SMART VALVE™ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are thrilled to introduce the patent pending 2nd Generation Smart Valve, the first and only EXTERNALLY ADJUSTABLE flow management device available. With improvements rooted in years of experience with installations around the country in every type of facility, the advantages of the new design turn our original design, and any other internally calibrated valves, into dinosaurs. The Smart Valve is now a one-size-fits-all device that is externally calibrated to your system AFTER installation, meaning we no longer need detailed up front site surveys and pressure readings to try to figure out the right setting for your building. 

 

We have eliminated the guesswork of calibration and the inconsistent results and often costly expenses that resulted from the ‘old way’. In addition to achieving perfect calibration on every installation, in the event the setting needs to be changed in the future it can be done in seconds while the water is still running. If there is ever a major drop in city pressure (think water main break), the valve can be fully opened very quickly by returning it to the zero setting without the need for a plumber. The 2nd Generation Smart Valve design has worked so well it has exceeded even our highest hopes. 

 

The Problems With Water

There are several potential problems inherent in water delivery, usage and metering that can impact your water consumption and water costs. Most of these concerns revolve around water system pressure (PSI), flow rate (GPM) and turbulence.

It’s a simple fact that along with the volume of water passing through your water meter is a volume of air. The volume of that air will vary as the water pressure fluctuates between static and dynamic pressure. The problem is that over 99% of water meters measure by volume, regardless if that volume is liquid or gas.

 

Water meters are designed to be accurate within a specific flow range (GPM). If the flow rate exceeds this range it can cause the meter to measure inaccurately, charging you for more than the actual gallonage used.

 

City pressure can fluctuate significantly, causing pressure surges and drops which can cause the meter to over-spin, and which can even damage water systems and equipment. Surges also occur anytime you go from a closed system (static) to an open system (dynamic), such as when you are using no water then turn on your faucet or hose.

Water fixtures in your building are typically designed for water pressure of no more than 65 PSI. The water pressure delivered by your municipality (city pressure) is often much higher, resulting in too much water being pushed through your fixtures and potentially leaking through seals and gaskets that are designed for 65 PSI, resulting in increased maintenance and replacement costs.

For a more detailed description of how these problems are solved by the SMART VALVE™ please see our FAQ page.

 

How The Smart Valve™ Works

Air Compression

The SMART VALVE™ air compression benefit works on all single jet, multi jet, and turbine category positive displacement meters. These make up over 99% of all water meters in use. The physics are based upon Boyle’s Law regarding gas pressure and volume, and Le Chatelier’s Principal of volumetric dynamics. The SMART VALVE™ is installed in the water line on the USER side of the water meter. The variable spring-loaded plunger maintains a constant ‘back pressure’. This pressurized column of water extends upstream through and past the water meter. When any air reaches this pressurized water, the air becomes compressed and no longer maintains any volume. It passes by the water meter in this compressed state until after it passes through the SMART VALVE™ and soon returns to its original uncompressed state. The SMART VALVE™ does NOT physically remove the air from the water, it just eliminates the volume of the air and prevents the water meter from measuring it. A common example of entrained gasses in fluid is shaking up a soda bottle. The gasses are trapped in the soda but have no volume until you remove the bottle cap. Once you remove the cap and thus reduce the pressure, the gasses suddenly have a lot of volume! The SMART VALVE is like the bottle cap keeping the system pressurized at the water meter. You won’t notice any difference in the water coming into your facility, but you will notice that your water meter is now spinning less.

 

Pressure And Flow Stabilization

Another way in which water meters can be inaccurate is during very high or low flow, or during a pressure surge. Water meters are designed to be accurate within a specific flow range. If the flow exceeds this range it can cause the metering to over read consumption. This is especially true during a surge, such as when there is no water flowing resulting in a higher static pressure, which can create an initial surge when the water line is opened and pressure suddenly drops to the lower dynamic pressure. Surges can also be caused by variability in the municipal water supply. The SMART VALVE’s™ proprietary variable spring-loaded technology eliminates these peaks and valleys and creating a smooth, even flow that keeps your meter readings more accurate and protects against damage that can occur from a surge.

