Product Focus - October 2019

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Boiler

Bosch Thermotechnology Greenstar floor boiler

The 95% AFUE Greenstar floor boiler series from Bosch Thermotechnology is designed to upgrade cast iron floor boilers to an ultrahigh-efficient condensing boiler at lower installed cost by simplifying the installation. There is no additional cost to build a wall or move the boiler outside a wall because it’s floor standing. A coated heat exchanger also reduces scale buildup, reduces service, maintains high efficiency and extends the life of the boiler. 800-283-3787; www.boschheatingandcooling.com. 


Fittings

Brasscraft Thermal Excess Flow Valve

The Thermal Excess Flow Valve from Brasscraft not only maintains the properties of the company’s original Excess Flow Valve, but adds further protection against gas-related fires and explosions that provides even more protection for the home and family. In the event of a catastrophic rupture or disconnect, unrestricted gas flow forces the diaphragm to firmly position itself against the seat. This immediate action restricts gas flow to help avert a hazardous buildup of gas. The Thermal Excess Flow Valve utilizes a thermal ring that will stop gas flow through the valve when it is exposed to temperatures of 400 degrees F or greater. 877-272-7755; www.brasscraft.com.


Caleffi North America PresCal

The Caleffi North America PresCal pressure-reducing valve is certified to NSF 61 (at 180 degrees F), ASSE 1003, CSA B356 and NSF 372 to meet U.S. and Canadian Low-Lead laws and code requirements. A preadjustable knob has a wide 15 to 90 psi adjustment range. The setting is visible from the front and back for ease of viewing and includes tamper-proof locking screw. A removable, self-contained cartridge with a stainless steel mesh filter provides maximum debris protection and convenient in-pipe maintenance. A conical seat and shuttle design with a large cross-section flow chamber minimizes pressure drop within the valve, resulting in superior falloff performance compared to marketplace alternatives. A wide range of tailpieces allow for connecting to virtually any piping material or mix of materials. Standard dual unions allow for ease of assembly and service. It is available with a 100 psi gauge to confirm set pressure for troubleshooting. 414-238-2360; www.caleffi.us.


GF Piping Systems lead-free valves

A family of NSF lead-free brass valves from GF Piping Systems is designed to handle high loads and strong flow rates. Valve styles include pressure reducing, thermostatic balancing and thermostatic mixing. Compact, direct-acting pressure-reducing valves Type 1319 and 1339 feature suitable control characteristics, even at low flow rates. This design, which offers a 416 stainless steel floating seat and modular construction, allows for a more compact size. The EPDM diaphragm and seals provide superior resistance to strong and oxidizing disinfectants such as chlorine. Available in 1/2- to 2 1/2-inch sizes, these valves handle hot-water temperatures up to 158 degrees F and inlet pressures up to 357 psi, and they comply with NSF 61 and NSF 372. They include a choice of two pressure control ranges, easy cleaning and downstream pressure gauge ports standard on both sides. 800-854-4090; www.gfps.com.


Matco-Norca stainless steel fittings

Matco-Norca offers commercial-grade stainless steel 304/316 fittings in a range of configurations and in diameter sizes ranging from 1/8 up to 4 inches. Fabricated at an ISO 9001:2008 certified facility, they include elbows, tees, hex and square head plugs, unions, caps, couplings and brushings. Its casting conforms to ASTM A351, and its NPT threads conform to ASME B1.20.1. These RoHS- and MSS SP-114-compliant fittings meet all applicable chemical and physical properties. 800-688-2583; www.matco-norca.com.


REHAU EVERLOC+

The REHAU EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system has 26 additional configurations, making transitions between pipe sizes more convenient in single-family and multifamily residential plumbing projects. The system comprises RAUPEX UV shield PEXa pipe in 3/8- to 2-inch diameters, polymer and lead-free brass fittings, and power tools for reliable and safe connections. Designed for no-leak security, the two-step fitting expansion and compression process is performed quickly in any weather, making installation faster than other PEXa cold-expansion fittings and copper. The NSF/ANSI 14 and 61-certified system delivers safe drinking water with no mineral buildup, allowing contractors to create healthy and sustainable residential environments in less time. 800-247-9445; www.everlocplus.com.


