The future of indoor plumbing is here.
An engine that could power indoor plumbing.
The engine that powers indoor plumbing may look like a simple-looking cylinder with a piston on top, but its actual functionality is more advanced than you might expect.
For starters, the engine can be controlled remotely via an on-board computer that can send commands to a central server, allowing for a more flexible operation of plumbing fixtures and appliances, said Mike Kallenberg, founder and president of Kallenburg Engineering, a company that develops and sells energy-efficient plumbing products.
“It’s basically a small electrical device that’s mounted on a small, lightweight chassis that you plug into a wall socket or a socket in a plumbing fixture, and you plug that into a device that has a digital control,” Kallberg said.
The company also developed a new, lightweight, and portable version of its engine, called the “mini engine.”
Its main components are built into a ball that has to be inflated to the required pressure before it can be plugged into a plumbing socket.
The new engine also has a dedicated, remote control that can operate it remotely.
The mini engine can handle up to 3,000 pounds of pressure, making it a great candidate for indoor plumbing applications, said Kallenstein.
It’s smaller and lighter than an actual hydraulic pump, which typically requires a hydraulic pump to operate.
And it’s more compact than a pump because it can sit inside a wall, allowing it to fit in a small space, Kallgren said.
“It’s actually a very simple-to-use product, but it’s extremely well engineered,” he said.
“I’ve seen no complaints about its performance or its reliability from anyone I’ve talked to.”
Kallenstein’s company also designed a new pump that’s more efficient and less expensive to build, and it has received approval from the U.S. EPA to produce its engine.
The new pump, called “Duplex,” uses a high-speed motor and a hydraulic piston instead of a piston-driven system, which is why it can run for up to four hours.
But it still requires a pump to keep it working.
“This is one of the first pumps that can be used to drive a wall or a fixture and then have the same hydraulic power that you would get from a normal pump,” Kallsberg said, adding that it’s also the only one that can power a water heater, a sink, or a shower.
The biggest advantage of the mini engine is that it can handle the pressure of up to 1,000 gallons per minute, and that’s enough to power a bathroom or kitchen, Kallsenberg said.
But the pump also has enough power to pump water from a sink or shower, and the design makes it very flexible, which can be especially helpful in small spaces where there aren’t many fixtures, such as garages, KALLENBERG said.
There are several other ways to design the mini-engine, but Kallenberg said it’s important to consider the needs of your plumbing and building project.
For instance, it can work in small areas where the size of a home might not be necessary, such in kitchens or bathrooms.
The engine can also be used for indoor work, but not as a full-time indoor water pump, because the pump will have to be constantly adjusted for the water level inside.
And you need to consider whether you want a fixed pump that has all the plumbing fixtures connected to it or if you want an alternative that can handle more than one water source at once.
“For the average person, a water pump is a huge investment,” KALLER, KAllenberg said, but the new engine can serve you well.
“In the end, you can put in the engineering work to get the water pressure just right and it will still work for indoor environments.”
This article was originally published on June 29, 2018.