NSF International has certified its first automatic recreational water pump shut-off product (also known as a safety vacuum release system) for meeting the requirements of national pool and spa standards: ASME A112.19.17-2010 and NSF/ANSI 50-2010. The ECOTECH EZ™ variable-speed pool pump motor and control, manufactured by Nidec Motor Corporation, is designed to detect potential entrapment, and shut down the pump to help mitigate body parts from becoming trapped in the drain due to suction.
NSF also announced the opening of a new chlorine resistance-testing laboratory at its Ann Arbor, MI headquarters. Engineers work directly with companies to meet their needs for chlorine resistance testing, R&D projects and pre-production testing. The accredited lab also has been automated in order to help plastic pipe manufacturers meet regulatory testing requirements with expedited turnaround times. Plumbing codes and product standards require chlorine testing for products such as PPR (Polypropylene Random Copolymer), PEX and PE-RT (polyethylene of raised temperature resistance) pipes. The NSF laboratory evaluates all types of plastic piping from polyethylene (PE) to cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) to polypropylene (PP). The new lab is accredited by IAS (International Accreditation Service) to perform testing. Plumbing inspectors look for third-party certification to confirm that pipes have been tested and certified by an accredited laboratory.