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AJ offers seven optional powder coat paint finishes and textures — all with anti-microbial treatment

When it comes to appliances for the home, stainless steel is still the popular choice. But at AJ Manufacturing, sometimes our customers like to have options other than the #4 satin polished finish that comes standard on our stainless steel products. That’s why we’d like to remind you that we offer powder coat paint finishes featuring anti-microbial treatments as an option on the majority of our products.
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New Ceiling Grid System Upgrades Now Capable of Supporting This Groundbreaking Robotic Equipment

As we mentioned in our last issue of “Critical Thinking,” AJ’s custom heavy-duty Ceiling Grid Systems offer you the ultimate in operating room design convenience by incorporating our stainless steel air distribution products and other support equipment into your operating room ceiling design from the very beginning — which makes AJ a convenient one-stop source for complete ceiling systems.
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And Thank You for Your Support Throughout the Past Year

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is already in full swing, and 2015 will soon be drawing to a close. That makes this the perfect time to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season, and also to say a heartfelt thank you for your continuing support this year, as well as in the year ahead.
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Now AJ Can Provide Everything You Need for Hospital Operating Rooms

Over the last year, we’ve told you how AJ Manufacturing is helping our customers use valuable ceiling space more efficiently. Our Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffusers with built-in surgical grade lighting (both fluorescent and LED) do the work of two operating room fixtures in one unit. Even better, options for our Laminar Flow Diffusers like 100% shut off dampers and room-side access to filters and pre-filters also substantially increase efficiency when it comes to maintaining these units.

Now we’re proud to offer you an even more convenient, time-saving solution that can mean greater efficiencies for hospital operating rooms: our new heavy-duty Ceiling Grid Systems. That means AJ – the company you know and trust for custom and standard stainless steel air distribution products — can now also be your one-stop source for complete ceiling systems for hospital critical environments.
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New Additional Work Shift Will Help Meet Growing Customer Demand

In the last issue of Critical Thinking, we told you how we were keeping up with our increasing customer orders by adding extra work hours in our manufacturing facility – going from a regular 40-hour work week to 50 hours or more, with 10-hour days Monday through Friday, plus Saturdays when needed.

Now we’re happy to say that demand for our products has continued to grow – thanks to customers like many of you reading this today. As a result, we are now planning to add a night shift to our regular daytime production hours in January 2016. Our automated Amada Lasers are already working overnight to help us speed up production times, and now we’re excited to be adding another work shift to help us increase output even more.
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Now All Powder Coated Products Feature Anti-Microbial Treatment At No Extra Charge

AJ Manufacturing has long been an industry leader in custom and standard stainless steel air distribution products for critical environments. So we’re especially proud to announce that now every product ordered with one of our optional powder coat paint finishes will also feature a new anti-microbial treatment at no additional charge.

As you may know, powder coat paint finishes feature tiny dry particles of pigment and resin that are given an electric charge, which are then sprayed onto a product and heated to create a permanently fused, uniform, durable coating. AJ’s powder coat finishes now feature silver ions to prevent the growth of microbes on surfaces, taking advantage of silver’s natural germ-fighting properties.
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Month-to-month gain much higher than the usual April-to-May change of 8.0%.

We recently came across some great news that has positive implications for many of our customers in the HVAC industry. According to a report from the CMD Group, construction starts, excluding residential work, soared 30.3% from April to May 2015. This nearly one-third month-to-month gain was much higher than CMD’s usual April-to-May change, due to seasonality, of 8.0%.

We’re hoping statistics like these mean that more work will be on the way for all us as the year progresses. In fact, the report goes on to say that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in construction increased by 17,000 in May, on top of April’s surge of 35,000. Year-to-date, jobs in construction are up 112,000. And year over year, they are up 273,000, a strong advance. With a 4.5% year-over-year percentage increase in jobs, construction remains a leader among major industry sub-sectors.

It’s a fascinating, and optimistic, read that we encourage you to take a look at for yourself, with information on construction starts in the industrial, commercial and institutional markets. To read the full CMD report, click here.

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Workdays now extended to 10 hours to keep up with customer demand.

In past issues of Critical Thinking, we’ve told you about ways we’re always striving to make our processes and production methods faster and more efficient. Like installing our Amada Fiber Optic Laser with the world’s fastest linear cutting speed…or networking all of our machines, along with our engineering department…or creating our Chat Live website feature that lets you get answers to your questions in real time.

