Alan Manufacturing Celebrates National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 6th!

National Manufacturing Day (NMD) is full of notoriety for modern-day manufacturing and is not just designed to highlight all those in the sector and their accomplishments, but also to inspire and help secure the next generation. Companies and various community organizations start well ahead in the planning of their participation, and one of the important steps in doing so is registering on the official site where events can be marked as public or invitation-only.

The annual recognition is of the utmost importance to the team here at Alan Manufacturing. For over 25 years, we have designed and manufactured HV/AC dampers, related hardware, duct supports and zone control systems as well as specialized items that meet the wide variety of needs of our valued customers. In celebrating this day, we not only acknowledge our contributions but the contributions of all of those around us–friends and partners alike in industry.

On Friday, Oct 6, 2017, NMD will highlight more than 2,100 American manufacturers, with many opening their doors to the public in order to showcase the manufacturing sector and, importantly, to inspire America’s youth to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Alan Manufacturing understands how vital it is to motivate our younger generations to graduate in science, technology, engineering, and math, as these students are the ones who will power future American production and innovation. Our goal is to help in ensuring the whole industry will continue to not just survive but prosper in our great country. Alan Manufacturing is fully behind NMD initiatives including the bridging of the skills gap, the promotion of STEM subjects, the reshoring of industry back to the U.S. and more.

Be sure to keep in touch and up-to-date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, drop by our website to enjoy our informational blogs and company updates! Should you be interested in our many services, contact us directly by calling (800) 435-2526 or by linking up with us.

 

 

Happy National Manufacturing Day 2017 from Alan Manufacturing!

Our YouTube Videos Help You Understand Your HVAC Equipment

At Alan Manufacturing, Inc., we serve a variety of businesses and industries that all rely on our standard HVAC products like dampers, related hardware, duct supports, zone control systems, and in certain situations, customized product.  If you’re in the residential, commercial, or industrial sectors, the first step in our business is understanding the importance of your equipment and how it works.

Working with ventilation, construction, retrofitting, replacement, repairs or maintenance? Literally, listen up.

In all of our industries, reading a bunch of jargon can take up the time and effort that we need to put towards other projects within a given day. That’s why Alan has a presence on YouTube to better showcase an assortment of our systems and products (and how they work).

Browse through our videos on the following equipment, systems, and/or installation:

Watching how a process is executed, completed, and works can help you to better understand your equipment.

These quick, informative videos intend to get you more information in a shorter amount of time. Easily learn all you need to know in a matter of a few minutes for your personal convenience.

When you’re involved in the above industries, it’s crucial to know about the latest products on the market. New technology is constantly available and Alan Manufacturing helps you to keep up-to-date on the information you need to succeed in your business and projects.

To learn more about the industry, what’s new and next on the horizon, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Speak to an industry professional and contact us today. Our industry experts are standing by. We look forward to connecting with you and serving your needs in any way we can.

“Environmental and Climate Literacy” – Celebrate Earth Day 2017

Every April the world comes together to celebrate our planetary home and to remember that we all can make a direct impact 365 days a year by mindfully choosing eco-friendly products. We at Alan Manufacturing also do our part in designing and creating systems that are unparalleled in their energy efficiencies.

This is not limited to just the outside air. One of the issues we are currently working to rectify is in regards to positive pressure units. It has been seemingly inevitable that, over time, ducts will end up with air leaks, which results in a lack of proper pressure build-up. These days, modern homes are almost hermetically sealed so as to be well insulated enough to meet the requirements of new environmentally-friendly laws and regulations. The consequence can be that these tightly sealed homes will have poor ventilation due to the aforementioned leaks and pressure losses. (This is what can result in polluted indoor air.) Since Alan Manufacturing plays a part in these HVAC systems with metal sheet manufacturing, we’re currently exploring ways to make the assemblies more robust and, ideally, leak free. This will result in both cleaner indoor air and higher levels of efficiency- a win-win for all involved.

Over the years Alan Manufacturing, Inc. has designed over 1,000 different products including HVAC dampers, related hardware, duct supports and zone control systems as well as specialized items that not only meet the needs of our valued customers but those of Mother Earth as well.

Be sure to keep in touch and up-to-date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, drop by our website to enjoy our informational blogs and company updates! If you have any questions please contact us today.

