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Meeting of SMACNA chapter representatives and leadership.
A successful future requires labor and management to work together toward common goals.
Volunteering through SMACNA enables you to contribute to industry and organizational issues, exercise leadership and communication skills, network with industry thought leaders, and help develop programming. Volunteer with SMACNA.
Learn more about R.F. Knox Company, Inc., a fourth-generation straight-line sheet metal business in Atlanta, GA. See R.F. Knox Company in Action.
Read about SMACNA's position on the issues that affect the industry, small business and you. Take action on SMACNA's legislative priorities.
Explore the many career paths and opportunities within the sheet metal and HVAC industry and hear success stories from real-life professionals. Ignite Your Career.
Sep 30 2021
This three-day event, built by the leaders of SMACNA, MCAA and NECA, is set for January 26-28 in Tampa, and it’s the best technology conference for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, service and sheet metal contractors and their staffs.
Sep 03 2021
Bringing guidance to food processing industry projects was goal of new SMACNA guidelines.
The estimation process is critical to the success of any given project, but it’s also a leading indicator of the overall health of your construction business in the long term.
Contractor Spotlight Video
Jul 23 2021
R.F. Knox Company, Inc. is a fourth-generation straight-line sheet metal business based in Atlanta, Georgia. SMACNA met with Jack Knox, president, and his team about the company’s commercial HVAC work, which makes up 85% of its business.
Jun 29 2021
Redundant work, convoluted processes and inefficiencies do more than cause frustration, they waste time and money, ultimately negatively affecting your business’s bottom line. Implementing construction technology to improve operations reduces administrative burden, freeing employees to focus on their key job functions.
New Horizons Foundation
Jun 28 2021
SMACNA members are eager to adopt new technologies, operational processes, and business strategies. Yet the implementation of organizational change – defined as an intentional, company-level adoption of new practices, technologies, or management approaches – can be extremely difficult. This white paper identifies the top eight most effective technology implementation management practices.
Jun 25 2021
This exclusive event provided attendees with strategic information that will benefit their companies as they plan future investments in new technology, or in some cases, a full digital transformation.
The heater boxes fabricated and installed by H.M. White help ensure the paint looks great on every Ford vehicle built at a suburban Detroit factory.
Metal presses are one of the most basic tools of the sheet metal trade. “When we renovated the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, we shaped the gutters, flashings and downspouts with our press brake,” said David Parke, VP of construction operations at Honolulu-based Dorvin D. Leis Company, Inc.
By now, many of us have seen the videos on the internet of industrial robots traversing warehouse obstacle courses like contestants on American Ninja Warrior.
If you have any computer equipment in your shop, home or office — and nowadays, who doesn’t — odds are good that it was made by a company with its roots, or at least a major presence, in Silicon Valley.
Three decades have passed since the last new nuclear power plant became operational in the United States.
Next time you try a bottle of craft beer, or drink a glass at a local brew pub, be sure to toast a couple of your fellow SMACNA member companies.
Contractor Spotlight Video
Oct 15 2020
SMACNA recently spoke with Scott Vidimos, president and third-generation leader at Vidimos, Inc., and his team about how the industrial sheet metal contractor has evolved its business and technology to meet customer demand and needs over its last 75 years in business.
Oct 13 2020
In this EDGE Conference session, industry expert Rob McKinney shared his years of experience researching, selecting and implementing mobile technology on construction projects. Learn about the latest options available for mobile apps and how to make them work with your company’s current processes, budget and workflows.
Matherly Mechanical’s facilities upgrade at Tinker Air Force Base is big on numbers. Read on for some of the notable ones.
Disruptions in supply chains, new safety protocols, remote work, and major project shifts have forced SMACNA contractors to improvise, adapt, and overcome in remarkable ways.
Mar 31 2020
The ubiquity of Wi-Fi technology has played a major role in bringing the cost of wireless-networked thermostats down dramatically.
Feb 28 2020
Laser cutting equipment is steadily making its way into the sheet metal shops of SMACNA members—especially those whose businesses extend beyond HVAC ductwork into other types of specialty fabrication.
Oct 25 2019
Research is essential when buying the heavy machinery required to compete in the sheet metal and HVAC sector.
Combustible dust disasters have led to dozens of deaths and injuries and extensive damage.
New SMACNews columnist, Tauhira Ali shares her insights on how you learn about new ideas and use construction technology to your advantage in the field.
Apr 29 2019
On top of a pharmaceutical company’s parking garage in Wilmington, Delaware, there grows a thriving patch of countryside, courtesy of SMACNA member Ernest D. Menold Inc.
Jan 01 2016
SMACNA’s white paper “The Business Case for BIM” can help contractors justify the cost of investing in BIM capabilities. This research demonstrates that the benefits of BIM can be substantial ̶ increasing profitability, bidding opportunities, and manufacturing efficiency and volume.
This timely document provides an overview of a variety of energy-related business opportunities for commercial, residential, and institutional buildings. Presents contractors, building owners and operators, facility managers, and system designers with the tools needed to evaluate an existing facility for energy savings potential. Addresses both new construction and retrofits. Includes energy conservation management, the energy audit and energy estimating procedures. HVAC system maintenance and indoor air quality, energy management maintenance and monitoring, energy recovery systems and energy recovery system investment analysis.
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Jun 01 2014
This article will not focus on the technical aspects of BIM, but rather will analyze the legal implications and challenges facing projects using BIM. This article will examie the copyright/intellectual property issues, indemnity/liability issues, management and conflict issues, and will provide a brief conclusion regarding the future legal prospects for BIM.
Focuses primarily on the advancement of HVAC systems technology, with increased emphasis on energy efficiency and the emergence of green and sustainable building. Provides guidance for HVAC system selection, operation, and design. Covers the fundamentals of space condition requirements and explains how the various types of air, hydronic and refrigeration HVAC system designs can be applied to buildings. Individual chapters detail system information for controls, multizone, dual duct, terminal reheat, variable air volume, induction and special applications such as dedicated outside air and thermal energy storage.
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To compete in today's construction market, organizations will need to increase efficiencies in a time when project complexity is great and increasing, and project schedules are being reduced. BIM provides an effective way to do this.
New Horizons Foundation
Jan 01 2007
The research objective of this study was to identify the impact of incompatible software on the HVAC and sheet metal industry and to investigate recent interoperability initiatives within the architecture, engineering, and construction and facility management industries.
This publication and the wealth of information it contains are intended to assist contractors, estimators and shop supervisors in profitably managing the welding activity in a sheet metal shop. Updated coverage of welding processes; flux-cored wire guidelines; and the latest equipment. The safety chapter covers such items as health effects, hazard controls and safety procedures. Other chapters include guidelines for developing welding procedures, controlling weld quality, estimating, hiring and training welders and welder certification.
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This is a list of prominent organizations that SMACNA department and members communicate with on a variety of topics and issues related to architectural metals.
Here is a short look at the most important tech trends that came out of this volatile year and will continue to impact SMACNA contractors.
It’s been a tough year for construction margins. To bolster their chances of profitability, savvy contractors are leveraging software to meticulously document COVID-related delays, track productivity from the field, and automate COVID-related protocols wherever possible.