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Stainless Steel Lighted Operating Room System (SSLORS)

The customizable air distribution and lighting ceiling solution specially designed for hospital surgical suites.

AJ Manufacturing is proud to introduce a customizable ceiling solution engineered to provide the clean air and high-quality LED lighting needed to meet today’s operating room needs.

Our new Stainless Steel Lighted Operating Room System (SSLORS) maximizes the often-limited ceiling space in hospital surgical areas. It features a 12″ low profile common plenum with multiple laminar flow diffusers, with or without HEPA filters, to meet air filtration needs.

To meet surgical lighting needs, powerful LED lights (tunable and dimmable up to 300fc) can be built into each diffuser, eliminating the need for traditional hanging lights, freeing up additional ceiling space for other equipment. What’s more, green lights are included on the same board — requiring half the number of drivers, less wiring and less time and effort during installation.

With customizable design and configuration options that can accommodate any equipment layout, our Stainless Steel Lighted Operating Room System can meet all your needs while also lowering costs and speeding installation. Additional benefits include…

  • Stainless steel construction with white epoxy coat finish
  • Closed gasketed joints ensure accurate seal between modules
  • Room side adjustable equalization dampers
  • Low number of hanging points to the super structure, for easier installation
  • Ships in large factory-assembled sections to minimize installation time
  • Conforms to ASHRAE 170 requirements
  • LED lighting IP67 rated

Contact us today to learn more about how the new Stainless Steel Lighted Operating Room System can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your surgical facilities.

Click here for our SSLORS brochure.

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Experts agree: Portable HEPA Filtration Units Can Help Protect Against COVID-19

Here’s why both the CDC and ASHRAE recommend portable HEPA filtration units like Criti-Clean Ultra.

Leading HVAC industry and health care organizations like ASHRAE and the CDC have both recommended portable HEPA filtration units like our Criti-Clean Ultra fan filter units (FFUs) to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. And for good reason: they’re incredibly effective in producing cleaner and safer air in almost any environment.

Here’s part of the CDC’s recommendations:
“Consider portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fan/filtration systems to help enhance air cleaning (especially in higher risk areas such as a nurse’s office or areas frequently inhabited by persons with higher likelihood of COVID-19 and/or increased risk of getting COVID-19).”

ASHRAE also includes in-room or portable air cleaners in their filtration and disinfection guidelines:
“Air is pulled into the device, and cleaned air is returned to the room. Flexible ductwork can be attached to some devices to allow strategic positioning of intake and/or discharge locations, including discharge outside the room to create pressure differences and/or create clean to less-clean directional airflow.”

Both organizations also mention the additional effectiveness that Ultraviolet-C Radiation (UV-C) and Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization units can provide. Both of these types of virus-killing modules are also available options on our portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs.

The UV-C Radiation module sterilizes particulates in the air stream and also disinfects the HEPA filter. When microorganisms are exposed to UV-C, the light’s radiation penetrates their cell walls and disrupts the structure of their DNA to neutralize them.

The Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization module produces a stream of negative and positive ions, which attach themselves to microorganisms and render them inactive by depriving them of hydrogen. The resulting larger clusters of particles are more easily trapped in the HEPA filter.

Our portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs are available in both air-supply models, which provide filtered air into a room, and reverse-flow units that create a negative pressure environment that removes contaminants from an area.

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Supply chain uncertainties make ordering your Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs now more important than ever!

If you’re thinking of ordering one or more fan-powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffusers to help protect the people in your environments against COVID-19 and other pathogens, we have two words of advice: “Don’t wait!”

Long before the pandemic, our FFUs – like our Criti-Clean Ultra family of products – were standard ways to provide highly purified, safe air for hospitals, laboratories and other critical environments. And now they’ve also been proven to be highly effective in combating airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as bacteria, mold and other pathogens. They’re so effective that they’re in high demand, which brings up the unfortunate issue of supply and demand.

The fact is, lead times for some of the components that make our Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs so effective – like HEPA filters and optional equipment such as Ultraviolet-C Radiation and Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization modules – are becoming longer and slightly more unpredictable. That doesn’t mean our Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs won’t be available, it just means we’re seeing a slow-down in the supply of some of the components we need to manufacture them.

So, if you or your customers are interested in ordering our ceiling-mounted or portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs, the best thing to do is contact an AJ Manufacturing representative now or call us at 816-231-5522. We’re standing by to help you fight COVID-19 as quickly and effectively as possible.

