AHR Expo innovation winners announced

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North America’s largest HVAC/R trade show will take place Feb. 3-5 in Orlando, Florida when the event returns to the Orange County Convention Centre.

In anticipation, organizers have announced the winning manufacturers in the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. There were 10 categories and one of those winners will be selected as the most innovative and will receive the Product of the Year award, to be announced at the awards presentation on the show floor Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.

Entries were reviewed and selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges. “We had more entries submitted for the 2020 Innovation Awards than we’ve ever had,” remarked Mark Stevens, AHR Expo show manager. “This speaks volumes to the advancement and outstanding innovation happening within the HVAC/R industry.”

This year’s winners are:

Building Automation: Delta Controls Inc. (Booth 1161) – The O3 Sensor Hub 2.0 combines seven different sensors to provide an accurate view of interior space. The sensor aims to change how the controls industry looks at occupant satisfaction.

Cooling: Danfoss (Booth 1501) – Danfoss’ Interlaced Micro Channel Heat Exchanger (iMCHE) integrates multiple circuits into a single coil. It works using a single air heat transfer area and controlling each one independently by a multi-circuitS system.

Green Building: Danfoss (Booth 1501) – Danfoss’ Turbocor TG490 compressor is designed for air-to-water cooled chiller applications. The oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor is optimized for use with HFO-1234ze.

Heating: York (Booth 3801) – York’s LX Series TL9E Ultra-Low NOx gas furnace is an environmentally responsible gas furnace that meets the standards for air quality while reducing greenhouse and smog-producing gasses by up to 65 per cent compared to the standard low-NOx furnace.

Indoor Air Quality: Fresh-Aire UV (Booth 5853) – The Purity Low Profile LED one-inch polarized filter/LED disinfection system by Fresh-Aire UV captures 97 per cent of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. The system uses antimicrobial UV reactive media with an advanced photocatalytic coating for odour and VOC reduction.

Plumbing: LG Electronics USA, Inc. (Booth 6343) – The LG Hydro Kit is an indoor heat exchanger for LG variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems capable of transferring heat or cooling energy expelled from the air conditioning process to heat water. Available in 42,000 and 96,000 Btu/h capacity.

Refrigeration: Danfoss (Booth 1501) – Danfoss’ CO2 Adaptive Liquid Management Solution Innovation combines Danfoss’ liquid ejector and liquid control case controller algorithm to fully utilize the evaporator surface in display cases and cold rooms. This technology provides up to 10 per cent greater energy efficiency.

Software: Interplay Learning (Booth 8562) – The SkillMill Skilled Trades Course Catalog by Interplay Learning is an online, on-demand training course catalogue designed for HVAC professionals to gain worksite skills accessible via mobile phone, computer, tablet, or in virtual reality.

Tools and Instruments: Matelex (Booth 2551) – Matelex’s DNI (détecteur de niveau intelligent/smart level detector) system measures pressure, temperature and refrigerant levels every two to three seconds. The system is designed to trigger an alarm in the event of a detected leak.

Ventilation: Infinitum Electric (Booth 7485) – The Infinitum Electric HVAC motor is smaller, smarter, and quieter than traditional electric motors. These benefits equate to an ultra-high efficiency motor that results in up to 25 per cent lower costs for customers.

For more information about the AHR Expo, please visit www.ahrexpo.com.

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