AHR Expo 2018 Innovation Award Winners

Show management of AHR Expo 2018  announced the winners of the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards, the annual competition recognizing some of the most inventive HVACR products, systems and technologies that will be featured at the 2018 AHR Expo.


The winners were selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluated all award entries based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. The winners will be recognized in a formal ceremony during the 2018 AHR Expo, that takes place Jan. 22-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The AHR Expo will also announce the winner of the highly-anticipated Product of the Year Award at this ceremony. The winners and finalists in the categories of building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, tools and instruments, and ventilation are:


Company: Emerson Innovation: Copeland Scroll

 The latest generation of Copeland Scroll two-stage compressors from 1- 10 tons has been redesigned for improved performance and reliability in residential and commercial air conditioning systems. The third generation technology is optimized for mid-tier comfort and efficiency rebates with improved full-load and part-load performance up to 5%. FINALISTS Delta Cooling Towers, Inc. (Delta Anti-Microbial Cooling Tower) Johnson Controls, Inc. (YORK Affinity YXV 20 SEER Variable Capacity Air Conditioner) ZIEHL-ABEGG, Inc. (ZAvblue centrifugal fan)

Company: Danfoss Innovation: Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor

The Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor is a compressor optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications. Engineered for high-lift applications, including air-cooled chillers and heat recovery, Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH models feature oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing operation for outstanding full- and part-load efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint, and reduced maintenance—while providing an expanded operating map suitable for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications. FINALISTS International Wastewater Systems Inc. (PIRANHA HC thermal energy recovery hot water production system) Nexus Valve, Inc. (Pressure Step Deaerator) Regal (NovaMAX Motor – 600 RPM) Smardt Chiller Group Inc. (Smardt Solar Integrated Chiller (SSiC))


Company: Chemours Innovation: Opteon XP44 Refrigerant (R-452A)

 Opteon XP44 Refrigerant (R-452A) is a non-ozone depleting, low GWP, HFO-based refrigerant replacement for R-404A/507. It offers an approximately 50 percent reduction in global warming potential compared to R-404A/R-507, while providing the closest match  to the compressor discharge temperature of any other low GWP solution on the market. With the regulations addressing high GWP refrigerants such as R-404A/R-507 in commercial refrigeration applications, Opteon XP44 uniquely provides equipment manufacturers and end-users an option to cost effectively cut the environmental impact of their refrigerant choice in half, without sacrificing performance or equipment reliability. FINALISTS CAREL INDUSTRIES S.p.A. (HEEZ control and management solution) Emerson (Fractional horsepower low-temperature Copeland Scroll compressor)


Company: Regal Innovation: Browning Toolbox Technician Motor Efficiency Calculator

 The Browning Toolbox Technician® Motor Efficiency Calculator is a mobile app for Apple and Android platforms. The app calculator module allows a user to identify efficiency differences between different generations of integral horsepower electric motors. This app not only identifies the potential efficiency gain, but it allows the user to tailor the motor usage parameters to mirror their application or overall facility usage so a projected Return On Investment (ROI) can be displayed. FINALISTS Coolfront Technologies (Coolfront Mobile flat rate pricing app) LG Electronics USA, Inc. (LG Air Conditioning Technical Solution (LATS) Revit drawing plug-in) SuperCool Slide Rule (SuperCool HVAC app)


Company: Fluke Corporation Innovation: Fluke T6 Electrical Tester

 The Fluke T6 Electrical Tester is an electrical tester that takes simultaneous voltage and current measurements without test leads. The T6 testers now make it possible to take reliable true-rms measurements in crowded junction boxes or along conductors with inaccessible endpoints, saving time, minimizing potential errors and greatly reducing the possibility of arc flash. FINALISTS GrayWolf Sensing Solutions (GrayWolf’s DirectSense II Smart Probes / Sensor) Milwaukee Tool (102 x 77 Spot Infrared Imager) SuperCool Slide Rule (Line-set Saver cleaning device) 


Company: Triatek Innovation: Stable Vortex II Fume Hood

The Stable Vortex II Fume Hood is a dynamic, low flow, high performance fume hood that protects chemists from harmful dusts and vapors during experiments. It delivers a safer environment for the user than the average fume hood, while also providing substantial energy savings. The Stable Vortex II passes the ASHRAE 110 test as manufactured, as installed and as used because the superior design accounts for how people actually use fume hoods, in order to truly keep them safe. FINALISTS Regal (UlteMAX Axial PM Motor) Titus (TJD, OMNI diffuser) ZIEHL-ABEGG, Inc. (ZAbluefin bionic, high-efficiency impeller)  

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