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AJ Virtual Sales Call

During this difficult time, we’re standing by to help with new “face-to-face” meeting options!

COVID-19 has made virtual get-togethers with coworkers, friends and family the new (but hopefully temporary) normal – and you can do the same with sales calls with AJ Manufacturing!

We’ve always prided ourselves on getting to know our customers face-to-face, and that’s still as important as ever. But when that’s not possible, we’re happy to set up virtual meetings with any of our sales and engineering staff. We’ll can bring the right team together, discuss your needs, review drawings and so much more.

Just contact our National Sales Manager, Amy VanWagner, at amyvanwagner@ajmfg.us or 816-231-5522 to schedule a meeting. We’re looking forward to “seeing” you soon!

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Introducing…Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs with Ultraviolet-C Radiation or Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization to Neutralize and Remove Airborne Pathogens.

We’re proud to introduce two new options to our industry-leading Criti-Clean Ultra HEPA filtration units in order to more effectively combat airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, as well as bacteria, mold and other pathogens. The new built-in modules include Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) Radiation and Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization.

Our Criti-Clean Ultra fan-powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffuser provides a steady stream of purified air into a room. It is available as a traditional ceiling-mounted unit, as well as a completely portable model that comes on wheels and plugs into a standard wall outlet.

“With the need for cleaner, safer indoor air to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re proud to offer effective, easy-to-implement solutions for all types of buildings,” said Rob Haake, president of AJ Manufacturing. “By adding sterilization technologies to our already proven HEPA filtration units, we’ve added a second line of defense that can help schools and businesses reopen safely.”

The new UV-C Radiation module assists in sterilizing particulates in the air stream and also disinfects the HEPA filter. When microorganisms are exposed to UV-C, the light’s radiation penetrates their cell walls and disrupts the structure of their DNA to neutralize them.

The Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization module produces a stream of negative and positive ions, which attach themselves to microorganisms and render them inactive by depriving them of hydrogen. The resulting larger clusters of particles are also more easily trapped in the HEPA filter.

All Criti-Clean Ultra units include a standard HEPA filter that traps 99.99% of particles as small as .3 micron. They can also be upgraded to ULPA filters (99.9995% at .12 micron).

In addition to standard air supply models that push clean air into a room, both the ceiling-mounted and portable Criti-Clean Ultra are also available as reverse-flow units for creating patient isolation areas. These units draw potentially contaminated air in, then exhaust clean air out of the room through ductwork.

Download our new brochure here.

Read our full press release here.

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Portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs Now Provide Protection for our Employees in our Office and Break Areas.

Since the onset of COVID-19, our portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs have been providing highly purified, HEPA-filtered air – and a safer work environment – for a wider range of buildings than ever before. And that, of course, includes our own offices!

We’ve installed our portable air supply Criti-Clean Ultra fan powered HEPA filter diffusers in our office area and in our lunchroom to help make these shared environments a safer place to work. And, as is the case at so many businesses, schools, medical practices and more, these portable FFUs are helping to keep people safe while providing a sense of normalcy during uncertain times.

Our portable air supply Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs are mounted on wheels, plug into standard electrical wall outlets, and can be placed virtually anywhere to provide HEPA filtered air. The unit draws air in through the back and expels HEPA-filtered air out through its face, continually circulating and filtering the air in any room. This makes the portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFU a great solution to providing a safer environment in virtually any indoor space.

Plus, our Criti-Clean Ultra units now also offer optional upgrades with built-in Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) Radiation and Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization modules for additional effectiveness in neutralizing airborne contaminants (learn more here.) These FFUs are also available in reverse-flow models to remove potentially contaminated air from a room, creating a negative pressure environment that is often used to create isolation areas.

For more information about our portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs, contact us today. Or click here to download our brochure.

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The CARES Act and TCJA Can Make HVAC Retrofits Eligible for 100% Deduction and Bonus Depreciation.

At a time when improved indoor air quality is more important than ever to reopen schools and business safely, tax incentives make this an excellent time to invest in new HVAC equipment. That’s due to the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, as well as extensions for the 2020 tax year to Section 179 of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

The 2020 extension of the Section 179 tax deduction in the 2017 TCJA means that businesses can take a 100% deduction for up to $1,040,000 million in qualifying nonresidential HVAC equipment purchases for the 2020 tax year. This helps building owners justify replacement HVAC costs vs. repair costs.

