NEW YORK —Plumbers, HVAC technicians and contractors working out in the field now have a new app that makes it easier and quicker to obtain information about copper tube, piping and fitting as well as different joining methods and applications.
The Copper Development Association (CDA) has converted its popular Copper Tube Handbook into an app that can be downloaded directly onto an iPad or smartphone and carried onto the jobsite. By searching for “Copper Tube Handbook” in the Apple App or Google Play stores, users now have this 60+ page manual readily available on their mobile device.
The app is a valuable resource for anyone working with copper tube and piping systems, or seeking access to technical specifications, data or installation instructions. Also available through the app are several short, educational how-to videos from the “Do it Proper with Copper” series, which are produced by CDA and demonstrate the various copper joining techniques as well as help distinguish the different sizing and designations for copper tube, pipe and fittings.
For years, CDA has been the go-to source for apprentices, plumbers and contractors in the industry – Providing an app for today’s tech-friendly world was the logical next step.
“The Copper Tube Handbook has always been one of our ‘best-selling’ free publications,’” said Andy Kireta Jr., vice president of CDA. “In the past several years, we’ve noticed that a large proportion of the more than 5,000 requested copies are being downloaded from the web instead of being ordered in the printed version. Now, engineers, installers and inspectors will be able to carry the handbook with them in their pocket —in one, easy-to-use mobile app.”
The tablet version of the app allows users to skim through the pages like a book, or jump directly to different sections of the manual — including the how-to videos — by using the Table of Contents. Hyperlinks can also help users to navigate to industry websites without having to search for them online instead. Similar navigation features can also be accessed on the iPhone.
The Copper Tube Handbook App is free to download for the first 10,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada, and will be sold at a cost of 99 cents thereafter. The app is available for download through the Apple App Store and was made available for Android users through Android Google Play.