QuantumFlo’s Successful ASPE 2014—Racecars, New Technology & Giveaways

QuantumFlo had a blast presenting our latest developments to ASPE 2014 attendees in Chicago this September. We showcased our advancements in design, technology and service for pump systems, including our innovative technology, GreenFlo™, and the expansion of our services in the turf and irrigation market. These initiatives will maintain QuantumFlo’s leadership in the pump industry and increase our efforts helping new customers through energy efficient products.

What We Featured

The most exciting advancement we showcased in Chicago is our new GreenFlo™ algorithm. This was developed as a new component of our software, iQFlo™, in response to the latest industry standards for improved booster system energy efficiency. This innovation not only helps building owners and supervisors save energy, but also saves the expenses of hiring contractors.

ASPE’s biennial event allowed us to shed light on the past years’ accomplishments and look ahead to our growth and new innovations to come. This year our leadership in product design and technology has expanded our market reach within the turf and irrigation industry even further. Groundskeepers overcome the landscape irrigation challenges of golf courses, road-scapes, athletic fields and more with our state-of-art variable speed pumps or our Rain-It-In™ rainwater recovery system.

What Fun We Had

Attendees of the event had fun taking photos with Jacob Otto’s dragster racecar of which QuantumFlo is a proud sponsor. Others took a turn in the driver’s seat of the iPad racing game. Each of these participants were entered into our giveaway, and we would like to wish a big congratulations to our giveaway winners, each receiving an Apple® iPad:

  • Tony Navarro of Lehman Design Consultants, Inc. from Chicago, IL
  • Stephen Ziga of HPE Group from Philadelphia, PA

It was a fun time at ASPE 2014 meeting many new plumbing industry experts as well as our national representative team. Thank you to all who came and we look forward to the developments and advancements of the coming year in pump technology. Watch this space for all the latest from QuantumFlo and visit our website to learn how our current products can help you and your business.

QuantumFlo Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Presented by GrowFL, in Association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, This Award Honors QuantumFlo as an Upcoming Second-Stage Business in Florida.

We are proud to be selected as one of fifty leading second-stage companies as a 2014 Florida Companies to Watch(SM) winner. We were chosen from more than 500 nominations statewide. QuantumFlo joins this year’s winners and an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years on October 23rd at Hard Rock Live, CityWalk, in Orlando to celebrate.

QuantumFlo is honored to be a winner of this award. Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

QuantumFlo CEO, David Carrier, is proud to be recognized by Florida Companies to Watch as a success story of growth and leadership in the state. David shares, “Our company has made great strides this year in pioneering energy- and cost-saving algorithms, controls, and more for our advanced pump systems. We look forward to continued growth as we further our development of innovative pump technology, and are happy to contribute to Florida’s economy. I’m glad Florida Companies to Watch has recognized our presence as a maturing Florida-based business.”

Florida Companies to Watch is honored to recognize another outstanding group of stage-two companies,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “This is our fourth year of celebrating second-stage business leaders throughout the state of Florida. The companies selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program stand out among their peers as companies that should be celebrated. In Florida, they account for 5 percent of the companies and nearly 30 percent of the jobs. These companies make a difference and we’re happy to offer the recognition they deserve.”

Florida Companies to Watch is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies and the wide-ranging industries they represent. The impact of these companies on Florida’s economy is immense, and QuantumFlo and the other 2014 honorees are examples of such companies in the state. Including our records, the 2014 winners had overall $370 million in total annual revenue in 2013, which was a 36 percent increase in total annual revenue compared to 2012. The winners employed 1,757 full-time equivalent employees, with 462 net new jobs projected for 2014.

2014 Florida Companies to Watch Sponsors
Wells Fargo
TWSquared
University of Central Florida
Florida High Tech Corridor
atLarge, Inc.
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
Filmscape
OUC
AMTIS Inc.
Enterprise Florida
Fifth Third Bank
Florida Power & Light
Insperity
LSQ Funding
Sorensen Moving & Storage
SunTrust
USF Connect

For more details on Florida Companies to Watch, visit flctw.growfl.com or email info@growfl.com. Sponsorships for the 2014 event are still available.

