News Compiled for March 14, 2011

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Industry News

We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to this month's sponsor -- Taco Inc. Headquartered in Cranston, R.I., Taco, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of hydronic-based HVAC equipment and accessories for use in residential, commercial and institutional buildings worldwide. The company, privately owned and in business since 1920, manufactures a wide range of pumps and circulators, valves, tanks, heat exchangers, electronic controls, accessories and systems. Manufacturing facilities are located in Cranston, R.I. and Fall River, Mass., with a Canadian distribution and sales facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Taco sells through wholesale distributors and also provides select OEMs with product. Visit for more information.


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HVACR tech jobs top best careers list


According to a recent report from U.S. News & World Report, HVACR tech jobs are listed as one of the 50 best jobs of 2011, and should have strong growth over the next decade. There is an expected increase of 86,600 jobs between 2008 and 2018. Such driving factors include the increasing demand for environmentally friendly and energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems. Also, retiring techs need to be replaced, with an estimated additional 57,000 skilled workers to fill the void each year. For more information on this report.


Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute and NSF International announce certification program for no-hub couplings


Atlanta — The Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with NSF International, an organization committed to protecting public health and the environment, to launch a new certification program that will hold no-hub cast iron couplings to rigorous standards just as with NSF Certified cast iron soil pipe and fittings.


CISPI assisted NSF International in developing this new certification program to give users confidence that the cast iron pipe, fittings and couplings used in drain, waste and vent (DWV) systems are made to the appropriate industry standards. The new program includes independent, periodic review of deflection, shear, and unrestrained hydrostatic tests as well as dimensional inspections and review of material test reports for steel and gaskets that comprise the couplings. Manufacturers will receive NSF certification for couplings that meet the CISPI 310 standard based on in-plant inspections conducted by trained NSF personnel. Once certified, by NSF International, manufacturers can apply an NSF certification mark to these couplings to indicate compliance with NSF requirements and appear on NSF’s website at


NAOHSM furthers industry education with training


NAOHSM’s (National Association of Oilheating Service Managers) continues its mission of delivering high-quality, educational programs to the industry through its Train-the-Trainer program.


NAOHSM has been delivering Penn State management classes for a number of years. This 2½-day program includes a special Train-the-Trainer class that has been extremely popular.


The reaction to the Train-the-Trainer course at Penn State spurred NAOHSM to create an entire program around the Train-the-Trainer concept. They realized that those who train or want to become better trainers would benefit from a program designed just for them. The Train-the-Trainer program is customized to help trainers enhance their skills and learn more about various technical topics. Train-the-Trainer course participants are managers and sales personnel who work for service companies, manufacturers, and wholesalers, as well as instructors. Many of them already provide training for their companies, local chapters, and schools, but they need practice and positive critiquing from their peers.


Since the Train-the-Trainer program was born, NAOHSM has offered several one-day courses around a different topic each year. In 2009, the focus was on ECM Motor Training and last year there was a special program led by industry manufacturer, Field Controls. The topic for 2011 is Basic Electricity.


This year, Carol Fey, a well known industry expert, will deliver four, one-day classes just for trainers so they can teach the technical topic of Basic Electricity. Carol is a degreed, technical trainer who has worked in the controls industry for over 25 years. The American Society for Training and Development named her National Technical Trainer of the Year. Carol has also written several books – Quick & Basic Electricity, Quick & Basic Hydronic Controls, and Quick and Basic Troubleshooting. (Visit to learn more about Carol.) During this course, trainers will gain practice, learn ways to design props to enhance their training skills, explore ways to better explain wiring diagrams to their audience, and learn techniques about wiring and working with 24-volt electrical connections.


Classes will be held on April 19 in Baltimore, MD; April 20 at Stevens Technical College in Lancaster PA; April 22 in Pennsauken, NJ; July 26 in Concord, NH; July 27 in Auburn, MA; and July 28 in Cromwell, CT.


Another Penn-State-delivered, 2½-day Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held at the ICPA School in Cromwell, CT from June 21-23.


To register for any of these classes, visit or contact 888-552-0900.

New Products

Zone Sentry™ valve
The Zone Sentry’s patented technology uses a microcircuit-based logic to control a gear-driven electronically-actuated ball valve to control fluid flow. The advanced design uses 93% less energy than common zone valves while also delivering greater flow capacity, shutoff pressure rating, ease of installation and diagnostics, and the number of valves (12) that can be used on a standard 40VA transformer. Taco.

The 2265-20 Laser TEMP-GUN™ features a temperature range of -22 to 662°F (-30 to 350°C), a 10 to 1 distance to spot ratio and high/low alarm limits. Complete with a backlight on the display, users can easily read measurements in the dark. Milwaukee Tools.

Stainless steel patch and full wrap clamps for pipe repairing
As part of its extensive line of Plumbing Specialties products, Matco-Norca offers its family of stainless steel #330 Patch Clamps and #331 Full Wrap Clamps. Made in the U.S.A., these products are used extensively for emergency pipe repairs and are available for use with iron pipe, outside diameter pipes and copper tubes. Matco-Norca.

Wireless shut-off system
FloodMaster FM-180 Series of Wireless Total Water Main Shut-off and Alarm products are designed to detect a water leak and then automatically shut off the water main supply line. Specific model selection is based on valve size required to interface to the designated water main pipe. Standard valve selections are ¾", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 2", 3" and 4". FloodMaster LLC.