Dwyer Instruments, Inc. was recognized for excellence in product design in the 14th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News Magazine (The ACHR News). An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 81 entries. Three Dwyer products stole the spotlight this year: the PredictAir™ Application Software; the Series AVUL, Air Velocity Transmitter; and the Series 490A-HKIT, Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer. ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.
The PredictAir™ Application Software was the Gold Award Winner in the Contractor Services and Software category, while the Series AVUL Air Velocity Transmitter was the Gold Award Winner in the Testing and Monitoring product category. The company’s Series 490A-HKit Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer was the Bronze Award Winner in the Electronic and Hand Tools category.
News Publisher Mike Murphy stated:
These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.
Dwyer Instruments Group Product and Marketing Manager, Michael Chhutani stated:
The Dwyer team is grateful to ACHR News for recognizing these products for their innovative designs. This is the fourth year in a row that we have received a Dealer Design Award; keeping with our tradition of launching new products to meet the needs of our customers and the needs of the markets we serve.
When the HVAC industry expressed a need to reduce the time needed to balance a system, Dwyer Instruments, Inc. responded with the PredictAir™ Application Software (used with the Dwyer SMART Air Hood® Balancing Instrument). The PredictAir™ Application Software library of diffusers allows the user to correct for system errors by adjusting the calibration of the hood to the type of diffuser that is being used on that job. Traditional hoods are calibrated on a single diffuser style. Because different diffusers direct air in different directions, air flow measurements can be from 3% to 50% off and out of tolerance. Contractors using this traditional method have to correct for this inaccuracy by taking traverse readings and developing a K factor to correct for system error. By using the PredictAir™ Application Software, technicians save time by no longer taking traverse readings or completing lengthy calculations for each diffuser type on a job.
The Series AVUL Air Velocity Transmitter was created due to both contractor demand and company innovation. HVAC contractors preferred the ease of installation of a thermal-based air velocity transmitter; but, were unable to use this type of technology on many projects due to high costs. Dwyer worked with HVAC contractors to determine the specific application requirements and developed a velocity sensor that improves manufacturability while maintaining a cost point that will allow thermal-based sensing technology to be integrated into more HVAC projects.
The compact size of the meter and valve make the Series 490A-HKIT Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer more ergonomically friendly than similar meters on the market. It is easy to use with simple menu navigation. Several pressure ranges are offered up to 500 PSI, which allows the meter to be used in even the tallest of buildings. The cost-effective pricing of this meter is 30% lower than most tools. Most important is the improved resolution, which moves the decimal point in the bottom 10% of the range to give extra resolution at the lower end. The unit has digital dampening which helps steady the reading, even at a fraction of an inch of water column. The resolution and ability to measure higher pressure ranges eliminate the need to bring multiple meters on a jobsite.
Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 24, 2017 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals. For more information and further coverage, please visit achrnews.com.