Over the past several months we’ve seen positive growth across manufacturing industries. (more…)
Over the past several months we’ve seen positive growth across manufacturing industries. (more…)
With the new year upon us, the team at Base Construction has been reflecting on 2016’s accomplishments while making our New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead toward what is sure to be an exciting, productive 2017.
We had a lot to be thankful for this past year, as we were kept very busy working on a number of large-scale piping and construction projects for a wide range of industries. We were honored to be called upon yet again to work with UTC, SONOCO, Alcoa, PTG, BE Aerospace, 3M, and Karma Automotive and many others. We also constructed all parts of a co-generation power plant for Golden Road Brewery. This included the installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of the exhaust to ensure that every BTU would be used.
The Base Construction team also had the opportunity to work on various industry-leading green initiatives focused on reducing the amount of power required to run particular systems, as well as capturing waste to redirect that energy.
In looking ahead to the New Year, we will continue to focus on ways to improve our unmatched safety initiatives while keeping downtime to a minimum. In addition to continuing our weekly and monthly safety meetings — as well as daily meetings on all shutdowns and long shift projects — we will also be reevaluating our comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program to ensure optimal worker health and safety.
In 2017, we’ll be taking on new large-scale industrial projects in various areas, including:
And finally, in the spirit of continual improvement, the team at Base Construction will also be looking for new ways in which to better service our customers. Working off-shifts and holidays to meet production schedules, we take pride in ensuring that our customers receive only the best.
To that end, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients for helping us grow, and we can’t wait to see the new challenges you bring to us in 2017. As always, if there are any ways in which we can better serve you in the New Year, reach out to us at any time or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates!
Construction is an industry whose impact is wide and far-reaching. Every home and office in which we live and work, every road on which we drive, every time we visit a theater, museum, school, mall, or restaurant, we are actively enjoying the hard work of the construction industry.
But that’s not all. Construction of all kinds, all sizes, has a massive impact on our economy – and when construction grows, our economy is significantly and positively impacted.
In fact, this article, which notes that the crane market is “rocking” and that construction “has seen a sizeable increase” recently, states that “good news for the construction industry is good news for the U.S. economy as a whole.”
When construction projects—whether residential or commercial—increase, money is poured back into many aspects of our society. More equipment is purchased, more people are hired, more homes and buildings are bought, leased, and occupied. In more ways than most people can imagine, construction sends large amounts of money back into the economy, and everyone wins.
In this article in Construction Global, it’s stated that from “high rises to highways and every commercial project in between, large-scale construction is seeing a resurgence” all across the country. This means that throughout the U.S., the economy will continue to see a major uptick, thanks to this far-reaching, tireless industry.
Of course, the impact is felt on all levels, throughout all areas. The benefits don’t just come from major projects in the country’s biggest cities, but from projects of all sizes in small towns and large metro hubs alike.
In Shreveport, LA, for instance, construction projects are “leading the way when it comes to the greatest impact on the local economy,” with an approximate 70% of increased construction activity pumping money into the area, according to this Shreveport newspaper article.
The fact is construction is an industry filled with hard-working people whose work affects everyday lives, and our country on the whole. At Base Construction, we’re very proud to be a part of it, and look forward to continuing to make our industry’s impacts seen and heard.
In today’s global industrial environment, staying competitive is a top priority. No matter what industry you are in, there are many ways to have an edge against the competition. New technologies and innovation are leading strategies to improving business processes to save money, time, and resources.
Installing energy efficient processes and systems offer an edge in reducing the amount of expendable energy while aiding in reducing use of natural resources. One of the most sensible systems to consider is a condensation return system. These systems are a best method for treating and reusing water to extract the most energy possible from this resource.
What is a condensation return system and how does it work? Condensate is the by-product of steam when it transfers its energy into heat. Being able to reuse this condensate is an effective method to improve a plant’s efficiencies. For boilers used in power generation this condensation can be reclaimed so that less additional “new” or makeup water is required to run the system and create steam. This, in turn, saves fuel, reduces chemicals and treatment costs, and lowers sewer disposal costs.
Although reusing water seems like an easy and simple process, there are factors that must be addressed to ensure that the water meets the necessary requirements. Condensate isn’t as pure as the initial water added to the system. Condensate picks up minerals and chemicals as it moves throughout the boiler system. If this water isn’t purified, damage to the process piping and boilers could occur. High-purity condensate provides more energy since the condensate is already hot reducing the amount of energy needed to heat up cold makeup water. It is most beneficial to treat the condensate before it is returned to the boiler.
At Base Construction we are leaders in building effective and efficient condensation return systems. Having worked with a wide range of industrial operations, we have designed and installed full recirculating water and water treatment equipment to improve the operation’s energy efficiency. With this experience and knowledge we improve energy efficiency which saves money and reduces a company’s environmental impact. This expertise enables us to construct accurate piping to meet strict code requirements.
