Zman Technologies New Fire-Preventing Wall Outlet Hailed as a Must for Every Kitchen

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Zman Technologies’ New Fire-Preventing Wall Outlet Hailed as a Must for Every Kitchen

The tragic electrical fire that took the lives of seven frum family members in Flatbush still bears down heavily on our consciousness. We think of our own Shabbos kitchen setup – hot plate, water urn, crock pot – all running for a full 24 hours. Come Yom Tov, these hi-voltage, high-heat appliances can run for 2 or 3 days straight. Is it safe?

Zman Technologies, the company that has set its mission to harness technology for the benefit of the contemporary Halacha-observant lifestyle, has come up with a powerful innovation to help mitigate the inherent risks of such appliances. The TFCI Fire-Prevention outlet, developed in conjunction with BSafe Electrix™, is designed to sense abnormal temperatures in electrical wiring devices, and will immediately cut off the electric supply to the outlet, stopping the potential for catastrophic fires before it even starts.

Much like to the now-mandated GFI outlets most of have in our kitchens, which immediately deactivate upon detecting a potential for electric shock, the TFCI technology does the same in cases of heat buildup with the potential for an electrical fire.

The product made its debut this past Sunday at a community Fire Safety and Home Protection Event, held in Boro Park, where over 1000 TFCI wall outlets were distributed free, courtesy of Zman Technologies. At the event, Steven Comer of the FDNY underscored the inherent dangers in the use of hot plates and other kitchen appliances which, he said “were not ideally designed for 24-hour continuous use.”   

William Thea of Zman Technologies described the TFCI outlet as a breakthrough development for our community.  “Thermal outlets are the first of their kind. The product is UL listed and patented as the only product designed to protect residents from electrical fires do to overheating caused by things like defective or misused appliances, circuit overloads, damaged or underrated wiring, extension cords, etc.

Organizers of the Fire Safety Event hailed the product as a vital fire-prevention tool that should be installed in all kitchens, particularly in frum homes.

Best of all, the product is inexpensive, simple to install and inconspicuous, looking just like any standard wall outlet. The product is currently available for purchase at The Buzz stores in Brooklyn, as well as online, directly from the Zman website, at www.zmantechnologies.com.

Dr. Rich Roberts to Subsidize Free Zman Switches for Lakewood Shuls

In another kind and generous initiative for the Lakewood kehilla, Dr. Kasriel (Rich) Roberts will be subsidizing 50 free Zman switches for Lakewood shuls and Yeshivas.

Dr. Roberts’s passion for shul decorum and kavod hatefilah is well known, as anyone who has ever visited his Bais Medrash, Kollel Ner Avrohom, can attest. KNA is model of how state-of-the-art technology, modern innovation and strategic planning can be harnessed to advance kedushas Bais Haknesses and the uplifting experience of connecting to Hashem through Torah and Tefillah.

It is no wonder then that Dr. Roberts was extremely fond of the potential of what the Zman switch can achieve for shuls and Yeshivos. In an email to the company, Dr. Roberts lauded their efforts for “having worked to create something of value,” and undertook to sponsor 50 free switches including installation, to help shuls take advantage of the convenience and hiddur in Shmiras Shabbos afforded by this device.

More than just a Shabbos Clock

The Zman switch is essentially a mini computer, pre-programmed with the entire Hebrew calendar thru the year 2050, as well as candle lighting times and nightfall for any location across North America. The Zman Switch requires only a one-time setup, with all on and off preferences for Shabbos and Yom Tov then permanently set, based upon candle lighting time or nightfall.

Another vital breakthrough feature is the automatic deactivation of the switch’s on and off function for the duration of Shabbos. Highly lauded by rabbonim, this feature eliminates inadvertent Chillul Shabbos, a common occurrence in most homes, and ensures that lights remain on or off, as desired, for the duration of Shabbos.

Most of us are familiar with the phenomenon of having to sit in the dark all Shabbos long. With the Zman Switch, once Shabbos arrives, it cannot be switched on or off until Shabbos ends, eliminating the need for tape, Velcro or light covers to prevent anything from triggering the switch. A simple Emergency Override feature easily reactivates the switch in the event of a life threatening situation.

