As further indication of the improving economy, managers of the AHR Expo — to be held in Orlando, FL January 25-27 — report that 165 new companies that didn't participate in AHR Expo 2009 have signed on to exhibit at the upcoming 2010 event. Close to 100 of those companies have never exhibited at AHR Expo and 75 of those companies signed up during a 30-day period from September through October.

“We definitely believe that the steadily improving economy is a key factor in the surge of companies signing up to exhibit,” says Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR EXPO. “The fact that 75 companies signed on in such a short period also reinforces the importance of AHR Expo to their economic recovery plans.”

Stevens says he believes many companies were waiting to see how prospects for their fourth quarter were looking before committing to the world's largest HVACR - exclusive event. AHR Expo attracts more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and tens of thousands of HVACR professionals to the annual event. Other positive economic signs for AHR Expo and the HAVCR industry are:

  • Several companies that had previously cancelled their 2010 space have recently decided to come back into the Show.

  • According to a recent survey of 1,000 exhibiting companies, 70% said that they expect the economy will be better in the first quarter of 2010, and 72% said that they expect their customers will start buying more in the first quarter of next year.

  • 310 international-based companies from 27 countries are currently signed up to exhibit, comparable to the last Orlando Show.

  • The emphasis on “green” products is driving demand for more energy-efficient equipment.

In spite of reports that show U.S. construction will still be dragging its feet through 2010, HVACR industry professionals have businesses to run, products to manufacture, and comfort needs of millions of people that still must be met.

The following are just a sampling of HVACR products on display during AHR Expo 2010. They're compiled from news received by ContractingBusiness.com editors.

The show — and business — must go on. So here we go!

Hallowell International Booth 3034

Hallowell International introduces the Acadia Combined Heating and Cooling System.

The Acadia is a single system engineered to efficiently heat and cool homes no matter what the weather is outside. A patented, next generation heat pump, it's uniquely designed to run efficiently and without backup even at temperatures as cold as minus 30F, sources say.
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Victaulic Booth 3726

Victaulic has announced the extension of its line of patented Advanced Groove System (AGS) couplings for faster and easier installation of large-diameter piping systems. The line extension means Victaulic now offers rigid and flexible couplings with the AGS technology for pipe sizes up to 60-in. in diameter for HVAC, mining, water and wastewater and industrial applications.
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Emerson Booth 2310

Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson has launched its Copeland Scroll® ZRK5 compressor for residential and light commercial air conditioning applications. This post-2010 offering for U.S. aftermarket service applications is optimized for R-22 refrigerant, as well as R-407C.

Available from 1.5 to five horsepower, the compressor is based on the latest Copeland Scroll technology, including 20 new design enhancements < nine of which are patented - over the current R-22 Copeland Scroll compressor models. These features provide improved reliability and efficiency, as well as quieter operation.

As an option, the Copeland Scroll ZRK5 compressor will also be availablewith POE lubricant, to further increase application compatibility with both R-22 and HFC refrigerants. For aftermarket service applications, the ZRK5 compressor will be shipped in a single pack box with the molded plug wiring harness, mounting parts and installation instructions.
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Bryan Steam_Booth 3030

Bryan Steam introduces the Triple-Flex (patent pending) Ultra-High Efficiency Condensing Boiler series. Four models offer inputs from 1,500 to 3,000 MBH with sub 30 PPM NOx utilizing a hybrid metal fiber burner. Triple-Flex boilers deliver minimum 90% operating efficiency with 160F return, 180F supply and 100% firing load.
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Bell Gossett_Booth 3926

ITT Bell Gossett introduces the Technologic® 502 . The Technologic® 502 is the latest generation hardware platform providing advanced pumping software and proven algorithms to create a smarter, more cost-efficient and energy-saving pump system for HVAC and pressure booster applications, sources say.

As part of Bell Gossett's commitment to green energy-efficient solutions, the Technologic® 502 variable speed pump controller reduces its environmental impact through energy-saving efficiency and water conservation. The Technologic® 502 contributes to LEED certification and may also qualify for economic stimulus rebate or local power company incentives.
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Superior Radiant Products_Booth 2370

SRP announced the new Premier VS-VH Vacuum System will be available Fall 2010. The Premier VS-VH high efficiency radiant heating system complements SRP's Premier VS with smaller in-series burners offering the greatest layout flexibility in the industry. Now designs can be custom engineered to best suit the project with long or short, condensing or non-condensing system options.

The Premier Vacuum Series, together with the SRP AccuRate Modulating Control System provides the HVAC industry with a “greener choice,” sources say. The SRP AccuRate control system provides four individual zone modulation, boasting the flexibility of variable rate burners resulting in unsurpassed comfort and energy efficiency.
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Space-Ray_Booth 1410

Space-Ray Infrared Heaters will show its complete line of tube and ceramic heaters, including its recently introduced positive pressure low intensity tube heaters with its patent-pending Innovative Tube Integrity Safety System (TISS) for the ultimate in fire safety protection.

Infrared heaters Space-Ray will show or have information about at AHR Expo 2010 include:

  • Eight models of PTS/PTU Series Tube Heaters available in over 100 configurations with its unique TISS.

  • 21 different LTU Series Tube Heaters with heating capacities from 40,000 to 250,000 BTU/hr.

    • LTS Series infrared straight Tube Heaters with more than 100 configurations and heating capacities ranging from 40,000 BTU/hr to 250,000 BTU/hr.

  • 19 ETS/ETU Series Low Intensity Infrared Tube Heaters with 100 configurations and capacities ranging from 40,000 to 250,000 BTU/hr.

  • Ceramic Heaters ranging in capacity from 26,000 to 160,000 BTU/hr.
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General Tools & Instruments_Booth 5170

General Tools & Instruments' new line of Video Inspection Systems offers the technician and contractor a way to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas and thus diagnose difficult system problems without the necessity of complete system disassembly. Advanced units allow the user to record and transfer still images and video.

The Seeker Video Inspection Systems provide technicians with powerful inspection tools designed to see into hard-to-reach areas. All three models come equipped with a high-strength, “obedient”, 1m (39.4-in) camera-tipped probe with built-in, adjustable LED lighting; a mirror, magnet and pick-up hook that can mount on the end of the probe; batteries; a detailed instruction manual and an impact-resistant carrying case. Probes start from 9.5mm in diameter, and are water, oil and dust-proof.
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Jaga Inc._Booth 5164

Jaga Inc. introduces its eco-friendly “Energy Savers” Low-H2O radiators. With its unique Low H2O technology, Jaga's “Energy Savers” radiators require only 10% the water of traditional panel radiators, resulting in significant energy savings.
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FieldServer Technologies _Booth 1323

FieldServer Technologies features the SlotServer, a communications module used in the Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC. SlotServer now gives process control facilities the ability to link building automation, fire alarm panel and process control networks.

Also featured this year are the FS-B35 series FieldServer, the interoperability solution for building automation system integrators, brings together the FieldServer driver library with the latest in gateway design. This unique, powerful FieldServer packs features demanded by our customers into a compact user-friendly package, sources say.
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Climate Talk Alliance_Booth 1355

The ClimateTalk framework allows various components, including increasingly important smart energy devices, to send messages in the same language, no matter what brand of equipment is being used. It offers an easy-to-use solution for the homeowner as well as installation and diagnostic simplicity for contractors, which is of growing importance as the number of certified technicians for advanced systems continues to decrease. It can also expand message sets and applications, allowing for the addition of new components without upgrading the user interface, which offers ease of integration and flexibility for the OEM and allows for OEM customization and differentiation within a common framework.
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Arzel_Booth 2874

Arzel Zoning Technology announces the launch of its new Evergreen Zoning System, the industry's first aftermarket zoning product that provides blower speed control based on air flow requirements to each zone, virtually eliminating the need for a bypass damper. The system provides optimum indoor air quantity control for increased indoor air quality, comfort and energy efficiency.

The Arzel Evergreen Zoning System combines an advanced zone control system with an easy to install replacement multi-speed Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) to provide enhanced comfort and meet the increasing demands for energy efficient, green solutions.
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WaterFurnace International, Inc._Booth 3943

The new Versatec Ultra series from WaterFurnace International, Inc. combines high efficiency, maximum flexibility and industry leading standard options in a compact water source heat pump for water loop and geothermal applications.

With a 17.2 energy efficiency ratio (EER) and a 3.5 coeffient of performance (COP), the Versatec Ultra series is Energy Star® rated and exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency standards. The product uses R-410A refrigerant and is available in a wide selection of capacities (9,000 to 70,000 Btuh output) with an array of factory installed options for unmatched application flexibility.
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Modine_Booth 3325

Modine Manufacturing Company announced the introduction of its Effinity93 with Conservicore technology. A full line of six models ranging from 135,000 to 310,000 BTU/hr — all operating at 93% efficiency — gives commercial HVAC users a more efficient way of heating their buildings so they can dramatically lower their energy bills, and keep their environments controlled for optimal comfort and safety, sources say.

Modine also announces the release of the Valedictorian unit ventilator. The Valedictorian® keeps an established product up-to-date with an impressive list of features and options. It is designed to blend in with the architectural integrity of a school or office, both inside and out
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Quietflex Manufacturing_Booth 4721

Quietflex introduces the Quietflex® HPDFlex, a formaldehyde-free flexible duct designed to meet the broad static pressure demands of commercial applications.

All Quietflex flexible duct products, including the HPDFlex, feature Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free insulation and are GREENGUARD Certified - an industry-independent verification for products that can improve indoor air quality, sources say.
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Daikin AC_Booth 2710

Daikin AC (Americas), Inc. introduces the Daikin Altherma. The Daikin Altherma is an innovative alternative heating and domestic hot water solution that is 3 to 5 times more energy efficient than using conventional fossil fuel systems. The air-to-water heat pump system maximizes comfort and energy savings by capitalizing on Daikin's technological strengths. Additionally, Daikin Altherma features a space cooling ability not common with traditional systems.

Daikin Altherma consists of 2 main components (outdoor unit and hydrobox) combined with optional accessories such as a water tank and solar thermal kit. For space heating, Daikin Altherma can be connected to low temperature radiators, under floor heating or fan coil units. The Daikin Altherma uses R-410A refrigerant.
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Comfort-Aire_Booth 2526

Comfort-Aire adds high efficiency to its gas furnace line with two-stage models rated at 95% AFUE, making them eligible for Federal tax credits.

The GTUV series comes in capacities ranging from 45,000 to 105,000 BTUH. The upflow two-stage design efficiently delivers a consistent, gentle airflow by operating in the low firing range most of the time, automatically shifting to the high firing mode when there's demand for extra heat.

Other features include two heat exchangers, an integrated control board, a permanent washable filter and a two-stage gas valve.
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Quietside_Booth 2560

The Samsung DVM Plus III system has been developed to enhance comfort, while reducing energy consumption in commercial applications, utilizing Variable Refrigerant Flow technology. According to company sources, over 60 indoor units to be connected to a maximum of three outdoor units ganged together.

Multiple capacities and styles of indoor units are available to suit both room size and load, and also the room usage. The outdoor units are powered by the reliable Copeland Digital Scroll compressor.
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McQuay International_Booth 2716

The Daikin McQuay® Magnitude frictionless centrifugal chiller is now available in models with up to 550 tons of capacity, making it ideal for mid- to large-size buildings such as schools, universities and hospitals. With low sound levels and a small footprint, the Magnitude chiller helps owners reduce energy and operating costs, create a comfortable environment, and meet requirements for sustainable design, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification criteria.
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EWC Controls _Booth 3119

The Humidification System by EWC Controls consists of a compact 900cfm fan designed to distribute the humidity produced by the popular S2000 whole house steam humidifier. The System has a replaceable Air Filter to clean the air before it passes over the humidifier. The clean moist air is then delivered into the home, apartment or condominium via the field installed duct-work.

The system is designed to operate as a “stand alone” humidifier or it can be installed as a “bypass” humidifier becoming an integral part of the main HVAC system. The high output of the humidifier will effectively humidify the home or business even if the heating system is not active. The system maintains the desired humidity level as set by the digital humidistat.
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Multistack_Booth 2352

Multistack has added a new product offering in its Airstack product catalog. The Airstack ASP30X is already known in the HVAC world for its single point microprocessor-based control system, built-in redundancy via independent refrigerant circuits, simple future expansion, low sound signature and critical cooling applications. For 2010, Multistack took all the existing features and added microchannel heat exchangers that reduce the refrigerant charge by over 40% to increase LEED contributions. This new optional ASP30X will be available during the first part of 2010.
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