As background: In 2017, TCJA changed the rules on bonus depreciation – a tax incentive that allows businesses to deduct a large portion of an asset’s upfront costs, rather than write them off over the asset’s useful life. Under the TCJA, several existing property classifications were removed and consolidated under a single classification – “Qualified Improvement Property” (QIP). Within the Act, QIP was rendered ineligible for bonus depreciation.

The new CARES Act corrects this glitch in the TCJA, which failed to designate a depreciation recovery period for QIP. As a result, by default QIP was subject to a 39-year recovery period like other nonresidential real property. Furthermore, while QIP was entitled to immediate expensing under section 179 (subject to that section’s dollar limitations), it was not eligible for bonus depreciation because bonus depreciation is only available for property with a recovery period of 20 years or less. The CARES Act provides that QIP now has a recovery period of 15 years, thus making it eligible for bonus depreciation. This technical correction is effective retroactively to taxable years beginning in or after 2018.

All this means that now is a great time for building owners to save money when making new HVAC purchase…which is more important than ever now that those purchases can provide cleaner, safer indoor air for the building’s occupants. Building owners should always consult their tax professional about their specific situation, but HVAC sales personnel and contractors should be prepared to inform their customers about the tax advantages available now.

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AJ Mfg webinar

Register now to learn about creating critical environment spaces with the latest air filtration components.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that creating and maintaining critical environment spaces is more important now than ever before. AJ Manufacturing can help you learn how to do this effectively and efficiently at our free webinar on July 29 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Led by our Senior Product Engineer, Burt Smith and National Sales Manager, Amy VanWagner, this webinar will cover how recent regulatory actions have expanded the traditional definition of a “critical environment” and burdened building owners with new responsibilities for keeping people safe.

We’ll also cover the ways AJ Manufacturing can make it easier and faster to establish safe, clean environments in a range of applications, including conventional medical facilities, emergency/temporary patient isolation rooms, hazardous drug handling areas and others.

HVAC-related professionals in all industries are welcome to attend, but space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Register now.

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Create safer indoor environments anywhere with our line of Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs.

In the recent past, highly purified air was primarily reserved for hospitals, laboratories and manufacturing clean room environments. But today, after the onset of COVID-19, demand for HEPA-filtered air is skyrocketing – in a wide range of building types where it was rarely, if ever, considered before.

Much of the new interest in HEPA filtration is coming from obvious places, such as doctors’ and dentists’ offices. But that’s only the beginning. Building owners and tenants in all types of businesses are showing unprecedented demand for cleaner indoor air to protect workers and customers. These include everything from general office buildings, to schools, to retail spaces like stores, restaurants, salons and much more.

Fortunately, there’s an effective and efficient way to make the air cleaner and safer in any building – AJ Manufacturing’s Criti-Clean Ultra Fan Filter Units (FFUs). These fan-powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffusers remove airborne contaminants from the stream of air they deliver into a room.

For permanent installations, the Criti-Clean Ultra is available in a ceiling-mounted unit that is easy to retrofit into existing spaces due to its low plenum height of only 13.7″. For temporary and relocatable use, Criti-Clean Ultra also comes in a convenient portable unit that is mounted on wheels and plugs into a standard electrical wall outlet. It can be placed virtually anywhere to continually circulate HEPA filtered air in a room.

The Criti-Clean Ultra is the most powerful FFU on the market, and is packed with a long list of features and benefits:

  • The industry’s highest output, up to 1200 CFM.
  • Energy efficiency (only 42 watts at 90 FPM velocity/450 CFM).
  • Quiet performance (only 45 DBA at 90 FPM, 58 DBA at 1100 CFM).
  • Optional air inlet sensor that measures and displays CFM in real time, rather than relying on outdated computed readings or algorithms based on performance data.
  • Optional built-in LED lights on ceiling-mounted unit to maximize ceiling space.
  • Plus, much more

Reverse-Flow Units Also Available
Both the ceiling-mounted and portable Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs are also available in reverse-flow models that remove potentially contaminated air from a room. These units create a negative-pressure environment that can be used to isolate someone who has – or may have – an infectious disease like COVID-19.

As with any addition to an existing system, we recommend you consult an HVAC professional on how best to incorporate Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs into your building. For more information on the Criti-Clean Ultra, click here.

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AJ Reopening

Tips and resources for creating safer work environments when returning HVAC systems back to operation.

Now that states and municipalities across the country are eliminating stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 – and businesses that had employees working remotely are choosing to return to work – many facilities personnel are concerned about getting their buildings back in operation safely, especially when it comes to their HVAC systems. ASHRAE and the CDC both offer advice on the subject, which we have summarized here.

