Taco Comfort Solutions’ pump test laboratory in Cranston, R.I., has earned approval from the Hydraulic Institute’s Pump Test Lab Approval Program.

The HI program assists pump OEMs and other pump test labs improve their procedures and policies by working with a third-party auditor by developing and maintaining accurate, uniform, repeatable pump testing protocols. This program also helps participating organizations observe the requirements of the international test laboratory accreditation standard (ISO 17025) concerning test measurement equipment.

As the U.S. Department of Energy requires increased efficiencies for commercial and industrial pumps, a manufacturer’s ability to demonstrate correct pump performance is a key element of compliance. The pump test lab approval is HI’s newest 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., Taco’s executive chairman. “It’s only fitting that Taco’s world-class lab be part of this program and I’m proud of our lab staff that 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 and industrial pump rule. HI continues to be the leading voice for our industry and Taco is proud to play our part in that effort.”