• April 2011 Comfortech Product Showcase Award / Products

    April 1, 2011
    At HVAC Comfortech 2010, 12 products were recognized as Product Showcase Award winners. Judges took into consideration the ease with which HVAC contractors can apply the technology, and the technical value of the product or service to the HVAC industry. ...

    At HVAC Comfortech 2010, 12 products were recognized as Product Showcase Award winners. Judges took into consideration the ease with which HVAC contractors can apply the technology, and the technical value of the product or service to the HVAC industry. We'll feature these products each month in upcoming issues of Contracting Business. This month, we're featuring Appion's Tez Speed System, the winner in the Tools category. For additional information on any of the products listed here, circle the appropriate number(s) on the reader service card at the back of this issue or visit www.contractingbusiness.com/freeinfo.html.

    Tez Speed System Gives Contractors a Quick Solution
    The Tez Speed System™ is a combination of the Appion Tez8 Vacuum Pump ™ and MegaFlow Speed Kit™. According to company sources, the Totally E Z Oil Management (TEZOM™) system of the Tez8™ vacuum pump makes it easy to monitor oil quality and helps the technician to identify and change wet or dirty oil. The technician can change the oil without topping the pump or losing their vacuum. The Tez8™ is air cooled by a custom high-speed turbine fan so the pump stays cooler and the oil stays thicker and seals better, longer. The clear debris monitoring tube prevents contamination from entering and damaging the pump. The debris tube is also a positive pressure relief to eliminate accidental oil showers. The Tez8™ also features an adjustable four-port input for easy connection and a garden hose threaded output for remote exhaust.

    The MegaFlow Speed Kit™ is four MegaFlow™ hoses, two vacuum-rated valve core removal tools, and one multi-port gauge manifold. All MegaFlow™ hoses are vacuum-certified and rated for use with all common refrigerants.
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    Irwin Tools' Announces the Universal Handsaw
    The most significant innovation of the Universal handsaw lies in the ergonomic positioning of the handle in relation to the cutting edge, company sources state. This handle-to-blade configuration is optimized to provide superior comfort and fast starts with less effort. In addition, the handle has a comfortable grip constructed from strong, lightweight, high-density resin, resulting in less hand fatigue. A finger rest contributes to user comfort and grip support.

    Combined with a unique handle angle, the triple-ground tooth design of the Universal Handsaw eliminates binding and allows tradesmen to use the entire length of the blade to cut through virtually any type of building material.
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    RIDGID® Introduces a New View-Only Inspection Camera
    RIDGID® introduces the micro CA-100 view-only inspection camera as the newest addition to its Hand-Held Diagnostic and Inspection product line building upon the heritage of its original view-only SeeSnake® micro™ inspection camera.

    The micro CA-100 inspection camera allows for more detailed visual digital inspections in hard-to-reach areas. The new larger 3.5-in. display atop its comfortable, pistol-grip ergonomic design with one-hand controls makes it easy to detect and diagnose problems.

    An innovative image rotation function eliminates any awkward hand positions, and allows for the image to be positioned for the best readability in any tight situation.

    The micro CA-100 comes standard with four adjustable LEDs in a rugged, waterproof 3/4-in., 17-mm anodized aluminum camera head on a flexible, waterproof three-ft. cable. The cable can be expanded to a maximum of 30-ft. with available extensions. The camera's viewing picture quality is focused and clear.
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    The Boa Closure System Guarantees Life-Long Fit for Red Wing Work Boots
    The patented Boa Closure System used on Red Wing work boots, is engineered to withstand the most demanding conditions and weather.

    Backed by the "Dialed In For Life" guarantee, Boa Technology is constantly creating and testing footwear closure solutions that provide all-day comfort, speed, security and reliability for the world's top manufacturers. Product testing and engineering plays a critical role in everything that Boa does to create and guarantee its technology.

