Nuaire's Smart Approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Nuaire, the market leader in the design and manufacture of energy efficient commercial and domestic ventilation systems, has gone live with a new system to expand its current service offering to its customers.

As the industry migrates closer to the Government launch date of January 2016, it is gradually becoming a necessity of clients, consultants and contractors alike to be able to react, adopt and develop 3D BIM models for all publicly funded projects.

As a company that prides itself in its ability to provide up-to-date, modern selection tools and to innovate throughout its product design, we are proud to announce that on 3 June 2013, Nuaire went live with BIM; Building Information Modelling – being the first ventilation manufacturer in the UK to launch a catalogue library of products.

BIM is a software platform that allows you to integrate all elements of a buildings construction into one drawing or file. Each service element is then layered on top of the last providing clash detection and full co-ordination throughout the design phases.

In addition to this, designers and construction teams are also able to co-ordinate site services during design and construction phases via accurate 3D modelling of the site. Individual phases and elements of the design can then be auto-scheduled or specifically sectioned out in the drawings. This will improve project timescales and is planned to reduce downtime on site.

Key design features of the software include: Thermal models, acoustic analysis, building extensions and structural loading which all play a part of the “BIG BIM” portrayal.

Nuaire now has a dedicated BIM team offering libraries of CAD/Revit/BIM to a customer’s exact specification. Nuaire’s libraries offer collision detection through geometry, connection positions and weights. Project specific performance criteria and support for design, project management and building operations can be requested which will result in improved design efficiency. For enquiries please email: Bim@nuaire.co.uk.

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Nuaire Brings New Generation Of Twin Fans To Market

Nuaire, known globally for its specialist expertise in the design and manufacture of fans and mechanical ventilation systems, has introduced a new range of Twin Fans in a bid to further extend its capabilities and introduce new technologies to benefit customers.

Representing the next generation of Twin Fans, Aire-Volve is a range which is fully compliant with the latest legislative demands. The product has been designed by Nuaire's in-house research and development department, the largest and most advanced department of its kind in the UK and one which has built a reputation worldwide for continually pushing the boundaries of product innovation.

Extensive market research was undertaken prior to the design and launch of the new range; research which evidenced an industry need for a product range which offered lower SFPs, lower noise and a smaller case size than competitor solutions. In response Nuaire has designed an energy-efficient, low profile unit which incorporates the latest EC fan technology.

The Aire-Volve Twin Fans utilise a unique patented inline fan design to offer one of the lowest case size by duty envelope's available on the market, in turn promising optimum performance within the minimum amount of space.

Nuaire's unique design utilises a patented damper arrangement which enables the unit to be installed at any angle. To help reduce install time, easy fit matching silencers with simple integral brackets can be incorporated into existing drop rod systems with ease. In addition, a full length access panel with safety retaining features allows easy access to both the motor and the blower assemblies, all to promise quick installation, commissioning and maintenance.

Generally used for toilet extract, smaller units can be installed into ceiling voids whilst larger units can be situated in plant rooms. The range utilises two fans to provide ventilation 24/7. Auto-changeover operation every 12 hours means that that in the event of one fan ever failing the other will begin working to ensure that the required ventilation levels are maintained.

The Aire-Volve range benefits from built-in Ecosmart controls, an energy-efficient demand control ventilation solution. Additionally a constant pressure option further improves the energy performance of the overall building within which the product is installed and guarantees low energy costs for the end user. The Aire-Volve Twin Fans in fact promises lower energy consumption than traditional systems and uses EC high efficiency motors as standard.

Caroline Radcliffe, Nuaire's product marketing manager, said: "Nuaire has again designed and developed a product which demonstrates our commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment. Through the reduction in energy usage we are also able to ensure that the Twin Fans have a far longer life expectancy, benefiting not only end users but also design engineers who are provided with a better SBEM score as a result.

"To further demonstrate Nuaire's confidence in the product and our belief in the efficiency and performance abilities of the range, we provide one of the longest warranty available at five years."

