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AHR Recap Part I

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AHR Recap Part I

The AHR Show in New York City kicked off to a snowstorm and plummeting temps. But that didn’t seem to keep the attendees away, according to post-Show numbers. Despite a storm that dropped 10 inches of snow on New York City and created a State-of-Emergency in parts of New York, the severe weather couldn’t stop thousands of determined attendees and exhibitors from filling the aisles and booths at the 2014 AHR Expo held at the Javits Convention Center in NYC, January 21-23.

According to Show organizer International Exposition Company, a total of over 61,000 attendees (43,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel) registered for the 2014 AHR Expo. HVACR professionals from all 50 states and over 130 countries braved the elements to see the latest products and technologies on display from over 1,900 exhibiting companies from around the world.

Here is some information we took away from the show:


Dennis Wierzbicki, president of Grundfos U.S. sales, kicked off the Grundfos press event, and the show really, with some big announcements — one of which was that Grundfos introduced its broadly expanded line of fully integrated, intelligent pumping systems. Ideally suited for new commercial HVAC/R applications and deep retrofits, the line now features the MLE variable speed motor in ranges from 3 to 30 horsepower (HP) for building services.


Alan Squires, director of sales for Uponor North America, shows off Uponor’s Ecoflex® pre-insulated piping system. Designed for fluid transfer in a variety of hydronic heating, cooling and potable water applications, Ecoflex pipes are dependable, cost-effective and energy saving.


The Mechanical Town Hall featuring guest panelists Brian Nelson, Bob ‘Hot Rod’ Rohr, Eric Aune, John Barba and Dave Yates, spoke in front of a standing-room-only crowd.


John Siegenthaler was awarded the Carlson-Holohan Industry Excellence Award from his peers (from l-to-r), Robert Bean, Dan Holohan, Dave Yates, Mark Eatherton and John Barba.


Danfoss hosted its 19th annual press briefing during AHR. This year’s press briefing included discussions of key trends, challenges, and opportunities impacting the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry, as well as two customer presentations. Danfoss North America President John Galyen stated, “Danfoss is uniquely positioned to support a transition period in climate change and energy efficiency.” He opened by discussing three megatrends impacting industry: energy productivity, data, and refrigerants. Galyen noted that the focus on energy productivity must include two components – efficiency and demand response, the latter of which is becoming increasingly important. Galyen also discussed the proven technologies, like variable speed compressors and advanced supermarket controls, that can support performance, efficiency, and energy productivity.


Wilo USA displayed its newly launched Stratos Giga pump. Features include: highly efficient EC motor; single stage, low pressure, inline centrifugal pump; heads to 167’, flows to 275 USGPM; and available in glanded construction, mechanical shaft seal, and flanged connections.

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