Summer — the season of family trips to national monuments, lazy days at the beach and camping — will soon be behind us. Besides the end of construction season for the northern one-third of the country, the seasons’ change brings us another welcome sight: tradeshow season. There’s still time to make plans to attend fall events like AWT, WEFTEC or RETA, or to begin to make the case to attend AHR Expo and the annual conference of Cooling Technology Institute.

To help you accomplish the former — making plans to attend AWT, WEFTEC or RETA — we’ve included show previews for each in this issue. Learn about the planned technical conference programs as well as insight into products on exhibit on the tradeshow floor by turning to page 34.

Hailing in Orlando for 2020, AHR Expo attracts as many as 2,000 exhibiting companies showing every kind of heating and refrigeration system — including industrial process technologies. (Admittedly, much of the equipment on display is designed for comfort cooling, commercial and residential applications.) To help you target those showing products intended for industrial process, the show organizers have developed a robust exhibitor search on their website and app.

Concurrent with the AHR Expo exhibits, endorsing associations and other industry groups present more than 50 free seminars. If you’re heading to AHR Expo on February 3-5, look for Process Cooling in Booth 3043, alongside other publications from BNP Media.

By contrast to the wide focus of AHR, the annual meeting of Cooling Technology Institute concentrates on industrial water cooling. Technical presentations primarily focus on issues related to evaporative heat transfer such as cooling towers and cooling water treatment. The event will be held February 9-13 in Houston.

While the it’s a bit early for CTI to share its 2020 technical program, at its most recent conference, 29 technical papers were presented related to engineering standards, maintenance, thermal performance and water treatment. In addition, seminars were held for owners and operators of heat rejection equipment as well as an “Ask the Expert” session. CTI also hosts a one-day exhibition event during its conference.

I look forward to seeing many of you at these shows! If you’re going to be there — or want to suggest a show Process Cooling should attend — drop me a line, anytime.