Although I don’t have the official attendance numbers of this past week’s ASPE Show in Chicago, the majority of exhibitors I spoke with were extremely pleased with the turnout and qualified leads they were getting. ASPE, or the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it’s the only industry event designed to showcase innovations in plumbing system design—where plumbing engineers, designers, specifiers, and contractors can learn about the latest plumbing products, services, and design techniques. In addition, one could earn a year’s worth of CEUs for CPD recertification or other licensing requirements. (One could earn up to 19.25 hours of continuing education as, well as learn about amazing new technologies and products in the plumbing industry.) Hall of Fame Chicago Bears defensive tackle/end, Dan Hampton, who was pivotal in the Bears’ Super Bowl run in 1985, kicked off the event as the keynote speaker.
Here are some of the sights of the Show:
Aquatherm displayed its PP-R piping solutions.
The Hub’s Eric Aune (l) talks with Navien’s Brian Fenske about the company’s tankless solutions.
Hub friend Ron George discusses the Kemper Hygiene System (KHS), a unique water circulating system, keeping drinking water safe and reducing the risk of Legionella.
The view from the 95th floor at the John Hancock. NIBCO celebrates its 110th anniversary in grand fashion.
Combining additional style options with optimal hygiene protection, Moen Commercial’s M•Power line of sensor-operated faucets has expanded to include new modern and transitional-styled models, with looks that fit with any design preference.
The Hub’s Eric Aune speaks with Viega’s Derek Bower (r) about the company’s water quality campaign, a domestic and global initiative aimed at educating the industry and providing system solutions to promote water quality and hygiene for commercial potable water systems. Viega also offers a number of innovative product solutions to address water quality issues, including the new double drop elbows and Venturi press inserts, as well as existing systems like Viega SmartLoop™ for commercial systems. Combining these product solutions with design strategies like recirculation, plumbing fixtures to minimize stagnation and reducing dead legs can make conditions within the plumbing system less favorable for microbial colonization. (AquaVip launches in 2015)
Attendees stop and discuss some of the various plumbing product offerings from Sioux Chief.
Gerber’s Ultra Flush 1.1 gpf high efficiency toilets were on display. Gerber offers the widest selection of pressure assist models.
Team Hub discuss upcoming 2015 water heater efficiency standards with Team Rheem — Chuck Rhode, wholesale market manager (r), Terri Burkett, marketing communications manager for the Water Heating Division, and Lindsey Ford (c).
The booth at Armstrong Fluid Technology saw consistent traffic as the theme of the day centered around vertical inline pumps.
Dan Sheko (r), Lochinvar southern sales manager, talks about the Shield commercial water heater.
Veiga’s Christian Geisthoff stops by the Hub booth to say hello to John Mesenbrink.
How cool is that? Oatey brings in its mobile unit to display its array of plumbing products.
Preparations are made at the Watts Water Technologies booth before the opening of the show.