TULSA, Okla. — AAON Inc., a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment, announced that it has broken ground on a new engineering research and development laboratory at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, manufacturing facility. The three-story 75,000-square-foot facility will be both an acoustical and performance measuring laboratory. The new facility will consist of five psychrometric chambers, enabling AAON to meet and maintain Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) certification.
The new laboratory will be able to measure the supply, return, and ambient sound under actual load conditions. Furthermore, the performance lab will measure the efficiency by which energy is converted into heating, cooling, or air movement. A witness test area will also allow customers the opportunity to view product testing. The new lab is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.