WESTPORT, CT — The winners of the inaugural AHR Expo Innovation Awards, representing a cross section of HVACR products from leading manufacturers around the world, have been announced by the program sponsors.

Designed to encourage product innovation, the competition is jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo. The winners were selected from among the products submitted by AHR Expo exhibitors in seven categories. The 2003 winners are:

York International UPG — Stealth Hot Heat Pump

Baltimore Aircoil Company — HXV-Hybrid FXV

Copeland Corporation — Digital Scroll

Control Resources, Inc. — SmartFan Nimbus AC Fan Speed Control

Indoor Air Quality:
PureChoice, Inc. — PureTrac Air Monitoring System

TURBOCOR Inc. — TT 300 Centrifugal Refrigerant Compressor

Instruments, Tools, and Software:
Honeywell Intl., Burner & Boiler Controls — HVAC Service Assistant

A panel of seven senior HVACR professionals, selected by ASHRAE for their knowledge of the industry and its products, reviewed all submissions and selected the winners. The products were evaluated based on innovation, application, value to user, and market impact. Only one product per company could be submitted.

In addition, a number of products were singled out in each category to receive honorable mention recognition:

Armstrong International — Flo-Direct Direct Fired Water Heater
Central Fireplace — CF-42 Direct Positive Vent Gas Stove or Fireplace Insert
Detroit Radiant Products — HLV Series Two-Stage Low Intensity Radiant Vacuum System
Gasmaster Industries, Inc. — High Efficiency Condensing Steam Boiler
Parker Boiler — Parker T-760LAR
Superior Radiant Products — Premier vs Demand System
Thermo Technologies — Thermomax Solar Collector

Data-Aire, Inc. — Intelli-DART
Environmental Technologies, Inc. — Flexible Stainless Steel Braided Hose Kits
E-Pak Technology, Inc. — E-Pak Evaporative Condensing Unit
Modular Framing Systems, Inc. — Thermal Break Framing Systems
Super Radiator Coils — Xfin

Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC — Beacon II

Arzel Zoning Technology, Inc. — The Arzel Zoning System
EBTRON, Inc. — GTN-116 Transmitter
Firmac, Ltd. — The Firmac “CGF” Rectangular Ductwork System
Sachins Impex — One Piece Diffuser

Indoor Air Quality:
Bonded Logic, Inc. — Ultratouch Natural Fiber Duct Liner
Isolate, Inc. — ISO-HEPA/UVC-500R
National Environmental Products LTD, Inc. — SKR Domestic Humidifier
Rotronic Instrument Corp. — Roline L

Annexair, Inc. — Energy Recovery Unit
Automated Logic Corp. — WebCTRL Building Automation System
Delta Controls, Inc. — Application Controllers –DAC Models
Desert Aire Corp. — Q-Pump
Effikal International, Inc. — Milli-Damper™ MVG Series Minivolt Flue Damper
Kele Companies — Frontier Wireless I/O System
Lithonia Lighting — Synergy Lighting Control System
Novar Controls Corp. — IQ-SBS

Instruments, Tools, and Software:
Advance Cutting Systems — Remote Data Entry
Design Master Software — Design Master HVAC
Emerson Climate Technologies — Diagnostics Module (CHI)
HVAC Solution, Inc. — HVAC Solution
Lindab, Inc. — CADvent

The awards will be presented at a special AHR Expo Media Breakfast on Monday, January 27, 2003. Winners will receive special placards to place in their show booths as well as an award to be displayed at their company headquarters. Each honoree will also be featured in a special section of the ASHRAE Journal. In addition to encouraging product innovation throughout the industry, the proceeds from the entry fee go to an HVACR scholarship fund at a Chicago-area vocational school.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to this first-time award,” said Clay Stevens, president of IEC. “We see this as a win-win situation for everyone involved. The industry benefits from learning about new product innovation, the winning companies are recognized for their excellence, and a vocational school receives scholarships that will help perpetuate the HVACR industry.”

For more information on the AHR Expo, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

Publication date: 11/18/2002