AHR Expo 2019 Aftershow

The AHR Expo 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia definitely didn’t disappoint when it came to showcasing new products. Here are some of the must-see innovations from booths that we visited at the show.

Kolbi Pipe Markers

For 48 years, The Kolbi Pipe Marker Co. has been a specialized manufacturer of pipe markers, valve tags, engraved signs, and other mechanical identification products. Every month, Kolbi produces over 10,000 engraved nameplates of all sizes and material. With outstanding quality, service and simplicity, the decision is easy: Keep it simple with Kolbi. Please visit kolbipipemarkers.com.


Navien introduced the new NFC series stainless steel fire tube combi-boilers. This innovative product will be available in two sizes, NFC-175 (175,000 BTU/H) and NFC-200 (199,900 BTU/H), with enough heating input for up to a 3,500 square-foot home and continuous domestic hot water supply for up to three bathrooms. Best applications include retrofits and new installations in single- family homes, multi-family houses, and light commercial buildings.

Stiebel Eltron’s

Company namesake, Frank Stiebel, was on hand for this year’s AHR to talk about Stiebel Eltron’s PSH wall- mounted water heaters. The PSH-20 Plus storage water heaters are wall-mounted to free up space which is perfect for today’s down- sized living environments as well as large-scale homes that want hot water delivered quickly. A proven European design, the small size of the PSH-20 Plus allows installation close to the tap for both energy and water savings.

Taco Comfort Systems

John Barba, trainer extraordinaire, was on hand at the Taco Comfort Systems booth this year to talk with one-on-one contractors about the great line of Taco products on display. One of those products, the Hot-LinkPlus-e, is a new, high efficiency, instant hot water system that bundles the 006e3 ECM hot water circulator with Taco’s award- winning SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control® and a bypass valve, creating an instant hot water system that is perfect for retro-fit applications – no dedicated return line is necessary. The SmartPlug learns hot water usage patterns and delivers hot water only when needed.

Bradford White Water Heaters

Bradford White’s InfinitiTM K Series of tankless water heaters is “the smarter way to go tankless”. Using STEADISET technology, it keeps water temperature consistent and virtually eliminates the “cold water sandwich,” with no internal buffer tank. It also features SRT (scale-re- duction technology) for better per- formance, longer operational life and lower maintenance costs vs. conventional tankless. The series delivers efficiency up to .96 UEF which helps maximize the financial benefits of choosing tankless.

FastPIPE Version 18

FastEST, Inc has recently released their newest version of their award-winning estimating software – FastPIPE 18! With new features, faster takeoffs and calculations, optimized screen layouts, improved graphics made for high-definition monitors, and more. Visit fastest-inc.com/FastPIPE to learn more!


The Rheem® booth was bustling at this year’s AHR with lots of interest in Rheem’s Commercial Tankless Water Heaters. They deliver continuous, dependable hot water to keep businesses up and running. Easily manifold up to 20 units to give businesses the flexibility and redundancy to meet their daily needs without the worry of downtime. Commercial Tankless Water Heaters from Rheem save
space, increase efficiency and give businesses peace of mind. For more information, visit https://www.rheem.com/products/ commercial/water-heating/ tankless/

Legend Valve

Between show related speaking engagements, Bill Werthman could be found in the Legend valve booth discussing the newest innovations by Legend Valve. Legend Valve offers a full line of innovative products for plumbing, commercial, industrial and radiant / hydronic applications. Legend is an industry leader in manufacturing of HyperPure® PE-RT potable water tube in Auburn Hills, Michigan. HyperPure is a Biomodal Polyethylene, Raised Temperature (PE-RT) tubing. It is the first flexible plastic hot and cold potable water tube that is 100% recyclable. Brands: HyperPure®, VersaTherm®, QuickTherm®, LegendFlex®, Legend Hydronics®, LegendPress®, DownstreamThinking®, LegendConnectTM