Toshiba P9 adjustable speed drive wins silver award in Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s product of the year contest

Toshiba International Corporation is proud to announce that its P9 adjustable speed drive has been recognized as one of the best new products in the industry and has taken the silver award in its category, Equipment-Level Sensors and Controls, in Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s Product of the Year competition. This award is the nonresidential building market’s premier award for new products in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering systems.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and plumbing systems engineering markets. The magazine, which is owned by CFE Media, holds annual reader’s choice Product of the Year awards to provide its readers with information about the top new product in their fields.

“The Toshiba Industrial Adjustable Speed Drives team is proud that our P9 was selected as a recipient of Plant Engineering's Product of the Year award. We attribute this success to our team's dedication to making technical advancements in the market through innovation,” stated Brian Keith, Adjustable Speed Drives Senior Product Manager, Toshiba International Corporation.

Toshiba’s P9 drive is ARRA-compliant and has completely optimized pumps and pump systems to dramatically reduce pressure buildup and energy consumption, thereby maximizing efficiency, energy savings, and the life of pumping equipment. By incorporating Toshiba’s proprietary, ground-breaking Virtual Linear Pump (VLP™) Technology, the P9 directly, precisely, and linearly controls pressure or flow. The P9 is user-friendly and a revolution in the industry, as it eliminates many obstacles users thought were an integral part of pump control and sets a new standard in ingenuity, performance, and ease-of-use for the pump industry.

The P9 does all of the following: 
  •  Linearizes Traditional Non-Linear Pump Curve, Providing User’s System with Stable & Precise Variable Pumping Control 
  •  Solves Problem of Load-Balancing Over Multiple Pumps, Eliminating PID Tuning 
  •  Allows User to Configure System in Five Simple Steps, VLP Provides User with Complete Control in Only Minutes 
  •  Self-Calibrates & Eliminates Common Pump Anomalies 
  •  Protects Against Dead Head, Loss Of Suction Pressure, Cavitation, Thrust Bearing, Etc. 
  •  Maximizes Energy Savings on Variable Torque Loads
Prior to the P9 and VLP, pump-speed control was cumbersome and inefficient for multi-pump systems, resulting in unbalanced flow rates, pressure buildup, excess wear-and-tear on pumping equipment, and unnecessary energy consumption. Toshiba’s breakthrough VLP™ algorithm has taken PID and made it obsolete, completely reinventing how users control pressure or flow. With this new technology, after simply inputting a few values into the P9, optimum control is attained. For more information on the P9 and the award visit

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