Rabbonim have also expressed their enthusiasm for the switch’s fixed on and off presets and the automatic changeover to Shabbos mode. This helps prevent many of the mix-ups, which often result in Amirah L’akum. The parameters of Amirah L’akum are highly complex and in many cases the utilization of this leniency can be problematic or even prohibited.

A broad cross-section of leading poskim have been involved in the Zman Switch project since its inception. At a meeting with the producers of the switch at the Lakewood Bais Hora’ah, Rav Shlomo Miller shlit”a issued an enthusiastic endorsement for both the company and the Zman Switch, associating it with the words of the Tikkunei Zohar that the Hebrew letters making up the very first word in the Torah – Bereishis – also spell out the words Yorei Shabbos – awe of Shabbos. “Therefore,” wrote Rav Miller, “every precaution taken to avoid any doubt of desecrating of Shabbos is praiseworthy.”

Ideal for Shuls and Public Venues

In shuls and public venues all of the above issues are exacerbated, many times over. For shuls with Shabbos Clocks in place, the task of adjusting and setting the timers each week falls squarely on the already overburdened shoulders of the shul’s gabbai or another generous volunteer. For those without Shabbos clocks, the cost for running such high wattage lighting for the entire duration of Shabbos and Yom Tov is a significant loss of momon hekdesh and an unnecessary drain on the shul’s budget.

Perhaps most importantly, in a shul, an accidental flick of the switch on Shabbos can leave an entire tzibbur davening in the dark, compromising their kovod Shabbos and their concentration on the davening. This often results in calling someone in from the street, which is halachically questionable in many cases. The Zman switch’s automated deactivation of the switch for the entire duration of the Shabbos eliminates this issue completely.

Applications for free subsidized Zman switches will generally be considered on a first come first served basis, with priority being given to shuls indicating overriding need as per factors in the application. To apply download the application and email to sales@zmantechnologies.com or fax to 973. 591.1235.

Contractor Events in Lakewood and Brooklyn Exhibit Amazing Functionality of the New Zman Switch

2014-09-15 19.38.27 2014-09-15 19.38.03 DSC_9133DSC_9140 DSC_9155 DSC_9122 DSC_9133Sept 23 –Dozens of electrical contractors, retailers and developers gathered in Lakewood and Brooklyn for two product demo events co-hosted by Aura Electric Supply and Zman Technologies.

The events gave contractors a firsthand glimpse of the years of efforts that went into developing the all-new Zman Switch. It showcased the amazing capabilities and intuitive design that will change the way the Shomer Shabbos community manages their home lighting and electricity on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

As company co-owner, Mr. William Thea, noted in his presentation, his family has put their three-generation prominence in component manufacturing and distribution, as well as an exhaustive level of time, money and resources into developing a product that is geared to the unique challenges presented by Shabbos and Yom Tov. He noted the fundamental differences of a product such as this, in contrast to other devices on the market that can be manipulated to accommodate Shabbos to a limited degree, while still leaving a considerable burden on consumers to manage and maintain.

Mr. Thea noted that this device is actually the first in a series of products currently in development that will address some of the challenges to Shabbos and Yom Tov posed by modern electronics and appliances. In fact, a number of these products are being developed at the behest of the rabbonim. They are grateful to have a company that has dedicated itself to working with leading halachic and technical experts to address some of the serious concerns posed by today’s contemporary appliances.

Mr. Thea told that the assemblage that Zman technologies should be viewed as an initiative “by the community for the community.” He asked them to see themselves as liaisons of the company to convey the feedback, the needs and the comments from the end users of the product, so that all of these could be taken into account in the development of future products.

The first event took place at the prestigious El Gaucho steakhouse in Brooklyn with many of the community’s leading building and electrical contractors in attendance. The Lakewood event was held later in the week at the popular Yapchik restaurant, on Route 9. The highly attentive audience included a cross section of electricians, property managers, builders and developers, each drawn by their own unique interest in this innovative product and its possible applications.

Both events were chaired Reb Heshy Kaszirer of Aura Electric, who introduced the crowd to the Thea family and their impressive background in the industry. Mr. Kaszirer highlighted the significance of the company’s eagerness to engage the top management directly with the consumer base.

More Than Just A Shabbos Clock

The live demo showcased the level of sophistication of the device, which is essentially a mini computer, pre-programmed with the entire Hebrew calendar thru the year 2050, as well as candle lighting times and nightfall for any location across North America. The Zman Switch requires only a one-time setup, with all on and off preferences for Shabbos and Yom Tov then permanently set, based upon candle lighting time or nightfall. A choice of zmanim preferences allows for everyone to set it according their custom.

