Archive for July, 2017

Winning with UltraFlo — one pipe plumbing system

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The Grand Casino Hotels in Mille Lacs and Hinckley are home to two of Minnesota’s favorite casinos, as well as long-time customers of Egan. While undergoing recent renovations, Grand Casino
was searching for a more cost-effective, hands-free faucet system to be installed in its newly updated bathrooms. And, with the help of Egan’s team, a jackpot of a solution was found that utilized a
new plumbing technology: UltraFlo.

Ron Hanson, Egan Company Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, carefully reviewed several new sensor faucet manufacturers before landing on the Ohio-based UltraFlo. Given its design – clean, simple, and free of cluttered pipes or wires – it was perfect for the highly trafficked, rarely closed bathrooms of the casinos.

Our clients at Grand Casino have respect and trust for Egan’s knowledge of systems. When we proposed UltraFlo, they had the confidence in us that this was truly the best fit for them and the results so far have been highly successful.

-Ron Hanson, Egan Company Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

With the installation of this system, it is the first of its kind in this region. The new sensor faucet technology is set to save both time and money for the casino. Unlike traditional battery and control-box-operated sensor faucets, UltraFlo is a one-pipe plumbing system that provides a central control location to operate up to eight faucets.

Another major cost saving perk is its one mixing valve system, which allows maintenance personnel to adjust the faucet temperature for the entire bathroom through a single valve. This differs from battery-operated systems, which each have their own controls, resulting in a very costly and time-consuming process when maintenance is needed.

“We’re always looking to find innovative solutions for our customers,” said Hanson. “And, sometimes that means introducing an entirely new technology system to the Midwest like UltraFlo,” said Hanson.

As the renovations continue, Egan’s Mechanical team is scheduled to install more UltraFlo systems throughout Grand Casino.

Security and Peace of Mind from… Forklifts!

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

At a local warehouse for an international food distribution company, forklifts had triggered traditional sprinklers in the freezer section by accidentally hitting them when moving products. The cost
to replace the inventory in the 25,000 square foot section and drain/restore the sprinkler system was over $30,000. When this scenario happened a second time, the company knew it was time for a change and gave Egan a call to install a new, innovative sprinkler system.

Typical sprinkler systems require a triggering of the sprinkler head through heat detection, or in this case, getting hit by a forklift. Along with JF Ahern, Egan developed a solution for the fire sprinkler troubles at this facility: install a pre-action sprinkler valve that would require two actions to activate, a sprinkler head trigger and a heat detector trigger.

A challenge with the new system was that a traditional heat detector could not be installed due to it being part of the sprinkler head – which a forklift could (once again) hit. To overcome this challenge, Egan installed a specially-engineered cable connected directly to the sprinkler pipe. If that cable reaches a specific temperature, the alarm will set off the sprinklers.

“The new system will ensure forklifts aren’t able to trigger the sprinklers, and in return will save the company thousands of dollars,” said Lee Stover, Egan Company Estimator.

We Are Egan – Jeremy Caye

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

“The best part about my job is working alongside people that care just as much as I do about making Egan a great place to work.”

Meet Jeremy Caye, Electrical Field Leader who has been with Egan Company for five years.

During the summer, Jeremy and his family love to spend their time on the St. Croix River going boating, exploring new sites, and soaking up the sun.

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

We Are Egan – John Kolb

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

“To set yourself up for success, always use the talents you have been given, along with the resources that are made available.”
Meet John Kolb, Jr., Electrical Field Leader who has been with Egan for 14 years.

When he is not at work, cabin time is the priority for John and his family. Fishing, boating, hunting, and skiing are among the many activities they enjoy doing together.

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.