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The Jan. And the show set a new record for exhibit space, with about , square feet - 5 percent more than the previous record, set at the AHR Expo, which also took place in Chicago.
There were 1, exhibiting companies, representing 35 countries, at this year's expo, nearly matching the levels of the show. Officials with many exhibiting companies said they were pleased with the turnout and traffic.
The unit is designed to be used in situations where conventional wired installation would be too expensive or difficult. Company officials say it beautifies the area around airconditioning condensers and heat pumps. Made from polyethylene, it is light, but not too lightweight, officials say. The Gripple Spider from Gripple Inc. Installing directly on wood forms or shuttering before the concrete is poured, it provides a ceiling attachment point from underneath.
It is ideal for HVAC, lighting, cable tray and other mechanical and electrical uses. The product is designed to reduce radiated noise with a loaded vinyl barrier and a scrimreinforced aluminum foil facing. It is available with a 1- or 2-inch-thick quilted fiberglass decoupler.
The facing has corrosion resistance and high strength, officials say. Spiro International showed off two of its machines. The Fittingshaper is a flexible machine made for mounting rubber gaskets to fittings in small volumes but with different sizes. Diameter ranges are from 5 inches to 50 inches.
It can be used with galvanized steel or stainless steel. The Spiro Shaper, also from Spiro International, is used to produce a rolled edge on non-gasket product. The company also says the machine handles any type of fitting, including saddles, bends and T-pieces.
Diameter ranges for the machine are from 4 inches to 20 inches. Stamped Fittings Inc. It eliminates the sealing of connections in spiral duct-using projects, saving labor costs and improving appearance, officials said. Majestic Steel USA, a distributor of prime, flat-rolled galvanized sheets and coils, unveiled the newest version of its mobile application for flat-rolled steel buyers: Unravel 2.
The second generation of the program includes features that Majestic says makes it easier for buyers to verify coil and sheet specifications using mobile devices such as smartphones.
Other features include the ability to weigh steel with a scale, convert gauge to decimals and figure out the number of sheets in a bundle. Our entire organization is focused on developing new ways to create added value for our customers," said Steve Chiles, chief marketing officer for Majestic Steel.
Flat-Rolled Steel Calculator application with new features, we hope to help our customers become better, more informed buyers. Dubuque, Iowa-based DuctSox was showing off SkeleCore, its in-duct cylindrical tensioning device that eliminates sagging and wrinkling in fabric duct.
The company says it is the first fabric duct tensioning device that maintains an inflated appearance even when idle and eliminates startup-related "popping" sounds. Lifts, machines The Series contractor lift was one of the new products displayed by Sumner Manufacturing Co.
With a foot height and pound capacity, the company calls it a "super compact, versatile lift at a great price. MultiCam of Texas was promoting its V-Series plasma machine. Officials say it is ideal for those looking for maximum value in sheet metal machinery. The unit can cut mild and stainless steel, as well as aluminum and brass. Hypertherm torch technology is included with all table formats.
Gripnail introduced its new Snap Stik spindle anchors. The anchors are manufactured and shipped in strips of five. Contractors can safely take them from the box and snap them apart for use.
The company says the products take up a third less storage than loose-packed anchors. They are all 12 gauge and can be stuck to a clean surface. The blanket is impaled on the spindle and a selflocking washer can be secured to the top.
The company said the table is an affordable CNC plasma table that eliminates time-consuming layouts. Tables are available in 5-foot by 5-foot and 5-foot by foot tables. A full HVAC fitting library with nesting is included and allows contractors to use 3-D graphics that change with data input.
A full standard library of shapes is available from squares, rectangles, rounds, ovals, triangles and more. It also has a amp power pack that can cut quarter-inch mild steel. An automatic torch height control is included.
Spray Design Polymerics provided information on its DP spray for sealing ducts. The water-based spray is now portable. It can be used to seal commercial and residential supply and return air ducts. The company says the spray has 75 percent labor savings, can be used in the shop or field, and qualifies for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credits.
The low-volatile organic compound solvent-based duct sealant can be used for sealing joints, seams and duct wall penetrations. It can also seal supply and return rectangular, round, oval and metal flexible ducts. The self-sealing spiral duct system converts spiral fittings, including elbows into SPIRAmir self-sealing fittings.
The company says the spiral machine is energy efficient and is capable of forming galvanized and paintable steel, stainless steel, polyvinylchloride-coated steel from 24 to 18 gauge, and aluminum. The machine also uses an ethylene propylene diene monomer EPDM "O" ring, which the company says is resistant to ozone, sunlight and aging.
Vermette Machine Co. The lift works like a forklift, and can be used in servicing counter top and wall-mounted ice and water dispensers. The lift can be raised to get under the device and to move it. It can hold up to pounds, and has a lifting height of over 67 inches.
Duro Dyne Corp. The FlipStix are self-adhesive insulation hangers with a self-stick base. One fastener can be used for insulation up to 2 inches thick. An optional extension can allow for the use of insulation or wrap that is 6 inches thick. The fasters are available in galvanized, aluminum and stainless steel. Duro Dyne says its new FlipStix can be shipped in a compact package of 10 boxes of sticks.
New insulation adhesives were also on display. The company has water-based insulation adhesives for bonding insulation material to metal. The Self-Stick Access Door from Duro Dyne is designed to help contractors have access to ducts for duct cleaning, examining equipment or troubleshooting equipment. Duro Dyne also introduced new screws, including Saber Screws for light- to medium-gauge metal. The screw has a sharper point to pierce the metal. Once the metal is pierced, the thread propels the screw through the metal without effort, according to the company.
Malco displayed its PEX stapler. The stapler allows the user to secure PEX tubing from a standing position. The staples can be fastened to either a wooden subfloor base or a base of foam board used with in-floor radiant heating installations.
Strips of 25 staples are loaded into the stapler, and can be unloaded in one stroke. Staples are available in different designs and sizes. Liner, wraps Armacell showed attendees a variety of duct liners and wraps. The company's ArmaTuff is designed for exterior applications, and is a combination of multi-laminate cladding material manufactured by Venture and laminated to Armaflex insulation. The ArmaTuff sheets and rolls have an embossed white surface that does not need to be painted, which the company says makes it ideal for exterior installation on ducts, tanks and pipes.
The insulation is available in inch by inch sheets or in inch-wide rolls. Armacell's AP Coilflex was also on display. The Coilflex is a duct liner that is fiber free and mold resistant.
It is made of soft elastomeric foam that conforms to the fabricated corners of a duct for placement. Armacell says the product is engineered for sheet metal shops, and is a cost-effective alternative that reduces the amount of time for cutting duct liner.
The product is also touted as noise reducing and water-based adhesive compatible. The QuickDraw is one of the newest products from Spinfinity.
The QuickDraw is a self-sealing closure band for the company's AccuFlange. The product is available for oval and round duct, and can be purchased in aluminum, plastic coated, and galvanized and stainless steel. Spinfinity's Hanger System can also be used with the QuickDraw. The welded brackets work with both strap and bolt attachment systems. Pate Co. The curb is designed to seal multiple pipes that penetrate any roof.
It is an all-in-one unit that needs only one roof opening. The company says it is leakproof, durable and works under all weather conditions. It comes ready to install and includes a roof curb, cap and boots for pipes.
Multiple units are available with a variety of cap packages. The machine seals the ends of ductwork with a film helping to stop contamination while it is on the way to a jobsite.