PRODUCT FOCUS: NEW PVF PRODUCTS BRASS FITTINGS Anderson Metals introduces a full line of lead-free domestic red-brass fittings. Anderson’s lead-free offering includes domestic, extra-heavy, chrome and import red-brass fittings. Additionally, Anderson stocks standard brass nipples, extra-heavy and chrome nipples in lengths up to and including 12’ brass pipe. The company has more than 12,000 SKUs and can ship same day with a fill rate of 99.35% from its 84,000-sq.-ft centrally located distribution center. For more information on its red-brass fittings and lead-free NSF-certified yellow-brass fittings, visit www.andersonmetals.com or call 800-821-5672. Anderson Metals. www.andersonmetals.com PRESS VALVES Legend Valve & Fitting has an expansive selection of no-lead and traditional forged-brass alloy valves. The valves have dual Viton O-rings sealing the steam and a corrosion-resistant steel handle. The P-20 and P-200NL ball valves are available in sizes 1/2” to 4”. The Legend Model P-451NL swing check valve has press socket ends integrated into the cast-brass body of the valve, eliminating the need to use either sweat or male press adapters, saving labor and material costs, Legend points out. No-lead brass is used for the disc, hinge pin and retaining screw. The valve is available in 1/2” to 2” sizes. All Legend no-lead valves are thirdparty- certified ANSI/NSF 61. For more information, call 800-752-2082. Legend Valve. www.legendvalve.com BALL VALVES Jomar Valve provides a wide range of ball valves to fit a variety of industrial applications. The Class 150 and 300 valves are available in both stainless or carbon steel and feature a two-piece, full port with a flange connection. Valve sizes range from 1/2” to 12” and include a fire-safe stem and body graphite seals. As one of the few manufacturers with multiple standards and certifications, Jomar’s Class 150 and 300 valves are certified for both UL Listed and CSA, the company notes. Jomar Valve. www.jomar.com PRODUCT CATALOG Midland Metal’s 576-page full-color 2017 catalog offers 14,000 products with more than 1,300 new items. Product lines include brass fittings, valves, cast fittings and nipples, clamps and pipe, tube and hose accessories made in brass, bronze, stainless steel, steel, malleable iron, forged steel, aluminum and plastics. Midland Metal Mfg. www.midlandmetal.com DROP-EAR ELBOW Matco-Norca’s new lead-free F1960 cold-expansion PEX drop-ear elbow is comprised of lead-free brass, making it compliant with the Safe Water Drinking Act. It comes with three ears and is available in 1/2” female iron pipe by 1/2” PEX size. Matco-Norca. www.matco-norca.com COATED COILS Cambridge-Lee Industries’ CL Readi-Protector coated coils feature factory-coated plastic protection over copper tube core for installation of fuel oil lines, natural gas and propane equipment. It is an ideal choice for applications where lines are required to be buried underground. Camrbidge-Lee Industries. www.camlee.com PRODUCT FOCUS: HOSPITALITY PRODUCTS HAND-WASHING SOLUTION Bradley Corp.’s completely touchless Verge with WashBar technology improves functionality, convenience, aesthetics and safety in washrooms. The system integrates Bradley’s Verge basin in durable Evero quartz material along with clean+rinse+dry functionality housed in the WashBar feature. The result is a single cohesive design that creates an inviting and intuitive space for a complete hand-washing experience, Bradley explains. The WashBar houses soap, water and a dryer, and is designed with LED lighting and icons to visually orient users through the hand-washing process. 0.5-gpm or ultra-high-efficient 0.35-gpm faucet options are available. Bradley notes the hand dryer is 96% less expensive to use than paper towels. Bradley Corp. www.bradleycorp.com PRE-RINSE FAUCET Central Brass Co. introduces a new pre-rinse faucet designed to help reduce water usage in commercial kitchens, while providing durability and performance, the company notes. The faucet’s water-saving 1.1-gpm flow rate meets the EPA’s WaterSense guidelines and its brass construction is designed to last for more than a million cycles — four times the requirement for WaterSense certification, Central Brass points out. A spring-style pre-rinse fitting offers 12” clearance from the mounting surface for better maneuverability. An overhead swivel arm with extended horizontal reach also is available. Central Brass Co. www.pioneerind.com RADIANT CEILING PANELS Marley Engineered Products introduces QMark radiant ceiling panels that provide custom, targeted, hidden heat in a wide range of applications. Able to seamlessly blend in with any indoor building space, the panels are designed to provide localized spot heating or primary heating where needed, Marley explains. The panels can be specified by dimension and output level for each room to ensure optimal integration with a building’s traffic flow and design. The panels are ideal for hotels, motels, homes and offices, heating in commercial lobbies, hallways, studios