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Pressure Regulating Filter, Rain Bird Corporation, Azusa, Calif.

Providing contractors and specifiers with the market’s only one-piece filter pressure regulator, Rain Bird Corporation’s Pressure Regulating (PR) Filter simplifies installations and offers users unmatched durability. Combining two parts into one compact unit simplifies the design and installation process by reducing the number of parts and connections, which also increases its reliability because there is less risk of leaking at the time of installation as well as over the life of the system.

In addition, the two-piece, compact PR Filter Control Zone Kit comes fully assembled, reducing installation and maintenance time and making each job easier and less expensive. Awareness for this new product is very high because Rain Bird is already in the market with filters, regulators and Control Zone Kits.

Responsible for the development of this product are Janet Reilly, marketing manager and project manager; Kirk Allen, lead project engineer; Ray Feith, senior designer; John Thompson, senior principal engineer; John Buiatti, senior manufacturing engineer; Samir Shah, engineering manager; and Dave Laybourn, current product manager.

Seeing the need to reduce the size of the filter and pressure regulator that are needed for a drip irrigation zone, they wanted to show contractors that when installing drip irrigation, they can dig smaller and fewer holes for the valve boxes. The Pressure Regulating Filter is offered with a low flow valve as a Drip Control Zone Kit. Also, the new kit has only two parts, instead of the traditional three parts needed (valve, filter and regulator). Because of the two parts, there is less chance of a leaky connection and the kits come pre-assembled.

“With one less part to assemble, the new zone kits are a definite time and space saver during installation. During operation, they are proven to be trouble free. This has resulted in faster production rates and less callbacks for [my company],” said Al Luchterhand, owner of Sun City Landscapes, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.

“This is a great product that will ease my installations. It will even fit in a 10-inch round (valve box),” said Mike Scheck, design/build contractor of Naturalistic Gardens, Alpharetta, Ga.

Rain Bird has been in business since 1933.

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