 

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Respected Industry Figure Joins Nuaire as Chairman

(Group MD Mark Huxtable welcomes Kevin Sargeant as new Chairman)

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has announced the appointment of Kevin Sargeant as its new Chairman.  A highly recognisable figure within the ventilation industry, Sargeant brings many years of relevant industry and private equity experience to the already well-established team at Nuaire. The new appointment coincides with company’s plans for further growth in both the UK and Internationally.

Sargeant says: “I’m delighted to have taken on the Chairman role at Nuaire, having known the business for many years as a strong competitor and customer of my old business and joining them at an exciting period in their development. They are undoubtedly at the front of the UK commercial ventilation market and have real potential to be the leading residential ventilation supplier also, whilst they continue to strengthen their export business. Mark has developed a very strong management team and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future”

Established in 1966, Nuaire is now a private equity backed UK based company and a leader in the design and manufacture of energy-efficient ventilation solutions for the commercial, and residential sectors. Nuaire’s reputation for using advanced technology comes from the invention of several key ventilation strategies that have been widely adopted by the air movement industry, including Positive Input Ventilation, and the first Constant Pressure Twin Fan System.  The company has continued to strengthen its name through winning national awards for product innovation and manufacturing processes; most recently the CIBSE Building Performance Award for its energy-saving commercial heat recovery system – XBOX, and The National House-Builder Product Award for its Ductmaster range of thermal ducting.

Commenting on the new appointment, Nuaire Group CEO Mark Huxtable says: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin onto the board as our new chairman. He brings a wealth of relevant experience to the business and potentially adds a further dimension in some key new areas of development.”

A qualified chartered management accountant, Sargeant has built an impressive career in the ventilation sector.  From small beginnings at Initial Services PLC he became the Group MD in 1986 before leaving to form his own company - Airstream Products in the late 80’s. His company was later bought by the Vent Axia Group, for which Sargeant became Group MD for a period of five years.

Sargeant was a VA board member when the company was bought out by Smith Industries PLC and in 2002 he led a management buy-out of Volution from Smiths Industries with Private Equity backing from Montagu. A secondary buy-out followed in 2006 with ABN Amro which he finally exited in February 2012 when the Volution Group was acquired by Towerbrook, a US based Private Equity firm.

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Customer Feedback to Thank for Increased AHU Sales

Leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire has revealed that responding to customer feedback has made a direct impact on the growth of its Air Handling Unit business which has increased by 15% in the past financial year.

In June 2012, Nuaire unveiled AireCAD, a simplified version of its AHU selection software, to its customers enabling them to make their own selections. In 2013, AHU manager Alun Thomas created a new post for a roaming AHU technical engineer who could, whilst out in the field, offer the same expertise in product selection as the company’s in-house technical estimating team. The new service has been so well-received by both contractors and consultants that Nuaire has now withdrawn its selection software and recruited a second AHU technical engineer to work with customers across the UK on a one-to-one basis.

AHU Manager Alun Thomas explained: “We have listened to our customers who tell us that they prefer the tailored support offered by our roaming AHU Specialist Engineers and our skilled technical estimators at head office over using software to make their own selections. It was evident that whilst customers were benefiting from the ease of making their own selections, due to the complexity of AHU selection, the expertise of the office-based estimators was still required to get the optimum selection for their requirements.”

We have reacted to this feedback by offering tailored design support at our customers’ offices. Our roaming AHU experts can discuss projects and give the best possible advice on how to achieve the most cost-effective or efficient AHU using our even more extensive version of AireCAD 2.0 software. This level of one-to-one support has proven a success with our customers and the service of our new external Engineers has certainly helped to secure new business for Nuaire and its customers. Prospective AHU customers have been hugely impressed with the Engineers ability to make instant selections during their meetings, and solve issues such as site access by redesigning the AHUs around the customers’ site restrictions.

Nuaire’s internal and external team have many years’ experience in AHU design and have worked on some major projects for some of the UK’s best-known organisations and brands. Hywel Boucher moved from Nuaire’s AHU team to the post of National AHU Technical Engineer in April 2013, in a trial that has already proved a success.

