Company: Automated Logic Corporation
Innovation: OptiFlex™ virtual integrator

OptiFlex™ virtual integrator is a software-based integration platform for data monitoring across diverse building systems. OptiFlex™ provides scalable integration solutions ideal for large integration projects such as data centers, hospitals and college campuses. The virtual integrator supports up to 50,000 data points from a single computing point, eliminating the need for multiple hardware gateways, which often require costly materials and labor, and have installation limitations due to space constraints in most mechanical rooms. It supports BACnet IP and Modbus TCP/IP, the two most commonly used IP-based protocols, as well as a new pluggable protocol technology that allows additional protocol additions. Customers can add additional points as needed through a scalable licensing mechanism.


Building Automation Products, Inc./BAPI (BAPI Wireless 900 MHz Temperature and Humidity System)
Delta Controls Inc. (O3 Sensor Hub)
Emerson (Supervisory Controls)


Company: Johnson Controls, Inc.
Innovation: YORK® YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller

YORK® YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller, a fully-optimized chiller, is built with next-generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant to increase energy efficiency. The YORK® YZ provides centrifugal-chiller energy efficiencies as low as 0.1kW/ton, and less in off-design conditions where typical fixed-speed chillers experience performance issues. It has the potential to reduce annual electricity consumption by an average of 35 percent. The YORK® YZ was designed with a holistic approach to system design, with engineering optimization for every component around R-1233zd—a next generation, low-pressure refrigerant—and is a unique combination of advanced technologies, including a variable-speed magnetic bearing compressor, high-speed hermetic induction motor, falling film evaporator, adaptive capacity control logic and cloud-based analytics.


ArctiChill (ACA or ACW Magnetic Bearing Chillers with Arctic Boost Option)
Chemours (Opteon™ XP30 refrigerant)
Samsung HVAC of America (Wind-Free™ 4-way cassette mini-split)


Company: enVerid Systems
Innovation: HVAC Load Reduction® (HLR) module 1000E-M


HVAC Load Reduction® (HLR) module 1000E-M, an indoor air scrubber module designed to lower energy wastage from HVAC systems, reduces the amount of outside air needed for ventilation by 60-80 percent. This results in increased energy efficiency and annual energy savings of 20-30 percent with peak capacity reductions of 10-20 tons per HLR® 1000E-M module. The HLR® 1000E-M is fully compliant with ASHRAE Standard 62.1 Indoor Air Quality Procedure (IAQP) and the international mechanical code (IMC). The innovative design is a first-of-its-kind solution that safely removes all molecular contaminants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), formaldehyde and a full range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from indoor air.


Carrier (AquaEdge® 19DV centrifugal chiller)
Smardt Chiller Group Inc. (Smardt DC water cooled chiller)
Software Motor Company (SMC Smart Motor System)


Company: Regal®
Innovation: Genteq® Ensite® motor

Genteq® Ensite® motor, an electronically commutated motor specifically designed for furnace application, enables customers to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fan Energy Rating (FER) regulatory requirements taking effect in July of 2019. The Genteq® Ensite® motor is a cost-efficient solution to achieving compliance without compromising on premium features such as advanced Blak Box™ and Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities that support Internet of Things (IoT) and preventive maintenance.


ArctiChill (SuperMod variable speed modular chiller platform)
Des Champs Technologies (Model Air-Trap™ IPN)
Emerson (Universal single-stage furnace control for ECMx blower motor)


Company: CPS Products, Inc.
Innovation: IAQ SmartAir™

IAQ SmartAir™ is a smart tool used for identifying, diagnosing and solving IAQ issues. This tool is designed to diagnose more accurate true read indoor air quality issues, improve sales and enhance overall IAQ professional expertise. Its design walks professionals through the measuring process and provides a compiled list of IAQ issues and potential solutions based on collected and analyzed data. The IAQ SmartAir™ connects to the internet via WiFi for remote monitoring and evaluation, and allows professionals to create on-site customer reports and job quotations.


