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Product Spotlight: PermaShield 120" Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Jun 4, 2019 3:46:06 PM

Merging Size and Safety in PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Production

As part of a corporate wide safety awareness initiative, Fab-Tech recently implemented changes to our manufacturing process to reflect a safer way to perform the fabrication and coating of our vent duct systems. Since our largest diameter exhaust duct was among the first to roll off the production line following the process updates, we decided it was time to take a step back and admire the fruits of our labor. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, careers

5 Avoidable Research Lab Costs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 4, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Why Research Lab Owners Should Use PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Fab-Tech’s proprietary fluoropolymer coated stainless steel fume exhaust duct carries clear benefits across an array of industrial and scientific research applications.

Given its status as the material of choice for venting corrosive fumes in semiconductor manufacturing, research lab owners in private and university settings have taken note and are now following suit.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, research lab

Fab-Tech Employees To Attend Local CPT Program

Posted by Fab-Tech on Jan 31, 2019 12:32:45 PM

Production Employees Seize Professional Development Opportunity

Through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), two Fab-Tech employees have registered to take Certified Production Technician courses at CCV in Winooski. The 9-month CPT training program is a "nationally recognized credential" that affords both professional development and increased earnings potential.

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Topics: careers, CPT Training

Fab-Tech Adds New Design Engineer

Posted by Fab-Tech on Jan 14, 2019 11:58:37 AM

Welcoming Design Engineer Mike Lucy

Fab-Tech is pleased to announce it has added Design Engineer, Mike Lucyto its growing roster of engineers

Prior to joining Fab-Tech, Mike held the position of Design Engineer with Cascades Containerboard in Schenectady, New York, where he worked on design innovations for the packaging and containers industry.

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Topics: careers, design engineer

Fab-Tech Hosts 2018 National Manufacturing Day Event

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Oct 8, 2018 1:01:16 PM

Successful MFG Day Event at Fab-Tech

Manufacturing Day is a growing nationally-held event which allows modern process facilities to embrace groups and individuals that are on an early manufacturing career path. Across the nation, manufacturers open their doors to showcase their work and to provide a look into the state of the industry, all with the intent of sparking inspiration in the minds of incoming manufacturers and engineers.

Originating in 2011, MFG Day has been recognized on the first Friday of every October, and it is increasingly uniting manufacturers in a national effort to raise awareness on how and why manufacturing is the backbone of any vibrant economy.

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Topics: MFG Day, careers

Bailey Gokey To Receive Prestigious 2018 Rising Star Award

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Oct 3, 2018 10:59:43 AM

Awarded for Significant Contributions to Workplace and Community

Fab-Tech Inc., Sales Operations Specialist, Bailey Gokey, has been recognized as a 2018 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine for her outstanding community service and exemplary work ethic. The award will be presented to her at a special reception and dinner to be held at the Trader Dukes Hotel on November 8th.

Bailey is among a select group of young Vermont professionals that were chosen by a panel of judges to be honored with the award this year. 

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Topics: careers

Fab-Tech at WEFTEC 2018, Booth 7547

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Sep 27, 2018 1:46:48 PM

PSP® On Display at WEFTEC 2018 

Fab-Tech Inc., will be attending the 91st annual WEFTEC Conference in New Orleans, joining more than 32,000 attendees and 1640+ exhibitors from around the world. 

This event is "recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world... providing unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field."

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Topics: wastewater odor control

Faster, Easier and Less Expensive to Install than FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 15, 2018 7:12:58 PM

Video Comparison of PSP® Vent Pipe and FRP Duct Assembly

A common belief among engineers and facility designers is that coated stainless steel vent pipe is more expensive than FRP duct alternatives. While the upfront material costs of fiberglass may appear slightly cheaper on estimates, it is most important to compare equivalent systems, such as the resin and service type of FRP duct, and to include an evaluation of system installation time and cost.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct, duct installation

Process Industry Growth and Positive Developments at Fab-Tech

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Aug 23, 2018 11:35:31 AM

Chad Whittemore is Promoted to Director of Operations

Fab-Tech and Pure Guard are looking to experience some exciting times during the next two years. We have been living in a digital world where semiconductors have been taken for granted. But, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing everything – and bringing semiconductors back into the spotlight. AI’s potential market of hundreds of zettabytes and trillions of dollars relies on new or refurbished chip manufacturing facilities. 

