industrial hvac

Aluminum Advantage

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Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. (CAPS) is a leading manufacturer of custom air handling equipment. Our custom units are available in many configurations, sizes, capacities and materials, but one of our most impressive material choices is aluminum.

There are many benefits of aluminum construction, including:

  • Long Life. Equipment constructed from aluminum has a much longer life expectancy than that constructed from steel and/or galvanized steel.
  • Corrosion Resistance. Aluminum is very corrosion resistant, even if it gets scratched, scraped, or creased. Steel units, on the other hand, are susceptible to rust and corrosion especially in conditions of high moisture or high humidity. Something as simple as a scratch can start the rusting process making it only a matter of time before the unit begins to show deterioration.
  • Light Weight. Aluminum units are very light weight, reducing the overall weight of the equipment and avoiding the need for additional structural support for roof mounted or hung unit applications.
  • Competitive Cost. Although other manufacturers use steel construction due the higher cost of aluminum, we have found here at CAPS that our manufacturing processes allow us to offer aluminum constructed equipment that is competitively priced. Combine that with the cost savings recognized by the longer life of the unit and you might be surprised to discover the long-term cost savings make these units truly cost effective.

Here at CAPS our primary construction begins with a full welded structural aluminum base, not bolted, followed by construction of an all-aluminum frame. This framing system consists of extruded structural members with cast aluminum corners. A neoprene gasket is applied to both the interior and exterior of the frame before the inner liner or outer casing is installed to give a true thermal break to the construction. We employ aluminum material in the units wherever possible—outer casings, inner lines, filter racks, blank-offs, pans, panels, and more.

Feel free to contact us and arrange a tour of our facility where you can see for yourself how our aluminum constructed units can start saving you money today.

by Ronnie Voelkel

Custom Air Products & Services’ 2012 Outstanding Safety Record

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Maintaining a safe work place is the highest priority at Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. (CAPS). Assuring an accident-free environment at their facility and in the field provides for employee well-being, promotes sound business practices, and reflects CAPS’ focus on customers as well. The primary goal for each Custom Air Products & Services employee is to return home unharmed after every work day.

CAPS is proud to announce another OUTSTANDING year in Safety Performance with three-year Experience Modification Rating (EMR), OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR), and Lost Time Rates (LTR) well below industry averages.

Year Manhours EMR TRIR LTR
2012 407,231 0.82 0.00 0.00
2011 390,821 0.85 1.02 0.51
2010 379,420 0.75 1.58 1.58

CAPS’ EMR recent history is below the accepted threshold of 1.0 can continuing to decline in recent hears. The TRIR is another major recognized measure of safety performance and is based on the number of incidents relative to the hours worked.

Robert Covington, CAPS Safety Director said, “Our increased focus and support from ALL Management and Field Supervision has, no doubt, helped lead us to meet our annual goal of ZERO recordables.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please feel free to contact Robert Covington, Safety Director at (713) 460-9009.

by Michael Deatherage, CAPS Sales

Custom Air Products Takes ASHRAE/AHR Expo by Storm

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Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. (CAPS) will be sending 14 of their employees at the end of January to the AHR Expo—the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition. This expo occurs each year in conjunction with the ASHRAE Winter Conference—American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The group of employees traveling to Dallas, Texas includes engineers, CAD designers, production supervisors, project managers, as well as several divisional managers.

Custom Air Products specializes in the design, installation, modification and servicing of industrial and commercial air conditioning equipment.

“We are sending this team to Dallas to search for better and more efficient ways to run our fabrication, installation and service divisions,” says company president Taylor Norris. “Each of the employees in attendance will be tasked with researching specific vendors and product lines with the goal of finding opportunities to increase our efficiency, quality, or production processes in order to improve the products and services we provide to our customers.”

The AHR Expo will open in Dallas on January 28. A full program is planned for attendees including technical presentations, educational offerings, certification testing, as well as social and technical tours in the area.

CAPS has its headquarters in Houston, Texas and currently employs over 180 highly skilled individuals providing products and services to a wide range of public and private companies. In addition to the fabrication and installation divisions the company has an experienced service team that handles maintenance issues, preventative maintenance programs, equipment replacement and other HVAC and plumbing needs of their customers. In a support role for all three major divisions is a full engineering department who remain continuously engaged in all phases of fabrication, installation, and service as needed.

by Don Doss, CAPS Sales