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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
Ottawa, IL, June 20, 2017 – LMK Technologies is proud to announce its continued five year partnership with Flow-Liner as a National Distributor of the Neofit System. The updated Neofit system is a durable, green, and cost effective method of trenchless rehabilitation of potable water lines, providing almost instantaneous results with increased flow rate and minimal diameter loss while creating a barrier from lead, preventing contamination and making water safe for consumers.
“LMK is very excited to continue partnership with Flow-Liner,” says Larry Kiest, Jr., President, CTO and Founder of LMK Technologies. “We look forward to promoting this technology with our highly skilled network of licensed contractors and distributors so water utilities across the country can benefit from improved water quality and meet the demand for renewed water service lines, complimenting the rise in rehabilitation of water mains.” Read More “LMK to Upgrade Neofit® Potable Water Product Range”
When Steve Stefanidis launched Liner Guys Inc. with his long-time associate and co-founder Mike Rodger, he not only thoroughly understood the sewer and replacement industry, but also the void in the Ontario, Canada marketplace.
“Customer service was not a specialty, it was an add-on” explains Stefanidis, the company’s co-owner and co- founder. “I worked for several local organizations that did good work. But, I always thought it took more to get to the next level. Repeat customers and referrals demand and should expect quality at every level. People do not want to think about their sewer lines. They want you to come in, do the work and get out without any fuss or bother. We began Liner Guys with an emphasis on customer satisfaction and getting it right the first time.” Read More “Driving Business with a “No Dig” Approach to Sewer Repair in London, Ontario”
Ottawa, IL., April 14, 2014 – LMK Technologies, LLC, filed an amended complaint for patent infringement on April 11th, against BLD Services LLC in a case currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The original complaint alleged infringement of U.S. Patent 7,975,726. The amended complaint adds two additional claims for patent infringement relating to U.S. Patents 8,667,991 and 8,667,992. The patented technology in the three asserted patents relates to pipeline rehabilitation and the use of hydrophilic materials to seal the junction between main and lateral sewer pipes. Read More “LMK Technologies Files Amended Complaint against BLD Services, Alleging Infringement of Two Additional Patents”
Ottawa, IL, August, 31, 2015 – On August 24, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of LMK Technologies, LLC, declining institution of inter partes reviews on two petitions filed by BLD Services, LLC. The decisions were issued in IPR2015-00723 (Paper 7) and IPR2015-00721 (Paper 9).
The LMK patents at issue pertain to LMK’s T-Liner® main-to-lateral cured in place connection lining with Insignia™ gasket sealing technology and are the subject of pending district court litigation against BLD. BLD previously unsuccessfully challenged the same claims with earlier IPR petitions. The original complaint, filed in February, 2014 by LMK Technologies in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that BLD has and continues to infringe U.S. Patents 7,975,726 and 8,667,991. Read More “LMK Technologies Receives Favorable Ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board”