Larson Electronics released an explosion proof portable air chiller with a 34-gallon water tank. The EPF-AC-30 from Larson Electronics is a hazardous location cooler that combines a fan and dry mist technology to cool Class 1 Division 1 work areas that do not have access to traditional air conditioning.
Johnson Controls introduced its new TEC3000 Series thermostat controllers. The company claims these direct hardware replacements for TEC2000 Series thermostats reduce installation time by loading all configuration files and parameters at once using a USB stick. The thermostats also offer rapid-speed commissioning by using the USB stick to commission multiple TEC3000s of the same model.
Spirax Sarco has released a range of desuperheaters that offer an effective solution for steam conditioning and enhanced thermal energy transfer. The company says its desuperheaters provide the answer when precise control and reduction of superheated steam temperature is required.
Fresh-Aire UV says it has introduced the industry's first UV light system designed for eliminating unhealthy, maintenance-intensive biological contaminants in healthcare industry compact countertop ice flakers and water dispensers.
NORD Gear Corp. has introduced the SK135E/SK175E soft start drive family, which the company says eliminates uncontrolled starting and mechanical strain on drive components. The starters are designed to be used in a distributed control system and can be mounted directly on the motor or near the motor
Armstrong Fluid Technology has introduced its Generation Three Design Envelope pumps featuring 33 advanced energy savings models ranging in sizes from 1 to 75 hp. All of these pumps are available for two- to 10-day express shipment.
Sensaphone® has upgraded its 1800™ monitoring system with a new keypad display and enhanced audio output. The company says the system provides cost-effective, 24/7 remote monitoring of environmental conditions and unattended HVACR equipment.
Milwaukee Tool has expanded its M12™ offering with the introduction of the new M12™ 7.8KP Thermal Imager. The company says the imager features the highest pixel density in its class and new DUAL SENSE™ pixel technology for superior definition of hot and cold details within the same image. Ideal for service professionals, the new Imager provides a solution for predictive maintenance or troubleshooting applications.
The new Premium Efficiency vertical stacked water source heat pumps (VSHPs) from Johnson Controls offers efficiency as high as 16.6 EER and up to 18.5 EER in ground loop (geothermal) applications. The company says the design allows for simple zoning, tenant metering, and building expandability.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.