Send new product information and photos to Suzette Rubio at firstname.lastname@example.org. Product Focus: Pipe-joining methods Fitting system Introduced more than a decade ago, Uponor ProPEX fittings continue to quickly and easily make watertight PEX connections with no callbacks. Capitalizing on the unique thermal shape memory of Uponor’s PEX-a Engel-method tubing, ProPEX connections get stronger over time. ProPEX does not involve making solder joints and does not require any primers or the use of solvent cement. The fittings offer a larger inside diameter so flow restrictions are minimized. Available in both brass and engineered plastic. Uponor. Www.uponor-usa.com Pipe fusion system Watts’ new TRITON pipe fusion system is a plastic pipe-welding solution that uses radio frequency electromagnetic technology to dramatically improve pipe-joining and testing times. TRITON offers overall faster startup time than conventional welding techniques, such as socket- or buttwelding. There is no prolonged equipment setup or elaborate prep work. The control unit and fuser are immediately ready for fusion and welds are ready for pressure-testing right away. The use of RF electromagnetic technology also eliminates exposed heating elements, adhesives and VOCs. Watts Water Technologies. Www.tritonpipefusion.com One-piece water supply BrassCraft Mfg. Expands its fast, reliable and durable Push Connect Technology family of products by adding a Push Connect one-piece water supply. The braided polymer fibers freely bend without kinking or crimping in tight quarters, making speedier connections in tight installations possible. Compatible with copper, PEX and CPVC tubing, no special tools are required for the installation. The supply is 100% leak-tested, IAPMO- and CSA-certified. The pre-inserted tube stiffener self-aligns with the tubing. It is designed, machined and in compliance with the new federal no-lead legislation. BrassCraft Mfg. Www.brasscraft.com New Products Pressure-balancing faucet valves Responding to customer demand for PEX-related products for its faucet families, Matco-Norca introduces universal pressure-balancing valves with PEX connections. The new PEX rough-in valves are offered “with stops” and “less stops” configurations. These include SR-799P and SR-799PWS single-control pressure-balancing valves with PEX connections. Both include a lifetime warranty. They meet or exceed ANSI/ASME A112.18.1, IAPMO/UPC and ASSE 1016-2005 standards. The SR-799 PBVs with PEX connections are available as options in job packs for the Padova, Crescendo, Portia, Positano, Builder Light and Classic faucet families. Matco-Norca. Www.matco-norca.com Heat pump Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. offers the new Greensource Complete Design with Innovation series SM model heat pump that incorporates green technology for residential applications. Cdi is built and tested to be one of the most highly efficient and reliable units on the market. The new SM model heat pump comes in cooling capacities from two to six tons and is equipped with quality and innovative technology to economically cool and heat a home in an environmentally friendly manner. A suite of indoor air quality accessories now is available for use with the Greensource product line. Bosch Thermotechnology. Www.boschthermotechnology.com Upscale lavatory system Bradley Corp. introduces the streamlined Verge L-Series lavatory system, exclusively designed for upscale and refined commercial restroom applications. With minimalist aesthetics and clean lines, the Verge L-Series features an attractive, molded and completely seamless basin made from Bradley’s durable and sustainable Evero natural quartz surface. The unique basin shape effortlessly funnels water to the drain, minimizing standing water. The L-Series also features an optional 0.38-gpm water-conserving faucet and comes with a textured stainlesssteel trap cover to conceal plumbing elements. Bradley Corp. www.bradleycorp.com Variable-frequency drive The P Series variable-frequency drive from Franklin Control Systems is optimized for fans and pumps with advanced pre-PID and dual-PID control to maintain constant control of pressure, flow or water level. Sleep and wakeup modes conserve power. FastApp firmware with selectable applications allows parameters to automatically set based on industry standards. The P Series features space vector control for efficiency and long motor life. Franklin Controls. Www.franklin-controls.com Pipe locator General Pipe Cleaners’ new Gen-Eye Hot Spot pipe locator makes locating easier than ever. Its total field antenna array and on-screen icons lead right to the target without the long learning curve. Experienced or first-time users quickly can locate inspection cameras, sondes, active power lines and utility lines with pinpoint accuracy. The easy-to-see auto-backlit LCD display shows the way with arrows that point in the right direction. The null icon indicates pipe location and the camera icon confirms the user is over the target. For utility line location, circle the energized pipe or tracer wire until the utility icon appears on the screen. Rated at IP65, the locator is dust- and dirt-proof and water-resistant. General Pipe Cleaners. Www.drainbrain.com/hotspot High thermal efficiency The Bradford White eF Series offers thermal efficiency ratings as high as 99.1% due in part to a three-pass heat exchanger. The eF Series also features outstanding installation flexibility. All models can be power-vented or power-direct-vented vertically or horizontally and are approved for unbalanced, direct-vent closed-combustion applications. Several models in the line are Energy Star-certified and all feature ultra-quiet operation. Features include the company’s exclusive ICON HD commercial control system. Bradford White Corp. www.bradfordwhite.com Drain opener Blue Monster Drain Banger is a professional-strength drain opener now available from Clean-Fit Products, a division of The Mill-Rose Co. In less than 60 seconds, Drain Banger devours hair, grease, soap and oils that slow and plug drain lines. Drain Banger’s unique formula is embedded in blue flakes that work more effectively than liquid drain openers or beads that can solidify, forming rock-like masses that further clog drains. Drain Banger is hot-water activated and is odorless and will not harm plumbing fixtures, porcelain or septic systems. It also can be used for preventative maintenance in eliminating hair, grease, soap and oil buildup that can create future problems. Available in 1- and 2-lb. Easy-pour containers. Clean-Fit Products. Www.cleanfit.com Lavatory faucet The Rincon Bay lavatory faucet from California Faucets is the latest addition to its custom faucetry line. The Rincon Bay faucet has an angular, low-set spout and blade handles for balanced proportions. It also can be matched in many design aesthetics by swapping handle styles. The Rincon Bay collection features matching accessories and is available in more than 30 artisan finishes. California Faucets. Www.calfaucets.com Thread sealant paste LA-CO’s Slic-tite paste is specially formulated with PTFE for added sealing power when it comes to water, air, steam and natural gas. Slictite works in extremely high-pressure systems and removes easily from skin and clothing. Green benefits include: HMIS Health Code of 1; not an OHSA hazard; No SARA 313 filing required; not WHMIS-controlled; and low VOC. LA-CO. Www.laco.com Stainless-steel heat exchanger Lochinvar’s ARMOR X2 commercial condensing water heater combines stainlesssteel heat exchanger technology with modulating / condensing combustion to deliver thermal efficiencies as high as 96%. ARMOR X2 is equipped with two independent combustion systems that consist of two 316L stainless-steel heat exchangers, gas valves and combustion blowers designed to work in unison. Available in models with 1, 1.3 and 1.5 million Btu/hr. Inputs. Lochinvar Corp. www.lochinvar.com Descaler kit J. C. Whitlam now offers a quick and effective way to remove scale, lime and rust buildup in tankless water heaters with its Flow-Aide system descaler kit and Whitlam Flow-Aide Descaler. The kit includes a compact 3.5- gal. Bucket, 350-gpm pump, 1 feed/1 drain hose and 1 qt. Of Flow-Aide Descaler. Service workers can restore the system to 100% efficiency in less than 30 minutes. It is nontoxic, noncorrosive, biodegradable and certified to NSF/ANSI 60 for use as a cleaner in potable water systems. J. C. Whitlam Mfg. Co. Www.flowaide.com
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