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Ontario, Calif. — Preparations are already underway to ensure that the 2020 Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), to be held May 12-13, 2020, at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, is the most comprehensive and informative event since the symposium debuted in 2008. Online registration is available at https://www.aspe.org/2020-ewts-registration/. An unprecedented number of organizations, representing Read more

Ontario, Calif. — Preparations are already underway to ensure that the 2020 Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), to be held May 12-13, 2020, at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, is the most comprehensive and informative event since the symposium debuted in 2008. Online registration is available at https://www.aspe.org/2020-ewts-registration/.

An unprecedented number of organizations, representing the foremost leaders in the plumbing industry, have signed on to present the symposium as co-conveners. They are: American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC).

“The participation of such a diverse and widely respected group of organizations in the planning and presentation of this seventh Emerging Water Technology Symposium will certainly make it the most important plumbing technology event in North America in 2020,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “IAPMO is honored to be part of what will no doubt be an historic forum for innovation and for addressing the challenges in delivering safe water in and around buildings.”

Building upon a highly successful and globally acclaimed formula refined during six previous symposiums (Chicago, 2008; Ontario, Calif., 2010; Washington, D.C., 2012 and 2014; Chicago, 2016; and Ontario, Calif., 2018), the event will gather plumbers, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, water efficiency experts, and academia to introduce new technologies for the plumbing industry and discuss how policy initiatives can drive the introduction of these technologies to market and advance the cause of water and energy efficiency.

The EWTS is designed to provide a portal for the host organizations’ partners in the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries to display and demonstrate their innovative solutions to legislative and regulatory developments that often alter industry landscapes.

Sponsors, presenters and panelists participating in this symposium represent a diverse body of knowledge in the fields of:

  • Water, sanitation and health
  • Water and energy efficiency
  • Water reuse
  • Addressing aging water infrastructure
  • Water quality
  • Mitigating opportunistic pathogens
  • Advancements in mechanical systems
  • Plumbing research initiatives
  • Laws, regulations and policy development
  • Topics raised by audience participants during the symposium

Resideo’s upcoming products and subscription services will seamlessly connect homeowners with professionals to help make homes safer, more efficient and smarter. Company’s existing portfolio of smart products and services will upgrade to Resideo Home app through 2020. App pairs homeowners with residential professionals to provide analytics and insights to help protect homes and identify trouble Read more

  • Resideo’s upcoming products and subscription services will seamlessly connect homeowners with professionals to help make homes safer, more efficient and smarter.
  • Company’s existing portfolio of smart products and services will upgrade to Resideo Home app through 2020.
  • App pairs homeowners with residential professionals to provide analytics and insights to help protect homes and identify trouble before it becomes catastrophic.
  • Subscription water services available today in the app; new Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitor expands indoor air subscription services for Pros.

Austin, Texas — Resideo Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of the Resideo Home app, which will make whole-home monitoring possible for the four critical networks of the home—water, air, energy and security. At an event for industry professionals and partners at the historic Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, the company showcased its vision for the future of the smart home and upcoming subscription services made possible by the new app. Through these services, homeowners will easily connect with professionals who can help ensure home networks are operating efficiently and can intervene to help prevent costly damages, like water leaks and major appliance failures.

Resideo Home App Monitors Air Water Energy and Security Networks“At Resideo, we’re committed to helping homeowners make sense of their homes, and in the process, help professionals modernize and expand their businesses while giving a better experience to customers,” said Mike Nefkens, president and CEO of Resideo. “We do not believe that the critical systems of the home should be a do-it-yourself adventure. Through the new Resideo Home app, we’re going to bring the world of proactive, professional monitoring to the entire home, helping better protect the people inside and mitigating problems before they arise.”