Viega automatic recirculation balancing valve

Viega’s automatic recirculation balancing valve ensures a balanced domestic water recirculation system by dynamically changing with varying conditions. The valve helps keep water temperatures more uniform by adjusting flow with changes in temperature. Unlike with manual valves, the temperature can be set once and be maintained automatically. Settings can be changed easily, if needed. The valve can be installed on risers or branches and can be remotely monitored with its temperature sensor. An optional thermometer provides visual indication of valve setting, and threaded ends allow it to be used with Viega ProPress or Viega PureFlow fittings systems. 800-976-9819; www.viega.us.


Fixtures   

CORRO-PROTEC powered titanium anode rod

The CORRO-PROTEC powered titanium anode rod is a long-term protection solution for water heaters. As the sacrificial anode already in place in the water heater undergoes a high transfer of electrons in case of aggressive water, the life of the hot-water tank can be affected. By forming a protection layer on the tank walls and its weak points, the powered anode rod provides the water heater with permanent protection against corrosion, regardless of the water hardness. 819-690-7053; www.corroprotec.com.


QuickDrain USA ShowerLine

Suitable for curbless showers and tub-to-shower conversions in single-family, hospitality and multifamily buildings, the ShowerLine PVC linear drain from QuickDrain USA offers a cutting-edge look and sleek design for projects with tight budgets. The integrated PVC drain, when combined with presloped shower panels and waterproofing accessories, represents a total shower solution for promoting effective and efficient drainage. The ADA-compliant and Uniform Plumbing Code-approved drain slashes installation time, saves on cost and minimizes impact on customers. Drains accommodate finished shower dimensions between 32 inches to 72 inches. 800-321-9532; www.quickdrainusa.com.


SJE-Rhombus EZconnex

The EZconnex four-port float switch connection system from SJE-Rhombus is a manifold/float connection system designed for easy installation. The system includes an electrical wiring manifold with mounting bracket and hardware. The manifold features four quick-release float switch connection ports. Red-blue-yellow-white wire pairs match a color-code system on the manifold housing for easy identification and field wiring. The system is rated for short-term water submersion. The mounting bracket is designed to allow quick access to the manifold and float switches for simple maintenance. The system can be used with up to four float switches. Each float switch includes a protective rubber boot, providing a dual seal for an extra layer of protection to keep connections clean and dry. Sealing plugs are available for unused manifold ports. 888-342-5753; www.sjerhombus.com.


Zurn Industries EZ Gear-Driven Sensor Faucets

EZ Gear-Driven Sensor Faucets from Zurn Industries deliver reliability, precision and efficiency to commercial restrooms. With the dual action of the ceramic disc cartridge and the same motor gear-driven operation found in E-Z Flush units, the faucet is built to withstand over 1 million cycle tests. It intuitively senses the user without delay, too much force or wasting water. It is available in the Cumberland Series and the Camaya Series with matching soap dispensers in chrome (standard) or brushed nickel finishes. The faucets are ADA compliant with a 30-second timeout feature, motor gear-driven ceramic valve, and multiple flow control options to meet Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense standards. 855-663-9876; www.zurn.com.


Pipe   

Omega Flex MediTrac

MediTrac corrugated copper tubing from Omega Flex comes in long, continuous, bendable lengths for up to 70% fewer fittings, up to 80% less hot work and up to five times faster installation without closing a facility. It can help lead to lower costs, less risk, up to 55% cost savings and faster renovations. 610-524-7272; www.meditrac.us.


Pumps   

Reed Pump Stick

The Pump Stick with cordless power from Reed provides a portable, job-site-friendly way to remove water. Applications for the battery-operated liquid transfer pump are numerous. Use with operator’s own 18- to 20-volt battery by replacing the battery adapter plate with one designed for common, slide-style batteries. To protect the impeller, choose from multiple screens, strainers and filters to find the right application. It ships with a 2-foot hose, but add extra length with the 4- and 7-foot hose extensions, plus the hose coupling. Its long, slim design allows the operator to place the pump deep into small cavities. It lifts water up to 12 feet. A comfort grip handle at the top brings the pump to 4 feet for operational ease. 800-666-3691; www.reedmfgco.com.


