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Fujitsu’s new Floor-Mounted Heat Pumps Operate at Extra-low Ambients

Fujitsu General America introduces two new lines of high-efficiency, floor-mounted mini-split heat pump systems with heating that operates at ambient temperatures as low as -15°F (RLFFH line), or -5°F (RLFF line). Efficiency ratings are as high as 26 SEER. The small indoor units were developed specifically for residential and light commercial retrofit applications, ideally to replace standing radiators or any space with limited upper wall space like a kitchen or sunroom. They are less than 24” high and 30” wide. Systems are available in 9, 12 or 15,000 BTU single-zone models or in multi-zone configurations. Heating capacity at low outdoor temperatures is achieved through the use of a large heat exchanger and a high-capacity compressor. RLFFH systems are equipped with a base heater that prevents condensate from freezing and features a cultivated base design that discharges melted water through many holes. All systems provide wide, two-fan airflow. The upper and ... Read More

Uponor, Inc. Invests in Upstream Technologies to Make Waterways Clean

Uponor North America (Uponor) recently announced it has purchased a minority position in Upstream Technologies, a New Brighton, Minn.-based company. Commercializing technology — developed in conjunction with the University of Minnesota — Upstream Technologies is involved in the stormwater management market and has introduced innovative products that significantly improve process and efficiency in these areas. The opportunity came to Uponor through its recently launched subsidiary Uponor Innovations LLC. "We are excited about this opportunity and although it is outside Uponor's core strategic focus, Upstream Technologies' products align with our sustainability goals and our vision of enriching people's way of life," says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. "Uponor believes companies play a special role in leading sustainability initiatives by producing products and services that make it convenient, affordable and effective to do the right things for the environment." One of Upstream Technologies' products to make waterways clean in an affordable ... Read More

Contractor Training Visit incorporates Motorcycle Ride from New Jersey to Utica

Bikers visit Utica Boilers Factory. Utica Boiler installing contractors from Saddle Brook, Wayne and Wallington, NJ were all welcomed by Utica Boilers on Thursday, July 17th for a two-day technical training event that wasn’t all work and no play. A number of the contractors traveled from New Jersey to Utica, NY by motorcycle for the factory tour and training event. The ‘Biker Gang’ event was organized by Utica Boilers New Jersey distributor Wallington Supply, Manufacturer’s Representative Howard Miller at ALTHERM, along with the team at Utica Boilers Technical Service Department where Mike Little and Todd Coonradt conducted the training. “It’s great when these guys get to do something they love, and also benefit from the training at the same time” said Scott Dam, Technical Service Manager at ECR International (Utica Boilers). “They will bring home skills and expertise that will help them in the field.” Each contractor received a special ... Read More

Uponor Receives 2014 Partners of Choice Award from David Weekley Homes

Uponor North America (Uponor) was recently honored with the prestigious Partners of Choice Award from Houston-based Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held home builder and the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building. Uponor is one of only 13 companies out of 200 David Weekley Homes' U.S. suppliers to receive the highly coveted "A,A" ranking for world-class excellence in both quality and service. The award is based on the home builder's elaborate supplier evaluation platform, which features their comprehensive National Trading Partner Survey. The survey is administered to approximately 800 team members from all levels of the David Weekley Homes organization, in which raters are asked to evaluate their trading partners on the basis of quality and service. Those companies that consistently rate in the top 20 percent of the rankings each quarter receive the "A,A" ranking for the year ... Read More

Uponor Names Jennifer Hauschildt Vice President of IT

Uponor North America (Uponor) has named Jennifer Hauschildt vice president of IT, effective Aug. 4, 2014. Hauschildt will oversee Uponor North America’s Information Technology team and Project Services Group, and will be a member of Uponor North America’s senior management committee. Her primary responsibilities will ensure that IT strategy, services, infrastructure and applications support Uponor’s business goals and objectives. "Uponor has been ahead of the curve in mobilizing our electronic presence, be it in back-end processes, on our websites or in online service delivery,” says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “The market continues to demand enhancements, and we need an IT partner who understands how we need to position ourselves to provide the best for our customers. Jennifer’s skills and experience in online service delivery will be an important differentiator for Uponor." Hauschildt has more than 20 years of experience in the technology field with progressing managerial responsibilities, most ... Read More

