ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 21, 2014 from Valencia, Spain

BelimoControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 21, 2014 from Valencia, Spain. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Belimo, a listed technology company with a staff of close to 1400 worldwide. Belimo has developed, manufactured and distributed electric actuators for air dampers and valve technology for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems since 1975. With our comprehensive range of products, we have become world leaders in this specific market.

pan_logoPanoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webnar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions: New Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

KMC_FlexStat_ZoningVAV Zoning Made Easy! KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC):KMC has introduced a significantly improved system for either retrofitting older VVT-type systems or installing new light-commercial zoning systems. KMC’s Zone Equipment Control (ZEC)system consists of a special model of KMC’s award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control in their respective zones without the need for software. The new BAC-120063CW-ZEC FlexStat controls common commercial packaged unitary equipment and automatically switches between heating and cooling control based on local zone demands.

ecobee31New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!): Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most. Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven temperatures in the rooms that matter most.

EasyIO’s World Event Presentation Highlights: (ControlTrends gives special thanks to Anja Nilsen, from Bergen, Norway, for helping out with the photography and videography!)

realmadridGuido van Erp: Welcome and review of Agenda. Anyone who has coordinated a world-wide meeting on this scope can appreciate the prodigious preparations and successful delivery of dinners and golfing. The VIP executive business center inside of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real Madrid’s Soccer Stadium, was enough, but the tour of the locker room, walking the pitch, and sitting on the players’ bench, and the lighter than air portrayal of Real Madrid’s prolific history was absolutely amazing. The crescendo Flamingo guitarist banquet was truly a befitting finale!

Easy IO’s Mike Marston: The most advanced open controller to date, the FG-32+ Mega Beast product launch is around the 4th quarter’s bend, and EasyIO’s new VAV initiatives with Belimo are prefaced with “shock and awe” warnings, because the next version of the FG-32+ with its Belimo driver will be able to discover all the Belimo DCA’s on your MP Bus network. You heard that right.

Easy IO’s Lim Hoon Chiat: Speaking as one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents), EasyIO’s product road map opens the Linux side up for ambitious integrators, and there will be more memory, 3X faster processor speeds, and more drivers will be added to the existing tool sets. (C’mon… give everybody else a chance to catch up.)

Johan Schakenraad : CEO at EasyIO, Europe B.V: The Residential is the World’s first real BMS in a Box and Easy IO’s fast-track success in Europe — 103 partners in three years, has not been left to chance. Johan Schakenraad’s vast industry experience has traversed and converted many of the well-worn BMS integration paths with EasyIO and with his enormously talented team, Johan is looking anxiously across the waters.

Pedro Jorge, CTO at EasyIO Europe: EnOcean technology adds another fully developed technology to the EasyIO product offering. EnOcean opens up not only the Residential market, but the hospitality suite market as well. The days of intrusive installations are almost over — and the reductions to both the installation and operational costs are two of the most critical price drivers in an increasingly competitive market.

Barry Light, Fire and Ice, LLC: Special presentation on the EasyIO’s “Barry-App” for AON. The EasyIO FG-32 controller gave Barry, one of the leading experts on AON integration, HTML5, unceasing support through the critical path development phase, the additional memory and speed features he wanted, while eliminating the license issue and delayed support.

Sponsor Presentations:

telefonicaEmilio Martínez de la Fuente, Head of Smart Metering at Telefónica, the number one Spanish multinational corporation. Overview of Telefónica’s own green initiatives, and the massive project undertakings in Germany, Brazil, and especially the UK, where Telefónica was awarded the project that will smart meter 2/3’s of the homes in the UK.

BelimoBelimo’s Chris Jones and Tom Daenzer: First order of business was the opening of Belimo’s new 200,000 square feet production facility in Danbury, CT, facility, and the significance of the MP Bus story, that presents the realization — that every one of your Belimo DCA’s and Energy valves (which ALREADY have MP Bus embedded communications in them), means that when the integration moment is right, you’ll be able to add them to your network, using EasyIO’s FG-32+. As Belimo continues its partnerships, especially with EasyIO, it will continue to change the world of VAV’s and the best way to integrate buildings — conceptually, and one day, may include residential market.

innonRadu Petrescu, Innon: Engineering and Intellectual Elegance at its Finest. Innon provides “Analytics that engage with your business.” Innon helps your business seamlessly integrate data from different sources by providing the analytics tools to help you take the right actions, whether related to contractual obligations, or to simply improve internal efficiency.

