PRODUCT FOCUS: FIREPROTECTIONPRODUCTS PRESS FITTINGS Viega introduces eight Viega PEX press fittings for fire sprinkler applications, available in 3/4” and 1” sizes. Configurations include straight adapters, elbows, tees and wall tees. Viega offers a versatile installation mounting bracket that can be used with all sprinkler pendent styles and every configuration, eliminating the guesswork behind properly aligning the pendent. The new wall tee fitting does not require a bracket and is designed for applications to efficiently feed back-to-back rooms with one supply line and fitting. Viega. Www.viega.us CONTROL VALVE Ames Fire & Waterworks’ grooved-end automatic control valve (910GF ACV) reduces water pressure in fire-protection systems, is UL listed and available in 2” to 8” sizes. It typically is installed in commercial or industrial fire sprinkler systems to automatically reduce a higher inlet pressure to an adjustable lower outlet pressure. The diaphragm-actuated, pilot-operated valve is sensitive to downstream flow and pressure fluctuations. The new ACV complements the Ames package of products designed for fire protection systems, which includes the Colt and Maxim series backflow preventers, gear-operated slow-close ball valves, in-building risers and UL/FM strainers. Ames Fire & Waterworks. Www.amesfirewater.com RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM Uponor’s AquaSAFE residential fire sprinkler system is now approved for use in exposed applications. Uponor’s listing to UL 1821: Thermoplastic Sprinkler Pipe and Fittings for Fire Protection Service, now approves the use of flexible Uponor AquaPEX tubing and ProPEX expansion fittings in unfinished basements with dimensional lumber, engineered wood, wood I-joists and open-web wood joists (wood floor trusses) in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association 13D standard. Uponor. Www.uponorpro.com PRODUCT FOCUS: TOUCHLESS FAUCETS TOUCHLESS KITCHEN FAUCET Kohler’s Beckon faucet turns on and off with a wave of the hand, freeing the hands for other tasks and creating a more hygienic kitchen environment. The two-function sprayhead lets the user switch between stream and Sweep spray, a wide, forceful blade of water for superior cleaning. Using magnetic force, Kohler’s DockNetik docking system secures the pulldown sprayhead to the spout. Response technology provides reliable touchless on/off operations through a sensor that responds in 20 milliseconds. Beckon functions with a 1.8-gpm flow rate and is CalGreen compliant. Kohler. Www.kohler.com LAVATORY FAUCET Delta Faucet’s Tesla joystick lavatory faucet features the company’s Touch2O.xt technology, which activates the flow of water with a simple touch anywhere on the faucet and/or via intuitive hands-free proximity sensing when a hand moves close to the faucet. When paired with TempSense technology, an LED light at the base of the faucet changes from blue to magenta to red, visually indicating to the user the temperature of the water. Delta Faucet. Www.deltafaucet.com KITCHEN FAUCET Delivering wave-on/wave-off functionality, the American Standard Selectronic Beale faucet helps reduce the risk of cross-contamination in food preparation and also offers the option to change to manual operation. By gliding a movable door to cover the sensor, the faucet becomes easy to operate by guests using the kitchen. The faucet features a metal body, deck plate and ADA-compliant handle. It is available in a choice of polished-chrome and stainless-steel finishes. American Standard Brands. Www.americanstandard-us.com NEW PRODUCTS MOTION TECHNOLOGY Moen’s ST and Align kitchen faucets with MotionSense technology are designed to help make tasks in the kitchen easier, especially when hands are full. The faucets can be controlled in three ways: the wave sensor (at the top of the faucet), the ready sensor (near the base) or the handle. The ST suite features an integrated pulldown spray wand, which neatly docks inside the spout for a more streamlined appearance. Both are available in chrome and spot-resist stainless. Moen. Www.moen.com VERTICAL LINESHAFT TURBINE PUMPS Pentair Flow & Filtration Solutions introduces a new line of vertical lineshaft turbine pumps, the BERKELEY 12VT series. The pumps focus on the 12” (nominal bowl diameter) product range and feature increased performance in flow, efficiency and head-perstage, delivering an average 29% improvement in head-per-stage vs. the company’s current models. The new pumps’ standardized component design gives customers more performance and options with less effort, simplifies business processes, and improves assembly and delivery times, Pentair notes. Pentair Flow & Filtration Solutions. Www.pentair.com TURBINE-POWERED FAUCET The new power-harvesting, touchless BASYS faucet from Sloan features turbine technology that generates hydroelectric power, extending faucet battery life up to 10 years. A miniature turbine fits inside the faucet spout, eliminating any under-sink or watersupply stop attachments. Installation is simple, and the faucet is available in high-, medium- and low-spout styles. The faucet uses regular AA batteries and comes standard with battery backup to ensure optimal water delivery. Options include a sidemounted mixing valve for temperature adjustments. Sloan Valve. Www.sloan.com/basys GEL LUBRICANT WD-40 Co.’s Spray & Stay no-drip, nomess gel lubricant is the ideal solution for vertical surfaces and moving parts where lubrication needs to stay put. The gel-like formula is engineered with self-healing technology that softens to lubricate when there is friction. When friction stops, it solidifies again to protect against rust and corrosion. The gel prevents rust for up to one year, WD-40 notes. WD-40 Co. Www.wd40company.com TRAILER JET The Typhoon trailer jet from General Pipe Cleaners blows away blockages