TP Mechanical Earns Recertification to ISO 9001:2015 Standards

TP Mechanical, with our strong commitment to monitor and continuously improve our services and products, recently received recertification as conforming to ISO 9001:2015 standards.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) experts from 95 countries spent three years working on revisions to ISO 9001:2008, bringing the standard up to date with current needs. The organization states that ISO 9001:2015 focuses more on performance and helps companies satisfy their customers, while providing a foundation for growth and sustained success.

What is ISO 9001:2015?

TP Mechanical’s Quality Management System was certified as conforming to ISO 9001:2015 standards. The scope of the registration is for the “prefabrication of components for the purpose of fast-track construction in the piping and mechanical plumbing fields.”

TP Mechanical uses prefabrication to reduce construction costs and shorten schedules while decreasing waste and scrap. By doing more work in the controlled environment of our shop, we enhance safety and achieve higher quality for the projects completed on the job site.

“We previously conformed to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and we’re proud to earn our recertification,” said TP Mechanical President and CEO Bill Riddle. “This highlights how our entire team focuses on quality and discipline in our prefabrication efforts.”

What does ISO 9001:2015 mean to you?

By having a Quality Management System that conforms to ISO 9001:2015 standards, TP Mechanical demonstrates our commitment to the continuous improvement of our products and services. This dedication translates into both dependable quality and noteworthy cost savings for our customers.

 

How Our Commitment to Quality Benefits You
Improves quality and service
Reduces the amount of on-site work
Provides on-time delivery
Fosters a get-it-right-the-first-time attitude
Reduces mistakes, change orders and defects


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To learn more about what our TP Mechanical team can accomplish on your next project, click here.

Is Technology Improving our Lives or Hindering Relationships?

The website www.mindbodygreen.com published an article in December 2015 by Vishnu Subramaniam, referencing technology and how it really is hindering our experiences and relationships.

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11 Things You Think Are Improving Your Life (But Are Actually Messing is Up)

source http://www.mindbodygreen.com  by Vishnu Subramaniam

Each year, as we continue to live larger lives with more distractions, more work, more technology, more stuff — it gets easier and easier to forget about what really matters — peace of mind, serenity, and inner joy. Instead, we keep striving to work just a bit more, to squeeze in one more happy hour, to buy one more fancy toy. More is more, right?

I propose a radical alternative to this way of thinking. I think all this stuff is standing in the way of true fulfillment. It’s a distraction. What we really need to be happier is less.

Do less. Be more.

To help you start ridding your life of superfluous accessories, commitments, and pursuits that might be keeping you from uncovering your true bliss, I’ve listed 12 things to stop accumulating this year.

It’s not necessarily about going from a mansion to a bedsit, or from a jam-packed social calendar to the lifestyle of a hermit. It’s about recognizing small opportunities for change and taking them. Little by little, that process will transform your life.

  1. Stuff

The more “stuff” you have, the more space in your mind is occupied by worries and strategies regarding those things and how to protect them. Look around your closets, your desk, your apartment, and your office. Theoretically, you could probably get rid of about 90 percent of the things you own, with the only difference you notice being all the space you suddenly have.

Any time you recognize that something in your space isn’t serving a clear purpose, donate it or toss it. Over time, you’ll streamline your space and your thinking.

  1. Multitasking

The more efficient you try to be, the more you try to multitask — a trader making phone calls while reviewing two screens on his desk is an obvious example — the less engaged you are with what’s actually happening around you. Multitasking is the enemy of focus. Turn off superfluous notifications while you’re trying to get things done. Focus on one item at a time, putting the most important things first.

Prioritize. Stop multitasking. Be present with the task at hand.

  1. Technology

Speaking of distractions, technology is the worst culprit of all — not to mention one of the most frequent stressors we deal with on a daily basis. Most of us don’t spend more than five minutes away from a screen all day.

Try turning off your technology for an hour or two. If your job requires you to be glued to a computer, turn off one piece of tech. If you really can’t do that, take half an hour to walk outside, or eat lunch somewhere with natural light. Your life should be better because of technology, not worse. And limiting superfluous interactions with it will create more space for enjoyment and inspiration in the rest of your life.

  1. Work

This doesn’t mean turning into a slacker. It means being more strategic.

We tend to fit the work given into the time allotted. Make leaving your office by a certain time each day a priority. It will force you to be more strategic in the way you use your time, and provide more time to do the things you want to do outside the office.

  1. Comparisons

It’s natural to feel the urge to compare yourself to your neighbors, your colleagues, the people you went to high school with.

Regardless of how someone else’s life looks, odds are they haven’t figured out any more than you have. You aren’t behind. You’re not doing anything wrong. Focusing on your own goals and honing strategies to achieve them is much more likely to lead to success than spending your time worrying about the progress other people are making.

