Jen Anesi-Brombach 2018-01-05 14:40:31
2018 AHR EXPO WILL BE ‘LARGEST EVER’ Show will include more than 2,000 exhibitors and 100-plus seminars and product presentations. An anticipated 65,000-plus members of the PHCP supply chain and more will come together Jan. 22-24 in Chicago for the 2018 AHR Expo, which show management says already is set to be the largest show on record. The event, held at McCormick Place, brings new products, technologies, educational sessions and networking opportunities to PHCP professionals across the country. “Pre-registration is on a positive trajectory and we are optimistic for an excellent turnout in Chicago,” AHR Expo Show Manager Clay Stevens says. “There will be 12 acres of exhibit space, making the 2018 show the largest ever in AHR Expo history — 7% larger than the previous record.” WHAT’S NEW While the format of the show itself is not really changing, there is an increased emphasis on products, technology and education this year, Stevens says. “There will be more groundbreaking and award-winning new products on the cutting-edge of energy efficiency, building automation, indoor air quality, environmental responsibility and more,” he says. “There also will be a 10% increase in the number of educational seminars offered in the convention center.” Manufacturers are bringing their latest, greatest products to AHR and are finding new ways to catch attendees’ attention and keep them engaged. “We are adding more videos and product animations,” Caleffi Director of Product Management and Technical Support Kevin Freidt says. “Customers like these and they make for interesting conversations.” “Daikin’s exhibit will showcase our latest technology and demonstrate how we’re applying innovation to create the most effective solutions for each unique environment,” Daikin Applied Director of Marketing Strategy Julie Carver says. “Attendees will have a chance to speak with Daikin experts and executives on the latest industry trends and technological advancements.” Uponor plans to showcase more real-life applications this year. “We will be discussing commercial vs. light-commercial structures and how PEX piping systems offer specific solutions in both these applications,” Uponor Light Commercial Segment Senior Manager Stan Sveen says. “In addition, we will be highlighting our newest BIM content solution with UNIFI Connect, allowing global architectural firms, engineering firms, contractors and operators accurate and efficient access to our Autodesk Revit library of products.” INDUSTRY TRENDS While technology is a major theme at the event, energy efficiency continues to be the No. 1 trend across the board, Stevens says. “If there is one major theme for the products on display, it would be energy use,” he says. “That includes highefficiency equipment, energy [heat] reclamation, waste-heat use, limiting heat loss, renewableenergy sources, controls and methods that lead to efficient operation. “The variety of different types of products on display, if anything, is growing. Products that have been well-represented on the show floor in the past will continue to have strong representation in 2018, such as indoor air quality and building automation and controls. Two other product categories that appear to have a growing presence on the show floor are low-GWP [global warming potential] refrigerants and medical facility applications.” Connectivity also will be a major trend at the 2018 show. “We see more wireless and web-based electronic products such as ‘smart’ thermostats,” Freidt says. Carver adds: “We know the integration of the Internet of Things continues to trend for customers. Solutions that give unprecedented visibility to energy expense make for a compelling business case for our customers.” The labor shortage and its effect on the industry also is a hot topic at the 2018 AHR Expo. “We are noticing product trends that are in direct response to mega trends in the industry — labor shortages, energy savings and intelligent solutions,” Sveen says. “We’re seeing products and systems that are making it faster and easier to do things, all while keeping high-performance standards and meeting tight budgets and scheduling deadlines.” MAXIMIZING THE SHOW For first-time attendees and show veterans alike, Stevens says the best way to maximize one’s time is to plan ahead. “To arrive at the AHR Expo in McCormick Place without any advance planning would be a mistake,” he says. “There is so much to take in — it can be overwhelming. I strongly recommend every show attendee, prior to their arrival, visit www.ahrexpo.com and conduct a search for the products they want to see, exhibitors they want to visit and educational sessions that cover subjects of interest. The free MyShow Planner will create a personal agenda that attendees can take with them to the show via the official AHR Expo app or on their laptop.” Sveen also says having a plan is critical when visiting the show floor. “Creating a pre-show plan is critical to having the most positive experience,” he says. “First, clarify the challenges your business is facing and then map out the show to focus on those vendors that can best address those challenges. Using the show’s website and app are helpful resources for understanding what is available and making your plans. “Also, be open to learning something new. Engaged, customer-focused vendors have great insights. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn when you simply ask a question.” WHAT’S NEXT? As the AHR Expo continues its steady growth, Stevens says they will work to continue offering “more exhibits, more new products, more innovative technology and more educational opportunities” to all attendees. “Although the core value of the show that attracts an ever-growing number of attendees hasn’t changed, its size and scope has grown considerably — by 34% — since the 2013 event,” he says. “More short courses and seminars are being offered to meet the need to understand basic equipment as well as high-tech products and their applications.” Over the last five years, interest in the growing array of products on display has expanded visitor attendance by more than 15%, Stevens adds. “The continuing growth of the AHR Expo is indicative of a strong PHC industry that is constantly developing new and innovative products that will meet tomorrow’s needs by creating healthier and more comfortable indoor spaces using less energy and without sacrificing our environment.” Carver anticipates the show will only continue to grow as manufacturers capitalize on the opportunity to interact directly with customers and key stakeholders. “The Expo attracts more companies and innovators, which is engaging the industry in new conversations and opening up the opportunity to explore what’s beyond traditional HVAC,” she adds. For registration and additional information regarding the 2018 AHR Expo, visit www.ahrexpo.com. Jen Anesi-Brombach is chief editor of Supply House Times sister publication Plumbing & Mechanical. FLEXIBLE TANKLESS WATER HEATING SYSTEM Rheem’s commercial condensing tankless water heaters are engineered to save energy and provide flexible installation options. Ideal for applications up to 185° F that require continuous hot water, the line includes eight 199,000 Btu/h max condensing models that are 96% thermal efficient. Select models feature a factory-installed manifold controller, allowing up to 20 units to connect in a system for load balancing and redundancy. The indoor natural gas units are common-vent compatible, saving space and materials, while reducing outside wall penetrations. New factory-assembled commercial tankless systems with single-point connections for water, gas and electrical are coming soon, the company noted. Rheem www.rheem.com. Booth #4955 MULTI-FAMILY AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS REHAU’s EVERLOC+ compression- sleeve fitting system is available in sizes 1 1/4” – 2”. The fittings are four times more secure with four sealing edges and the textured compression sleeves feature a zero-leakage design. REHAU. www.na.rehau.com. Booth #3127 ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY Legend’s Legend Flex Heating PEX is available in 20’ sticks ideally suited for piping from the mechanical room to the heat-distribution units. The 20’ lengths are available in tubes sizes 1/2”, 3/4” and 1”. It is made using a proprietary formulated resin and is a PEXb pipe with enhanced flexibility for easy handling. Compatible for use with a variety of fitting systems including ASTM F1807, F1960 and F2080 PEX fittings. The external EVOH oxygen barrier reduces oxygen molecule permeation into the media, eliminating the risk of corrosion within the system. Legend Valve & Fitting. www.legendvalve.com. Booth #1313 WATER PRESSURE-BOOSTING SOLUTION The Franklin Electric Inline 1100 SpecPAK pressureboosting system easily connects to nearly any plumbing configuration to provide an easy-to-size water pressure-boosting solution for numerous HVAC applications. Contractors determine how much water is required to be boosted to the desired constant-pressure output and the system comes properly packaged. The pump itself, the Inline 1100, is a quiet, all-in-one constant water-pressure system that contains the pump, motor and drive in a compact package. As water volume needs increase, the pump instantly accelerates to the proper speed to ensure the water pressure stays constant throughout the application. Franklin Electric. www.littlegiant.com. Booth #2910 HOT WATER COMFORT AquaMotion’s Aqua- Flash is a new-technology recirculation system that delivers hot water comfort to every faucet, saves a family of five about 15,000 gal. of water a year from being dumped into the drain, saves on sewage fees and helps save the environment, the company states. AquaMotion. www.aquamotionhvac.com. Booth #6816 DYNAMICALLY ADJUST CAPACITY AND AIRFLOW Johnson Controls’ YORK Affinity variable-capacity residential systems feature up to 20 SEER YXV air conditioners and YZV heat pumps that can reduce energy costs by as much as 50% compared to older 10 SEER units, the company notes. Johnson Controls. www.johnsoncontrols.com. Booth #5349 REMOVABLE PANELS ON ALL SIDES Bosch Thermotechnology’s Buderus SSB industrial stainless-steel boiler is designed for commercial space heating and domestic hot water. The boilers are available in 798 MBH and 1,024 MBH standalone units or a 1,024 MBH cascading unit, designed to effortlessly cascade to meet demands up to 4,096 MBH, making it an ideal solution for applications such as schools, hotels, office buildings and warehouses. The unit features flanged supply and return connections on both sides, as well as a compact footprint, giving contractors install location flexibility. Bosch Thermotechnology. www.bosch-climate.us. Booth #4962 ARC-RESISTANT TUBING Pro-Flex’s offering includes a traditional yellow-jacket version (Pro-Flex 1) and a black-jacket arc-resistant version (Flak Jacket). Both versions can be used with either natural gas or LP and utilize the same dual-seal, gasket and O-ring connection system that virtually eliminates the problem of leaks due to “bad cuts,” the company notes. Pro-Flex. www.proflexcsst.com. Booth #2830 VERTICAL IN-LINE PUMP Armstrong Fluid Technology’s line of stainless steel vertical in-line pumps is ideal for potable-water or residential water applications. The pumps are available in six sizes ranging from 1-2 hp and with 1.5” and 2” connections. Armstrong Fluid Technology. www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com. Booth #7714 FIRE TUBE BOILER At AHR Expo, Navien will be introducing a new Fire Tube Boiler line designed for residential and light commercial applications. Four models will be displayed in 175,000, 199,000, 299,000 and 399,000 Btu/h outputs. Navien. us.navien.com. Booth #5758 WIRELESS CLIMATE CONTROL Uponor’s Climate Control Zoning System II features autobalancing that boasts 25% faster reaction times and up to 20% greater energy savings for radiant floor-heating systems, the company explains. The system calculates the energy need of single rooms and adapts the heat output of each loop by controlling the actuator’s on-and-off cycle. This technology allows the system to react to temperature changes faster and save energy, Uponor states. The system includes a base unit, an expansion module and thermostat. A single base unit can support up to six thermostats and eight actuators. Uponor. www.uponor.com . Booth #3113 GROOVED MECHANICAL SYSTEM Victaulic’s system solution for CPVC pipe is a grooved mechanical pipe-joining system designed specifically for use on CPVC/PVC pipe. It’s the fastest, cleanest method for joining CPVC/PVC pipe, eliminating the cure time, chemicals and odors associated with traditional installation methods, Victaulic says. Available in sizes 2” – 12”/DN50 – DN300, the system includes rigid, transition and reducing couplings; grooved-end Schedule 80 molded fittings; and a cut-grooving tool. All incorporate the PGS-300 groove profile to optimize product performance on schedules 40 and 80 CPVC/PVC pipe. The product line is NSF/ANSI 61 and 372 and IAPMO listed. Victaulic. www.victaulic.com. Booth #2937 WATER-EFFICIENT VITREOUS CHINA BOWLS Saniflovitreous china toilet bowls are available in either an elongated or round front and can be used with several of the company’s macerating plumbing systems. Both toilets use only 1.28 gpf and carry the EPA WaterSense label. The bowls have a floor-to-rim height of 16 3/4”, enhancing user comfort and convenience, and include a high-gloss finish that is easy to keep clean and fresh, the company states. The elongated model, which measures 28 3/4” deep, complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Both feature a wash-down-style flushing action with a 3” trapway. Saniflo. www.saniflo.com BROADER HVAC SOLUTIONS Fujitsu General America recently announced it is partnering with Portland, Oregon-based Ventacity Systems, a producer of intelligent ultra-efficient ventilation and controls solutions. The partnership delivers a new approach to energy efficient ventilation and HVAC solutions for commercial building projects. Fujitsu General America. www.fujitsu.com HIGH-LIFT COMPRESSORS Danfoss’ Turbocor TTH/ TGH high-lift compressors offer full- and partload efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint and reduced maintenance while providing an expanded operating map suitable for high-lift applications such as air-cooled chillers and heat recovery, the company explains. Danfoss. www.danfoss.com EUROPEAN-STYLE SHOWER SYSTEM GROHE’s Euphoria Cube shower system includes a 15 3/4” shower arm and a 59” metal shower hose with an adjustable hand-shower glider. The system features depth-adjustable adapters for easy installation, the company notes. GROHE. www.grohe.us RESIDENTIAL COMBINATION BOILER The Noritz Residential Combination Boiler allows for simultaneous residential domestic hot water and space heating. The unit’s simultaneous capabilities are easy to control and especially beneficial for applications that do not store or deliver heat energy efficiently, the company notes. Performing at a 95% AFUE, the unit is Energy Star certified. Its 316L copper primary and secondary heat exchangers have high-corrosion resistance. The unit can adjust to either PP or CPVC venting without the installer needing to make any programming changes. The venting also can easily be reconfigured to use room air, Noritz points out. Noritz. www.noritz.com THERMOSTATIC SHOWER ROUGH ROHL’s 3/4” thermostatic shower rough is compatible with all ROHL Bath Series trim plates. The rough provides clients with the flexibility to upgrade the style and functionality of their shower without altering the plumbing behind the wall. Each rough is complete with a unique mud guard with minimum and maximum wall depth indications for ease of installation. Service-stop check valves also are included. Flow rate for the “universal” rough is 12 gpm at 60 psi. This rough is temperature-control only. Both the volume-control rough valves and trim plates must be ordered separately. ROHL. www.rohlhome.com. KITCHEN FAUCET COLLECTION The Avery pulldown kitchen