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Production Is Now In Full Swing at AJ for the Highest Capacity FFU On the Market!

The long wait…after months and months of design, engineering, prototyping and testing…is finally over, and the first of our new Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs have just shipped out of our state-of-the-art Kansas City manufacturing facility. And what a proud day it was to see all that hard work come to fruition!

Our team at AJ took the industry’s leading fan powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffuser and completely re-designed and re-engineered it into a powerhouse that now maximizes both CFM and energy efficiency while still offering all the same great features, plus the wide range of valuable options, that our customers have come to expect from past Criti-Clean units. The new Criti-Clean Ultra offers you:

  • 50% greater CFM than our previous Criti-Clean unit
  • Greater energy efficiency
  • Quieter operation
  • More powerful, computer-controlled, variable-speed ECM motor
  • Room-side digital CFM display/control
  • Room side access to HEPA or ULPA filter and pre-filter
  • Optional white or green surgical grade LED lighting
  • Reverse flow, recirculating, heating/cooling unit options
  • Ability to map and control up to 2,000 linked units
  • And more!

The response from our customers to the new Criti-Clean Ultra FFU has been so great, we suggest that you get your orders in early. For more information, call us today at 1-816-231-5522, email us, or download our new Criti-Clean Ultra FFU Data Sheet.

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Testing is Complete on the Criti-Clean Ultra, and the Results Exceeded Even Our Expectations!

We recently completed internal and third-party testing of our new Critic-Clean Ultra FFU for airflow, energy usage and sound…and we’re excited to report that the results met or exceeded all of our expectations! The testing results show that the Criti-Clean Ultra FFU boasts…

  • The highest CFM output on the market (up to 1074 CFM for the 48″x24″ model)
  • Greater energy efficiency (only 42 watts at 90 FPM velocity/450 CFM)
  • Significantly quieter operation (only 45 DBA at 90 FPM, 58 DBA at 1100 CFM)

We’ve compiled our results into a comprehensive new Data Sheet that provides preliminary airflow testing data, plus extensive information on the benefits, standard features and optional features of the Criti-Clean Ultra FFU. You can download the full details by clicking here. We’re also happy answer any questions you may have about how the Criti-Clean Ultra FFU can make your next clean room project more effective and efficient. Just call us today at 1-816-231-5522 or send us an email.

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New Study Shows Contractor Confidence in Sales Growth in Coming Months

We recently came across some positive news for many of our customers in the HVAC industry. According to recent coverage in The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS, the majority of commercial and industrial contractors are confident about sales growth, profits and staffing levels in 2018.

The ACHR NEWS report cites the latest findings from the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI). Despite rising construction labor and materials costs, 55 percent of contractors expect their profit margins to expand in the first half of 2018. That confidence is shared in the residential and light commercial markets as well, with many companies reporting stellar sales last year.

It’s an interesting and overall optimistic read that also covers current industry concerns and the changing regulatory climate. We encourage you to read the full article for yourself on the ACHR NEWS site here.

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What a Year It’s Been – Here’s to Another Great Year in 2018!

The holidays are once again upon us – after a year that has delivered so much good fortune to us here at AJ Manufacturing. Which makes this the perfect time to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and to say thank you for your support in 2017.

And what a year it’s been! After months of planning (and a few “settling in” issues) during the first half of this year, our new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and headquarters building in suburban Kansas City was completed early this summer.  We couldn’t be happier to greet the holidays from our brand new home, which is more than double the size of our old facility, and was designed from the ground up for maximum efficiency and to accommodate future growth.

Of course, our great new space and the new equipment we got for it will allow us to better meet your needs throughout 2018 and beyond. Our new second tower loader for our high-production Amada Fiber Optic Laser Cutter (featuring the world’s fastest linear speed – four times faster than conventional CO2 models) has been running around the clock since June, substantially increasing our capacity. And our new wash station, as well as a new state-of-the-art powder coating system, have given us more throughput, and our customers more finish options, while still maintaining our industry-leading levels of quality!

We feel so thankful for all we’ve been able to accomplish this year, and it’s all because of our great customers. So once again, thank you for making 2017 a year to remember, and all our best wishes for what looks to be a great 2018 for the industries we serve! And remember, whenever you’re in Kansas City, feel free to visit us at Three Trails Industrial Park on 87th Street between Interstates 49 and 435 for a personal greeting!

