INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

HELPING GUESTS SEE THE LIGHT

To provide better lighting and improve guest satisfaction, more than 800 Marriott hotels have installed energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and fixtures from Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), an Ohio-based manufacturer of CFLs.

The company says its CFLs have an average life of 10,000 hours, which can last six to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. In fall 2005, working with TCP, Marriott launched “Bright Lights,” a six-month program to have every Marriott hotel participate in a monthly re-lamp program for replacing every light bulb once every 36 months with CFLs.

“Dim and poor lighting can lead to a frustrating guest experience,” says Lenny Jachimowicz, Marriott's VP of lodging engineering. “Our goal in participating in the Bright Lights program is to ensure that good lighting is a hallmark of every property.”

The Bright Lights program has yielded other benefits for participating hotels, including reduced labor costs, reduced energy usage and utility rebates. For example, a full-service hotel with 350 rooms and six sockets per room saved more than $22,000 a year in energy costs by replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, says the manufacturer. Circle 161

Kitchen Faucets

Symmons introduces its Elements line of luxury kitchen faucets. Featuring five new styles of pull-out faucets, the Elements Kitchen Line complements Symmons' existing custom-manufactured Elements Line for bathrooms. The faucets are available in polished chrome, Radiance satin or Radiance polished-brass finish. Circle 162

Matrix Switching

FSR offers PathFinder Matrix Switchers, a ground-up development aimed at bringing new capabilities and new levels of performance to matrix switching. The PathFinders feature more than 600 MHZ of bandwidth with +/- 1 dB of flatness; HD compatible 720p, 1080i, 1080p and digital camera; split mode switching; 32 presets and more. Circle 163

Camera Scanner

Card Scanning Solutions, producer of driver's license scanning products, introduces the Snapshell IDR camera scanner. Powered by software featuring Optical Character Recognition, it reads driver's license cards from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. It uses a three mega-pixel camera built into its base to snap digital images of ID cards, populating the card's text into appropriate fields within seconds. Circle 164

CFL Lighting

Pineapple Hospitality's Fresh Bulb is a compact fluorescent light bulb that is said to provide superior light quality while eliminating strong odors and reducing energy costs by 62-77 percent. Each Fresh Bulb is dipped in titanium oxide. The coatings react with the fluorescent lighting when the bulb is turned on and within 10 minutes the bulb is said to eliminate odors. Circle 165

Ceiling Mounts

Chief Manufacturing introduces single ceiling mounts for small, medium and large flat panel TVs. Mounts are available in black or silver and hold displays up to 40 to 175 pounds. Circle 166

Thermal Printer

Extech Data Systems presents the S3750THS series thermal printer, a portable receipt printer that offers bar code capability for machine-readable receipts. The unit features an easy-to-use operator interface and automatic thermal print contrast control, to produce high-speed, high-resolution printouts. Circle 167

Sanitizer Wipe

The Kimtech Prep Surface Sanitizer Wipe from Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an alternative for cleaning bacteria from hard, non-porous food contact and non-food contact surfaces, a surface sanitizer wipe that can be used and then tossed. The wipe is said to kill 99.999 percent of bacteria in 60 seconds. Circle 169

Extractor Line

Maytag Commercial Soft-Mount, High-Speed Extractors are available in a variety of sizes to best meet on-premise laundry needs, from 25- to 125-pound capacities. The soft-mount suspension system eliminates the need for machine bolt-down, so even wooden floor installations are possible. Circle 168

Beverage Sweetener

Equal claims to be the number-one zero-calorie sweetener in foodservice. An informative brochure about how to grow brewed beverage sales is available from the company. Circle 170

Clock Radio

Neilmax offers a single-day alarm CD clock radio with mp3/iPod input for hotel guestrooms. It features an ergonomic design, front-loading CD player, AM/FM tuner and a single-day programmed alarm. Swivel mounts are available as well. Circle 171

Coffeemaker

Andis developed a new stainless-steel carafe for its commercial four-cup coffeemaker. The coffee maker includes an automatic shut-off after one hour and a non-stick warming plate. The water reservoir is covered, and a water level indicator shows how many cups of water the unit contains. Circle 172

Knife Sharpener

The model WKS800 Waring Knife Sharpener features two grinding wheels — fine and coarse — and one patent-pending stropping/polishing wheel, which is used to buff and polish the blade and improve the edge. The sharpener grinds at 18- to 22-degree angles, the optimum angles recommended by knife manufactures to increase the longevity and performance of the knife. Circle 173

Lighting Control

Watt Stopper/Legrand introduces the ELCU-100 Emergency Lighting Control Unit, bringing energy savings to emergency lighting. The product allows operators to leverage the energy saving benefits of control devices such as occupancy sensors and time scheduled systems by having these devices control emergency lighting in tandem with non-emergency lighting. Circle 174

Speaker

Boston Acoustics' P400 High-Performance Slim Theater Speaker provides left, center and right channels in one elegant, space-saving solution, ideal for bringing rich home theater sound to a hotel room, claims the company. It's a three-channels-in-one solution with a bar-shaped design that fits on the wall below a flat-panel display. Circle 175

Laundry Products

The P&G Pro Line Lodging On Premise Laundry provides lodging facilities the cleaning power of Tide, the softness of Downy and the whitening capability of Clorox bleach. The products come in a variety of sizes, both ready to use and concentrate, and are available through a nationwide corps of distributors that provide delivery, tech support and training. Circle 176

Under-Phone Adapter

Teledex has received a patent for its ExpressNet ExpressPort under-phone adapter for high-speed Internet access, which offers a solution for the deployment of broadband access for hotel guestrooms. The design saves space on the desk and eliminates the tangled-wire mess common with other solutions, claims the company. Circle 177

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