Innovations
 
November 1st, 2006

November-December 2006

TIBER GLAZED PORCELAIN FROM MARAZZI

Tiber, Marazzi’s newest glazed porcelain, embodies the strength of ancient stone found along its namesake Italian river. Undulated edges along with dramatic shade and pattern variation in a 12″x12″ module bring fascinating visual movement to floors and walls in multi-use settings. Sensuous layers of color, soothing yet slip-resistant surfaces with a simple maintenance routine counterpoints popular architectural elements like metal, glass or stone to personalize residential or commercial installations. The majolica-inspired Mosaic Listelli interjects creative flair when used either as strips or cut and used as inserts. Cascading, tumbling, winding its way from the Appenine mountain range through Rome and into the Mediterranean Sea the Tiber River brings life to all the diverse regions through which it flows. The greens of Romagna, the reds of Tuscany, the golds of Umbria and the browns of Lazio comprise Tiber’s palette. www.marazzitile.com

IKOM EMBODIES CRISP, CLASSIC

New from Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, Pamesa, is the Ikom series. Tile of Spain branded manufacturers introduce a spread of new products that provide the perfect foundation for a simple yet sophisticated modern space. ‘Crisp Classic’ design combines clean lines with natural materials to soften the look while exotic woods, weathering steel, glass, slate and concrete complement monochromatic collections. Pure, organic fabrics such as wool, linen, cashmere and flannel soften the space which is balanced by crisp lines and meticulous attention to detail. ‘Crisp Classic’ is a reflection of a more conscious culture; one not concerned with fluff, but dedicated to pureness of design and execution. A through-bodied porcelain that embodies the essence of cement, formats from 12×12″, 16×16″ to 20×20″ are suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and exterior facades. Colors include: Gris, Negro, Blanco, Arena, Noce and Bambu. Complimentary pieces are available. Another tile that captures the characteristics of concrete is the Cemento Manhattan Series, a white bodied rectified tile by Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, Porcelanosa. Formats offered are 12.5 x 12.5″ for floors and 12.5 x 18″ for walls and facades. www.spaintiles.info

EcoCycle™ is Certified for Meeting Recycled Content Criteria

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) announced recycled content certification for the new EcoCycle™ Series—eight Porcelain Stone™ tile products manufactured by Crossville, Inc. Certification of the EcoCycle™ Series confirms that Crossville meets the necessary criteria for recycled content claims based on internationally recognized standards and guidance established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED™ Rating System. The eight products in the EcoCycle™ Series have a certified recycled content of 40 percent. “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers tile made with recycled content,” says Tim Bolby, director of technical services for Crossville. “The key for us was designing a collection and treatment system that captured feedstock from one industrial process for use in another—diverting material from the landfill and providing recycled content material for our EcoCycle™ Series.” According to ISO 14021 on “Environmental Labels and Declarations,” as well as USGBC’s “LEED™ 2.2 Rating System for New Construction,” pre-consumer recycled material is defined as “material diverted from the waste stream during or from the manufacturing process.” The new EcoCycle Series has the rustic elegance of natural stone with surface color that continues through the body of the tile. Crossville Porcelain Stone® is slip resistant, refuses to scratch, stain or fade, never needs sealing or waxing, and cleans with just hot water. Its eight colors take their inspiration from nature: Wetlands, a medium warm beige; Marshland, a mid-tone gray; Earth, a reddish brown; Pine Barren, a deep green; Night Air, black; Grand Canyon, a noce; Plymouth Rock, a deep gray; and Storm EC001, a gray mingle. All are 5/16″ thick and available in 12″x12″, except for Storm EC001, which is available in 8″x8″ only. All have an unpolished (UPS) finish; Storm EC001 is also available in the Cross-Tread Surface Pattern. Coordinating bullnose, base coves, left and right corners are also available. www.crossvilleinc.com.

Elevations™ from Oceanside

Oceanside Glasstile’s Elevations™ is the perfect material to create strong architectural statements, especially on expanses of floor or wall. Elevations takes design to a new dimension with its clean lines and modern aesthetics. From the bold relief arches of Extrados field tile to six modulating 10-inches wide field sizes to geometric textured liners, Elevations creates visual impact adding depth, texture and color to any project. Like all of Oceanside Glasstile’s eight product lines, Elevations is handcrafted from hand-cast molten glass into luminous glass tile that is both beautiful and sustainable, made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource, and up to 86% recycled material. www.glasstile.com.

ACTIVANT PROPHET 21 VERSION 11 AVAILABLE

Activant Solutions Inc. announces the availability of Activant Prophet 21™ version 11.0. “As one of the leading enterprise software solutions for the distribution industry, Prophet 21 offers distributors a fully scalable solution with proven ROI,” said Steve McLaughlin, senior vice president and general manager of Activant’s wholesale distribution group. Version 11.0 includes advanced inventory management and customer relationship management (CRM) functionality. Eric Pargmann, technology utilization manager of Abatix, has been an early adopter of Prophet 21 version 11.0 and has this to say: “With new functionality such as Customer Master Inquiry and Advanced Demand Forecasting, Prophet 21 version 11.0 is going to streamline processes and help us take better advantage of the data in our solution. As early adopters, we’ve had about 100 users hitting it everyday and the solution has been very stable.” Activant® put its more than three decades of wholesale distribution experience into building the solution, which combines the familiarity of Windows with the depth of SQL Server to provide distributors with an intuitive solution to access business data to changing market needs. Features include order management, inventory management, warehouse management, purchasing, financial management, customer relationship management, business reporting and analysis, PDA integration, and e-business. All of Activant’s solutions for wholesale distributors go through rigorous quality assurance and field production testing before wide release. An innovative implementation program that includes a customized training agenda ensures that distributors new to Prophet 21 can start benefiting from the solution as soon as they go live. Ongoing solution, technology, and e-business consulting and specially developed Web- and Classroom-Based Training courses allow distributors to continue expanding their knowledge of their solution and training their employees. Support programs, including an online solutions database, a feature-rich Customer Web Site, and online and one-on-one networking programs allow distributors to implement the best practices for their business. www.activant.com

WarmlyYours offers Spa Package

WarmlyYours has unveiled the very latest in home comfort solutions: its new Bathroom Spa Package, combining popular bathroom floor warming systems and its new line of premium Towel Warmers. The new line of Towel Warmers offers the next level of self-pampering and spa-like comfort for the home. For K&B professionals looking to maximize personal comfort in project design, the new WarmlyYours Spa Package is a great way to offer a broader variety of luxury comfort solutions. Lightweight and easy to connect with no visible wires, the new WarmlyYours Towel Warmers are manufactured from high carbon steel with electrostatic coatings for long lasting quality. Heated by an embedded double grounded electric cable for faster heating with only a fraction of the power of comparable liquid-filled models, each towel warmer comes with an attractive, wall-mounted soft-touch control with on/off and economy (half power) modes. All WarmlyYours Home Comfort solutions are backed by an exclusive 24/7 installation support service and lifetime technical assistance plan for maximum customer confidence and convenience. www.warmlyyours.com

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