New app simplifies janitorial inspections with the swipe of a finger Smart Inspect™ is making large-scale custodial programs simpler and more efficient on the campuses of hospitals, hotels, major universities and corporate buildings. Organizations equipped with Smart Inspect™ can maintain the highest health-and-safety standards, efficiently report and identify areas of deficiency, and increase staff accountability. Smart Inspect™ was developed by janitorial consulting firm Core Management Services to help organizations fully understand how to maximize their janitorial resources to foster peak performance. It is compatible with most smart phones, tablets and other leading handheld devices, and is entirely Web-based once installed, with all inspection data stored on a secure and stable server. The inspection process is simple. Smart Inspect™ saves clicks by defaulting all items within an area to “acceptable.” Clients simply need to record “deficient” items and any associated notes or pictures. When the inspection is complete, data is uploaded wirelessly. Thousands of users have implemented the Smart Inspect™ tool as their janitorial and custodial quality inspection solution, including the University of Florida, Nationwide Insurance, LinkedIn, NASA and Marriott Hotels. The University of Vermont’s custodial program has been revolutionized by Smart Inspect™. Approximately 170 custodians serve more than 100 buildings on the UVM campus, totaling over 2 million square feet. UVM reports that inspections and reviews only take up two hours of each inspector’s week. UVM credits the application with the university’s excellent quality levels, with an outstanding average score of 92.65 percent, year-to-date. pinta acoustic inc. ceiling clouds enhance aesthetics and acoustics The new combined headquarters for companies PlayCore and Dero in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, was designed as an open-plan, “industrial-chic” space with concrete floors and exposed ceilings. To minimize unwanted sound reflecting off the hard surfaces, the office needed acoustic absorbers. Architect Brian Hunke, AIA from Mohagen Hansen, recommended pinta acoustic inc.’s BALANCE and WHISPERWAVE ceiling clouds. For the combined company office space, two 42-by-96-inch WHISPERWAVE Ceiling Clouds were suspended over the reception desk to absorb sound reverberating off the hard surfaces in the lobby. Eighteen BALANCE Ceiling Clouds were hung over the breakroom to help absorb sound within the space. WHISPERWAVE ceiling clouds, panels and baffles provide design flexibility and acoustical control across all frequencies. Class 1 fire-rated and lightweight, WHISPERWAVE products are offered in standard and custom wave designs. The products are easy to install and are available in standard and custom dimensions in natural white and grey. WHISPERWAVE acoustical products can also be HPC-coated in standard, premium or custom colors. BALANCE ceiling clouds provide acoustical control, while maintaining the appearance of an open ceiling. Completely preassembled, BALANCE products are easy to suspend from any ceiling or roof deck, and are ideal for open-office environments and loft spaces. Panels are available in white, black or custom colors. Offered in natural aluminum and white, BALANCE frames are available with non-exposed or exposed 3/8 inch-wide flange around the perimeter. — VISIT pinta-acoustic.com New CO 2 sensor from Schneider Electric improves indoor air quality and occupant productivity Schneider Electric announces the availability of a new CO2 sensor module for its SE8000 Series Room Controllers. The sensor is designed to detect CO2 levels in environments such as hotels, schools, office buildings and restaurants to help facility managers improve occupant comfort and create opportunities for energy savings. High CO2 levels mean high risks within building environments. Occupants in high CO2 situations can experience lethargy, decreased productivity and fainting. The sensor identifies opportunities to reduce air changes and adjust lighting and temperature settings when rooms are not occupied, which leads to significant energy savings. “Keeping a close eye on CO2levels within buildings is a critical responsibility for today’s facility executives,” said Henry Zebrowski, Senior Offer Manager, EcoBuildings Division, Schneider Electric. “The new embedded CO2 module optimizes the level of fresh air flow within buildings so facility managers can focus on providing the optimum environment to increase comfort and productivity.” CO2 sensors can help building owners achieve LEED, BREEAM and Green Star certifications that promote their dedication to sustainability and attract and maintain tenants. Other benefits include: • Installation and configuration in minutes • No external wiring required • Automatic calibration to ensure extremely high accuracy • Conforms to ASHRAE specifications for green building standards • Achieves optimal ventilation and reduces stagnant air • Adapts to a multitude of environments • Requires no after-service maintenance • Low power consumption Haws Integrated . launches ANSI Z358.1 compliant emergency overhead tank shower Adding to its line of line of emergency response tempering solutions, Haws