Cyclone earns reader award from Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, a monthly publication with a circulation of more than 46,000 mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, named A. O. Smith’s Cyclone Xi™ commercial water heater as a gold winner in its 2008 Product of the Year competition.

Product of the year winners were announced in the magazine’s October issue; Cyclone earned gold in the plumbing category.

“Competition was fierce this year; the judges had a hard time narrowing the finalists down to three for each category. We take this as a sign that manufacturers are investing more in new-product R&D, which is a huge win for the building industry and the environment,” said Jim Langhenry, CSE publisher.

CSE used a two-part process to evaluate entries. Companies are allowed to nominate their best products introduced or refined during 2007; all entries were screened by a panel of engineers. Finalists were presented in Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s annual Specifier’s Guide mailed with the May 2008 issue. Subscribers voted online at to select the winners.

The innovative design of the Cyclone Xi takes performance to a higher level with up to 96 percent thermal efficiency. It is engineered to deliver conventional power-vent or sealed combustion power direct-vent versatility along with low nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions in a space-saving design. The high-efficiency Cyclone Xi features an Intelligent Control System (ICS), making it the “smartest” water heater in the industry. The ICS with LCD screen—an exclusive A. O. Smith design— is a control that provides detailed status information, allows precise temperature control, and includes built-in diagnostics.

 The Product of the Year Awards were established to present Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers with the top new products in the major MEP engineering system disciplines the publication regularly covers: building automation and controls; HVAC; power generation; fire protection; electrical; motors, starters, and drives; communications; lighting; plumbing; test instruments, meters, data loggers; and design, model, and analysis software.

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