Prior to a building’s reopening, ASHRAE suggests that facility operators create a strategic plan that includes the following:

  • Create measures to make occupants feel safer.
  • Ensure a supply chain for critical items, such as filters, as confirmed for delivery.
  • Review contractual agreements with tenants with regards to building support.
  • Establish a communication protocol with tenants and include key contacts.
  • Prepare and provide training for tenants on safety measures.

ASHRAE also offers a number of suggestions concerning building HVAC systems, including:

  • Follow the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, which has tables to show the typical maintenance on equipment.
  • Consider PPE when maintaining ventilation materials, including filters and condensate. Consult additional guidance before duct cleaning.
  • Check if all the setbacks and setup modes are reversed back to normal.
  • Open outside air intake dampers to their maximum, 100% preferred, four hours minimum, before the reoccupation. The maximum position the outside air dampers may be opened will depend on the time of year, local climate, the temperature and humidity of the outside air, and the capability of the HVAC equipment to condition the outside air so that the system is able to maintain acceptable indoor temperature and humidity. When operating in this “flush out” mode, monitor the system continuously to make sure that unexpected or unacceptable conditions inside do not develop. Upon completion of the flush, the damper positions should be corrected to provide design levels.
  • Check to see that space temperature and relative humidity levels are being controlled to the acceptable setpoints.

The CDC also suggests ways to improve building ventilation to help reduce transmission of COVID-19:

  • Consider using portable HEPA fan/filtration systems to help enhance air cleaning (especially in higher risk areas).
  • Increase the percentage of outdoor air (e.g., using economizer modes of HVAC operations) potentially as high as 100%. (First verify compatibility with HVAC system capabilities for both temperature and humidity control as well as compatibility with outdoor/indoor air quality considerations.)
  • Increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, if possible.
  • Disable demand-control ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on temperature or occupancy.
  • Consider using natural ventilation (i.e., opening windows if possible and safe to do so) to increase outdoor air dilution of indoor air when environmental conditions and building requirements allow.
  • Improve central air filtration:
    • Increase air filtration to as high as possible without significantly diminishing design airflow.
    • Inspect filter housing and racks to ensure appropriate filter fit and check for ways to minimize filter bypass.
  • Consider running the building ventilation system even during unoccupied times to maximize dilution ventilation.
  • Generate clean-to-less-clean air movement by re-evaluating the positioning of supply and exhaust air diffusers and/or dampers and adjusting zone supply and exhaust flow rates to establish measurable pressure differentials. Have staff work in areas served by “clean” ventilation zones that do not include higher-risk areas such as visitor reception or exercise facilities.

AJ Manufacturing offers a range of products that can help eliminate airborne contaminants in a building’s HVAC system through the use of HEPA and ULPA filtration. Contact us for more information.

Learn more from ASHRAE here.

Learn more from the CDC here.

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To meet the growing need for patient isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, AJ Manufacturing has introduced a portable reverse flow fan-powered HEPA filter diffuser to quickly creative negative-pressure isolation rooms in any permanent or temporary hospital environment.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) April 06, 2020

AJ Manufacturing – a leading manufacturer of critical environment HVAC products – has introduced a portable version of its Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra™ Fan Filter Unit (FFU) to quickly and easily create patient isolation rooms. The new units were specifically developed to help protect healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Like the original ceiling-mounted model, the portable Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra™ FFU connects to existing ductwork and creates a negative pressure environment that removes the air from a patient room and cleans it via the unit’s built-in HEPA filter, keeping airborne contaminants from escaping. The unit comes on wheels for easy movement and can be plugged into a standard electrical wall outlet.

“We’re proud to be able to do our small part to help protect healthcare workers who are treating the growing number of coronavirus patients,” said Rob Haake, president of AJ Manufacturing. “Our plant is 100% focused on producing both our permanent and portable FFU models for as long as they are needed to help stop the spread of the virus.”

In addition to reverse flow units that take in air and remove it from a room, standard FFU models – both ceiling mounted and portable – are also available to bring HEPA filtered air into a room. AJ’s ceiling mounted FFUs offer the industry’s lowest plenum height of just 13.7″, allowing easier retrofitting into existing ceiling spaces.

For more information, contact AJ Manufacturing at 816-231-5522 or visit http://www.ajmfg.com.

About AJ Manufacturing
AJ Manufacturing is an industry leader in stainless steel air distribution products for critical environments, such as hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants and many others. The company offers a wide range of both standard and custom products, including filter and non-filter diffusers, supply and return grilles, dampers, louvers and more.