Hywel commented: “With over a decade in the industry both as a Senior Site Engineer and as an Estimator designing bespoke systems, I am able to accurately advise on the most technical aspects relating to AHU design, whether it's designing a system to fit through restricted access, to achieve stringent efficiency requirements, or to simply value engineer a design to reduce costs.

“Although many of our customers were initially utilising the online design package to select their own systems, the success we’ve seen recently has come from the direct approach of having an AHU specialist attend design or project meetings, with the full use of our Bespoke AHU design package.”

Now Mr Boucher is joined by a second senior office expert, Scott Francis, who brings to the role equal experience in the ventilation industry. Mr Francis will provide support to customers in London and the South East. He commented: “Having spent the last three years working with the AireCAD AHU software programme, providing quotations and technical support directly to consultant and contractor customers, I’m now looking forward to using this knowledge to help solve any problems that customers might face when selecting the optimum AHU for their projects.”

 

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Two Award Nominations for DAVE Campaign by Nuaire

Nuaire’s cheeky ‘DAVE’ campaign celebrates its first birthday this month with a gift to remember: two nominations in the Drum Marketing Awards 2016.

The prospect of an accolade from the Drum has the UK’s top design, advertising and PR agencies jumping through hoops to enter. Nuaire's witty 'DAVE' campaign has been shortlisted for two awards: B2B Campaign of the Year, and Best Product Launch Strategy of the Year. And with high-profile brands such as Argos, Dulux and Levi’s in the running for Best Product Launch Strategy, Nuaire and its design agency Lesniak Swann are in worthy company.

Nuaire Marketing Director, Andy Mudie said: “As manufacturers of fans, no matter how innovative our fans may be, creating a marketing campaign that really gets noticed isn’t easy, especially in the B2B arena. The ‘DAVE’ campaign has taken the HVAC industry by storm because it’s clever, it’s witty and it’s a complete step away from anything we’ve seen in the trade press.”

In February 2015, Nuaire prepared to unveil its new ErP-ready single fan range but needed a way to stand out from similar products.  Like many of the best ideas, the ‘DAVE’ concept was born from banter between a group of Nuaire’s commercial sales reps.  They joked, “Why not call it ‘DAVE’?” inventing witty human characteristics to bring the metal fan to life.

From casual banter to more serious discussions around the marketing meeting table, the concept for a cheeky, humorous campaign was fleshed-out. Nuaire’s forward-thinking design agency, Lesniak Swann developed the ideas into a long marketing campaign that originally pitched DAVE as a mysterious man in jail, waiting to be released. Then ‘DAVE’ had his release date and was linked to Nuaire. Customers started asking “Who is DAVE?” with rumours of a new sales director. Eventually all became clear when ‘DAVE the fan’ was introduced at venues across the UK.”

Mr Mudie explained: “We purposely de-branded our adverts and promo in the beginning to create an air of mystery about ‘DAVE’; a single man who is quiet, slim, good in the kitchen and easy to mount.  We used clever print campaigns in leading titles like CIBSE Journal and even a full press take-over in H&V News to get the industry talking. In fairly conservative sector, the mysterious branding and cheeky messaging created a real buzz.”

The ‘DAVE’ campaign is a step away from traditional HVAC marketing and its impact hasn’t gone unnoticed.  In December, ‘DAVE’ won a prestigious B2B Marketing Awards for Best Product Launch Campaign.  “Being nominated for not one but two top accolades in the Drum Marketing Awards is a further reward for a little out-of-the-metal-box thinking,” Mr Mudie furthered. 

The winner of the Best Product Launch Campaign and B2B Campaign of the Year will be revealed at the Drum Marketing Awards ceremony in London, on 3 May 2016.

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CIBSE Award nomination for Nuaire’s XBC heat recovery range

The latest innovation in heat recovery from UK manufacturer Nuaire has been given an industry stamp of approval with a nomination for Energy Saving Product of the Year in the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2014.

Recognised leaders in commercial ventilation, Nuaire has produced heat recovery ventilation units for over two decades, however with changes in regulation and the construction industry’s need for enhanced ventilation performance, the manufacturer saw an opportunity to introduce a new range of heat recovery products that are smaller, quieter, more energy-efficient and easier to install than the current market offering. 

