Houston–RectorSeal LLC, a manufacturer of quality HVAC/R products and operating subsidiary of CSW Industrials, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSWI), recently acquired the assets of MSD Research including its All-Access™ brand of air conditioning system condensate management products.
All-Access is a leading brand of air conditioning mechanical float switches, drain line cleanout devices and supporting accessories invented by Stuart Oakner, MSD Research president. Recent revisions to the International Mechanical Code’s (IMC) condensate drain line maintenance section has increased All-Access’ popularity among HVAC service technicians, especially products featuring an easy entry cleanout design that eliminates the need to cut the 3/4-inch drain pipe for access. While All-Access complies with new construction codes, it also complements RectorSeal’s renowned retrofit-oriented Safe-T-Switch®, the HVAC industry’s leading condensate overflow cutoff switch product line.
“All-Access products will ensure we’re providing the best condensate management products to the industry, especially for new construction,” said Jeff Underwood, RectorSeal’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Oakner, a former 25-year veteran HVAC contractor licensed in Florida and prolific inventor, will now assume roles of inventor-in-residence and consultant for RectorSeal as part of the acquisition. “I am pleased to be supporting the RectorSeal product development team,” said Oakner. “The vast product development resources available at RectorSeal will help support and advance the development of many future innovative products for HVAC/R and other construction industries.”
Traditional HVAC/R distributors will be able to buy All-Access products from RectorSeal, which is transitioning its marketing, sales and customer support for All-Access and merging the www.allaccessdevice.com website into www.rectorseal.com.
The All-Access transaction is RectorSeal’s sixth acquisition since 2011 when it acquired Airtec, Fall River, Mass. Other recent acquisitions include Resource Conservation Technologies (AquaGuard®) electronic condensate management sensors and switches, Glue-On-Nozzle, SureSeal®, the Evo-Crete™ and PolySlab™ brands from Australian-based Evolve Group, and AC Leak Freeze® refrigerant leak sealants. “We will continue to aggressively seek acquisitions of HVAC products that complement our current offering for contractors,” said Underwood. “We will also continue building on the model of working with inventors of great products after they sell. We see a huge value in involving them with the creation of the next generation of innovative products that will help trade people perform tasks quickly and more effectively.”
For more information on the All-Access or RectorSeal and its HVAC/R, plumbing, firestop and electrical products, please visit www.rectorseal.com or contact its customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.
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HOUSTON–RectorSeal® LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of quality HVAC/R products, introduces the Multi Frame, a five-SKU packaged approach that simplifies designing, inventorying and assembling Big Foot® Systems’ modular, tubular steel framing mounts for VRF/VRV condensers in U.S. and Canada. The introduction also includes Frame Tech, Big Foot Systems’ new online program that eliminates the guesswork in rooftop equipment support configuration and engineering.
Multi Frame consolidates Big Foot’s previous standard product line from 80+ SKUs to five pre-packaged kits that are ordered through wholesale HVAC distributors. The standard rectangular Multi Frame kit consists of two 40-inch-long (102-cm) end bars, two 48-inch-long (122-cm) cross bars, four leg assemblies with 12-inch-square (30-cm) nylon feet, and two 2-clamp kits for securing the condenser to the frame. Each 40 x 48-inch frame has a 1,200-pound (544-kilograms) total weight capacity that accommodates any VRF/VRV brand and model.
The system accommodates one or two condensers, but is scalable to an infinite number of integrated frames and configurations with the Multi Frame extension kit and the other three supplementary SKUs. Any Multi Frame project can be widened, deepened or lengthened into any conceivable geometrical configuration with an extension kit, which consists of two end bars, two cross bars, two leg assemblies, two tubular steel connectors and one clamp kit.
While the previous Big Foot Systems product line gravitated toward highly-engineered jobs requiring consulting engineer specification, parts selection, Big Foot factory engineering and other tasks, Multi Frame’s five packaged SKUs reduce ordering/shipping time from weeks to just days.
The design-to-assembly process is expedited with Frame Tech, the online tool that leads HVAC wholesalers through user-friendly prompts to design and specify layouts for engineers and contractors. Frame Tech designs and prints out complete specifications including wind load ratings, SKU list for each condenser, configuration diagrams and assembly instructions. Frame Tech accommodates the largest rooftop configurations down to just a Fast Fix stand for a ground-mounted mini-split condenser. The print out is invaluable for consulting engineering verification, building inspectors and onsite assemblers.
