PRODUCT PREVIEW: NEW AT KBIS MINI-SPLIT HEAT PUMPS Bosch Thermotechnology’s new line of high-efficiency Climate 5000 ductless mini-split heat-pump systems are ideal for residential heating and cooling up to 48,000 Btu/hr., and are available for single- or multi-zone applications. The heat-pump systems function properly across an extended operating range from -13° to 122° F with indoor sound levels as low as 20 dBA in silent model, which Bosch states is quieter than a whisper at a library. The systems have a SEER rating up to 22. The indoor air handler regulates temperature levels in each room and can be programmed for automatic operation. Bosch Thermotechnology. www.boschthermotechnology.com DIGITAL SHOWER The U by Moen shower is a Wi-Fi/cloud–based digital shower that offers mobile connectivity and personalization that provides the user with many ways to create the ideal showering experience with the push of a button. The shower includes a digital valve that Moen notes offers precise thermostatic temperature control and enables the user to connect up to four shower devices. The shower controller features a 5” non-touch LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on-screen messaging and notifications. For user safety, the shower valve allows temperatures between 60° and 120° F. As the water temperature changes, the color of the screen evolves from light blue all the way to red. When the shower is ready, the screen turns white and provides an on-screen notification and signal with a tone. Moen. www.moen.com FOOD-WASTE DISPOSER InSinkErator’s new line of Fresh Kitchen food-waste disposers builds on the company’s Evolution Series platform, is fitted with a colorful backpack and features a 3/4 HP engine to power through tough foods and a Multigrind system that creates finer particles. The disposer dispenses a refreshing agent that neutralizes odors and leaves behind a light fragrance of lemon, lime or orange. InSinkErator. www.insinkerator.com FOOT-CONTROLLED FAUCET GROHE’s LadyLux FootControl kitchen faucet allows the user to operate the faucet without using their hands. The user taps the kitchen base unit with their foot to start the flow and taps it again to stop, leaving hands free for other tasks. GROHE. www.grohe.com ELECTRONIC BIDET SMART TOILET DXV’s AT200 integrated electronic bidet smart toilet from the SpaLet Collection features a two-nozzle water spray for front and rear cleansing with strength control, massage feature and custom position remote control. The toilet features a dual flush at 0.92 or 1.32 gpf. DXV. www.dxv.com WATER-SAVING FAUCETS KWC’s PIANA bath collection is available in three single-lever designs and features a popup lever option that drains the sink bowl with just a touch. Flow rates of 1.2 gpm help save water. KWC. www.kwc.com PRODUCT FOCUS: COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL PRODUCTS COMMERCIAL WATER HEATER SYSTEM Noritz America’s commercial water heater system is designed to speed and simplify the installation of multiple tankless water heaters for plumbing and mechanical contractors. Noritz combines commercialgrade tankless units with system controllers, manifolds and other necessary components and accessories into fully assembled metal rack systems for shipment anywhere in North America. The prefabricated system significantly reduces the burden on the installer, who needs only to connect the water and gas lines, build the vent runs and set up the prewired system controller. A total of 36 different rack models are available, all designed for the Energy Star-certified NC199 condensing tankless water heater series. With a thermal efficiency of 94% DV (95% OD), this model offers inputs from 16,000 Btu/hr., to 199,900 Btu/hr., and a maximum flow rate up to 11.1 gpm. Noritz America. www.noritz.com HYBRID RETROFIT URINAL Sloan’s hybrid retrofit urinal offers minimal water and sewage costs and automatic drain rinsing. Using Jetrinse Solution Technology, a carefully directed water purge rinses the drain every 72 hours to prevent clogs and odor-causing buildup while minimizing maintenance requirements, the company explains. Designed with high efficiency in mind, the urinal cuts water use (each unit uses around 100 gal. Of water per year) and makes it easy to replace existing urinals, Sloan states. Sloan. www.sloanvalve.com LEAD-FREE DRINKING WATER SOLUTIONS High lead levels in the drinking water of schools, public buildings and other facilities is an ongoing program