Articles by Angela D. Harris

Products Designed to Collect and Report

July 16, 2007
Information is power, and the more power a contractor has to inform end users, the greater the ability to meet end users’ needs and increase profits. The NEWS’ fourth annual Dealer Design Awards’ Testing & Monitoring Products category winners found themselves at the top of the information pile.
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RFID Technology Increases Visibility

July 2, 2007
Supply chain participants, no longer only a local connection, are now global partners that daily rely on technological advances to be successful. One such advance is radio frequency identification (RFID). With widespread RFID usage on the horizon, having a basic knowledge of the technology is necessary.
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Easing Technicians' Ups and Downs

June 25, 2007
Add climbing up and down ladders, stairs, and scaffolds to an already strenuous schedule and oppressive heat, and contractors could find themselves short a technician. John Topper, a 22-year veteran of the HVAC industry, considered each of these burdens when he designed The Liftworx Systems™.
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High-End HVAC Doesn't Mean High Maintenance

June 25, 2007
The UltraTech™ communicating system, which will be available later this year, is designed to share information system-wide, improving the installation and reducing callbacks.
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ARI Reports Shipments Up in April

June 25, 2007
According to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), April’s combined air conditioning and air-source heat pump shipments were up 7 percent over last year, totaling 559,774. The year-to-date shipment totals, down 24 percent from 2006, are approximately 2 million units.
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High-End HVAC Doesn't Mean High Maintenance

June 25, 2007
The UltraTech™ communicating system, which will be available later this year, is designed to share information system-wide, improving the installation and reducing callbacks.
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Economics Challenge Contractors

March 26, 2007
Contractors rode much the same roller coaster that manufacturers and distributors did in 2006. The ever-changing HVAC industry and the multiple factors that affect it brought instability to the arena as contractors adapted to the challenges. The HVAC contractor market primarily mirrored 2006’s construction market. Residential HVAC experienced an expected cooling-off period, but commercial HVAC continued its three-year climb.
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Johnson Controls Sells Bristol Compressors

March 26, 2007
Johnson Controls Inc. sold Bristol Compressors Inc. to KPS Capital Partners LP, a private equity firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Distributors Survive Rocky Year

March 26, 2007
The bulge in the supply chain eased in 2006 as distributors adeptly addressed the inventory bottleneck that resulted from the mandatory changes in SEER minimums. Overall, 2006 shipments were down 7.5 percent as compared to 2005.
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Manufacturers Reminisce 2006's Challenges

March 26, 2007
The gauntlet was thrown down and the challenge was met as HVAC manufacturers took on their biggest test of 2006: Mandated 13 SEER implementation. Although prepared for an intense journey, situations arose throughout 2006 that left this facet of the HVAC industry digging deep to find the solutions.
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Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

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