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AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Announced

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AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Announced

Ranging from an innovative geothermal heat pump to a copper theft deterrent system, the winners of the prestigious 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honored at a special ceremony during the world’s largest HVACR exposition and conference in Dallas on January 29th.
Representing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products among the thousands that will be displayed at the Show. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact.
The 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners by category are:
Building Automation                                                                        
Company: CopperWatcher LLC
Product: CopperWatcher Model CW-3, an A/C copper theft deterrent system
Company: Rheem Manufacturing Company
Product: H2AC Rooftop Unit, a restaurant integrated AC and water heating system
Green Building                                                                       
Product: Solar Plexicon, displacement ventilation diffuser with light-powered, energy harvesting Capabilities
Company: ClimateMaster, Inc.
Product: Trilogy™ 40 Series, geothermal heat pump
Indoor Air Quality
Company: Energy Wall
Product: Energy Wall, a high efficiency heat & moisture recovery plate exchanger, air purifier & dehumidifier
Company: Navien America, Inc.
Product: NPE-240A NG, condensing tankless gas water heater
Company: Danfoss
Product: ADAP-KOOL AK-PC 781 Integrated Pack Controller
Company: NexTraq
Product: NexTraq Fleet Tracking, web-based GPS software
Tools & Instruments                                                                                         
Company: Fluke Corporation
Product: Fluke 805 Vibration Meter
Company: American ALDES Ventilation Compamy
Product: Zone Register Terminal-2 (ZRT-2)
One of these 10 category winners will also be selected as the overall winner of the 2013 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners receive placards to display at their booths during the Show as well as an etched crystal award to be displayed at their company’s headquarters. In addition, 33 other products are recognized with Honorable Mentions in these same 10 categories and will also be given placards to display in their booths.
More than $10,000 generated by the entry fees will be donated to a charitable organization in the Dallas area. Since the inception of the Innovation Award Competition in 2003, well over $100,000 has been donated to charities and educational institutions in the cities where the Expo was held.
Building Automation
Company                                                                        Product
American Auto-Matrix                                                vSTAT, mobile application for commercial
                                                                                   building  automation & control
CAN2GO (SCL Elements Inc.)                                  TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller
LUDECA, Inc.                                                             VIBCONNECT RF, wireless online condition
                                                                                    monitoring system
Strobic Air Corporation                                                Tri-Stack Smart System, a control system to maintain
                                                                                    Safe lab exhaust conditions
WattStopper                                                                Digital Lighting Management, Universal Dimming
                                                                                    Room Controller
Carrier Corporation                                                      WeatherExpert 48LC, 50LC, single packaged
                                                                                     commercial rooftop unit
Danfoss                                                                        VZH Inverter Scroll Compressor Solution
Mits Airconditioning Inc./Aermec S.P.A                        NRP AERMEC, air to water heat pump
Motivair Corporation                                                     Chilled Door
Trane                                                                            Series S Cen TraVac, water-cooled oil-free centrifugal
Green Building
Emerson Climate Technologies                                    Copeland Scroll condensing unit – FFAP series
International Wastewater Heat Exchange                     Sewage SHARC, combination sewage filter/heat
Systems Inc.                                                                  exchanger
RGF Environmental Group, Inc.                                    PTAC PHI Cell, a PTAC HVAC air purification system
Spartan Peripheral Devices                                          ME8400 Thermopyla Series, self-powered control
valve with bidirectional communication
Tate                                                                                EcoCore, access floor panel incorporating micro-
                                                                                       encapsulated phase change materials
American Combustion Technologies                            SLE Ultra Low NOx Burner
LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.                                           Art Cool Gallery with Inverter, a heat pump system
                                                                                      with picture frame
WaterFurnace International, Inc.                                  7 Series 700A11, variable capacity geothermal heat
WILO USA LLC                                                            Wilo Stratos GIGA, high-efficiency inline circulator
Best Living Systems, LLC                                             PerfectFit Filter, for return plenum
Carlisle HVAC Products                                                Spray-Seal, job-site duct sealant
Smart Fog Inc.                                                              TS100 In-Duct Humidifier
Triatomic Environmental Inc.                                        Fresh-Aire MINI UV, a miniature germicidal UVC light
Grand Hall / Eternal Hybrid                                           Eternal GU100 Hybrid Water Heater
Midsun Specialty Products, Inc.                                    Perfect Pitch, tool for condensate/waste piping
Pro Hydronic Specialties                                               AFL Series, automatic flow limiting device
Emerson Climate Technologies                                    Copeland Discus R410A Compressor, semi-hermetic
Sporlan – Parker Hannifin                                              Secondary Fluid Valve (SFV) and Controller, a
                                                                                      stepper motor valve and controller
Browning / Emerson Power Transmission                    Toolbox Technician App, a mobile app for HVACR
Solutions                                                                        technicians
FieldAware                                                                   FieldAware, cloud-based software for field service
Emerson Climate Technologies                                    Emerson SureSwitch relay CoreSense protection
                                                                                      module, aftermarket air conditioning and heat pump
                                                                                      replacement contactors
Goodway Technologies Corp.                                       CoilPro HiFlo, portable thick coil washing system
Titus                                                                               EOS, solar-powered, energy harvesting diffuser
The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by ASHRAE; the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.
The 2013 AHR Expo will feature more than 1,800 leading manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, showcasing hundreds of innovative new products to nearly 45,000 industry professionals. The 2013 AHR Expo is co-sponsored by 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. For more information visit the Show’s website at
As the largest and most comprehensive HVACR exposition, the AHR Expo 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.
Since 1930, the AHR Expo has been the HVACR professional’s best 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. This unique industry forum creates a dynamic marketing environment unequaled in size and scope by any other industry event.
The AHR Expo is produced and managed by International Exposition Company, 15 Franklin Street, Westport, CT 06880; telephone: 203-221-9232; fax: 203-221-9260; e-mail:; website:

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