 

Reduced Consumption

An effect of creating back pressure upstream is a corresponding pressure drop downstream. With the 2nd Generation SMART VALVE™ we can precisely control the amount of pressure drop from a little to a lot to fit your system needs. A positive side effect of this pressure drop is that it will save the user additional money in reduced water consumption in non-volumetric water uses such as showers, sinks, hoses and the like. The same five-minute shower will use slightly less water. While you won’t notice it in the shower, it adds up on your water bill! Furthermore, almost all water devices are designed for approximately 60-65 psi water supply. A higher psi can cause excessive water delivery and even leaks at seals and gaskets that can often go undetected. In these cases, a pressure reducer is typically used to maintain a 60-65 psi to the facility. Unfortunately, these devices require maintenance and often fail. The SMART VALVE™ can act like a controllable pressure reducer in high-PSI water systems, eliminating the problems caused by excessive water pressure.

 

Other Benefits

By virtue of its design the SMART VALVE™ act as a secondary back flow preventer to protect the municipal water supply. This is becoming more and more important as municipalities seek to better protect our water reserves from contamination.

 

The Advantages

2nd Generation Smart Valve Advantages

One-time installation The 2nd Generation Smart Valve is externally adjustable. Once installed it can be quickly and easily adjusted without ever needing to pay a plumber again to turn off the water to remove the device. Saves time, money and avoids future interruption of water delivery.

 

Consistently better performance The Smart Valve now has a wide range of effect settings – from ‘zero effect’ to ‘maximum effect’ and all points in between. The valve is delivered and installed at or near the ‘zero’ setting, where it has little or no effect. Once the water is turned back on the valve is adjusted to the perfect setting for the system. Eliminating the guesswork of calibrating BEFORE installation has resulted in consistently better results every single time, and just as importantly, obtaining optimum results without issue.

 

Ability to adjust to changes In the future, if the system pressure or flow rate changes up or down the Smart Valve can be quickly and easily adjusted to maintain maximum savings without the need to interrupt service or call in a plumber.

 

Greater flow rates Older valves are often designed to slide inside the pipe in flanged versions, or they are typically male threaded in threaded pipe sizes. This results in a significantly smaller interior diameter than the existing pipe, which therefore lowers your maximum flow rate. The 2nd generation Smart Valve is either double flanged (3-inch and larger) or female threaded (2-inch and smaller). This allows for a much larger interior diameter with no loss in flow capacity.

 

Highly visible Facility managers and other personnel come and go. A new facility manager might not know about or be able to easily locate a valve that is installed inside a pipe. Because the 2nd Generation Smart Valve is double flanged and clearly marked, it will always be highly visible and easy to locate for existing or future facility personnel.

 

Fully Certified The new design works under the same principles as the original design, is made with the same high-quality materials and precision manufacturing. This innovative new design is covered by the same NSF 61 and NSF 372 certifications.

 

We also recognize that for many ‘the proof is in the pudding’. That is why we offer a 90-day no questions asked satisfaction guarantee. That’s right, we are so confident the SMART VALVE™ will save you money that we will let you try it for 90 days and see the results yourself. If you’re not happy with the performance for any reason, just return the valve for a full refund of the purchase price.

Smart Valve™ Users 

 

Following is a small sample of some of the companies that are now using the SMART VALVE™: 

HYATT Hotels, Life Technologies, Irvine Company, Encinitas Union School District, Doubletree Hotels, Renaissance Apartment Association, Tower Drive Laundry, House of Suds, Super Planet, Kleen ‘n Green, Best Western.

 

Consistently better performance 

The Smart Valve now has a wide range of effect settings – from ‘zero effect’ to ‘maximum effect’ and all points in between. The valve is delivered and installed at or near the ‘zero’ setting, where it has little or no effect. Once the water is turned back on the valve is adjusted to the perfect setting for the system. Eliminating the guesswork of calibrating BEFORE installation has resulted in consistently better results every single time, and just as importantly, obtaining optimum results without issue.

