News Article | May 18, 2017
The $2.69 billion company has 20 manufacturing plants and 10 product engineering facilities around the world and employs approximately 15,500 people. Since 2013, Wheeler has served as senior vice president, president and general manager of North America, India, and Europe water heating, A. O. Smith's largest operating unit. "With his extensive experience, in-depth knowledge of our businesses, and passionate interest in customer satisfaction, Kevin Wheeler is the ideal person to take on this challenging new assignment," Rajendra said in making the announcement. "Under his leadership, our North American water heater business has achieved record sales and profitability. "Kevin also brings extensive international experience and has been instrumental in growing that part of our business, first as managing director of our European operations, then leading our China business, and subsequently, the entry into the Indian market." "I am confident he will continue to be a major contributor as A. O. Smith pursues its strategy of becoming a leading global water technology company." Wheeler brings 23 years of company experience to his new position. He joined A. O. Smith in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the former Water Products Company. In 1999, he was named managing director of A. O. Smith Water Products Company B.V., headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. In that role, he was responsible for the company's water heater business in Europe and the Middle East. Wheeler returned to the U.S. in 2004 to serve as vice president-international with responsibility for all European and Asian operations. During this time, the company expanded its business in China and began evaluation of the Indian residential water heater market. In 2007, he was named senior vice president and general manager of the U.S. retail business for the Water Products Company. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of the U.S. retail business including sales, marketing, manufacturing, product engineering, and customer service. Wheeler was named senior vice president and general manager of the North America, India, and Europe water heating business in 2011 and became president of that business in 2013. He has been active in a number of industry associations, most recently serving as an at-large director of the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. About A. O. Smith A. O. Smith Corporation, with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products manufactured and marketed worldwide. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a leading manufacturer of water treatment products. For more information, visit www.aosmith.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-o-smith-names-kevin-wheeler-president-chief-operating-officer-300460332.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
As one of the HVAC/R industry’s leading distributors of quality products and technology for contractors, CE understands all the intricacies of running a successful HVAC/R business. In response to requests by customers and in-depth research on how contractors use AHRI’s certified products database, the company developed CE’s AHRI HVAC System Builder, a groundbreaking online tool that provides HVAC dealers and contractors with a simple way to build AHRI certified HVAC systems. This innovative tool replaces the time consuming, tedious, and error prone process of designing an HVAC system using the AHRI online database with an online process that instantly checks for current system compatibility, equipment AHRI performance ratings, possible rebates for the contractor and the customer, and real-time pricing and inventory levels at the contractor’s local CE sales center. The benefits of this tool are invaluable to the contractor and the productivity and profitability of his business. With the help of this tool, the contractor no longer needs to spend hours designing and computing the HVAC system data customers demand. The online tool provides an instant HVAC matching system, real-time inventory information, and integrated AHRI ratings to ensure the equipment is rated properly for the job. The desktop and mobile friendly tool saves the contractor time in estimating the job, getting customer approval, ordering the equipment and facilitating delivery or pickup directly from the device. And, since the AHRI System Builder works seamlessly between all devices, the contractor can easily work from his office, truck, or onsite at the customer’s location. “We are excited to be the first HVAC distributor to provide this unique tool to the contractor community. We believe it will be a game changer for how our customers run their HVAC businesses and will ensure higher productivity, increased sales and greater profitability. We spent years developing this tool and ran a successful pilot program with our most active HVAC contractors. The results have been fantastic and we are excited to launch it nationally so that our entire distributor network of customers can get the benefits of the tool, “ said Edward Gaffneny, CE’s President of Digital Business. CE’s AHRI System Builder tool allows the contractor to build a new or replacement HVAC system in several ways based on the customer’s goals and the scope of the job. With the AHRI Certification Number Option, the contractor enters the AHRI certification number and CE’s AHRI System Builder will display the status of that AHRI number, as well as the models, pricing, and availability in the local CE sales center for the equipment. If the contractor already has the model number for the required equipment, he or she can search for the equipment in the system using the Model Number option. The contractor simply enters the outdoor, indoor and/or furnace model numbers of the equipment and CE’s AHRI System Builder will present all of the AHRI-certified systems available at the local CE sales center that include those models. If the contractor is looking for specific performance requirements and system types, the System Needs option will produce a range of results. The contractor will simply choose between Cooling Only, Cooling & Heating, Heat Pump, Heating