The YORK® Sun™ Choice 15-27.5 ton rooftop units provide greater flexibility and simplified service, while reducing commercial building operating costs.

Johnson Controls Addresses Consumer Demand for Innovative, Efficient and Future-Ready HVACR Technologies at the 2020 AHR Expo

February 19, 2020

Johnson Controls showcased its unmatched portfolio of advanced, sustainable and future-ready HVACR solutions at the 2020 AHR Expo (Booth 3833) Feb. 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Johnson Controls booth was centered around the company’s new brand focus – ‘The power behind your mission’ – which reinforces its commitment to advancing the safety, comfort and intelligence of spaces and places to power its customers’ business goals.

“The HVACR industry is constantly evolving and Johnson Controls is well-positioned to meet changing consumer demand with more efficient, sustainable and smart-ready products,” said Jeff Williams, president, Global Products, Johnson Controls. “The 2020 AHR Expo brings together a collection of our latest and most advanced products to help simplify building management, increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.”

New technologies on display included:

The YORK® Sun™ Choice 15-27.5 ton rooftop units provide greater flexibility and simplified service, while reducing commercial building operating costs.
The YORK® Sun™ Choice 15-27.5 ton rooftop units provide greater flexibility and simplified service, while reducing commercial building operating costs.

YORK® Sun™ Choice: The new 15-27.5-ton commercial rooftop units exceed Department of Energy (DOE) 2018 regulations by up to 25% and surpass future DOE 2023 part-load standards by nearly 10%. The units feature a lightweight design that is up to 33% lighter than existing Johnson Controls models and up to 22% lighter than competing products.

Large-tonnage commercial rooftop units: The new series of 27.5–50-ton commercial rooftop units provide class-leading performance to deliver comfort without compromise – all in a cost-effective package. The units are Smart Equipment™ enabled and provide seamless integration with leading building controls systems, including Verasys®, which helps maximize control for greater efficiency, extended equipment life and reduced operating costs.

New Communicating Zoning System: YORK® launched the new Wi-Fi-enabled Hx™3 communicating zoning solution, offering a range of devices to build systems supporting up to eight zones in homes resulting in maximum efficiency of equipment. The communicating zoning system can be controlled on the equipment, individual room thermostats or remotely controlled on the upgraded Hx™ Pro mobile application. When paired with this new technology, YORK® Affinity™ Variable Capacity Systems are smarter, more connected, more efficient and more reliable than ever before. The Ducted Systems group also featured the 2020 AHR Innovation Award-winning YORK® TL9E Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnace.

Metasys Release 10.1: The latest version of the Metasys building automation system (BAS) includes an award-winning Cyber Health Dashboard and a new family of Network Engines to help drive system performance and cybersecurity. An exclusive first look at Metasys enhancements that will be available later this year were also on display, including new supervisory and equipment controller models and fault detection, and fault triage capabilities.

The Johnson Controls building automation team also exhibited next-generation hardware for Facility Explorer, including a brand new supervisory controller, a new family of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) for critical environments and other additions to its robust building automation portfolio as part of the recent EasyIO acquisition.

PENN Connected Refrigeration: This new tool leverages the cloud, IoT, mobile applications and data analytics to provide real-time data to optimize commercial refrigeration system efficiency, performance and reliability. It’s a cost-effective solution to ensure food stored in refrigeration equipment is always safe.

Johnson Controls featured a wide range of commercial and residential thermostat controls. Designed to help occupants efficiently and easily manage indoor comfort, the LUX portfolio provides a commercial line of thermostats of all types – from mechanical and pneumatic to smart Zigbee and zWave controls – to fit almost any project. Pros could see first-hand the simplicity and design of the LUX line of smart thermostats, including the KONO Smart, KONOz and KONOzw, CS1, GEO and the award-winning LUX P series of programmable thermostats, as well as the latest Johnson Controls TEC3000 and WT4K for commercial applications.

HVAC Designer: This new web-based tool speeds up the HVAC systems design process by assisting with many time-consuming tasks necessary to design a complete system, such as a rooftop system with Verasys controls. The tool can import loads from diverse sources, create your schematics, automatically complete industry-standard HVAC calculations, guide product selections that meet system performance requirements, and create project documentation.

Hitachi multi-module water source VRF heat pump and heat recovery systems: The new multi-module systems are the largest capacity water source variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems in the industry – ranging from 6-48 tons – and offer the capability of connecting multiple single-module units.

A new development for the award-winning YORK® YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller was announced at the show. Launched in early 2018, the YZ is the first chiller fully optimized for ultimate performance with a next generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant. The YZ offers outstanding efficiency, an impressive operating map, sustainability and a low total cost of ownership.

Johnson Controls Innovates Wrap-Around Heater Exchangers for a Compact Air Handler Footprint: With the growing need for energy-efficient dehumidification methods, Johnson Controls has developed an integrated wrap-around heat exchanger option exclusively available in YORK® air handlers. The result is a compact design offering a significant footprint reduction vs. alternative systems. Wrap-around heat exchangers offer dehumidification benefits for many HVAC system applications including schools, hospitals, laboratories and gymnasiums. Manufactured on the same line as other YORK® AHRI 410-certified coils, Johnson Controls guarantees the performance and reliability of the entire system without need for onsite installation or additional manufacturing lead time.

Johnson Controls Companion: This personal occupant app combines temperature and lighting control, space reservation, desk usage, way finding, helpdesk, ticket request and mobile access/e-badge management to enable the workplace and workforce of the future. The easy-to-use app gives occupants more control while making buildings smarter and more efficient.

Johnson Controls Enterprise Management: This advanced cloud-based platform is machine learning-enabled and allows users to monitor and manage building operations data, space utilization, tenants, equipment and systems from a single pane of glass. An advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) engine, predictive capabilities and integration with preferred work order system provides quick and measurable ROI.

Smart Connected Chillers: Evolving from preventive to predictive condition-based maintenance, Smart Connected Chillers provide machine learning-enabled, value-added analysis, including vibration analysis, to aid in early detection of machine faults with proactive recommendations to make smart decisions around equipment performance.

FMS-2000 Critical Environment Controller: Triatek® displayed the latest addition to the critical environment controls portfolio, the FMS-2000 Critical Environment Controller. It features a larger five-inch-high definition touch screen with increased font size that makes verifying temperature, pressure and humidity easier across operating rooms and other critical spaces. An updated interface will provide a consistent user experience across Johnson Controls products, and users can customize which parameter(s) to display on the screen.

Two different password-protected access levels provide facility managers and healthcare staff with the peace of mind that certain settings are only accessible to approved staff. The FMS-2000 can control and monitor up to six parameters across four rooms, which makes it a cost- effective choice. It includes the patented Safety Halo™ edge lighting that provides 360˚ of color-coded status visibility. The FMS-2000 seamlessly integrates with Metasys and Facility Explorer, and will be available globally in 17 languages in March 2020.

Service and Maintenance: Johnson Controls offers the industry’s most comprehensive options for service and maintenance of HVAC equipment and controls in North America, including both smart-ready Johnson Controls products as well as competitive products.

Johnson Controls also offered educational presentations addressing key trends in the industry, including the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey. Clay Nesler, vice president, global energy and sustainability for Johnson Controls, unveiled findings of the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI). The annual survey tracks current and planned investments, key drivers and organizational barriers to improving energy efficiency in facilities.

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