Yesterday marked the beginning of the 2019 AHR Expo – the leading Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) marketplace that brings together many of the industry’s senior leaders and experts to talk best practices, new technologies and trends in HVAC equipment and solutions.
In addition to the elaborate booths and product demonstrations, many of the leading HVCACR companies will be showcasing new, game-changing products and capabilities that could shake up the industry in the future.
To learn more about what attendees at this year’s Expo can expect, and to get an insider’s perspective on the technologies and trends evolving in the HVACR industry, we sat down with a number of the companies that will be showcasing their solutions at this year’s Expo. One of the companies that we had the pleasure to speak to before the show was Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies.
Parker Hannifin is demonstrating a number of its exciting HVACR innovations at this year’s Expo, and we sat down with Dave Thomas, the company’s National Sales Manager, to learn all about them. Here is what Dave had to say:
Modern Equipment Manufacturer (MEM): Can you tell our readers a little bit about Parker Hannifin?
Dave Thomas: Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 company and a global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers across a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. These include but are not limited to aerospace, climate control, electromechanical, filtration, fluid & gas handling, hydraulics, pneumatics, process control and sealing & shielding.
MEM: The HVACR and industrial/commercial equipment communities are gathered in Atlanta for the AHR Expo. What do you anticipate will be the big technology trends at this year’s conference?
Dave Thomas: Smart/connected technology will continue to be a focus. Technology that streamlines processes and drives efficiency and is in line with federal regulations. Technology that simplifies the installation and service of equipment.
MEM: What exciting news or announcements does Parker Hannifin have planned for the Expo?
Dave Thomas: Parker will be showcasing a number of HVACR technologies at this year’s event, including its new Advantage line of 2” High-Efficiency Mini-Pleat Filters designed specifically for HVAC applications.
The booth will also feature the ZoomLock Roadshow Truck which will have product demonstrations of Sporlan’s ZoomLock Flame-Free Refrigerant Fitting. In fact, helping the service technician understand what ZoomLock can provide them and their customers continues to be a focus. ZoomLock offers a leak-free solution that is significantly faster than brazing and allows technicians to work safer and get more jobs done.
MEM: We’ve increasingly seen a movement towards smarter industrial and commercial equipment. Is this a trend that Parker Hannifin is embracing? How is the company embracing IIoT and advanced sensors to make its equipment smarter?
Dave Thomas: Absolutely – you will see that many of Parker’s products have smart features or smart applications. For example, Sporlan’s SMART Pro/R Service Tools include wireless temperature and pressure sensors and a mobile app that allows HVACR professional to save time, store data and streamline processes.
This product is just one example of how Parker continues to create smarter solutions to give customers more freedom and flexibility.
Also, our new S3C case controller connects to our bluetooth app “TechCheck” allowing contractors and/or store managers to view the case parameters.
MEM: We’re also increasingly hearing about OEMs cloud-enabling their devices to harvest important operational data. Is this something that Parker Hannifin is implementing or planning to implement?
Dave Thomas: Parker has a number of products that allow users to harvest data collected to minimize downtime and maximize efficiency.
MEM: How does the company and its customers benefit from harvesting that data?
Dave Thomas: From our experience, companies often use the harvested data from our equipment to increase efficiency, automate processes, track proof of work for customers and generate reports, among other uses.
There are many different avenues for how the data can be used whether it is the manufacturer, distributor, service technician, and/or end user. For instance, an end user may be more focused on increasing energy efficiency while a service technician may need proof of work or generation of reports to aid in diagnosing system issues.
MEM: What does the future of equipment ownership, equipment maintenance and equipment operation look like? How will these things evolve as new technologies develop and are implemented?
Dave Thomas: With respect to equipment maintenance and operation, the future appears to be more about simplicity, security and safety. Reduction in the amount of time needed for installs while at the same time improving safety are key to our industry.
ZoomLock is a great example of how the elimination of brazing reduces the amount of time needed to join refrigerant copper tubing while eliminating the potential risk of starting fires. Connected devices using bluetooth apps such as our S3C Case Controller can reduce the time needed to service equipment while allowing technicians to see case parameters right on their phone. The future is simplicity, security, and safety.
To learn more about Parker Hannifin, click HERE.