Florida Companies to Watch

Presented by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 pm
Hard Rock Live, CityWalk
Orlando, Florida

More About GrowFL:

GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida.  By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation.  Website: growfl.com

Showcasing Energy-Saving Products and Expanded Market Reach at 2014 ASPE

Energy efficient technology solution, GreenFlo™, and more to be highlighted at the 2014 Engineered Plumbing Exposition.

QuantumFlo racing

QuantumFlo is attending the biggest event in the plumbing industry, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE – EPE2014) Convention and Exposition. The convention brings together the best in plumbing design and is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. It takes place September 20-24 in Chicago, Illinois. Attendees can meet the leader in manufacturing and distribution of advanced, variable speed controlled, packaged pump systems, QuantumFlo, at our booth, #625.

We will be showcasing our latest energy-saving solution, GreenFlo™. GreenFlo™ is an advanced algorithm developed in response to recent energy consumption regulations and comes integrated in our iQFlo™ technology. iQFlo™ was selected as a part of ASPE’s New Product Innovation Showcase 2012 and is a state-of-the-art software that ensures each QuantumFlo pump system performs as energy efficiently as possible. Our CEO Dave Carrier looks forward to QuantumFlo’s showcase at the convention and exposition stating, “We’re excited about the advancements we’ve made since ASPE 2012. Developing GreenFlo™ has taken iQFlo™ one step further, as we continue growing our pump technology. We also recently expanded our focus in the turf and irrigation industry and look forward to the future there.”

Other products we are showcasing include the Atom line of pre-packed pumps. The Atom is a water pressure booster system for homes and businesses and comes entirely pre-assembled for easy installation. It solves water pressure issues using smart technology to monitor pressure for an enhanced booster experience. We will also show our range of commercial VFD boosters for high or low pressure including Genius E, Genius V, WisperFlo, and Prodigy.

In addition to highlighting this technology, QuantumFlo proudly sponsors drag racing driver Jacob Otto, whose dragster will be on display at our booth. ASPE attendees won’t want to miss viewing and snapping a photo with his incredible 1,000 horsepower vehicle. More than just a photo opportunity, attendees can also enter to win a drawing for one of two iPads. With so much to see and do, everyone at 2014 ASPE should be stopping by to see the QuantumFlo team, our advanced technology products, and dragster race car at booth #625 this September.

Learn more about QuantumFlo’s sponsored dragster and racing schedule here.

QuantumFlo Honored by GrowFL as a Florida Company to Watch

QuantumFlo is excited to announce we have been selected as a finalist for the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards for 2014. We are honored to receive this recognition for our contribution as a Florida-based business. We look forward to attending the awards dinner and reception, and hope to be among the 50 winners on October 23rd at Hard Rock Live Orlando.

GrowFL

GrowFL is an economic development program from the state government with support from University of Central Florida, Wells Fargo, and more. It is focused on aiding “second-stage” entrepreneurial companies. A second-stage entrepreneurial company is one that is between a startup and a large firm, has greater than 10 employees and less than 100 employees and is ready to grow.

Florida Companies to Watch

Florida Companies to Watch is presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at University of Central Florida, and Edward Lowe Foundation this year. QuantumFlo was selected from hundreds of nominees as one of about 90 finalists for the event’s fourth anniversary awards ceremony. The award of Florida Companies to Watch recognizes and honors “second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes”. We are pleased to be acknowledged for these qualities.

QuantumFlo and the Community

QuantumFlo has always worked to be a high-achieving entrepreneurial business. We have positively impacted our industry by designing the most advanced technology for pump systems all the while nurturing our employees’ professional development. This year we have expanded our focus to the turf and irrigation industry and have added new managers and representatives to grow this extended endeavor for our business. These actions have benefitted us not just in product and industry growth, but also as a company comprised of innovative individuals as a whole.

