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ARI Changes Name of Air Filters Product Section, Elects Two New Directors
May 7, 2004
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The Board of Directors of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) recently approved a new name and expanded scope change for ARI's Air Filters Product Section, which oversees the development and maintenance of ARI Standard 680-93 "Residential Air Filter Equipment" and ARI Standard 850-93 "Commercial and Industrial Air Filter Equipment." The new product section will now be called the Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section.

"We changed our name in order to facilitate future growth and development of the section," said Eric Brodsky, chairman of the Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section. "Adjusting our scope to include manufacturers of ultraviolet light treatment equipment will help ensure that North American manufacturers of this equipment are positioned to be truly competitive in our global economy."

The newly renamed product section includes three separate subsections:

  • Mechanical Air Filter Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes a device that utilizes a filter media, which may or may not have a passive electrostatic charge, to mechanically remove airborne particulate, including particulate from biological sources, in residential and commercial heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) systems.
  • Electronic Air Filter Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes an electrically powered device that utilizes an active electrical or ionization field to impose a charge on the airborne particulate, including particulate from biological sources, that assists in removing the particulate from the air stream in residential and commercial HVACR systems.
  • Ultraviolet Air Treatment Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes factory-made devices that create light in the Ultraviolet wavelength for use either as a germicidal light to affect microorganisms on illuminated surfaces or in the air stream or to cause a catalytic reaction to break down contaminants in the air circulating in the ductwork of residential and commercial environments.

    In other news, ARI's Board of Directors announced the election of Tim Kraus, president of Manitowoc Ice, and Daniel L. Ellis, president of ClimateMaster, to serve as directors-at-large on the ARI Board.

    The new directors-at-large were elected to fill the remaining terms of Eric Evans of Copeland Corp. and Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. of Morrison Products, Inc., who resigned as ARI directors-at-large.

    Mr. Kraus's term as a director-at-large will expire in November 2005, and Mr. Ellis's term expires in November 2006.

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