that can result in a number of health concerns. Tomlinson Industries’ Pro-Flow water-dispensing products feature a fully lead-free brass or stainless-steel construction and retrofit most drinking water equipment to provide safe, lead-free water, the company states. Tomlinson’s lead-free water products include bubblers and projector heads for water coolers and fountains, self-contained cartridges for all brands of coolers and fountain glass fillers and point-of-use- faucets. Tomlinson Industries. www.tomlinsonind.com PROPEX BRASS TRANSITION FITTINGS Targeted for commercial hydronic heating and cooling systems, Uponor now offers code-listed commercial-grade ProPEX brass transition fittings in sizes from 1/2” to 2”. The complete offering includes 31 transition fittings. Uponor. www.uponorpro.com SUMP PUMP Saniflo’s Sanipump submersible sump pumps are designed in a highly efficient manner that reduces clogging and power consumption. The pumps are available in 1/3 and 1/2 HP models with a flow shield that prevents drainpipe water from directly hitting the float. Saniflo. www.saniflo.com IN-WALL TANK AND CARRIER SYSTEM Geberit updated its 2” x 4” in-wall tank and carrier system for wall-hung toilets where the Sigma concealed tank is reengineered and fits within a standard frame, allowing more space for removal of the fill and flush valves for tool-free maintenance. Geberit. www.geberit.us NEW PRODUCTS ELECTRONIC FAUCETS Chicago Faucets’ EQ Series of electronic faucets is designed for easy installation, maintenance and operation. The solenoid power module and mixing valve are assembled into a compact control box that fits under the sink and installs with two screws, while a stainless-steel hose and electronics cable are preinstalled for simple plug-andplay installation. The EQ user-detection system learns over time and adjusts for dependable performance and water savings. The company notes the EQ can reduce a facility’s water usage by as much as 77%. Available with an optional mechanical or thermostatic mixing valve and single-supply models also are available for use with tempered water. Chicago Faucets. www.chicagofaucets.com POWER DRAIN CLEANER The model DRZ-PH power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners offers a quick and clean way to clear clogged sink, tub and laundry drains in 1 1/4” to 3” lines. Weighing only 30 lb., the light and powerful machine features a variable-speed power cable feed to give the user complete control as it feeds and retrieves the cable at up to 16’ per minute. The 4’ guide tube means the user never touches the cable, allowing hands and the jobsite to stay clean. The rust-resistant aluminum drum carries up to 50’ of 1/4” or 5/16”, or 35’ of 3/8” Flexicore wire rope center cable. A quick-change cartridge system allows the user to switch to a different diameter cable without pulling the old cable out of the drum. General Pipe Cleaners. www.drainbrain.com HAND-WASHING FIXTURE Bradley Corp.’s Verge all-in-one WashBar technology touchless hand-washing fixture integrates the company’s Verge basin in Evero quartz material along with unique clean+rinse+dry functionality housed in the new WashBar feature for a complete hand-washing experience. Having soap, water and dryer within close reach, the Verge elevates convenience, comfort and safety in commercial washrooms, Bradley states. The unit’s integrated design ensures water stays in the basin and not on the floor or down the walls. Bradley Corp. www.bradleycorp.com JOBSITE COFFEE MAKER The COFFEEBOXX by OXX is designed to provide hot cups of coffee in any type of awayfrom- the-office situation, including on busy jobsites or during long-haul trucking runs. The COFFEEBOX brews coffee using single-serve coffee pods and works with all Keurig K-Cup-compatible pods. OXX. www.oxx.com BUTTERFLY VALVE Crane’s FKX 9000 triple offset butterfly valve adheres to the industry’s most stringent standards and delivers exceptional flow control, optimized Cv and low Delta P, as well as zero-leak shutoff in high-temperature applications, hydrocarbon service and emergency shutdown service. Crane ChemPharma & Energy. www.cranecpe.com CORDLESS COMBO KIT Makita’s 18-volt LXT lithium-ion sub-compact brushless cordless twopiece combo kit (driver drill and impact driver) features a driver drill that weighs 2.8 lb., and a variable-speed impact driver with two speed settings that weighs 2.6 lb. Makita. www.makita.com
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