The 64th International Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Exposition
will play host to over 50,000 HVACR industry professionals from more than 120 countries on January 23-25, 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
With over 2,000 exhibitors from 35 different countries, the 2012 AHR Expo is gearing up to be the biggest event to date. This year's event will focus on Green and IAQ-related products. Attendees can look for special signs placed in booths that will be showcasing either Green or IAQ products.
The exhibit hall will include the Building Automation and Control showcase. The BAC Showcase has been growing each year and will feature over 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest in Building Automation and Facility Management systems.
Attendees can stop by the Software Center to see the latest product demos of customized HVACR software. Three New Product Technology theaters will feature over 50 exhibitor presentations of the newest products on the market today. HVACR professionals can learn about important industry trends and improved techniques at the many educational programs, seminars and workshops offered at the expo. Free sessions include:
- AHR Expo-sponsored sessions
- ASHRAE-sponsored public session
- BACnet Series
- LonMark Series
- Association-sponsored sessions.
Additional sessions are offered for a fee and include:
- ASHRAE certification programs
- CxA Workshop and Exam
- AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review course and exam
- HVAC review and NATE testing.
Attendees can organize their time at the show with the online show planner at ahrexpo.com. The website offers an up-to-date list of exhibitors, product searches and a floor plan. The "Show Planner" feature allows users to make appointments and connect with key contacts to get the most out of their time at the show. Smartphone users can navigate through the show with a mobile friendly directory. Follow the AHR expo on Twitter - @ahrexpo and Facebook - facebook.com/ahrexpo for all updates prior to and during the show.
— Booth 5168
Triangle Tube announces the availability of its Challenger Solo boiler. The Challenger Solo is a high efficiency modulating, condensing boiler in a compact unit, perfect for small to mid-sized residences. The Challenger Solo joins the Challenger Combi boiler, which provides both space heating and domestic hot water from the appliance.
— Booth 1423
Carlisle HVAC was recently honored with the Silver Gaia Award for its revolutionary RE-500 robotically applied insulation encapsulant. The product was chosen from more than 120 entrants competing for top status as the green building industry’s most innovative new technologies. RE-500 is a high performance, antimicrobial, robotically applied insulation encapsulant. Used in conjunction with ISAAC (the Inspecting, Sealing and Advanced Cleaning Robotic System), the low-VOC coating is ideal for critical projects such as hospitals and schools where disruption of the building’s occupants cannot be tolerated.
— Booth 3771
Standex Electronics will feature a full line-up of fluid sensing and power products for residential and commercial HVACR applications. Residentially oriented components include condensate overflow switches and fluid level & flow sensors for AC compressor coils, proximity and position sensors and reed switches for furnaces, and hermetic motor connectors, terminals and wire assemblies for AC compressors. Inductors, current sensors and power transformers for commercial scale products will also be displayed.
— Booth 3414
Tridium announces that it will be featuring the company’s latest building automation, energy management and embedded technology for device-to enterprise integration. The company will be showcasing several new additions to its industry leading technologies including:
• NiagaraAX, Release 3.6: This latest release of the NiagaraAX Framework includes many recently added features and enhancements including support for battery-less options and 802.11 WiFi, heightened security feature, a number of new usability enhancements and options for BTL OWS and AWS.
— Booth 4015
Torad’s rotary spool compressor delivers a smaller size, lower cost, and high-efficiency for air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. According to company sources, the design is ideal for a wide application range (3-150 tons). Rotary spool machine benefits:
- Lower production cost
- Low cap-ex production requirements
- High efficiency level over wide operating range
- No internal compression ratio.
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— Booth 2051
Grand Hall, the manufacturer of the Eternal hybrid water heater, launches the new GU100.
The GU100 offers endless hot water and is Energy Star listed at 0.94EF. The unit can support up to two simultaneous applications such as running two showers or a shower and a dishwasher at the same time. The Eternal GU100 can easily replace a traditional 50-gallon standard tank freeing up valuable space in a home and is compatible with traditional and retrofit recirculation systems to deliver instant hot water.
