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2007 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Announced

WESTPORT, CT…November 21, 2006- A record nine companies with a variety of exciting and new products varying from humidity sensing fans to a remote environmental surveillance system have been selected as winners of the prestigious AHR Expo Innovation Award. The winners will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2007 AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas. The award presentation will take place on Tuesday, January 30th at 11:30 a.m. in the New Product Technology Theater A, located in Exhibit Hall A on the Show Floor.

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The most innovative product submissions from among the thousands that will be on display at the AHR Expo have been selected as winners in nine specific categories:

  • Building Automation

  • Cooling

  • Green Building

  • Heating

  • Indoor Air Quality

  • Refrigeration

  • Software

  • Tools

  • Ventilation.

The 2007 winners are:

BUILDING AUTOMATION
Company: Lennox International
Product: Comfort Sensor Zone Controller

COOLING
Company: Copeland Corporation / Emerson Climate Technologies
Product: Copeland Scroll Digital Compressor for Commercial Air Conditioning

GREEN BUILDING
Company: A.O. Smith Water Heaters
Product: Vertex High Efficiency Condensing Water Heaters

HEATING
Company: Empire Comfort Systems, Inc.
Product: Mantis Condensing Vented Gas Fireplace System

IAQ (INDOOR AIR QUALITY)
Company: Lennox International
Product: Humiditrol Dehumidification System

REFRIGERATION
Company: Danfoss, Inc.
Product: ICF Valve Station for Industrial Refrigeration

SOFTWARE
Company: HVAC Solution
Product: HVAC Solution Pro 4.0, Design and Modeling Software

TOOLS
Company: Newport Electronics, Inc.
Product: NEWPORT ISE Web-Based Remote Environmental Surveillance

Control Solutions, Inc VENTILATION
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Product: Broan Humidity Sensing Fans

"We are very pleased with the wide range and high quality of product submissions we received for the fifth year of the award program," said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and managers of the AHR Expo®. "It is a pleasure to recognize and honor manufacturers that have excelled through exceptional creativity in turning technology into useful and efficient products."

The following companies received Honorable Mention for these innovative new products:

BUILDING AUTOMATION
Building Automation Products, Inc. - Wireless Temperature and/or Humidity Sensing System
Honeywell International - Compact Input/Output Modules
KMC Controls - BACnet Building Controller
Tridium - Vykon Security System
WiSuite Wireless Automation & Control - WiSuite Wireless Automation & Control

COOLING
Carrier Corporation - Aquaforce Air Cooled Chillers
Rheem Heating & Cooling Division - Rheem and Ruud Comfort Control System
White-Rodgers/Emerson Climate Technologies - UltraTech Unitary Control (UUC) for advanced system communication & protection

GREEN BUILDING
Baltimore Aircoil Company - TriArmor Corrosion Protection System
Continental Fan Manufacturing, Inc. - CEC Motorized Impeller
Superior Manufacturing Division, Magnatech Corp. - Environmentalist/Zero-Bleed Water Treatment Technology

HEATING
Calorigen USA Corporation, Inc. - Eutec Hybrid Radiator
The Fulton Companies - VANTAGE Dual Fuel Natural Gas Condensing Boiler
Greenwood Technologies - Greenwood Furnace
ITT Corporation - VSX Double-Suction Split-Case Pump

IAQ (INDOOR AIR QUALITY)
*Extech Instruments Corp. - AN200 CFM/CMM Thermo-Anemometer
Hoffman Controls Corp. - Temperature & Humidity Controller
ProMark Associates, Inc. - PMA25 Media Holding Module
Rotronic Instrument Corp. - DampGuard Mold Monitor

REFRIGERATION
Emerson Climate Technologies, Refrigeration Group - Intelligent Store Discus Compressor 
Tecumseh Compressor Group - Vector Series MRS Multi-Cell Packaged Rack System

SOFTWARE
Bidtracer Specialty Software Group LLC - Bidtracer
Efficiency Technologies, Inc. - EffTrack Automated Chiller Data Collection Software
Wrightsoft Corporation - Right-Universal (RU) HVAC Design & Sales Software

TOOLS
Ashcroft Inc. - Ashcroft Xmitr Refrigerant Pressure Monitor
Fieldpiece Instruments, Inc. - SSX34 Subcooling and Superheating Meter
Fluke Corporation - Fluke 975 AirMeter
*Testo, Inc. - testo AC/R System Analyzers

Reliable Controls VENTILATION
Arzel Zoning Technology, Inc. - HeatPumPro Zoning System
CES Group, Inc. - Fan Wall Technology Air Handler
Munters Corporation - HCU Water Source Heat Pump
ThermaFlex - FlexFlow Elbow

A panel of judges, made up of ASHRAE members selected for their exceptional knowledge of the industry and its products, reviewed and evaluated all submissions. Product entries were judged for innovation, application, value to user, and market impact.

Entry Fees Benefit HVAC/R Scholarship
In addition to recognizing outstanding product innovation, entry fees from the award will be used to benefit local HVAC/R students in the Dallas, Texas area. During the first four years of the program, thousands of dollars have been donated to HVAC/R technical school scholarship funds.

"The AHR Expo Innovation Awards program has a positive impact on the HVAC/R industry," said Clay Stevens, President of IEC, Show Producers and Managers. "It calls attention to how successful manufacturers have been at turning new technology into useful and highly efficient products."

Winners of the AHR EXPO Innovation awards will be recognized at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 30th at 11:30 a.m. in the New Product Technology Theater A, located in Exhibit Hall A on the Show Floor. Winners will also receive placards to display at their booths during the Show as well as an etched crystal award to be displayed at their company's headquarters. The ASHRAE Journal will also feature a special section on the winners.

"As the major trade show for the HVAC/R market, people look to the AHR Expo to provide leadership and be on the cutting edge of all aspects of the industry," said Stevens. "We see this as a win-win situation for everyone involved. The industry benefits from learning about product innovation, and an educational program is rewarded for teaching about innovations in products and technology to new generations of industry professionals,"

The AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition, which is held in conjunction with the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) every year, is designed to promote and encourage product innovation by recognizing exceptional achievements.

The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI); and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo. Only one product per company may be submitted in each category and winning products from previous years cannot be re-entered. For more information on the AHR Expo Innovation Awards, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

About AHR Expo
As the largest and most comprehensive exposition in the HVAC/R industry, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) attracts thousands of attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEM's, architects and builders, industrial plant operators, facility owners and managers, agents and reps.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor.

The AHR EXPO is produced and managed by International Exposition Company, 15 Franklin Street, Westport, CT 06880; telephone 203-221-9232; fax 203-221-9260; e-mail info@ahrexpo.com; Internet www.ahrexpo.com.

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