WaterFurnace introduces Envision2 NXW Chiller

Fort Wayne, IN – WaterFurnace International, Inc., the leading manufacturer of geothermal and water source heat pumps, has introduced the new Envision2 NXW Chiller, providing water heating and water cooling for a wide range of applications. Available in 10 to 50-ton capacities, the NXW will fit through most doors and features external fork truck lifting points for easy installation. Designed to perform to the highest standards in the industry, the NXW is used for pools, commercial aquariums, radiant floor heating, ice melt, chilled water applications, industrial process water, or to provide precisely heated or cooled water for fan coils or other applications. The NXW is equipped with a new and improved control box providing clean wiring and easy accessibility. The control box includes an emergency shutdown button and a user interface to aid in setup and diagnostics. The refrigeration circuit has also been updated with suction and discharge line vibration ... Read More

Taco Offers New Wiring for Hydronics Training

A new, free, online and self-paced training course is offered from Taco’s FloPro University. Trainer Dave Holdorf provides professional contractor FloPro Team members with an introduction to wiring residential hydronic systems. For new hands, or as a refresher for veteran pros, the course provides everything installers need to know. Holdorf covers all the essentials, beginning with the need to solve common system control challenges. It’s the first of several “Wiring for Hydronics” courses offered by Taco. In plain English, Holdorf explains the three parts of every electrical circuit and introduces learners to the variety of switches encountered and explains how relays convert 120 VAC current to the 24 V needed to control devices. Holdorf explains the basic electrical terms, circuits, how to use a multimeter and basic system troubleshooting. Participants also learn how to wire a Taco SR501 single zone switching relay, what to look for when buying a multi ... Read More

Modine Redesigns Airedale SchoolMate® Packaged Ventilation

Modine introduces the redesigned Airedale SchoolMate® water/ground-source heat pump packaged system. The SchoolMate offers efficiency, noise reduction and a small footprint, providing great flexibility for school installations. It is offered in six capacities, from 24-60 MBH in two cabinet sizes. A key improvement of the SchoolMate is the use of Modine’s patented CF® microchannel evaporator coil which replaces a much larger coil traditionally used in these types of systems. Combined with a reduced refrigerant charge and airside pressure drop, this allows extra space to be opened up for multiple supplemental heat exchangers such as a hot gas reheat coil, hot-water coil or electric heat elements – factory-installed in the SchoolMate unit. The result is a compact model that does not require a plenum for additional heat and reduced installation time. Other standard features include modulating, electronically-commutated fan motors; use of R-410A refrigerant; availability of combination energy recovery and economizer modules, ... Read More

Grundfos Expands Groundbreaking MAGNA Series with Four New Models

Grundfos announces the sales release of four new “small” MAGNA models for larger residential and light commercial applications. A video of these pumps in action is available on YouTube. All four models – MAGNA3 32-60, MAGNA3 32-100, MAGNA1 32-60 and MAGNA1 32-100 – are available in cast iron and stainless steel, and boast the same features and benefits of medium and large MAGNAs. They allow customers to minimize energy costs through best-in-class efficiency, as well as the reliability that comes with 40 years of pump experience and one million test hours. “Our customers demand more, so we endeavor to deliver products that not just meet but exceed their needs,” said Terry Teach, business development director for Grundfos Domestic Buildings. “Our customers will enjoy the simplicity and efficiency of MAGNA’s easy-to-use control interface and advanced operating modes, which include the adaptive intelligence of Grundfos AUTOADAPT.” Grundfos is the only manufacturer to ... Read More

Armstrong Fluid Technology Announces New Catalog of Hydronic Products

TORONTO…July 15, 2014 — Armstrong Fluid Technology, a leader and innovator in design, engineering and manufacturing of integrated solutions within the building oriented fluid-flow equipment industry, has announced a new Hydronic Solutions Catalog to help fluid flow professionals find and select hydronics solutions. Showcasing a host of new products as well as updates for over 75% of existing products, the new catalog is suited for the commercial and residential fluid systems industry. Industry leading products featured include the Compass range of energy efficient Design Envelope circulators, an expanded Astro Wet Rotor range, as well as Maintenance-Free S&H Series and Maintenance-Free Seal Bearing Assemblies. New material added to the catalog includes a replacement parts section that makes it easy to service installed three-piece circulators, featuring exploded view diagrams for ease of part identification, complete technical data for designers and convenient cross reference tables. As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainable ... Read More
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