Another vital breakthrough feature is the automatic deactivation of the switch’s on and off function for the duration of Shabbos. Highly lauded by rabbonim, this feature eliminates inadvertent Chillul Shabbos, a common occurrence in most homes, and ensures that lights remain on or off, as desired, for the duration of Shabbos.

Most of us are familiar with the phenomenon of having to sit in the dark all Shabbos long. With the Zman Switch, once Shabbos arrives, it cannot be switched on or off until Shabbos ends, eliminating the need for tape, Velcro or light covers to prevent anything from triggering the switch. A simple Emergency Override feature easily reactivates the switch in the event of a life threatening situation.

Rabbonim have also expressed their enthusiasm for the switch’s fixed on and off presets and the automatic changeover to Shabbos mode. This helps prevent many of the mix-ups, which often result in Amirah L’akum. The parameters of Amirah L’akum are highly complex and in many cases the utilization of this leniency can be problematic or even prohibited.

Stress-Free Fridays

In addition to enhancing the Shabbos, the Zman Switch eliminates the Pre-Shabbos stress of fiddling with timers, and for the technically challenged, it ensures proper set times each and every Shabbos.

The pre-Yom Tov season has seen a dramatic rise in demand for the switch, which will easily accommodate all the varying schedules of the Shabbossos and different Yom Tovim, without having to touch the switch even once. The 3-day Yom Tov phenomenon, occurring 3 times this year within a three week period, is an occasion where the device’s capabilities will really shine. One who eats in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeres can have the dining room chandelier remain off for the first night of Yom Tov, which is Wednesday. He can then have it stay on late the next night, Thursday evening, for the meal following hakafos. The night after that, which is an ordinary Friday night, the Zman Switch will automatically revert back to its regular preset Shabbos schedule. This entire schedule will be held in the computer’s memory for next year, no matter what day of the week or on what secular date the Yom Tov occurs.

With its sleek, unobtrusive, modern design and superior, made-in-USA quality, the Zman Switch is ideal for every light in the home. The device’s standard weekday settings make it an easy-to-use tool for weeklong, energy-saving home lighting automation, as well. Most incredible perhaps, is the low-cost retail price of the switch; just 59.95, not much more than then a generic timer.

Eli, the Operations Manager at Zman Technologies, shared some of the innovative applications that the Zman Switch has been used for to date. The organizer of the Shabbos siren in one Brooklyn community called the Zman headquarters to thank them for finally giving him a device that will fully automate the precise activation if his siren for every Shabbos and Yom Tov, without ever needing human adjustment. Another call came in from a Mikvah in Williamsburg that installed the Zman Switch on its entrance turnstile to automatically de-activate it at the onset of Shabbos. An operations manager from a large Yeshiva plans to install Zman Switches on the water pumps for his water systems. “It’s nice to see,” says Eli, “how the Jewish ingenuity that developed the switch carries over to the out-of-the box thinking in all the many ways this technology can be applied.”

In addition to its availability at all leading electrical supply outlets, hardware and Judaica stores, the Zman-Switch can be conveniently purchased online directly from the manufacturer at www.zmantechnologies.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK: “DINNER ON US” EVENTS FOR BUILDERS, ELECTRICIANS AND INSTALLERS!! FREE ZMANSWITCH..

ATTENTION: BUILDERS, ELECTRICIANS AND INSTALLERS

ZMAN TECH LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Zman Technologies will be hosting special product and informational events in Brooklyn NY and Lakewood NJ the week of Sept 15, 2014.

Please join us for “Dinner On Us” and learn about how you can change lighting for the frum home with complete Shabbos Automation. Free giveaways. Limited space so be sure to RSVP:  sales@zmantechnologies.com

BROOKLYN NY:

Aura invite Brooklyn

Monday Sept 15th
7pm ~ Presentation 7:30
El Gaucho Steakhouse
4102 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218

LAKEWOOD NJ:

Aura invite Lakewood

Wednesday Sept 17th
7pm ~ Presentation 7:30
YAPCHIK
1757 Madison Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701

 

Harav Shlomo Miller Issues Enthusiastic Endorsement of Soon-to- be-released Zman Switch at the Bais Hora’ah of Lakewood

HaRav Shlomo Miller discussing the details of the Zman Switch with Mr. William Thea.