Since its launch in January 2013, the new XBOXER XBC range has been in high demand for school building projects where the reduction of energy consumption is becoming the main driver in the choice of services. Recognition from the CIBSE Awards judging panel further identifies the XBC range as a new innovation in commercial heat recovery.

Colin Biggs, Technical Director at Nuaire comments: “Creating a healthy learning environment with good air quality and energy-efficient operation is high on the agenda in today’s school projects. The XBC range incorporates one of the most efficient counter-flow plate heat exchanger matrices available, with a thermal effectiveness of up to 95%, and is fitted with a 100% bypass facility and actuator which, when combined with Nuaire’s proven Ecosmart or Trend-powered Ecosmart 2 controls, provides the most effective and energy efficient heat recovery system in its class. The combination of leading edge components and state-of-the-art controls helps schools and colleges to reduce energy usage and save money.”

Whilst building control managers are benefiting from the reduced energy usage and increased controllability, the XBC range also addresses the practical problems with site ductwork arrangements. Its unique design layout enables configuration and “handing” on either side of the unit. The fan requires only 260mm clearance for side access compared with the 600mm clearance of typical heat recovery systems on the market.

Mr Biggs explains: “The XBC fan range is used in a wide range of applications but is particularly suited to ventilating schools with its ability to meet the strict noise requirements of BB93 Acoustic Design for Schools. The design for the XBC is based on extensive research, both in the laboratory and in real schools, on the acoustic challenges prevalent in schools. The range offers a guaranteed low sound level with an acoustic design that ensures low induct and breakout noise.”

Nuaire set itself a tough challenge in designing a new heat recovery range that was smaller and easier to install than its predecessors yet equally as powerful, quieter and more energy-efficient. The resulting range is now proving to be the fastest selling heat recovery product in the commercial portfolio.  Mr Biggs continues: “We are delighted to be nominated for a CIBSE Building Performance award, which in itself is evidence that the XBC range is in addressing some of the issues facing the construction industry. We look forward to celebrating our inclusion in the awards ceremony with the best of the construction industry in February next year.”

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Nuaire Named Top HVAC Employer

It's official. If you're in the HVAC sector, ventilation manufacturer Nuaire is a great place to work! The company was one of the top performers in Thornhvac’s Best Ventilation Companies to Work For survey. Managing director Mark Huxtable agrees that product quality and innovation are a key factor in attracting good people.

With 100 per cent UK based manufacturing, and a ventilation heritage dating back to 1966, Nuaire is a prominent employer in the UK ventilation industry. Most of its staff are from the local community, which has been shaped by the firm’s presence over several decades.

Huxtable joined Nuaire in 1988 and has been responsible for introducing a strong personal development ethic.

“Because we require high calibre, knowledgeable staff, we believe in training up apprentices and junior staff members,” explains Huxtable.

“The challenge for any manufacturing company is retaining high calibre staff who are keen to fast-track their careers. Where possible we recruit and promote from within to ensure our best people have opportunities for lateral and vertical movement and progression.”

Huxtable believes investment has helped the business thrive through recession and is key to attracting both customers and good sales people.

“We don’t shy away from investment into new product development, our salesforce, our manufacturing facilities and in the latest technology, all of which help us deliver first class service to our customers.

“Through this long-term approach and investment in many facets of the business, Nuaire has attracted and retained a loyal, highly-skilled workforce which is the key attribute that often allows organisations to set themselves apart. We have recently refurbished our offices and named the meeting rooms after eight members of staff that have each served more than 40 years continuous service with the company.”

Huxtable is proud of the fact that there is a family feel to the business, despite its size and profitability.

“Many of our people have worked for the company for over 25 years, some as long as 40 years. Because so many have given decades of service to the company, the spirit of the company is one of solidarity, passion and loyalty. There is no blue-collar/white-collar divide.

“There is also plenty of potential for progression, and many of our senior people have worked in several departments of the company, which gives them invaluable experience and understanding of the business from all aspects.”

In keeping with the survey’s findings he believes Nuaire’s products are a major factor in attracting employees.

