August 2012 ESPCO Newsletter

NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY CLASSES ANNOUNCED FOR ARMSTRONG PUMP: I am pleased to announce that the training classes I first discussed in the March 2012 newsletter are now scheduled and ready for your registration!

The training program I created for Armstrong is billed as;
‘First Regional Armstrong Training & Education’ (First RATE).

The program consists of two classes, (for now), and will be conducted both in New York and New Jersey.

Armstrong participating representatives are:
Thermco
228 Scoles Ave.
Clifton, NJ. 07012
973-777-6700
Session One: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Session Two: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Rathe Associates
1659 New Highway
Farmingdale, NY 11735
1-800-841-3367
Session One: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Session Two: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Here is the curriculum for each class:

Session One: Introduction to Basic Hydronics: Sponsored by Armstrong Pumps

  1. Is it really a pump?
  2. Anatomy of a circulator
  3. Wet rotor, (Astro) vs. three piece, (S & H)
  4. It ain’t wet rotor, it ain’t three piece…its E.2 series!
  5. The language of hydronics
  6. Don’t be afraid of the math; calculating GPM and TDH
  7. Circulator selection: how to read a pump curve and which circulator type is best for your application
  8. Now that I selected the circulator, where do I put it? (system component placement)
  9. System pressures…’for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’…and that ain’t always good!
  10. Lets put this all to work: residential project examples
  11. Pipe sizing
  12. Three speed pumps…’the great equalizer’, (Astro 2 series)
  13. Hot water when you want it: residential domestic hot water recirculation sizing
  14. Astro Express hot water recirculation system
  15. Basic circulator / flow troubleshooting / common problems

Session Two: Intermediate Hydronics including ‘Green’ System Pumping & Light Commercial Applications: Sponsored by Armstrong Pumps

  1. Those radiant systems sure have a lot of pipe! (radiant circulator sizing and selection / Astro / E.2 series)
  2. PEX tubing and its effects on pump performance
  3. You thought radiant had a lot of pipe…wait till you see geothermal! (geothermal circulator sizing / Astro / E.2 series)
  4. Thermal Solar…guess what, you need a pump! (Astro series)
  5. Three speed advantages in ‘green’ applications, (Astro 2 series)
  6. Injection pumping; this injection won’t hurt…we promise! (Astro series)
  7. Light commercial applications; the world beyond 2500 sq/ft., (series 1050 & 1060, PiB 4360 & 4380)
  8. Primary / secondary piping & pumping
  9. Mod-con boiler pumping requirements
  10. What went wrong? (intermediate troubleshooting)
    • Purging
    • An air vent as an air inducer
    • buffer tanks advantages / disadvantages
    • Pressure drops through heat exchangers

Please call the Armstrong rep closest to you and register for both of these comprehensive hydronics classes and see for yourself how Armstrong is working to be your pump and hydronic accessory source.

RATHE ASSOCIATES, FARMINGDALE, NY OPENS TRAINING CENTER: Don Rathe invited me to see his creation that I am calling ‘The Rathe Wall of Hydronics” at his training facility in Farmingdale, NY. The ‘RWHas it will be referred to henceforth, utilizes Armstrong circulators, Caleffi hydronic accessories, a Laars boiler, a Turbomax indirect water heater, Cash Acme expansion tanks, Hydrolevel low water cutoffs, Webstone valves, Tekmar controls and Comfort PEX tubing which all comes together to create one of the best, most functional, training tools I have ever seen.

I have witnessed many attempts at functional displays over the years and even one that ended up costing north of six figures but in the end was a sales tool…not a training tool. The ‘RWH’ is a true training tool that allows one to see ‘cause and effect’ as different circulators are energized, air is induced and then eliminated, heating zones call and satisfy and flow is measured at different points in the system.

As I mentioned earlier, I will have the pleasure of conducting two classes at this new facility and I can’t wait to make the ‘RWH’ come to life…it’s alive I say!

I have added some pictures of the ‘RWH’ to my website, here …and then sign up for the October and November classes!

