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Inaugural Best Practices EXPO & Conference a Success

The inaugural BEST PRACTICES EXPO & Conference was held September 16-19, 2018 at the Chicago O’Hare Crowne Plaza and Conference Center. The event was produced by the publishers of Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine who said the event, Co-Sponsored by Chicago’s utility provider ComEd® and by the Compressed Air & Gas Institute, exceeded their hopes for the first-time event. “Attendance reached 750 confirmed attendees out of the over-all 950 registrants and feedback has been extremely positive,” said Show Producer Rod Smith. “The four primary attendee groups were Energy Managers from manufacturing plants, engineering firms and utility incentive program personnel, Sales Engineers and Managers from air compressor/blower/vacuum distributors and OEM’s of compressed air, blower, vacuum and cooling system technologies.”

BP EXPO PRESENTATIONThe Opening & Plenary Sessions included presentations from Leslie Marshall (General Mills), Dana Bolton (ComEd), Chris Gordon (Blackhawk Equipment), Frank Mueller (CAGI), Doug Barndt (Ball Beverage Packaging), Joe Maney (NTN Bearings), Walt Tunnessen (ENERGY STAR for Industry) and Rod Smith, (pictured-BEST PRACTICES).

The EXPO portion of the event sold out the entire exhibit space and featured 65+ exhibitors of compressed air, blower, vacuum and cooling system technologies.  Exhibit hours ran from 12-6 pm on September 17-18th with EXPO admission free-of-charge for qualified professionals. “We are very pleased with the experience and outcomes of this first BEST PRACTICES EXPO & Conference,” said Parker Hannifin Business Development Manager Allan Hoerner. “We have been very busy showing our new desiccant dryer and nitrogen generator technology to existing and prospective customers.” Compressed air technologies at the booths included oil-free and lubricated rotary screw and rotary vane air compressors, compressor controls, dryers, filters, flow and dewpoint measurement instruments, nitrogen generators, piping, lubricants and condensate management products.  At least ten booths featured blowers, rotary screw and rotary vane vacuum pumps, lubricants, piping and controls. There were also five cooling system technology products exhibiting chillers, heat exchangers and custom cooling systems.

Sullair BPExpo 2018Platinum Sponsor Sullair team members were excited to present the new LS Series and the new oil-free rotary screw air compressors.

The Conference consisted of four tracks running simultaneously for 2 ½ days featuring almost 100 speakers.  Speaking were some of the leading system assessment experts from the U.S. and Canada as were representatives speaking from the Compressed Air & Gas Institute, ComEd, Compressed Air Challenge®, Association of Energy Engineers, Department of Energy Better Plants Program, and ENERGY STAR® for Industry.  Leading Energy Managers from General Mills, Ball Beverage Packaging, Fiat Chrysler, NTN Bearings (to name a few) gave very motivational speeches explaining their investments in optimization projects.  Chicago-region air compressor/blower/vacuum/cooling system firms like Harris Equipment, Air Services Company, Fluid-Aire and Brabazon both exhibited and lent their expertise by speaking at the event.

                  Track 1: Compressed Air Supply Strategies

                  Track 2: Compressed Air Demand Reduction

                  Track 3: Blower & Vacuum System Optimization

                  Track 4: Cooling Systems & Energy Management

BP Expo SessionSystem assessment expert Don van Ormer, Air Power USA, leads the discussion in a Track 2 Session on Compressed Air Demand Reduction.

At the conclusion, the 2019 BEST PRACTICES EXPO & Conference was announced to be taking place October 13-16, 2019 at the Music City Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information please visit and for the Exhibitor Prospectus or Presentation Proposals please contact Rod Smith at email: or tel: 412.980.9901.