More than 1800 exhibitors will be showcasing thousands of products and technologies from over 30 countries at the 65th annual International Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Exposition. This year’s event will take place at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas TX, January 28-30, 2013.

The show will offer over 100 educational sessions, workshops, exams and presentations, with 40 of the sessions being offered at no extra charge. The show floor will feature the Building Automation and Control showcase as well as the Software Center showcase. New Product and Technology Theaters will have over 70 new product presentations. Attendees won’t want to miss the 11th Annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards, which will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29th, at 1p.m.

New to the show this year is the Mechanical Town Hall: Featuring the ‘Fab Five.’ The event will take place Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in Room D167. Five well-known industry experts will lead this panel discussion, sharing their unique perspectives on business diversification and the keys to success in today’s economy. Space is limited. Sign up and register today at: http://mechanicaltownhall5.eventbrite.com/#.

Topics and technologies covered will be energy-efficient products; geothermal; solar/solar thermal; embracing new technologies and methods (tools, boiler controls, pipe joining, etc.; and selling and profitability in today’s market.

The Fab Five Panelists all have experience with each of these topics. These industry leaders will engage the audience in lively interaction, covering issues contractors face every day.

Dave Yates — A well-known plumbing, heating and solar contractor, Yates is president of F.W. Behler in York, PA, and he is a monthly columnist for CONTRACTOR magazine.

Dan Foley — Owner of Foley Mechanical, Foley’s business has thrived in the DC, Virginia area. He specializes in mechanical rooms (heating, cooling, hydronic, solar, controls, etc.) for large luxury homes.

John Barba — Director of training and education for Taco, Inc. in Cranston, RI, This American-made pump manufacturer is adamant about contractor training and influencing young people to enter the trades.

Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr — “Hot Rod” is the educational & training manager for Caleffi, North America in Milwaukee, WI. Caleffi specializes in solar and hydronic components.

Eric Aune —  Aune is a plumbing, hydronic and solar contractor. He is a UA instructor at the local 15 plumber’s apprenticeship program and a Taco Trade Council member.

For attending contractors, the Fab Five will convey the importance of being a salesman first and foremost in this particularly competitive marketplace. Each will offer their stories, experiences and expertise. These speakers have been together on numerous panels in the past and they are comfortable in sharing the spotlight and stories with each other, and the audience.

The following products are just a sampling of the HVACR products on display during the AHR Expo 2013. They’re compiled from news received by ContractingBusiness.com editors.

Bryan Steam—Booth 2032
Bryan Steam LLC 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. Triple-Flex also features UL environmental claims validation.

Bryan Steam will also be presenting its Universal Communication Gateway, an external, high performance, low cost building automation multi-protocol gateway for integrating boiler/burner controls into building management systems.  This gateway is preprogrammed to support several protocols and boiler configurations with no additional software, downloads or programming required at the job site.  
Byranboilers.com        Circle 175

NATE —Booth 487
Standard Supply will host North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification testing at this year’s AHR Expo. The test session will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 28. To help prepare technicians for the test, Standard Supply will offer an HVACR Review Session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the day of the test. Registration forms are available on the AHR Expo website (www.ahrexpo.com), as well as on NATE’s website.
natex.org     Circle 176

Lynxspring—Booth 810
Lynxspring announces that in addition to showcasing its full portfolio of open building automation and control solutions at the AHR Expo it will also be unveiling the company’s latest OpenADR 2.0 offering, a new Cyber Security enhancement and the JENEsys Harmony, a new NiagaraAX based solution that reduces commissioning time, complexity and costs on project deployments while providing owners the ability to create integration standards and enforce repeatable and consistent engineering practices.

Lynxspring solutions enable system integrators to provide true open solutions without regard for specific protocols, products or technologies and enable users to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer; more efficiently and at peak performance levels.
lynxspring.com     Circle 177

Rheem—Booth 1305
The Rheem H2AC rooftop unit featuring eSync integration technology earned a 2013 AHR Expo Innovation award in the competition’s cooling category.