Happy Earth Day 2017 from Alan Manufacturing!

Smart Homes and the HVAC Industry

Here at Alan Manufacturing, our aim is to create a strong presence in the smart homes industry. Smart homes are rapidly expanding across the country, allowing homeowners to control and adjust things like air conditioning or heat while away from home. They are able to do this through apps on a smart phone, making regulating the home easier than ever before. We are currently compiling an inventory of Wi-Fi enabled systems to assist with these smart home requirements.

Intelligent HVAC systems have already altered the way things have been done in the past. Now, the HVAC industry is one of the fastest growing technologically advancing industries. As HVAC systems and controls advance, they also become more efficient. Homeowners are now able to govern much more than just their security systems with their smart phones.

Integrated HVAC systems are a growing trend as they are being incorporated into new buildings. This means HVAC systems are now being tied into the mechanical systems of a building. Today, owners can control and monitor lights, water, and even security, all from one panel in a central location. It’s convenient and works with an easy to use platform.

HVAC goes mobile with smart solutions that allow homeowners to use apps that let them to control their HVAC systems and they can also alert them to preventative maintenance. With all these new improvements and advancements, HVAC technicians will need to be trained even more to understand how these systems work and to be able to assist homeowners. Any homeowner who is looking into getting a new HVAC system should take a look at, and get familiar with the newest, most innovative products on the market.

To stay abreast of all the changes in the HVAC industry and keep informed on new products, or simply to stay in touch with us, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook.

Fresh Air Intake Handlers: How they Add to the Effectiveness of HVAC Systems

Almost 90% of the homes in the US and a large number of construction and industrial sites depend on HVAC systems of varying volumes and capacities to regulate the temperature and offer optimal living (or working) conditions to its dwellers and users.

HVACs are a boon of modern technology. They allow us to maintain a sacred sanctuary in our homes and offices – irrespective of the weather outside.

But there is a downside to their conveniences. Often the air can start to feel stale, unclean or humid. Diseases like common cold thrive in areas that are closely contained and sealed. If a space requires the operation of combustion appliances, HVAC systems might suck out the air in the rooms leaving them sputtering for oxygen.

An easy and affordable solution to these problems is the introduction of fresh air handling units. These units are responsible for adding controlled volumes of clean air to confined areas, diluting the staleness and supporting the HVAC set-up.

Impact of Fresh Air Intake Handlers on HVAC Enabled Sites:

First and foremost, Fresh Air Intake handlers replenish the supply of air in sealed off areas without exerting undue pressure on HVAC systems. They possess volume controllers and dampers that suck in only a given cubic feet per minute (cfpm) of fresh air based on the ability of the heating and ventilation set-up to handle it.

Second, they build up positive pressure within a room or a site. Since the pressure inside is greater than that outside, stray drafts do not wander in with pollutants and suspended particles. This is particularly useful when a location houses tools and equipment that should not come in contact with contaminated air.

Last but not the least, Fresh Air Intake Handlers improve the efficiency of combustion appliances by providing them with adequate oxygen to support the burning. For industrial purposes, this can make the difference between profitability and losses.

Alan Manufacturing Inc. is a trusted name in the HVAC sector and has been producing custom dampers and accessories like vent trays that help Air Intake Handlers function effectively.

If you want to learn more about its inventory, please connect with Alan Manufacturing at 800.435.2526.

Alan Manufacturing’s 2017 Agenda

Over the past two and half decades, Alan Manufacturing has lived up to the promise of best in class HVAC dampers, related hardware, duct supports, zone control systems and specialized items to serve OEMs, wholesalers, distributors, dealers, and contractors.

2016 was a year of steady expansion in which our team set new goals to accommodate our long-term vision. We made sure to account for old and new trends like the phasing out of HFC refrigerants and the emergence of intelligent, integrated and mobile supported HVAC systems

In 2017 you will see us implement an agenda that will cover both consumer facing as well as administrative shifts. This will enable Alan to continue to cement our brand as an industry leader.

Capabilities Expansion:

Today, Alan Manufacturing is geared to invest in the construction of a new building for storage and distribution that will comply with regulatory mandates and possess advantages like motorized loading docks to allow faster shipping of consignments.