“We’re known for innovation and our customers are keen to know what’s next in the pipeline. There is a general buzz in the industry and in the trade press when we unveil a new, high-tech product innovation. That attracts new people to the company as they’re keen to be part of the buzz.”

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Nuaire Thinks Inside the Box With BPS

Leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire has announced an extension to its pre-selected catalogue range of air handling units, Boxer Packaged Solutions (BPS), which for the first time is available in both vertical and horizontal format to suit even more applications.

BPS is a highly efficient, packaged AHU range up to 6m3/s in duty for the vertical units and up to 2m3/s for the horizontal units. Launched in stages during 2016, the vertical range was well-received by customers thanks to industry-leading quality, performance and ease of installation.

The development of BPS horizontal completes the popular range, allowing designers to install air handling units discretely on roof tops with the majority of the plant out of sight below parapets. The new horizontal range contains the same compactness, efficiencies and industry-leading classification levels as the vertical BPS units.

The ability to select a lower-profile unit that offers the same compactness, efficiencies and classification levels will be welcomed by customers, believes Caroline Radcliffe, Nuaire’s Commercial Product Manager. “BPS is a ground-breaking AHU range in many ways, not least because it is the only AHU range in the UK to offer both vertical and horizontal layouts. We are delighted to complete the range with the addition of the new horizontal units. We’re confident that in setting a new benchmark in packaged AHU design, we’re ensuring that our customers have better quality systems that simplify installation as well as saving energy”, she explained.

Nuaire believes the innovation of its new BPS range begins with its unique, super-strong construction which incorporates a thermally-broken extrusion with fixed panels sandwiched together, removing the need for additional silicon sealant to be added on-site. The tougher design saves energy, prevents leakage and reduces condensation damage, all of which increase the longevity of the product range.

This tough construction meets the highest levels of classification including D1 (Deflection) for increased longevity, L1 (casing leakage) for reduced energy consumption, and TB1 (thermal bridging of casing), which prevents heat loss and also lowers energy costs.

Another appealing feature of the BPS range is the wide choice of built-in, factory-tested controls to suit all site requirements. Nuaire’s respected Ecosmart Classic controls package was designed 20 years ago and is the UK’s leading ‘plug and play’ solution, providing 0-10v BMS interface, trickle and boost, as standard. The newly launched ‘Ecosmart Connect’ is also available for BPS, providing demand-based control and full BMS via BACnet MS/TP. The controls range is further-enhanced with Ecosmart Adapt, which enables the BPS unit to adapt fully to site requirements; compatible with Trend, Siemens, Cylon and Schneider.

“By pre-wiring our units, and building-in and testing our controls, we can give customers assurance that their units will perform correctly, whilst saving them time and money by removing a complicated step in the installation process,” explained Mrs Radcliffe.

BPS also saves energy. The Thermal Wheel and Plate heat exchangers are up to 94% efficient, making them one of the most energy-efficient on the market. The range is ErP 2018 compliant. The addition of Ecosmart controls packages increases the potential energy-savings, enabling the customer to tailor the unit’s performance to suit changing user patterns. The unique thermally-broken construction further aids this energy-reduction by reducing air leakage and heat loss, making BPS an environmentally sound choice for energy-conscious consultants. 

Consideration has been given to the installation of BPS, as reflected in its modular design. BPS is manufactured to be delivered to site in three or four sections for ease of manoeuvring. The range has a raised base frame for additional support and includes slots for forklift arms. Once in place, the unit modules are easily clamped together, and as the range is pre-wired and fully-tested, installation on site is safer and much quicker.

“While these features are innovative, the range couldn’t be simpler to select or install”, says Mrs Radcliffe. “Selection can be made using our Fan Selector software. And as a catalogue range, we are able to build-in extra features such as pre-wiring and factory-tested controls, all of which saves time and money.

“We’re confident that BPS meets the specification demands of consultants whist simplifying and speeding up the installation process for contractors, making this a truly hassle-free AHU solution

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Nuaire shakes up market with new XBOXER range

Nuaire, the UK’s leading manufacturer of energy-efficient ventilation systems, has announced the launch of its new range of packaged heat recovery products; the only products on the market to have been independently tested and approved by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA).

