The winners of the 2019 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition have been announced, which include Anvil International and Taco. Each year, products in 10 different categories are recognized for being some of the HVACR industry’s most innovative products, systems and technologies.
Winners were selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluated each award entry based on its innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. Winners from each award category will be formally recognized during the 2019 AHR Expo, Jan. 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta.
“Year after year we continue to receive entries that exceed our expectations. We congratulate these winners as leaders from across all facets of the industry and look forward to seeing these inventive solutions at the 2019 AHR Expo and in real-world practice,” said Clay Stevens, manager of AHR Expo.
Plumbing winner: Anvil International (Booth C6625)
The winner in the Plumbing category was Anvil International.
Innovation: AnvilPress Copper, Copper Press Fittings and Coupling Systems are designed with patented Visual Indicator technology that provides 200 percent more sealing surface than typical fittings for leak prevention. The system is built with a double-fold sealing characteristic and a replaceable O-ring seal design that supports superior pressure and tensile performance. Its Virtual Indicator and Burr-Stop membrane solve the top two causes of leaks: improperly pressed fittings and burrs on the tube that damage the O-ring during installation.
Software winner: Taco Comfort Solutions (Booth B2239)
The winner in the Software category was Taco Comfort Solutions.
Innovation: Taco Tags featuring eLink is a cloud-based support program that provides users with a web-based, factory-maintained knowledge base on their mobile device via NFC technology. The Taco Tag is an IC chip and antenna wrapped in silicone designed to offer durability under the most extreme conditions of heat and weather. It works using power from a user’s devices, eliminating the need for wires or external batteries. Each tag provides direct access to customer support, along with all vital information specific to each product, and is connected to the eLink cloud-based service system where users can store and access order information, product specifications, instruction sheets, suggested replacement parts, CAD files, technical support, catalogs, local sales representative information and project management.
See here for a complete list of winners and finalists of the AHR Expo 2019 Innovation Awards.