It’s the best — and maybe the only — way to stay true to yourself and live an authentic life.

  1. Busyness

It’s great to be self-sufficient. But most of us devote so much time to getting ahead that we put our relationships on the back burner. We don’t prioritize family or community, though they are by far the most rewarding parts of life.

Find places you can trim your commitments in other areas and increase the amount of time you spend with family, volunteering, or working with the community. Don’t prioritize based on what seems urgent. Prioritize based on what is important.

  1. Social media

It wastes time and negatively affects self-esteem. Give yourself a daily limit for the number of visits or amount of time spent checking social accounts. Fill that time with phone calls to family or a coffee date with an old friend. (Introverts get much more satisfaction from one-on-one conversations than from superficial chatter or “small talk.”)

  1. Noise

It’s almost never silent in our world. Music in the car, open office spaces, TV for “background noise” at home. It’s even noisy in the doctor’s office and in line at the pharmacy.

Find a few minutes for quiet each day. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but you’ll grow to revel in it. You’ll be surprised how many insights you can have in even just 10 minutes of silent reflection. Notice, too, how much more peaceful you feel after just a few minutes of silence.

  1. News

Your TV, your homepage, your gas station, your iPhone — Even when you’re intentionally limiting superfluous technology use, you can’t escape up-to-the-minute news about what’s happening in the world. And most of these stories are intentionally told from angles designed to prey on your emotions. You express what you ingest. So, practice ignoring click-bait and sob stories you see and read dozens of times a day. Like with any habit, it soon won’t even require will power to just soar past.

Fill your mind with uplifting, energizing content. And if you feel like you’re missing out on a certain level of information that’s necessary to thrive in your world, give yourself a certain amount of time per day, from a news outlet you can trust, to catch up on what’s happened. Don’t let other people’s perceptions of reality overtake your life. It really does make a difference.

  1. Judgements

One of the most destructive things about the tendency to compare is a reliance on judgment of others for your own self-esteem. If our lives look “better” than someone else’s, we can assuage our own insecurities with a temporary feeling of superiority. It’s not real, and it won’t last.

Be inspired by the success of others and extend compassion to those who need it. Replace anger and hostility with empathy, compassion, and understanding.

  1. Commitments

It’s really tempting to say “yes!” to everything. Committing to too many things eventually makes you unfit for everything. Yes, investing more in your family and in yourself is a commitment. But doing that well requires you to relinquish commitments that are less important in the long run.

Why not do a few things really well instead of doing everything halfheartedly?

Ask yourself what really matters to you. What do you care about? Set fewer goals and focus your attention on the handful of things you’re really passionate about. Learn to let the rest go.

Do less. Be more.

 

How We Expect to Build on a Successful 2017

TP Mechanical has been a leader in providing contractor services for large-scale construction projects ranging from factories to schools to hospitals since 1953.

We’ve built on this successful tradition in 2016, and we expect an even more successful future because of our safety programs, innovative thinking and technology capabilities for plumbing, HVAC and fire protection service.

Safety First, Always First

TP Mechanical has performed, as of early August, more than 2 million man-hours of work without a lost-time accident – nearly one-third the industry average. We work closely with OSHA, participating in its safety training programs and Voluntary Protection Program to reduce accidents on the jobsite.

President and CEO Bill Riddle says safety drives the TP Mechanical culture, and due to all these efforts, our 2016 safety awards include:

  • ABC | Step Platinum Award
  • ABC Employer of the Year Safety Award
  • ABC Award of Excellence for The Christ Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million
  • ABC Award of Merit for the Summit Country Day Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million

Innovative Thinking

TP Mechanical’s innovation and forward-thinking problem-solving are major drivers for success. “I think we’re on the cutting edge with technology and processes,” Riddle says.

One of our biggest innovations is completing almost 30 percent of our project in the regulated environment of our fabrication shop before starting work on-site. More than 60 employees staff the shop for around-the-clock operations, incorporating advanced automation technology such as automated welding machines and tracking software to ensure workflow is managed smoothly.

A Bright Future

TP Mechanical will continue implementing technologies, such as BIM for rendering projects in a 3-D model. Riddle believes TP Mechanical will continue to find success with a focus on innovation and a dedication to safety, “I believe that over the next couple of years we should experience continuous growth in our industry.”

We look forward to sharing that success with you in 2017 and beyond; please Contact Us for your next project.

AAP Releases Updated Safe Sleep Guidelines

Presented by TP Mechnaical | Provided by HORAN

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other types of sleep-related infant deaths, which are also known as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with 90 percent of SIDS cases occurring before an infant is 6 months old.