Fresh-Aire UV (Mini UV DST-LED disinfection system for mini-split A/C systems)
Nortec [Condair] (DRAABE TrePur humidifier and evaporative cooler)


Company: Anvil International
Innovation: AnvilPress™ Copper, Copper Press Fittings and Coupling Systems

AnvilPress™ Copper, Copper Press Fittings and Coupling Systems are designed with patented Visual Indicator technology that provides 200 percent more sealing surface than typical fittings for leak prevention. The system is built with a double-fold sealing characteristic and a replaceable O-ring seal design that supports superior pressure and tensile performance. Its Visual Indicator and Burr-Stop membrane solve the top two causes of leaks: improperly pressed fittings and burrs on the tube that damage the O-ring during installation.


Caleffi Hydronic Solutions (ThermoSetter™ thermal balancing valve)
Emerson (RIDGID Press Booster & rings for MegaPress® XL)
Noritz America (Noritz Residential Combination Boiler)


Company: Emerson
Innovation: Copeland Scroll™ fractional-horsepower, low-temperature compressors

Copeland Scroll™ fractional-horsepower, low-temperature compressors use liquid injection technology and cooling discharge temperatures to reduce compressor stress and meet federal regulatory requirements. With offerings ranging from ¾ hp to 1 ½ hp, OEMs can combine certain compliance efforts into a single design cycle for smaller low-to-medium temperature applications that deliver high efficiency with reliable performance. The Copeland Scroll™ is wide-ranged and multi-refrigerant capable with low sound and vibration. It is an ideal solution for supermarkets, restaurants and convenience store operations.


Baltimore Aircoil Company (TrilliumSeries™ adiabatic condenser)
DunAn Microstaq, Inc. (Silicon Refrigeration Valve)


Company: Taco Comfort Solutions
Innovation: Taco Tags featuring eLink™

Taco Tags featuring eLink™ is a cloud-based support program that provides users with a web-based, factory-maintained knowledge base on their mobile device via NFC technology. The Taco Tag is an IC chip and antenna wrapped in silicone designed to offer durability under the most extreme conditions of heat and weather. It works using power from a user’s devices, eliminating the need for wires or external batteries. Each tag provides direct access to customer support, along with all vital information specific to each product, and is connected to the eLink cloud-based service system where users can store and access order information, product specifications, instruction sheets, suggested replacement parts, CAD files, technical support, catalogs, local sales representative information and project management.


BreezoMeter Ltd. (Air quality and pollen data API)
Emerson (Sensi™ Multiple Thermostat Manager)


Company: Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
Innovation: The wireless hydronic balancing kit, Series 490W

The Wireless Hydronic Balancing Kit, Series 490W, is a manometer designed to provide accurate and easy operation for HVAC professionals. The kit measures the pressure drop across HVAC balancing valves by using wireless sensors, a versatile handheld device and Bluetooth® communication. Users can select valves for measurement from a predetermined list or through manual input of CV values. The handheld device monitors the flow of up to three valves at a time, allowing a single operator to monitor and balance a hydronic system in less time compared to traditional methods.


Marketair, Inc. (Easybend)
Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc. (YELLOW JACKET P51-870 TITAN Digital Manifold)


Company: Energy Wall, LLC
Innovation: The Energy Wall Universal ERV (U-ERV)

The Energy Wall Universal ERV (U-ERV) is an energy recovery ventilator that is three times smaller and lighter than current technologies available on the market. It weighs only 90 pounds, allowing for easy installation of the fully-functional, independent system. A small footprint allows the modules to be hand-carried and assembled on site, where they operate with a single duct connection and point-of-power and control. This provides extreme redundancy for mission-critical facilities. It is also compliant with UL 900 fire/smoke standards and operates in all six orientations.


Continental Fan Manufacturing Inc. (TEK-MAX plug fan)
LG Electronics USA, Inc. (LG AHU conversion kit)
Triatek (EcoAir Valve™)

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