ZEN Industries' April 2014 e-Newsletter 

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At ZEN Industries, Inc., we strive to bring you news you can use, especially articles about working efficiently, saving money, and increasing your profits. Then we archive those articles online so that you can access them anytime, when that brilliant idea we talked about 6 months ago finally makes sense for you to investigate.

This month we take a look at some of the most helpful articles over the last couple of years. You could call this our "Best of" issue. Our categories include:

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

coordination drawing BIM zen industriesBuilding Information Modeling Grows Dramatically

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the art of considering time and cost in an integral way with design. By including spatial relationships, light analysis, and more, BIM is often thought of as the "virtual construction" of a building even before the foundation is dug.

A study by McGraw-Hill Construction in 2012 showed that BIM adoption has increased dramatically in just the last 5 years. In 2007 only 28% of surveyed companies used BIM. By 2012, that figure had risen to 71%. Read more…

Coordination Drawings & BIM Projects

A part of BIM project management, coordination drawings allow for precise planning of M.E.P installations. By dramatically reducing errors and eliminating on site conflicts, multiple construction disciplines can "get the job done" while avoiding interference with structural framing, ceilings, partitions, equipment, lights, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other services.

The bottom line is improved profitability, less waste, and significantly reduced project time. Read more…

Automating the HVAC Industry

share autocad drawings hvac industry zen industriesShare AutoCad Drawings Anywhere, Online, for Free

When it comes to shop drawings, instead of printing and reprinting change after change, AutoCAD® WS allows you to upload and share changes collaboratively.

Real-time collaboration means meeting with architects, engineers, surveyors, and project managers over the phone while everyone has access to the same files and immediate feedback.

It’s a dynamic, interactive, and instantaneous way to put the paper shuffle behind you. Best of all, it cuts down on cost and saves time. Read more…

HVAC Ordering in the Cloud

Instead of take offs being done by the mechanical contractor and HVAC fabricator, with complicated variables going through multiple data entries, all with the potential to introduce error, we prefer a streamlined, accurate, and verifiable approach.

Now Webduct Systems, Inc. has developed one of the best. You can order, price, and verify orders from anywhere, anytime. It’s a cloud based interface that allows you to enter ductwork orders from any Internet enabled device, as well as track the order through the production process, even receiving notification when it’s complete. Read more…

HVAC Industry Trends

The HVAC Business Isn’t Always What You Think It Is

In general, the HVAC Industry has a tough time recruiting new blood into the field. Even long-time workers have an attitude of "I wouldn’t want my kids in this business, " and career satisfaction in HVAC is less than half that of US workers overall.

Today, however, much HVAC work requires highly skilled labor and a hands-on education as rigorous as any university-level curriculum. Earning potential too is increasing, and skilled construction workers today can often out-perform their college educated, white collar counterparts. Read more…

The End of Do-It-Yourself HVAC Fabrication

do it yourself hvac business changingWith a struggling economy, profit margins are tighter than ever. Even for larger HVAC contractors, the investment in software, coil lines, and plasma tables can be daunting if they want to continue the do-it-yourself route for HVAC fabrication.

Still more critical, experienced personnel qualified in HVAC production are getting scarce.

It only makes sense that a facility fully devoted to HVAC ductwork production, supplying a nationwide clientele, would have the best production people, the most experienced estimators, the lowest cost in materials procurement, and the most efficient systems for inventory handling. Is the age of do-it-yourself HVAC at an end? Read more…


Want to learn more? Contact ZEN Industries today.

No matter how big or small your project:

No matter how demanding the project, ZEN Industries has the experience and expertise you need.  To learn more, Contact ZEN Industries today!

ZEN Industries provides all or part of your HVAC needs. HVAC ductwork manufactured according to your schedule, meeting 3rd Edition 2005 SMACNA standards. Contact Drew McCaffrey - Sales & Estimating at 877-600-0274.

Success in our business is about service.

Success in our business is about service.  The quality of our HVAC duct work is of the highest caliber and our price competitive with the best in the industry. Nonetheless, quality and price are default items today in sheet metal fabrication. They give us access to the playing field. Service is where ZEN Industries Inc. gains its edge, and service means people - it's about our experienced personnel and the relationships we build with each and every customer.

Learn more at www.ZENIndustries.com or at www.ZENMEP.com

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