— Booth 5149
LG Electronics USA has introduced its new Multi V III variable refrigerant flow (VRF) commercial air conditioning system for large-scale facilities, such as commercial office buildings, hotels, hospitals and schools.
The third-generation in LG’s Multi V series uses innovative VRF technology that enables improved energy efficiency by allowing occupants to choose whether to air condition or heat only the zones in use. Multi V III will be LG’s flagship commercial HVAC system as demand for energy-saving HVAC technology continues to grow.
— Booth 6712
Lochinvar announces that its Crest condensing boiler and Strato-Therm+ solar thermal storage tank are among the products recognized in the 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Awards. Crest was awarded Honorable Mention in the Heating category, while Strato-Therm+ received Honorable Mention in the Green Building Products category. The Crest condensing boiler is available in five models that range from 1.5 to 3.5 million BTUH, and offers thermal efficiencies as high as 99%.
The Strato-Therm+ integrates three appliances into one by functioning as a solar thermal storage tank, an indirect water heater and a buffer tank for hydronic applications.
— Booth 3143
Engineered Software, Inc. will be exhibiting their new product configuration software, Pump-Flo Insight. Pump-Flo Insight automates the quote-to-production process, increasing revenue and reducing costs, allowing engineers to spend more time designing new products rather than the more mundane order-processing task.
General Pump-Flo insight facts:
- Scalable, web-based, and secure cloud computing technology
- Integration with CAD, ERP, CRM, and other systems
- Integrated with Pump-Flo electronic catalogs.
— Booth 6683
Geofinity Manufacturing Inc. announces that the Company has recently been awarded the AHR 2012 Innovation Award in the Building Automation Category for the “ORB” heat pump controller. The ORB technology is a patent-pending fully integrated equipment intelligence system offering complete operating, monitoring, control and diagnostics capabilities. It performs the functionality of a total system management and reporting platform that provides real-time data trending and analysis, whether on-site or via e-mail or website information transfer.
— Booth 4162
Bryan Steam will be displaying its ultra-high efficiency Triple-Flex series of hot water condensing boilers, which deliver a minimum 90% operating efficiency with 160F return, 180F supply at maximum input.
Other Bryan boilers along with a feedwater system and deaerator from Bryan Steam’s full line of boilers and accessories will also be displayed at the show. The Bryan Boilers line includes forced draft, atmospheric gas, electric, low NOx and knockdown boilers in capacities from 6 to 600 hp for industrial, commercial and institutional applications.
— Booth 1836
A custom-designed, prefabricated, pre-pressurized network of Uponor crosslinked polyethylene (PEX-a) tubing, the Uponor Radiant Rollout mat is a solution for faster, more consistent installations for large commercial radiant heating and cooling applications.
The mat consists of Wirsbo hePEX (oxygen barrier) or Uponor AquaPEX (non-barrier) PEX-a tubing connected with ProPEX engineered plastic (EP) fittings, which are safe for burial in the slab and offer fast onsite customization when necessary.
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— Booth 4135
The Advanced Groove System (AGS) is a two-piece coupling available in sizes up to 60-in. in diameter, AGS offers faster and simpler installation over couplings featuring multi-segment housings. AGS-joined pipe handles higher end loads and a higher-pressure rating up to 350psi/2,410kPA, with a nominal three-to-one safety factor.
Electro Static Technology
— Booth 3717
The new AEGIS shaft voltage test kit helps contractors measure and document damaging VFD-induced voltages. The result of a collaboration between Electro Static Technology (EST) and Fluke Corporation and available from both companies, the kit includes a special replaceable probe tip for highly accurate voltage readings on rotating equipment. Designed by EST, this tip is the first of its kind, containing high-density conductive microfibers that ensure continuous contact with a rotating motor shaft. EST manufactures the tip and extension rod that may be held or used with an optional magnetic base, while Fluke makes the 10:1 probe itself and the Fluke 190 series ScopeMeter portable oscilloscope that displays the voltage waveform and saves the image for reporting.
