Top Product 2016 WINNER 1 NAVIEN REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM Navien’s NaviLink is available through Navien wholesale distribution. This optional new Wi-Fi remote control system makes it easy for commercial and residential users to communicate with their Navien systems from anywhere in the world, the company notes. The NaviLink module easily attaches to all Navien water heaters and boilers (NPE, NCB and NHB series). Once installed, the free NaviLink app is downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet. Users then will be able to control temperatures remotely, access usage data and receive diagnostic notifications. Navien. Www.navien.com 2 GEBERIT IN-WALL TOILET SYSTEM Geberit’s updated 2x4 in-wall tank and carrier system caters to design preferences with a full range of actuator plates and remote controls, and is a flexible choice for buildings with high floor constructions. Geberit.www.geberitnorthamerica.com 3 SONOMA FORGE SHOWER SYSTEM Sonoma Forge introduces the WaterBridge exposed shower system mounted on a glass wall. New accessories conceal the mounting hardware, giving it a clean, seamless appearance when installed directly to glass shower enclosures, the company notes. Sonoma Forge.Www.sonomaforge.com 4 F.W.WEBB FIRE PROTECTANT F.W.Webb Co.Offers a fire protectant for contractors, plumbers, welders, HVAC installers, handymen and similar trade professionals.FireIce Shield is a proprietary nontoxic, eco-friendly and noncorrosive gel. The product helps prevent ignition from welding flames, sparks and other construction ignition sources. F.W.Webb Co. Www.fwwebb.com 5 BOSCH DUCTED SPLIT SYSTEM Achieving an 18 SEER efficiency rating, Bosch Thermotechnology’s inverter air-to-air ducted split-system heat pump can save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year on energy bills by varying operating speeds depending on cooling and heating load, the company notes. Www.boschthermotechnology.com 6 GRUNDFOS BOOSTER PUMP The low-noise GrundfosSCALA2 domestic booster pump offers homeowners constant water pressure regardless of municipal inlet pressure and multiple open taps. The 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. Grundfos. Us.grundfos.com 7 GROHE FOOT CONTROL TECHNOLOGY GROHE’s Foot Control Technology is available for purchase at select showrooms nationwide, compatible with both the GROHE Ladylux 3 Café and K7Medium kitchen faucets. Foot Control Technology allows the user to easily switch the water flow on and off with a tap of the foot on the activation plate discreetly installed in the toe space of the cabinet. The product frees both hands for added maneuverability in the kitchen and helps to eliminate the spread of germs. GROHE. Www.grohe.com/us 8 SMITH-COOPER GROOVED COUPLINGS The 65HP, 1,000 psi and 65HP-ES 2,500 psi high-pressure rigid couplings are additions to the COOPLOK grooved product line from Smith-Cooper International.Providing rigid joint connections when used with cut- or roll-grooved standard wall-carbon stee Pipe, 65HP couplings require AWWA C-606 groove dimensions and 65HP-ES end-shield couplings require special end-shield grooves for special-coated, extra-heavy pipe and fittings. All housings, gaskets and bolts are Smith- Cooper International branded. Smith-Cooper International. Www.smith-cooper.com 9 INSINKERATOR HOT WATER DISPENSING SYSTEM InSinkErator’s HOT150 instant hot water dispensing system produces near-boiling water on demand with a push handle for easy activation from a 0.66-gal.tank. It features an adjustable temperature control to change water temperature from 160-200° F to meet individual preference and needs. The instant self-closing hot valve ensures water is not wasted. Available in chrome and satinnickel finishes, the HOT150 is covered by InSinkErator’s exclusive We Come to You oneyear in-home limited warranty.InSinkErator. Www.insinkerator.com 10 BARRACUDA BRACKETS TOILET FLANGE Barracuda Brackets’ new watertight toilet flange and toilet flange tile guide help prevent mold growth in the subfloor under the toilet. Barracuda Brackets. Www.barracudabrackets.com 11 AMERICAN STANDARD WATER HEATERS HEAT PUMP WATER HEATERS American Standard Water Heaters’ NAECA-compliant 50-gal. Residential heat pump water heaters are ETL, Energy Star and UL certified and are built to last with the inclusion of a magnesium anode rod to ensure longer tank life.American Standard Water Heaters. Www.americanstandardwaterheaters.com 12 CREATIVE CLEANOUT COVERS DECORATIVE CLEANOUT COVERS Creative Cleanout Covers’ decorative cleanout covers are designed to add a decorative touch to the traditional chrome cleanout. The line currently offers five designs with five finishes.Creative Cleanout Covers. Www.creativecleanoutcovers.com NEW PRODUCTS CONNECTION SYSTEM Legend notes the time to install PE-RT or PEX tubing into its SmartClick connector is a fraction of the time it takes other fittings systems. Legend adds SmartClick is five times faster to install. In seconds you have a permanent connection without using any tools. Insert the tube into the connector until the click is heard. The audible click tells the installer