AHR Expo Promises New Products and Methods to Explore

The latest HVACR innovations, products and technologies will be on display at the AHR Expo in Chicago.
AHR Expo Promises New Products and Methods to Explore
A press tool demonstration was provided during the AHR Expo (or International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) in 2017 in Las Vegas. Thousands attend the show each year to see the latest products available in the HVACR industry.

The future of HVACR will be on display in late January when hundreds of new and upgraded products and technologies for the HVACR industry will be featured at the 2018 AHR Expo (short for the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) in Chicago.

The 2018 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Last year’s show in Las Vegas drew 68,615 attendees.

Exhibitors will display an impressive 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.

With 2,000-plus exhibitors, 100-plus seminars, and product presentations, the show provides a unique forum for the entire HVACR industry — from product designers and engineers to installers and end users — to come together and share ideas, discover new products, and find solutions to technical problems.

There are several exhibits that contractors, engineers and other attendees can look forward to:

  • VFDs for HVAC applications that are 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 nonarcing 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 ends 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 hand-held particle counter for indoor air-quality investigations; and a copper line cleaning tool that removes contaminants from existing refrigeration and air-conditioning lines.

This is only a sample of the huge array of innovations to be highlighted at the 2018 AHR Expo. For more information — including a searchable directory of exhibitors and product categories — and to register, visit www.ahrexpo.com.


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