Self-closing taps for washrooms

Complementing the Franke range of public-use bathroom and sanitaryware is a range of self-closing basin taps and mixers.

self-closing taps in public bathroom

Franke’s range of Self-Closing Taps is available in a choice of 5 designs, with or without a user-operated temperature mixer. These taps are suitable for a wide range of applications in heavy usage public washrooms, commercial washroom and sanitary installations.

How do self-closing taps work?

Self-closing taps designed to automatically shut off after a preset time. Franke’s range of self-closing taps comprises of 5 models in new Franke Design Lines.

Sensor operated

Doctors, dentists and vets prefer self-closing sensor-operated taps. People for whom hand hygiene is an absolute essential in their daily work.

The F3 Line is the Franke F3EM1006 Opto-Electronically Controlled Pillar Tap. Suitable for washrooms in food-processing operations, large-scale catering establishments or in the cleaning areas of hospitals and health care.

Sensor operated by a 6 V lithium battery; water flows through the tap when an object is detected under the tap spout which automatically opens the solenoid valve. An integrated water hygiene flushing is furthermore responsible for securing the quality of the drinking water.

The combination with the optional, bidirectional remote control permits additional parameterisation and provides extractable statistical functions.

Hydraulically operated

Franke’s remaining 4 Self-Closing Taps operate hydraulically. Activate the water flow when the user lightly presses the taps push cap; which allows the chamber to fill towards the spout. On the release of the push button, hydraulic pressure together with a time delay spring reseals the tap after a specified period of time which can be adjusted by the installer.

Hydraulically operated taps are available in the F3, F5 and Aqualine Design Lines. With good aesthetic design and very reliable technology, these taps meet the high demands placed on modern sanitary fittings.

A first of its kind in the world: an innovative highlight of the F5 series is the Franke-patented, first ceramic self-closing valve with adaptable mixer for hydraulic taps. The F5 Line leaves nothing to be desired in terms of convenience and design.

Benefits of self-closing bathroom taps?

HYGIENE is the key benefits of sensor taps. The user need not touch the tap during hand washing. Thus eliminating cross-contamination between users. Adding a complimenting automatic soap dispenser and/or hand dryer further adds to a hygiene touch-free bathroom.

A preset flow rate means the user cannot choose to use a higher pressure flow than needed. This avoids any unnecessary splashing and contributes to a cleaner bathroom.

WATER AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY is the clearest advantages of all self-closing taps. Franke self-closing taps are set with a low flow rate and an aerator in the spout.

The volumetric flow between 3 and 6 litres/minute. A flow pressure of 3 bar, compared with traditional basin taps that pour between 10 and 15 litres per minute wasting a significant amount of water when used by as little as 5 regular uses daily.

Save energy by setting a constant temperature preset.

Disadvantages of self-closing bathroom taps?

Self-closing taps have complex internal workings and carry a higher manufacturing cost than a traditional tap. Developers choose these taps based on the long term payoff, especially in commercial washrooms.

Another disadvantage is that during load shedding or power outage, a plug powered operated sensor taps will not work either. The Franke F3EM1006 Electronic Pillar Tap does have a battery compartment to circumvent this issue.

Relevancy of self-closing bathroom taps in 2020?

With the urgent focus in expanding South Africa’s medical care facilities nationally. Combined with hyper-awareness of hygiene in all public facilities, there has been an increased interest in self-closing taps.

Designed to aid and improve hygiene in public ablutions, the Self-Closing tap is a good choice for a washroom in any commercial space, high traffic shopping mall, school, stadium or recreational area.

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