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2012 AHR Expo sets all-time attendance record

This year’s AHR Expo, which was held at Chicago’s McCormick Place from January 23 to January 25, attracted more than 58,000 HVACR professionals from all over the globe.

| | Mar 12, 2012 | 5:35 pm
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This year’s AHR Expo, which was held at Chicago’s McCormick Place from January 23 to January 25, attracted more than 58,000 HVACR professionals from all over the globe.

As the largest and most comprehensive HVACR exposition, the AHR Expo, produced and managed by International Exposition Company, attracts tens of thousands of attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEMs, architects, builders, industrial plant operators, facility owners and managers, agents and reps.

AHR Expo show management announced that the 2012 exposition and conference has established a new all-time attendance record with nearly 40,000 registered visitors for the event, which was held at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Together with exhibitor personnel and other attendees, more than 58,000 HVACR professionals participated in the world’s largest HVACR event from January 23 through January 25.

Since 1930, the AHR Expo has been the HVACR professional’s resource for new products, new ideas and new services. It’s a hands-on, interactive event that showcases a wide spectrum of equipment, systems and components.

“We are delighted that we have established new all-time records for both the size of the event and the best visitor attendance,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company. “We hope this is an indication that the economy is on the upswing and will continue to improve.”

Stevens also attributed the new records to the many new energy-efficient technologies and products in the marketplace, as well as pent-up demand for new equipment.

A total of 1,968 exhibitors from 35 countries showcased their products and technologies, nearly tying the record of 1,989 companies that exhibited at the 2006 Chicago Show. In addition to the thousands of new products and technologies exhibited on the show floor, more than 100 education sessions were offered by ASHRAE and many other industry associations.

“The show has been outstanding for us this year,” said Mark Handzel, Director of Marketing for Xylem RCW.

These sentiments were echoed by Karl Schneider, VP of Marketing for FieldAware. “This is our first AHR Expo and we are amazed at the size and diversity of the attendee base – we were overwhelmed by the response.”

The AHR Expo is endorsed by a number of HVACR industry associations and is co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. ASHRAE’s Winter Conference is held concurrently with the AHR Expo each year.

At the 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Award Presentation Ceremony on January 24, the Product of the Year Award was presented to Melink Corporation for its Intelli-Hood Kitchen Ventilation Control product that, according to the company, can save up to 90% in fan energy.

The hood adjusts the speed of the fan by measuring the temperature, steam and smoke in the hood. The system consistently runs at a minimum speed of 10% to 50% but can increase to speeds of up to 100% while cooking is taking place to provide complete smoke and vapour removal.

Melink Corporation was selected from among the 10 Innovation Award winners for the prestigious Product of the Year honour.

The Ohio-based company is a provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial and institutional facilities. The company offers building commissioning services, kitchen ventilation controls and solar PV systems.

At the expo, RectorSeal debuted two new A/C condensate overflow switches for all types of air conditioning units in residential, commercial and industrial markets.

The Safe-T-Switch Models SS103E and SS500EP condensate overflow shutoff switches feature electronic probe sensors and an onboard LED display that provide water damage protection, diagnostics and monitoring of commercial and residential air-conditioning systems and their condensate drains.

The SS103E combines the functionality of Safe-T-Switch’s Model SS1’s horizontal or vertical installation options with the Model SS3’s clip-on installation for primary or auxiliary drain pan edges. RectorSeal claimed that the switch is compatible with all air conditioning brands, offers the flexibility of vertical, horizontal or in-line installation, and also includes a 3/4-inch adapter, bushing and cap. The SS500EP also features the new electronic sensor probe and LED indicator and is UL-2043 plenum-rated, which offers compact water shutoff device for commercial down-flow rooftop units.

Both patented switches’ microelectronics logic circuits continuously sample via dual-sensor probes and determine whether moisture presence is transient or permanent.

The latter shuts down the system and sounds an alarm. The LED displays for the SS103E and SS500EP expedite on-site diagnostics with three LED-coloured lights 1) Red ̶ unit is shutdown; 2) Yellow ̶ a shutdown event occurred within four days; and 3) Green ̶ no shutdown occurrence.

During the Expo, Dectron Internationale, a US-based manufacturer of indoor air quality equipment, named SRS Enterprises, as its “Rep of the Year—2011”. It is the third consecutive year SRS Enterprises has won the award.

SRS helped get several subsidiaries of Dectron Internationale equipment specified in a variety of large and small New York projects.

“SRS Enterprises encompasses what we look for in a representative of the year,” said Harry Topikian, vice president of business development, Dectron. “They sold a large number of units across the spectrum of Dectron’s product lines, including very high profile projects.”

The 18-year-old manufacturer’s representative firm, which has offices in Brooklyn as well as Middletown, New Jersey, and covers the territories throughout New York City, Long Island, sold dozens of air treatment systems to the Croton and Catskill-Delaware Water Treatment plants that are responsible for the improved taste, odour, colour and quality of drinking water for the city of New York, according to Topikian.

The scope of the projects included dehumidifier, make-up air, heating/cooling and computer room precision air conditioning systems.

Other projects comprise the New York Police Academy training pool, several YMCA natatoriums, Newton Creek Water Pollution Control and Manhattan Waste Water Treatment Plants, Carnegie 57 Hotel, Yaphank Correctional Facility, and various residential towers and private homes.

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