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Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Peerless Pumps

peerless-logoThroughout the month of January, Steven Brown & Associates is celebrating the manufacturers who make our jobs much easier by offering superior products at great prices. The first two manufacturers detailed in our series were Aurora and Metron, so if you missed either of those two, we encourage you to check them out.

Next up in our fire pump spotlight series is Peerless Pump. A recent addition to the Steven Brown & Associates lineup of fire pumps, Peerless Pump is one of the largest manufacturers of vertical pumps in the industry. Not only does Peerless Pump feature top-quality, reliable fire pumps, it also carries fire pump drives, controls, accessories and more. Continue reading

Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Metron

TMetron-open-smallhroughout the month of January, Steven Brown & Associates will celebrate the manufacturers who make our jobs easier by offering superior products at great prices. The first in our series focused on our friends at Aurora pump, so if you missed that blog post, be sure to go back and check it out.

Next in our fire pump spotlight series is Metron Fire Pump Control Division of Hubbell Industrial Controls. For those of you who follow our blogs, you may remember our post about Hubbell launching a new line of Metron advanced, compact fire pump controllers last year, which has generated an enthusiastic customer response.

This success is not unexpected, as we’ve witnessed the benefits of Metron firsthand and are proud to offer the line to our customers. Here is what helps Metron stand apart from the competition:

  • High quality fire pump controls and accessories.
  • Approval by the most demanding regulatory group in the electrical industry – Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. – which ensures the highest levels of safety and reliability

Metron’s dedication to quality, safety, and reliability helps explain our customers’ loyalty to their product offerings, including: Continue reading

Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Aurora Pumps

Aurora LogoAs we move through 2017, we inch closer to the centennial of one of the best-known brands in the fire pump realm. Since 1919, Aurora Pump (a brand of Pentair) has maintained a superior reputation as a pump and system supplier across the United States and the world. What helps Aurora to stand out amongst its competitors? We’ve observed three traits:

  • Consistent manufacturing quality
  • Long-lasting performance
  • Reliable customer service

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CST Industries Joins our Expanding List of Product Offerings

cst water storage tankAs your trusted supplier of all things in the realm of fire pump sales and service, we’re always looking to expand on our offerings and increase our value to you. That is why we’re proud to announce that we recently added CST Industries to our growing catalog.

For those of you unfamiliar with the company, CST Industries is the global leader in storage tanks and covers. The company portfolio includes CST Storage, CST Covers and Vulcan Tanks. Their bolted and factory-welded steel tanks meet or exceed NFPA 22, FM, LPS, AWWA, USACOE and other internationally recognized industry standards. Continue reading

Remember These Thanksgiving Safety Tips

turkey dinnerThanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when everyone gets a moment to take a break from the hustle and bustle of work and sit down with family and friends to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for.

Because we here at Steven Brown & Associates are all about safety, whether it’s fire safety or any other form of safety, we thought we’d share some helpful tips to keep your holiday happy and problem-free. We know how hectic preparations can be for those extra guests, so add these items to your Thanksgiving Day checklist to ensure a worry-free holiday.

We’ve broken these tips down into two parts, both fire safety (for obvious reasons), and other general tips. Continue reading

Aurora Fire Pump Troubleshooting Guides

Aurora Turbine PumpOne of the necessary beasts that accompanies any piece of machinery is its eventual malfunction due to wear and tear over the years. Aurora fire pumps, while among the most reliable fire pumps available, are not immune from the occasional malfunction.

Fortunately, Aurora Pump has established an extensive library of troubleshooting guides that help you locate the problem and find the probable cause, and offer suggestions how to fix it. We’ve included these resources below to help you get your Aurora fire pump functioning normally once again, and to avoid having a minor problem becoming a major headache. Continue reading

Steven Brown & Associates Launches October Training Series

classroomThe team at Steven Brown & Associates isn’t satisfied with just being the Mid-Atlantic’s best source for fire pump sales and service. We strive to go the extra mile, providing quality information and training to those interested in learning more about the products we offer. This is one reason why we try to maintain a monthly blog here on our website. Continue reading

Talco Fire Systems Home Hydrants

Do you ever run into situations where you have to install a residential sprinkler system that meets all of the NFPA 13D requirements? Well, in this case a good option to consider would be the Talco Home Hydrant Systems, which can give you an almost effortless installation. Not only can our team at Steven Brown & Associates provide you with a fast turnaround on a quote, but also with our excellent team of service technicians for field service!

What can you expect from the Talco Fire Systems Home Hydrant that makes installation so easy and operation so reliable? Here are several unique features: Continue reading

Hubbell Launches a New Line of Metron Fire Pump Controllers

Metron-smallRecently the great minds at Hubbell Industrial Controls, Inc., manufacturer of Metron fire pump controllers and transfer switches, released a new product we’d like to bring to your attention. Our blog today outlines this new MPT Fire Pump Controller series and what features are offered with this new line.

Fire pump controllers with integral automatic transfer switches provide a reliable means for bringing emergency power directly to the fire pump in case of loss of normal power. While this feature is important, the drawback to this arrangement historically has been that those controllers take up a lot of space in a mechanical room, especially with a more advanced, reduced voltage starting method, such as Solid State Soft Start, or Wye Delta Closed Transition. Today’s mechanical rooms are even smaller than previous years, and often engineers and architects are under pressure to condense their fire pump room layouts even more.

But what do you do if you want a reduced voltage starting method with a transfer switch, and you have a limited mechanical room floor space? Continue reading

How to Adjust Fire Pump Packing Glands

If you’re looking for information on how to properly make a packing gland adjustment, you’ve come to the right place! Our blog today looks at the proper procedures for packing gland adjustments which will help extend the service life of your fire pump.

Follow these two steps:

  1. At the beginning of the pump operation, loosen the gland nuts and allow the packing boxes to leak liberally.
  2. Every 20 minutes, tighten the packing gland nuts, one flat at a time until the leakage has been reduced to about 60 drops per minute.

Please note: This process may require two to three hours. Continue reading