Fidelix Reino Ederveen, (aka: the man with many degrees) Fidelix. Fidelix is a rapidly growing building automation and security systems developer. Fidelix, Finland has more than 95 employees, and has sales exceeding 14 million Euro (2013). Fidelix’s main office is located in Vantaa, Varisto and has regional offices in Turku, Tampere, Vaasa, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu. Fidelex’s advanced technology and service concepts are based on transparency (open protocols), and significant portion of their products are for export. Fidelix is actively developing products and services to meet the current challenges in the construction industry and to provide innovative products and services.

openBCMSChris Schneider, Open BMCS: Chris Schneider is a software engineer by degree, and a building integrations expert by trade. Open BMCS merges multiple technologies into an end-user first version of the typical one-size-fits-all integrations. Open BMCS is an open user interface system that provides all the features that systems integrators expect, with the additional value that end-users get what they want, instead of “this is what we sell.”

Wrap-up:

Unfortunately, there are so many people that we are missing, but the ControlTrends has many new friends from around the world from Norway to South Africa, from Wisconsin to Mombai, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet and listen to your important messages. Special thanks to H.W.Yu, Bryon Harp, Runar Solli, and Vinayak Sane, Elmark Environ, Bhartesh Jamdade, GMP Technical and the distinguished group of engineers from India. For those that we missed, please contact us ASAP, so we can add you to this post!

We filled up all of our memory cards at the event, so stay tuned for many more highlight videos from EasyIO’s Event that Brings Smart Building Control to the World!

New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!)

ecobee3Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most.

Smart, really smart! ecobee thermostats use thousands of data points to automatically make intelligent, and personalized heating and cooling decisions to save you money on energy costs, improve your home’s heating and cooling performance, and ultimately make you comfortable in your home.

Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven temperatures in the rooms that matter most.

Ecobee3_Box Whats in the box? ecobee3 thermostat, Remote Sensor
with detachable stand, Power Extender Kit (PEK), Screws and drywall plugs, Standard and large trim plates, Quick Start Guide, Installation Guide and wire labels. Warranty: 3 years

Review from The Verge: One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house. It’s not to brag so much as to explain why buying one of his company’s new $249 thermostats is as good of an idea as strapping $26,000 worth of solar panels to your roof. It saves, he says, about as much energy as the solar array by doing a better job at regulating indoor climate controls.

Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answer to Nest, the Ecobee 3. It’s a jet-black square with rounded edges that looks like nothing else the company has made before, especially its predecessor: a white box with a touchscreen that Ecobee sold patterned Gelaskin stickers for, basically to hide the thing.

By comparison, the Ecobee 3 is something the company wants you to stop and look at each time you walk by it in your house. When it’s not showing you the temperature inside your house, it doubles as a weather station, giving you the upcoming forecast. And just like Nest, Ecobee is pitching it as something that does all the scheduling for you, saving time and money in the process.

VAV Zoning Made Easy! KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC)

KMC2KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC) — VAV Zoning Made Easy!

KMC has introduced a significantly improved system for either retrofitting older VVT-type systems or installing new light-commercial zoning systems. KMC’s Zone Equipment Control (ZEC) system consists of a special model of KMC’s award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control in their respective zones without the need for software.

The new BAC-120063CW-ZEC FlexStat controls common commercial packaged unitary equipment and automatically switches between heating and cooling control based on local zone demands. The ZEC controller automatically discovers and communicates with the associated SimplyVAV controllers via the integral BACnet MS/TP network to provide integration of the entire system. Additionally, it can also provide a 0-10 VDC static pressure setpoint signal to an optional KMC CSP-4702 pressure controller used with the system for pressure bypass control.

KMC_FlexStat_ZoningA local VVT zone is converted to pressure-independent operation with the insertion of a KMC SSS-1000 series differential pressure flow sensor, and the local zone is operated by the SimplyVAV terminal unit controller.

With no software required, the ZEC system is quick and user-friendly to install and configure. Yet it also communicates with any Building Automation System using a BACnet network for monitoring and additional control options.

Take a moment to check out both SimplyVAV by KMC and our new Zone Equipment Control FlexStat today!

Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webnar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions

connexenergyNew Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

You will learn how you can use the joint solution to uncover new energy conservation and efficiency opportunities with your customers and prospects. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A session so you’ll be armed with all the information you need to start selling. Presenters: Anno Scholten, President Connexx Energy and Safi Oranski, VP Business Development, Panoramic Power.

Space is Limited! Click here to register

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 14, 2014 from Madrid, Spain

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventThis week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is EasyIO, who has taken a global leadership role in manufacturing of open source controllers and solutions. ControlTrends interviewed EasyIO integrators from South Africa, India, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, UK, the US, and many more countries that are taking part in this first edition EasyIO World Event — interspersing business, training, networking, and a little bit of you know what…

Join Special ControlTalk NOW guests Mike Marston, Lim HoonChiat, along with Terrance Hall from Johannesburg, and Johan Schakenraad and Guido van Erp, from the Netherlands as this one-of-a-kind discussion on the common trends and developments within the global HVAC industry, and the tremendous progress and commercial success of EasyIO as they strengthen their partnership channel with technology, quality, and personal commitment. Event features include EasyIO’s release of the FG-32Plus or Mega Beast, and Belimo’s VAV Controller with MP Bus, which will structurally change the European VAV market.

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineDeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available! Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications.

ISAInternational Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base. ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailFunctional Devices Introduces the SIB05S -Switch in a Box! Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.

bt300_3Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive: Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives. Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results. Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.

pendulum_book_bigAre You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia: The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail.

Ken and Mike WControlTrends Interviews UK’s Smart Building DALI Lighting Experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner. ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.

Are You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia

pendulum_book_big

The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail, because you weren’t in sync with the “Me”-“We” Pendulum cycles that operate with all the subtle certainty and force of time and gravity. McDonald’s marketing adherence to the Pendulum theory provides compelling testament.

Now that I get what the Pendulum says and operate as a newly converted Pendulumist, I examine most things through the Pendulum-lens for compliance, whether it’s a new product, new advertisement, new television series, or the latest multi-million dollar marketing campaign. It’s apparent that many of these new aspirations have not yet read the Pendulum.

Bear in mind that we are in the middle of a serious “WE-upswing,” that began in 2013 and is not particularly favorable to the individual and that it will be another ten years before the direction of the Pendulum reverses and starts downward towards the next “Me” swing with all its new implications. The Pendulum’s present state places a clarion warning out to avoid “Me-first style” marketing and tells us to be wary of witch hunts and other unsavory actions taken against “Me-thinkers” and “Me-things.”

Questions. If something is to be successful shouldn’t it be correctly oriented to current “We” sided thinking? No wonder there is so much reluctance and inherent resistance by certain people to partake in Social Media. They can’t get on board the social me-dia train because they just don’t like it, or doesn’t feel right. Maybe, if the whole social media culture had been in true synch with the Pendulum, it would have been called social We-dia, and everyone would be social wedia-ists, right?

Anyhow, what does the Pendulum have to do with the HVAC world? And what kind of insight does the Pendulum offer in the marketing of a smart, high-tech, data generating, talking thermostat? In this keen battle for domination of the smart thermostat market, there may be very good reason to pay attention to the Pendulum, and the manufacturer using the “We-style” marketing approach would seem to have a significant advantage over the other manufacturers who are using the ill-timed “Me-style” approach.

Now, let’s take a look at these thermostat marketing campaigns… And their successes…

Functional Devices Introduces the SIB05S -Switch in a Box!

sib2 Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Our goal is to provide high quality products for the most reliable and economical solutions to the needs of our customers, along with world-class support from our sales and engineering experts. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailSIB02S, SIB04S, RIB05S
Switch Ratings:
20 Amp Resistive @ 277 Vac
1110 VA Pilot Duty @ 277 Vac
770 VA Pilot Duty @ 120 Vac
20 Amp Ballast @ 277 Vac
10 Amp Tungsten @ 120 Vac
2 HP @ 277 Vac
1 HP @ 120 Vac

Notes:
• Switch position label can be custom printed according to your needs, simply consult factory
• Connection to Wht/Yel may be omitted if LED is not needed (SIBLS) *

International Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base

ISA125ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 72 establishes minimum requirements for inspection, maintenance and testing of fire alarm systems, including required qualifications for technicians and proper test methods and frequency of testing for system components. All senior ISA technicians have extensive fire alarm training and at least five years of experience. Supervisors are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) at a minimum of NICET Level II. A NICET Level II is an independent, journeyman-level engineering technician.

DeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available!

Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications. It will be held April 15-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL.

To be held in conjunction with the 2015 Internet of Things North America (IOTNA). IOTNA is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/control of devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. After a successful 2014 event in Milwaukee, the 2015 will be held in Chicago on April 15-16, and will be co-located with Webcom’s newest event: the Device Technology Conference.

– See more at: http://www.remotemagazine.com/internetofthings/#sthash.V3JzYVff.dpuf

IOTNA from Webcom Communications on Vimeo.

Market demands are calling for profound advancements in system intelligence, smaller size, low power design, connectivity, mobile applications and ergonomics to make devices that are smarter, longer lasting and more connected. This event will explore the strategies, solutions and technologies that product developers can employ to improve their existing products and create their next generation.

DeviceTech continued from above… There are a limited number of speaking opportunities available, so it is imperative that you submit your abstract by the October 23rd, 2014. Join other industry visionaries and speak at DeviceTech 2015, April 15-16, in Chicago. This event provides a forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Shannon Given, program manager, at 608-351-9245 or Shannong@WebcomCommunications.com.

DeviceTech 2015 Trade Fair will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Connectivity
Wireless Charging & Power
Energy Harvesting, Advanced Power Sources
Motion Sensing, Orientation, Tracking/Location
Security
Display, Interface and Lighting
Prototyping, Manufacturing & Assembly
MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems)
Advanced Materials
Product Development Strategy & Roadmaps
Certification & Testing
Shielding, Rf Safety
Data Acquisition & Analytics
Usability and Reliability

DeviceTech 2015 attendees will include Design Engineers, Product Developers, Materials & Component Suppliers, Carriers & Data Service Providers, Packaging & Assembly Professionals and Developers of Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC, Qi products, applications and tools.

IOTNA continued from above… Internet of Things North America will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Machine and Device Connectivity
IoT Standards and Standardization
Big Data: Data Acquisition & Analytics
M2M
Apps
Building a Business Model for IoT
Enterprise-wide Connectivity
Networking: Wireless, Wired, Fiber & Telemetry Networks
Cloud-based monitoring and control of equipment, assets, facilities & operations
Integrating Multiple Networks & Communications Systems for Maximum Interoperability
Remote & Smart Service Management
– See more at: http://www.remotemagazine.com/internetofthings/#sthash.V3JzYVff.dpuf

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Sep 7, 2014

LynxspringWelcome to ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending September 7, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring technologies, solutions, and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built, secured, and distributed.

ControlTalk NOW Smart Building Tip of the Week: Turn Your Light Strategy On! If you don’t have one, get one! Lighting is the biggest slice of your utility bill — 39%, compared to HVAC 28%, and Office Equipment 15%, therefore takes precedence in your energy savings efforts. On the two SBT’s, were the Open System Platform, like Niagara AX, and the enlightened and dogged pursuit of every rebate, tax incentive, and grant money available — at the federal, state, and local (utility) levels. Now, implement your light strategy. Some of the excellent sources of products and solutions when making your lighting choices are: WattStopper Digital Lighting Management, Honeywell Lighting Stryker, Logica Lighting, Blue Ridge Technologies, Control Network Solution, elitedali™, and Daintree.

MarcPetockControlTalk NOW’s Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring. Marc shares his venerable industry insight regarding the shift from technology, which drove open standards and open systems, to business, which is the drivers that our industry. Marc also states that responsibility for IT and Cyber Security falls everyone’s shoulders: technology providers, distributors, system integrators, and end-users. Visit Lynxspring’s Resource Center and On-line Forum for more information.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell’s Expanded Valve & Actuator Configurator & Fast Track Project Management Tool: Honeywell has expanded its factory configuration capability to include threaded globe valve assemblies with electric actuators and Q5020 linkages. The new assembly part numbers are built based on the specifications of the valve, actuator and linkage in the assembly. This enables you to “mix and match” valve/actuator combinations without having to create a lot of new part numbers. Select a valve, actuator, linkage and fail safe/ accessories, then combine them to build an assembly number.

AEMC_SUMMIT2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit – Register Now! The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity.

Neptronics feat imNeptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry. ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. Neptronic is a rapidly growing provider of building automation products & solutions.

CNSCNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

Chris ScYoung Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS: We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system, OPEN BMCS, is a one-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.