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reverse flow diagram from AJ MFG. Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra Ideal for Patient Isolation Rooms

Criti-Clean Ultra FFUs Keep Healthcare Patients and Workers Safe

We have long played a vital role in helping hospitals provide critical environment patient isolation care. Today that’s truer than ever, thanks to our Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra FFU.

Our Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra fan powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffusers are the perfect choice for hospital isolation rooms with patients suffering from highly contagious diseases such as COVID-19. That’s because they’re designed to create a negative pressure environment that removes the air from an isolation room and cleans it via the unit’s built-in HEPA filter, which keeps airborne contaminants from escaping the room.

In addition, our Reverse Flow models offers all the same industry-leading features you’ll find in every Criti-Clean Ultra FFU, including…

  • A new air inlet sensor that measures CFM in real time, rather than relying on outdated computed readings or algorithms based on performance data
  • The industry’s highest output, up to 1200 CFM
  • The industry’s lowest plenum height – just 13.7″ – for easy retrofits
  • Energy efficiency (only 42 watts at 90 FPM velocity/450 CFM)
  • Quiet performance (only 45 DBA at 90 FPM, 58 DBA at 1100 CFM)
  • Optional built-in LED lights – for maximizing ceiling space
  • Plus, much more

Contact us today to learn more about our life-saving critical care environment products like our Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra FFU.

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New Surface Mount Option Makes FFU Installation Easier

Mounting Clamps are Specially Designed for Hard Ceiling Applications

AJ Manufacturing is pleased to introduce a new surface mount clamp option for our industry leading Criti-Clean Ultra FFU that makes installation in hard ceiling applications easier.

These new surface mount clamps are positioned on the sides of the Criti-Clean Ultra, and simply swing out into a perpendicular clamping position to tighten to the ceiling via access plugs on the bottom of the unit.

Installation is easy:

  • Slide the unit into the opening in the ceiling, making sure the clamps are in the install position, parallel to the unit.
  • Insert screwdriver into the access plugs on the bottom of the unit to swing the foot into clamp position and tighten to the ceiling.
  • If necessary, support the weight of the unit using hanger tabs attached to the structure above.

Standard surface mount clamps are designed to fit a hard ceiling thickness of 1.5″; however, clamps can be custom designed for different ceiling thicknesses. To learn more about our new FFU surface mount clamp system, download our technical drawings or contact us today.

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robotic press brake at AJ MFG. Automated Bending System Delivers High Precision 24/7

Automated Bending System Delivers High Precision 24/7

We’ve greatly increased our capacity with the recent addition of a new robotic press break – an Amada HG 1303 Rm automated bending system that combines a state-of-the-art high-precision press brake with a multi-axis robot.

The new automated system was designed to deliver precise, repeatable results within a wide range of part specifications – from part loading to producing the finished part. It can also accurately process large parts that previously required two operators to handle. The robotic bending system automatically compensates for the part’s position before each bend, and ensures consistent bend angle accuracy every time. Plus, with robotic loading and unloading, the system can produce parts 24 hours a day.

With unmatched accuracy and continually consistent results, our new robotic press brake system is just one more way AJ Manufacturing helps bring our customers the highest quality critical environment products in the industry.

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Criti-Clean Ultra Now Offers Hyper Accurate CFM Monitoring

New Built-In Probe Measures and Reports Real-Time CFM with Unmatched Accuracy

AJ Manufacturing is proud to introduce another first in our long history of innovation: accurate real-time CFM measurement and reporting, thanks to a first-of-its kind probe built into the air inlets of our Criti-Clean Ultra fan powered laminar flow HEPA filter diffusers.

Our engineers worked with industry experts to develop this groundbreaking technology that takes the guesswork out of critical environment FFU performance. Until now, CFM measurement relied upon a computed reading – an algorithm based on performance assumptions – to report CFM. Our revolutionary new probe, however, now senses and reports CFM in real time. That means not only will our Criti-Clean Ultra’s CFM readings be hyper accurate, it will also be easier than ever to verify the necessary air changes per hour to meet requirements for clean room certification.

Criti-Clean Ultra’s real time CFM monitoring also offers a range other benefits, including:

  • True airflow sensing that’s not based on assumptions
  • Field calibration to ensure accuracy
  • Insensitivity to HVAC inlet conditions
  • Not affected by air pressure

Contact us today to learn more.