How to Make Beer with the EASY IO FG Controller

In episode 2 of Control Pub Talk with “Mad” Mike Marston, Mike shows us the EASY IO FG 32 Controller being used in several unique applications. Want to make beer? The powerful FG32 is the control solution of choice for micro brewers in the know. Could you control vending machines with the EASY IO Controller? Watch this video and find out!

ProLon: The Easy Way to do Zoning

Are you looking for an easy to use and configure zoning system — that has the capabilities of a much more complex zoning system? We caught up with Angie Jarvis and the team from ProLon at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase and ProLon just might have the answer! Check this video out and see just how easy it is to set up a zoning system. Reach out to your local CGNA controls distributor and try ProLon on your next zoning job.

2015 ControlTrends Awards to be Held — January 24 at the Hard Rock Live!

ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2015 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 24, 2016, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, located at the door step to the amazing Universal Studios. Hard Rock Live is home to music history and a most befitting venue to celebrate the heroes and superstars of our HVAC and the Building Automation industries.

ControlTrends graciously thanks our sponsors for allowing us to make this special industry event possible. Platinum Sponsors and their invited guests will join ControlTrends in the John Lennon replicate #71 Dakota Suite reception area prior to the awards show. Special thanks to Zuleika Alvarez, Sales and Marketing Manager, for helping us take the ControlTrends Awards to the next level. Make your plans now to attend our industry’s exciting and prestigious event!

New Power Meter from Dent Instruments

It has been said that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure, and this is especially true when it comes to Smart Buildings and controlling energy. I had a chance to catch up with Tim Van Slambrouck from Dent Instruments at the 2015 CGNA (Controls Group North America) vendors showcase. Tim is the VP of sales and marketing at Dent, and shows us a very cost effective way to monitor power consumption. Check it out!

Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control with Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack

Young Gun, Rob Allen welcomes the incomparable Roger Rebennack to 7 Minutes in Control. Roger, one of the most knowledgeable experts in access and security systems, shares with Rob the 5 primary reasons building owners and facility managers need to integrate access and security controls to their Building Automation Control Systems now. But that’s not all, if you know Roger, sometimes known as the hardest working, most exciting man in building automation controls, you know that he will not be limited by any obstacles or time restrictions. Seven Minutes? I don’t think so! Be prepared to be educated and entertained by the one and only Roger Rebennack.

Ed Merwin at 2015 Realcomm|IBcon

Young gun, Rob Allen, caught up with “The Godfather” ( yes, he will make you an offer you can’t refuse), Ed Merwin, at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. What was the offer? Well, here is a hint, the number 4 is involved.

Ed gives Rob and update on Niagara 4 and his take on the conference. Did you know that the JACE 8000 won a DIGI award at this year’s RealComm/IBcon? Well, you do now. Congratulations to Ed and the team at Tridium. Good job Rob!

Siemens Now Offering BAS Sensors through CGNA Distributors

It use to be that if you had a Siemens Building Automation Control System you had to go to the Siemens branch to buy all your replacement parts, including sensors. Although you still have to go back to the Siemens branch or factory direct contractor to get your properitory Siemens Building Automation controllers, you now have the option of buying the communicating wall sensors from independent distributors like the ones in Controls Group North America.

Couple this with the fact that CGNA distributors have been stocking Siemens valves, actuators, non proprietary sensors, Siemens variable frequency drives and energy meters, and you can see that Siemens is empowering their customers with another buying choice for replacement building automation parts.
I like the direction Siemens is going.

Catching Up with Derek Cowburn from LumenCache

Jim Young introduced me to Derek Cowburn, and the concept of the DC micro grid, at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Jim believes that Derek has a technology that will radically change how we power devices. When the ever prophetic, Jim Young speaks, we listen.

Derek’s technology is in the mix of the green tech wave that is upon us. The greentech wave has changed all ends of the grid.High Voltage DC (HVDC) can be used to connect massive national grids together by resolving the AC phase synchronization problem. Data centers and mid scale solar arrays are using 380vDC. Without using Solar and Battery solutions Net Zero Energy (NZE) homes and buildings are a fantasy.Among other things, LumenCache provides the adaptive technology that allows Direct Current (DC) devices. LEDs, Solid State Lighting, and all electronic devices are DC internally to work with AC power.

Not all lighting solutions are created equal. With the advent of LED lights the game has changed. LED lights consume less power and last longer than traditional bulbs. To fully take advantage of the LED technology look at power source solutions, like those provided by LumenCache. The LumenCache platform replaces traditional 110V AC power distribution in buildings with a new standard more appropriate to the low power needs and digital capabilities of electronic devices like LED lights.

Many thanks to Derek. We will track this trend and keep tabs on Derek and LumenCache for the ControlTrends community.

Jim Young Recaps Realcomm|IBcon 2015 and Reveals the Next Big Trend in Smart Buildings

It was my great pleasure to catch up with the always prophetic Jim Young at the hugely successful 2015 Realcomm|IBcon Conference in San Antonia, TX. In addition to recapping the great event that he and his team orchestrated, Jim offers us a glimpse at what could be the next game-changing technology in Smart Buildings: DC Micro Grids.

Building Analytics Trends: Update with John Petze

I had a chance to catch up with (“Mr. Big Data”) John Petze at the 2015 RealComm IBcon conference. Who better than John, partner at Sky Foundry, and long time expert on building automation controls and smart buildings, to share his thoughts on the trends in building analytics.