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Stride Tool Inc. Takes Gold for its Imperial iManifold

Press release date: July 30, 2014

GLENWILLOW, Ohio— Stride Tool was recognized for excellence in product design in the11th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 92 entries. The company's Imperial iManifold was the Gold Award Winner in the Electronic Tool category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, "These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions."

The Imperial iManifold 900-M is a digital refrigeration gauge. Using a smartphone or tablet as the user interface, the iManifold leverages the smart device processing power, communications, GPS, and other inherent features. With it, technicians can troubleshoot, charge, create reports, service and assess equipment performance. In addition, separating the device from the display with a 400-foot range allows the technician to be where he or she needs to be without being tied to a gauge set.

"Built-in onboard diagnostics allow an entry-level technician to be as productive as a seasoned veteran, and remote communications allow a service manager, factory support rep, or other field support representative to see the readings on the iManifold in real time and offer service advice," said Jim Bergmann, Stride Tool's New Product Development Manager. "It's like cloning the abilities of your tech support to multiple techs at the same time. Add to that the large number of accessories, including wireless probes with up to 500 feet of range and it's easy to see that no other product has the capability and functionality of this unique offering."

"The iManifold addresses the looming issue of massive HVAC technical workforce retirement in the next decade," said Bergmann. "It bridges the knowledge and skills gap between the entry-level technician and the seasoned veteran through remote connectivity, remote support, and onboard diagnostics to help solve problems quickly. Simply put, the iManifold connects an entry-level technician to years of experience."

This is an anchor product for Stride Tool and its Imperial brand, and a platform for many other new wireless probes and accessories that will expand the diagnostic capabilities of the tool. More information is available at and

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards are featured in the July 21, 2014 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Evans
Marketing Coordinator
(440) 715-4702

30333 Emerald Valley Parkway
Glenwillow, OH 44139-4394 USA
Phone: 440-247-4600
Fax: 440-715-4718


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