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Scan and UPC are the result of an engineering process that re-purposes post-production “waste” yarn to manufacture broadloom and carpet tile products with rich tones and intricate textures. Scan is a pin stripe for almost any interior. UPC is a more whimsical complement and is available in 18-inch by 18-inch carpet tile.
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SmartScan is a fully digital communications protocol for improved event-reporting speed and accuracy. It provides alarm verification per detector and polling speed that is 10 to 15 times faster than existing protocols. The new protocol reduces panel end-to-end response to less than five seconds and supports 198 devices per loop. Additional benefits include detector adjustability and compensation, as well as adjustable analog heat detector range circuit isolation and priority interrupts.
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More than 200 architects and designers were surveyed in developing the new collection of rubber tile textures. Cubis, one of five new textures, creates illusions of great depths as geometric progressions become multi-layered in construction. It is standard in more than 60 solid rubber colors. It can be special-ordered in Johnsonite's exclusive customization program, including Prima Marbelized, Prima Olio or Speckled patterns. It is available in 24-inch by 24-inch, 1/8-inch-thick rubber tile.
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University uses access-control system to safeguard biotech center
The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville is designed to support the research and development of processes that produce ethanol from corn or its components through fermentation. When a research project is being conducted, operations typically will continue around the clock, so authorized people need to have access at all times.
In order to maintain security and provide access-control flexibility, NCERC has installed a Schlage Security Management System. Card readers are installed on all exterior doors, as well as some interior locations. The system is programmed to unlock the front door during business operation hours, but after hours and on weekends, all doors are locked and require a proximity card for entry.
The system also enables the facility to document important information, such as who has access to regulatory agencies. Card readers on the doors record an audit trail to verify when visitors are in specific locations. Because various clients who perform research will use the facility, the system's flexibility is important. Once someone's contract expires or a contractor is finished with a project, that person's card can be invalidated quickly. Control is maintained without the need for re-keying, and there are no keys that can be lost, copied or stolen.
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Enduring rough waters
Gym floor resists flooding caused by tropical storm
Taraflex Sports Flooring
Tropical Storm Gaston caused major flooding in Richmond, Va., the week before school was scheduled to start in September 2004. Aside from losing electricity, Lakeside Elementary School also had several inches of water inside that had to be pumped out. Much of the school's carpet and tile floors suffered extensive damage and had to be removed. However, the three-year-old Taraflex floor installed in the gym with an Isolsport moisture barrier underneath dried out and did not need replacement.
“It was quite an ordeal,” says William Pike, principal. “We were real concerned about the Taraflex gym floor because of the amount of water on the surface, but the floor held up well.”
The gym, with 2,100 square feet of Taraflex Sport M Maple Design and blue basketball game lines is used primarily for physical-education classes. It also doubles as a multipurpose room for chess tournaments, PTA programs and as a polling center. Taraflex Sport M floor with Isolsport prevents moisture under the floor from moving upward.
After the water was out of the school, the Henrico County School District conducted mold and mildew tests in the gym and underneath its floor. No traces were found. The school was able to open on time with replacement flooring installed in the building.
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