Integrated’s Model 8740 is a pre-engineered and self-contained overhead tank shower designed for indoor and non-extreme outdoor climate installations. Starting with a standard base model, the 8740 allows for enhanced options to meet customers’ needs. The compact height and modular frame design allows for placement in areas not normally considered for shower installations or in areas where there is no or insufficient water supply. This model is ideal for projects where mobility, fast delivery and low-cost solutions are needed. The unit is ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 and EN 15154 compliant as a stand-alone unit at 60-100°F (16-38°C) ambient temperature. Enhanced options include AXION® MSR eye/face wash, fiberglass privacy panels, tank temperature gauge, scald and freeze valves, light and alarm, immersion heaters, auto-fill valve, level indicator, proximity switches and chillers. For more than 110 years, Haws has been committed to inventing, designing and manufacturing hydration and emergency response products. Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, USA, Haws is globally represented with locations in Switzerland, Singapore, China, India and Brazil. New features with ResourceXpress meeting-room booking system version 4.8 An estimated 20 percent of meeting rooms that are booked are never used, 2:1 staff-to-desk ratios are now commonplace, and 40 percent of office space is under-utilized. Providing meeting-room booking systems and an innovative desk-booking system that can also be used to manage any flexible workspace more efficiently, ResourceXpress helps maximize productivity and minimize real estate overhead. ResourceXpress 4.8 is the latest version of the meeting-room booking system, offering four new features. • Reporting charts. With improved graphical and analysis reporting, you can filter by date, location, resource type, exclude weekends and choose working hours to create insights into the effectiveness of the workspace. Highlight under- or over-used resources to extract every drop of productivity from the office floor. Four new graphical reports are available from the RX administration console, including Actual vs. Available, Utilization vs. Date, No Shows by Date and Pre-booked Occupancy by date. • Future booking using maps. Book workspaces for future meetings directly from the Maps feature of ResourceXpress on a floor-standing kiosk and using the mobile Web application. This is a major improvement in functionality for kiosk users. • Enhanced RFID code manipulation. Now directly controlled from the ResourceXpress Administration console, it offers the ability to apply a formula against an RFID-swiped code to match it to the right authentication record in the corporate directory. • Hybrid-local booking mode. Designed for clients who want a mix of integrated/non-integrated resources, this enables resource management without integration to booking systems such as MS Exchange, Office 365, Google or IBM (Lotus) Notes. For example, an organization can have meeting rooms set up as resources in Office365/Exchange, while bookable desk resources are created solely within ResourceXpress. Organizations with thousands of desks will appreciate removing the need for defining and managing simple resources like desks in Office365. All versions of ResourceXpress meeting room booking software are designed to be flexible and to seamlessly integrate with core calendaring and scheduling systems. ResourceXpress communicates in real time, ensuring optimum productivity for all resources. Choose from an extensive range of meeting room screens and/or the innovative Qubi desk booking device. — VISIT resourcexpress.com Using electrostatic technology, Clorox® Total 360® System kills cold and flu viruses in hard-to-reach surfaces Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. In the United States, cold, flu and norovirus season peaks between December and March, and can last as late as May. Each year, productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers an average of US$225.8 billion. Schools are often among the hardest hit, with nearly 60 million school days lost each year due to cold and flu. Surface disinfection is an important measure in preventing the spread of illness; but it is nearly impossible for building staff to completely disinfect all surfaces manually. The Clorox® Total 360® System combines patented electrostatic technology with scientifically tested Clorox® disinfecting and sanitizing solutions. The system works by charging and atomizing the sanitizing solution, delivering a powerful flow of charged particles that are attracted to surfaces with a force stronger than gravity. This allows the solution to easily reach and uniformly coat surfaces, including germ hotspots like the sides, underside and backside of surfaces. It covers up to 18,000 square feet per hour, providing superior surface coverage up to four times faster and using up to 65 percent less product compared to conventional trigger sprayers. In September 2017, Clorox® Total 360® won the ISSA Innovation of the Year Award, and the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Visitors’ Choice Award. — VISIT CloroxTotal360.com
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