ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 1, 2015

This week’s ControlTalk NOW introduces several new products from KMC Controls and Functional Devices; interview coverage of KMC’s Erich Kreuter and JCI’s Guy Holden; Belimo’s Lars van der Haegen’s appointment to CEO Belimo Group; The Smart Grid’s ADMS report; and the concluding events of Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory, EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan’s 2020 — 100 billion sensor prediction and the Q&A session that ended the 3rd Annual CCC.

SiensMounting a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body. This short video shows you the tools you will need and steps to take to correctly mount a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body: 599 Series Valve Body, SSA Electronic Zone Valve Actuator, Small Flat Blade Screwdriver, and a 3 mm Hex Wrench.

JimOCPart 6: Jim O’Callaghan at The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan brings his unique perspective too the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. Jim shares his thoughts on how the Building Automation Control World will look when the world goes from the 70 million sensors that exist today to the estimated 100 Billion sensors that will control and influence our world in 2020. Very compelling stuff!

SmartGrid12Increased Visibility to the Grid is Happening! Read How — Voices of Experience|ADMS. Consider the Cost of a Power Outage: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the $150 billion in annual economic losses because of outages is equivalent to adding 4 cents per kWh of costs to consumers nationwide.” — Annual Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Department of Energy. Excerpt from the Guide: “Considering that this is an era in which smart phones and Google Maps are ubiquitous, it may come as a surprise that utilities have very little visibility into their distribution systems.”

johnsoncontrolsJohnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions: Delivering World-Class Quality with Lower Costs. Guy Holden, VP & GM of Johnson Controls, Global WorkPlace Solutions Europe, Middle East, and Africa, discusses how the Facility Management (FM) industry is responding to demands for improved quality at a reduced cost. In response, some FM companies are specialized either in service delivery or strategic management, while JCI’s Global WorkPlace is investing in both.

RIB_WIFIFunctional Devices Introduces New Wi-Fi RIB Products. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK — EXPAND YOUR CONTROL — At Functional Devices, the Internet of Things is happening today! Functional Devices is very proud to introduce its new Wi-Fi RIB products! Functional Devices’ Wi-Fi RIBs are the I/O devices for the next wireless generation of Building Automation and Energy Management Systems. You can turn your devices on and off wirelessly, and monitor your network remotely.

EKreuterRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Erich Kreuter KMC Controls. In this episode Rob welcomes KMC’s Erich Kreuter and they talk all about the C words — The 5 C’s as defined by KMC’s new suite of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls that doesn’t use PC based software, rather an advanced technology with built-in diagnostics — that is designed to take labor costs out of a project. Check it out and be prepared to be amazed!

B_CEO2 Lars van der Haegen to Become New CEO of the BELIMO Group. Lars van der Haegen is the new CEO of the Belimo Group starting July 1, 2015. Lars van der Haegen has been the President of Belimo Americas and Member of the Executive Committee since November, 2010. Prior to that, he was employed by Belimo in various positions since 2000. Lars van der Haegen has a strong HVAC application and industry knowledge paired with master degrees in business from Columbia Business School in New York and the London Business School.

CCCSumThe 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory Finishes Strong with Summary and Q & A. Ken Sinclair’s group of Industry experts finished the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory with a compelling crescendo, then took the conversation to an even deeper level, as they answered several thought-provoking questions from the audience. Great job Ken, Marc, John, Andy, Jim, and Paul.

KenSinclair+IBconGet On Board! Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings March 2015 Theme: Creating Self-Learning Cultures. Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory has recently invigorated the HVAC and Building Automation industry’s interest with an open challenge to make our industry younger by attracting new talent and bringing these new employees up to speed quickly. Sadly, we lost the use of Star Trek’s Vulcan Mind Meld with the loss of Leonard Nimoy, but Ken’s autodidactic style of learning is indeed, a vital part of the future solution. As an industry we must think of how each of our organizations can leverage its existing resources, policies, collaboratories, and industry partnerships to create greater career pathways that will close the skills gaps faster and ultimately, sustain our industry.

Get On Board! Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings March 2015 Theme: Creating Self-Learning Cultures

KenSinclair+IBcon Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory has recently invigorated the HVAC and Building Automation industry’s interest with an open challenge to make our industry younger by attracting new talent and bringing these new employees up to speed quickly. Sadly, we lost the use of Star Trek’s Vulcan Mind Meld with the loss of Leonard Nimoy, but Ken’s autodidactic style of learning is indeed, a vital part of the future solution.

Yet, even this intentional paring away of general knowledge to specific knowledge served on self-consuming trays of wearable, digital, video, and other IoT-ed support — still requires the creative transfer of our industry’s knowledge trust, much of which is esoterically held. As an industry we must think of how each of our organizations can leverage its existing resources, policies, collaboratories, and industry partnerships to create greater career pathways that will close the skills gaps faster and ultimately, sustain our industry.

