Taco Reintroduces Intelligent Zone Valve

Cranston, RI, August 24, 2006 - Taco, Inc. has reissued its ESP Zone Valve as The Taco Electronic Ball Valve (EBV), a compact gear-driven, capacitor-powered valve.

The Taco Electronic Ball Valve is an "intelligent" zone valve, equipped with a capacitor-driven universal actuator utilizing microcircuit-based logic to drive a ball valve-based body design. Its unique patented technology replaces the typical spring, and the old style synchronous motor has been replaced with an exceptionally reliable high torque, high efficiency miniature motor.

The key to the EBV is its ability to store and discharge energy on demand. The intelligent microprocessor to monitor the valve's operations is located inside a fashionably styled black box made of high performance engineered polymer. The box comes with a manual operation button with automatic reset and an LED indicator light. The actuator head can be mounted in either direction and can be easily removed.

When a thermostat calls for heat, the unit's processor sends power to the miniature motor. The motor turns a set of gears that rotates the ball valve 90 degrees to the Open position. Once at the Open position the motor turns off. Once the zone has been satisfied the capacitor discharges a portion of its stored energy to the motor, which then turns the ball vale back to the Off position.

An on-board optical sensor continuously ensures proper Full Open and Full Closed ball positions. Plus, with the unit's automatic reset feature the valve cannot be left open by mistake.

Because the Taco EBV has a universal actuator it works with all thermostats on the market, so there's no compatibility issues to deal with. Up to 12 valves can be installed per 40 VA transformer.

The ball valve is constructed of forged bronze and brass for durability. EBV available sizes are 1.2", ¾" and 1". The valve is for use on closed systems of hot and chilled water, up to 50 percent glycol.

For more information on the Taco Electronic Ball Valve (EBV), visit www.taco-hvac.com.

For More Information Contact: Rick Brindamour, Taco, Inc., 401-942-8000, or email ricbri@taco-hvac.com.

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