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​Ahern’s experts possess a wide range of knowledge that extends beyond system design, build, and maintenance. Our blog features a number of technical articles written by Ahern employees that range in topics from industry trends, maintenance tools and tips, to service information, and more.


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Addressing NFPA 25 Deficiencies: A Critical Need for Fire Safety

Fire safety is a paramount concern in building management, and one of the most crucial aspects of this safety protocol is the maintenance and testing of water-based fire protection systems. The
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Do Your Fire Extinguishers Qualify for an Annual Tag?

Did you know that while code requires fire extinguishers to be serviced annually, they cannot just be automatically tagged during the inspection? It is the technician’s responsibility at the time of service to ensure other criteria are met before a new tag is applied.
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Fire Extinguishers…We have them – now what?

In any workplace, safety should always be a top priority. One of the critical aspects of ensuring safety in the event of a fire is proper fire extinguisher training for employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.157 standard lays down guidelines for the...
Dust Collection System Design

Industrial Dust Collection System Design: An Expert Guide

Discover the essential dust collection system design considerations to meet your facility's needs & compliance standards. View our expert guide.
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Evolution of Boilers and Pressure Vessels

The evolution of boilers and pressure vessels spans centuries, marked by pivotal advancements in design and safety standards, from the early developments in the 17th century to the establishment of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, ensuring uniformity in design, construction...
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Why a Deluge Sprinkler System Beats A Wet Pipe System in High Hazard Areas

A deluge sprinkler system is installed to protect high-hazard areas. Get expert insights from JF Ahern to learn if a deluge system is right for your facility.
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Building Tomorrow: The Blueprint for Sustainable Design and Construction

Explore sustainable design & construction insights with Ahern, a leading provider of sustainable design & construction in the mechanical contracting community.
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Avoiding Costly Backups With Preventive Maintenance

Do you have drain backups, or wonder what condition your drains are in? Often times drains are neglected until there is a costly backup. By staying ahead of drain issues with proactive care and cleaning, these unwanted issues can be avoided.
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7 Vital Questions to Ask an Industrial Piping Contractor Before Hiring

Discover the 7 vital questions to ask when hiring an industrial piping contractor to ensure your project’s success. Get expert insights from JF Ahern.
industrial process piping fabrication

How to Streamline Your Industrial Process Piping Installation with Prefabrication

Discover the benefits of offsite process piping fabrication from JF Ahern. Streamline your operations, reduce costs, and enhance efficiency. Learn more today.
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5 Advantages a Multi-Trade Contractor Provides for Your Construction Project

Learn about the top advantages of partnering with a multi-trade contractor for your construction projects and how JF Ahern’s multi-trade services can help.
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Corrosive Environments and The Damage it Can Cause

There are many environments that promote corrosion. The atmosphere in certain industrial environments can contain metal oxides, chlorides, sulfides, acids, and other mediums that serve as electrolytes and promote corrosion.
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Saving Money Through Ultrasonic Leak Detection

Ultrasonic leak detection utilizes sound to identify and locate leaks. The equipment used to detect these leaks can be set up to filter out ambient noise such as production, fork truck traffic, or even atmospheric sounds such as rain, rustling of leaves, or wind in general.
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Visit Ahern at an Upcoming Career Fair – Fall 2023

Ahern will be visiting many different career fair events this fall, and we want to meet you! See a full list of the events Ahern will be attending.
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Why Every Maintenance Manager Should Consider a Preventive Maintenance Program

A preventive maintenance program helps reduce the risk of critical building system failure. Learn about the economical benefits and how Ahern can help.
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Fire Protection System Building Owner Impairment Responsibilities

Did you know NFPA 25 includes specific building owner responsibilities when a fire protection system impairment surpasses a specific point? NFPA defines a fire protection system ‘Impairment’ as: “A condition where a fire protection system or unit or portion thereof is out of order,

PFOA, PFOS, and PFAS – What Are They and Why Do They Need to Go?

What is PFAS? Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS, have become a hot topic in nearly every industry in the past several years. These chemicals have faced scrutiny for potential long-term health and environmental impact, leading to new legislation...

Forward Flow Testing

What is a backflow preventer, and why do we need it? Backflow preventers are required to protect the non-potable fire sprinkler system water from backing up into the public water supply.
pipe fabrication

Pipe Fabrication Solutions for Utility & Manufacturing Industries

At Ahern, we have decades of experience providing pipe fabrication services to keep your project flowing at optimal efficiency. Learn more.
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Improve Your Industrial Installation Efficiency

Ahern’s multi-trade and prefabrication services can help you improve your industrial installation efficiency and minimize downtime. Learn how we can help.