Success Through Diversity

From the Bucks County Courier Times Success Through Diversity

“For 30 years, Warminster’s ThermOmegaTech® has been helping to protect locomotives with the smallest pieces of equipment — valves that keep water from freezing and damaging engines.

Today, under new ownership, the valve manufacturer is growing by diversifying its product line to include everything from commercial plumbing products to regulators for barbecue grills.

The company was founded in 1982 by Fred Pirkle — a “modern-day Edison” who held numerous patents, said current CEO Jim Logue.”

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ThermOmegaTech Featured on Keystone Edge

Keystone Edge recently profiled CEO Jim Logue for their “Innovation & Job News” section. Jim discusses ThermOmegaTech’s journey into Lean Manufacturing and the growth that we’ve seen with it.

A few years ago, when CEO Jim Logue joined ThermOmegaTech,  a Warminster valve maker, he found a solid, old-line manufacturer. Still, he recalls, the assembly shop and the machine shop were not clearly communicating, leading to inefficiencies and delays.

No more Since 2010, Therm has been “on a lean journey,” says Logue. Mentored by the Delaware Valley Industrial Resources Center, Therm has taken steps to eliminate waste in its manufacturing processes and, equally important, change the plant’s culture by sharing information and ensuring that all 60 employees understand the big picture.”

“We basically have empowered every employee to have a say in how to improve their work area, or what they see elsewhere,” says Logue. “It gives purpose to coming to work.”

Since adapting the principles of lean manufacturing, Logue says, people are working better and smarter and operations are more coordinated and efficient. The company has seen 70% growth in revenues in its top products and has grown jobs by 10%. Logue anticipates adding another three positions in the next six to 12 months.

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Circuit Solver Featured in HPAC Engineering and Contractor Magazine

The Circuit Solver Balancing Valve was recently featured in both HPAC Engineering Magazine, as well as Contractor Magazine.

HPAC Engineering is the leading mechanical systems engineering publication and voice of leadership in the buildings industry.

Water-temperature-control valve

The Circuit Solver self-actuating temperature-control valve is designed to solve the problem of domestic hot water not being rapidly delivered to all parts of a building. When entering water temperature is below the valve’s set point, a thermal actuator begins to open the valve to establish a flow rate that will achieve set point. If the water temperature exceeds the set point, the valve begins to throttle back to find the current equilibrium point. This constant, automatic response to water temperature enables each hot-water branch to quickly and consistently deliver the correct temperature to each connected fixture. The all-stainless-steel valve complies with California AB1953 and meets NSF-61 standards. —Therm-Omega-Tech
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Contractor Magazine is the online resource for mechanical contracting.

THE CIRCUIT SOLVER VALVE for domestic hot water systems is easy to install and maintain. It responds to changing water temperature and automatically changes flow to keep temperatures evenly distributed. It is constructed of all stainless steel.
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Circuit Solver Balancing Valve featured in HPAC Engineering and Contractor Magazine

Circuit Solver Featured in Buildings Magazine

Circuit Solver Featured in Buildings MagazineThe Circuit Solver Balancing Valve was recently featured in Buildings Magazine, the leading publication for managing facilities.

The Circuit Solver is a valve for domestic hot water systems that reduces water waste, creates energy savings, and improves user satisfaction.

The valve provides an automatic response to water temperature that enables each hot water branch to quickly and consistently deliver the right temperature to each connected fixture.

View the entire Buildings Magazine release here.

ThermOmegaTech Interview on Manufacturing Revival Radio

Jim Logue, President of ThermOmegaTech®, was recently interviewed for Manufacturing Revival Radio’s weekly podcast. In the program, Jim speaks about his roots as a CPA and into ThermOmegaTech’s journey into Lean Manufacturing.


1. Jim, a former CPA by trade, ended up President of a manufacturer. He discusses the transition into that role, and makes the case that any good business person can thrive in manufacturing!

2. Jim, and Therm-Omega-Tech, is a big advocate of lean manufacturing, and he discusses their lean journey.

3. Founded to serve the North American railroad market, Therm has recently transitioned into industrial. Jim discusses this evolution, and the strategy behind it. There is strength in diversifying your product lines, including getting into the OEM market.