Beyond our company walls we have influenced the community we love being a part of here in Central Florida. Our professional successes led to us creating jobs and feeding the local economy. We uphold the values of GrowFL and are glad to be included as one of their Florida Companies to Watch. We look forward to the ceremony, reception, and winners’ announcement at Hard Rock Live on October 23rd.

To learn more about the products and services provided by 2014 Florida Companies to Watch award finalist QuantumFlo, contact us today.

Sources

http://www.growfl.com/

http://flctw.growfl.com/

Explaining NSF 61 and NSF 372 for Plumbing Systems

The “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” was enacted on January 4, 2011 and signed by President Obama. The purpose of this Act was to amend Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA” or “the Act”). The Act established a prospective effective date of January 4, 2014, which provided a three-year time frame for affected parties to transition to the new requirements.

Since 1986, the Safe Drinking Water Act has prohibited the use of certain items that are not lead free and since 1996 the Act has made it unlawful for anyone to introduce into commerce items that are not lead free. The primary purpose of the 2011 change was to lower the maximum lead content of the wetted surfaces of plumbing products such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures from 8.0% to a weighted average of 0.25%. The Act also established a statutory method for the calculation of lead content (now known as Annex G). Finally, to eliminate the requirement that lead free products be in compliance with voluntary standards established in accordance with SDWA 1417(e) for leaching of lead from new plumbing fittings and fixtures. Since the voluntary standard was eliminated, this made it clear to the industry that the lead content requirements would now be mandated, which would require “Third-Party Certification” by a “Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory”.

The STANDARD

Since the Act required a standard be set to determine compliance, NSF 61 was developed to provide a standard for the approval of such products to facilitate compliance. As NSF 61 has been modified over the years, a number of additional clarifications of compliant materials and methods were created. These materials and methods are known as Annex G. At about the same time that Annex G was evolving, California passed a separate State Law known as AB 1953 which required both NSF 61 compliance, as well as a quality standard and revised the lead content down to “lead-free” as defined by the standard. Once the California Law was in place, and with the imminent mandate of January 2014 on the horizon, a trickle-down effect started to occur and consultants, contractors and manufacturers either began the certification process or were well under way. The new method for determining this “lead free” (a weighted average of .025%) mandate has become known as NSF 372.

The METHOD

NSF 372 is NOT a standard. It is a method of measurement used to comply with the standard. Therefore, anything that has a full NSF 61 Certification has been certified to NSF 61 via the methods and values defined in NSF 372. Since NSF 372 actually mirrors the California AB1953 Law, it will eventually replace the language. This means that to have a certification by a third-party laboratory which says that your product is in compliance with CA AB1953, you have already complied with the same standards as defined by NSF 372, so the certification is semantics.

Misrepresenting the STANDARD

SDWA Section 1417 was revised to put teeth into the Act from a legal standpoint by:

• Lowering the maximum lead content of the wetted surface of plumbing products such as pipes, fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures from 8.0% weighted average (1986) to 0.25%.
• Establish a statutory method for the calculation of lead content. (which became NSF 372)
• Eliminate the requirement that lead free products be in compliance with voluntary standards established in accordance with SDWA(e) for leaching of lead from new plumbing fittings and fixtures.

You will notice that the Act which went into effect January 4, 2014 now makes it UNLAWFUL for non-compliance! Since this is a FEDERAL mandate, it is automatically enforced without the need for adoption by any local jurisdiction. This is why it became mandatory that all products be in compliance with NSF 61 in January of 2014. This is also backed by the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and International Plumbing Code (IPC) which recognize and enforce the NSF 61 Standard in their associated codes. Both the IPC and UPC DO NOT recognize NSF 372 as a standard since it is part of the procedure to facilitate certification to NSF 61. You will also note that the SDWA Section 1417 recognizes all plumbing devices, including pipes, fittings and all components within the plumbing system from “source to tap”. In the case of a commercial building, the law is applied to anything in the plumbing system from the water meter to the last fixture in the building.

