Products Sept. 1, 2012
DISSOLVABLE LAUNDRY BAGS
100% soluble and biodegradable bags from CKI Solutions can be used to remove infested or infected linens. The bags can be placed in laundry machines and will dissolve at temperatures above 140 degrees, which is hot enough to kill bed bugs and most infectious pathogens, leaving no residue.
VU, a new in-room entertainment system from KoolConnect, includes video on demand, multi-media interactive pages and an electronic programming guide. The system also includes smart TV apps such as Netflix, which operate through WiFi. The company says the system costs 70% less than its previous offerings and most other IPTV systems.
FormMobi from a la mode, inc. is a cloud-based workflow solutions applications that replaces paper-based field data-gathering techniques and transfer them to iOS and Android devices. In addition to text input, users can also record audio, select data from QuickLists, scan barcodes, make calculations, take photos, get GPS coordinates, collect signatures and more.
Products from Versa Wallcovering have been certified to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Standard, a measure that evaluates wallcovering over its life cycle, from raw material extraction through end-of-life. Versa say its Reflections product is low VOC, contains 20% recycled content and carries the NSF Sustainability Mark, which signals its eligibility for LEED credits.
Clarke introduced Clean Track L24, a battery-powered, walk-behind carpet extractor. The company says the unit achieves carpet dry times of 30 minutes or less and has low sound levels, making it ideal for daytime cleaning. Other features include a low-moisture, indirect spray and onboard detergent dispensing.
SUSTAINABLE BATHROOM TISSUES
Cascades Tissue Group expanded its Moka line of 100% recycled, unbleached bathroom tissue. In addition to a single roll offering, the company now markets Moka in jumbo, nine-inch rolls and a high-capacity format for its Tandem dispensers. The tissues’ beige appearance comes from its mix of 80% post-consumer material and 20% corrugated boxes.
Nexstep Commercial Products introduced the Lobby 100% black angle corn broom. The broom’s angle cut provides easy sweeping of debris, says the manufacturer, while the black natural broom corn has hair-like follicles that trap and hold dust particles and is water resistant.
CARTS, TRUCKS, BASKETS
Meese Orbitron Dunne offers a line of ergonomic carts, trucks and baskets available with a choice of spring-loaded mechanisms, which are either hidden underneath the platform or with the platform suspended from springs set around the perimeter of the rim. As goods are removed, the platform automatically rises to provide workers with easy access while positioning work at a consistent height that minimizes bending, reaching and lifting.
BED BUG PESTICIDE
Bedlam Plus, a new bed bug pesticide developed by MGK has been accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The company says the product is formulated to deliver two modes of action to quickly kill even the most resistant bed bugs. It can be applied for spot treatment on hard-to-treat surfaces such as mattresses, box springs, carpet and furniture and also has an attachment for treating small cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide.
The newly combined Homer Laughlin China Co. and Hall China collaborated to expand the HLC Bosque Collection of rustic casual dinnerware. Bosque is available in five woodland-themed colors: Rich Moss, Maple, Chestnut, Goldenrod and Blueberry. New pieces in the collection are a creamer, sugar stick holder and two platters, one in a square shape and the other a triangle.
PMS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
NORTHWIND added Management Strategy Services to ensure hotel owners and operators are using the capabilities of the Maestro hotel management system to maximize operational efficiencies and productivity levels as well as reduce costs and drive revenues. The service analyzes a property’s operating environment to shape best practices that complement the hotel’s specific business needs.
Sure Fir slipcovers allow hotel owners to cost-effectively transform their furnishings. The covers are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns for chairs, sofas, recliners and more. The covers can be used to transition a dining room from day to night or winter to summer, update worn lobby couches and chairs, make seasonal updates to conference room seating and tables and more.
CR Brands offers Mean Green, an industrial-strength cleaner-degreaser that it says is ideal for all aspects of carpet cleaning—from spot treatment and removal to general purpose cleaning. Because the product has a slow evaporation rate, it emits no harmful fumes. It is packaged in a variety of sizes, from a 32-ounce trigger spray to 55-gallon drums, to suit any hospitality use.
Kim Lighting introduces Altitude, a versatile and powerful LED site luminaire that the company says combines design innovation with a balance of form, engineering and optics. The luminaire is scalable in six sizes for pedestrian, site and roadway applications. Altitude, says the company, was designed with advanced LED lighting technology to deliver energy efficiency, safety and security.
Kichler Lighting markets Arkwright, a line of customizable, energy-efficient ceiling fans designed for the hospitality market. the fans are available in three angular blades, various blade finishes, two types of blade material (plywood and polycarbonate) and two integrated lighting options. Blades are available in sizes of 38, 48 or 58 inches.
Sustainable Cards wood products include hotel key cards, signage, in-room cards, door hangers and other items. Made from sustainable Nordic birch wood, the cards meet ISO standards, work just like plastic cards and are durable, reliable and reusable, says the manufacturer.
The Handstand for iPad is a rotational case for holding an iPad securely in one hand while using it to take orders, process transactions or other functions. It can be personalized.
Conair Hospitality’s new Cuisinart Ultimate Brewing System is an electronic machine offering the same experience as in-home, single-serve machines. The machine has an audible tone when brewing is finished.
Cintas Corp. now offers a hospitality mat system to help ensure hotel floors are safe, protected and visibly clean. The system is available for rental or direct purchase and custom mat options are available for both front- and back-of-the-house operations. Also available are logo/message mats, scraper mats, water guard mats and more.
PSAV Presentation Services’ Express App enables meeting attendees to access important event information, such as conference agendas, speaker lists, event sponsors, virtual property maps and listings of off-site venues. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is one of the first properties to adopt the technology.
LUXURY BED LINENS
Monarch Robe & Towel now offers a wide range of bed linen products from Lissadell Liddell Ireland Ltd. The line includes high-end Liddell-branded sheets, pillowcases and duvets.
Enhancements to VingCard’s RFID locking technology promise to nearly double the reading speed for its Classic RFID, Signature RFID and Signature RFID Remotus designs. In addition, the company says the new platform enables the RFID locks to read keycards from more than twice as far.
Jamison Bedding’s new Town & Country mattress line comes in four models including one- and two-sided designs. ArmorPur technology repels water- and oil-based liquids and stains. It safeguards the bed from mold, mildew, algae, bacteria, odor-causing microbes and microbial deterioration.
Signet Cleaning Chemical Service combines cleaning chemicals from Diversey with the delivery service of Cintas. The co-branded product line includes floor, hard surface and manual warewashing cleaners. The delivery service eliminates the need to carry inventory and provides properly diluted chemicals at the push of a button.