HaRav Shlomo Miller discussing the details of the Zman Switch with Mr. William Thea.

Harav Shlomo Miller welcoming Mr. Joel Thea of Zman Technologies. Seated on Rav Miller’s right is Mr. William Thea and Harav Asher Chaim Lieberman, Dayan, Lakewood.

Harav Shlomo Miller welcoming Mr. Joel Thea of Zman Technologies. Seated on Rav Miller’s right is Mr. William Thea and Harav Asher Chaim Lieberman, Dayan, Lakewood.

 

Lakewood -2 Tamuz -Harav Shlomo Miller convened with Lakewood poskim at the Lakewood Bais Hora’ah for a special session to discuss some of the primary shailos being dealt with by rabbonim today. One item on the agenda was the new, about-to-be-launched Zman switch, which is expected to change the way people manage their home lighting on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

The new Zman Switch is essentially a mini computer, pre-programmed with the entire Hebrew calendar thru the year 2050, as well as candle lighting times and nightfall for any location across North America. The Zman Switch requires only a one-time setup with all on and off preferences for Shabbos and Yom Tov then permanently set, based upon candle lighting time or nightfall. A choice of zmanim preferences allows for everyone to set it according their minhag.

The owners of Zman technologies, Mr. Joel Thea and his son William, third generation manufacturers of quality electrical supply products, made the trip down to Lakewood to personally present the product to Rav Miller and the rabbonim. Rabbi Zvi Ortner of HalachicTech USA, and rabbinic consultant for Zman Technologies, outlined the many practical and halachic advantages that were strategically incorporated in the Zman Switch design, such is automatic deactivation of the switch’s on and off function for the duration of Shabbos, which prevents inadvertent Chillul Shabbos, a common occurrence in most homes. Rabbi Ortner also unscored how the fixed on and off presets and the automatic changeover to Shabbos mode prevent many of the mix-ups which often result in Amirah La’akum. The parameters of Amirah L’akum are highly complex and in many cases the utilization of this leniency can be problematic or even prohibited.

The founders of Zman technologies spoke at length about their objective in establishing the company and their long term goals of creating a full line of technological products to address and rectify many of the Shabbos issues relating to modern home appliances. They described several initiatives they are currently working on at the request of leading halachic authorities to solve some serious Shabbos issues with appliances currently on the market.

Rav Miller expressed his satisfaction at the commitment of the company’s heads to explore all halachically problematic eventualities, as well as their willingness take seek out definitive rabbinic input and satisfy all halachic opinions.

Following the meeting, Rav Miller issued an enthusiastic endorsement for the company and the Zman Switch, associating the Zman Switch with the words of the Tikkunei Zohar that the Hebrew letters making up the very first word in the Torah – Bereishis – also spell out the words Yorei Shabbos – awe of Shabbos. “Therefore,” wrote Rav Miller, “every precaution taken to avoid any doubt of desecrating of Shabbos is praiseworthy.”

The Zman Switch is slated to hit the shelves of leading electrical supply outlets, hardware and Judaica stores in approximately 2 weeks.

Rabbonim from the OU (Orthodox Union) Hail Groundbreaking Technology for Shabbos

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New York – Leading Rabbonim from the Orthodox Union warmly welcomed the revolutionary new device presented by ZMAN Technologies to enrich Shabbos in Jewish homes. The Rabbonim, including Rabbi Yisroel Belsky-Rabbinic Advisor of the OU and Rabbi Moshe Elefant- COO of the OU Kashrus Division, were joined by Rabbi Menachem M. Weissmandl -Nitra Rav of Monsey NY and Rabbi Tzvi Ortner- Halachic advisor to ZMAN Technologies, at a special meeting at the OU headquarters  on February 10th.

 

The Rabbonim received a firsthand demonstration of the new Zman Switch, the first of many new and innovative technological products that will dramatically enhance Shabbos in observant homes. Mr. Joel and Billy Thea, founders of ZMAN Technologies, presented the new technology that will ultimately guide the use of electricity on Shabbos in Jewish homes. The rabbis enthusiastically welcomed the initiative, indicating that the technology would solve many Halachic issues that have not yet been properly addressed.