in big lines and long runs. It delivers 12 gpm at 2,500 psi to blast lines clean of grease, sediment and debris from 4” to 12” lines up to 400’ long. A 200-gal. Holding tank carries enough water to handle remote applications where access to water is limited. The Typhoon features electric brakes, a safety strobe light, safety cones, rear fold-down stabilizer jacks, retractable hose guide arm and antifreeze system as standard equipment. A 24-hp Honda engine with electric start and 7-gal. Fuel tank ensures extended performance on stubborn stoppages. The unit comes with a jet hose reel with 400’ by 1/2” capacity and a water-supply house reel that carries 150’ by 3/4” hose. General Pipe Cleaners. Www. Drainbrain.com/jets BUILDING AUTOMATION PLATFORM Taco broadly expands the capabilities of its iWorX control platform to provide an updated graphical user experience. A tablet, PC or smartphone now acts as the local control interface for monitoring, system diagnostics and new graphics. Touchscreen control, Wi-ficonnections and ready automatic updates via an app provide additional ease of use. For building owners, Taco notes, this means custom integration with dramatically reduced installed cost, greater system intelligence, and continuous monitoring and control of system performance and energy management for the life of the building. Taco Comfort Solutions. Www.taco-hvac.com BOOSTER PUMP The low-noise Grundfos SCALA2 domestic booster pump offers homeowners constant water pressure, regardless of municipal inlet pressure and multiple open taps. Fully integrated, the new self-priming pump is designed to boost water pressure from city mains, shallow wells and storage tanks, serving residential buildings with up to three floors and eight taps. A pump control sensor compares measured and desired water pressures, adjusting pump speed accordingly and ensuring a perfect water pressure through the system, Grundfos states. The plug-and-pump solution has a user-friendly control panel to enable manual pressure adjustments. Grundfos.us.grundfos.com HIGH-EFFICIENCY URINAL Mansfield Plumbing’s 475HE Suburban high-efficiency urinal features an integral trap siphon jet. The urinal uses only 0.5 gpf and complies with ADA requirements for accessibility. Made in the USA, the white 475HE comes complete with a 3/4” top spud and is backed by the Mansfield limited lifetime warranty. It measures 14 5/8” by 21 3/8” by 14 3/8”. Mansfield Plumbing. Www.mansfieldplumbing.com INSTALLATION-READY FITTINGS Designed for fire protection systems, Victaulic’s new FireLock installation-ready single-unit design solution fittings provide fast and easy pipe connections with no need to disassemble the coupling during installation. Victaulic. Www.firelockfittings.com FIRE SPRINKLER PIPING SYSTEM Lubrizol’s BlazeMaster fire sprinkler piping system is approved for light hazard commercial use, including hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, high-rise residential buildings, single-family residential, duplexes and mobile homes, as well as multifamily residential as defined by NFPA 13/13R/13D. Lubrizol. Www.blazemaster.com BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES FEBCO’s MasterSeries backflow prevention assemblies provide lead-free certification to NSF 61G standards with redesigned check and relief valves, delivering superior performance and reduced pressure loss. FEBCO. Www.febcoonline.com ELECTRONIC FAUCETS Chicago Faucets’ EQ Series electronic faucets feature built-in intelligence that allows the units to scan surroundings and adjust water usage accordingly. No programming or complicated faucet setup is necessary. Chicago Faucets. Www.eqfaucets.com LEAD-FREE FAUCET SERIES With its lead-free durable design, Bradley’s Aerada faucet 900 series offers a 0. 5-gpm vandal-resistant aerator and chrome-plated solid-brass construction. A timing turnoff delay of 2-3 seconds results in a smooth, controlled hand-washing operation. Bradley Corp. www.bradleycorp.com FAUCET SYSTEM Zurn’s Z6950 Aqua-Fit faucet system features retrofit and upgrade flexibility that requires the replacement of only a new spout onto an existing electronics base. Available with low-flow outputs down to 0. 35 gpm. Zurn. Www.zurn.com/aquafi OVERFLOW ROOF DRAINS Watts’ RD-700 epoxy-coated cast-iron dual-outlet roof drain/overflow combination accomplishes primary and overflow drainage in a single roof penetration. Its design requires only half the total roof penetration competitive drains demand, the company states. Watts. Www.watts.com UTILITY BAR DEWALT’s new multi-functional utility bar eliminates the need for multiple tools on the jobsite. Available in two sizes (30” and 40”), the bar is ideal for ripping, striking, prying and scraping applications. DEWALT. Www.dewalt.com ANTI-BURST FAUCET The Woodford Model 19 freezeless anti-burst residential wall faucet prevents burst pipes even if the hose is attached in freezing temperatures. The outdoor faucet features a patented pressure-relief valve that prevents pressure buildup and burst tubes. Woodford Mfg. Co. Www.woodfordmfg.com CHILDREN’S TOILET Gerber’s new 1.28-gpf water-saving PeeWee children’s toilet features a 3” flush valve to ensure high flushing performance and a dual-fed siphon jet for a clean bowl after each use. Gerber. Www.gerberonline.com CORDLESS FASTENING SOLUTIONS Makita’s new 18V LXT brushless cordless impact tools include a 3/4” square drive impact wrench, a 1/2” square drive impact wrench and a 7/16” hex chuck impact drill, which weighs 8.1 lb. With the battery. Makita. Www.makita.com BUTTERFLY VALVE Crane ChemPharma & Energy’s FKX 9000 triple-offset butterfly valve is for the harsh conditions of critical process applications, steam isolation and temperature extremes. Crane ChemPharma & Energy. Www.cranecpe.com
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