and conference rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and basements, and in temperature-sensitive spaces such as hospital departments and yoga studios. Offered in standard 24” by 24” and 24” by 48” drop-ceiling panels as well as custom sizes. Marley Engineered Products. www.marleymep.com SHOWER PIPE The Croma Select E 180 shower pipe is an all-in-one shower solution from Hansgrohe. Because components are outside the wall, they easily can be installed and maintained. The shower outlet flow is 2.0 gpm, has an anti-scald 100° F safety stop, as well as integrated volume control for two functions. Hansgrohe. www.hansgrohe.com HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILET Gerber’s Viper 1.0 is a two-piece HET that operates at 1.0 gpf and Is Water-Sense-certified, saving 20% in water consumption over recent 1.28-gpf toilet options, Gerber states. A 2” trapway provides clog-free waste removal and a 3” flush valve allows for faster water flow and flushing power. Gerber. www.gerberonline.com BATH COLLECTION American Standard’s Studio bath collection is an attractive bathing solution for hospitality settings as well as for discerning homeowners. The collection includes an apron front tub, a shower base and a bath wall set that both feature generously-sized shelves. Designed to fit standard 5” alcoves. American Standard. www.americanstandard-us.com NEW PRODUCTS REFILLABLE DISPLAY MIFAB announces the addition of a new C-Port POP refillable display for the front of a plumbing distributor’s store. The display holds 64 C10 rooftop units. “Gone are the days when contractor-fabricated 2-by-4 rooftop supports are acceptable. Many roofers will not guarantee their roofs unless commercially fabricated rooftop supports are used,” MIFAB points out. The C-Port rooftop supports are environmentally friendly and are made from recycled tires. The company also has introduced Slim Trench contractor kits. The T300 trench drain kit consists of three assembled trench drains and enough accessory pieces for several different configurations. All accessory pieces can be found in the bottom of the suitcase-type carrying case. Call 800/465-2736 for more information. MIFAB. www.mifab.com GAS WATER HEATER A. O. Smith’s Polaris high-efficiency condensing gas water heater operates at a cost-saving thermal efficiency of up to 96% and easily installs and pairs with recirculating systems or domestic space-heating systems. Available in 34- and 50-gal. models, Polaris achieves energy efficiency through an enhanced ultra-low NOx modulating gas burner that ensures operation at lower input rates and maintains years of reliability with a durable tank and heat exchanger built of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Compatible with both natural gas and propane. Comes with a 10-year limited tank warranty. A. O. Smith. www.hotwater.com INTERNET PUMP CONNECTION Liberty Pumps introduces NightEye wireless-enabled products. The app and cloud-based system allows internet connection of a pump via a home’s wireless router and provides alarm and other performance information to a mobile device. NightEye sends information via text, email and push notifications to up to four different addresses/phone numbers — anywhere in the world. NightEye-connected products include the ALM-EYE series indoor pump alarm, 442 battery backup pump systems and SumpJet water-powered backup pump. There is no need to log into a computer. The app is a free download and is compatible with Apple iOS and Android devices. No subscription fee is required. Liberty Pumps. www.libertypumps.com/nighteye CIRCULATOR UPGRADES Taco Comfort Solutions adds new features and capabilities to its large 00e VR ECM wet-rotor commercial circulator line designed for chilledand hot-water applications. Available in four sizes (VR 15-3, 20-3, 25-3 and 30-3), the sensorless 00e VR line provides differential head pressures up to 42’ and flows up to 360 gpm. Taco Comfort Solutions. www.tacocomfort.com BATTERY PACK SAFETY WARNING In consultation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding the warnings and instructions of its M18 HIGH DEMAND 9.0 battery pack (model No. 48-11-1890). The expanded warnings address situations that could lead to a battery pack failure. Milwaukee Electric Tool. www.milwaukeetool.com/safetynotices OPPOSING PORT TEES Uponor’s opposing-port tees are a solution for PEX hydronic heating and cooling applications, eliminating the need for additional tees and elbows to facilitate piping in two directions, reducing the number of required fittings by 75%, the company states. Uponor. www.uponorpro.com CONDENSATE PUMPS Franklin Electric offers the Little Giant VCMX-20 series of condensate pumps for the automatic collection and removal of condensate from airconditioning, refrigeration and dehumidification equipment when gravity drainage is not possible or practical. Its slim 4.8” by 10.2” by 6.5” footprint allows for installation flexibility in tight areas, while a unique mounting bracket slips onto