ASTM Committee Votes to Renew ASTM F2561 for another Five Years

Ottawa, IL (June 1, 2016)— In April, the ASTM International committee F17 , Plastic Piping Systems and subcommittee F17.67, Trenchless Plastic Pipeline Technology, voted to renew the ASTM F2561 standard of practice an additional five years. ASTM F2561 was first published in 2006, first renewed in 2011 and now again in 2016.

ASTM F2561‐16 is the standard practice for rehabilitation of a sewer service lateral and its connection to the main using a one piece main and lateral cured‐in‐place liner. The practice covers the requirements and test methods for the reconstruction without excavation. The lateral pipe is accessed remotely from the main pipe and from a lateral cleanout, if available. A resin impregnated one‐piece main and lateral CIPP lining is installed by the use of air and inversion. The CIPP liner is pressed against the host pipe by pressurizing a bladder and is held in place until the thermoset resin has cured. Read More “ASTM Committee Votes to Renew ASTM F2561 for another Five Years”

LMK Distributes, Maintains and Services Schwalm Robotics

Ottawa, IL, April 4, 2016 – LMK Technologies is proud to be one of the North American distributors for Schwalm Robotics, the premier robotic system for use in trenchless sewer rehabilitation. For 8 years, LMK has been selling, servicing and maintaining Schwalm robots from its Ottawa, Illinois corporate headquarters.

With over 80 robots in service in North America, the Schwalm robotic system and components are considered to be one of the most versatile robot systems in the industry. Recently, Kenny Cochrane, LMK Robot Specialist, moved to Greenville, SC to open Schwalm USA in order to establish a North American arm of Germany-based Schwalm Robotics. Read More “LMK Distributes, Maintains and Services Schwalm Robotics”

LMK Technologies and the Chicago Innovation Award Winners Ring NASDAQ Bell

Ottawa, IL (March 23, 2015)– LMK Technologies joined the Chicago Innovation Award winners, in New York City on

Monday, March 23rd to close the NASDAQ Stock Market, the premier exchange for technology companies. The event, arranged by the Chicago Innovation Awards, emphasizes the surge of innovation that is occurring in the Chicago region, and shine a spotlight on the organizations that make up its vibrant economy.

“This annual event is an excellent example of how the Chicago Innovation Awards celebrates the spirit of innovation in organizations across all industries, sizes and sectors,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards.

“We congratulate LMK Technologies for winning the Chicago Innovation Awards, and applaud their commitment to innovation,” said Dan Miller, fellow co-founder. Read More “LMK Technologies and the Chicago Innovation Award Winners Ring NASDAQ Bell”

WSSC Approves Infrastructure Repair Solutions from LMK Technologies One of the Nation’s Largest Water & Wastewater Utilities Approves LMK’s Insignia™ End Seals & Lined Main Tap™ Saddle for Use in Sewer System Rehabilitation

Ottawa, Ill. (November 2nd, 2015) — The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the United States, has approved two infrastructure repair solutions from LMK Technologies for use in the Commission’s sewer systems. LMK’s Insignia™ End Seals and LMT™ (Lined Main Tap) Saddle were evaluated by the WSSC’s Materials Evaluation Committee (MEC) and approved for applications in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, a region representing 1.8 million people. Read More “WSSC Approves Infrastructure Repair Solutions from LMK Technologies One of the Nation’s Largest Water & Wastewater Utilities Approves LMK’s Insignia™ End Seals & Lined Main Tap™ Saddle for Use in Sewer System Rehabilitation”

LMK Technologies Announces Newest ASTM Standard for Vacuum Excavated Cleanout

Ottawa, IL (July 24, 2015) — LMK Technologies’ VAC-A-TEE® Trenchless Cleanout System now meets the newly published ASTM F3097-15 Standard. ASTM Standards are an instrumental tool used by specifying engineers throughout North America to provide guidelines that ensure the optimum results for a given product or procedure. These standards are often adopted into project specifications for the purpose of describing installation methods, materials, testing procedures, and a minimum level of quality for products and a specific scope of work.