While Rheem designed the H2AC rooftop unit for full-service restaurants, the system can meet the air conditioning and water heating needs for any commercial setting that requires large daily demands for hot water. This system unites an establishment’s HVAC and water heating systems to achieve significant efficiencies. It works by using Rheem’s exclusive eSync Integration Technology, which takes the heat removed by the HVAC system and uses it as an efficient source for heating water. The H2AC rooftop unit is able to pre-heat a facility’s cold water supply to as much as 125F—which substantially reduces water heating costs.
rheem.com/H2AC        Circle 178

EnTouch Controls—Booth 941
EnTouch Controls offers HVAC contractors an energy management system for their light commercial clients that includes features such as wireless networking, cloud analytics and intelligent touchscreen controllers. It’s quick to install, easy to use and has a rapid return on investment, sources say. In addition, these systems can be monitored and tested via cell phone through its new mobile application. EnTouch Controls will be debuting its suite of partner tools and mobile apps at the 2013 AHR Expo.
entouchcontrols.com/     Circle 179

Danfoss—Booth 1333
Two Danfoss products — the ADAP-KOOL AK-PC 781 integrated rack controller and the VZH Variable Speed Compressor — won awards in the 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. The AK-PC 781 was named the winner in the refrigeration category.

The VZH variable speed compressor received honorable mention in the cooling category. The VZH delivers dynamic efficiency and performance in varied air-conditioning applications, including VRF, chillers, rooftop, packaged or split systems, IT, process cooling units and dedicated outdoor units, while providing precise temperature and humidity management. The compressor features a 4:1 turndown ratio and provides the largest cooling capacity (26TR) with a single scroll and up to 56TR in an innovative tandem design.
danfoss.us    Circle 180

Recuperator USA—Booth 6001
Recuperator S.p.A. of Milan, Italy has entered the North American market as Recuperator USA, and will exhibit its products at the 2013 AHR Expo.

Recuperator was established in 1973 and offers plate heat exchangers ranging from 8-in. to 95-in. in size with capacities to 60,000 CFM and efficiencies to 80%, as well as rotary wheel exchangers ranging from 20-in. to 95-in. in diameters with up to 30,000 CFM and 90% efficiencies.  Both product lines offer an extensive list of options in materials, framing, and design, to meet virtually any OEM requirements.   recuperatorusa.com        Circle 181

Embraco— Booth 1413
Embraco will present at the AHR Expo its full range of hydrocarbon compressors available for North America including low-temp cooling capacities from 520 btuh up to 4780 btuh and high temp from 4700  btuh up to 10,125 BTU/h.  Also on display will be the Embraco Micro-compressor.

Small and lightweight (about the size of a 12-oz. soda can and weighing 1.4 kg), Embraco’s micro-compressor is able to operate in any position because it’s 100% oil-free, which allows unprecedented applications and products.

Embraco Fullmotion variable capacity compressors are quieter and can save energy up to 40% compared to a conventional compressor. This technology is excellent for wine coolers and light commercial applications.
embraco.com     Circle 182

Cerus Industrial—Booth 1332
Cerus Industrial, Inc. announces the enhancement of Cerus’ P-Series line of variable frequency drives (VFDs) with an Energy Management Bypass option (EMB).  The new option assures uninterruptible operation of customers’ HVAC systems, even if the drive is taken out of the loop for some reason, including reprogramming or maintenance operations.

The first in a class of “smart bypass” products, Cerus’ EMB architecture reflects an all new approach to bypass design. With integrated real time ANSI grade power metering and BACnet communications the EMB accurately measures consumption in both VFD and Bypass mode to +/- 1%.  The EMB also provides all the advanced motor protection in bypass mode that would typically only be available through the VFD (OV/UV, Ground Fault, Phase Loss, Phase Reversal, and Belt Loss Protection).   
cerusind.com     Circle 183

Comfort-Aire—Booth 2105
Comfort-Aire has launched a new line of gas furnaces packed with features and ranging from 80% to 95% AFUE.

The two stage 95% model is available in four capacities from 60,000 to 120,000 BTUH in upflow only, and delivers optimum comfort by maintaining a constant airflow across a wide range of external static pressures.

The single stage 95% furnace comes in six capacities from 38,000 to 120,000 BTUH. Like the two stage model, it’s designed with two heat exchangers that capture 95% or more of the heat output from each cubic foot of gas.

Available in seven capacities from 38,000 to 120,000 BTUH, the 92.1% models also include two heat exchangers and a high efficiency blower. Both the single stage 95% and 92% furnaces are available in upflow and downflow styles.
Comfort-aire.com         Circle 184

Grinnell—Booth 375
Grinnell Mechanical Products recently launched its new quick, installation-ready grooved coupling, which it will showcase at the AHR Expo. The rapid installation pivot-bolt (GRIP) figure 740 coupling provides quick installation and an unobstructed view of the gasket seal, according to company sources.

