May 2016 e-Newsletter 

HVAC Estimating Software in the Small Business World

Quote Express Screen ShotWe see it all too often… massive loss of production efficiency in small HVAC contractors due to lack of modern estimating software.

Even today, many companies still rely on paper drawings, spreadsheets, drafting boards, and other 20th Century means of assembling quotes.

For a small to midsize HVAC company, the amount of potential profit lost by failing to utilize computerized estimating can be devastating.

Effective estimating software, on the other hand, can boost sales, decrease turnaround time on quotes, and streamline the entire sales process.

Furthermore, in an age when everything is computerized, providing professional, software-generated estimates to your customers instills an increased sense of trust and reliability.

Which Estimating Software is Right for You?

Now that you’ve decided to take the leap, a new problem arises. The number of different estimating software solutions available makes choosing the right solution a difficult feat.

Many small businesses make the mistake of choosing a software that is not properly suited to their situation, further hurting their cause.

In an article by, the most important points of consideration in choosing the right estimating software for your business are outlined in four key elements:

  • Ease of use
  • Increased efficiency
  • Boost Revenues
  • Price Points

To quote from the article: ”In fact, too many contractors get burned because they choose estimating software that doesn’t really address their needs, solve their problems, and help them to make more money. They follow the path of self-proclaimed “best-in-class” solutions out there that just aren’t flexible enough for their business, or get overwhelmed by the uncertainty and simply do nothing.”

We encourage you to read the full article on to learn more about what your company should consider when shopping for estimating software.

ZEN Industries is here to Help!

ZEN Mechanical, Electrical, adn Plumbing EstimatingIf you find yourself daunted by the dizzying selections of HVAC estimating software out there, you’re not alone.

At ZEN Industries, we’re here to help. When it comes to estimating HVAC jobs, we can do it for you. We’ve even developed a separate division of ZEN devoted to Estimating and preparing Shop Drawings. We call it ZEN M.E.P.

At ZEN M.E.P., we’ve been providing customers with services to quote projects more quickly at greater volume, and we can do it all more cost effectively than ever before.

ZEN M.E.P. is your source for shop drawings modeled with 21st Century accuracy.

Have confidence in our experienced draftsmen to use the latest software to provide you with:

  •  Improved efficiency and turnaround in shop drawings
  • Improved accuracy, making drafting errors an endangered species
  • Improved precision, meeting SMACNA standards with ease
  • Improved overall project profitability for your company

ZEN M.E.P combines old-school knowledge with state-of-the-art design, allowing us to:

 Deliver reliable shop drawings up to 50% faster

Reduce errors to historic lows while meeting the most demanding specifications

Deliver accurate data directly to your fabrication facility or ours

Assure that each duct section is precision fit to its location, connections, and support

The goal we’ve achieved is a simple one – superior estimating and shop drawings developed more cost-effectively than ever before. Visit ZEN M.E.P. today or give us a call at 877-600-0274.

Automate the Process in Partnership with ZEN Industries

Another way ZEN M.E.P. and ZEN Industries can help with creating cost efficiencies is through integrating your estimating process directly into ZEN’s HVAC duct production line.

Through automation, ZEN Industries has the ability to partner with select mechanical contractors in a way that helps them bid on more jobs, in less time, and with greater accuracy.

Now, you can integrate your estimating process directly into ZEN's HVAC fabrication pricing.

Today, ZEN has the ability to partner with mechanical contractors in a way that helps them bid on more jobs, in less time, and with greater accuracy. By eliminating the extra estimating that used to be necessary, costs are lowered and more bids are won for you.

With ZEN’s automated process, in one step the mechanical contractor can generate a reliable quote and seamlessly feed data into production, direct to ZEN’s coil lines and plasma tables.

Want to see if you quality for ZEN’s automated partnership program? Give us a call at 877-600-0274, or use our contact form today.

Contact ZEN Today!

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 Heather Rodehaver - Business Development Representative 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.

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