58 D OME S T I C B O I L E R S & S Y S T EMS Top tips for a profitable heating season Antony Corbett, product manager for Geberit, gives his top tips for ensuring efficiency, September heralds the start of the busiest time of year for many in the gas industry. To capitalise on this profitable period, installers need to get their own house in order, in terms of working practices and keeping abreast of the latest industry trends. Mandatory training, such as ACS for gas installers, is essential for trading legally. Don’t forget that ACS re-assessment can be taken up to six months in advance of its expiration date, so if early September is still looking fairly clear and you’re in this six-month window, why not get this sorted now? Updating your knowledge Apart from essential training, updating your knowledge when it comes to the latest products and industry developments could also improve working practices and ensure you can advise customers of the best possible solutions for their requirements. Most of the bigger manufacturers offer free training, an opportunity to trial new solutions, see whether they’ll work for your customers and ensure that when it comes to a job, you get it right first time. If you attend one of our courses, not only are there opportunities to get hands-on with our products, but you also will receive some product at the Geberit’s Mapress is versatile with options to suit both gas and renewable systems end of the day as a thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. The training itself enables installers to get to grips with the latest systems so they can quickly build up their confidence and knowledge of using them. Modules are held at the Geberit Training Academy but can also be delivered on site for contractors and installers, whichever is the most suitable for the customer. Improving working practices should be the goal of any business. By making what you do better and more efficient, the quality of your work will go up, customers will be happier and if processes are streamlined you might be able to fit in more work too. Save time on the job One of the best ways to save time on the job for both plumbers and heating installers, is switching solder and screwed pipe to pressing; a move which could reduce time on site by around 35% according to a Building Services Research and Information Association report. Not only does pressing speed up processes, it can also save on total installed costs – in the region of 27% compared to screwed steel pipework. Pressing’s benefits come from the fact it is so easy to install, with no need for hot works. In the case of Geberit Mapress, only one pressing tool is required. Geberit Mapress is versatile too, with options to suit gas and renewable heating systems; ideal for the increasing number of customers looking to go green, or use a combination of traditional and eco solutions. Whatever systems you’re using, productivity can also be improved by taking advantage of the internet. Most manufacturer instructions are now available online, providing quick access to the right information, rather than thumbing through a paper manual which then has to be transported around. YouTube videos are a particular hit, delivering real instructions from actual installers. Just make sure you choose a reputable source. Apps are a useful tool Apps are another useful tool, allowing easy access from a Smart Phone. With Geberit’s Pro App, for example, users simply scan the barcode on the product’s box, for a quick and easy way to find out howto install our products. Geberit Pro App also allows spare parts to be quickly found via a product identifier and ordered directly. It’s always good to take stock of the way you do things. Sticking with the same products and processes could see your business left behind. Make 2017’s heating season the most profitable yet; keep up-to-date with developments in your industry, go above and beyond when it comes to training and take steps to streamline the way you do things. All of these elements will make for better working practices and happier customers. profitability and safety before the heating goes on www.hpmmag.com September 2017 enquiry number 132 Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning with the right pipe Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is never far from the news, a potential fatal result of poorly installed gas appliances or faulty equipment – something no installer wants to be held responsible for. When it comes to pipework, it’s essential to check the pipe and its fittings are gas suitable – under-sized pipework could lead to CO production. BS 689, the industry standard for mains gas piping installations, states that in a domestic natural gas installation the pressure drop along the pipeline at periods of maximum demand should be no more than 1mbar. To make it easy to select the right pipe from your tool bag, we colour code ours. Available in stainless steel and copper, Geberit Mapress for gas is identified using a yellow mark on the outside and yellow seal ring on the inside of fitting.
HPM September 2017
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