The GRIP coupling is available in 2-in. through 8-in. sizes, and also features a high-performance EHT style gasket that can withstand higher temperatures and pressures than the Grinnell figure 772 standard coupling.
Grinnell.com     Circle 185

Emerson Climate Technologies—Booth 1605
Emerson Climate Technologies produces the Copeland Scroll Condensing Unit–FFAP Series for freezers and coolers in retail and food service applications. It features an EER up to 15% higher than standard reciprocating compressors, and it is compatible with multiple refrigerants and multiple operating temperatures.   emersonclimate.com/      Circle 186

Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc. —Booth 1633
Ritchie Engineering introduces a service tool that uses hydraulic power, is lightweight and portable, easy to use, and even eliminates the use of fittings.
yellowjacket.com          Circle 187

 

Klein Tools, Inc.— Booth  2325 
Klein Tools demolition screwdrivers are designed to take and deliver a beating. Engineered and manufactured for prying and chiseling, the screwdriver design transfers impact force directly to the work surface. A metal strike cap protects the handle from hammer blows. These slotted drivers have 4-in. and 7-in. blade lengths.
kleintools.com     Circle 188

Veto Pro Pac —Booth 5127
For technicians that need to climb ladders or walk extended distances, the Veto Pro Pac Backpack Tool Bag stores tools, meters, a laptop or tablet, and offers an ergonomic shoulder and back support system, an innovative quick release handle for accessing tools, and polypropylene-base.
vetopropac.com    Circle 189

Baltimore Aircoil Company —Booth  2305
BAC’s FXV Closed Circuit Cooling Tower offers more flexibility than ever before. Utilizing patented Combined Flow Technology™, BAC provides an energy-efficient design with up to 50% more capacity than the previous generation. Additionally, the FXV has been shake table tested, guaranteeing operation after seismic events.
baltimoreaircoil.com       Circle 190

Carrier Corporation —Booth 1505 
Carrier offers the WeatherExpert 48LC, 50LC single packaged commercial rooftop unit for single-zone variable air volume (VAV) applications from 3 to 5 tons. Multistage cooling operation with a variable-frequency indoor fan motor provides better comfort and a SEER rating of up to 17.5.
Carrier.com      Circle 191

ClimateMaster—Booth 591
The ClimateMaster Trilogy 40 Series geothermal heat pump for residential and light commercial applications provides heating, cooling, and hot water at efficiencies greater than 40 EER and 5.0 COP. It features a simultaneous cooling/hot water mode to take advantage of energy recovery, and a dedicated hot water mode when cooling is not being used.
Climatemaster.com     Circle 192

Delta Cooling Towers, Inc.—Booth  269
Delta has introduced new models in the TM Series Cooling Tower Line. Not only do these models meet ASHRAE 90.1 energy efficiency standards, they feature low hp/ton to maximize Sustainability Initiatives. Also, these models feature Delta’s 15-Year Warranty on the seamless unitarily-molded engineered plastic casing, sloped basin design, and other maintenance-minimizing features.
deltacooling.com      Circle 193

KwiKool Portable Cooling Systems 
—Booth 186
KwiKool has developed a portable air conditioner that has a high cooling capacity, along with direct drive high static blowers. With standard features such as maximum flexibility for both indoor and outdoor applications, low ambient controls, and a phase monitor for electrical protection, these air conditioners are easy-to-use and efficient.
kwikool.com    Circle 194

MovinCool/DENSO Sales 
California, Inc. 
—Booth  193  
The CMW30 provides 29,400 Btu/h of cooling, designed for protecting server rooms and other heat sensitive equipment. It offers a sensible cooling capacity, a 17-IEER rating, variable-speed inverter compressor and inverter fan motors. Additional environmentally-friendly features include R-410A refrigerant and RoHS compliance. The CMW30 comes standard with a wall-mounted controller that offers advanced communications, monitoring and self-diagnosis capabilities.  movincool.com       Circle 195

Munters Corporation
—Booth 2943
This product series incorporates a modular design with unique, no-thru-metal foam panel construction. It is a lightweight commercial system with various types of energy recovery. Options for this system include heat pipe, enthalpy wheel, and counterflow plate exchanger with over/under or side-by-side configurations. Web-based software program is also available for the system.  munters.us       Circle 196

RectorSeal—Booth 293
SS610E Overflow Switch is specially designed for use in Mini Split systems. Its small Sensor can fit in the confined internal spaces of most units. It can also be installed directly in the Drain Pan or clipped to the unit’s coils. The switch uses power from an A/C unit so no batteries are required.  rectorseal.com     
Circle 197

 