Only, Packaged, or Ductless and then enter the required parameters of the system. The contractor will be given a list of all of the corresponding HVAC system solutions available for online ordering or purchase at a local CE sales center. In addition, the tool will suggest any required accessories and controls to complete the HVAC system – and recommend installation accessories so that the contractor has everything needed to complete the job. Finally, the AHRI number and efficiency ratings can be printed for the customer or technician’s use at the jobsite, and they are also saved within the contractor’s online CE account for building future systems and online ordering - saving the contractor time and increasing overall productivity. "As part of the contractor focus group, I have been using CE’s AHRI system builder for a couple of weeks now and I find it to be very easy to use and informative. I am looking forward to sharing this with my team along with future updates that will make the tool even easier” said Richard Dusza, Vice President, Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc., Stafford, CT. For more information about CE’s AHRI System Builder tool and to see how it works visit http://www.carrierenterprise.com/ahri-system-builder/
News Article | December 27, 2016
RAE Coils offers Standard Steam Coils, Steam Distributing Coils, and Hot Water Coils to regulate the temperatures of buildings and valuable products. The coils are designed and manufactured to the exact specifications of each customer application. The innovative selection software makes it easy to custom-design coils that precisely meet customer needs. Heating coils are the critical component in the typical HVAC system and are the first line of defense against potential equipment freeze-ups. The heating products are within the scope of AHRI and certified in accordance with ARI Std. 410. In addition, expert coil designers can build products with vertical tubes, vertical airflow, condensate connection options, and pitched or non-pitched tubes in many available configurations. All heating products are leak tested underwater, up to 400 PSI where necessary.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Mestek Machinery Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been recognized by the AHR Expo and its co-sponsors (ASHRAE and AHRI) as being a finalist in the Tools & Instruments Category of the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition for its Pro-Fabriduct® Manufacturing System. The Pro-Fabriduct® is a modular designed processor that integrates over 20 manufacturing processes into one combination residential/commercial rectangular duct manufacturing system. The system is the fastest, most integrated, accurate, and reliable processor on the market- with the capability of taking a six person operation down to one. The 2017 AHR Expo will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 30-February 1, 2017. Mestek Machinery will be exhibiting at the exposition in booth #1530, where you can see the Pro-Fabriduct® system in action. Demonstrations will be held both with the actual machine present, at designated times, and through a virtual reality headset, in the booth.
News Article | December 15, 2016
TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heat Pipe Technology (HPT), a division of MiTek® Industries, announced that it has opened a new laboratory at its Tampa location, dramatically expanding its ability to research, develop, and test new products, while expediting the time-to-market for such products. With 3,800 square feet of new testing and research space, HPT now has the capability to test to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1060. Indeed, HPT’s facilities are comparable to those offered by Intertek (AHRI’s official test agency) for Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) testing. Although HPT’s products may still be subject to the third-party AHRI testing and approval process, HPT can now pre-test its products to AHRI standards. This not only dramatically compresses the product development cycle-time, it also opens up more time and capability for HPT personnel to create new product innovations. Situated on-premises, the new state-of-the-art HPT lab is fully equipped to support heat pipes testing up to 16 feet in length. With a robust automation and data-acquisition system, this facility offers the capability to run tests overnight and on weekends without human oversight. “This new lab is a quantum leap in capability for HPT,” said HPT’s Dr. Onieluan (“Tam”) Tamunobere, a resident scientist and engineer. “Our capability to innovate has been expanded, and our time to move innovations from concept to market has been compressed to a fraction of what it was before we had the lab.” Heat Pipe Technology, a division of MiTek®, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), is the innovation leader in passive energy recovery and dehumidification systems for commercial and industrial applications around the globe. Employing the very latest in passive-heat-transfer technology, Heat Pipe Technology designs and supplies the core energy recovery technologies to the world’s leading commercial air-handling equipment manufacturers. More info: www.HeatPipe.com.
News Article | September 6, 2016
The 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) will return to Las Vegas from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The AHR Expo, which began more than 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has now grown into one of the world’s largest HVACR events. The Exposition is held annually in key markets and major cities across the U.S., hosting close to 2,000 exhibitors and bringing in crowds of 60,000 industry professionals. The Show provides a unique forum for the HVACR community to come together and share new products, technologies, and ideas. The event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.
News Article | February 28, 2017
Italian chiller manufacturer Geoclima is very proud to announce they earned the trusted AHRI Certified® mark, an assurance of the product's performance, for the water cooled range of products as an Original Equipment Manufacturer.