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Introducing the New Criti-Clean Ultra – the Highest Capacity Fan Filter Unit on the Market!

What do you get when you combine all the outstanding features of the industry’s leading fan powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffuser with a totally re-designed, re-engineered unit that maximizes CFM and energy efficiency? The new Criti-Clean Ultra from AJ Manufacturing!

Our new Criti-Clean Ultra has the highest CFM output on the market (50% more than our previous Criti-Clean unit – up to 1100 CFM for the 48″x24″ model), is more energy efficient (only 25 watts at 90 FPM velocity/450 CFM), and is incredibly quiet (only 39 DBA at 450 CFM, 50 DBA at 1100 CFM). Plus, the Criti-Clean Ultra still offers you all these great features:

  • Room-side digital CFM display/control
  • Room side access to HEPA or ULPA filter and pre-filter.
  • Optional white or green surgical grade LED lighting.
  • Stainless steel construction with all-welded plenum.
  • Computer-controlled, variable-speed ECM motor.
  • Reverse flow, recirculating, heating/cooling units available.
  • 48″x24″, 36″x24″, 24″x24″ size options
  • Ability to map and control up to 2,000 linked units.

Call us today at 1-816-231-5522 to learn more about how our new Criti-Clean Ultra FFU can offer you greater power, performance, energy-efficiency and flexibility for your next clean room project.

 

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Look for new improvements to our best-selling Criti-Clean FFUs coming in 2018.

At AJ Manufacturing, we’re always looking for ways to improve our products and services, and ongoing product research and development is an important focus for us, now more than ever.

A great example of our commitment to constant improvement is our Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffuser. With its stainless steel construction, all-welded plenum, industry-leading CFM output, variable speed ECM motor and other great features, it’s been a very popular choice to meet our customers’ critical environment airflow needs since it was first introduced. But we didn’t rest on our success: we’ve kept on improving our Criti-Clean FFUs over the years to include things like surgical grade LED lighting, multi-unit control options, room-side pre-filter access, 100% shut off dampers, room-side CFM display and adjustment, recirculating units and heating/cooling options – and we’re continuing to do even more in the coming year!

We’re currently researching new improvements to our Criti-Clean FFUs, including new motor options, new operation enhancements, plus new profile designs to give our customers more options in 2018 than ever before. Look for more details in future issues of our Critical Thinking newsletter, but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions on how we can improve our Criti-Clean FFUs, we’d like to hear from you! Just send us an email by clicking here.

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Expand your critical environment options with our new flush ceiling grid systems, plenum modules and air handlers.

AJ Manufacturing is proud to introduce our new line of cleanroom products designed to give hospitals the utmost in flexibility in designing new or updated operating rooms and critical patient care environments.

Our new Flush Ceiling Grid Systems are available in top load and bottom load extruded aluminum, and in bottom load stainless steel options. The 2.5″ flush ceiling grid modules feature integrated lighting (T5, T8, LED) and fire protection, a bottom “snap-in” flush face screen that aerodynamically evens the airflow under the grid module, plus pre-machined bolt holes for ease of installation. In fact, installation of our new Flush Ceiling Grid Systems takes a fraction of the time, manpower and cost of conventional stick-built systems. Top load systems also have a GEL seal integrated into the grid frame. Grid modules are manufactured in sizes up to 8′ x 24′, and are capable of incorporating our stainless steel air distribution products and can accommodate medical equipment that has to hang or roll across the ceiling, such as da Vinci System robotics.

Our new Plenum Modules for our Flush Ceiling Grid Systems can be attached to any of our top load or bottom load flush ceiling grid systems. They reduce pressure drop within the cleanroom ceiling system, provide direct support for recirculation air handlers, and eliminate the need for field built plenums. All of our Plenum Modules feature integrated fire protection and electrical wiring, and can be manufactured in sizes up to 8′ x 24′.

We’re also proud to now be able to offer recirculation air handlers with direct drive fans, custom make-up air handlers, from Multipak units to Compac Vane Axial units, as well as dry coils fabricated specifically for FFU return air plenums, with integrated single or double drip pans.

Add up all the benefits our new cleanroom products have to offer, and it’s easy to see why AJ Manufacturing is your convenient, one-stop source for complete ceiling systems. For more information, call us at 800-247-5746.

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Now we can provide everything you need to create a custom cleanroom environment, wherever you need it.

As the industry leader in custom and standard stainless steel air distribution products for critical environments, we continue to build on our wide range of products that help maximize efficiencies in cleanroom areas. And now, thanks to our new Suspended Ceiling Systems, we can help create clean environments anywhere you need them.

Our new Suspended Ceiling Systems offer customers the ultimate in flexibility, thanks to our powerful Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffusers, combined with LED light panels and clean room curtain walls. Together, they allow you to create a clean room environment of any size – large or small – anywhere you need it. Any number of Criti-Clean units and light panels can be included to meet your exact needs.

Our new Suspended Ceiling Systems feature welded, gasketed grids in your choice of aluminum, steel or stainless steel. These 1.5″ heavy-duty grids are custom engineered and built to your exact specifications. In addition, our static dissipative curtain walls help meet your most stringent requirements at a fraction of the cost of new solid wall construction.

Call us today at 800-247-5746 to learn more about how our new Suspended Ceiling Systems can mean greater quality, efficiency and flexibility for your clean room projects.

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See how our products can work for you in our customer Project Gallery!

What do the World Financial Center (Tower #4 in the World Trade Center complex), Walter Reed National Medical Center, McNeil Pharmaceutical, a Mormon temple in Hawaii and the Houston Police Department all have in common? Stainless steel HVAC/air handling products from AJ Manufacturing, of course!

While we’re known around the world for our Criti-Clean FFUs and a wide variety of other products that help keep critical environments clean, you’ll also find AJ products in virtually every type of commercial building. That’s why we put together a Project Gallery on our website, so both our customers and prospective customers could see the many and varied uses of AJ stainless steel HVAC products.

To see these customer projects for yourself, just go to the Project Gallery at the bottom of our homepage, or under “Projects” in the navigation bar at top. Then if you have any questions about how AJ products can work for you, feel free to call us at 816-231-5522, or send an email to sales@ajmfg.com.

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Our two-phase move was completed in May, doubling our previous capacity.

We’re happy to report that our new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and headquarters building in suburban Kansas City is up and running! Our move to our new facility was completed in May without too many “settling in” issues. And while moving our entire operation wasn’t easy, we’re very excited to have a brand new space – more than double the size of our old facility – that was designed from the ground up for maximum efficiency, as well as to accommodate future growth.

Some of the new equipment we installed in this new space includes a second tower loader for one of our high-production laser cutters – an Amada Fiber Optic Laser with the world’s fastest linear speed (four times faster than conventional CO2 models). Adding another tower loader for auto-loading means that this laser will now be able to run around the clock, substantially increasing our capacity. We also installed a new wash station, as well as a new state-of-the-art powder coating system, which will also allow for more throughput and give customers more finish options, all the while maintaining our industry-leading levels of quality!

We’re very excited to start this new chapter of our company’s history, and once more, we’d like to thank our customers for making all of our success possible. We’ve included a few photos here to give you a quick look at our new home, but if you’re ever in Kansas City, feel free to visit us at Three Trails Industrial Park on 87th Street between Interstates 49 and 435 for a personal tour!

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More efficient workspace, along with a new laser tower loader and powder coating system, will help us meet your needs for years to come!

Our move into our new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing and headquarters building sets the stage for lots of positive new results for AJ Manufacturing customers!

First of all, simply by having more room that our old building just couldn’t offer, we’ve been able to plan our new production space for maximum efficiency. We’ll also have ample room for future growth at our new facility. That means we can plan for the best possible ways to add new equipment and processes seamlessly into our operations to make certain we continue to operate as efficiently as possible in years to come.

Some of that new equipment already planned for our new space includes an additional tower loader for one of our high-production laser cutters. Adding another tower loader for auto-loading means that this laser will now be able to run around the clock, substantially increasing capacity. Our new space will also include a brand new, state-of-the-art powder coating system, which will also allow for more throughput, give our customers more finish options, all the while maintaining AJ’s industry-leading levels of quality.

Look for more news about our new equipment, new services and new facility in future issues of our Critical Thinking newsletter (subscribe now).

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Our two-phase move is designed to minimize downtime so work can continue throughout.

Our new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and headquarters building in suburban Kansas City is almost ready for move in, and we couldn’t be more excited! Since we first told you about our move last fall, construction has been continuing full steam ahead, allowing Phase 1 of our move to begin on Monday, April 3.

