The UL listing confirms SplashBotix’s revolutionary diverter valve is safe for use in swimming pools, spas and interactive fountains.
December 1, 2022
AUSTIN, Texas. – SplashBotix, a leading supplier of aquatic controls and submersible mechatronics to the show fountain, aquatic play and themed entertainment industries, today announced that its SplashValve, the fountain industry’s first diverter valve flow control device, has been UL listed for use with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, and interactive fountains.
The SplashValve replaces solenoid valves, water switches and distributed VFD pumps in show fountains and aquatic play features to enable fast-acting proportional nozzle-level flow control using the popular show programming language DMX. The SplashValve’s UL listing marks a major milestone for the novel flow control device, which requires only a pool-rated 12VAC or 24VDC power supply, and confirms the product’s safety for use in a broad variety of recreational aquatic environments and applications.
“Safety was our number one priority throughout the engineering process because we knew the SplashValve would be a game-changer for splash pads and interactive features,” said Ronn Garland, SplashBotix’s Program Director and one of the SplashValve’s chief architects. “This UL listing confirms the device’s inherent safety for use in recreational aquatic environments, and solidifies the SplashValve’s position as the best-in-class solution for enabling fast-acting, nozzle-level proportional flow control in fountains and water features.”
Unlike solenoid valves or water switches, the SplashValve does not stop the flow of water; it merely changes its direction. Controlled using the SplashValve, water may be diverted to the device’s effect port, bypass or to both ports simultaneously at varying proportions, allowing for a range of nozzle heights between full effect and full bypass.
Because the flow of water is continuous, SplashValves operating on a common manifold are each able to run unique effects without affecting the pressure within the manifold. This provides designers the freedom to use as many SplashValves on a common manifold as their supply pump can support, without having to incorporate pressure relief valves or other pressure management infrastructure. Using the SplashValve, designers can easily achieve fast-acting, highly articulate fountains and playscapes that are safe, reliable and less dependent on high voltage distributed effect pumps.
Municipal and regional requirements in the US often demand UL certification for electrical devices used in aquatic environments, particularly those installed among aquatic playscapes such as splashpads and interactive fountains. This UL listing, therefore, opens the door for the SplashValve to be used for a greater number of applications across the United States.
The SplashValve’s 3-meter homerun cabling option is officially UL listed, while the 3-meter multi-drop cabling option is in the process of certification. While each cabling option poses certain advantages for different applications, the 3-meter homerun cabling option is generally well-suited for most use cases and applications.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is a global independent safety science company with five distinct business units – Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, University and Verification Services – to support safe living and working environments through product testing and certification.
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SplashBotix provides creatives and owners in the automated fountain and aquatic show system industry with controls products and engineered solutions that enable new design possibilities, reduce risk, shorten project timelines and lower net costs for both startup and long-term ownership. Inspired by parent ARM Automation’s 15+ years of experience building industry-leading aquatic show systems, SplashBotix’s proven controls and automation solutions offer unparalleled reliability across systems of every size and level of complexity.