The main Multi Frame system can accommodate pitched roofs by adjusting the frame up or down the threaded 12 to 18-inch (30 to 45-cm) legs. Tall legs of 18 to 24-inches (45 to 61-cm) are available for roof pitches or to surpass snow drift codes.
Besides the basic Multi Frame and the extension kit, the other three SKUs are: 1) Multi Frame tall with 18 to 24-inch legs; 2) Multi Frame tall with 18 to 24-inch legs extension kit; and 3) an extra 48-inch cross bar kit (auto-populated during Frame Tech designs) for VRF/VRV brands that require six total mounting rail touchpoints of condenser support.
Other Multi Frame advantages are:
• Price is less than the cost of fabricating labor for an I-beam or lumber mount;
• Also applicable for ground mounting;
• Can be mixed and matched with VRF/VRV and ductless mini-splits, as long as the latter is accommodated with enough venting space;
• Can also be used for other HVAC rooftop equipment.
Big Foot Systems is the only corrosion-resistant, hot-dipped galvanized steel equipment mounting frame that outlasts other steel frame brands and reduces labor versus general construction material gerri rigging. Re-roofing is possible without disassembling HVAC equipment, because roof sections can be replaced under one removed leg at a time.
For more information on RectorSeal and its HVAC/R, plumbing, firestop and electrical products, please visit www.rectorseal.com or contact its customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.
HOUSTON–RectorSeal® LLC, Houston, a manufacturer and distributor of quality HVAC/R products, has introduced the Rooftop Pipe Support (RPS), a sturdy, easy-to-install system for presenting an organized, aesthetic alternative to wood blocks and other unprofessional jerry-rigged methods. The RPS is designed for HVAC/R, electrical, plumbing and condensate piping, or ductwork, walkway grates and solar panels on commercial flat roofs.
The RPS is a .15-inch-thick (3.8-mm) ultraviolet light-stabilized, weather-resistant copolymer shell with a high density foam core that provides insulation, vibration isolation and roof membrane protection. The 7.5 (W) x 8 (L) x 5-inch (H) (19 x 20 x 12-cm) RPS weighs only .78-lb (354-grams), but can withstand load capacities of up to 250-lbs or 350-lbs each when used with universal strut channel. The RPS is the industry’s only rooftop support system that has five numbered slots to keep two-inch and smaller pipe aligned and organized during installation, although it can accommodate any size pipe diameter.
The top of the RPS’s 7.5 x 2-inch (19 x 5-cm) shell accommodates multiple pipes and its surface-gripping slots prevent pipe roll and movement during installation. Additional pipe runs can be supported above the shell top via a universal strut channel elevated by 1/2-inch (12-mm) threaded rod. Each RPS has dedicated holes leading to a molded hexagonal receiver for friction-fitting 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch (19-mm) nuts that eliminate the need for a hold-back wrench when fastening threaded rods or bolts.
Each RPS unit includes a 3/4-inch (W) x 9-inch (L) (2 x 22-cm) galvanized perforated strap that secures up to one two-inch-diameter pipe. Multiple pipe runs are limited to only roof space, because each RPS can be interlocked laterally with the shell’s molded tabs that easily snap into a neighboring RPS’ receiver tab.
Other RPS features are:
For more information on the RPS or RectorSeal and its HVAC/R, plumbing, firestop and electrical products, please visit www.rectorseal.com or contact its customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.
The Rooftop Pipe Support (RPS ) is a light weight, versatile, non-penetrating support recommended for all light weight applications such as pipes, conduits, ducting, and solar installations on flat commercial roofs.
Manufactured using high quality UV resistant polymers designed to withstand temperatures up to 200 F and loads of 250 lbs. with strut and 200 lbs. without. The light weight and non-penetrating RPS is ideal for rooftop gas piping, plumbing, mechanical systems, conduits, refrigerant and condensate lines, as well as a support for cable trays, solar panels, and walkways.
Screw guides, a galvanized perforated strap to quickly clamp up to a 2” pipe, interlocking tabs to align multiple supports, and numbered pipe grooves.
An innovative notch coupled with ½” bolt holes and 5/8” – ¾” nut retainers for the easy installation of universal strut and risers.
A removable insulated base that protects the roof surface and prevents vibration.