SPX Cooling Technologies/Marley—Booth 1405 
SPX now offers additional model sizes, more low-sound configurations, and more maintenance and convenience options in its MD cooling tower, providing even more layout flexibility and space-saving design alternatives.  spxcooling.com     Circle 198

Trane —Booth 2005
Trane offers a high performance fan coil that delivers roughly 50% efficiency savings through enhanced controls and variable speed motor technology. It creates a single zone VAV solution that is offered in multiple heating and cooling configurations, providing a quieter option with optimal comfort control.
trane.com       Circle 199

Bacharach, Inc.—Booth 1118
The INSIGHT Plus is a 5-in-1 combustion analyzer featuring a full-color display with dynamic infographing, providing a new way to see the combustion process. A stack “hotspot” indicator, CO sensor (0- 4,000 ppm) with integral NOx filter, customizable settings, and an optional long-life O2 sensor are new enhancements.  mybacharach.com     
Circle 200

Fujitsu General America 
—Booth 133 
RLS2H inverter-driven heat pumps are part of the XLTH (Extra-Low-Temperature Heating) series by Fujitsu. These models are AHRI rated up to 12.5 HSPF and 27.2 SEER. These mini-split systems are capable of delivering high heating capacity at outdoor temperatures down to -15˚F, making them an efficient extra-low-temperature heating solution.  
fujitsugeneral.com     Circle 201

Modine Manufacturing 
Company—Booth 1745
The PTP Series is a horizontal discharge unit heater that delivers 80% thermal efficiency in a robust package of design features. All seven sizes include a standard stainless steel heat exchanger warrantied for ten years, extending the life of an investment.  modinehvac.comCircle 202

Superior Radiant Products
—Booth 2989
Superior Radiant Products’ Premier VS-VH high efficiency infrared vacuum systems complement SRP’s Premier VS with smaller in-series burners, offering layout flexibility. The patented technology results in thermal efficiencies up to 94%, more precise burner performance, reduced flue emissions and decreased system cost. Adding the optional SRP Accu-Rate® Control enables communication with energy management systems and independent zone or system modulation.
superiorradiant.com       Circle 203

Wilo USA LLC —Booth 3867
Wilo introduces the Stratos GIGA inline circulator, which uses ECM motor technology that allows efficiencies greater than IE4 to be achieved. Similar to the Stratos, the GIGA uses ‘Red Button’ technology and LED display. Other features include integrated electronic power adjustment, compact design, and a variety of control modules available for complete BMS integration.  wilo-usa.com       Circle 204

Jackson Systems
—Booth 968
The Barometric Zone Damper (BZD) works like any standard zone damper with one exception- it has a built-in barometric relief mechanism that eliminates the need for a bypass damper, saving time and money. The BZD is available in round or rectangular forms and works with most zoning systems.
jacksonsystems.com        Circle 205

Uponor —Booth 2812
Uponor’s PEX-a Pipe Support provides hanging support of Uponor cross-linked polyethylene (PEX-a) pipe for commercial plumbing applications. The product is a self-gripping, galvanized-steel channel that provides continuous, uninterrupted support of PEX-a pipe, allowing placement of hangers at the same intervals as metallic pipe.
uponorpro.com        Circle 206

Reliable Controls 
Corporation—Booth 815  
Engineered for high efficiency for a wide variety of Variable Air Volume (VAV) applications, the ReliableControls® MACH-ProAir™ is a fully programmable BACnet Building Controller (B-BC), with flexible I/O options.
reliablecontrols.com       Circle 207

FLIR Systems, Inc.
—Booth 4060
FLIR’s new T420 and T440 Infrared Cameras reduce callbacks, find duct leaks, restricted condenser flow, inadequate weatherization, and more.
flir.com/ahr2013           Circle 208

 

Fieldpiece Instruments 
—Booth 3709 
With this wireless, four-port, digital manifold (with built-in vacuum gauge), HVACR professionals can now evacuate a system, pull a vacuum, add refrigerant, and dial in the charge without unhooking their manifold. The SMAN4 can wirelessly receive indoor wet bulb and outdoor dry bulb, wirelessly send six measurements to the Fieldpiece Instruments HVAC Guide System Analyzer, model HG3, for more in-depth system 
analysis.   fieldpiece.com       
Circle 209

Goodman —Booth 2761
The Goodman GMVC8 gas furnace is ComfortNet compatible, bringing homeowners advanced diagnostics, automatic maintenance alerts, and continuous monitoring of the system’s performance – all controllable from a laptop, smartphone or tablet anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
goodmanmfg.com      Circle 210