More from Ken Sinclair’s Automated Building’s March Issue: How do we create them? How do we use them to increase the value of our only assets our people?

Our February editorial Growing our only Asset our People How do we motivate them to be curious?, passionate? generated lots of interest and comments from the industry much of which was captured on social media. Thanks for your interest and input please read the Amazing Response to Feb Editorial

To achieve the ability to grow our assets, our people we need to create a self-learning culture within our companies and communities. For the last year I have been exploring ideas in my editorials on how we might achieve this. Some of these editorials are; Autodidacticism, Creating Your Collaboration, The “I of Me” of IoT, and Education for Your Vocation

I have become obsessed with how do we grow our industry younger and create self-learning cultures because I believe this is our only future. I have also learned that these younger minds need not learn everything we know because much of what we all have done as an industry and a lifetime is create standards, protocols, and best practices. They only need to know which of these worked well and move on from there. Experienced folks in the industry need to relearn how to teach in the IoT world. We need to learn how these younger folks learn because they are our only asset for growth. We need to get inside their heads, learn how to use all the communication mediums of our time…yes, the complete myriad of social media platforms…yikes never thought I would say that, but it is true.

Automated Buildings March Articles:

Haystack Connect Technical Program
Haystack Connect Organizing Committee

ASHRAE what comes to mind?
Tom Phoenix, President, ASHRAE

Last Month in the Automation Ballet
Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Wireless Communication Standards for IOT
Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies

Buildings to Campuses to Cities and Beyond…
Melissa Topp, ICONICS, Inc

Moving Controls from a CapEx to OpEx
Mike Welch, Control Network Solutions

Trojan Horses Bearing BACnet Logos
Matt Schwartz, Altura Associates

Powering the Edge to the Enterprise
Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy

Dedicated Smart Building Networks
Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo Networks

Systems Convergence
Todd A. Finnegan, ACS Services, LLC

Optimized Control Strategy for Operation
Alan F Stewart, Stewart Engineering Services

IP Video Surveillance Tipping Point
Allan McHale, Memoori

Lars van der Haegen to Become New CEO of the BELIMO Group

B_CEO1Belimo Holding AG in Switzerland announced last December that Dr. Jacques Sanche, CEO, will leave the company at the end of September, 2015. As CEO and President of the Group Executive Committee, Jacques Sanche has influenced and shaped the development of the Belimo Group considerably since September, 2007. During his term in office, the company has grown continuously and further expanded its leading position in damper actuators and control valves. He has decided to take on a new professional challenge and is leaving the company at his own request and on the best of terms.

B_CEO2As successor of Dr. Jacques Sanche the Board of Directors has appointed Lars van der Haegen as new CEO of the Belimo Group starting July 1, 2015. Lars van der Haegen has been the President of Belimo Americas and Member of the Executive Committee since November, 2010. Prior to that, he was employed by Belimo in various positions since 2000. Lars van der Haegen has a strong HVAC application and industry knowledge paired with master degrees in business from Columbia Business School in New York and the London Business School. The Board of Directors has started the search for his successor.

The Belimo Group will continue to keep its profitable growth strategy and further position itself as an innovative market and technology leader.

BelimoThe Belimo Group is a world leader in the design and manufacture of damper actuators and control valves used in commercial HVAC systems. Known for its direct-coupled actuator and innovations in pressure independent control valve technology, Belimo has solutions to maintain an efficient building environment. For 40 years, Belimo has provided innovations in Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Safety Solutions to customers throughout the world, all of which are backed by Belimo’s unsurpassed 5-year warranty. For more information, contact Belimo at 1-800-543-9038 or visit the website at www.belimo.us/americas.

The shares of BELIMO Holding AG have been traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1995 (BEAN).

Functional Devices Introduces New Wi-Fi RIB Products

RIB_WIFI2 EXPAND YOUR NETWORK — EXPAND YOUR CONTROL — At Functional Devices, the Internet of Things is happening today! Functional Devices is very proud to introduce its new Wi-Fi RIB products!

Functional Devices’ Wi-Fi RIBs are the I/O devices for the next wireless generation of Building Automation and Energy Management Systems. You can turn your devices on and off wirelessly, and monitor your network remotely.

Sweet-spot applications and specs for the next-gen Wi-Fi RIBs include: On/off control throughout network for parking lot lights, air handling units, unit ventilators, boilers, chillers, and motors.

Model RIBTW24B-WI-N4 On/off/monitor control with results throughout network for temperature, humidity, current, flow, pressure, level, and proximity. Model RIBTW2401B-WIUI-N4 24 VAC/DC power input, 20 Amp Relay

Fill out this form to download our Wi-Fi RIB User Manual.

Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions: Delivering World-Class Quality with Lower Costs

Johnson-Controls Guy Holden, VP & GM of Johnson Controls, Global WorkPlace Solutions Europe, Middle East, and Africa, discusses how the Facility Management (FM) industry is responding to demands for improved quality at a reduced cost. In response, some FM companies are specialized either in service delivery or strategic management, while JCI’s Global WorkPlace is investing in both.

Improved quality at a reduced cost from Lyonsdown on Vimeo.

Increased Visibility to the Grid is Happening! Read How — Voices of Experience|ADMS

smart_grid1 Consider the Cost of a Power Outage: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the $150 billion in annual economic losses because of outages is equivalent to adding 4 cents per kWh of costs to consumers nationwide.” — Annual Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Department of Energy

February 23, 2015: What is it really like to deploy an advanced distribution management system (ADMS)? In February 2014 the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability formed the ADMS Working Group to collect the experiences, insights, and lessons learned from utilities implementing ADMS. The discussions from the Working Group are captured in a guide called Voices of Experience|Insights Into Advanced Distribution Management Systems.

Excerpt from the Guide: “Considering that this is an era in which smart phones and Google Maps are ubiquitous, it may come as a surprise that utilities have very little visibility into their distribution systems. Most systems still rely on breakers to disconnect the lines in the event of a fault, customers to call in to report an outage, and line crews to find the effected circuit and restore power. However, this may be changing.

Today, a number of utilities are implementing advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), a software platform that integrates numerous utility systems and provides automated outage restoration and optimization of distribution grid performance. ADMS functions can include automated fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR); conservation voltage reduction; peak demand management; and volt/volt-ampere reactive (volt/VAR) optimization. In effect, an ADMS transitions utilities from paperwork, manual processes, and siloed software systems to systems with real-time and near-real-time data, automated processes, and integrated systems.”

Utilities that have deployed smart grid technologies have learned lessons and gained insights along the way—sometimes the hard way—that can be applied to new projects as well as existing projects that may be expanding or are presenting challenges. The hope is that sharing this information will help other utilities overcome or avoid some of the challenges these first adopters identified and be able to deploy their own ADMS successfully and efficiently.

ADMS Working Group Guide Summary: (Note:This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under contract No. DE-AC36-08G028308.)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided unprecedented opportunities to learn from smart grid implementation.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE), in partnership with electric utilities that received ARRA funds, convened a series of Regional Smart Grid Peer-to-Peer Workshops. These were designed to bring together utilities to engage in dialogues about the most compelling smart grid topics in each region. The meetings offered a platform for smart grid implementers at all stages of project deployment to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Realizing the benefits of bringing utilities together to share their experiences, in February 2014 DOE OE formed the ADMS Working Group by assembling a leadership team of representatives from the utility industry with the mission to collect the experiences, insights, and lessons learned from implementing these systems. This guide is the result of a one-day meeting held at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas, in May 2014 that was followed by a series of conference calls about specific aspects of ADMS, interviews with individuals leading ADMS projects at their utilities, and a final small group meeting at San Diego Gas & Electric in California in October 2014. The information in this guide came directly from the people in the industry on the leading edge of transforming their distribution systems.

Although the working group included more than 40 people and represented 30 utilities and organizations, the following were key contributors of their experience:

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
CenterPoint Energy (CPE)
Austin Energy
Duke Energy
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

We hope that sharing this information will help other utilities overcome or avoid some of the challenges these first adopters identified and be able to deploy their own ADMS successfully and efficiently.

Download the final report.

Additional Information:

U.S. Electric Utility Industry Statistics Number of Electricity Providers % of Total

Publicly Owned Utilities ……………2,008 ……………… 61.4%

Investor-Owned Utilities ……………..202 ……………….. 6.2%

Cooperatives ……………………………..877 ……………… 26.8%

Federal Power Agencies …………………9 ……………….. 0.3%

Power Marketers ……………………….173 ……………….. 5.3%

TOTAL 3,269 100.0%

Mounting a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body

SiemensThis short video shows you the tools you will need and steps to take to correctly mount a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body: 599 Series Valve Body, SSA Electronic Zone Valve Actuator, Small Flat Blade Screwdriver, and a 3 mm Hex Wrench.