— Booth 4522
McQuay International will be showcasing the Daikin McQuay Rebel rooftop unit. The Daikin McQuay Rebel is the first official submission to a rooftop unit challenge facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the next generation of high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. The performance features outlined by the challenge are aimed at reducing energy use by as much as 50 to 60% over current equipment.
The Rebel unit will be available in three to 15 ton sizes and offers a modulating hot gas reheat option.
— Booth 2257
Using both ECM fan technology and MagLev magnetic levitating centrifugal compressor technology, Multistack has developed an air-cooled water chiller with a full load energy rating of less than 0.99 kW/ton and sound levels less that 74 dBA.
— Booth 2900
The Aerofin split-fit coil offers a solution for the replacement of large coils when access is limited. Coils are divided into smaller sections that are easily staged and assembled together on-site. The overall dimensions of the original coils are maintained, allowing direct replacement with minimal performance impact.
— Booth 5491
The LubiTM solar air collector is a solar air heater based on Enerconcept Technologies’ patented perforated glazing technology (PGT). Its high performance results as high as 80% efficiency in transforming solar light into hot air. Even though the Lubi solar air collector is simple and easy to install (other modular PGT collectors offered by Enerconcept such as the Luba GL, are ready to connect to the existing ventilation system), the design parameters of wall or roof‐mounted LubiTM installations must be optimized by Enerconcept in order to allow the whole system to work in the most efficient way.
Comfort-Aire Division,Heat Controller, Inc.
— Booth 432
System consists of energy efficient air handler coupled with existing central heating/cooling system, delivering conditioned air through small ducts, 2 to 2 1/2-in. in diameter, located behind walls, ceilings and floors. It Installs easily, even in older buildings and maintains the integrity of architecture and décor. This air handling system also provides draft-free, even heating/cooling throughout the structure.
Fujitsu General America, Inc.
— Booth 2856
Fujitsu’s models combine energy efficiency with compact design, produce a comfortable environment, and improve the unit’s aesthetics to better harmonize with interior spaces. The simple, slim form and curved front panel reduce the appearance of the unit, enabling it to blend with the wall surface.
Bard Manufacturing Company
— Booth 4259
The efficient Bard I-TEC classroom climate system provides indoor air quality and quiet operation. Mounted over the sill, the unit is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, blending into the classroom atmosphere, and has a versatile design for new construction or renovation projects. Features include: Hycor coated coils, easy access to controls, recycled denim insulation, and ASHRAE 62.1 compliant ventilation options.
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— Booth 5336
MovinCool’s water-cooled CMW30 ceiling-mount air conditioner provides 29,400 BTU/h of cooling, and is designed for protecting server rooms and other heat-sensitive equipment. It offers a sensible cooling capacity, a 17 IEER rating, variable-speed inverter compressor, inverter fan motor, and a wall-mounted controller that offers advanced communications, monitoring and self-diagnosis capabilities.
— Booth 5110
Rheem releases the XR90 Extreme Recovery gas water heater. Needing only 29 gallons of storage, sources say the Rheem XR90 is unique to the marketplace because it can heat water faster than any standard 50-gallon gas water heater. In addition, Rheem reports the XR90 meets, and in most cases, exceeds the available hot water provided by a standard 50-gallon gas water heater. It has a first hour rating (FHR) of 90 gallons—meaning homeowners get three times the amount of hot water in an hour than what the tank actually holds.
Bell & Gossett
— Booth 4322
Bell and Gossett’s centrifugal pumps serve several primary applications, including hydronic heating and cooling systems, Industrial processes, general service, and pressure boosting. Their key features are low supply and return arrangement, space saving design, easy mechanical seal maintenance, and a support ring for easy installations.