ASTM F3097-15 is a standard practice for installation of an outside sewer service cleanout through a minimally invasive small bore created by a vacuum excavator. The process begins with locating the service lateral pipe by use of a locatable sewer camera that is robotically launched from the main pipe. Once the lateral pipe is exposed, a self clamping saddle is prepared with a special adhesive and lowered into the small diameter bore hole until it contacts the lateral sewer service pipe; a downward force is applied to the riser pipe causing the side walls of the saddle to spread and encompass more than 50-percent of the host pipe. Read More “LMK Technologies Announces Newest ASTM Standard for Vacuum Excavated Cleanout”

BREAKING NEWS: Schwalm Robots Now Compatible with CCTV Inspection Camera Systems

Ottawa, IL, February 18, 2014 — LMK Technologies announces that the self-driven Schwalm Robotic pipe renovation system is now compatible with Sewer Pipeline Inspection Camera Systems resulting in increased pipe renovation capabilities at a reduced cost to contractors and utility owners throughout North America. Read More “BREAKING NEWS: Schwalm Robots Now Compatible with CCTV Inspection Camera Systems”

Rick Gage of LMK Technologies Named to MSTT Board of Directors

Ottawa, Ill. – Rick Gage, Vice President of Sales at LMK Technologies, has been named to the board of directors for the Midwest Society for Trenchless Technology (MSTT). The non-profit organization was established in 1998 to promote trenchless technology education and its public benefits in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“MSTT is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of trenchless technology through training, education and field demonstrations,” says Leonard Ingram, MSTT executive director. “Rick will be a wonderful advocate for our society, helping to spread the word and increase the visibility of this eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to repairing broken, cracked or worn out lateral sanitary sewer lines.” Read More “Rick Gage of LMK Technologies Named to MSTT Board of Directors”

Quam Construction Joins Elite List of LMK Licensed Contractors

Quam Construction of Willmar, Minnesota joined the LMK network of independent licensed contractors for the T-Liner® Main- to-Lateral Connection Lining System in July.

Professionalism, experience, reliability, productivity; those are just a few of the key values that Quam Construction has built their success around and LMK is proud to work with a contractor that

shares those same values. As part of their Underground Utilities division that services municipal, commercial, and residential areas, Quam also has plans to become licensed in LMK’s Performance Liner® Sectional Spot Repair, Cured-In-Place Manhole Rehabilitation, and VAC-A-TEE® Cleanout systems. Read More “Quam Construction Joins Elite List of LMK Licensed Contractors”

LMK’s Patented Hydro Hat Withstands Multiple Patent Reviews Initiated by BLD Services

Ottawa, IL, November 30, 2015 – Recent rulings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office have no impact on the continued validity of the fundamental patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal™. LMK, in fact, prevailed on petitions filed by BLD on patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal™. Specifically, claims covering the Hydro Hat™ remain 100% intact and valid following BLD’s multiple unsuccessful challenges to LMK’s patent claims. The PTAB also determined that some of the claims of U.S. Patents 7,975,726; 8,667,991; and 8,667,992 were unpatentable. However, those patent claims are not focused on the Hydro Hat™ sealing gasket, but primarily describe materials and methods that are not practiced by LMK. LMK remains committed to the Hydro Hat™ gasket because of its superior performance. Importantly, patent claims covering LMK’s Hydro Hat™ are still considered valid and enforceable, and the technology is very valuable to utility owners and their rate payers. Read More “LMK’s Patented Hydro Hat Withstands Multiple Patent Reviews Initiated by BLD Services”

LMK APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

LMK Technologies is pleased to announce the recent appointment of industry professional Mike Czipar. Mike has been named Vice President, Business Development.

Before coming to LMK, Mike was the President of United Pipe Renewal Inc., an LMK T-­‐Liner licensee based in Johnston, Iowa. For almost  eight  years,  Mike  was  a  successful  contractor  installing  LMK  products.  Mike’s contractor experience  includes  sales,  operations,  estimating,  budgeting,  equipment,  and  new  product development.   Mike’s responsibilities at LMK will include working with the sales team to recruit, train and mentor      new municipal contractors and crews and to support our existing contractor base. In addition, Mike will assist with identification and integration of new products and processes into LMK’s product line. Read More “LMK APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT”