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Robotic mowers are now married to the Apple Watch

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna's Automower robotic mowers are getting an Apple Watch update that makes lawn care possible to control with the flick of a wrist.

The AutomowerConnect app allows users to remotely control, configure and monitor the Husqvarna Automower 320, 330X and 450X models.

“21 years ago Husqvarna set the first robotic mower on the market, and we have been pushing the technological frontier ever since. With Automower Connect for Apple Watch, Husqvarna takes the user experience to yet another level and strengthens its innovation lead in the growing robotic mower market”, says Olle Markusson, robotic category manager at Husqvarna.

The AutomowerConnect one-touch display allows users to monitor the status of the mower, send it to "Start," Stop" and "Park," configure the settings, receive alarm notifications, and track the position of the mower in case of theft.

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Video: 3M launches Thinsulate window film

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3M has taken some measures to help homeowners combat drafty windows and bring insulation technology to these oft-overlooked spots.

3M Thinsulate Window Film Climate Control Series provides a cost-effective, year-round solution to prevent heating and cooling loss, as well as block harmful UV rays — thus building on the benefits already offered by 3M Sun Control Window Film.

The film has a patented construction that helps reflect more interior heat back into the room, reducing cold drafts near windows and saving on energy costs.

“Window films have been proving their worth in residential and commercial applications since 3M received the first sun control window film patent 50 years ago, and Thinsulate technology has been used to insulate our coats, gloves and blankets for nearly 50 years,”  said Bill Pettit, global marketing manager, 3M Renewable Energy Division. “Now, Thinsulate window film will be providing comfort, warmth and quality to the existing windows in our homes and buildings. With the year-round savings that are made possible by our Thinsulate window film, the advantages in all climates becomes even more compelling.”

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Roxul affiliate breaks ground on acoustic ceiling panel facility

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Roxul USA affiliate Rockfon LLC, a subsidiary of Denmark-based Rockwool International A/S, has broken ground on its first North American acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing facility.

The 130,000-sq.-ft. facility is backed by an initial investment of $40 million. This is Rockfon's fifth facility in the world, having operated in North America since January 2013. Rockfon produces complete ceiling systems, with an array of stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels combined with Chicago Metallic suspension systems.

"Rockwool remains steadfast in its commitment to the North American marketplace," said Roxul USA president Trent Ogilvie. "The investment in this new facility is a testament to the rising demand for mineral wool products. Rockfon's line of mineral wool acoustic ceiling products are best-in-class, and with this manufacturing site set to extend global capacity, it paves the way for further growth and innovation."

A number of company executives, customers, stakeholders and community leaders were in attendance at the ground breaking, in addition to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

"Today is a great day for Marshall County as Rockfon prepares to begin construction of its new acoustic ceiling tile facility," said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. "Once complete, the company's significant investment and creation of 90 new jobs will have a strong positive affect on the local community and economy. I congratulate the Rockfon team and everyone involved in bringing this great company to Mississippi on this milestone event."

The new Rockfon plant will be situated adjacent to the current Roxul USA factory in Marshall County, Mississippi, which manufactures a full line of residential, commercial and industrial mineral wool products. 

Production at the new facility (of Rockfon stone wool acoustic ceiling products) is expected to commence mid-2017.

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