Mr. Jones’ Control Tip: Burner Ignition Basics

Mr. Jones has done it again! Check out his excellent training video on the basics of burner ignition control. Whether you have a hot water heater and a gas valve, a domestic boiler, or a huge industrial boiler the burner ignition basics are the same.

Basic Burner Iginition from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Nino DiCosmo on Why This Year’s Summit is Going to Be Great!!

The 2014 Niagara Summit is almost here!! It is still not too late to attend the Building Automation Controls Event of The Year in Las Vegas, April 27-29. Time is running out, so if you have not registered click here and do it now!!

One of the many reasons this is a must attend event is the opportunity to meet and rub elbows with the likes of Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves. As the president of Tridium, Nino will be sharing his vision for how Tridium will catapult the building automation business forward. Jenny Graves, VP of Marketing and Communications, will share ways to use social media to expand your business reach.

As a teacher of mine once said, “Nothing is obvious to the uninformed“, so make sure you get to Vegas and the 2014 Summit. And remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for all the great information and knowledge that you will take away from the 2014 Niagara Summit.

The Easy Way to Offload Your JACE’s Modbus Traffic

The following is from our friends at Contemporary Controls: April 2014 — Although the JACE has the ability to communicate Modbus RTU over one ofScreen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.54.36 AM its serial ports, Modbus points cannot be discovered like BACnet points requiring manual configuration of each Modbus register. By using external Modbus RTU to BACnet gateways, with pre-defined Modbus device profiles, configuration of Modbus registers is just as quick as configuring BACnet points allowing to greatly reduce the time to configure Modbus devices in the field. Our BASgatewayLX

— Modbus to BACnet® Gateway provides a 10/100 Mbps Modbus TCP or BACnet/IP Ethernet port and an opto-isolated Modbus EIA-485 serial port for Modbus RTU or Modbus ASCII devices. Up to 30 Modbus serial devices (represented by up to 1000 polled points) can share the single Modbus port on the BASgatewayLX.The virtual routing feature in the BASgatewayLX allows each connected Modbus device to appear as an individual BACnet compliant device which can save configuration time if using multiple identical Modbus devices. A device profile for each Modbus type device is needed and Contemporary Controls maintains a library of common device profiles. If one is not available, we will be glad to provide it upon request. In addition, custom device profiles can be uploaded to the BASgatewayLX. Using web pages and a resident database of common Modbus device profiles, Modbus data points from Modbus Serial or Modbus TCP devices can be mapped to BACnet objects.

Using Lynxspring Drivers to Control Building Automation Systems

Clayton Plymill showed the group at the Stromquist & Company Lynxspring lunch and learn how to use the wide range of Lynxspring drivers to be more competitive on retrofit building automation control jobs. Lynxspring drivers give contractors the ability to communicate and control different building automation control systems.

Submission Deadline For Tridium Awards: Jenny Graves Expains

One of the things that will make this year’s Niagara Summit epic is that for the first time ever Tridum will be presenting Achievement Awards. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!). With over 400,000 global deployments of Niagara in operation, 15,000 certified Tridium professionals and over 1000 Tridium developers, these new awards represent great opportunities for these businesses using the Niagara Framework to showcase their work! Submit your Innovation or Product form by April 14, 2014. Winners will be voted on by Summit attendees using crowd sourcing through the social media channels.

Deadline for submissions is this Monday, so get your applications in today !!

Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes of Control: Lighting it Up with Blue Ridge Technologies Pt.1

In this episode Rob Allen and Michael Bonner talk to Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control. As a result, installation and maintenance costs decrease while simple and complete building control increases energy savings. This approach provides more savings for less cost.

One More Reason to Attend the Niagara Summit: The Business Track

Las Vegas, April 27-29, The Niagara Summit will be the hottest show in town. See the products, meet the people, and learn about the technologies that make building automation controls work around the world. If that is not enough, add in this year’s business track and the Niagara Summit is a no-brainer. So register now !!

Mr. Jones Control Tech Tip: How A Maxitrol Gas Pressure Regulator Works

Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones breaks down the Maxitrol gas pressure regulator design and shows you everything you need to know to install and troubleshoot the Maxitrol straight-through gas pressure regulators.

Adding GM8 Energy Monitors to Entouch Thermostats

Stromquist & Company’s Dozier Mills shows you step by step how to add an Entouch GM8 energy monitoring module to the Entouch thermostats. Entouch Smart Thermostats not only provide great temperature control but do a great job monitoring energy consumption. Great job Dozier !! Keep the videos coming !!!