Flow Tech Demo Day Recap – We Ate, We Learned and We Networked
Flow Tech proudly hosted Demo Day on September 7th! The event was open-house style and was held from 10 AM to 3 PM with live demonstrations, interactive displays and tours. Attendees were able to explore a variety of HVAC and water/wastewater equipment, learn design best practices and maintenance recommendations. Guests also enjoyed networking, learning, food and raffle prizes.
Build Your Network
Attendees had the opportunity to meet and mingle with numerous A/E/C industry professionals including:
- MEP design engineers
- Mechanical and controls contractors
- Building owners
- Facilities personnel
The following organizations helped promote the event and were collaborating exhibitors:
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers CT Chapter (CT ASHRAE)
- Associated Builders and Contractors of CT (CT ABC)
- Construction Institute (CI)
- KMC Controls (KMC)
- Society of Marketing Professional Services CT Chapter (SMPS CT)
ABB’s Rolling Roadshow
ABB’s Rolling Roadshow is a tractor trailer exhibiting one of the most versatile types of equipment Flow Tech offers – the variable frequency drive. The roadshow is equipped with working ACH580 (HVAC applications) and ACQ580 (Water/wastewater applications) drives and motors.
With new and updated interactive demos and information screens, attendees had the opportunity to:
- Explore the portfolio of drives, from micro to DC and HVAC/WWW variants
- See the MV and ACS880 cabinet drives, in 3D printed form
- View the NEW All-Compatible drive display with ACS380, ACS480, ACS580, ACS880 and DCS880.
- Engage with the updated harmonic, energy, connectivity, Bluetooth etc. demos, fitted with ACS/H/Q and ABB softstarter products
- Learn how ABB Drives fit customer industries/applications on the consolidated slider.
Thermotech’s Thermowheel Trailer
The Thermotech trailer highlights the Thermowheel energy recovery wheel. Attendees saw the wheel in action, asked questions, and learned how this energy recovery solution can improve the comfort and safety of buildings while reducing energy costs.
Flow Tech Demo Lab
The Flow Tech Demo Lab showcases the engineered equipment and systems Flow Tech represents in one comprehensive HVAC system. We facilitated on-going Demo Lab tours throughout the day. For those looking to earn continuing education units in architecture or professional engineering, there was 2 Practicing Institute of Engineering- certified presentations held at 11 AM and 1 PM. Attendees earned 1.0 PDH/CE by participating. Below is an abstract of one of the presentations facilitated by Doug Ross of M.K. Plastics regarding exhaust fans in labs.
Abstract: Exhaust Fan Control Systems for Laboratories – Maintain critical design parameters, Minimizing energy consumption.
Engineers have a variety of approaches to laboratory exhaust design, from constant volume control to demand based static pressure control. Whichever control approach that is selected, the laboratory exhaust fan has the potential to be a major determining factor on your project’s energy footprint.
This presentation will cover what performance parameters will ensure the selection of laboratory fans for your project leading to more energy efficient laboratories. The selection process and what components affect the energy footprint will be reviewed. If your current selection process focuses on critical flow volume and 3000 fpm exit velocity, this presentation will present other factors to consider and demonstrate examples of why these factors will reduce the energy footprint of laboratory exhaust fans.
Food & Entertainment
Old World Pizza Truck fed guests’ appetites! Attendees enjoyed unlimited gourmet pizza, and mesclun salad with caramelized walnuts, cranberries and feta cheese from 12 PM to 2 PM. For dessert hand-scooped French ice cream, cappuccino or affogato, espresso was available.
Wondering what we mean by “gourmet”? Just to give you a taste, some of the gourmet pizzas included:
- Grilled asparagus, honey goat cheese, caramelized onions, & smoked bacon with a basil and cranberry drizzle
- Filet mignon, caramelized onion & roasted red pepper, with a horseradish sauce & basil drizzle
- A thin layer of oven roasted mashed potato, caramelized onions, smoked bacon & five cheeses
- Sweet Potato with caramelized onions, feta cheese and hot sausage.
- Mushrooms, caramelized onions and whipped ricotta with a drizzle of black truffle oil.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onions, smoked bacon with a balsamic reduction.
- Barbeque chicken with caramelized onions, feta cheese and fresh blueberries
- As well as: Eggplant rollantini, Escarole and White Beans, Broccoli Rabe and Sausage, Anchovy and Hot Pepper, Clams Casino, Shrimp Scampi Florentine and many more!
Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and lactose-free options were available.
DJ Scottie of Full Blast Entertainment Emceed the event and provided fun and light background music. You may have seen DJ Scottie at the past industry events including the CT ASHRAE 75th Anniversary Gala or the 2019 SMPS CT Marketing Communication Awards Golden Gala.
Thanks to some of our manufacturers and collaborating exhibitors we were able to raffle off the following prizes.
- Weber Tailgating Propane Grill and Stand | Sponsored by ABB | Won by Xavier Amos of Whiting Turner
- Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets | Sponsored by Thermotech | Won by J. Ben Quinn of Automated Logic
- Construction Instituted AEC Leadership Conference Registration | Sponsored by Construction Institute | Won by Davin Kendal a student at Lincoln Tech
- ‘End of Summer’ Basket | Sponsored by ABC CT | Won by Nick Sasso of MJ Daly
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We’d like to thank the 200+ attendees of Demo Day, our manufacturers, collaborating exhibitors and vendors! The day would not have been possible or a success without your support. Ready for more Flow Tech fun? Make sure to check your inbox for the 8th Annual Flowtoberfest invitation. Don’t see it? Contact Nichole Petersen to be added to the list.
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Nichole joined Flow Tech in 2013 as Director of Marketing. She leads our marketing communication initiatives including content marketing development, coordinating events and training, maintaining our digital presence and recruiting, as well as, some business development and office support. Nichole resides in Vernon with her husband Brian and two sons. She enjoys hosting parties, cooking and lounging on the beach.
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