News Article | February 20, 2017
Compensating live kidney donors is supported by 85.7% (±2.0% margin of error) of adults in the United States according to a study by Acumen Health Research Institute (AHRI). The form of compensation varies. Most support compensating donors for all out-of-pocket costs. Others prefer offering the donor a fixed payment of up to $50,000, or providing them with additional health insurance to cover health risks following the donation. Such compensation would foster more equitable kidney donations, which are now primarily limited to those who can afford to pay these expenses up front. The results suggest support for amending the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which currently prohibits compensation for organ donation. “Such an amendment would save lives and needs to be moved forward quickly,” said Amy Morlock, Managing Director, AHRI. Patients waiting for a kidney suffer from significantly reduced quality of life and increased healthcare costs.(1)(2) Each day, about 11 people die waiting for a kidney and 13 become too sick to remain on the waiting list. Approximately 100,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. It is estimated that less than 20,000 of these patients will receive a kidney transplant this year.(3) Compensating kidney donors also has the potential to reduce healthcare costs for patients and society overall. Patients on dialysis have healthcare costs of over $75,000 per year.(2) Studies have found that transplant patients derive a savings in healthcare costs of approximately $250,000 per patient over a five-year period.(4) World Kidney Day is March 9, 2017. One objective of World Kidney Day is to "encourage transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative."(5) Amending NOTA would be a step towards promoting this objective. AHRI is a non-profit research organization committed to improving healthcare through population based studies. For more information visit http://www.acumenhealthresearch.org. References (1)Lee YJ, Kim MS, Cho S, Kim SR. Association of depression and anxiety with reduced quality of life in patients with predialysis chronic kidney disease. Int J Clin Pract. 2013;67(4):363-8. (2)Fry-Revere S. Congress can save thousands of lives by repealing the prohibition against paying organ donors. Forbes. Oct 24, 2014. Available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/10/24/congress-can-save-thousands-of-lives-by-repealing-the-prohibition-against-paying-organ-donors/#32ecef93411a. Accessed January 30, 2017. (3)United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Data-based on OPTN data as of February 13, 2017. (4)Rees MA, Schnitzler MA, Zavala E, et al., Call to develop a standard acquisition charge model for kidney paired donation. (5)http://www.worldkidneyday.org/about/world-kidney-day/
News Article | September 28, 2016
The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which started 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has grown into the HVACR event of the year and is held in major cities across the U.S. The 2017 Show will be in Las Vegas from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 150 countries worldwide. It provides a unique forum designed expressly for the HVACR community, allowing professionals to get together to share new products, technologies, and ideas. The AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. Las Vegas, Nev. http://ahrexpo.com/
News Article | February 15, 2017
"Put on your jacket, we're going to the data center," is a statement IT jockeys may no longer hear if a pair of industry groups get their way. AHRI (the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) and ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) both released standards last year to make data centers and cooling equipment more efficient and less like ice boxes. Now they're working to get customer adoption. AHRI certifies cooling hardware for vendors, who in turn sell their systems to data center owners. The AHRI data communications group formed in 2012; engineers there examine everything from air flow to decibels to electrical power. SEE: Data centers becoming more energy efficient, thanks in part to cloud computing (ZDNet) "We started because the Department of Energy made notice they were going to start regulating," certification engineer Justin Prosser said. He noted that data center giants such as Amazon are innovating faster than standards can keep up. Every data center operator may dream of having the resources of a Facebook, Google, or three-letter agency, but few can achieve it. "The datacom cooling industry changes very quickly," Prosser said. "Our members are following them, following their customers, and building whatever products meet their needs." "Quickly" is relative to the pace of government regulators, Prosser acknowledged. The Department of Energy is using standards from 2007; it's unclear when or if the department will adopt AHRI's 2016 version. Messages to a department spokesperson were not returned this week. A similar situation exists for Ron Jarnagin, leader of the ASHRAE 90.4 standard for data center efficiency. He said his formation committee recently disbanded due to completing its work, and will soon be replaced by a maintenance committee to determine how the standard is working and to help it gain industry traction. So far there's not enough involvement from data center owners and operators, he said. "Part of the issue when you're trying to do this kind of stuff is you've got people out there like consulting engineers, vendors, and people like that [but] the people that own these data centers are pretty astute about what they're doing, what works and doesn't work," Jarnagin observed. If industry bodies aren't careful, "We could end up with a standard that really wasn't right with them and may in fact cause problems for them." Vertiv—the former Emerson Network Power, one of the data center cooling industry giants—recommends that modern data centers keep their air temperature in the low 70s, compared to the mid-50s a decade ago. The past few years have seen this dramatic change, explained Vertiv's JP Valiulis, vice-president of product strategy and marketing. New technologies include machine learning, which lets cooling products talk to each other. This year Vertiv will expand access to the machine insights so that data center administrators can get alerts through a mobile app, he added. SEE: Ebook—IT leader's guide to the automated enterprise (Tech Pro Research) How much any of this matters to real-world data center operators is open for debate. As long as the equipment works, do they care about standards? "They used to," said Pete Sacco, a consultant and data center owner in Oakland, New Jersey. "It is important to them because it is the faith they can have that some governing body has said it's safe to operate that way. That being said, how to execute that is all over the map today." Particularly in co-location data centers, "It's important because the perception is that cooler is better. The answer is that's not the case," Sacco continued. In his own non-shared data center, "I allow it to go up to even the 80s, and I don't care. In the 20 years I've been operating I've never had a failure due to heat."