dedicated to PP-R and PP-RCT piping systems. This webpage – https://plasticpipe.org/building-construction/bcd-pp.html – contains technical information, lists of advantages and applications, plus links to PPI member firms that produce PP-R and PP-RCT systems.”

In addition to coordinating industry research programs, developing technical publications, and creating educational information about these systems, the PPI technical staff participates within the standards development organizations (SDOs) ASTM, CSA, and NSF, code bodies IAPMO and ICC, as well as other organizations such as ASPE, CACP, PMAC and RPA.

MacNevin continued, “The new committee will engage in a wide range of activities. For instance, supporting industry efforts to update and harmonize product standards ASTM F2389 and CSA B137.11; coordinating and publishing research on proper uses of PP systems for plumbing and hydronic applications; developing online calculators for design of PP piping systems; and creating educational content about PP materials.”

New Technical Document Now Available

The first publication related to polypropylene (PP-R) pressure pipe is PPI TN-57 Proper Integration of Copper Tubing and Components with PP-R Piping Materials for Plumbing Applications, which was published in June 2018. The purpose of this technical document is to provide information regarding proper integration of copper tubing and components with random copolymerized polypropylene (PP-R) piping materials for plumbing applications. “This document is a great example of the kind of educational content the P4 SC and PPI can generate to help the industry as a whole,” MacNevin commented. The direct link to this document is https://plasticpipe.org/pdf/tn-57.pdf

Additional information can be found on the Plastics Pipe Institute’s website: www.plasticpipe.org.