Innovation Award Winners to be Recognized at 2018 AHR Expo

Awards will be given to the most inventive products, systems and technologies across the HVACR industry
Innovation Award Winners to be Recognized at 2018 AHR Expo

A number of products, systems and technologies will be recognized at the AHR Expo later this month as part of the show’s annual Innovation Awards.

The winners were selected by a panel of third-party American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) member judges who evaluated all award entries based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. The winners will be recognized in a formal ceremony during the 2018 AHR Expo, which takes place Jan. 22-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The AHR Expo will also announce the winner of the Product of the Year Award at this ceremony.

“Each year, our winners set the bar higher for innovation in HVACR, and this year is no exception,” says Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, the producers of AHR Expo. “We congratulate each of these leaders from across the industry and look forward to seeing their inventive solutions in action at the 2018 AHR Expo.”

Here’s a look at some of the winning entries:

Plumbing

Winner: AquaMotion Inc.

Innovation: AquaMotion Aqua-Flash, an under-sink hot water recirculation system. The Aqua-Flash bypass valve provides: an improved bypass design that prevents the hot water from entering the cold line when the hot water faucet is opened; a bi-metal coil element that closes the internal shuttle bypass port in the valve when hot water reaches the valve; a bi-metal element that is calibrated to deliver the hot water temperature desired; and more than double the pipe diameter to prevent calcium buildup.

Cooling

Winner: Emerson

Innovation: Copeland Scroll, a two-stage compressor. The latest generation of Copeland Scroll two-stage compressors from 1 to 10 tons has been redesigned for improved performance and reliability in residential and commercial air-conditioning systems. The third-generation technology is optimized for mid-tier comfort and efficiency rebates with improved full-load and part-load performance up to 5 percent.

Green Building

Winner: Danfoss

Innovation: Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor, a compressor optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications. Engineered for high-lift applications, including air-cooled chillers and heat recovery, Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH models feature oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing operation for outstanding full- and part-load efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint, and reduced maintenance — while providing an expanded operating map suitable for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications.

Heating

Winner: Calefactio

Innovation: The ONE, a three-in-one expansion tank, air separator and dirt separator. The ONE innovates by: eliminating an important number of joints, thus limiting the leaking possibilities; using less space and taking less time to install compared to installing the three devices separately; reducing costs — it is much less costly to buy The ONE than to buy all the devices separately.

Software

Winner: Regal

Innovation: Browning Toolbox Technician Motor Efficiency Calculator, for Apple and Android platforms. This mobile app calculator module allows a user to identify efficiency differences between different generations of integral horsepower electric motors. This app not only identifies the potential efficiency gain, but it allows the user to tailor the motor usage parameters to mirror their application or overall facility usage so a projected return on investment (ROI) can be displayed.

Tools and Instruments

Winner: Fluke Corporation

Innovation: Fluke T6 Electrical Tester, an electrical tester that takes simultaneous voltage and current measurements without test leads. The T6 testers now make it possible to take reliable true-rms measurements in crowded junction boxes or along conductors with inaccessible endpoints, saving time, minimizing potential errors and greatly reducing the possibility of arc flash.

For more information regarding the AHR Expo Innovation Awards, visit ahrexpo.com/awards-winners-2018/.

About AHR Expo
The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) is the world’s largest HVACR event, drawing in more than 2,000 exhibitors and 65,000 plus attendees every year. Since 1930, the show has provided a unique forum for the entire HVACR industry, including OEMs; engineers; contractors; manufacturers; distributors; commercial, industrial and institutional facility operators; and educators to come together and discover the latest products, learn about new technologies and develop mutually beneficial business relationships. This year’s show, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. For more information, visit ahrexpo.com.



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