Leading manufacturer Reliance Worldwide Corporation (UK) Ltd (RWC UK) has been shortlisted in two categories in the H&V News Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the heating industry. RWC UK is a finalist in the Domestic H&V Product of the Year in both the Heating and Heat Recovery and the Accessories categories.
In the ‘heating and heat recovery’ category, RWC UK’s Radiance Thermal Interface Units (TIUs) are the shortlisted product. The range includes options to meet the demands of instantaneous domestic hot water, stored hot water or cooling for a Community Heating Network. The range can also be tailored to the demands of the installation. As requirements can change from one project to another, RWC offers a dedicated technical and design support service to assist customers in selecting a product.
The company’s range of SharkBite Push-fit Plumbing Solutions has been shortlisted in the ‘Accessories’ category. SharkBite is an innovative range of push-fit fittings, valves and joints. Without the requirement of heat and solder, the speed of installation and the ability to make repairs without draining down a system are greatly improved compared with conventional fittings and the connection method also allows for easy removal and reuse of the fittings.
Speaking of the shortlisting, Koert Munnik, Commercial Director for RWC UK, says: “Being shortlisted for these categories is great. Recognition of our work in these areas is rewarding, and we are hopeful for a good result following our presentations.”
RWC will now move to the next stage, presenting to a selected panel of industry experts. The winners will then be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in April.
Flow control solutions have long been a specialty of Reliance Water Controls (RWC), who is renowned for leading the way with innovative new products and a range that spans nearly every sector of the plumbing industry.
This winter sees the launch of a new and very compact thermal balancing valve (TBV) for use in hot water systems with a secondary return. The valve balances the temperature in the system by automatically regulating the flow. The valve will restrict the flow as the temperature rises to its set point, but at 70°C a built-in bypass will open allowing a higher flow rate for disinfection to protect against legionella.
Available in ½ in” and ¾” sizes, the compact valve is pre-insulated to save time and cost upon installation. Female connections allow for simple adaptation to a wide range of fittings, while the option of SharkBite push-fit ends enable even faster installation. Features include easy tamperproof set-up, which is easily adjustable between 40 – 65°C, with a clear indicator to show set temperature. A dry-fit, push-in thermometer is also included and eliminates the need to drain the system. The valve comes with a compact and handy insulation case which saves additional insulation time and cost.
The body of the TBV is made from DZR brass with high quality internal fittings for durability and longevity. The valve has a maximum working pressure of 10 bar and is accurate to within +/- 2°C. Available spares include a dry-fit push-in thermometer, service kit and spare insulation case.
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Right from the start
Managing water safety is important in all bathrooms but nowhere is it more critical than in healthcare environments. In hospitals and care homes, the thermostatic control of taps is a key requirement to ensure safe temperature of hot water at the point of use. Paul Musgrove, Specification Manager for the Health and Care Sector at Reliance Water Controls (RWC), explains how the company’s Caremix® range of thermostatic taps and showers helps plumbers to ensure the stringent hygiene and infection control standards demanded in healthcare are met right from the point of installation.
Fit for purpose
Whether fitting washroom solutions in a huge new hospital or upgrading facilities in a small residential care home, it’s more than likely the products being installed have been chosen because their features will more easily help to meet and maintain water management, hygiene and infection control standards.
For those fitting these systems, ease of product installation is absolutely essential but more so, believes RWC, is the ability to ensure that they are fitted correctly, to minimise any potential issues once they’ve been commissioned and are in use.
Therefore, RWC underpins its product offering with a comprehensive technical service that provides customers with steadfast and reliable support to help achieve the best possible product performance. For example, we provide onsite training for plumbers, giving them guidance on how to best install our thermostatic taps and showers in healthcare premises, making sure they’ll be able to meet the required regulations and exacting standards and minimising the risk of future issues or damage.
To further aid the installation process, we reduce its complexity for plumbers by packaging and delivering products such as TMV3 shower valves to be fitted in to two clear stages; behind the wall and in front of the wall. We also help them to easily flush through a system after the first stage fix when all of the components have been secured behind the wall, to remove any left behind grit and dirt so that the products will confidently meet the rigorous requirements of healthcare environments from the moment they have been installed.
While we endeavour to keep product installation as simple as possible, we believe the same principle should be applied to ongoing product maintenance to bring multiple benefits, particularly in healthcare and care facilities where inadequate cleaning and disinfection can really be a matter of life or death.
Although it’s been a hot topic for many years, poor infection control is still making headlines. Earlier this year an NHS Trust was fined for inadequate Legionella control practices following the death of a patient, who was believed to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a hospital shower.
For this reason, the changing circumstances that surround the issues of pseudomonas and legionella control in UK healthcare facilities, makes the design, supply, installation and maintenance of water systems and products a big challenge. Varying industry viewpoints and new technologies also add confusion when it comes to making the right decision on product choice.
Simplicity built in
The Caremix range is therefore designed to address the specific requirements in tackling water safety, scalding potential and hygiene and infection control by helping to ensure good clinical maintenance procedures are easily followed to help safeguard patient welfare.
In practice, every tap in the range uses a unique Aegle one piece thermostatic cartridge as standard. Requiring just one type of cartridge makes maintenance as simple as possible, it also minimises the risk of mistakes and damage because it’s impossible to fit any other type with the range.
Utilising a cartridge system means the components of each tap can be accessed from in front of the wall with an allen key, ensuring maintenance and repairs can be done quickly and easily. In facilities where it’s vital to minimise downtime or avoid area closures this is incredibly beneficial.
With this in mind, both wall mounted and deck mounted Caremix taps have been designed for easy removal for cleaning, repair or replacement. Following isolation, the entire tap can be removed simply and a spare installed. Taking this principle of ‘front of wall’ maintenance a step further the one-piece internal brass housing, which contains the non-return valve, cylindrical strainer and flow regulator, can be removed and replaced immediately, leaving time to clean or repair the internal components away from the washroom with no ‘downtime’.
A new disinfection flushing hose has been introduced to the range, which allows the tap to be cleansed with scalding water in seconds, while the tap is in situ, killing any germs as part of a robust and highly efficient maintenance programme.
The taps also have a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating to resist scratching and deterioration of the chrome finish. Not only does this mean they stay looking good for longer, it also ensures they can endure the robust and vigorous maintenance that’s so essential when working in the healthcare sector.