ESPCO GOES INTERNATIONAL! I had the pleasure of working with the Heat Controller affiliate in Ontario, Canada , Aiton’s Equipment, Inc., just a couple weeks back. I conducted five mini split classes at the Tackaberry Training Centre (TTC) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Tackaberry Heating & Refrigeration Supplies was founded in 1967 and now has five locations throughout Ontario.

Mike Spies, Operations Manager at Tackaberry, designed a working training room at their Kingston location that was a trainer’s dream! As many of you know, my mini split class contains several videos of me performing various tasks and dis-assembly of evaporators but at Tackaberry I actually had a working Comfort-Aire system that not only acted as a functional training tool but cooled the room as well…how cool is that, (pun intended)?

The TTC is a real ‘man cave’…everything is diamond plated…even the ceiling!

A quick story about my entry in to Canada; I never considered I would need a ‘work permit’ as I was conducting classes in Canada for the first time. I breezed through customs in Toronto and was headed to get my baggage when I was flagged by a couple of Canadian immigration officers and sent to speak with two more.

I have to say the two officers were terrific and completely understanding of my ignorance of the work permit requirement. One hour and a $150.00 U.S. later, (the fee for the permit), and I was on my way with green card in hand.   Who would have thought…I was almost an illegal alien!

I have posted pictures of the TTC at my website, you can see them here.

PRESS RELEASE: You will see the following press release in upcoming trade magazines:

Heat Controller, Inc of Jackson, MI and ESPCO, Inc. of Central Valley, NY have agreed to extend their current contract for Gerry Wagner of ESPCO to conduct installer training for the Comfort-Aire and Century mini split and geothermal products both in the US and Canada. ESPCO, Inc. is a ‘contract training’ firm who designs and implements HVAC product training programs for manufacturers in the global HVAC market

NEW CLASSES POSTED ONLINE: Please check the website from time to time for a class coming to a town near you. My Fall 2012 ‘Mother Earth’ tour begins in Jackson, MI on September 19 & 20 with a Comfort-Aire Geothermal class with my good friend Leon Cogswell of Heat Controller, Inc. leading the training efforts and myself assisting. The tour takes me back to Canada in October for the following dates:

SUBJECT: Mini Split Air Conditioning & Heating / Introduction to Geothermal Heating & Cooling (each subject three hours)
DATE: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
CLASS SPONSORS: Aiton’s Equipment / Independent Supply Co.
LOCATION: Independent Supply Co.
11418 120 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5G 2Y2
TIME: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
CONTACT: 780-451-1072

SUBJECT: Mini Split Air Conditioning & Heating / Introduction to Geothermal Heating & Cooling (each subject three hours)
DATE: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
CLASS SPONSORS: Aiton’s Equipment / Independent Supply Co.
LOCATION: Independent Supply Co.
2280 Portland St. SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 4M6
TIME: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
CONTACT: 403-214-2134

SUBJECT: Mini Split Air Conditioning & Heating / Introduction to Geothermal Heating & Cooling (each subject three hours)
DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2012
CLASS SPONSORS: Aiton’s Equipment / Independent Supply Co.
LOCATION: Independent Supply Co.
2808 Ingleton Ave.
Burnaby,  British Columbia, Canada V5C 6G7
TIME: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
CONTACT: 604-298-4472

SUBJECT: Mini Split Air Conditioning & Heating / Introduction to Geothermal Heating & Cooling (each subject three hours)
DATE: Friday, October 26, 2012
CLASS SPONSORS: Aiton’s Equipment / Independent Supply Co.
LOCATION: Independent Supply Co.
203-9489 200 Street
Langley, British Columbia, Canada V1M 3A7
TIME: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
CONTACT: 604-888-8156

The 2012 ‘Mother Earth’ tour concludes back in Jackson, MI on November 13 & 14 for another geo class with Leon leading the charge.

Sprinkled within the tour are my Armstrong Pump classes and yet to be announced mini split training dates around the country…stay tuned!

See you all soon!