EasyIO Updates from Mike Marston: CPT Project Management and New FG CPT Backup/Restore Features

Mike Marston Mike Marston and the team at EasyIO keep the press on the next generation plant controller and share their progress with first release APP and an instructional video.
Try this in your FG32 with Firmware8 .38. It flies more nicely in the FG32+, which are available now with CE, FCC and UL approvals. This is a draft of our standard APPs preparation (the first one). Next we will do a small chiller sequence APP. Please note, this APP works much faster in the FG32+. We will continue to update the APP with your comments and preferences. Download APP document here (and on AHU Graphic highlighted in orange text).
Download APP here

Latest CPT March 27, 2015

· EasyIO_USA_Nov2014 PPT: here
· Datasheets: Download here
· EasyIO wins Award for third year running: view here
· YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EasyIOFGBeast
· European Website: www.easyio.eu

2014 ControlTrends Award Video: EasyIO Wins DDC Controller of The Year

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending April 26, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending April 26, 2015. The CGNA Synergy Meeting in Savannah and Fred Gordy’s expert insight into the world of Cyber Security highlight this week’s ControlTrends news. Coverage of 2014 ControlTrends Awards winners continues with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and Intelligent Building’s Tom Schirciff and Bob Murchison receiving their trophies; Contemporary Controls’ 40th anniversary recognizes U.K.’s George Turnbull’s career; and LONDON REAL’s Brian Rose interviews Marc Goodman, who reviews his best-selling book Future Crimes.

CGNA logoCGNA’s 2015 Synergy Industry Elite Pursuing Excellence Conference in Atlanta. Mike Sackett, Jim Hayman and the CGNA team mix 44 of the elite distributors with 57 preferred vendors, add a well-run conference featuring keynote speakers Joe Shaheen and David Beinhacker, shake well for 2 1/2 days with round table discussions and Vendoropoly, and you have an amazing one-of-a-kind event. Well done CGNA!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.20.46 AMNino DiCosmo Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer. The ControlTrends Community recognized Nino DiCosmo for his successful leadership of Tridium and Niagara Framework, the leading open framework for innovation, used by businesses the world over. From commercial buildings to data centers to industrial operations to smart cities, Tridium’s pioneering products and services are changing the way machines communicate with each other — and with you. Congratulations Nino, once again.

Bob and tomThe Prestigious 2014 Petock Award Goes to Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison. Chicago, January 26, 2015, Intelligent Buildings, LLC, a smart real estate advisory services company was honored when its co-founders, Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison received the prestigious “Petock Award” for passion and service to the industry. The award was presented to Shircliff and Murchison at the AHR conference during the Controls Trends Awards ceremony that is held each year to recognize industry achievements. The AHR conference saw record attendance of over 62,000 attendees from 140 countries and boasted 11 acres of exhibits.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 2.51.50 PMContemporary Controls Archives: Interview with George Turnbull, a Visionary in the Controls Industry. April 2015 — As many of you know, 2015 marks Contemporary Controls’ 40th year in business. Because of our anniversary, we’ve been reviewing our archives and are showcasing some of the exceptional interviews we have conducted with industry experts. This month, our focus in on an interview we did in this 2001 with George Turnbull, a visionary in the controls industry. George Turnbull is adept in the design and development of control systems, specifically process control. He joined the Eurotherm Group in 1966 as a research and development engineer before establishing Turnbull Control Systems (TCS) as a subsidiary of Eurotherm in 1974.

FredGordyFred Gordy is rapidly emerging as the specialized cyber security expert to assist the BMS, BAS, and FMS professionals in dealing with the growing threat facing these industries. Studies show that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet controllers are vulnerable to malicious cyber hacking. Fred Gordy’s extensive background in IT, hands on experience with Building Controls Systems and unique relationship with the cybersecurity’s elite White Hats — fuel Fred’s passionate efforts to educate our industry and provide specialized guidance and recommended safeguards to protect your BAS, BMS, and FMS systems. Do not miss Fred’s bi-monthly contributions to ControlTrends.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 2.46.41 PMLONDON REAL’s Brian Rose Interviews Marc Goodman – Future Crimes. Considering our hottest ControlTrends theme has been Cyber Security, we believe this eye and ear-opening interview needed re-purposed immediately — because it explains the need to change to our cognitive bias. We are not the customer, we are the product — watch this interview! Published April 26, 2015 by Brian Rose (Source: LONDON REAL). Marc Goodman is a thinker, writer and global strategist exploring what criminality and terrorism could look like in the close future.

LONDON REAL’s Brian Rose Interviews Marc Goodman – Future Crimes

Considering our hottest ControlTrends theme has been Cyber Security, we believe this eye and ear-opening interview needed re-purposed immediately — because it explains the need to change to our cognitive bias. We are not the customer, we are the product — watch this interview!

Published April 26, 2015 by Brian Rose (Source: LONDON REAL). Marc Goodman is a thinker, writer and global strategist exploring what criminality and terrorism could look like in the close future. With technology advancing at exponential rates, it becomes an open opportunity platform for those within our international society that would seek to threaten others. All are realistic threats, from global crime networks stealing your identity to hidden terror cells 3D printing AK-47 rifle and drones. Marc is asking the questions out loud, and bringing some answers. How open are these amazing breakthrough technologies, robotics, AI, social data, synthetic biology to manipulation?

It’s a hot topic and Marc’s book, Future Crimes, shot straight up the New York Times bestseller list after it’s release two months ago. But Marc, of course, isn’t just another journalist. He’s writing from experience working for Interpol in France. While training police forces from around the world he realised the rising threat of cybercrime and terror – a trend that would only continue as the internet would embed itself into every aspect of life.