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Topics: careers

Why AE Firms Prefer PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 19, 2018 8:39:04 AM

Differentiate Your Firm in Your Next WWTP Pitch 

The AE marketplace gets more competitive every day. AE firms competing for the larger and more valuable WWTP projects must stay ahead of the competition or become commoditized.

It's not every day that an advanced process solution presents itself in the wastewater treatment market which provides so many benefits to operators and allows specifying engineers to stand out.

So, how can adding PermaShield Pipe to an AE firm’s toolbox help them stand out and stay innovative?

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Topics: vent duct, facility design

Fab-Tech President Receives Vermont ESGR Patriot Award

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Jun 8, 2018 1:42:09 PM

Awarded for Service and Support of Vermont National Guard and Reserve Members

Colchester, Vermont - Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech Inc., has been recognized by Vermont ESGR for his service and support of Vermont's Guard and Reserve members.

During their annual banquet held recently in South Burlington, Vermont, ESGR recognized Scott Fine as one of more than "40 employers who provided outstanding support to their citizen warrior employees over the past year. Guest speaker for the event was Major General Steven Cray, Vermont’s Adjutant General. State of Vermont Governor Phil Scott also participated in recognizing employers and providing brief comments. The event, hosted by Jean O’Sullivan, Vermont State ESGR Chair, was attended by several other senior uniformed Guard and Reserve members as well as key business and community leaders." [1]

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Topics: awards and recognition, careers

Containing Acid Fumes with Fluoropolymer Coated Vent Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 5, 2018 12:19:01 PM

PSP® Vent Duct Safely Handles Hydrochloric Acid Fumes

Belvidere, NJ - During the manufacture of a pilot run of innovative Vitamin C products, Roche Vitamins set out to solve a long standing problem that many pharmaceutical manufacturers and research labs face with their process ventilation systems.

That is, how to contain and exhaust highly corrosive acid fumes without having to perpetually replace the vent duct system.

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Topics: vent duct, acid fumes

21st Century Evaluation of U.S. National Lab Design

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 23, 2018 1:22:52 PM

5 Lab Design Criteria for the Future of U.S. National Labs

Governments around the world rely on their national labs to conduct research that will keep them at the leading edge of scientific and technological advancement.

Considering that U.S. national labs were developed during the middle of the 20th century and their management model is only recently showing signs of change, a major concern is that our national lab system may be many times inadequate to keep pace with modern day research initiatives.

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Topics: lab design, national labs

Cutting Edge MIT Nano-Lab Design Merges Function and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:59:09 AM

PSP® Enhances lab Safety in State Of The Art MIT Nano-Complex

MIT is currently constructing a 200,000 square foot center for nanotechnology and nano-science at their campus in Cambridge, MA.

Nicknamed MIT.nano, the facility will follow an open lab design concept to bring faculty, researchers and students together on a grand scale of collaboration. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

The Numbers Behind PermaShield's Superior Class 1 Fire Rating

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:56:24 AM

A Closer Look At The Class 1 Fire Rating And ASTM E-84 Results of PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Prior to the appearance of 300 series fluoropolymer coated stainless steel, the most common materials for process ventilation were galvanized steel, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and FRP duct.

In today's high-cost high-tech process facilities, strong regulations and higher standards for fire-safety are turning the attention of facility owners, engineers, and underwriting insurers alike toward PSP® fluoropolymer coated fume exhaust duct. 

To understand why, let's take a look at how PSP® gets its superior Class 1 fire rating.

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Topics: class 1 fire rating, astm e-84, class 1 duct

4 Tips for Optimal Lab Fume Hood Performance and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:52:16 AM

Fume Hood Safety Protocols Should Be In Lockstep with a Safe Lab Design

Fume hoods serve as the literal and figurative birthplace for next generation research and scientific discovery. Within these clean, confined spaces, our world is discovering new ways to improve the quality of life for all.

Thomas Edison was known to utilize his fireplace chimney as a fume vent. Without it, chances are his work would have ended prematurely. 