The new report suggests that:

  • Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents, but in separate beds, for at least the first six months of their lives.
  • Infants should never sleep on a soft surface, such as an armchair or couch.
  • Infants should be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm surface with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Parents should avoid putting an infant in a crib with pillows, loose sheets, blankets or other soft surfaces.

For more information, visit the AAP’s website.


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The Connection Between Office Camaraderie and Your Health

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

Getting along with your co-workers can make the task of going to work more enjoyable and, according to recent research, can actually improve your health.

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology analyzed 58 studies of more than 19,000 people from different parts of the world and published its findings in the Personality and Social Psychology Review, an academic journal. The report also explains that when individuals identify and are invested in relationships with their colleagues, workplace productivity increases, employee morale increases and burnout levels decrease.

If you have not already done so, consider taking steps toward building professional, positive relationships with your co-workers. Use the following tips to develop positive relationships with your colleagues:

  1. Be friendly and encouraging
  2. Be supportive of other people’s work
  3. Initiate conversations, repeated interactions and communications
  4. Be respectful to your co-workers and their space
  5. Participate in activities that don’t involve work
  6. Maintain a positive attitude as much as possible

Reduce Your Holiday Stress

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

The holidays can bring joy, but they can also bring stress. Whether you are worried about money, gift-giving or finding enough time to get everything done, using the following coping mechanisms can help you manage and reduce your holiday stress.

  • Get organized—Writing down the things you need to do or places you need to be can help you visualize your to-do list and make it seem much more manageable.
  • Know that it’s OK to say “no”—If attending an event that isn’t important to you will interfere with you getting work done or running errands, just say “no” politely.
  • Create and stick to a budget—Money is one of the biggest holiday stressors for people. Set a realistic budget this holiday season and don’t go over it.
  • Ask for help when you need it—You don’t have to decorate, wrap presents or cook by yourself. Ask friends or family members to help you complete these tasks.

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How TP Mechanical Makes BIM Work for You

Sometimes our focus is so trained on the results that it can be eye-opening to look at the important steps required to get there. And one of those essential building blocks for TP Mechanical is BIM – or Building Information Modeling.

With BIM, our design/build teams use one comprehensive system of digital drawings that all members can access, instead of working on separate drawings. BIM combines 3-D modeling and information management for a more collaborative, streamlined effort that reduces the likelihood of mistakes.

TP Mechanical’s Design/Build Services

TP Mechanical’s expert design/build teams apply BIM methodology, along with pre-fabrication techniques and LEED principles, to create custom designs that meet your specific project needs. We collaborate with owners, architects and construction managers to design mechanical systems that accomplish multiple construction objectives. We provide engineering services for:

  • System Lifecycle Cost Analysis
  • HVAC Design Heat Load Calculations
  • HVAC System Design
  • Plumbing System Design and Layout
  • Fire Sprinkler Design and Layout
  • Duct and Piping Sizing and Layout
  • Equipment Selection
  • Energy Usage Analysis
  • Industrial Ventilation
  • Control Sequence Operations
  • Specifications

The BIM Bottom Line

By using BIM, TP Mechanical offers you the advantage of superior design capabilities along with true bottom-line benefits such as increased savings, faster results, improved accuracy and reduced risk of errors or discrepancies.

For more information

Download a copy of our Design/Build Services overview to look at all services and then Contact Us to see how we can work together to provide your next custom design solution.

Check Your Tap Water for Chromium-6

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization, revealed that there are higher-than-recommended levels of chromium-6 in the tap water being supplied to two-thirds of all Americans. EWG published an interactive map that lists its water testing results on a county-by-county basis.

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical that occurs naturally in the environment and can be produced in high quantities by industrial projects. In addition to being a known carcinogen, chromium-6 can also cause burns, pneumonia and complications during childbirth.

If you live in an area that has high levels of chromium-6, consider purchasing a filter to remove the chemical from your water. The following are the most common filters used:

  • Ion exchange water treatment units—These units are effective in removing chromium-6. However, they need to be monitored, maintained and replaced fairly frequently.
  • Reverse osmosis filters—These filters are often more affordable and practical for residential use and are easier to find at local stores. However, they use much more energy, and you must dispose of the filtered materials.

If you aren’t sure what filter is best for you, visit EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide for further guidance.

Important Updates: 2016 Flu Vaccine

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

As the 2016-2017 flu season approaches, now is a great time to get vaccinated against the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.

Unlike their recommendations during past flu seasons, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are not recommending the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, for the 2016-2017 season due to concerns over its effectiveness, especially in children. The CDC and AAP are now only recommending the injectable flu vaccine.

Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses while others protect against four viruses. Consult your physician to determine which shot is best for you. If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can get a flu vaccine at a local health department, pharmacy or urgent care clinic.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and, arguably, the best way to protect your family during the flu season. For more information on the 2016-2017 vaccine, click here.

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