Imperial Training

Imperial Training is now known as iConnect 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 TU-306 Refrigeration Diagnostic Center
    Equipment and diagnostic tools needed to troubleshoot and analyze small refrigeration systems
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    The Imperial TU-306 Refrigeration diagnostic center provides equipment and diagnostic tools needed to troubleshoot and analyze small refrigeration systems.

  • Imperial TUE-150 Residential Wiring Trainer
    Imperial TUE-150 Residential Wiring Trainer
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    This Trainer Panel is used to demonstrate electrical principles similar to those found in a residential dwelling. It also has provision for extensive switching and connection of lamps and outlets. The trainer has a 24 volt power supply that is used to wire and test all circuits After the instructor has approved wiring, 115 VAC can be applied using the key-lock circuit breaker control. The ability to use low voltage for testing and 115 VAC for final wiring is a valuable teaching aid.