These days, fume hoods are better ventilated, more chemically resistant, cleaner, and perform better than Edison’s fireplace, but they still require basic care and planning to ensure that lab safety is not compromised. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

Exhaust Duct Joint Technology Differences

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:50:09 AM

Here’s what it takes to make an exhaust duct joint on FRP Duct

Joints on FRP duct are traditionally accomplished by means of a labor intense "butt and wrap" procedure. Duct ends are ground smooth, exposed ends are sealed with catalyzed resin, and the duct or fitting is "buttered-up" and overlaid with several layers of resin and reinforcing fiberglass.

Adhesive curing at an ambient temperature of 70°F would take at least 24 hours to complete, so electric heating blankets are often required to accelerate the time to cure each joint.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation

An Easy Choice for WWTP Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:48:40 AM

5 Advantages of A PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Installation

Today, savvy WWTP owners, engineers, and managers are paying close attention to the potential risks and unforeseen costs of the materials that are being used in their facilities and systems. 

One area where material consideration can have both immediate and long lasting impacts is in the corrosive fume exhaust systems of a WWTP.

When it comes to duct installation, some plastic and FRP products may require a deep investment of time, money, and specialized labor. PSP® vent pipe, on the other hand, is stainless steel duct that's easy to install, easy to maintain, and easy on the bottom line.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation

Optimize Research Lab Safety with Proper Equipment Selection

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 9:29:38 AM

Wet scrubber Systems and lab Fume Exhaust

Laboratories are becoming increasingly necessary as more and more products require the controlled conditions that only labs can provide. For the purposes of advanced manufacturing, every process from research, to testing, to development, to cleaning must be conducted with precision and accuracy.

Within these environments, lab fume hoods serve as an integral safety feature to help maintain facility air quality. While fume hoods are typically the first line of defense against hazardous vapors in these settings, they're by no means the only defense.

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Topics: vent duct, research lab safety

Fab-Tech Hires Northeast Regional Vent Pipe and Duct Sales Manager

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on May 15, 2018 12:41:29 PM

Fab-Tech Hires Jim DeAngelis To Manage PSP® Vent Pipe and Duct Sales In The Northeast

Colchester, Vermont - Fab-Tech Inc., has hired Jim DeAngelis as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

“Jim’s decades of experience in construction and biotechnology make him an ideal person to cultivate and strengthen our relationships with companies and governments in the water treatment sectors,” said Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech.

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Topics: vent pipe, careers

Why Process Industries Want PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 1, 2018 3:20:15 PM

Fluoropolymer Coating and Stainless Steel Fume Exhaust Duct Are a Perfect Combination 

There's no shortage of corrosive fumes and vapors generated by process industries which need to be safely and successfully vented.

Common exhaust duct materials that are tasked with this responsibility include stainless steel, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). While special glass linings, metal alloys, and a wide range of polymers may be used individually or in combination to help meet particular demands, none seem to solve the breadth of corrosive application challenges like PermaShield Pipe (PSP®) with its proprietary fluoropolymer coating.

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Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct

Lab Air Quality In Multi-Use Research Labs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 23, 2018 4:30:33 PM

5 Fundamentals For Dynamic Lab Air Quality Needs

In the face of exponentially changing technology and consumer demands, advanced manufacturing industries are driving research labs and clean rooms to accommodate multiple production flows.

As such, these facilities must contend with a wider spectrum of lab air quality requirements, including increased air supply, dynamic airflow patterns, room pressurization, and high-efficiency air filtration versus that of traditional labs and clean rooms.

Here we'll cover 5 fundamental lab air quality considerations that should be factored into every advanced manufacturing clean room or research lab design.

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Topics: Clean Room Design, lab design, lab air

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 2

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:19:00 PM

Hot Tap Installation Using a Pressurized Glove Box

We all know that change is the only constant. Therefore, it stands to reason that process systems should be designed with adaptability and the eventuality of change in mind. As process intensive facilities grow, there usually comes a time when air-handling and fume exhaust systems need to be expanded or adapted to meet operational demands.

