2011 POY Finalists: Plumbing and Water Management
Finalists in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
American Standard’s seated safety shower has a wide, contoured seating area made of durable acrylic. The product was designed for the elderly and the disabled, and it features a recessed front, accessory ledge for personal items, and a built-in armrest. There is a low 3-in. threshold and a built-in wrap-around grab bar to ensure confidence and safety. It is available in white or linen colors, and left- or right-hand configurations. The seat measures 60 x 30 x 37 in., and because it is supported by the frame and five adjustable feet, no additional support is required.
Moen’s M-Power dual-flush closet valve provides sanitary protection for commercial restrooms. This sensor-operated automatic valve limits false sensing and overflushing, and stops the spread of germs. The solid brass body and angle stop valve are vandal-resistant, and the piston technology prevents water hammer and requires little maintenance. The valve has silicone seals to prevent leaks and an internal filter screen that eliminates clogs and run-ons. It operates at 10 to 120 psi and has a mechanical override button in the event of power loss, and there is no need to reset it after water-pressure loss, which saves on labor.
The Rheem-Ruud Spiderfire line of condensing-type commercial water heaters offers a wide range of Btu inputs with thermal efficiencies from 92% to 95%. The 350,000-Btu-input unit can deliver 460 gal of water/hr at a 100 F rise. All models are equipped with a 100-gal storage tank and can operate on either natural gas or liquid propane. They can be installed as a single-pipe, power-vented product, or as a two-pipe, power direct-vented product if negative air pressure or indoor air quality is a concern. The tubes inside the heater’s flue system are coated with porcelain enamel to resist corrosion.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey