2012 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Selected


The winners of the prestigious 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honored at a special ceremony during the world’s largest HVACR exposition and conference in Chicago on January 24th.

Representing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products among the thousands that will be displayed at the Show. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact.

Ranging from a wall-mounted solar air heater to a mobile toolbox for contractors, many well-known industry leaders will share the stage with companies new to the competition. Emerson Climate Technologies was the big winner, capturing three of the top ten awards.

The winners of the 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Awards are:

Building Automation

Company: Geofinity Manufacturing Inc.

Product: ORB Heat Pump Controller


Company: Emerson Climate Technologies

Product: Copeland Scroll Variable Speed Compressor

Green Building

Company: ClimaCool Corp.

Product: SHC onDEMAND™ Simultaneous Heating and Cooling Heat Pump System


Company: Enerconcept Technologies Inc.

Product: The Lubi Wall Wall-mounted Solar Air Heater

Indoor Air Quality

Company: E+E Elektronik Ges. m.b.H. Product: EE245 Wireless Transmitter


Company: Rheem Manufacturing Company

Product: The Rheem XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater


Company: Emerson Climate Technologies

Product: Copeland Scroll K5 Refrigeration Compressor


Company: Emerson Climate Technologies

Product: Emerson Climate Technologies HVACR Mobile Toolbox For Contractors

Tools & Instruments

Company: Fluke Corporation

Product: Fluke TiR1 Thermal Imager


Company: Melink Corporation

Product: Intelli-Hood Kitchen Ventilation Control

One of the 10 category winners will also be selected as the winner of the 2012 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners 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. In addition, 31 other products are recognized with Honorable Mentions in these same 10 categories and will also be given placards to disply in their booths.

There were a record number of companies entering the competition this year. The nearly $12,000 generated by the entry fees will be donated to a charitable organization in the Chicago area. Since the inception of the Innovation Award Competition in 2003, more than $100,000 has been donated to charitable organizations and educational institutions in the cities where the Expo was held.

We are honored to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Innovation Awards because it is so meaningful to the HVACR industry,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “It encourages innovation, recognizes excellence and enables us to help charitable organizations.”


Building Automation

Company: American Auto-Matrix Product: AspectFT Product Family Energy Management and BAS Solution


Company: ClimateMaster, Inc.

Product: Tranquility 22 Digital Series Geothermal Heat Pump

Company: Danfoss Turbocor Compressors

Product: TT400 380V High-efficiency Compressor

Company: Enertech Global, LLC

Product: GeoComfort Compass GXT Series Vertical Geothermal Heat Pump

Company: McQuay International

Product: Daikin McQuay Rebel Commercial Rooftop Unit

Company: Seeley International (Americas)

Product: Breezair Icon Series evaporative air Conditioner

Green Building

Company: Columbus Industries, Inc.

Product: MICRO SHIELD Mini Pleat Filter

Company: Enertech Global, LLC

Product: TETCO Geothermal ES4 Series TXT Vertical Heat Pump

Company: Lochinvar, LLC

Product: Strato-Therm+ Solar Thermal Storage Tank


Company: Lochinvar, LLC

Product: CREST Condensing Boiler

Company: Mestek, Inc.

Product: HeatNet Integrated Control Platform Condensing Hydronic Heating Boiler

Company: Uponor

Product: Radiant Ready 30E Mechanical


Company: Building Automation Products, Inc.

Product: CO2 Sensor

Company: Panasonic Home & Environment Company

Product: WhisperSense-Lite Ventilation Fan-light

Company: Sanuvox Technologies Inc.

Product: Sanuvox R+ In-Duct UV System


Company: CAN2GO (SCL Elements Inc.)

Product: CAN2GO DA2 Intelligent Wireless Valve Actuator

Company: Webstone Company, Inc.

Product: Hyrdo-Core Hydronic Manifold System


Company: Alfa Laval Inc.

Product: AXP Brazed Heat Exchanger

Company: Testo, Inc.

Product: Testo 570 Refrigeration System Analyzer


Company: Alerton

Products: Alerton Building Suite 3 Automation/Energy Management Software

Company: Data-Basics, Inc.

Product: TechAnywhere Mobile Field Service Software

Company: J2 Innovations

Product: FIN Builder Building Automation Software

Company: Service Automation, Inc.

Product: SAWIN MOBILE Wireless Service Software


Company: Appion Inc.

Product: Tez Speed System HVAC System Evacuator

Company: Fieldpiece Instruments, Inc.

Product: LT17AW Digital Multimeter

Company: Goodway Technologies Corp.

Product: RAM Pro Tube Cleaner


Company: American Louver Company

Product: EP Diffuser

Company: DuctSox Corporation

Product: SkeleCore In-duct Cylindrical Tensioning Device

Company: Ruskin Company

Product: HPG3845 FEMA Grille

The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

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