AHR Expo Innovation Award winners announced

The winners of the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition have been announced.

Hosted annually by the AHR Expo, products in 10 industry categories are recognized for their innovative contribution to HVAC/R. The winning products, technologies and systems from each award category will be formally recognized during the 2020 AHR Expo, which is being held from February 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.

Additionally, one of the category winners will be recognized at next year’s expo as the most inventive and original product and will receive the 2020 Product of the Year Award. You can check out all the 2019 winners here.

Winners are selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluate award entries based on their innovative design, creativity, application, value and potential market impact.

“We had more entries submitted for the 2020 Innovation Awards than we’ve ever had,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo show manager. “This speaks volumes to the advancement and outstanding innovation happening within the HVAC/R industry at the moment. As in previous years, the technologies vying for a category award more than exceeded our expectations.”

The 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners are:

BUILDING AUTOMATION
Winner: Delta Controls Inc.
Product: O3 Sensor Hub 2.0
Finalists: 75F’s Building Intelligence System; Belimo Americas’ Ultrasonic Flow Sensor; and Danfoss’s VLT condition-based monitoring.

COOLING
Winner:
Danfoss
Product: Interlaced Micro Channel Heat Exchanger (iMCHE)
Finalists: Baltimore Aircoil Company’s Nexus Modular Hybrid Cooler; Smardt Chiller Group’s G-class 515B Low GWP Chiller; and Vertiv’s Liebert VRC Rack Cooling System.

GREEN BUILDING
Winner:
Danfoss
Product: Turbocor TG490 Compressor
Finalists: Aeroseal LLC’s AeroBarrier: air sealing technology; Arctic Chiller Group’s EcoTherm modular simultaneous heating and cooling heat pump; and Baltimore Aircoil Company’s HXV Hybrid Cooler.

HEATING
Winner:
York For Your Home
Product: York LX Series TL9E Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnace
Finalists: AERCO’s Benchmark Platinum Boiler with Edge Controller; Emerson Universal’s Single Stage Furnace Control for ECMx Blower Motors (Model 50X57-843); and Rheem’s Ultra Low NOx Gas Furnace.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Winner:
Fresh-Aire UV
Product: Purity Low Profile LED 1” Polarized Filter/LED Disinfection System
Finalists: AtmosAir Solutions’ AtmosAir Denali 600 with AtmosSmart, IoT Enabled Active Air Monitoring and Air Purification System; RGF Environmental Group’s HALO-LED Whole Home Indoor Air Purification System; and Sensirion’s SCD40 CO2 and RH/T Sensor Component.

PLUMBING
Winner:
LG Electronics USA
Product: LG Hydro Kit
Finalists: Caleffi’s LEGIOMIX 6000 series Highest Flow Electronic Mixing Valve; Nibco’s 585HP Full Port Bronze Ball Valve; and Viega’s MegaPressG.

REFRIGERATION
Winner:
Danfoss
Product: CO2 Adaptive Liquid Management Solution
Finalists: Emerson’s Copeland End-to-End Solution for Micro-Distributed Architectures; Fresh-Aire UV’s Ice UV-LED Disinfection System for Ice-Machines; and Sporlan Division – Parker Hannifan’s SCS-PB Superheat Control System for Pulse Width Valve with Bluetooth feature.

SOFTWARE
Winner:
Interplay Learning
Product: SkillMill Skilled Trades Course Catalog
Finalists: Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Pump Manager; BCA Technologies’ eRep CPQ; and Distech Controls’ xpressNetwork Utility.

TOOLS & INSTRUMENTS
Winner:
Matelex
Product: DNI (détecteur de niveau intelligent/smart level detector)
Finalists: Fluke’s PTi120 Pocket Thermal Camera; Milwaukee Tool’s M18 FUEL Pipe Threader with ONE-KEY; and Topcon Positioning System’s Topcon GTL-1000.

VENTILATION
Winner:
Infinitum Electric
Product: Infinitum Electric, A Breakthrough HVAC Motor
Finalists: American Aldes’ IQ by ALDES (IQ-VFC) ERV/HRV-Integrated Vertical Fan Coil Units; Rosenberg USA’s “Generation 3” EC motors for plug fans and axial fans; and ZIEHL-ABEGG’s ZAbluefin.

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