We will also be a part of the World Service Expo, slated to go live on September 7th, 2017. Annual trade show attendance offers brand exposure, powerful intelligence from service experts and further networking opportunities. Through each presentation and exhibition that the event organizes Alan Manufacturing will emerge with a better understanding of how we can continue to extend an even more productive and rewarding experience to our clientele.

Marketing Revamp & Strategic Upgrades:

On a proactive and public note, we offer education and priming through extensive and instructive YouTube videos.

This year Alan will also work towards making our presence in the Smart Homes industry, an area that is rapidly expanding. One new and big development in the field is the requirement of HVAC system control settings through smart devices. We intend to focus on compiling an inventory of Wi-Fi enabled systems that can help users do exactly that.

As we know, homeowners and HVAC buyers continue to face issues with positive pressure units. The Alan Manufacturing team will also be dedicating extended time to this over the coming year. Because the ducts often end up with leaks, they do not allow pressure to build. As a result, tightly sealed homes with polluted air cause detrimental side effects defeating the whole purpose of ventilation. Since Alan works on the metal sheeting for these set-ups, we’re looking to explore ways in which to make the assembly (especially the dampers) more robust.

How will these projects fare? What does HVAC have in store for users and vendors? For the latest updates, please follow Alan Manufacturing’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Happy New Year from the team here at Alan Manufacturing! We look forward to working with you and your needs throughout 2017!

A Look Back at the Past Year

It’s the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday we were wrapping up 2015, but now it’s time to take a look back at 2016 and review the important topics that we shared with you over the past year.

As a leading supplier in the HVAC industry, we continually monitor the progress within our field. The demand for HVAC is steady throughout the year and throughout the nation. From heating to air conditioning, the HVAC industry is responsible for providing comfortable interior spaces. Reports at the beginning of the year had expected the market to grow as construction and building expanded. Optimism in the industry was, and still is, high as we head into 2017.

An area we frequent is HVAC maintenance. For optimal functioning of heating and cooling systems maintaining them properly is extremely important. The off-season is the ideal time to give systems a thorough once-over. This past spring we provided tips on how to maintain heating systems. These preventative maintenance guidelines ensured that your heating systems are in tip-top shape for the cold weather we have now.

In April we touched on the importance of Earth Day and energy efficiency. For over 40 years the EPA has been working to protect the environment and people. Programs such as ENERGY STAR® offer guidelines for products with reduced energy use that are more eco-friendly. The newest HVAC equipment uses much less energy than in the past without sacrificing comfort. Energy efficiency is a smart choice for reducing energy bills and the fuel needed to maintain a comfortable environment.

We finished out the year by attending two of the industry’s leading trade shows–Service World Expo and Comfortech. Both shows offered us the opportunity to meet with professional service contractors and explore the latest technologies. We enjoyed networking at the events and exchanging new ideas and perspectives with other industry leaders.

We’d like to thank all of you for a successful 2016 and are looking forward to serving you throughout 2017. From all of us at Alan Manufacturing, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Should you encounter any HVAC issues throughout the winter or holiday season, keep an eye on our Twitter and LinkedIn for your needed HVAC support and tips!

Staying Ahead of the Competition by Participating in Premier Trade Shows of Our Niche

Here at Alan Manufacturing we are continuing our tradition of commitment to excellence by attending the Service World Expo and Comfortech.

Although it is sometimes thought that conventional tradeshows and seminars are tedious and often rehash the same material, these two fall events that we will be presenting at are very different. Service World Expo and Comfortech offer unique advantages to their networks.

How Comfortech & the Service World Expo Will Provide a Competitive Edge to Alan Manufacturing:

Comfortech held over the 19th to 22nd of September, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is labelled a contractors delight. It is learning intensive and features some of the most experienced individuals from the service contracting arena. Covering topics like connected homes, green technology, the economics of effective contracting and marketing strategies, its two key note speeches and six session tracks will contribute significantly to Alan Manufacturing’s 2017 goals and long term vision.

