It’s been a busy few months for the Plumbing and HVAC team after having been out on the road travelling to industry events again. Here are a few that we attended including a trip out to Eden Energy’s Equipment training day, Mits-Air’s customer appreciation luncheon, and a facility tour of Honeywell’s research and development facility.
Eden Energy training day
To celebrate 40 years in business, Eden Energy Equipment held its annual full-day training event on Sept. 22 at its headquarters in Guelph, Ont. The event was filled with 100 per cent technical training seminars that included topics like advanced hydronics pipe training by John Siegenthaler, selling hydronic systems to builders by Robert Bean, and builders and heat pumps; the future is now by Gord Cooke. Additionally, Lance MacNevin provided code updates and industry trends, and Ralph Suppa moderated a hydronics panel discussion. Guests were also treated to prizes donated by Milwaukee Tool and Taco Comfort Solutions, a catered BBQ lunch, and networking opportunities.
Mits Air bbq
Held at its Mississauga, Ont location, Mits Air held its customer appreciation bbq event on Sept. 22. Lunch was provided for guests, who were also able to attend the manufacturer centre, walk through a hydronics showroom, and network with industry members. There were easily more than a hundred people that attended the event over the span of the day.
Honeywell facility tour
A group of industry and local media were invited to take a walking tour through Honeywell’s research and development facility in Buffalo, New York. The tour brought the group through several of Honeywell’s different areas of production and testing, including its heat pump testing room, aerosol refrigerant development area, foam insulation testing, and pilot project facility. “Because this is an R&D facility, the big celebration doesn’t surround sales but patents,” explained Ryan Hulse, director of R&D at Honeywell Advanced Materials.
One of the proudest moments that one of their patent lawyers had joked about was that they had to defend their patent in five contents and were only missing the Antarctic and Africa. Although they suspect it’s been probably challenged there too.
Over the team, we met with several principal R&D engineers/scientists, including Mary Bogdan, Dimitrios Papanastasiou, Davis Smith, Kaimi Goo, and Jim Ling.