2017 HVAC Industry Overview

As 2018 is on the horizon, we’re taking a look back at 2017 and all that both our business and the industry has accomplished throughout the past year. Topics that came from hot industry discussions and present matters at hand include: the effectiveness of HVAC systems, smart homes and technology, environmental and climate, YouTube video takeovers, and most recently, National Manufacturing Day.

From the start of the year, we’ve had our sights set on the smart homes industry. For the past several years, this has been a rapidly expanding industry. One of the biggest advancements in the field has been controlled settings through mobile/smart devices. We’ve all seen the commercials where you can control your garage doors, security systems, or light switches from miles and miles away. Now, this is applicable in regards to smart HVAC systems too. As HVAC systems and controls advance, they also become more efficient. Homeowners are now able to govern much more than what was capable in the past. And from the bottom up, HVAC systems are now being tied into the mechanical systems of a building.

Other initiatives that we took on this year were nationally recognized days like Earth Day and National Manufacturing Day. At Alan, we play a role in the design, creation, and implementation of energy efficient HVAC systems in commercial buildings. Ducts with air leaks can create polluted indoor air. This year our team has been exploring ways to make assemblies like this more robust and leak free.

Over Manufacturing Day (the first Friday of every October) we were able to address manufacturing industry-related issues that touch on the HVAC industry and all other industries across manufacturing. As field members, it is our duty to spread the word on causes like the skills gap, STEM education, and reshoring.

Our YouTube Videos on HVAC systems, equipment, services, and installation continued to receive bountiful views over the past 12 months. Alan experts speak to RF Zone Control Systems, Gladiola Control Kits, Retrofit Damper Installation Instructions, Zone Motorized Dampers, Wireless Zone Motorized Dampers featuring Radial Blades, Zone Motorized Dampers featuring Gasket Seals, ALAN Zone Round Power-Open Power-Close Modulating, and ALAN Zone Rectangular Frame Power-Open Power-Close, all in easily understandable video forms. Our experts also stressed the importance of fresh intake air handlers this year. This kind of system adds to the effectiveness of your business HVAC system.

Over the years our team has successfully designed over 1,000 different products including, but not limited to: HVAC dampers, HVAC hardware, duct supports, zone control systems, and custom projects. We are considered a leading supplier in the HVAC industry, and continually monitor the industry progressions within our field.

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From Alan Manufacturing, we’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for a successful 2017. We wish you, your companies, and your families a very happy holiday season and we’ll see you next year!


STEM Education, Women in STEM and the Skills Gap

STEM education is an important aspect of our industry and the manufacturing industry in general. Keeping our youth interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics speaks directly to the future of the manufacturing industry.

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While it is important that everyone have an understanding of STEM, there has been a recent push to get girls interested in STEM education and careers. Women make up for at least 50% of university students, however on 20% graduate with STEM qualifications. Upon looking further into the issue, you will find that about 86% of engineers and 74% of computer professionals are men. So, where does that leave women? Why is there such an imbalance? According to Professor Emesto Reuben from Columbia Business School, there are experiments and studies showing that hiring managers “possess an extraordinary level of gender bias when making decisions and filling positions…”.

There is a lot of discussion in the manufacturing industry regarding a skills gap, and the inability to find qualified employees, however these numbers tell a different story. Is the skills gap something that could be fixed by a commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM industries?

What are your thoughts? Have you found that these examples ring true in your experience? Here at Alan Manufacturing we think that discussions regarding these issues are important for everyone to participate in. Let’s get the conversation going!