More than 80 percent of exhibitors at this month’s International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Orlando will showcase new or upgraded products, systems or technologies. The three-day event draws almost 2,000 exhibitors and more than 60,000 attendees.
In anticipation of the show, exhibitors shared some top innovations that will be on display at the Orange County Convention Center come Jan. 25.
1. Air condition and refrigeration. A wireless Bluetooth transducer app monitors refrigerant pressure with real-time data management from any device with Wi-Fi.
2. Building automation and control. A compact solution for small- to mid-sized buildings can be quickly and non-disruptively installed during normal business hours to monitor HVACR, lighting and other systems while accounting for variable demand response.
3. Energy efficiency and renewable energy. An active desiccant hybrid air handling system is optimized to deliver low dew point air while minimizing regeneration energy input.
4. Heating. A rotary air-to-air heat exchanger has been designed with compact casing and new matrix geometry primarily for comfort ventilation applications.
5. Indoor air quality. Non-woven polyester pleated filters are made with integrated activated carbon for economical odor and molecular filtration management.
6. Instruments and controls. Factory calibrated infrared sensors precisely detect refrigerants in enclosed spaces.
7. Plumbing. Mechanical temperature-sensitive water main controls do not require batteries or electricity elicit automatic water shut-off to avoid pipe damage when detected temperatures fall below freezing.
8. Software. A cloud-based platform has been designed specifically for mechanical and HVAC contractors to manage information exchange to and from the job site.
9. Tools and contractor supplies. An extreme temperature foil tape works for sealing high-temperature flue pipes and furnace-certified plastic vent pipes with a 1.75-millimeter aluminum foil backing and acrylic adhesive.
10. Ventilation equipment. A combined louver/damper features drainable 45-degree fixed exterior-facing blades and adjustable interior-facing blades with seals that can be completely closed to resist weather infiltration.
Monday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
5 reasons engineers attend AHR Expo
Engineers planning to attend the 2016 AHR Expo say they anticipate value in viewing and discussing the industry’s newest game-changing technologies and evaluating the industry’s ongoing innovations. Here are five reasons engineers say they come back to the show each year.
1. See innovations on exhibit. "I’ve attended every show since 2010 and, despite ebbs and flows in my business, have made a point of attending because of the benefit in seeing people and their products in person," says Warren "Trey" Austin III, owner of Littleton, Colorado-based Geo-Energy Services, LLC.
2. Meet with manufacturers and industry stakeholders. "I’d missed a few years of the show because of a job transition but returned in 2012 in a new role supporting the ENERGY STAR program," says Sarah Medepalli, formerly with AHRI and now a mechanical engineer at ICF International in Fairfax, Virginia. "EPA sees the value in attending and conducting meetings with manufacturers and industry stakeholders," Medepalli said.
3. Mingle with colleagues. Jordan Lee, a mechanical engineer at DLR Group in Seattle, denotes the importance of attending AHR Expo said he found value in being able to meet with out-of-town colleagues. "DLR Group has 21 locations across the country, and it was great to be able to meet with colleagues I’d spoken and emailed with but never met in person before, while we were all together in the same place," says Lee.
4. Gain professional development. "The show has helped me grow in my professional development by just being able to see where the industry is headed and notice trends through the significant variety of products on display from one year to the next," says Medepalli. "It’s so important to have a good handle on what is coming down the pipeline."
5. Network. "A majority of my business comes from networking connections, so I know that the exchanges I have at AHR Expo are going to directly affect the company’s bottom line," Austin says. "Nothing has helped my business grow like referrals have, and the majority of leads have come from attending this show."