 

Zman Switch is the first of many new  products that the company is developing to help frum Jews conform to the highest standards of halacha, particularly in the area of  Shabbos and Yom Tov and to meet the needs of the specific lifestyle of Shomrei Torah U’Mitzvos.  Many of the Rabbomim are already using the trailblazing technology in their homes. It is scheduled to be available in stores in the coming weeks.

 

Zman-Switch is built with a fool-proof program, approved by Rabbonim and tested by experts. The switch, which also serves as a regular timer during the week, replaces most regular light switches, and can be installed in minutes.  By selecting one of the many Jewish communities throughout the country in the advanced LED screen, the switch automatically configures the start of Shabbos in that location and allows users to preset the preferred time for turning on the lights each week (i.e. 20 minutes before candle lighting). Users can also preset the switch to go on and off during Shabbos at preset times, eliminating the needed for the common weekly adjustments. The Shabbos and Yom Tov zmanim in each location are already calculated until the year 2050.

Most intriguing to the Rabbonim was the unique Shabbos Lock feature in the Zman Switch.  Many households have had the dreaded experience of sitting in the dark on Shabbos as a result of a switch turned off by accident. With the Zman Switch, once Shabbos arrives,  it cannot be switched on or off until Shabbos ends, eliminating the need for tape, Velcro or light covers to prevent anything from triggering the switch. A simple override unlocks the switch in the event of an emergency.The Rabbonim were enamored with the cutting edge technology which will ultimately enhance  Shabbos in  observant homes and eliminate complex problems that are inherent in current modes of electricity.

ZMAN-Technologies Light Switch for Shabbos

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“You shall not ignite fire in all your dwellings on the Sabbath day” (Exodus 35:3)

Ever since electricity was invented, the use of
electrical devices on Shabbos and Holidays has never been a simple matter for observant Jews . Over time, many have resorted to various tactics to keep from inadvertently violating the Torah’s prohibition of igniting a fire on the holiest day of the week. Scotch tape, Velcro and even superglue (for the overly frustrated), have all proven inadequate in preventing the prohibited “flip of a switch”. Individual timers for electrical appliances have also remained an imperfect solution, with their constant need of adjustment and easy access to toddlers. Even modern day “Sabbath Modes” on many devices are problematic according to expert Rabbis who specialize in dealing with the complex world of electricity on Shabbos.

In a technological breakthrough that will protect the sanctity of Shabbos and Yom Tov, ZMAN-Technologies has developed a new light switch that will change observance of Shabbos  and Yom Tov forever. This revolutionary invention is the simplest, most convenient, and most efficient way to safeguard Shabbos.

Zman-Switch is built with a fool-proof program, approved by Rabbonim and tested by experts. All users need to do is install the switch and enter the preferred settings and current location. Zman-Switch will automatically calculate the proper Shabbos times for the entire year, eliminating the need to fiddle with it every week. Throughout every Shabbos and Yom Tov, Zman-Switch adjusts the lights according to the pre-programmed settings, and locks the functions making it impossible to accidentally switch the lights on or off. When the switch functions are necessary in an emergency, Zman-Switch has a easily activated override that allows for manual adjustment of the lights.

Mr. Yonason Bloch, the mind behind ZMAN Technologies, a software expert with extensive background in military and private sector programming, created Zman-Switch in partnership with ZMAN Technologies – an advanced science and technology firm. “In Yiddishkeit, every prohibition has a safeguard,” says Mr. Bloch. “But when it comes to Shabbos and electricity, there are no safeguards- just fires everywhere.  The Zman-Switch was built to fill this pressing need.”

Zman-Switch has been warmly endorsed by  Rabbonim and Poskim as a major solution to an age-old problem. Their exceptionally warm letters of endorsement focus on the new device’s contribution to observance of Shabbos and Holidays. They concur that the Zman-Switch meets the highest standards of avoiding tampering with electricity on Shabbos. This is the first time that a product of this nature has received such broad support from  Rabbonim of all backgrounds. Some of the Rabbis who have enthusiastically welcomed the product include R’ Yisroel Belsky, R’ Menachem Meir Weissmandl, R’ Moshe Klein from Israel, R’ Usher Eckstein, R’ Mordechai Willig, R’ Binyamin Forst and R’ Yechezkal Roth and his Beis Din.

Zman-Switch is expected to hit the market in early June and will be available in major hardware and Judaica stores nation-wide.