CONGRATULATIONS 2018 AHR EXPO INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS

BUILDING AUTOMATION

Company: Setra Systems, Inc.
Innovation: Setra FLEX™

Setra FLEX™ is a complete room monitoring and control solution. Setra FLEX™ is used to ensure safe and energy-efficient indoor environmental and ventilation control conditions for operating rooms, isolation rooms, bio-safety laboratories, clean rooms and all pressurized critical spaces. Visual and audible alarms are configurable and fully comply with ASHRAE Standard 170, as well as US Pharmacopeia 797 and 800.

FINALISTS

BELIMO Americas (6-way Electronic Pressure Independent Valve)
Cielo WiGle Inc. (Breez: Smart Controller for Ductless Air-conditioning Systems)
Emerson (Site Supervisor facility control platform)

COOLING

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)

GREEN BUILDING

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))

HEATING

Company: Calefactio
Innovation: The ONE, a 3-in-1 expansion tank, air separator and dirt separator.

The ONE, a 3-in-1 expansion tank, air separator and dirt separator.  The ONE innovates by: eliminating an important number of joints, thus limiting the leaking possibilities; using less space and taking less time to install compared to installing the three devices separately; reducing costs — it is much less costly to buy The ONE than to buy all the devices separately.

FINALISTS

Cleaver-Brooks, Inc. (Cleaver-Brooks ClearFire®-CE hydronic boiler)
Johnson Controls, Inc. (YORK
® Affinity™ YZV 20 SEER Variable Capacity Heat Pump)
WaterFurnace International, Inc. (Versatec Variable Speed water source/geothermal heat pump)

IAQ

Company: Spartan Bioscience
Innovation: Spartan Legionella Detection System

The Spartan Legionella Detection System is the world’s first on-site Legionella DNA test to prevent outbreaks. Spartan’s Legionella Detection System fully integrates DNA collection, extraction and analysis in a compact format. Spartan’s technology enables unprecedented portability with no sample shipment to an outside laboratory and no technical expertise requirements. In addition, the system provides results in 45 minutes.

FINALISTS

AAF Flanders (Sensor360™ filtration monitor)
Addison (Linear Capacity™, Dedicated Outdoor Air System)
Johnson Controls, Inc. (GLAS smart thermostat)

PLUMBING

Company: AquaMotion Inc.
Innovation: AquaMotion Aqua-Flash™ under-sink hot water recirculation system.

The AquaMotion Aqua-Flash™ by-pass valve provides: an improved bypass design that prevents the hot water from entering the cold line when the hot water faucet is opened; A bi-metal coil element that closes the internal shuttle by-pass port in the valve when hot water reaches the valve; a bi-metal element that is calibrated to deliver the hot water temperature desired; and more than double the pipe diameter to prevent calcium buildup.

FINALISTS

Caleffi Hydronic Solutions (LEGIOMIX® electronic mixing valve with disinfection)
John Guest USA, Inc. (JG ProLock twist-to-lock fitting system)

REFRIGERATION

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)

SOFTWARE

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)

TOOLS & INSTRUMENTS

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)

VENTILATION

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)