Coils-coolers-coatings-and-tubes expertise in one booth
(6 February 2015). With estimates putting 62,000 attendees at the 2015 AHR Expo held in Chicago January 26-28th, it is being called the largest AHR Expo ever. With one stop – to one booth – attendees had access to coils, coolers, coatings and tubes expertise from Luvata.
“In previous years, it has been reported that the show was the biggest or the best,” says Ed Rottmann, Vice President Sale Marketing and Product Development for Luvata Tubes division. “This year I believe it was.”
Rottmann sees a continued push towards smaller diameter tube from customers as well as equipment manufacturers. This trend supports the move to new refrigerants, especially higher pressure CO2 applications. Also, materials based solutions that improve corrosion resistance and drive down costs are a continuing trend in the HVACR industry. However there were also some indications that lower copper prices are causing re-evaluations in some areas.
“From a HVAC&R coatings perspective, we’re coating more microchannel coils than we have in the past.” adds John Chawk, OEM Sales Manager with Luvata ElectroFin. “It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.”
“Microchannel coils offer certain benefits, while traditional heat exchangers also have their place,” indicates Dave Anderson, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions division. “Luvata manufactures both, so we’ve been on both sides of this debate,” offers Anderson.
“From a cooler perspective, we’re still seeing demand for smaller diameter tube too,” confirms Mark Westphal, Director Sales & Marketing with Luvata Grenada. “The smaller diameter tube can withstand the higher pressures required by the new generation of environmentally friendlier refrigerants such as ammonia or CO2 while also reducing the charge requirements for hydrocarbons such as propane.”
Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services. Luvata’s solutions are used in industries such as renewable energy, power generation, automotive, medicine, air-conditioning, industrial refrigeration, and consumer products. The company’s continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 6,300 staff in 18 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as Siemens, Toyota, CERN and Carrier.