Armstrong International received the Industry Innovation Award from the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) for The Brain – Model DRV80 digital mixing valve. The award is given to companies that have developed technology solutions that have revolutionized the plumbing industry. Armstrong received the award during ASPE’s national convention held in Philadelphia in November.
“We’ve changed the way people think about re-circulated mixed water temperature control,” said Paul Knight, director of global hot water markets for the Armstrong. “Digital technology refines water temperature control across the entire hot water system to a level previously deemed unattainable.” According to Knight, the ability to collect data and monitor system performance via an integral building management system or Web interface validates the technology.
Armstrong introduced the first electronic Brain in 2005 and has since expanded its digital technology platform. Most recently, Armstrong displayed an ASSE 1070 compliant digital hands-free six-outlet valve for lavatories and a 1016 compliant version for showers. Certification testing is in process.