Resideo Home and Resideo Pro Apps

Designed to provide homeowners with a simple, unified platform that connects and manages the home, Resideo will enable the migration of the company’s 6.5 million connected customers, currently spread out among its existing apps, into the Resideo Home app throughout 2020. Starting today, users of Resideo’s recently launched Buoy Whole Home Water Controller and Buoy Water Leak Detectors can begin using the new app and access its free features, or upgrade to premium services like advanced automatic water shutoff and leak alerts. In the coming months, Resideo will integrate air products, such as the T Series line of smart thermostats, into the app. By the end of 2020, the app will support Resideo whole-home security systems as well.

Resideo Home App Monitors Air Water Energy and Security NetworksUnlike other smart-home apps that merely control gadgets, the Resideo Home app looks at the entire home by offering a glimpse into how the air, water, security and energy systems are performing. The bright and visually rich user experience offers insights through analytics that will help the homeowner identify energy savings, water usage and other tips over time.

A professional version of the app, Resideo Pro, will provide professionals with installation tools, help them better service customers through account management and service calls, and provide access to new business opportunities.

The Resideo Home and Resideo Pro apps are available now in the iOS and Android app stores.

New Whole-Home Services

Resideo also unveiled its new portfolio of connected, whole-home monitoring solutions that will be accessible through the app. Approximately 25% of homes in the United States have professionally monitored security. In a first for the industry, the new subscription services from Resideo extend professional monitoring to the other critical networks of the home. Resideo’s new subscription services will help pros and homeowners use the data already being produced by the critical systems of the home in ways that make the home work better and more efficiently.

“We’re giving the entire home a pulse to help both homeowners and the trade professionals save time and resources,” said Niccolo de Masi, chief innovation officer and president of Products & Solutions, Resideo. “For most people, their home is their largest financial investment – where they live with their loved ones and keep their most precious possessions. We are proud to bring this much-needed enhanced protection to the home.”

  • Smart Water Management is now available on the Resideo app and integrates with the Buoy Whole Home Water Controller and the Buoy Water Leak Detector. Through the new $9.99 subscription service, homeowners can start to make informed choices about their water use. Using data from the water controller, the Resideo Home app categorizes water usage, measures flow rate, applies advanced machine-learning algorithms and analyzes insights in real-time to help homeowners better conserve water while protecting their home.

 

  • Energy Services will launch on existing T Series Smart Thermostats in the Resideo app in 2020. The software service understands how the home’s HVAC system reacts and recovers to changing weather conditions. With that data, the smart thermostat knows how to adjust the schedule while using the least amount of energy possible.

 

  • Indoor Air Quality Services will provide real-time monitoring of factors affecting indoor air quality (IAQ) and provide tips that help the homeowner take action. Resideo today announced its new Indoor Air Quality Monitor, which will pair with the app to let homeowners and their home pros see real-time carbon dioxide levels, particles, chemicals and humidity to understand the air inside and do something about it.

 

  • Critical Appliance Monitoring Services will help homeowners stay ahead of equipment maintenance issues and breakdowns. Before aging or failing appliances quit altogether, they tend to draw more energy as their efficiency decreases. Pros and homeowners using the Resideo app and upcoming monitoring equipment will have access to data that can help diagnose a problem before it gets more serious and prevent premature failure in costly appliances like water heaters and furnaces.

 

  • Security Services integration in the app will allow homeowners to control Resideo’s ProSeries Home Security and Smart Home Platform coming to market in 2020. This revolutionary platform delivers entry-level security protection with the ability to scale to a fully integrated smart home security solution. It features new self-contained wireless and hybrid panels, an expanded line of advanced encrypted sensors and life safety devices, technology expansion modules interchangeable across the entire platform to help reduce inventory and training costs, and end-user replaceable parts creating operational cost efficiencies for dealers with increased account longevity. Coupled with the new app, this platform brings security, life safety and connected technology to homes, with a host of features and benefits in one scalable, flexible, end-to-end platform.