But now we’re going “old school” to keep up with increasing product demand by adding extra work hours in our manufacturing facility. We’ve gone from our standard 40-hour week to 50 hours or more — 10-hour days Monday through Friday, plus Saturdays when needed — to help us keep up with our customer orders. And we’re obviously happy to do it! In fact, we couldn’t be more pleased that our industry-leading stainless steel air distribution products are in such high demand. But we also wanted you to know that we’re doing as much as we can behind the scenes to get your orders out in a timely fashion.

So as always, thank you for placing your trust in AJ Manufacturing to provide you with the highest-quality products. If you have questions about a current order, please call us at 800-247-5746 or use the Chat Live option on our website.

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One of our best selling products gets even better with upgraded LED lighting.

Since we introduced it last year, our Criti-Clean Fan Powered Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffuser with built-in surgical grade lighting has proven to be one of the most popular — and fastest-selling – new products we’ve ever introduced. Why? Because it does the work of two basic operating room fixtures – a laminar flow diffuser and surgical lighting – all in one unit, maximizing valuable ceiling space!

Now we’ve made our Criti-Clean FFU with T5 high-output, surgical grade lighting even better by offering it with optional white or green LED lights in addition to fluorescent. As before, this dual-purpose Criti-Clean FFU is available in 48′ x 24′ and 24′ x 24′ models, with all the additional great features for which our Criti-Clean FFUs are so well known…

  • Stainless steel construction with all-welded plenum
  • Higher CFM output than competitive models
  • Computer-controlled, variable-speed ECM motor • HEPA or ULPA filter with gel-seal frame
  • Wide range of customizable controls, capable of linking up to 400 units

For more information on the Criti-Clean units with built-in LED surgical lighting, call us at 800-247-5746 or click here.

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Now You Can Chat Live with an AJ Representative

Our customers always have great questions about how our products can meet their needs, and we’re always happy to provide a timely answer. But now that process is a whole lot faster and easier, thanks to the new “Chat Live” function on our website.

During normal business hours, you’ll see two small new boxes at the lower right of your screen: one in orange that says “Chat live with an agent now,” and one in blue that says “Chat?” and indicates whether an AJ representative is online or offline.
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Specifying the Right AJ Product for Your Lighting Needs Just Got Easier

AJ Manufacturing is proud to announce that IES photometric files are now available for our Lighted Criti-Clean Fan Filter Units. Providing this important lighting industry standard, which includes measurements of light and related light quantities, is just one more way we’re helping lighting specifiers choose the right product for their project.

Viewing these IES photometric files requires the IES viewer, which can be downloaded free of charge by visiting www.photometricviewer.com, and clicking the “Download” tab on the menu bar at the top of the webpage. If you already have the viewer, just click here to download our Lighted Criti-Clean Fan Filter Unit IES photometric files.

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Available on All of Our Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffusers

In the past, changing just one laminar flow diffuser HEPA filter in a clean room meant shutting down the entire system. Unfortunately, as a result, that also meant going through a painstaking decontamination process that could take up to two or three days to complete once you changed the filter.

Now AJ offers our Laminar Flow HEPA Filter Diffusers with 100% shut off dampers, which can eliminate the considerable time and effort involved in changing filters. This new convenience feature allows you to shut off one unit from the rest of your system, and change the filter without allowing any particulates to enter the room.
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The Best Fan Filter Unit in the Industry Just Got Even Better!

Many people love our Criti-Clean Fan Filter Unit because of its industry-leading features and quality construction. But we know that easy day-to-day maintenance also means a lot to our customers. That’s why we’ve redesigned our popular Criti-Clean FFU to offer room-side access to not only its HEPA or ULPA filter, but also to the unit’s pre-filter as well.

The pre-filter in any FFU keeps debris and contaminants from entering the unit from the plenum side. But the pre-filters on the other FFUs on the market today are not accessible from the room side, which makes them extremely difficult and time-consuming to change – if they ever get changed at all.
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Keeping the Air Clean At One of the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Facilities

It’s amazing how many different types of buildings rely on our air distribution products to maintain their indoor air environments. Take shooting ranges, for example. Firearms emit more smoke than you might think, but when you’re one of the country’s leading firearms training facilities – working not just with civilians but with law enforcement professionals and the military as well – cleaning the air quickly and effectively becomes critical to ensure shooter health and comfort.
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Criti-Clean FFUs and Other AJ Products Keep Healthcare Workers Safe

Here at AJ Manufacturing, we often say how proud we are of the important part we play in providing critical environment patient care. But today, that’s truer than ever, since our Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Units and Laminar Flow Diffusers, with and without HEPA filters, are now being used in isolation rooms used for patients suffering from Ebola at leading medical centers.
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