    The Boa Closure System consists of a lace, a spool, guides, and a reel. Unlike traditional shoelaces that can cause uneven pressure due to friction when tied, the Boa Closure System allows the lace to equalize pressure around the foot, creating a customized, glove-like-fit that never comes untied. With one quick turn of the Boa reel, the shoe or boot is tightened and firmly locked in place where it will stay. Easy-to-clean, Boa laces, guides, and reels are designed to repel dirt and grime.
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    Aptora® Acquires State of the Art Smart Phone Technology
    Aptora Corporation announced it has acquired newly developed smart phone technology from 1AirDataLLC. Aptora licensed this technology but now has purchased the technology outright. Terms of the sale are beingkept private.

    1AirData is a leading developer of smart phone and mobile technology for devices such as iPhone®, iPad™, Android™, and BlackBerry®. The technology that Aptora has acquired includes a unique and proprietary method for creating fast secure connections of database servers with smart phone devices.
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    LAARS® Heating Systems Publishes Product Pocket Catalog
    LAARS® Heating Systems recently published its full line product pocket catalog. This 124 page, pocket catalog details LAARS’s entire line of residential and commercial boilers, combination units, water heaters, and storage tanks along with its controls, extension modules and interface modules. Professional contractors will find this catalog to be a useful tool while on the job. The catalog features all that LAARS® has to offer for the hydronic, radiant floor heating, volume water heating, and industrial process markets.
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    Updated Website from Bryan Steam
    Bryan Steam introduces its updated website at bryanboilers.com. The website features a new, user friendly design and offers complete specifications on boilers, deaerators, feed systems and boiler accessories. A boiler selector chart, literature, news, representative and contact information is also available.
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    Dwyer Instruments Introduces New Palmer Aero Type Differential Gauges for the HVAC industry
    Palmer Instruments Inc. announces the addition of the J-2000 Series of Aero Type differential pressure gauges. Designed with the HVAC industry in mind, this new series of gauges features a frictionless gauge movement. Palmer Aero Type gauges respond quickly to indicate low pressures, whether positive, negative (vacuum), or differential. Magnetic components of the spiral movement have been replaced with a rubber film, a sensitive component in measuring pressure. This design resists shock, vibration, and over pressures without fluid fill. The result is no difficulty with evaporation, freezing, or leveling that as found in other gauges.

    Featuring patented safe-slide pointers in green, yellow, and red, the J-2000 Series of gauges allows the user to set visible reminders of safe, warning, and danger ranges with this unique feature. Combined with the easy-to-read red tipped aluminum pointer, the gauge features excellent readability, even from a distance.

    The gauges are available in units of PSI, Pa, kPa, inches of water, millimeters of water, and centimeters of water. Choose from over 100 pressure ranges to meet the needs of your application. With specified accuracies as rigorous as ±2%, measurements are precise and reliable.
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    Multifunction Meter
    Dwyer Instruments, Inc. is announcing the release of its Emma Environmental multifunction meter. Humidity, temperature, air velocity, air-flow, sound and light measurements are combined in instrument. The large, dual-line 4-digit LCD display shows both the current and average reading. For reading measurements in dimly lit areas, the display has a built-in back-light. Besides measuring the current and average reading, the Model EMMA allows the user to read the minimum, maximum and differential measurement for each of the parameters. Included with the meter is the carrying case, rubber boot, battery, and tri-pod.
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    New Product Catalog available from Bacharach, Inc.
    Bacharach Inc. announces the availability of a new 44-page full color product catalog.

    The 2011 Bacharach Bluebook is available in both electronic and print copy formats. It features combustion analyzers, leak detectors, AC refrigeration and maintenance equipment, fixed gas monitors, safety and specialty products, accessories, replacement parts and service information.

    Included are Bacharach's newest products: PCA®3 Portable Combustion Analyzer; Tru Pointe® Ultra and Tru Pointe® Ultra HD, Tru Pointe® 1100 and Tru Pointe® 2100 Ultrasonic Leak Detectors; R22id and Pur-Chek™ Refrigerant Identifiers; Pur-Chek™ Pro Diagnostic Refrigerant Analyzer; Comfort Chek™ 500 Portable Air Quality Monitor and IEQ Chek™ Indoor Environmental Quality Monitor.

    For quick access to specific information, the catalog is divided into color-coded sections and products. Symbols indicating test and measurement instrumentation for Residential, Commercial or Industrial applications.
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