Will you be among the 65,000 attendees that are expected to attend the upcoming AHR Expo in Chicago? The world’s largest HVACR marketplace got its start 86 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, but it has grown over the years into the event of the year for the industry. Attending industry professionals will come from every state in the union and 165 countries worldwide. They will be joined by more than 2000 exhibitors, who will come together to share new products, technologies and ideas. What kinds of new technologies? Take a look at the end of this article for just a sampling.
This year’s event will once again be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, from January 22-24. Most people in the industry are familiar with this Expo, commonly called “The ASHRAE Show,” but if you have never been it is hard to imagine the sheer size of this event. When we mentioned 2000 exhibitors above, we didn’t mean 2000 people. We meant 2000 different organizations, each coming to exhibit their company’s product offerings! That is why this international show, held only once every four years, exhibits at the nation’s largest convention center which has over 2,600,000 ft.² of exhibition space. Fortunately for the attendee, only about 500,000 ft.² of exhibition space will be needed for the HVACR show! If you are looking for new product lines to boost your company’s sales, or if you’re looking to change product suppliers, or just want to do some first-hand competitive and new product research, there simply is no other opportunity like this show. This is the granddaddy of them all.
Many people do not realize there is much more to this show than just the exposition. The AHR Expo is also a major educational symposium as well. There are over 50 free seminars offered on a wide range of topics, most lasting only 1 to 2 hours. In addition, The ASHRAE Learning Institute will offer continuing education courses where you can choose from half day to full day professional development seminars that offer professional development hour and continuing education unit credits.
Finally, if you have never been to Chicago this provides a great excuse to visit a truly world-class city. Take a stroll along the Magnificent Mile, one of the great avenues of the world, a 13 block stretch of North Michigan Ave. that runs from the Chicago River north to Oak St. Along the way you will see the famous Chicago Water Tower, one of the few structures to survive the great Chicago fire of 1871. From world-class museums (i.e. The Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum Of Natural History) to iconic sports stadiums (Wrigley Field) to taking in unprecedented views from atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, (Willis Tower) the “City of Big Shoulders” will quickly become your kind of town.
Did we mention that you can find nearly every type of food there is in Chicago, ranging from affordable to world-class cuisine? If you are not familiar with Chicago however, we will pass on a contractor’s tip which you will only find here. If you are looking for genuine deep dish Chicago pizza, there is only one place to go –Giordanos Pizzeria! Fortunately, you are not limited to just one location, as there are 18 scattered around the city and even more in the suburbs. The secret is for you, but just remember, you heard it here first!
Sample of Innovations To Be Seen at the AHR Expo
- A digitally controlled mixing valve that provides precise temperature control for domestic hot water applications
- A self contained HVAC system for hazardous locations, designed to prevent an explosion
- New bionic impeller technology with a special blade designed to ensure optimized airflow angles and reduced flow separation
- An oscilloscope for testing motor shaft voltages, allowing contractors to determine if motors are at risk of premature bearing failure
For more information, see September 14, 2017 ACHR news article.