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As previously announced, Lynxspring’s new high-definition, 7″ touchscreen display is now available. This display has a wide range of use in HVAC, lighting, energy, commissioning, troubleshooting, servicing and IoT user experiences. The intuitive, easy-to-use Lynxspring TSD 7 has been priced to match the economics for use in small building environments and for multiple-display points in larger environments.
It is ideal for managing operating parameters of systems including setting values, monitoring equipment and system status, viewing alarms and taking needed action. The unit is compatible with all JENEsys® and JACE® Controllers, Onyxx® devices and most web-serving controllers and IoT devices, regardless of manufacturer or protocol. It is also ideal in Niagara environments.
Honeywell announced that it will appoint former long-time company executive Roger Fradin as the Chairman of the Board for the Homes and Global Distribution business spinoff announced last year. Fradin will start immediately to help Homes transition into a separate, stand-alone business.
“In Roger Fradin, we are appointing a terrific leader to act as Chairman of our Homes and Global Distribution business once it separates from Honeywell,” said Honeywell president and CEO Darius Adamczyk. “Over many decades in the industry, Roger has forged an unparalleled track record of performance through his ability to connect with customers, anticipate their needs and drive the rapid introduction of highly desirable products. Roger’s experience, passion, technical knowledge, unwavering focus on serving customers, and ability to attract and motivate a highly talented workforce will ensure the Homes spinoff thrives as an independent company.”
“I am excited to partner with Honeywell once again, and even more excited to help build a fantastic public company that will encompass this well-established and successful product portfolio,” Fradin said. “Honeywell’s Homes and Global Distribution business is uniquely positioned to leverage its wide portfolio of Connected products and highly advanced software capabilities to generate tremendous innovation within the markets it serves. I have no doubt the new company will be at the forefront as a leading choice for consumers, a great place to work for employees, and an excellent investment for future shareowners.”
In October 2017, Honeywell announced its intent to spin off the Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, as well as the Transportation Systems business, into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies. The spins are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The new Homes and Global Distribution business will be in the home heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls and security markets, and a global distributor of security, fire, and other low voltage products. Based on Honeywell’s current view of the contours of the Homes and Global Distribution business and subject to finalization of the carve-out audit, the 2017 sales of the projected spin business were approximately $4.5 billion. The spin business is expected to have a high-yield credit rating and approximately 13,000 employees.
After a 17-year career with Honeywell, Fradin retired in February 2017 as vice chairman responsible for advancing the company’s merger and acquisition strategy. Before that, Fradin served as president and CEO of Honeywell’s former Automation and Controls Solutions (ACS) business group, a global leader in the development and manufacture of environmental controls, life safety products, and building and process solutions used in homes, buildings, industrial facilities, and public and private utilities around the world. Under Fradin’s leadership, ACS grew over a 10-year period by roughly 110 percent from an $8 billion, mainly U.S. domestic business, to a $17 billion global business. In addition, Fradin oversaw the completion and successful integration of 57 acquisitions worth approximately $7.2 billion. Fradin was the original founder of the Global Distribution business and ran the Security and Distribution business from 1976 until its acquisition by Honeywell in 2000.
This is the first Board appointment for the intended spinoff. A search is underway for a CEO, which will be a separate position, and that appointment will be announced at a later date.
We focus so much on BACnet these days that we sometimes forget about Lon. We still come across lots of government jobs that use Lon as their preferred network. One of the best kept secrets when it comes to Lon controls, is a company called Loytec. As you can see in this video, they make quality controllers and accessories. We have had very good success at Stromquist & Company with Loytec, and can speak very highly of the brand.
Did you miss all the excitement of this year’s ControlTrends Awards?
We will be streaming the entire show tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 8th at 8:00 PM EST.
Just come to controltrends.com and click on the post.
Check out this preview video to get a feel for what happens when the superstars of Smart Building and HVAC Controls Industry come together to celebrate the best of the best!
