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Automatic Plumbing Fixtures Continue To Improve
November 13, 2012 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Today's tip is to be aware of new developments in restroom fixtures. With more complete and accurate information, managers can make smarter decision on efficient, cost-effective plumbing products and systems.
Plumbing manufacturers have proprietary flushometer technologies designed to minimize false triggering caused by environmental conditions, which can include frequent interruptions of electricity or water. Newer designs among these technology platforms include enhancements, such as automatic adjustment depending upon the restroom's light and electromagnetic interferences — and in the case of optical sensors, focused lensing.
In some institutional plumbing controls, the actual electronics are intended to not activate in order to avoid purposeful vandalism. The electronic signal otherwise used to activate flushometers and faucets normally in a set period of time is interrupted because the electronic logic figures that multiple activations within a short period of time might be related to malicious, wasteful behavior.
Newer automatic faucets use technology that anticipates and cancels out environmental effects that might cause false triggers. Managers should be aware that the more common types of automatic faucet specified for public use are on-demand models, which are designed for actual use when are user's hands are underneath the aerator. In this application, the faucet turns on upon activation and detection of hands, and it stops once the user removes his or her hands from the coverage area.
Electronic faucets come in a variety of designs specific to certain applications. While some locations call for hands-free models with standard flow rates for health care facilities, others might require lower flows as a result of green codes and specifications. Delivery of a metered amount of water measured in gallons per cycle, rather than gallons per minute, is yet another distinction.
Ultimately, the biggest driver in the decision-making process is location, location, location. Electronic faucets are mostly used in public washrooms. They are an important part of water conservation, as are other water-conserving fixtures and plumbing design layouts. With the rise of environmental awareness, an electronic faucet can be a successful option for saving water and energy.