Taco Inc.’s SmartPlug Hailed as 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year


In the recently concluded Show’s Innovations Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control of Taco Inc. was declared the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year.

AchrNews reported that Taco Inc.’s SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control enables easy and quick installation onto existing domestic hot water recirculation pump systems. The product also won in the Innovation Awards’ plumbing category.

The President and CEO of Taco Inc., Wil VandeWiel said, “Winning an AHR Expo Innovation Award is a great achievement. The winning products in all the categories will define the markets in the next decade, where innovation, sustainability, and energy management will be key drivers.”

He further stated, “For Taco Comfort Solutions to be recognized as part of this illustrious group of top-tier companies, is a confirmation of the new strategic direction we started a couple of years ago. Being awarded Product of the Year is a very important milestone for our company and a great achievement by all of our employees. We thank the AHR Expo for all it does to move the industry forward.”

This specific product features new technology that allows learning and recording of the homeowner’s hot water usage pattern. It then utilizes the data to control an establishment’s hot water recirculation pump accurately. SmartPlug also provides automatic and self-adjusting pump operation when hot water is required. The usage patterns are regularly monitored and registered on a daily and weekly basis and SmartPlug systematically refreshes data and manages applicable changes to hot water usage patterns.

The President of International Exposition Company, Clay Stevens said, “The AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition is a chance to publicly acknowledge the hard work companies contribute toward the future of the industry. We congratulate Taco for being recognized as 2017’s Product of the Year and extend further congratulations to all 10 winners for displaying exceptional utility, ingenuity, and efficiency in their respective product categories. We look forward to seeing what’s next, as AHR Expo’s exhibitors continue to innovate through the coming year.”

The AchrNews report also stated that all the winners in the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award were chosen by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who analyzed every entry based on innovative design, application, market impact, value, and creativity.

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