The new XBOXER XBC range of commercial heat recovery units is especially suited to the needs of schools and education providers and is the first of Nuaire’s products to include ‘Ecosmart2’ controls, a new building management system that has been developed through a unique collaboration with Trend Control Systems, a major international manufacturer and supplier of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).

Combining supply and extract in one unit, the XBC range works very efficiently and quietly to deliver fresh tempered air into occupied areas while displacing the stale air to create a healthy and comfortable learning environment.

The new range boasts the smallest and most compact design available on the market by duty, suitable for modern ceiling voids in schools as well as other commercial applications such as hospitals and offices. It also offers the highest efficiency ventilation available with 95% heat exchange as well as reduced noise through its patented double skinned wall construction.

The XBC range is the only range that is guaranteed to meet the specifications set out in both the Building Bulletin 93 'The Acoustic Design of Schools' and the Building Bulletin 101 ‘Ventilation and Air Quality in Schools’ – as tested independently by BSRIA. 

Caroline Radcliffe, Commercial Product Manager at Nuaire, said: “This fantastic new product range is the result of feedback from our own consultants as well as users of our very successful and previously market-leading XBOXER range. We have taken our customers’ comments and suggestions on board and have worked closely with experts such as education industry regulation bodies to create a range of products that are not only the most compact but also the quietest and most energy-efficient units on the market.

“In fact, we are so confident that our units, when used as part of a Nuaire system along with a matching attenuators  will meet the noise criteria of BSRIA’s report, that we provide our customers with a guarantee that the noise levels will meet BB93 standards. No other ventilation provider can confidently offer this.”

Nuaire’s XBC range is created entirely in the UK; from the design and materials through to manufacture and assembly, making the units better value for money with shorter lead-times for installation.

As Caroline explains, “Being based here in the UK with a warehouse full of stock gives us a distinct advantage over our competitors as we are able to offer next day delivery on the XBC range.

“Our new range demonstrates Nuaire’s commitment to providing innovative, cost effective and efficient product solutions to meet the wide ranging needs of our customers.”

There are five models in the new XBC range, all of which will be available for delivery from the end of January. For information on the details of the product range and guarantee, click here

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Nuaire Announced As National Business Awards Finalist

Today, Nuaire has been nominated for the Market Gravity Innovation Award in the 2014 National Business Awards. 

Going up against high profile companies including British Gas Service & Repair, Heathrow Airport Ltd, and Steelite International PLC, Nuaire will compete for the prestigious award at a judging round in September. The winner will be revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on 11November at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Nuaire Marketing Director Andy Mudie said: “The Innovation Award recognises all forms of successfully applied innovation, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an industry. The XBOXER XBC is our market-leading commercial heat recovery range that is taking the building services industry by storm due to its energy-efficiency, size, low noise and flexible installation options. We are delighted that the XBC’s design and development process has been recognised by the National Business Awards shortlist panel as demonstrating true innovation.”

Nuaire’s XBOXER XBC range has been enthusiastically received by the construction industry since its launch and is set to penetrate further in the UK and EU. Under 18 months into its lifecycle, it is already the fastest selling heat recovery system in Nuaire’s commercial product portfolio. 

John Welsh, Managing Director, Digital & Content, UBM Live, judge for the Innovation Award category, said: “Having pinpointed a need for classroom ventilation, but with rising use in offices and hospitals, Nuaire planned to design a product aimed at ventilating classrooms that could also be used in other building types. Nuaire's XBOXER XBC range, launched in January 2013, has since become Nuaire's fastest selling commercial product and received a top industry accolade in winning the CIBSE Energy-Saving Product Award in 2014.”

Mudie continued: “Innovation is one of Nuaire’s core values and is promoted from the factory floor to the highest level of management.  Glowing testimonials from industry bodies and high profile customers, as well as the industry stamp of approval of winning the CIBSE Award, are evidence that the XBC range addresses the challenges and often conflicting needs of consultants, contractors and end users.  This Innovation Award nomination is a feather in the cap for the company.”

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