ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundry


Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at Sky Foundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Wether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults Sky Foundry enables the creation of “Sparks”( events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.
Sky Foundry has been nominated by the world wide ControlTrends Community for The Buildings Analytics Software of The Year Award.
Good luck to John and the team at Sky Foundry. Click here to vote for your favorites.

See Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite


Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay.

Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for the following applications:

• Provide power to Variable Air Volume (VAV) controllers
• Provide power to zone controllers
• Provide power to controllers in critical controlled environments

The PSH500A-LVC power supply isolates the high-voltage compartment and the low-voltage compartment to prevent possible electrical hazard, eliminating the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PSH500A is very very functional. And is another reason the world wide ControlTrends Community has nominated Functional Devices as a finalist in two categories: Peripheral Product if The Year and Vendor of The Year Small Manufacturer.

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The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything

Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat. Get your orders in now, rumor has it that the Donald wants them all.

Neptronic is nominated for several Controltrends Awards, so if you like what you see click here and show them some love.

Yaskawa: Bringing VFD Game to The ControlTrends Awards

For the third year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year.

Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

The Z1000 Variable Speed Drive is designed for building automation applications such as fans, pumps, and cooling towers [Read more…]

The Honeywell Smart Variable Frequency Drive Shows Up Big For 2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Competition

Not to be out done by anyone, Honeywell is back on track to compete for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Award. The Honeywell VFD was a winner at the 2012 ControlTrends Awards, watched ABB take the Award last year, and is anxious to take the trophy back to Minneapolis.

This video gives you some clues as to why the Honeywell VFD is so popular. In addition, Honeywell has created one of the lowest cost to install and setup drives in the industry. So if you are a fan of the Honeywell Variable Frequency Drive, make sure to vote and to reach out in comments and share your thoughts.

Johnson Controls in The Hunt For ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year

The 2014 ControlTrends Awards brings the very best in HVAC, Building Automation, and Energy saving products, controls, companies and people to Chicago. This year’s competition promises to be very exciting. The big question people are asking is can anyone unseat last year’s winner ABB for The coveted Variable Frequency Drive of the Year Award?

In this video, Ken Smyers finds out why many think Johnson Controls is poised to bring home the trophy. If you have experience with Johnson Controls VFDs reach out in comments and share with the rest of the ControlTrends Community.

Delta Controls Poised To Do Well at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards


Ken Smyers and I had the chance to meet some of the folks from Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics at the 2014 IBCON Event. Although neither of us handle the product line, we were impressed. Check out is video to see some of the reasons Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics are so popular and why they were nominated by the world wide controls community for so many awards. A special thanks to Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics for their Platinum Sponsorship for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.

Ecobee 3 In The Hunt for Thermostat of The Year

Not to undone by the likes of Nest or Honeywell, Stuart Lombard and his team at Ecobee have rolled out the Ecobee 3. Check out this product review by the folks at Connectedly. Ecobee combines a gorgeous design, sleek black color, remote sensors, and a new and improved set up menu make the Ecobee 3 a strong contender for the ControlTrends 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year.

CNET Reviews Honeywell Lyric

The 2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year promises to be a very competitve race. The Honeywell Lyric faces stiff competition from the likes of Nest, Ecobee, Entouch, and the Honeywell RedLink. Our friends at CNET give you their thoughts on the new Honeywell Lyric.

Introducing 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Nominee: Honeywell Lyric

Round is cool again! Honeywell introduced the T87 Round thermostats when Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend was but a mere tike. Round gave way to rectangular shaped thermostats and round stats got lost in the thermostatic style wars. It took a guy from Apple, Tony Fadell, to make round cool again when he introduced the Nest thermostat a couple of years ago.

Not to be out done, Honeywell, the original purveyors of round, packed over 100 years of Honeywell control know-how into the ultra cool Honeywell Lyric. Are the Honeywell Lyric and Nest the two front runners in the 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Award? Will round triumph over rectangular?

There is only one way to find out…stay tuned for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards.