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Our new room-side constant flow/constant torque toggle switch helps smart components work more efficiently.

Is it possible to be too smart? Sometimes it is, like when you have an FFU such as the Criti-Clean Ultra with a smart ECM motor trying to work downstream from a smart VAV in the same system – and both smart motors are simultaneously trying to adjust to maintain constant airflow. So we came up with a solution.

To help offset this fairly common problem, AJ Manufacturing will soon be introducing a new option for our Criti-Clean Ultra fan powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffusers – a new room side toggle switch that lets you easily change from constant flow to constant torque, thereby allowing the VAV box to control airflow. We think that’s a solution so simple that it’s really pretty smart, too!

Of course, we can’t take all the credit for this latest improvement to our industry-leading Criti-Clean Ultra. Our customers were the ones who told us about this recurring problem, so we set out to fix it. It’s just another example of how we’re always eager to listen to our customers’ feedback and help provide them with solutions to their challenges.

Look for the new constant flow/constant torque toggle switch option to be available on our Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs early in 2019, as well as more information in future issues of Critical Thinking.

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New built-in probes in our laminar flow products will measure and report CFM with 100% accuracy.

In 2016, we introduced a new digital readout on the face of our Criti-Clean FFUs that displays and adjusts the current CFM output. This makes room-side visual verification and adjustment of the needed airflow quick and easy, with just a glance up at the ceiling.

However, at AJ Manufacturing we feel that there’s always room for improvement. So in the coming months we’ll be introducing a new feature to improve that functionality – a built-in probe in the air inlet that more accurately measures CFM.

Right now, our critical environment products use a computed reading to report CFM. However, the new probe will read actual CFM in real time, and report that reading with 100% accuracy. What’s more, this new probe and CFM display will not only be available on our Criti-Clean Ultra FFU, but on other non-motorized laminar flow diffusers as well.

We plan to start introducing these new units with our more accurate CFM readouts in early 2019, and will be reporting on these product rollouts in future issues of Critical Thinking.

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Take a virtual tour of our new facility, equipment and systems in less than five minutes.

The positive reviews have been unanimous for our new capabilities video, so if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, we encourage you to take a look and learn a little bit more about our new 70,000-square-foot facilities and our enhanced production capabilities.

In fact, it takes less than five minutes for the video to show you how your orders are processed, designed and manufactured – from start to finish – thanks to our experienced staff, new streamlined systems and top-of-the-line equipment.

You’ll also see our newest equipment in action, like our automatic tower loader for our high-production fiber optic laser – allowing 24/7 production and dramatically increased capacity – and our new wash and powder coating systems. Plus, there’s aerial drone footage to give you a bird’s eye view of our new facility, both inside and out.

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Take a look inside our new facility

We’ve been in our new 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing and headquarters building for about a year now. So we thought it was time to let everyone see exactly how our new facility is helping us better meet our customers’ needs.

In less than five minutes, our new capabilities video lets you see how orders are processed, designed and manufactured – from start to finish – thanks to our experienced staff, as well as our new, streamlined systems and top-of-the-line equipment.

The video features our newest equipment in action, like our automatic tower loader for our high-production fiber optic laser – allowing 24/7 production and dramatically increased capacity – and our new wash and powder coating systems. Plus, you’ll see some exciting drone footage of our new facility both inside and out, giving you an overall view of how everything comes together under one roof.

So please take a few minutes now to watch our new video. Once you do, we think you’ll see how, today more than ever, AJ Manufacturing is ready to meet your needs and your deadlines.

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Section 179 expansion allows businesses to immediately deduct up to $1 million in nonresidential HVAC equipment

Here’s some great – and potentially very profitable – news for our customers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law in December of 2017 contains a hidden jewel for the HVAC industry: the expansion of Section 179. This expansion allows businesses to immediately deduct up to $1 million in qualifying nonresidential HVAC equipment purchases for the 2018 tax year.

Created in 1958, Section 179 allows companies to take depreciation deductions for certain assets in one year rather than depreciating those items over the useful life of the product – historically, over a 39-year period for HVAC equipment. The tax reform bill incorporates HVAC products in Section 179 for the first time, and offers important savings for both small and large projects.

This change to immediate expensing provides a great opportunity for building owners to save money when making new purchases…often enough to influence purchase vs. repair decisions, providing the necessary motivation to replace aging systems with new and more efficient equipment. Reps and contractors should be prepared to educate decision-makers about this little-known tax advantage.

HARDI (Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) has created an infographic that describes the benefits of the Section 179 expansion in easy-to-understand terms and gives a specific purchase example. To view HARDI’s Section 179 HVAC Expensing information, click here.

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Like many companies in America, AJ Manufacturing will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. We’ll reopen Thursday, July 5th. If you have any questions about a current order, please call us at 816-231-5522. Have a safe and happy 4th of July, everyone!

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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.