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The importance of mechanical cooling was not lost on the 1,200 attendees. The conference site, the Gaylord Palms Resort, has its four buildings of hotel rooms emptying onto a massive plaza of stores, restaurants, fountains, and mock Everglades, all covered by a 10-story glass atrium and provided with continuous comfort cooling.
IIAR Chairman Ron Vallort (Ron Vallort and Associates, Oak Brook, Ill.) welcomed attendees comprised of manufacturers, designers, engineers, contractors, operators, technicians, and instructors - a cross-section of the industrial refrigeration industry.
"A strong IIAR equates to a strong industry," he said. "IIAR is recognized around the world as the authoritative source of information about ammonia refrigeration."
IIAR AccomplishmentsHe ticked off some of the accomplishments of the past year:
Another focus deals with code requirements for emergency control boxes. Vallort said IIAR has proposed an automated high-to-low crossover system traditionally provided by manual valves in an emergency control box.
Members elected the following new directors: Bob Bonar, Bonar Engineering & Construction, McLean, Va.; Tim Facius, Baltimore Aircoil Co., Baltimore; Rudy Nechay, Industrial Refrigeration Services, Baltimore; Bob Port, Hixson, Cincinnati; Don Stroud, Kraft, Madison, Wis.; Rene Van Gerwen, Unilever, Vlaardingen, Netherlands; and John Yencho, Hansen Technologies, Burr Ridge, Ill.
An honorary life membership was given to past IIAR Chairman Steve McLeod of Cimco Refrigeration in Toronto.
IIAR granted a posthumous Member of the Year honor to Fred Herl, a valve manufacturer from Cologne, Germany, who passed away last September. Mr. Herl was honored for his long service to the association, most recently as a board member, and to the industry at large. His widow, Madeleine Herl, accepted the honor on his behalf.
Sidebar: Mycom Unveils Compressor LineKISSIMMEE, Fla. - Compressor manufacturer Mycom used the trade show at the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) meeting to introduce its I-Series compressors.
According to the company, the I-Series "is a low-cost answer to the 75- to 150-TR compressor market." The company said the compressor can be used as a replacement for aging reciprocating compressors, as well as in new installations. The compressor has variable-frequency drive capabilities.
The company said the compressor will be sold primarily in the United States and should be available this summer.
For more information, visit www.mycomus.com.
Publication date: 06/07/2004