2016 AHR Expo Preview DESIGN ENVELOPE PUMPS Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Generation Three Design Envelope pumps feature 33 advanced energy-saving models ranging in sizes from 1 hp to 75 hp. The pumps are designed to further increase building owners’ energy savings while providing more sustainable solutions. The pumps also feature TEFC motors as standard to 25 hp, 230/460/575V options, fixed configuration codes for ease of product identification and order entry and “Flat Map” selection. Armstrong Fluid Technology, Booth No. 1819. www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com CORDLESS RIGHT-ANGLE DRILL Milwaukee Tool’s M18 Fuel Super Hawg cordless right-angle drill will power through 6” holes and can drill more than 75 2 9/16” holes per charge. Drilling with up to 4 5/8” self-feed bits, it also features a Powerstate brushless motor, Redlithium XC5.0 battery pack, and Redlink Plus Intelligence hardware and software. In addition, the 2711 model features a new-to-world QUIK-LOK chuck. It provides a keyless one-handed bit change for most augers, self-feed bits and hole saws with flat or grooved 7/16” shanks, as well as 3-flat bits. The tool also is equipped with a mechanical clutch in low gear to protect it in case of bind-up. Milwaukee Tool, Booth No. 4642. www.milwaukeetool.com EXPANSION FITTINGS UP TO 3” Uponor’s PEX pipe and ProPEX ASTM F1960 expansion fittings now are available in 2 1/2” and 3” sizes, offering professionals the ability to design and install even more commercial piping systems with PEX. The pipe offering, which includes AquaPEX for potable plumbing applications and Wirsbo hePEX oxygen-barrier pipe for hydronic heating and cooling applications, is available in various coil lengths and straight lengths to meet any application need. Uponor, Booth No. 2857. www.uponorpro.com PRESS INSERTS Viega’s Venturi press inserts help maintain water quality by reducing stagnation to seldomused fixtures. They also can be used with ProPress double-drop elbows — another Viega fitting — to supply remote fixtures while promoting flow. Viega, Booth No. 4667. www.viega.us TANKLESS ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS Stiebel Eltron manufactures the energy-saving Tempra Plus tankless electric water heaters, Accelera heat-pump water heaters and solarthermal renewable energy systems. Stiebel-Eltron, Booth 3782, www.stiebel-eltron-usa.com BRASS VALVES Webstone and Aquatherm have partnered to develop a line of brass valves with integrated connections for PP-R pipe, compatible for use with all Aquatherm PP-R piping systems. Webstone, Booth 3482, www.webstonevalves.com NEW PRODUCTS PULLDOWN KITCHEN FAUCET The new Franke Ambient Masterchef pull-down kitchen faucet features a sleek contemporary design and a water-saving flow rate. The Masterchef faucet measures 24” tall and comes equipped with a brass pulldown dual-spray head that extends 8” to 10” and is held in place by its press-and-click stabilizer bar. Available in a chrome or satin nickel finish, the faucet has a spout that swivels 180°, as well as a flat-handle lever for easy ergonomic control of flow and temperature. Franke. www.frankeusa.com BATH FAUCET COLLECTION Intended for private residences, hotel guest rooms and washrooms, the new KWCZOE bath faucet range was designed by NOA Design Studio of Aachen, Germany, designers of the KWCZOE kitchen faucet. The new bath collection includes three options for the lavatory: single-level and two-handle, widespread basin-mounted models, as well as a single-lever, wall-mounted unit. User-friendly functionality includes a 90° swivel spout that makes rinsing the basin simple while also enhancing its sculptural qualities; fewer interfaces and joints for easy cleaning; and a simple lever design. All KWCZOE bath faucets are equipped with a pressure-compensating Neoperl spray featuring a water-saving flow rate of 1.5 gpm. KWC. www.kwcamerica.com SHOWER SYSTEM Sterling’s Store+ shower system introduces customizable corner storage with shelves and accessories that firmly snap in place at any of the eight pre-molded locations. The corner storage niche and attachment points are molded into the back walls, providing a semi-recessed feel. Storage accessories include a reversible shelf/soap dish, a shower bin, a towel bar shelf and a shower hook. All accessories have integrated drainage and are dishwasher safe. Sterling. www.sterlingplumbing.com SINK LINE Elkay expands its Crosstown sink line to include new mount options to its existing line of undermount sinks. The Slim Rim feature allows the universal mount sink to be installed as an undermount or top mount. Elkay. www.elkay.com SENSOR-OPERATED FAUCETS Moen Commercial’s M•Power sensor-operated faucets offer hygiene protection, turn on when hands are placed beneath the faucet and turn off immediately when no longer in use. Moen Commercial. Pro.moen.com LAVATORY SINKS Gerber expands its Wicker Park Collection with the addition of new rectangular and square lavatory sink options. The sinks are offered in a white finish and provide a style extension to the Wicker Park Collection of toilets and pedestal sink. Gerber. www.gerberonline.com KITCHEN FAUCET Pfister’s new Kai kitchen faucet is the company’s first artistic faucet design with an integrated handle. It features a three-function pull-down spray head (spray, pause and stream), MultiMount (1-, 2-, 3- and 4-hole installations) and comes with Pfister’s Pforever Warranty that covers finish and function for life. Available in polished-chrome, stainless-steel and matte black finishes. Pfister. www.pfisterfaucets.com COMBI-BOILER Navien is introducing its next-generation combi-boiler, the NCB-E. Navien’s one-unit NCB series is capable of providing a whole-house heating system while also providing the domestic hot-water output of a stand-alone tankless water heater. The NCB-E will be a rolling replacement, now with a Grundfos pump, an integral air vent, a PRV top connection, a quieter fan and a new front cover bevel design. Navien. www.wholehousecombi.com TOOLS-TO-GO APP Winters Instruments’ new Tools-To-Go app is now available on Google Play and the App Store. The app provides quick access to a Winters product configurator that allows users to quickly specify gauges and thermometers, a barcode scanner for Winters UPCS and QR codes, a Competitor Cross-Over of competitors’ pressure gauges, transmitters, diaphragm seals and thermometers to the equivalent Winters series, and a pressure/temperature converter for quickly calculating pressure and temperature. Winters Instruments. www.winters.com DRY VALVE Victaulic’s new FireLock NXT series 768N dry valve provides simplified setup and maintenance for fire-protection contractors and fitters, while still maintaining the core features and benefits of the original technology. Victaulic. www.victaulic.com WATER-SOURCE HEAT PUMPS Johnson Controls’ new premium-efficiency verticalstacked water-source heat pumps offer 16.6 EER and up to 18.5 EER in geothermal applications. Johnson Controls. www.johnsoncontrols.com TUB COLLECTIONS Duravit’s D-Code collection now features tubs in 60” x 32”, while the Architec tub will add a 66” x 32” model. These additions are being released in response to market demand, providing specifiers with a greater breadth of options. Duravit. www.duravit.us
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