Single-lever basin faucet
AVA single-lever basin faucet with COOLFIX technology by KWC.
The KWC AVA single-lever basin faucet with COOLFIX technology offers an ingeniously simple way to save energy without sacrificing comfort or convenience. The standard setting of the operating lever of a single-lever faucet is straight ahead; that is, in the “six o’clock” position. With most faucets, lifting the lever brings a mix of hot and cold water, even if the user neither needs nor wants warm water, resulting in heated water going down the drain, unused. With KWC's COOLFIX technology, the six o'clock middle position has been designed "full cold," so no hot water is delivered. This saves energy each time the faucet is activated. The only way to draw warm water—and use energy—is to rotate the lever clockwise and away from the middle position, which is where most consumers prefer to keep the lever when the faucet is not running. The KWC AVA basin faucet's aerator reduces water flow to 1.5 gpm, a 40% savings over conventional 2.5 gpm faucets.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.