Superior Radiant Products
(SRP) Premier VS-VH high efficiency radiant heating system has thermal efficiencies of up to 94%, depending on the configuration, are combined with the well-known benefits of radiant heat to maximize fuel savings. The efficient SRP reflector ensures all the infrared is directed where it is needed. The Premier VS-VH complements SRP’s Premier VS with smaller in-series burners, offering layout flexibility in the industry. Designs can be custom engineered to suit projects with long or short, condensing or noncondensing system options.
Franklin Electric /Little Giant
— Booth 1923
The Little Giant NXTGen™ VCMX Series condensate pumps from Franklin Electric offer a slim footprint for installation flexibility, an oil-resistant tank, and external safety switch options. The NXTGen features a durable design, promotes prolonged motor life, and is efficient for air conditioning, refrigeration, and condensing boiler applications.
— Booth 1524
Modine’s new Atherion commercial packaged ventilation system is an effective solution for bringing fresh, tempered outside air into a facility, regardless of the geographic location. Available in 15-to-30 ton sizes, the Atherion meets ASHRAE 189.1 and features an optional energy recovery module and MERV16 filtration.
RectorSeal offers an electronic condensate overflow switch for installation on the primary drain pan when plenum rating is needed. A small, easy-to-use bracket for rooftop units, the switch contains low power consuming microelectronics. The switch detects clogged air conditioning condensate drains and shuts off the system.
— Booth 4510
Daikin’s new VRVIII® PB series condensing units are available in both heat pump and heat recovery configurations up to 30 tons, and are efficient for any commercial application, including offices, schools, and healthcare.
— Booth 3640
This temperature sensor is effective at thermal tracking in high moisture applications, in which the sensor is subjected to continuous freeze and thaw cycles, such as HVAC, food and beverage, and refrigeration systems. It is available in two tube sizes: 1/4-in. OD and 3/16-in. OD, with a wide selection of thermistor curves and resistances, cable lengths, and terminals.
Turbo Air Inc.
— Booth 5155
The Smart 7 packaged refrigeration unit offers seven unique features from others. It has blue anti-corrosion coating on condenser and evaporator coils, a thermostatic expansion valve, and a solenoid valve, which prevents liquid from going into the compressor. It also has an oversized condenser coil, an energy efficient EC motor for the evaporator section, a leak-free hot gas condensate system with a patented coated hot gas line, and a highly efficient enclosure with many holes for better air circulation. This unit comes with two-year part, two-year compressor, and one-year labor warrantee.
— Booth 5983
Benni Technologies Corporation announces the introduction of a new compact “spark to pilot” ignition control based on a new proprietary microprocessor circuit technology. The small Max-Liter IXM series measures 2.6-in. x 4.3-in. and is available in either a 24VAC or 120 VAC version for the purpose of igniting and monitoring a pilot flame. It also controls and operates a gas valve, and provides precise, repeatable timings of the entire ignition operating sequence.
The new circuit design is highlighted by on-board LED system diagnostics for safe, efficient burner operation and easy troubleshooting. The ignition control provides precise operation of purge times, along with multiple tries for ignition, and one-hour optional automatic reset and local or remote flame sensing.
Crown Boiler Co.
— Booth 1642
The Bimini series boiler is a cast aluminum, high efficiency, condensing, directvent, gas-fired, hot water boiler. The Bimini has multiple venting and installation options to suit homeowner and installer preferences, and comes fully wired and ready for installation. Each Bimini model is Energy Star qualified.
GoGaS Goch GmbH & Co. KG
— Booth 5077
This heater offers high radiant efficiency, assuring lower fuel costs and reduced carbon output. An insulated reflector saves energy and prevents heat loss through convection.
A new "high-grid" technology improves heat yield, and there is a horizontal mounting option for increased efficiency. The heater has adjustable reflector panels, resulting in flexible heat distribution patterns, and there are reduced maintenance costs due to the easy removal of the combustion chamber. With available rates ranging from 21,000 to 125, 000 BTU/h, NG or LPG, the series KMI high intensity infrared heater contributes to earning LEED points with clean and efficient combustion. It’s suitable for full or partial heating of warehouses, factories, aircraft hangars, sports facilities, and stadiums.