We will be moving approximately half of our equipment to our new facility at Three Trails Industrial Park (on 87th Street between Interstates 49 and 435) the first week in April while operations remain in progress at our current East 18th Street location. Once the equipment is up and running, we’ll begin Phase 2 of our move Monday, May 1, to bring the remainder of our equipment and staff to our new home, which we expect to have 100% fully operational by mid-May.

At 70,000 square feet, our new facility will more than double the size of our current building. That gives us the space we need to maximize the efficiency of our production areas, plus lots of room for future growth, which our existing building could not accommodate.

While we’re looking forward to being in our new home, and to starting this new chapter of our company’s history, we’d like to once again say that we owe all of our success entirely to our customers. We look forward to showing you photos of our new home in the next issue of our Critical Thinking newsletter (subscribe now)!

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Choose From Our New Recirculating Criti-Clean FFU And Our New Heating And/Or Cooling Criti-Clean FFU.

Here are two more great reasons why our Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffusers continue to lead the industry and remain a customer favorite: Our new Criti-Clean FFU that recirculates air, as well as a second new Criti-Clean FFU model with heating and/or cooling coils.

Our new Recirculating Criti-Clean FFU draws air from inside the room rather than from a duct or from the plenum. So in effect, it is filtering the air a second time, which is already a common practice in Europe, and is now gaining in popularity in the US and around the world.

The new Heating/Cooling Criti-Clean FFU models can be equipped with heating coils, cooling coils or with both. This gives you the added advantage of not only having a constant flow of clean filtered air in your critical care environment, but also being better able to keep the room at a constant, desired temperature.

Both our new Criti-Clean FFU models offer many other benefits like stainless steel construction with an all-welded plenum; computer-controlled, variable-speed ECM motors; higher CFM output than competitive models, room-side digital CFM readout with an easy CFM adjustment and more. Plus, Criti-Clean FFUs also offer optional features like built-in surgical grade LED lighting around the unit’s perimeter to help you eliminate light fixtures and maximize ceiling space, and customizable controls that can map and simultaneously control up to 800 linked units.

All Criti-Clean units provide room-side access to HEPA or ULPA filters and pre-filters, and are available in 48″ x 24″, 36″ x 24″ and 24″ x 24″ sizes.

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Here’s To Another Great Year Serving Your Critical Environment Needs in 2017!

Before things get too hectic this December, all of us at AJ Manufacturing would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season! And as always, this is also the perfect time of year to offer you our sincere thanks for your continuing support throughout 2016, as well as in the year ahead.

It was truly a fantastic year for us here at AJ, and we hope it was for you as well, since our customers are what made 2016 so positive for us. In the last 12 months we broke ground on a new, bigger, more efficient headquarters and production facility to better meet your needs in the years ahead. We were also able to help our customers like you get the information you need faster and easier by launching our new website that also offers all-new, updated submittal drawings.

We were also really excited to be able to offer you new upgrades and improvements to our best selling equipment — like LED lighting packages now available on all our critical environment diffusers, a new room-side CFM display and adjustment panel on our Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffuser, and as we’re introducing in this issue, new Criti-Clean models with built-in air recirculating, and heating and cooling systems. (See next story.)

With all these groundbreaking (literally!) innovations in 2016, we’re excited to see what the new year will hold as we discover more and more ways to improve our products and services. In the meantime, please remember how grateful we are to have such great customers who keep us constantly looking for ways to make things better. So thanks again for making 2016 such a wonderful year — and all the best to you in 2017!

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Our new building, due to open in the spring of 2017, will be more than twice the size of our current location.

We are excited to announce that we’ve broken ground on a new manufacturing/headquarters building in south Kansas City, which is due to open in the spring of 2017.

Our new 70,000-square-foot facility – located in the new, conveniently located Three Trails Industrial Park on 87th Street between Interstates 49 and 435 – will be more than twice the size of our current building. That gives us plenty of additional, more efficient production space, plus room to grow, which our existing quarters could not accommodate.

Site and foundation work are just now underway, but once construction is completed in the spring of 2017, we will be moving into our new building in stages, so as to not disrupt or delay production. We’re excited to be entering a new chapter of our company’s history, and we owe this new sign of success entirely to our customers like you! Please stay tuned to future issues of “Critical Thinking” for updates as construction progresses over the coming months.