a spring steel clamp inside the connector has been actuated and has a permanent connection. It is for use in potable water plumbing systems utilizing PE-RT (ASTM F 2769) or PEX (ASTM 876/877). The fittings are thirdparty certified by IAPMO and are ANSI/NSF 61, ANSI/NSF 14 and ASSE 1061 compliant. Legend Valve. Www.legendvalve.com/smartclick HIGH-PRESSURE BALL VALVES Bonomi North America introduces a new line of highpressure carbon-steel ball valves for use in hydraulic applications. The new valves come in two-way and three-way configurations with a choice of NPT or SAE thread-end connections. Both the two-way valves (3200 series NPT/3300 series SAE) and three-way valves (3400 series NPT/3500 series SAE) are available in 3/8” through 1” sizes. The rated working pressures range from 5,145 to 7,350 psi. Bonomi North America. Www.bonominorthamerica.com WATER HEATER AND BOILER LINES Lochinvar’s Smart Touch control has been added as a standard feature on Power-Fin boilers and water heaters from 500,000 to 2 million Btu/h. The enhancement includes the Smart Touch Control and CON·X·US remote connect. The Smart Touch Control offers an 8” touchscreen with easy-to-understand infographics for quick setup, while the CON·X·US platform allows users to monitor and manage the unit from any internet-capable device. CON·X·US also sends alerts via text or email notifying the user of changes in the system status and allows for the modification of settings from almost anywhere when connected to Wi-Fior cat 5 Ethernet. Lochinvar. Www.lochinvar.com ELECTRIC POWER WATER HEATERS Bradford White subsidiaries Bradford White Water Heaters, Niles Steel Tank and Laars Heating Systems now offer 150- to 2,500-gal.electric water heaters from 12 to 162 kW that feature 150 psi ASM code glass lining, ASME temperature and PRV, internal fusing (above 120 amps) and magnesium anode rods. The water heaters also offer immersion thermostats, manual reset high limit, hinged and locking door and channel iron-skid base. The units are used in hospitals, apartments, dormitories, commercial laundry facilities and in areas with low gas availability, and come with a three-year limited tank warranty. Bradford White. Www.bradfordwhitecorp.com VIDEO INSPECTION SYSTEMS General Pipe Cleaners’ Gen-Eye POD video inspection systems now offer optional Wi-Ficapability. The Wi-Fi transmitter inside the monitor lets the user send video to a tablet or smartphone to record the inspection.Video also can be sent to customers or posted to YouTube directly from the field. The systems combine camera, reel and monitor in an all-in-one package. The full-size Gen-Eye PoD has a self-leveling camera and 200’ of Gel-Rod for troubleshooting 3” to 10” drain lines, while the MINI-POD carries 125’ or 175’ of push rod with a mini self-leveling color camera small enough to troubleshoot 2” to 4” lines. General Pipe Cleaners.Www.drainbrain.com/geneye TOILET FLUSH SYSTEM Jones Stephens launches CleanWave, a new sensor-activated toilet flush system.To operate the new system, the user simply waves their hand over the handle to activate a toilet flush. The unit can be installed on existing front-mount toilet tanks and no hand tools are required for installation. It requires 4 AA batteries (not included). In addition to the sensor activation, CleanWave operates as a manual flush. Jones Stephens. Www.jonesstephens.com CRIMP JAWS Milwaukee Tool’s M18 short-throw press tool with PEX crimp jaws is compatible with the leading fitting systems for residential PEX installations, while the version with Viega PureFlow jaws is optimized for the PureFlow system. Milwaukee Tool. Www.milwaukeetool.com SNAP-ON CSST FTTINGS Omega Flex’s AutoSnap Tee fittings do not require any disassembly or reassembly of the fitting to the TracPipe CounterStrike CSST. The fittings are available in 16 different configurations and are CSA listed. Omega Flex. www.tracpipe.com COMMERCIAL TANKLESS WATER HEATERS Intellihot Green Technologies’ loT and Wi-Fi-enabled Generation II line of green commercial tankless water heaters has proven to decrease clients’ energy bills by 20 to 40% and reduce carbon footprint emissions by 37%, the company states. Intellihot Green Technologies.Www.intellihot.com HOT-WATER CONTROL Taco’s SmartPlug instant hot-water control is the winner of the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year honor. It allows for the easy installation onto existing domestic hot-water recirculation pump systems to more efficiently manage ondemand hot-water delivery, Taco explains. Taco.Www.tacocomfortsolutions.com EXTENDED ADAPTERS NIBCO’s new Press System extended adapters are longer than standard WROT adapters and have been specifically designed to ensure they have the necessary length for a press crimp. The adapters are manufactured from globally sourced pure copper at NIBCO’s Stuarts Draft, Va., facility. NIBCO www.nibco.com ADAPTER KIT The NEOPERL adapter kit is designed to make ordering the right replacement parts easy, the company notes.It contains 17 adapters to solve almost any thread issue found in the field. NEOPERL. Www.neoperl.com
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