Using New Technology to Make the Job Easier

Using technology can benefit your company and its employees in ways never imagined

Normally in this issue I would be highlighting some of the upcoming trade shows that hit around this time of the year, like the International Air Conditioning Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) and Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show to name a couple.

That would be a normal year though. This past year has been anything but and both of those shows have faced scheduling changes due to COVID-19. The AHR Expo was postponed to next year, while the WWETT Show was pushed back to summer.

I would also highlight some of the newest technologies hitting the industry and what it could mean for you and your plumbing company. Who doesn’t like hearing about new tools you could add to a wish list, right?

Even though the shows aren’t happening last month or this month, I still want to highlight some new tools and technology. In fact, you can see new items every month in the pages of Plumber.

We highlight new tools and technology in our Product News feature in every issue. Take a look at it in this issue and you’ll find info on Watts’ SpecHub project specification tool, the HydroFlame 300 Series silicone firestop sealant from RWC and Matco-Norca PEX ball valves with tee handle options.

We enjoy bringing you news about products that could make your work easier and potentially more profitable. Manufacturers have been holding online media events and product unveilings over the last few months and there are some neat things coming from companies like Milwaukee Tool, DeWALT, Viega and a lot more.

HOW FAR WILL TECH GO?

Speaking of new technology, where will it lead us into the future, especially during a post-COVID-19 era?

Industry Insider Anja Smith tackles that subject in her column in this issue. She takes a look at current technology and guesses on what could be coming down the line for this industry. Some of it might seem like things from a science fiction book or TV show, but look at how far technology has come the last few years.

We have water heaters and boilers that can alert homeowners and plumbers if there are issues, we have leak detection tools that can do the same thing. We have hand tools with GPS locators installed in them to find them if they are lost or stolen.

Technology isn’t going away anytime soon, so start learning it now before it’s too late.

WHERE ARE YOU USING TECH?

What type of technologies are you using at your company? Is it software to help the office employees do their jobs better, tools to help your plumbers on jobs, or something else? Let me know how you’ve incorporated technology by emailing editor@plumbermag.com or calling me at 715-350-8436.

Enjoy this issue! 



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