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 | November 9, 2015
Commonly known as wild radish, and a deceptively attractive flowering plant, its seed can persist for many years in a dormant state, making it one of the most difficult weeds to control. A survey by the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI), showed an increase in the number of Group B herbicide resistant populations from 54 percent (2003) to 84 per cent (2010). The survey also showed a jump in resistance to 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly known as 2,4 D from 60 per cent to 76 per cent. A survey, currently occurring across the grain belt, will provide scientists with more information on the resistance levels in wild radish populations. To add to the challenge of controlling the prolific weed, populations often showed resistance across multiple herbicide chemistries, AHRI senior research officer Mechelle Owen says. "While the 2010 survey was random across 14 million hectares of the grain belt, in this current study we will be collecting many samples from the same paddocks as 2010 to compare changes in resistance levels," she says. "In our 2010 study we collected 96 radish populations from the 466 crop fields sampled." The results of both the 2003 and 2010 surveys provide greater evidence of the importance of integrated weed management strategies on farm, particularly in regard to harvest weed seed eradication, Ms Owen says. "If farmers can't use herbicides, they have to look at other options, such as chaff carts, windrow burning, seed destruction, and also sacrificing crops if they have a really high weed burden," she says. Findings from the 2010 survey also indicated the radish was moving further south into the southern agricultural belt. The control of wild radish now rates as one of the top five weed challenges for WA farmers, Ms Owen says. Since wild radish can germinate at any time given adequate moisture, the plant can be a host for numerous other pests and diseases. At harvest time, the weed seed is difficult to grade out of wheat and lupin crops, since the seed is of a similar size. Explore further: Resistance evolution in weeds puts 2,4-D under the microscope More information: Mechelle J. Owen et al. Multiple herbicide-resistant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) populations dominate Western Australian cropping fields, Crop and Pasture Science (2015). DOI: 10.1071/CP15063
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 | August 2, 2016
The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (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 2017 show will be held on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev. 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. Las Vegas, Nev. www.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."