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2019 Hurricane Season Insights

Jun 12, 2019 10:28:33 AM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in General Info

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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun. The hurricane season, which includes the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico, runs from June 1 to November 30. According to the National Weather Service, a hurricane is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph) or higher. Hurricanes are also rated based on a scale of 1 to 5, with major hurricanes starting at a Category 3. The latter classifications are important to understanding how this year's hurricane season will impact both coastal and inland residents.

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Avoiding Cavitation in Water Pressure Reducing Valves

Apr 23, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Pressure

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High-rise buildings present multiple challenges for water distribution due to the high pressures required to reach the top of the building. The high pressures in the lower levels of the building cause high-pressure drops across Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs), over 100 PSI or more, creating the potential for cavitation within the valves.

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Design Considerations for Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Stations in Commercial Buildings

Apr 15, 2019 10:49:32 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Pressure

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Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Stations are an important component of a water-distribution system in a commercial building. The 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Section 608.2 states that PRVs are required at any point where the system static pressure exceeds 80 PSI. Typically, this applies to mid- and high-rise buildings when the pressure boost required at the ground floor to serve the upper floors in the building is over 80 PSI. When designing a PRV Station, you must consider the station pressure drop, water flow, and safety devices.

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Tip of the Week - Grundfos Magna 3 Series - Home Screen

Mar 7, 2019 11:03:00 AM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in Tip of the Week

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The Grundfos Magna3 Home Screen can be customized to show four values and settings. For the Constant Temperature Control Mode we recommend the Set Point, Control Mode, Operating Mode and Actual Value. (Link to Constant Temperature Control Mode)

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Tip of the Week - Grundfos Magna 3 Series - Integral Controller

Feb 28, 2019 1:26:00 PM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in Tip of the Week

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When powering on the Grundfos Magna3 Pump there are some basic settings that must be applied before initial use. The integral controller and onboard screen guides the user through each step and once complete the pump can be started in AutoAdapt Mode. To use the other control modes additional settings are required (links to Home Screen Set up, Constant Temperature Mode, Flow Limit). 

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Tip of the Week - Grundfos Magna 3 Series

Feb 21, 2019 1:26:00 PM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in Tip of the Week

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The Grundfos Magna3 Pump packs all of Grundfos’ innovation into a small, intelligent circulator. The integrated controller, temperature & pressure sensors and communications capabilities make the Magna3 the ideal pump for hydronic loops and Domestic Hot Water Return applications. 

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A personal story of living Cougar’s mission

Feb 15, 2019 12:41:00 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info

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Cougar USA’s mission is to make buildings work, so the people inside can do theirs. Over the last few months, this has become a personal mission of mine as well.

In November, my son Joey was born at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, and earlier this month had surgery in Legacy Tower to remove a benign cyst from his abdomen. Thanks to the amazing doctors and staff at TCH, Joey made a quick recovery – he definitely handled the surgery better than my wife Ashley and I did! After spending a few days recovering in West Tower, Joey was back smiling and being his happy self. Ashley and I feel very blessed that Joey’s case was minor compared to many families at Texas Children’s.

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Tip of the Week - Grundfos CR Pump Series Seal Kit Change Process

Feb 14, 2019 1:20:00 PM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in Tip of the Week

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The Grundfos CR Pump utilizes a Cartridge Style Mechanical Seal, allowing for quick and easy maintenance. A crucial step in the seal kit change process is to set the gap height for the stack kit inside the pump housing when coupling to the motor. Proper spacing ensures the stack kit will not rub on the pump housing.

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Tip of the Week - Grundfos CR Pump Series

Feb 7, 2019 1:15:00 PM / by Cougar USA Marketing posted in Tip of the Week

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The Grundfos CR pump is ideal for Pressure Boosting applications. Like all centrifugal pumps, the CR cannot operate when air is trapped in the impellers. To eliminate air from the Pump, use the bleed screw on the top of the pump can, it may take several passes to clear all the air from the pump. 

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Cougar's Mission & Values

Feb 1, 2019 12:32:00 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info

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Mission

At Cougar USA we are proud to provide complete, tailored solutions for our customers. We have the technical knowledge and experience to identify their needs, wants and potential issues. We also help design, deliver and support a complete solution. Every day, Cougar supports Consulting Engineers, Installing Contractors and Building Engineers, especially after hours and weekends for emergencies. We continue to serve our customers long after the initial sale. This level of service and quality of products build trusting, long-term relationships with our customers and partners.

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