 

Ability to adjust to changes 

In the future, if the system pressure or flow rate changes up or down the Smart Valve can be quickly and easily adjusted to maintain maximum savings without the need to interrupt service or call in a plumber.

 

Greater flow rates 

Older valves are often designed to slide inside the pipe in flanged versions, or they are typically male threaded in threaded pipe sizes. This results in a significantly smaller interior diameter than the existing pipe, which therefore lowers your maximum flow rate. The 2nd generation Smart Valve is either double flanged (3-inch and larger) or female threaded (2-inch and smaller). This allows for a much larger interior diameter with no loss in flow capacity.

 

Highly visible 

Facility managers and other personnel come and go. A new facility manager might not know about or be able to easily locate a valve that is installed inside a pipe. Because the 2nd Generation Smart Valve is double flanged and clearly marked, it will always be highly visible and easy to locate for existing or future facility personnel.

 

Fully Certified 

The new design works under the same principles as the original design, is made with the same high-quality materials and precision manufacturing. This innovative new design is covered by the same NSF 61 and NSF 372 certifications.

 

NSF / ANSI Certifications

Lead Free Plumbing Products

Smart Valve NSF 372 certificate 2018

 

Drinking Water System Components

Smart Valve NSF 61 certificate 2018

 

 

Technical Specs

Customized Specifications

Each SMART VALVE™ is built to exacting specifications based on the specific water system parameters. Spring tension is calibrated based on the users’ pressure and flow profile. Connection types are determined by the existing pipe configuration. A completed site survey is required for all orders.

 

Construction

The SMART VALVE™ is made primarily of Acetron GP, an extremely strong, self-lubricating space-age resin created by Quadrants. Acetron GP is the material of choice when precision parts are required for impact and wear resistance in a wide range of industrial and mechanical applications. With low, consistent internal stress, this material experiences little dimensional change during use. Acetron GP is also an ideal material for use in wet environments because it resists moisture, will not accumulate particulates, will not corrode and self-seals extremely well eliminating the need for seals and gaskets that would wear out, making Acetron GP the ideal choice for the SMART VALVE. All non- Acetron GP components are manufactured from food-grade stainless steel.

 

Configurations

The SMART VALVE™ is available in the following standard plumbing sizes:

5/8” 3/4” 1” 1.5” 2” 3” 4” 6” 8” 10” 12” Larger sizes available on a custom order.

Sizes 2” and below are female double threaded. Sizes 3” and above are flanged on both ends with a standard bolt pattern. Please contact us for special sizes or configurations.

 

Specifications

Valve body, plunger, backplate: Acetron GP

Shaft, spring: Food-grade Stainless Steel

For dimensions of common sizes please see our Cut Sheets.

 

Residential / Small Business

3/4 Inch Cut Sheet

 

Commercial / Industrial

1 Inch Cut Sheet

1.5 Inch Cut Sheet

2 Inch Cut Sheet

3 Inch Cut Sheet

4 Inch Cut Sheet

6 Inch Cut Sheet

8 Inch Cut Sheet

10 Inch Cut Sheet

12 Inch Cut Sheet

 

Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions SV2G FLANGED

Installation Instructions SV2G THREADED

 

The SMART VALVE™ is installed on the USER side of the water meter. The valve is made in flanged and threaded configurations according to your system pipe design. Installation of the SMART VALVE™ should be performed by a licensed plumber and any plumber can easily install the unit. All installations should include gaskets on flanged units or pipe tape on threaded units to prevent water leakage. Please see our detailed Installation Instructions for Flanged or Threaded pipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bottom Line

The Smart Valve™ will :

Keep the water line pressurized at the meter to avoid being charged for the air volume present in the water line.

Keep your flow rate in the desired range for additional water meter accuracy.

Reduce excessively high water pressure.

Eliminate over consumption due to high pressure.

Conserve water, especially in facilities without pressure reducers or flow regulators.

Act as a shock absorbent against pressure surges and drops.

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