Boosters are now considered one of these plumbing devices which are pre-fabricated and therefore must be compliant as a complete system. The only way to guarantee that standards are met was to certify the “system” rather than the sum of all parts. This means that the system is now part of a certification program which requires the manufacturer to document the materials of construction and have the “system” tested as a complete device within the plumbing system. Simply using NSF Certified valves, pumps, fittings, tubing, etc. is not sufficient because the system has not passed the NSF 61 Standard in accordance with NSF 372 requirements.

As the deadline has approached and passed, some manufacturers did not begin compliance testing on their products and are now trying to scramble to get testing. Unfortunately, there are now Federal Statutes being violated as these manufacturers have not taken the statue seriously or they feel that enforcement would be lax. The booster system MUST be certified as a complete system with all passageway components assessed and certified to the NSF 61 standard. This is the certification that QuantumFlo holds on all of our products and it is the ONLY reason that label can be affixed to the controller (signifying that the “system” and not the “component” are certified). Additional components within our system will sometimes have additional NSF Labels themselves, but these components are highly regulated by our certification and any change in these components must be documented and re-certified with the laboratory, particularly if their chemical makeup changes. These components include:

1. Coatings
2. Pipes
3. Valves
4. Gaskets
5. Headers
6. Fittings

The SCAM

ENGINEERS, CONTRACTORS and OWNERS, BEWARE! There are manufacturers out there who continue to try to game the system, but their irresponsibility can easily become YOUR LOSS! Here is an excerpt from the EPA in a summary statement made about the SDWA Section 1417.

Since 1986, the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA” or “the Act”) has prohibited the use of certain items that are not lead free and since 1996 the Act has made it unlawful for anyone to introduce into commerce items that are not lead free.

ANY MANUFACTURER WHO IS MISLEADING THEIR CUSTOMERS INTO BELIEVING THAT THEIR SYSTEM IS CERTIFIED TO THE STANDARD IS VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW AS OF JANUARY 4, 2014! There is no nice way to say this! Unfortunately, this irresponsible behavior has become commonplace within the industry as there have been many manufacturers who have put off certification believing the enforcement would be low.

I spoke with our third party lab regarding the testing of components and systems and this is what they said:

Manufacturers can request the testing and certification of either a component or system. If a client chooses to only certify a component, then only the component can be labeled and advertised as certified.

To clarify, standard NSF/ANSI 61 addresses several different types of potential contaminants, but not specifically lead content. Low lead requirements are defined separately in three different requirements:

• Federal lead law: “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” – Effective January 4, 2014
• California lead law: “The California health & Safety Code 116875”
• NSF/ANSI 372: Standard, not a law, providing test methods.
It is important to note that having compliance to NSF/ANSI 372 does not substitute certification to either the Federal or CA State lead laws.

If a manufacturer has a SYSTEM certification, this will be obvious to the user if they look at the certification document provided by the test laboratory. The QuantumFlo Certification is, without question, perfectly clear. Here is an excerpt from that portion:

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If the certification does NOT show the complete series of product, BE CAREFUL! The manufacturer may have ONLY certified a component and NOT the system. This does NOT make them compliant as a system! As mentioned previously, there are many different components within the system in addition to many different laboratory and chemical tests required by NSF 61 which make up the compliance to the standard. Any product that represents their system as compliant and has not completed system testing is in violation of Federal law.

SUMMARY

When it comes to “booster systems” the law is very clear. Since the SDWA references ANY device within the potable water system, the booster is, by this measure within the potable water system. Here is an excerpt from the EPA, Summary of Lead in Drinking Water Act and Frequently Asked Questions;

EPA interprets “potable services” to be services or applications that provide water suitable for human ingestion (e.g. drinking, teeth brushing, food preparation, dishwashing, maintaining oral hygiene).