Congratulations to a Summit well done! Richard Newberry, Tim Vogel, and team KMC Controls delivered another three-part agenda of product and technical training, motivation and industry insight, and networking and entertainment in a compressed and energized two days of Genius Summit at Chicago’s luxurious Langham Hotel. The best news yet, is that KMC Controls is ready to share the majority of the breakout sessions that were filmed. They will be available in the coming weeks… stay tuned!
Moderator Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings, was joined by a panel of veteran industry experts: Marc Petock, Trevor Palmer, Troy Davis, George Thomas, and John Petze at the Sixth Annual Connection Community Collaboratory held at the AHR 2018 in Chicago. The session was very well-attended by a mixed audience of Manufacturers, Building Owners, Engineers, System Integrators, and HVAC Contractors — and began with each panel member giving an overview of their perspectives on a range of current industry topics such as IoT, Edge Devices, Edge Processing, and the impact of IoT micro-controllers — advancing into several highly interactive discussions. Ken Sinclair summed up the success of the collaboratory best: “In the past our sessions have primarily focused on software, analytics, and protocols. For the first time ever, hardware started to enter into the conversation with the likes of Raspberry Pi’s, Beagle boards, Amazon Echos, and Hey Google’s… a very interesting transition, which led to some extremely interesting discussions.”
Shakopee, Minn. – January 22, 2018 – Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc., a leader in power protection and management products, today introduced an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system designed to protect building and industrial controls and devices from power failure, interruptions, over-voltages and surges. The CyberPower BAS34U24V protects controller and server platforms, networking devices, data loggers, remote facility monitors, and other equipment from power disruptions to avoid loss of vital data and service failures. The UPS system is the first in a series of automation power-protection products to safeguard equipment within building automation systems (BAS), energy management systems (EMS) and other production-related systems which run smart buildings and factories.
CyberPower is launching the product at the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo for the HVAC and controls industries, January 22-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. During the AHR Expo, CyberPower will feature product briefings at booth #4058 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase at McCormick Place. The product is compliant to the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Division 25 standard for integrated building automation regarding facility controller backup.
The CyberPower BAS34U24V serves the growing shift from siloed building systems to an interconnected system of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors that collect and share data within and across portfolios. According to research by IHS Markit, there are more than 4.3 million IoT devices in use in the commercial and industrial electronics sector which includes smart buildings and factories, contributing to more than 27 billion connected IoT devices worldwide in 2017.
A UPS system engineered for control panels and edge networks
Designed for IoT technologies, the BAS34U24V is a UPS system featuring line-interactive topology to regulate voltage without having to switch to the battery. “Today’s smart buildings and industrial systems rely on computing and analytics placed close to the network edge. The CyberPower BAS34U24V protects connected edge devices on the plant or building floor, such as controllers and sensors, from damaging power events like surges, spikes and black-outs. The unit provides a continuous flow of clean power to ensure efficient building and equipment operation that, in turn, will flow clean data and analytics to maintain accurate building management,” said Tim Derochie, director of product management at CyberPower.
The UPS system provides DC power supply, surge protection and an internal, space-saving backup battery for long-lasting protection. Features of the CyberPower BAS34U24V include:
- Compact form factor and DIN rail mount allows for secure installations inside controller cabinets.
- A high density lithium-ion battery and an innovative electronic design with DC output yields an extended battery runtime of up to four hours at 80 percent rated capacity.
- SNMP internet-standard protocol provides critical information and alerts, such as remaining battery runtime and power conditions.
- Regulatory and safety certifications for the UPS system include UL 60950-1 and FCC Class B.
About Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc.
CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply systems, power distribution units, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers and connectivity products. The company serves customers in enterprise, corporate, industrial, government, education, healthcare and small office/home office environments. CyberPower products are available through authorized distributors and sold by value-added resellers, system integrators, managed service providers, select retailers and online resellers.
For more information, visit: https://www.cyberpowersystems.com/.