the pump for easy mounting and removal, Franklin Electric notes. It also features a 1/4-turn check valve that allows for servicing without the removal of tubing to eliminate water spills; an external overflow switch for automatic high-level water detection; an external test lever that allows for quick testing of the pump; and rubber feet to absorb vibration and reduce noise on hard surfaces. The VCMX-20 series has a pumping performance up to 84 gph. Franklin Electric. www.littlegiant.com KINK-RESISTANT AUGER General Pipe Cleaners’ Flexicore closet augers are made of two layers of tempered spring steel coiled tightly over a core of 49-strand wire rope, providing remarkable resistance to kinking, General Pipe Cleaners points out. The design is guaranteed against breakage for a full year, including damage to the cable, as well as the auger’s other components. The unit’s Teletube Flexicore closet auger helps when the stoppage is just beyond the bowl. Rather than pulling the bowl, the heavy-duty auger has 3’ of cable telescoped inside the guide tube until it is needed. After the first 3’ of cable is worked into the bowl, press a button and pull the crank handle for an additional 3’. The custom closet auger bag puts an end to dragging dripping-wet closet augers through homes, hospitals and offices, and keeps the auger contained and out of sight when carried to and from jobs. General Pipe Cleaners. www.drainbrain.com DISTRIBUTOR SOFTWARE DDI System is a finalist in the 2017 ISSA Innovation Award program with Inform Engage, a subset of connectivity tools within Inform ERP software designed to keep customers at the forefront of every interaction and help distributors seize every customer connection opportunity, DDI explains. Inform Engage focuses on three key engagement tools within Inform ERP, aligning distributors with their customers 24/7. Tapping into the power of CRM, mobility tools and eCommerce, DDI’s Inform ERP delivers an elevated customer experience, the software company states. DDI System. www.ddisystem.com BACKFLOW PREVENTERS Watts offers press-end connection options for 12 of its most popular lead-free backflow preventer models. As a result, contractors can choose the press connection option on projects as an alternative to sweat/solder joints. These new options are in addition to Watts’ current offering of press-end connections. Watts. www.watts.com/pressconnections BUFFER TANK Flexcon’s Argosy Composite buffer tank incorporates the company’s pressure tank into an insulated jacket to create a buffer tank that won’t rust and is less than half the weight of other buffer tanks, the company states. The tank features six ports, rated to 180° F and isavailable in 40-, 55-, 80- and 119-gal. sizes. Flexcon Industries. www.flexconind.com EMERGENCY TANK SHOWER Speakman Co.’s Gravityflo emergency tank shower is designed with a large 528-gal. tank to solve the dilemma faced by many site managers and facilities managers about compliance with safety standards on a site with no running water or inadequate water pressure. Speakman Co. www.speakman.com NEW PRODUCTS AIR TESTING Charlotte Pipe’s latest video shows why air testing plumbing systems is dangerous and should never be done. Manufacturers, standard and code authorities expressly prohibit air testing of PVF pipe and fittings. Not only is air testing dangerous, it also is a bad test. Air is compressible and stores energy like a bomb, running the risk of damaging property, or worse, maiming or killing someone. With recommended water testing, one can get a visual confirmation of any leak in the system. Water-testing results will not vary based on ambient air temperature. Charlotte Pipe. www.charlottepipe.com/airtesting PRESS-FIT VALVES Press-fit valve convenience is now available in larger sizes, simplifying installation and saving time on almost any large commercial job, Milwaukee Valve notes. Available in 2 1/2”, 3” and 4” sizes, Milwaukee Valve’s UltraPress needs only simple prep, press and crimp for wet/dry inline installation and repair. No more threading, brazing, soldering, fabricating or mess. Every UltraPress valve is rated 200 psig at 250° F, and annealed for strength, flexibility and sealing power. Designs are rigorously tested to exceed current MSS, ASTM and ASME standards for reliability. Available in standard or no-lead UltraPure bronze alloys. Milwaukee Valve. www.ultrapressvalves.com INSERT LATERAL OUTLET Penn Machine’s insert lateral outlet is a type of integrally reinforced branch connection used to facilitate radiography. The fitting fully reinforces the opening in the header pipe per ASME piping codes. The intention of the shape is to relieve stress at branch intersection where fatigue may occur due to cyclic loads. Inserting the fitting directly into the header pipe provides solid foundation with significantly low weld volume. They can be manufactured with butt-weld, socket-weld or threadedend connections. Penn Machine. www.pennusa.com
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