Energy efficient investments such as treating and reusing water for boiler processes provide opportunities for reducing expenses while meeting regulatory guidelines. Smart manufacturing starts with smart and efficient systems.
These days, like other industries in the manufacturing sector, the aerospace and aviation industries are taking off. Manufacturing production related to aerospace and aviation is on the rise, too. In the news, we’re hearing about aircraft back orders, increased production needs related to aerospace equipment, and so much more. Overall, the U.S. economy and the manufacturing sector will continue to grow well into the future as we recover from recession, according to recent data that shows rising numbers for all key indicators.
We’re ready to do our part in the manufacturing and industry take-off! At Base Construction, we have experience working with manufacturers and other contractors who have projects and clients who are either directly or indirectly involved in the aerospace industry. We design and build process piping systems. We set furnaces and all types of equipment for all types of industries, including aerospace industry components.
In fact, we recently worked with a company that needed compressed air and compressed nitrogen, and we did the piping for them. Specifically, they needed argon line compressed air and a deionized (DI) water line, which we readily provided. This specific manufacturer, involved in the aerospace industry, also needed P&ID – piping and instrumentation drawing services. Process piping design is our specialty at Base Construction, including piping layout, routing creation, revision and installation.
At the same time as they’re ramping up production, many manufacturers are also striving to be “more green” at their facilities right now. But some manufacturers are finding the process of “going green” to be a little overwhelming, according to “Is It Time to Go Green…,” a recent article on Manufacturing.net.
We think “going green” should NOT be a stressful process. In fact, we know it doesn’t have to be stressful because we’ve done it before. Our advice: You need to tap into the experience and know-how of an industrial contractor who has helped other manufacturers be “more green.” (If you’re feeling “overwhelmed” at all, we’d be happy to talk with you about how, as an industrial contractor, we’ve helped many of our clients get set for more production and to also establish a “more green” environment at their facilities.)
One way to be “more green” is to install equipment that focuses on more natural processes to adhere to environmental regulations. We’ve done this type of work for our clients, installing equipment with sustainability and environmental friendliness in mind. For instance, a recent example of this would be our work with an aerospace company that needed a chemical processing piping system. The process piping system included an oil separator to prevent water and oil from getting mixed. We installed the equipment to lean the water to separate it, and this has contributed to the “green environment” at the company’s facilities and save them money by not having to dispose additional waste!.
One more note about “green manufacturing,” since we’re on the topic: Energy recovery is also a helpful, environmentally friendly step some manufacturers are investing in now – but others are overlooking this opportunity. Through energy recovery, manufacturers are being more green within their operations, and they’re also saving on operations costs. Here’s how this works: Manufacturers recover energy by installing new equipment that recovers heat from hot water that would normally evaporate and be wasted. The energy is captured by the equipment, and then it’s used to run other equipment within their operations and/or preheat process help them save energy!
Whether we do the energy-recovery equipment installation ourselves, or as subcontractors working with our clients, at Base Construction, we’re happy to see business and industry in the manufacturing sector “taking off” – and also being “more green”!
Water distribution and desalination are hot news topics across the U.S. and around the world recently. But this is especially true in California, where the state has been experiencing drought conditions for more than two years now. And it’s not just the water industry that’s feeling pressure as a result of the drought: Just about every manufacturing industry across the U.S. – from food processing to automotive manufacturing – are feeling the residual effects of the drought. Overall, the drought is just one factor that is spurring the need for more manufacturing and industrial facilities that require process piping construction. On a global basis, all types of industrial processes — anywhere where compressed air, water distribution, vacuums and steam boilers are involved, or other situations where materials are conveyed through pipes — require reliable and safe process piping construction. But we’ll talk more about this later in this blog post.
Getting back to the drought… Closer to home in Southern California, we’ve been coping with the drought for quite a while now. A recent report on weather.com states that after the recent rain “Los Angeles County Water tweeted that their system had captured 1.16 billion gallons of water, enough to supply 28,000 people for a year. However, Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents.” The report continues: “Even with the recent rain, Los Angeles has had less than half its average rainfall since July 1, 2011 — 24 inches short of the average of 47 inches.” This presents a challenge. Municipalities, researchers and industrial businesses are all working together to determine ways to get useable, potable water to more people. Building processing plants and process piping systems is a big part of the solution to the water issues we’re experiencing.
Here’s some advice, not just for the water industry, but for all types of industries involved with process piping construction projects: Work with experienced industrial contractors that know how to design and develop process piping systems the right way. Effective and successful process piping design requires specific technical knowledge and hands-on construction know-how. Make sure you work with an industrial contractor who knows how to build a process piping system from the ground up, resulting in a system that has a solid foundation and insulation and pipe support in all the appropriate places.
At Base Construction, we design and build process piping construction for all types of industrial processes. We specialize in pipe fabrication and installation, pipe routing, pipe system support, pipe painting, pipe labeling and more. We’re based in the Los Angeles area and serve the Southern California region, and we’re ready to tackle any manufacturing process piping challenge – even those presented to us by Mother Nature!