Fortunately, hot tapping with PSP® is a versatile solution that allows users to retro-fit new PSP® components to a variety of host duct systems without costly, time consuming, or disruptive shutdowns to the system.

This instructional demonstrates the relative ease and simplicity with which a hot tap installation can be performed with a zero-leak glove box on PSP® fume exhaust duct.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, hot tap installation

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 1

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:18:00 PM

Hot Tap Installation Without A Pressurized Glove Box

As process systems and facilities grow, there usually comes a time when new fume exhaust components need to be added to existing vent duct configurations.

For most facilities, it can be extremely costly and disruptive to take systems offline in order to make such upgrades. Fortunately, PSP® exhaust duct systems are capable of remaining in-service (hot) while saddle tap installation procedures are performed.

The instructional below focuses specifically on how to perform a hot tap installation on PSP® fume exhaust duct without the use of a glove box. For hot tap installations using a pressurized glove box, please follow this link.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, saddle tap

Why WWTP Owners Prefer PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 28, 2018 11:40:00 AM

PSP® Exhaust Duct Carries Proven Performance And Cost Advantages

Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are sites where corrosive, flammable, and toxic chemicals are used and generated on a daily basis. As facilities are faced with an ever growing list of chemical pollutants and water and air-quality issues, advancements in fume exhaust duct technology have been sought to help manage these challenges and concerns.

This article examines some of the leading reasons why PSP® fluoropolymer coated stainless steel duct stands out as the preferred choice for WWTP fume exhaust applications.

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Topics: wastewater treatment, coated vent pipe, wwtp

How Coated Metal Duct Improves Wastewater Odor Control Systems

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 16, 2018 10:30:24 AM

10 Benefits of Coated Metal Duct for Wastewater Odor Control Systems

Wastewater odor control systems and vent pipe products not only need to contain foul air but also need to be highly corrosion resistant. For decades, wastewater treatment facility owners (and engineers) have faced a major pain point with plastic and FRP duct systems that degrade and need regular repair or replacement.

Compounding this pain is the fact that many plastic and FRP duct products are highly combustible. In the event of a fire, or gaseous ignition, such systems will likely be rendered useless if not completely destroyed. In short, wastewater facilities with these types of systems face the pain of higher fire insurance premiums; and those that self-insure face catastrophic losses.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Lab Safety Goes Beyond the Fume Hood

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 7, 2018 2:43:47 PM

OSHA AND Lab Safety Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450

Research laboratories are vital to the advancement of technology in many industries including semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, fiber optics, and nanotechnology, to name a few.

In the United States alone, more than a half a million people work in laboratory settings and are faced with the potential dangers that come with this line of employment.

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Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct, lab safety standard 29 CFR 1910.1450

4 Big Advantages of PermaShield Pipe Over FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 15, 2018 8:37:29 AM

4 More Reasons to Use Coated Stainless Steel Duct

It's always nice to discover that little advantage or edge-up which makes our lives easier, safer, cheaper, or more productive. It's even better when that advantage is not so little, and when it improves our lives across all categories!

This article takes aim at four big advantages of PSP® coated stainless steel duct and how it surpasses FRP duct in quality, safety, cost, and convenience.

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Topics: frp duct, coated stainless steel

Demand For PermaShield Vent Pipe Is Creating New Opportunities

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jan 4, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Fab-Tech Hires Mike Mulcahy To Manage PSP® Vent Pipe Sales In The Midwest

Colchester, Vermont - Fab-Tech Inc., is excited to announce it has hired Mike Mulcahy as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

“Mike brings more than a decade of sales management and account development experience in the water and wastewater industry to our team,” said Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech. “He’s a solid fit for our goals and initiatives. We are pleased to add such a key person to our roster.”

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Topics: vent pipe, careers

How To Identify True Class 1 Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 18, 2017 1:23:04 PM

Understanding Class 1 Duct Regulatory Criteria

Building codes and regulations stress lower flame spread and low smoke generation for many materials. The Steiner Tunnel Test (ASTM E-84) is frequently referenced as a method to assess these burn characteristics and is a mandatory test for many commercial building materials.

While such standards and mandatory tests are indeed important, it is also critically important to understand their parameters and tolerances.

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Topics: Permashield Pipe, frp duct