Imperial Training

Imperial Training has been producing the finest HVAC/R training units to the educational market for over 30 years. They can be found in high schools, Career Centers, Community Colleges and Industry Training Centers worldwide. The series of HVAC training units includes everything from basic heating and cooling training systems to “Build Up” trainers and Technician Equipment packages.

Imperial® is a world renowned brand of specialty tools for HVAC/R service, tube working, electrical, automotive and industrial applications.

Our Mission: Provide Specialty Tools and Equipment to Make the Job Easier.

Our Goal Every Day: Always Exceed the Expectations of Our Professional Customers.

The Imperial® brand was founded over 100 years ago on the south side of Chicago with the formation of the Imperial Brass Manufacturing Company. Quickly establishing a reputation as specialists in brass, Imperial designers developed the non-soldering “flared fitting”, followed by the first patents for flaring tools and tube cutters. Over the years the Imperial name came to stand for excellence and innovation, and the product list grew to include tube fittings, tube working tools, refrigeration and air conditioning service accessories, and associated products in the fluid connector field.

In September of 1996 the Imperial® brand tools and accessories division was sold to Stride Tool Inc. of Ellicottville, New York. Under Stride Tool’s leadership, the Imperial brand has been strengthened and expanded to include not just specialty tools for HVACR service and tube working, but also for electrical, automotive and industrial applications. In 2004 a new facility was completed in northeast Ohio to centralize all manufacturing and administrative operations.

Thermal Engineering: In 2012 Stride Tool acquired Thermal Engineering Company of Mentor, Ohio and their line of HVACR service tools. The best of the Thermal Engineering offerings are now sold under the Imperial-Thermal name.


Imperial Training is now known as iConnect Training.

Fundamentals of Refrigeration Demonstrator

This refrigeration demonstrator (TU-420) uses the 4 main parts of the refrigeration system that demonstrate basic refrigeration principles.

This refrigeration demonstrator uses the 4 main parts of the refrigeration system (condenser, compressor, evaporator and control device) that demonstrate basic refrigeration principles. The components then work together to cool a small enclosed refrigerator compartment fully featured with an electronic temperature control device.

Basic Refrigeration Trainer

This training unit (TU-100) demonstrates domestic refrigerator and freezers, self-contained air conditioning units and reverse cycle or heat pump systems.

Sight glass tubes at inlet and outlet of evaporator and condenser constructed of explosion proof, tie-bolt design, stainless steel drip pans with drains located under each evaporator and condenser, uses popular, brand name components, color-coded valves, gauges and hand valves to bypass various components and change from cooling to heating (heat pump operation), conditions of refrigerant and oil can be observed under various methods of operation...

Commercial Refrigeration Trainer

This commercial refrigeration trainer is an advanced unit used to train students in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Sight glass tubes at inlet and outlet of evaporator and condenser constructed of explosion proof, tie-bolt design, cut-out and by-pass valves, hand valves allow malfunctions to be simulated, many control changes are possible, combination low pressure control and high pressure cut-out, thermostatic control with an adjustable range of –30°F to 100°F, 2 solenoid liquid line valves...

Industrial Refrigeration

This trainer enables students to learn principles of commercial and industrial refrigeration systems.

The Industrial Refrigeration (TU-155) trainer is a self-contained freestanding unit with storage space underneath. This trainer is ideal for teaching students the principles of commercial and industrial refrigeration systems.

Residential Air Conditioning

Real world experience in troubleshooting wiring, piping and controls of a working whole house air conditioning unit.

Imperial-Training provides a line of sophisticated training units that greatly aide in the teaching of Heating, Ventiliation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The Residential Air Conditioning Trainer (TU-206) can be purchased with frame assembled or in two parts. If ordered in two parts, the discharge and suction lines will need to be reconnected using the factory-supplied flare fittings and internal gaskets.

Basic Automotive Air Conditioning Equipment Package

Contains minimum test equipment necessary for performing experiments and tests with auto air conditioning trainers (TU-103 & TU-203).

Package contains: Digital Thermometer (Model SDT-40), Flexible PVC Covered Probe (Model D4109), 2 Way Manifold for R22, R134A & R407C (Model 521-CA), 5ft Hose Set & Adapters (3 hoses & 2 adapters - included with manifold Model 521-CA), Isolation Valve (Model 7584), Valve Core Depressor (Model 7025), Halogen Leak Detector Kit (Model HLD-1201), Reversible Ratchet Wrench (Model 127-C) and ACME Adapter Set

Electric Motor Technology Center

Hands on experience with different types of electric motors in various different types of circuits. Perfect for electric motor theory demonstrations.

Investigates in detail the fractional horsepower electric motor, examine its theory, construction, proper wiring and maintenance, 5 different types of motors: split phase, capacitor start, universal, shaded pole and hermetic compressors are provided with proper test equipment to determine their operating characteristics, performance, starting circuits and control, and their maintenance and troubleshooting, the center consists of a cabinet with instrumentation backpanel, special motor mounting base and quick coupler shaft adapter allow for instant hookup of auxiliary motors...

Forced Air & Hydronic Heating

HVAC Trainer for forced air and hydronic heating systems featuring featuring full-sized, completely operational components

The forced air and hydronic heating trainer provides demonstration and service practice with forced air and hydronic heating systems, including hot water heating systems. All components are full size, completely operational and are standard brands of equipment.