New hydronics products designed to reduce hot-work, busywork | 2019-05-13

FAREWELL TO FLAME: Uponor ProPEX LF Brass Copper Press Adapters can be used with an expansion tool to create a flameless PEX-tocopper transition. High-efficiency boilers. Displays that translate error codes into plain English. Adapters that let technicians skip the flames and heavy welding equipment — and, in some cases, the extra burden of the fire department standing over their shoulders. Hydronics manufacturers have been focused on making the world of hydronic heating more efficient for contractors and for end users alike. Here’s a look at some of the newer products to hit the the market in the realm of hydronic heating. When it comes to piping, Uponor’s newly launched ProPEX copper press adapters say “don’t sweat it” — pun intended. “As PEX piping becomes more prevalent in commercial plumbing projects, design and installation professionals told us they needed a solution to quickly and confidently connect hybrid plumbing and hydronic piping systems,” said Doug Fulton, senior director, corporate strategy and segment marketing at Uponor. Using Uponor ProPEX LF Brass Copper Press Adapters and the M18 ProPEX Expansion Tool from Milwaukee Tools, technicians can create a PEX-to-co...

Stainless MMI: LME Nickel Prices Drop While Stainless Surcharges Rise

The Stainless Steel MMI (Monthly Metals Index) traded flat in March after a big jump in February. The current reading is 75 points. The index remained flat as LME nickel prices decreased slightly, while other elements of the  stainless steel basket increased. Stainless steel surcharges jumped again this month, largely following the previous month’s LME nickel price movements. Nickel momentum appears to have slowed since the beginning of March. Prices retraced slightly. However, nickel prices remain in a strong, long-term uptrend. Like copper prices, nickel prices remain above the blue dotted line above. In December, nickel prices rallied and started to trade with a sharper slope, following the purple dotted line. However, these movements are often not sustainable in the long-term trend, and commonly correct. Therefore, nickel prices retraced to their long-term trendline, while trading volume remains supportive of the uptrend. Following the recovery in stainless steel momentum, domestic stainless steel surcharges increased further this month. The 316/316L-coil NAS surcharge breached its previous $0.8/pound ceiling. Stainless steel surcharges increased again rapidly. Therefore, b...