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New Facility Products: July 2008
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ELECTRIC DOOR STRIKES are reversible for right- and left-hand doors. The Series 18 and Series 38 models operate on 12/24 volt AC/DC. Configurations include fail-safe, fail-secure and dual operation with five face plate options. Strikes install in standard ANSI latch openings without cutting or drilling. CAMDEN DOOR CONTROLS
SPACE PLANNING SOFTWARE contains pre-drawn templates that can be customized to create floor plans, emergency exit maps, fire protection diagrams and more. SmartDraw contains thousands of symbols that can be placed directly into templates when configuring facility plans. The software interoperates with Microsoft Office and can be used to create flowcharts and other business graphics. SMARTDRAW
OPTICAL TURNSTILE uses door-mounted enclosures and infrared beams to monitor how many people pass through a doorway, and in what direction, to prevent tailgating. Fastlane Door Detective integrates with local or remote alarm outputs, CCTV and entry phone systems. Infrared beams are positioned to detect attempts to crawl underneath the device. SMARTER SECURITY SYSTEMS
POWER RACEWAY allows electrical plug outlets to be added or relocated anywhere along the system. The Starline Plug-In Raceway has insulated copper bus bars preinstalled in raceway sections, allowing pre-assembled outlet plug-in modules to be snapped into place. An optional datacom channel is available for data, video and audio applications. UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC CORP.
AIR DAMPER ACTUATOR can be programmed at the factory or on site. The TF24-MFT actuator has a minimum torque of 18 inch-pounds. Programmable parameters include input and feedback voltage range, running time, and a variety of control signal platforms, such as proportional, floating point, pulse width modulation and on-off. BELIMO AMERICAS
COOLING RACK uses bi-directional cooling designed for data centers with dense computing infrastructure and limited space. MCS G2, a second-generation modular liquid-cooling system, cools two server racks simultaneously or concentrates up to 35 kilowatts to cool a single rack. The rack is capable of supporting up to 2,000 pounds and features an adjustable temperature set point. HP
ROOFING MEMBRANE in 45-, 60- and 80-mil weights is available in blue, green and red. The thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply Everguard TPO Color membrane is formulated with pigments to maintain reflectivity and retain color over the life of the membrane. The membranes are available in 5-by-100-foot and 10-by-100-foot rolls. GAF MATERIALS CORP.
VESSEL SINKS are available in multiple colors and designs to accommodate restrooms. The Vessel sink series features a palette of 24 colors, a wave-shaped and straight-edge design, and stainless steel trap covers. The sink is constructed of solid-surface material and is available in three different heights. BRADLEY CORP.
DOOR CONTROLLER is fault tolerant with triple-tier data distribution redundancy to maintain connectivity. Available with the company’s Frontier 5.7.5 access control software, the Matrix System Gateway maintains connections with a second-tier building controller and third-tier door controller when the common controller is disabled. Designed to be installed on separate networks for full redundancy. MATRIX SYSTEMS
CARPET FIBERS contain 25 percent recycled content, can be recycled and are available in more than 50 colors. Lumena solution-dyed nylon fibers withstand spills and stains, heavy soiling and frequent exposure to intense sunlight or harsh chemicals. Generally used in textured patterned loop pile carpet. ANTRON
PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT adjusts temperatures in individual rooms. The SS5000 energy management thermostat works with occupancy sensors and energy management controllers to calculate how far temperature can drift from a preferred setting while ensuring the temperature returns to the setting within minutes when the room is occupied. TELKONET
DOOR FRAME features factory-installed door seal to reduce light, sound, and smoke transmission and to lower installation costs. The fixed throat kerf frame has a 90-minute positive pressure fire rating. Prefinished steel frames are available in six stock and 29 custom colors. The door seal is available in beige, black, bronze and white. TIMELY
VIDEO SECURITY SYSTEM uses pre-defined rules to detect threats. The IP-based Intelligent Video Encoder and Video Analytics Software use seven object and activity detection behaviors to increase detection capabilities. The system processes video in real-time and delivers dual mpeg-4 video streams at a rate of 30 images per second. PELCO
CURRENT-LIMITING FUSES for main, feeder and branch circuits up to 600 volts can be used for supplemental protection in equipment, panels or assemblies. The Low-Peak family of fuses requires no maintenance or calibration. Fuses are available in Class L, J, CC and RK1 and have interrupting ratings up to 300 kA. COOPER BUSSMAN
Emergency Notification System Gets the Word Out in Tornado’s Aftermath
Nobody ever expected a tornado to rip through downtown Atlanta, but on the evening of March 14, that’s exactly what happened. With little warning and winds up to 130 miles per hour, the twister left a six-mile swath of damage in its wake.
The 18-story Hurt Building, one of Atlanta’s oldest skyscrapers, is located in the heart of the city. For months, Jeff Fears with Harbor Group Management had been looking for some way to notify tenants of incidents without using the fire alarm. Only a week before the tornado hit, Fears had distributed the GuideSafe tenant management and notification system to his tenants. GuideSafe is a Web-based tenant notification system. It allows building managers to alert occupants in real time via text, e-mail and a Web portal about disruptions and emergencies.
When the tornado hit, it blew out the windows in the restaurant in the bottom of the Hurt Building as well as those in several offices. Using GuideSafe, Fears notified his tenants of the tornado hit and which offices had been damaged. The system provides a simple checklist showing the companies in the building, and Fears checked which tenants he wanted to notify.
With contact information right in the system, Fears and his team were able to keep the tenants notified as needed. “I didn’t want people tying up the phone lines with non-emergency calls asking for updates on the building,” he says. “The notifications and the Web portal in GuideSafe kept my tenants up to date on the situation.”
Another benefit to the system was that all of the building’s emergency procedures were available on the system and could be viewed by any of his tenants accessing the system right from their desktops. Fears could also e-mail a synopsis of the procedures to his tenants with the complete procedure attached to the message along with any maps showing evacuation routes or other procedures.
The Proof is in the Meter
There’s nothing like cold, hard data to prove a point. When Michael Carson, senior mechanical engineer at Purdue University, first heard about the Uppercut dual-flush Flushometer, he was skeptical it could make a difference in water consumption.
Carson decided to try out the Uppercut in two of Purdue’s administrative buildings, retrofitting the women’s restrooms in the printing services and telecommunications buildings with a total of 12 dual-flush handles. The buildings were chosen because both have good historical water-use information, restroom plumbing fixtures are the buildings’ only major water source, and women comprise a high proportion of the buildings’ populations.
The retrofits took place July 2005. Basic usage instructions are shown on signs, which come with the handles and are mounted on the restroom stalls. The dual-flush handle offers two flush options: Tilt the handle up for a 1.1-gallon flush or push it down for a standard 1.6-gallon flush.
Carson and his team have closely examined the monthly water-use data from the buildings’ water meters. In the printing services building, water use dropped from an average of 10,228 gallons a month from July 2004 to June 2005 to 5,803 gallons a month from July 2006 to June 2007. In the telecommunications building, water use dropped from about 12,229 gallons a month from July 2004 to June 2005 to 8,622 gallons from July 2006 to June 2007.
“The numbers are straight water meter readings,” says Carson. The installation of the Uppercut handles was the only change in plumbing fixtures or water usage made during the studied period.