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New Report Launched To Help Companies Improve Efficiencies And Combat Waste 

New Report Launched To Help Companies Improve Efficiencies And Combat Waste 

TALIS, one of the world’s leading providers of water flow control solutions, is acting to help prevent endemic waste in the water sector, stemming from what it believes is a failure to make the best buying decisions for non-standard applications.

In its report ‘Going Beyond the Catalogue’, TALIS highlights a 5-point plan to create more intelligent design, specification and procurement processes. It details the ways in which poor decisions are causing costs to rise, using the example of mechanical joints to help illustrate its case.

New pressure sensors reduce risk in new boiler installations

Sensata Technologies

A new, cost-effective range of pressure sensors from Sensata Technologies is helping boiler manufacturers and installers working with hydronic (i.e. liquid-based) heating to avoid variances in liquid pressure that could damage the system or lead to expensive bills for the customer.

The sensors, which are developed in line with technology used in the automotive sector, measure the pressure in the hydronics loop of the central heating boiler. They convert the pressure signal into an electronic (voltage) value which can be acquired by the boiler’s control unit. This is then typically presented on a display and/or thermostat.

Refurbishing Showers

Refurbishing Showers

Lee Stones, senior product marketing manager for Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, which includes Redring, explores how modern electric showers are helping to maximise bathroom refurbishments. 

With more than half a million social housing properties failing to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard in 2016, according the English Housing Survey, providers need high-quality, versatile and long-lasting bathroom products that can be installed quickly and conveniently. Replacement shower installations make up a staggering 80% of electric shower sales within the UK and manufacturers have responded by developing refurbishment products which offer installation flexibility, universal capability and plumbing fitting compatibility. 

Energy efficiency 


Salamander Pumps appoints Simon Platts as National Account Manager

Sunderland-based Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of shower and domestic water pumps, has appointed Simon Platts as National Account Manager following six successful years in the business.

Simon was promoted to key account manager last year, responsible for running the Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) which included 300+ branches. After supporting Salamander in achieving its ambitious growth plans over the past 12 months, Simon’s new role will see him taking on a country-wide sales role.

Understanding a low-pressure system to find the perfect kitchen tap

kitchen tap

Whether the kitchen tap isn’t delivering enough hot water or you’re considering a refurbishment, you’ll need to find out more information about your water pressure system.

Each house will have a different system, and this will determine the water pressure your taps and shower require.

Richard Broadbent, Managing Director of Sinks-Taps has put together a guide to help you through the process of identifying a low-pressure system and advising on which tap will work best in your home.

Traditional gravity fed systems

Resistor liquid cooling boosts 3.3kV medium voltage loads

Motor driven applications

In motor driven applications like cranes, lifts, hoists and conveyors, air cooled resistors are common, but in medium voltage, high power applications liquid cooling wins out. A medium voltage drive running off a 3.3kV supply to turn a 500kW motor will put a severe heating load on the application’s power transistors – hence the need for water cooling, as David Atkins, projects director at Cressall Resistors explains.

My energy bills were really high last winter. How can I make my heating system more efficient?

Drayton heating

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about cutting cold-weather energy costs says Drayton. Over 80% of a home’s energy consumption is used for heating and hot water, so looking at new ways of controlling this can have a big impact on your bills.

A smart multi-room heating system is a great long-term investment that will save you money as well as make your home more comfortable, by only heating the rooms you’re using and to the temperatures you prefer. In fact, according to BEAMA adding smart controls to your heating system can save over 40% in running costs and a 25% reduction in energy bills.*

Ventilation & heat recovery: Tackling the challenges posed by modern homes

Stiebel Eltron Ventilation & heat recovery

Innovations in building materials and processes have benefitted consumers and housebuilders across the UK says Stiebel Eltron. Developments in insulation and weather stripping have led to a marked and welcome improvement in the hermetic integrity and heat retention capabilities of the modern home.

These improvements do, however, provide a challenge for those in the heating and ventilation sector. On one hand, it has exponentially increased the popularity of ventilation systems, which is a fantastic positive for the industry. On the other, it presents a challenge with regards to effectively ventilating these new, increasingly airtight developments.


UK Plumber of the Year 2018

Nationwide plumbing competition extends its deadline for busy plumbers to submit their entries UK Plumber of the Year 2018 has extended its deadline by a full week to allow Britain’s hardworking plumbers to apply to win the prestigious title. The competition was due to close this Friday (29th June) but due to high numbers of applicants, the deadline to submit entries is now Friday 6th July.

The industry-leading competition, sponsored by bathroom giants JT, Bristan and Wolseley UK, aims to find the nation’s finest plumber for 2018 and recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK, with another huge prize fund of over £10,000 worth of prizes awarded to the deserving winner.