Smart Faucets by Sloan: Optima Faucet New Technology

Introducing an update from Sloan that takes a flagship Sloan product – Optima faucets, and catapults it into the future with wireless connectivity, amongst other upgrades. This futuristic innovation improves the installation, service, and maintenance of Optima faucet fixtures. In this article, we delve into how new smart Optima faucets make facility managers jobs easier and more efficient, and improve a facility’s customer experience with better performing faucets. We also give you insight into Sloan’s app that connects to the faucets, enabling facility maintenance personnel to collect data and manage faucets remotely.


Optima Faucet Upgrades

The upgrades Sloan has made to it’s Optima faucet line are exceptional. Not only are the faucets now smart fixtures that connect to an app, but they also now come with standard mounting hardware, a longer sensor cable, and a quick connect spout hose. All of these updates reduce installation time for your faucet by 50% or more. 

The new control box design is also simplified, with fewer cords and hoses, the addition of mounting slots (so no mounting plates and hardware are needed), and a newly patented dual-inlet filter fitting to filter and mix hot and cold water at once. 

The updates above are valuable improvements as is, but Sloan didn’t stop there. The biggest upgrade Optima faucets received is making them smart faucets. New Optima faucets now contain technology that enables information from the faucets to be connected to a remote program. The program is an app created by Sloan that can be downloaded on any smartphone or tablet, which enables users to view information about the faucets remotely. This innovation brings faucets into the exciting and connected world of IoT* (Internet of Things).

*What is IoT, exactly? According to IoT Agenda, the Internet of Things, also known as IoT,  is “a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”


What is a ‘Smart Faucet’ and how does it work?

A smart faucet is a faucet that connects to a system that can be accessed remotely. Essentially, new Optima faucets contain sensors that pair to the Sloan Connect® App. Facility managers then access this app through their smartphone or tablet. In Sloan Connect, they can collect data from the device, program the fixture, be alerted of malfunctions, and even adjust settings and set faucet timeouts remotely, all without any time spent below the deck of the faucet, a place no facility manager wants to spend very much time.

Some examples of data you can collect from the faucet using the app include the following:

  • How many times it has been activated
  • The current battery strength
  • When it was last activated
  • Water usage amounts
  • Estimated service schedules
  • Generate and share diagnostic reports with Sloan
  • Save notes about a site or faucet
  • Identify your faucet and access technical data

Information gathered through the app enables facility managers to draw very helpful conclusions. They can see when a unit will need a new battery or when a faucet will likely require new parts that need to be replaced over time. They can even deduce when there might be a unit that isn’t working by reading the data. Was there a busy time in a multi-faucet restroom with one unit that was not used during that time? That unit might be working properly. Is there a unit with very high water usage? That might indicate a leaky faucet. There is a ton of actionable information that can be collected through the app that makes servicing Optima faucets smarter.


Sloan Connect® App Features

Take a look at the app in the device screenshot below. See the bulleted list to learn some of the key features of the new Sloan Connect® App. 

Sloan App
  • Adjust settings wirelessly – no deck disassembly or below-deck work
  • Select on-demand or metered activation
  • Set faucet timeouts 
  • Activate line flush
  • Measure and report water usage
  • Check battery levels
  • Identify your faucet and access technical data
  • Generate and share diagnostic reports with Sloan
  • Save notes about the site or the faucet

Optimized Water Management

Let’s talk a little more about how this new generation of Optima faucets makes optimized water management easier. First, facility managers can adjust water setting wirelessly, making it so adjustments happen more often and when needed, since the despised below-deck work is no longer a necessary step to adjust faucet settings.  Through the app, facility managers can make the following water management adjustments:

  • Selecting on-demand or metered activation
  • Setting water-saving faucet timeouts
  • Activating line flushes to clear supply lines or drains
  • Measuring and reporting water usage

Sloan Optima smart faucet models

Smart Faucet Models

The following Sloan Optima faucet models are now available as smart faucets. They are organized by mounting style (deck mounted or wall mounted) with the power type listed after the Sloan model number. Faucet models on the same line are faucets that are the same style faucet but use different power sources (hardwired versus battery or battery/turbine-powered)

Deck Mounted Optima Faucet Models

  • EBF85 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF80 (Hardwired)
  • EBF187 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF880 (Hardwired)
  • EBF615 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF610 (Hardwired)
  • EBF650 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF600 (Hardwired)
  • EBF665 (Battery or battery + turbine with side sensor) and ETF660 (Hardwired with side sensor)
  • EBF750 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF700 (Hardwired)
  • EBF750-S (Battery or battery + turbine with surgical bend) and ETF700-S (Hardwired with surgical bend)
  • EBF775 (Battery or battery + turbine with side sensor) and ETF770 (Hardwired with side sensor)

Wall Mounted Optima Faucet Models

  • EBF550 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF500 (Hardwired)
  • EBF850 (Battery or battery + turbine) and ETF800 (Hardwired)

The New Sloan Optima Control Box

Sloan Optima Control Box Features

  • Fewer cords and hoses
  • Mounting slots eliminate the need for extraneous mounting plates and hardware
  • Newly patented dual-inlet filter fitting contains a built-in water filter for hot and cold water mixing
  • Up to six faucets can be connected to a single power source
  • Instead of crawling under the sink, you can adjust faucet settings using your smartphone
  • Battery or hardwired with battery backup
  • Easy inlet and outlet installation
  • Accepts 6VDC or 24 VAC power supply
  • Adjustment button manually changes sensor range
  • LED visually shows sensor range
  • Removable battery cartridge for easy replacement
  • Twisting off solenoid shuts off the water supply
  • Plug and play connection with shielded cables

Where to Buy Sloan Optima Faucets and Repair Parts

Browse our online collection of Sloan electronic faucets which includes Optima faucets to find the optima faucet you would like to order, then submit a quote to get a price quote for the sloan faucets and any other maintenance and repair part items you may need from Equiparts. Or give us a call to place your order directly. We have thousands of Sloan items in stock and ready to ship. 

Keep in mind that buying from us means getting low prices, and fast turn-around, making us the best source for everything Sloan.

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