PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Dec. 22, 2016)—The Hydraulic Institute announced that member company Taco Inc. had its pump test laboratory approved through the HI Pump Test Lab Approval Program.

The approved pump test lab is located at the company headquarters in Cranston, Rhode Island.

The HI program assists pump original equipment manufacturers and other pump test laboratories with improving their current laboratory procedures and policies by working with an experienced third-party auditor to develop and maintain accurate, uniform and repeatable pump testing protocols.

The program also helps participating organizations adhere to the requirements of the international test laboratory accreditation standard (ISO 17025) concerning test measurement equipment.

As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires increased efficiencies for commercial and industrial pumps, a manufacturer's ability to demonstrate accurate pump performance will be an important part of compliance, according to a statement from HI.

Performing these tests in a lab that not only applies the industry standard (HI 40.7) but also stands up to an independent third-party audit will build confidence in the market that the stated efficiencies will be achieved, HI said.

The pump test lab approval program is HI's latest program designed to support the DOE's energy saving initiatives.

“As the current president of HI, I’ve been a strong advocate for the new DOE efficiency standards along with the advancement of the complementary HI test lab approval program,” said John White Jr., Executive Chairman, Taco Inc. “It’s only fitting that Taco’s world-class lab be part of this program, and I’m proud of our lab staff who operate it to the highest standards. A third-party validation promotes fairness and transparency in the market, especially as we work toward the 2020 implementation date of the DOE’s commercial & industrial pump rule. HI continues to be the leading voice for our industry and Taco is proud to play our part in that effort.”