 

New Tools and Services for Professionals

Resideo also announced a new digital experience that can help its network of 110,000 trade professionals – and their 1 million technicians – build business for the future, simplify operations and strengthen relationships with homeowners. The Resideo Pro Portal (https://pro.resideo.com) offers a single destination for product information, product support, access to services and tools to promote and drive leads. A new training and loyalty program called Resideo Pro PERKS launches in January 2020.

Through the Pro PERKS program, pros and distributors will be able to access a tiered system of benefits, including strategic partnerships with other pros in Resideo’s network to take advantage of new business opportunities across the homes’ critical networks, new marketing tools to sell smart home solutions, and new video courses to become experts on the latest technologies.

“Resideo’s value proposition is firmly grounded in the belief that DIY companies are simply not equipped to address the installation and integration challenges due to the vast number of smart-home devices on the market, as well as lacking the know-how that local contractors have,” said Mark Vena, senior smart home analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “In addition, to manage critical systems in the home like air conditioning, heating, water management and energy utilization, advanced technical training and professional-grade equipment is required – two things the average consumer or the DIY companies don’t possess.”

Next Generation Comfort Platform

Resideo also unveiled concepts for its next-generation smart thermostat it will develop in partnership with professional contractors. Much more than a thermostat, the device will fully integrate with the Resideo Home app, providing insight into the four critical networks and access to subscription services through on-the-wall control with a modern user interface.

The company plans to launch alpha and beta test programs with professionals in 2020. More information is available for pros at https://www.resideo.com/us/en/pro/stay-informed

“We have an enormous advantage to deliver whole-home monitoring because of our presence in 150 million homes and decades of experience,” Nefkens said. “Our professional network of suppliers, dealers, contractors and installers ensures the job is done right, that dedicated support is always within reach, and will lay the groundwork to bring the next era of the connected home to life.”

The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, and AB&I Foundry, a leading producer of cast iron soil pipe and fittings used for commercial plumbing systems, celebrated Manufacturing Day on November 14th at the foundry in Oakland. The company hosted both middle-school and high school students. The students were Read more

The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, and AB&I Foundry, a leading producer of cast iron soil pipe and fittings used for commercial plumbing systems, celebrated Manufacturing Day on November 14th at the foundry in Oakland. The company hosted both middle-school and high school students.

The students were taken on a tour of the foundry and shown several critical processes used to make cast iron soil pipe and fittings. They were also able to engage with manufacturing leadership and participate with hands-on projects including learning about how the manufacturing process functions, but also participate with the quality control function of measuring the actual metal castings. By demonstrating these aspects of manufacturing, the students were able to see how much science and precision is needed in a manufacturing.

“Manufacturers across the nation are seeing the best and brightest young talent entering manufacturing,” said Richard Watson, VP of Operations at AB&I Foundry. “These students are the future leaders and providing them the opportunity to explore opportunities with Manufacturing Day is important as they shape their future.

“Advanced Manufacturing is applied math and science and essential for our society and our infrastructure. We in the Oakland Unified School District value our partnership with AB&I Foundry who has opened their doors and hearts to our scholars. We need more partners like AB&I who are willing to provide valuable career awareness and exploration opportunities in the world of manufacturing”, Emiliano Sanchez, Coordinator of Career Technical Educational Trades and Apprenticeships.

MFG Day is led by The Manufacturing Institute. First held in 2012 and organized by its founder—the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International—MFG Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gap, connect with future generations, update the public perception of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole.

White paper aims to accelerate the digital utility Houston — Grundfos, a global leader in water technology, has released the new white paper “Accelerating the Digital Utility” at the American Water Summit in Houston, Texas. Written in partnership with Global Water Intelligence, the paper examines why so few water utilities are using digital systems for Read more

White paper aims to accelerate the digital utility

Houston — Grundfos, a global leader in water technology, has released the new white paper “Accelerating the Digital Utility” at the American Water Summit in Houston, Texas. Written in partnership with Global Water Intelligence, the paper examines why so few water utilities are using digital systems for greater efficiency and why many others are experiencing digital poverty.