faucet collection from American Standard includes a high-arc, hands-free Selectronic model that offers the option of switching to manual operation by closing the sliding door on the faucet spout to cover the built-in sensor. A hand-operated pulldown kitchen faucet and lower profile pulldown bar faucet complete the collection, all with a two-function spray and convenient pause button, American Standard notes. The faucets feature brass and metal construction for durability and ceramic disc valves provide a lifetime of drip-free performance, the company adds. Integrated 38” color-coded supply lines and a preinstalled pullout spray hose aid with installation. www.americanstandard.com TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY Moen’s MotionSense Wave technology is available on the Arbor pulldown kitchen faucet and allows users to easily start and stop the flow of water with the wave of a hand. The faucet has a flow rate of 1.5 gpm. Moen. www.moen.com FULL-FLOW FITTINGS John Guest’s JG ProLock range of Twist-to-Lock fittings features an audible click and visible alignment arrows to assure plumbers a leak-proof connection. Fittings are rated at 100 psi and 180° F. Manufactured from high-quality engineered plastic with EPDM O-rings, the range is offered in 3/8” to 1” CTS sizes John Guest USA. www.jgprolock.com SNAP-OFF BLADE OLFA’s X-Design Pro Series utility knives feature the company’s Ultra-Sharp Black Premium blades that are double-honed to a 59° edge angle to be 25% sharper than standard silver blades, the company states. OLFA. www.olfa.com DRAIN-CLEANING TOOLS General Pipe Cleaners will feature several of its newest drain-cleaning tools at the upcoming WWETT show in Indianapolis, Feb. 21-23. On display will be its JM-1000 Mini-Jet that unclogs small lines, sinks and laundry drains from 1 1/2” to 3” with 1,500 psi of cleaning power. The Gen-Eye POD video-inspection system combines a self-leveling camera, reel and 7” LCD color monitor, while sporting 200’ of Gel-Rod for troubleshooting 3” to 10” drain lines. The Speedrooter XL clears tough clogs in 3” to 10” lines up to 200’. A variable-speed cable feed offers raw driving and pulling power for long and tough jobs, feeding and retrieving 3/4”, 5/8” and 1/2” cables. General Pipe Cleaners.www.darinbrain.com TANKLESS WITH INTEGRATED RECIRCULATING PUMP A. O. Smith’s 540P Series condensing tankless with integrated recirculating pump provides instant hot water while being environmentally friendly with a UEF up to 0.95. The pump is easily controlled with a simple user interface and multiple pump settings, which allow for customized operation to both meet hot water needs and maximize efficiency, the company says. As part of the condensing tankless family, it uses up to 199,000 Btu/h and can be paired with a recirculating system. The product is Energy Star qualified and built with commercial-grade materials such as marine-grade 316L stainless steel, giving it an industry-leading 15-year limited warranty, A. O. Smith adds. A. O. Smith. www.hotwater.com NEW PRODUCTS DIFFERENTIAL GAUGE Winters’ new PFD WinAIR differential gauge is suitable for all air and non-corrosive gas installations. PFD can measure differential pressure in one of four units of measurement (H2O, mmH2O, PSI or PA). The gauge has an industrialgrade die-cast aluminum case and an O-ring seal that provide extreme temperature tolerance, Winters points out. The lens comes standard with an easily accessible zero-adjustment screw and is available with an optional setpoint indicator. 1/8” high- and low-pressure taps are available on the side and back of the gauge which allow the gauge to be mounted in multiple ways based on the application. The gauge can be mounted using the three mounting flush adapters with screws or with other optional mounting accessories. Winters. www.winters.com POU TANKLESS The new Stiebel Eltron Mini E thermostatic tankless water heaters are an electronically controlled version of the company’s mechanical Mini water heaters. The electronic control board and automatic flow control allow Mini E models to deliver water at the factory-preset temperature of 100° F. Custom preset output temps also are available. They’ll maintain temperature, even with pressure fluctuations in the water supply which is perfect for installations where output temperatures are limited by code, Stiebel Eltron explains. Unlike the mechanical units which will only service a single sink, the Mini E 6-2 can be plumbed to supply warm water to multiple sinks in warm climates. The unit offers a seven-year warranty against leakage and three years on all components. Stiebel Eltron. www.stiebel-eltron-USA.com CHAMFER TOOL The REED PDEB250 cone chamfer tool efficiently chamfers the inside or outside diameter of plastic pipe. The cone shape fits the full range of pipe from 3/4” to 2 1/ 2” nominal diameter, including metric sizes, with one tool. Used with drill power or manually, the PDEB250 chamfer tool makes short work of external or internal chamfer jobs, the company notes. It provides compliance with appliance and glue manufacturers’ installation requirements because chamfer on plastic pipe provides an even penetration of glue, creating a better solvent weld, Reed adds. The tool has a hardened steel blade for smooth cuts and long blade life. Reed Mfg. Co. www.reefmfgco.com
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