599 SSA Valve Actuator Features and benefits include:

* Plastic housing
* Locking-proof, maintenance-free gear train
* Manual override with hexagonal socket wrench 3 mm
* Reduced power consumption in the holding positions
* Load-dependent switch-off in the event of overload and in stroke end positions
* Parallel operation of 6 SSA31.., 24 SSA81.. and 10 SSA61..possible, provided the controllers’ output is sufficient
* Terminal block connectors for customer made cables available (only for use with AC 24 V and AC / DC 24 V
actuators)
* Connecting cables with AC 24 V and AC 230 V connectors cannot be mixed up
* Halogen-free cables available

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending February 22, 2015

This week’s ControlTalk NOW continues with Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory video series coverage featuring two highly venerated members of the HVAC and Building Automation industries, John Petze, SkyFoundry and ESI’s Paul Oswald. Daryl Clasen gives a video overview of Loytec’s amazing product portfolio and the watch the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat winners: Honeywell’s RedLINK (Residential) and Scheider Electric’s SE8000 Series (Commercial) receive their awards. Wrapping the week up, Mike Newman, heralded as the Father of BACnet, shares his ControlTrends Hall of Fame induction award trophy.

John PetzePart 4: John Petze at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. See and hear what SkyFoundry’s John Petze has to say at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. John discusses the importance of making data revelant and useful to building owners. My favorite John Petze quote, in this rich and thought-provoking session, is “we should not get overly carried away with having all the devices talking to each other… they don’t really have much to say to each other.”

DarylProduct Review: Daryl Clasen reviews Loytec Building Automation Controls. We had a chance to catch up with Daryl Clasen, from Loytec, at the 2015 AHR Show. In addition to a complete line of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls, Daryl introduces us to the Loytec VAV controller with Smart sensor and some of the most gorgeous, flexible touch pad panels you will ever see. Check it out and let me know what you think in comments.

RogerLet the Good Temps Roll: Honeywell RedLINK Wins Thermostat of the Year! Honeywell’s RedLINK thermostat prevailed in one of the most heavily contested categories of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology’s ability to meet comfort needs and provide APP-connections that yield the greatest customer satisfaction (and expanded business opportunities), while offering an unparalleled array of accessory add-ons that increase the ease of connected installations.

HW_FD2Honeywell Q5024 Retrofit Globe Valve Linkage “Make Market” Update. The pricing for the new Q5024 linkages and accessories was inaccurately labeled in the recent product announcement bulletin. The pricing links in the bulletin 15-0004 referenced information that listed the pricing as “MADE market” when it should have been “MAKE market”. To get an accurate listing of MAKE market products, download the Dynamic Custom Price Book on the B2B. This has been updated to accurately reflect the MAKE status of each part. Click here for instructions on how to download the Custom Price Book.

Paul OPart 5: Paul Oswald at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. ESI’s Paul Oswald addresses the Skills Gap and the concept of People are a company’s most important asset. IoT has replaced the previous industry M2M buzzword, and some new technological concept will soon replace IoT, but people will remain — and represent the real and sustaining value of any company.

2014 ControlTrends Hall Of Fame Inductee H. Michael Newman.Mike NeumanCongratulations again to H. Michael Newman the father of BACnet on his induction to the 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame. To see Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, induct Mike into the Hall oF Fame click here. Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. H. Michael Newman recently authored Direct Digital Control of Building Systems: Theory and Practice.

SE TstatThe perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication! The SE8000 Series is a sophisticated addition to the Schneider Electric™ product portfolio of room controllers. With rich, customizable features, the SE8000 Series enables significant energy savings with accurate temperature control in any space. The SE8000 Series room controllers can be easily integrated into most building management systems (BMS). Remote monitoring and control of HVAC, lighting, and metering systems allow facility managers to ensure their building is always operating at peak performance.

Schneider Electric SE8000 Wins 2014 CTA — Commercial Thermostat of the Year

SE8000 The perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication! The SE8000 Series is a sophisticated addition to the Schneider Electric™ product portfolio of room controllers. With rich, customizable features, the SE8000 Series enables significant energy savings with accurate temperature control in any space.

* Elegant style combinations, designed to complement any decor.
* Touch screen interface, multi-language support, discreet occupancy sensor.
* Advanced control technology for powerful performance.
* Optimized automation features in a simple compact device.
* Simple, quick, and cost-effective installation.
* Built-in scalability and easy integration.

The SE8000 Series room controllers can be easily integrated into most building management systems (BMS). Remote monitoring and control of HVAC, lighting, and metering systems allow facility managers to ensure their building is always operating at peak performance.

Part 5: Paul Oswald at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory

ESI’s Paul Oswald addresses the Skills Gap and the concept of People are a company’s most important asset. IoT has replaced the previous industry M2M buzzword, and some new technological concept will soon replace IoT, but people will remain — and represent the real and sustaining value of any company.

Technology changes rapidly and sometimes radically. Technology is not and end-game. People must create value for customers with each new technology — to make buildings run better. Attracting new talent is critical. We spend too little time developing the next-gen talent and a lot of tribal knowledge is leaving the industry. This is not about technical training. Companies need to add talent development to their business models and use the IoT (sexy) technology to entice new talent to their organizations.