Fenwal's Applications Lab Expands Into New Markets: Doubles OEM Customer Appliances Served in 2004

A higher percentage of manufacturers in emerging markets are expressing the need for application development support.

Ashland, MA (PRWEB) April 29, 2005 -- Fenwal Controls, Inc., a leading manufacturer of standard and customized automatic gas ignition and temperature controls for commercial and industrial OEM customers, has expanded the capabilities of its Applications Lab.

“OEMs in commercial cooking, hydronics, HVAC, pool/spa and RV have fast-track new product development timelines and are using Fenwal to optimize their designs and maximize performance and reliability. In 2004 the number of customer appliances under evaluation in Fenwal’s applications lab doubled over the previous year, as a higher percentage of manufacturers in emerging markets expressed the need for application development support.

“Beyond commercial and industrial, we’re seeing more projects in residential and municipal markets for automatic ignition of specialty luxury gas appliances,” says Jerry Harting, Director of Sales and Marketing, Fenwal Controls. Projects currently under evaluation include customers’ gas fireplaces as well as gas lanterns, which have found renewed popularity.

Fenwal’s Applications Lab is well positioned to provide product configuration services for these emerging markets and continue to service mainstream products in the commercial and industrial markets. In operation since 1985, the Applications Lab is headed by Paul Finn, a seasoned Applications Engineer with years of hands-on experience troubleshooting agency-approved products. Finn explains, “It’s not always a one-size-fits-all scenario. In the lab we can configure a complete control system that will ensure the highest level of performance and reliability.”

“Customers tell us this service isn’t widely available in the industry, particularly for small to mid-sized manufacturers who need expertise they may not have in-house,” Finn adds. “Our Applications Lab delivers speed to market that is of real value to our customers.”

About Fenwal Controls
Founded in 1935 as the manufacturer of the patented THERMOSWITCH® temperature controller, Fenwal Controls (www.fenwalcontrols.com) now offers a broad range of agency-approved gas ignition and temperature controls. The company configures their own line of spark electrodes, and also tests new products that are entering the market such as Silicon Nitride Hot Surface Igniters to characterize their performance for safe and efficient use with Fenwal controls. Fenwal Controls has a long history of providing standard and custom engineered solutions for many industries including HVAC, hydronics, commercial cooking and fire protection. Fenwal Controls is a division of Kidde-Fenwal and has both domestic and international sales offices.
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