4. Despite being a traditional manufacturing, serving some established markets, they are evolving their go-to-market strategy to keep up with the modern age of sales and marketing.

5. Jim goes deeper on lean manufacturing, indicating that it is less about cutting waste, and more about culture. And you won’t believe how it has increased revenues…

6. Jim talks about the resurgence of American manufacturing, and what Therm did to buck the trends and thrive through the economic downtown.

7. 95% of the material produced by Therm is made on-site in their plant. Jim discusses why this is so, and why this is important to the future growth of the company.

8. Jim talks about the struggle to find talent to fill jobs with the right skills and knowledge, and what they do to train members of their team…including implementing a significant internship program.

To listen to the podcast, visit Manufacturing Revival Radio’s website, subscribe though iTunes, or click the player below.

Best Practices for Effective Safety Showers

Best Practices for Effective Safety ShowersRecently, an employee at a chemical plant was accidentally exposed to a caustic solution that the plant was processing. He ran to the nearest safety shower in order to rinse the caustic off. Unfortunately, the safety shower was malfunctioning. Instead of tepid water in the 85°F (29° C) range, he was doused in water under 60° F (15.5° C). His initial reaction was to jump out, but his fellow employees held him under the cold water to rinse off the chemical. As a result, he ended up with hypothermia from the cold water.

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Drain Tempering ValveThermOmegaTech, Inc has been honored by having two of our valves nominated for Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine’s annual Product of the Year award. Both the Circuit Solver™ and the DTV are in the running to be the best Plumbing and Water Management product.

Please take a moment and visit’s voting page here and select Circuit Solver or DTV as your vote for Product of the Year. You may vote as often as you like.

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The Importance of Return Temperatures

We came across this article on return temperatures. It addresses some key issues in regards to domestic hot water balancing. Our new Circuit Solver™ can be a great way to fix, and even eliminate problems with hot water delivery.

The Importance of Return Temperatures

Delivery & Return Temperatures are the two most critical numbers; these are the temperatures available to the residents at the beginning and at the end of the hot water loop. Too hot is unsafe, too low is unacceptable for cleaning or comfort.

Low Return Temperature is commonly ignored because diagnosis can be tedious and it doesn’t seem like a dangerous problem. Wrong.

Do not ignore a Low Return Temperature Warning! A drop in temperature from delivery to return means that:

  1. Households are quietly suffering with low water temperature,
  2. Residents might be scalded by dangerous fluctuations in water temperature, and,
  3. You are wasting fuel through heat loss.

Return Temperature is like a canary in a coal mine: if there is anything wrong with the hot water system it is often the first alarm to go off. If your return temperature chart isn’t in the pink, your boilers are probably in fine order. But, if you’re seeing a lot of pink, it’s time to fix things before your residents start seeing red


Special thanks to EDC Technologies, Inc. for letting us re-post this.

Regulate Water Temperature

Avoid permanent injury, freeze damage and corrosion.

In brief:

  • Federal regulations require you to flush supply lines to emergency showers and eyewash stations weekly.
  • The water passing through these devices must be at a temperature between 60°F and 100°F.
  • The showers/eyewashes must be placed strategically, depending on the plant’s physical layout.

Regulations and standards are intended to help keep employees and processes safe. Water temperature can mean the difference between whether an employee incurs permanent injury in an accident, whether outdoor processing facilities avoid expensive freeze damage, and whether a plant can keep operating without extensive maintenance. These matters are critical to operating a safe, compliant and efficient plant. Continue reading

Fred Pirkle 1945-2012

Frederick (Fred) L. PirkleFrederick (Fred) L. Pirkle, owner of ThermOmegaTech, Inc., in Warminster, PA passed away March 9th at his home.

Fred was born on February 17, 1946 in San Antonio, TX to Charles Earl Pirkle and Zutella Bones Pirkle. He lived in San Antonio throughout his childhood and graduated from Harlandale High School in 1964.

In 1970 Fred received a B.S. from the Department of Industrial Technology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and in 1972 he received a Masters degree from the same place.

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