Wheeler-Rex Model 39300 electric hydrostatic pump

The Wheeler-Rex Model 39300 electric hydrostatic pump is suitable for certifying fire sprinkler lines, commercial plumbing and industrial testing. It is compact and lightweight for portability, weighing around 30 pounds and features a carrying handle for easy movement. The unit is capable of testing lines up to 300 psi at a rate of 4 gpm. A 10-foot output hose comes standard with the model, but an optional 10-foot intake hose is also available for gravity-feeding the pump. A liquid-filled gauge and rubber-padded feet help provide accurate reading by preventing excessive vibration. It also has a built-in adjustable pressure regulator for precision control. 800-321-7950; www.wheelerrex.com.


Tools   

Koul Tools Fitting Fixer

The Fitting Fixer from Koul Tools utilizes a 37-degree inverted cone with diamond-dust-coated lapping material to resurface the conical sealing area on JIC fittings. It allows the technician to repair a leaky fitting on the spot when replacing it is not possible or would be a major undertaking. The fitting screws into a guide to hold it in place, and the lapping cone is attached to a drill. Simply spin the lapping cone on the fitting’s sealing surface until the damaged area is repaired. It comes in 3/16- to 1-inch sizes and works on steel and aluminum fittings. 928-854-6706; www.koultools.com.


Milwaukee Tool 2 1/2 to 4-inch IPS XL Ring Kit

The 2 1/2- to 4-inch IPS XL Ring Kit from Milwaukee Tool fits directly in M18 FORCE LOGIC Long Throw Press Tools, providing the ability to press Viega MegaPress XL fittings without the use of cumbersome tool extensions while vastly expanding the range of applications the tool can accomplish. This combination of rings and tool allows the user to connect these fittings in one cycle and is lightweight. 800-729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com.


Water Heaters   

Bradford White Water Heaters ElectriFLEX Series 

The ElectriFLEX Series of field-convertible commercial electric water heaters from Bradford White Water Heaters greatly reduce downtime, as phase, voltage and wattage are all convertible in the field using a conversion kit so no conversion center bench is needed. This allows commercial customers to be delivered the exact configurations they need both quickly and easily. Units are available in light, medium and heavy-duty models in a variety of capacities suitable for a wide range of commercial applications. Each model includes Vitraglas lining for tank protection. 800-523-2931; www.bwforthepro.com.


Bradley Keltech Tankless Water Heaters

Keltech Tankless Water Heaters from Bradley deliver instantaneous ANSI-required tepid water for emergency safety showers and eye/face washes. Drawing energy to heat water only when needed, these tankless water heaters are highly efficient and precise in supplying tepid water at a second’s notice — even in extreme work environments. Installation is easy since only one electrical connection and a cold waterline are needed, saving labor time and costs. Designed for dependable, long-lasting performance, all models are precision-engineered with copper tubing and robust brass castings. 800-272-3539; www.bradleycorp.com.


Intellihot Neuron Series iN501

The Neuron Series iN501 commercial tankless water heater from Intellihot provides up to 499,999 Btu/h. It has two separate heat engines that are independently controlled, offering built-in redundancy and twice the power of a tank water heater. The unit is designed for hotels, restaurants and schools and is a drop-in unit that will fit existing water and gas connections, eliminating the need to repipe while cutting installation time in half. These units only require floor space of 6 square feet versus 16 square feet for a typical tank. This allows for more space in the mechanical room. It comes equipped with cellular LTE connectivity so it can be remotely accessed and monitored. 877-835-1705; www.intellihot.com.


LAARS Heating Systems Pennant

Pennant boilers and volume water heaters from LAARS Heating Systems include the LAARS Linc intuitive control system with color touch screen. It has an easy-to-navigate icon control structure, quick-start option, USB input, BACnet connectivity and performance metrics displayed on the home screen. Also included is an auto cascade feature that automatically configures up to eight Pennant units. The cascade feature includes auto redundancy — if the lead unit drops out, the remaining will continue to operate. They are available in seven sizes from 500 to 2,000 mBh, natural or LP gas, thermal efficiency levels up to 85% and stage firing of up to 4-1. Systems also qualify as low-NOx emission-rated, below 10 ppm. They can be vented from the top or back, installed indoors or outdoors, and racked on top of each other for up to 4,000 mBh in a small footprint. 800-900-9276; www.laars.com. 



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