Organized by Service Nation Inc. in partnership with The ACHR News, Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, and Reeves Journal, the Service World Expo will stretch over 26th and 27th of October. Boasting a novel format that focuses on fostering relationships between distributors and manufacturers, the event will turn the concept of a trade show on its head. Most seminars and conventions lose out the opportunity to capitalize on targeted leads who take the trouble to show up and declare their interest in the niche because the protocol dictating distributor (attendee) and manufacturer (exhibitor) interactions is restrictive.  However, the Service World Expo breaks barriers by allowing all participants and attendees to dine together, attend brainstorming sessions, exchange new ideas and perspectives and learn about new technological advancements. Educational content around team building is also disseminated. It is mingling that forges bonds of trust, helping both parties secure reliable partners to succeed with.

Alan Manufacturing Inc. hopes to emerge better connected and primed from its participation so that it can serve its varied clientele of residential, commercial and industrial HVAC dealers and distributors with even greater competence.

If you would like to learn more about Alan Manufacturing Inc. dampers, controllers and sensors, please contact us for a free quote.

Earth Day and Energy Efficient HVAC Systems

With April comes the yearly celebration of Earth Day – a time when we are reminded of the importance of choosing eco-friendly products. At the start of spring HVAC systems are often in-between seasons. Options like heat and/or air conditioning aren’t currently necessary to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. With winter behind and spring coming into focus, now is the perfect time to review Earth Day’s effects on environmental and industrial attitudes in a combined effort to develop eco-friendly HVAC products.

Protecting the environment has been a priority for government policies, industries, and consumers since the first Earth Day celebration originated in 1970. Agencies like the EPA are a direct result of environmental activism. The EPA puts guidelines in place for energy efficiency, fewer airborne pollutants, and environmentally safe products–factors that are key to HVAC systems. Guesswork is taken out of performance standards with programs such as ENERGY STAR, alongside EPA’s system to determine energy efficient products. Equipment that earns ENERGY STAR ratings run more efficiently and reduce annual energy bills. Upgrading your existing systems, or installing new, will offer improved performance with substantial energy savings for both businesses and consumers.

Selecting proper HVAC equipment is crucial in order to maintain a comfortable environment. In many cases the advances in design have significantly and efficiently reduced energy use. Researchers continue to improve HVAC by using new technologies to replace the conventional mechanical systems. Fuel cell technologies offer higher levels of energy efficiency and reduce climate-changing emissions in heating and cooling systems.

The global energy-efficient HVAC market is continually growing and expected to continue on an upward trend. Today’s HVAC systems are utilizing greener technologies to bring heating and cooling systems up to current environmental standards. These kind of developments will help us maintain a much needed and stronger balance between energy consumers and our surrounding environments. For more information on the HVAC industry and accompanying products contact us today.

How to Maintain HVAC Systems During the Off-Season

Is it spring yet? For some parts of the country this has been a brutal winter and it may not be completely over yet! Even though it may seem like summer will never get here, we know this isn’t the case. And, as we head toward warmer weather this is the ideal time to start thinking about off season maintenance of heating systems.

The value of preventative maintenance cannot be overstated. The idea is to prevent problems from happening by performing maintenance on machinery while it is still working. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it is something many companies and consumers often overlook, especially on seasonal equipment like furnaces and boilers that are not required year round.

The reason PM isn’t a standard procedure on heating equipment is because we don’t think about it when we don’t need it. That is why it is important to consider performing necessary maintenance of heating equipment now so that it will be in good working order for when the temperatures drop again.

The Home Energy Center offers these guidelines for an effective PM checkup on heating systems:

• Clean the burner assembly
• Remove any soot buildup
• Check and clean the humidifier
• Examine the heat exchanger for cracks
• Perform combustion analysis and adjust the fuel-to-air ratio of the burner
• Ensure system is functioning properly and safety controls are working
• Check electrical connections and components and replace, repair, or tighten where necessary
• Inspect for proper airflow through the ducts and change air filters
• Check that pumps are working, are lubricated, and flow rates are appropriate
• Inspect motors, clean, and lubricate
• Examine belts for tightness and alignment and adjust as necessary
• Inspect blowers and clean and balance if necessary

Performing off season maintenance won’t just ensure your heating system will be ready for use on the first cold day, it also increases the efficiency of system leading to lower energy bills and extends the life of your equipment.

Remember that the off season (spring, summer, and early fall) is the ideal time to inspect and ensure your heating system will be ready to keep you warm next winter! Contact the experts at Alan Manufacturing for further information.