AHR prepares to showcase latest HVAC technologies

| by Steve Arel
AHR prepares to showcase latest HVAC technologies

As the annual AHR Expo nears, a host of companies have begun revealing some of the green and sustainable products they plan to display this winter to a global audience.

Among them will be thermostat technologies, digital valves and thermal monitoring solutions.

The annual AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) is the world’s largest HVACR event. It attracts more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than 65,000 attendees. 

The 2018 event is scheduled for Jan 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. 

Exhibitors will be displaying an variety of new or enhanced HVACR-related products, systems and technologies across every facet of the industry, from complete systems engineered for large commercial and industrial buildings to labor-saving tools and profit-generating services for residential contractors.

Among the exhibits:
•    VFDs (variable frequency drives) for HVAC applications — specifically designed for building automation applications, helping minimize energy costs and maximizing occupant comfort
•    Upgraded Wi-Fi-connected thermostat technology that allows for control via iOS or Android apps, plus email notifications and advanced voice control
•    A digitally controlled mixing valve that provides fast, accurate temperature control for domestic hot water applications
•    New bionic impeller technology with a special blade design, modeled after the tubercles on a whale to ensure an optimized airflow angle and reduced flow separation on the blade surface
•    A self-contained HVAC system for hazardous locations, designed to prevent an explosion by using only non-arcing components installed in a small, light increased safety enclosure
•    An oscilloscope for testing motor shaft voltages, allowing contractors to determine if motors are at risk of premature bearing failure due to bearing currents
•    New electrical test meter technology for reliable, true-RMS measurements in crowded junction boxes or along conductors with inaccessible end points, saving time, minimizing potential errors, and greatly reducing the possibility of arc flash
•    Software that allows engineers and designers to create air systems including both air handlers and rooftop units, including the tools to design complex hydronic, steam, plumbing and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems along with control schematics
•    An array of tools, including heavy-duty wire strippers built with the durability of pliers and the sharpness and precision of a wire stripper; thermal imaging technology with Wi-Fi that uses a slim IR camera with an integrated touch-screen; a handheld particle counter for indoor air quality investigations; and a copper line cleaning tool that removes contaminants from existing refrigeration and air conditioning lines.

A searchable directory of exhibitors and product categories and registration information can be found at ahrexpo.com.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Environmental Firms, Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Great Commercial Buildings, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Ventilation

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