Robert Montenegro, Grundfos USA executive vice president of water utility, discussed the learnings from the paper in a panel forum, underscoring how the water sector can benefit from digital water solutions, which operate at a lower cost and are more efficient overall.

“There is a tremendous pressure to not jeopardize the water supply and treatment services all of us count on,” said Montenegro. “So many municipalities are quite conservative and want to do their job how it’s been done. In the same respect, other municipalities are very progressive. They want to utilize technology in a smarter way to make their jobs better and provide greater value to their constituents. We are developing and offering a wide range of digital solutions, all aimed at the same goal—to help our customers join us on the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability journey that we are on.”

Initial inspiration for the white paper came from 2018 American Water Summit in Philadelphia. At this year’s summit, Christopher Gasson, Publisher at Global Water Intelligence, recognized that Grundfos is not only the largest pump manufacturer in the world but also one of the biggest investors in water’s digital revolution.

“Pumps are the hidden giants of the water industry. The more data its pumps produce, the more visible their value becomes, and the stronger the argument is for treating pumps not as a capital asset, but as an operational service—and this makes the pump manufacturer of vital importance for utility leaders or industrial facility managers,” said Gasson.

Industry leaders from public and private sectors across the country joined together at the American Water Summit in Houston to address the challenges to provide clean, safe water across the United States. The challenge is being compounded by climate, demographic, political and economic changes. Attendees examined how the American water industry can lead the way with proactive technological development and adaptation.

Grundfos offers a full range of technologically advanced water and wastewater transport, distribution and treatment solutions for municipalities. A product portfolio of pumps and controls is available for the entire water distribution system, including main and local pumping stations, ensuring reliable management of pressure zones throughout the piping network and minimizing costs and water loss.

As part of its commitment to improving the quality of life for people, Grundfos has adopted the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals 6 and 13. SDG #6 calls for clean water and sanitation for all people. The company uses its experience and expertise in water pump technology to intentionally design more efficient pumps and solutions that make a positive effect in people’s lives. SDG #13 is a pledge to take action to combat climate change and its impacts. Grundfos has made the commitment to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2025 and be climate positive by 2030.

Click here to access the white paper.

Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. announced it completed the acquisition of Milwaukee Valve Company. NIBCO Chairman Rex Martin said, “We are thrilled to build upon and deepen Milwaukee Valve’s long history of high standards of manufacturing excellence and serving its customers. Our interest in Milwaukee Valve was driven by our admiration for its multi-generational family-owned Read more

Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. announced it completed the acquisition of Milwaukee Valve Company.

NIBCO Chairman Rex Martin said, “We are thrilled to build upon and deepen Milwaukee Valve’s long history of high standards of manufacturing excellence and serving its customers. Our interest in Milwaukee Valve was driven by our admiration for its multi-generational family-owned history, strong corporate culture, and long term performance, which are consistent with NIBCO’s core values.“

Milwaukee Valve will continue to operate separately as a wholly-owned subsidiary of NIBCO, with no changes to their sales, customer service, administrative, manufacturing, or distribution operations. Rick Giannini, chief executive officer of Milwaukee Valve, will continue to lead the business supported by the experienced leadership team at Milwaukee Valve who will remain in place in their current roles.

Milwaukee Valve Company was established in Wisconsin in 1901. Milwaukee Valve is a leading global producer of high-quality, high-precision valves to the commercial, industrial, and Navy marine markets including ball, gate, globe, check, butterfly, high performance butterfly, specialty marine, and lead-free valves.

With its two main U.S. manufacturing facilities located in New Berlin and Prairie du Sac, Wis., and its China manufacturing facility located in Tonglu, China, Milwaukee Valve offers more than 6,000 items including its UltraPure® brand of lead-free valves, and is a critical and long-standing supplier to the U.S. Navy.

For more information, visit www.milwaukeevalve.com.