There is only one solution for a device which was installed in the potable water system that cannot pass compliance; replacement of the entire device. Any item that is/was installed after the January 4, 2014 deadline that does not meet the definition and is not certified accordingly must be removed from the system. In many cases, the manufacturer is not the loser, the OWNER, ENGINEER and CONTRACTOR are. I am certain that this will likely create many new lawsuits that will be fought between these parties as to who is responsible for the violation and subsequently, who will pay for the labor and product cost to completely replace new equipment that does not meet the standard.

The EPA further defines the term “introduction into commerce,” which is the term used in SDWA Section 1417(a)(3).

In 1998, after Section 1417 was amended to prohibit the introduction into commerce of any pipes, pipe or plumbing fittings or fixtures, EPA issued guidance on the enforcement and implementation of Section 1417. In the guidance, EPA explained that it “interprets ‘introduce into commerce’ as used in Section 1417 of SDWA to cover not only the initial offering of products for sale but also the sale or distribution from an inventory of products.” (WSG #129, Sept. 24, 1998, at 2).

At the end of the day, certification to the standard is about proof. If the manufacturer has not passed product testing in accordance with the procedures set forth in the SDWA and NSF 372, they are NOT APPROVED and are excluded from providing ANY product for potable water service. The danger to all participants is substantial as the engineer specifies and accepts the product, the contractor installs the noncompliant equipment, and the manufacturer and his representative participate in the ruse by misrepresenting the product to all parties. You can verify product compliance for QuantumFlo products by navigating to the following link, selecting Search by Listee and typing in our name:

http://pld.iapmo.org/default.asp

 

Welcome Our New Turf and Landscape Sales Manager

Gordon Van Dyke is our brand new Turf and Landscape Sales Manager here at QuantumFlo. He will help us grow business within commercial and industrial markets and improve the product line to meet the needs of turf and landscape irrigation in various regions throughout the United States. Gordon will lead planned growth for us in the turf and landscape market, building on our reputation as an advanced leader in pump technology.

He brings over 15 years of experience in sales and product development. For the last five years, he’s served as the Sr. Product Manager for Commercial Pumps and Global Sales Manager, at Rain Bird. Before working at Rain Bird, Gordon spent 10 years in General Electric’s Plastic Division, as the Global Technical Manager for new products. He holds a degree in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering from Cumbernauld College in Scotland, as well as a Business Management Certification from GE’s Crotonville Academy. This unique combination of experience in sales and product, along with his strong education background will allow Gordon to advance our company’s footprint in the turf and landscape irrigation market. Welcome to the team, Gordon!

QuantumFlo Releases GreenFlo™ to Meet Energy Standard for Buildings

greenflo-eblastWe are now helping building owners and supervisors meet growing regulations and standards with GreenFlo™, an algorithm solution that has been added into the software for our packaged pump systems and allows for low water flow detection and the necessary corresponding pump adjustments.

In October, the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 – 2010, or “Energy Standard for Buildings” as it’s commonly known, continued the focus on energy consumption on project sites by requiring buildings to have some kind of logic circuit that detects low water flow and adjust pumps accordingly. We have taken another step forward in pump technology with GreenFlo™, which addresses the new standards and integrates with our industry-leading software solution, iQFlo™.

The updates will require a choice between two types of systems to meet the regulations for building supervisors and property owners. They can either get a transducer mounted by a contractor at the remote point in the field or provide an algorithm within the system to simulate the actions of a transducer. GreenFlo™ is an advanced version of the latter of the two choices, simplifying the cost and using superior logic strategy to go above and beyond the new standards.

GreenFlo™ is an algorithm built into the current iQFlo™ software package, providing complete automation without any additional costs for a contractor. It takes advantage of our superior logic strategy with high speed ModBus RTU native controls and streaming data, requiring no other equipment costs.

This is just the latest way that we are striving to assert ourselves as the leader in pressure boosting and controls technologies, as we stay committed to energy efficiency, sustainable design, superior workmanship quality and industry leadership.

Interested in GreenFlo™ as an energy solution for your pump systems? CLICK HERE to contact us or locate a representative in your area.