Actively establishing space for the future crime conversation Marc set-up the Future Crimes Institute, a think-tank organisation committed to informing and educating about the risks of new technologies. He’s also continually writing for the academics at Harvard and Oxford, while also getting the message out to the population in the likes of Wired magazine.

Today on London Real, take a journey to the frontline of cyber warfare and crime.

Contemporary Controls Archives: Interview with George Turnbull, a Visionary in the Controls Industry

Contemporary ControlsApril 2015 — As many of you know, 2015 marks our 40th year in business. Because of our anniversary, we’ve been reviewing our archives and are showcasing some of the exceptional interviews we have conducted with industry experts. Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 2.58.38 PM

This month, our focus in on an interview we did in this 2001 with George Turnbull, a visionary in the controls industry. George Turnbull is adept in the design and development of control systems, specifically process control. He joined the Eurotherm Group in 1966 as a research and development engineer before establishing Turnbull Control Systems (TCS) as a subsidiary of Eurotherm in 1974. Turnbull acted as Managing Director of this company for five years before acquiring the position as Technical Director for the Eurotherm Group worldwide. His skill held him accountable for many of the Groups successful products and also formulating the overall international product strategy.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 2.51.50 PMBefore his role with the Eurotherm Group of Companies, Turnbull lectured at Manchester University in the control section of the Department of Electrical Engineering. He has always maintained close alliance with the IEE and was awarded the Senior Control Medal in 1999. He is now Chairman of the Control Professional Network. After resigning from Eurotherm in 1998, he performed a role as Director of the Open Architecture Control Group for Object Automation and later joined Industrial Control Services PLC (ICS) as Group Technical Director on the main board of the company. He left ICS recently for a new venture—his own company, Open Automation and Control.

Topics in our interview include the UK’s inability to develop new technologies, the acquisition of TCS by Eurotherm, and who won the fieldbus war.

Click here for complete interview.

Nino DiCosmo Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.20.46 AM The ControlTrends Community recognized Nino DiCosmo for his successful leadership of Tridium and Niagara Framework, the leading open framework for innovation, used by businesses the world over. From commercial buildings to data centers to industrial operations to smart cities, Tridium’s pioneering products and services are changing the way machines communicate with each other — and with you. Congratulations Nino, once again.

2014 ControlTrends Executive of The Year Large Manufacturer from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending April 19, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending April 19, 2015. Nino DiCosmo previews Tridium’s Open 4 Innovation; Functional Devices releases new product series; Contemporary Controls and SkyFoundry receive their trophies on center stage at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards; Stromquist Company streams Honeywell Radar Level training: CBRE Group, Inc. acquires Environmental Systems, Inc, and Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business (HUGE!); and Fred Gordy, technology evangelist for the McKenney’s Enterprise Intelligence Group posts another seminal piece on Cyber Threats and Cyber Security.

open4Building a Great Experience with Niagara 4! OPEN 4 INNOVATION. We’re just a week away from the Niagara Forum!Tridium has been hard at work on Niagara 4 and is excited to share their progress with the Niagara community, so they sat down with president Nino DiCosmo to give us a sneak peek at what’s to come ahead of the Forum. With nearly half a million instances across the globe, the Niagara Framework is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things for buildings, data centers, manufacturing, smart cities and more.

NewRIBFunctional Devices Announces Improvements to their Air Handling Unit Fan Safety Alarm Circuits. Choose either the six (RIBMNLB-6NO), four (RIBMNLB-4NO), or two (RIBMNLB-2NO) alarm circuits, which are simply devices that combine a common relay-logic function into a small, easy-to-install, and less expensive form. A master relay will open if any one of the normally-closed (N/C) inputs open. LED status of all inputs, the master relay, and power input is provided. Bypass of unused inputs is also provided. The RIBMNLB series is provided with mounting track for mounting in user-provided electrical enclosures.

HW.001Honeywell Radar Level Control: Live Steam Training. Honeywell’s SmartLine® Guided Radar Level Meters use TDR (Time Delay Reflectometry) to measure distance, level, interface, volume and mass. Higher signal dynamics and a sharper pulse than conventional TDR devices ensure better performance.​

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineCBRE Group, Inc. Acquires Environmental Systems, Inc. Los Angeles, April 14, 2015 – CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), a leading systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States. ESI develops innovative solutions that enable commercial property occupiers and owners to efficiently manage their building systems and remotely monitor and analyze energy usage in real time to identify and achieve potential savings.

CControls2014 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The Peripheral Product of the Year. Congratulations to George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls for winning the Peripheral Product of the Year Award at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Contemporary Controls is your ideal automation partner for applying ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, and Sedona Framework™ technologies to your automation project. With over 35 years of experience in electronics design, development and manufacturing of networking and control products.

Hot key for breaking newsCBRE to purchase Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions Business for $1.475 Billion. MILWAUKEE – [March 31, 2015] – Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) announced today it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of its Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group, Inc., for $1.475 billion. The company announced its intentions to divest the GWS business in September 2014 as part of its strategy to invest in product businesses that are core to its multi-industrial portfolio and growth objectives. The agreement provides Johnson Controls with new channels for its offerings and when fully operational is expected to generate up to $500 million of annual incremental revenue for the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business.

CyberSystem Integrators, Decide What is Your Liability Appetite. Cyber threats are ever increasing and along with it the government and private sectors are scrambling to create definitions of responsibility, regulations, and compliance. The impact to your controls business could be devastating if you are not prepared and do not understand the implications. Ignorance is no longer a defense.

SkyFoundry2014 ControlTrends Awards HighLight: Building Analytics Software of the Year. Congratulations to John Petze and the team at Skyfoundry for winning the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year. SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Analytics Software automatically analyzes building, energy and equipment data to identify issues, faults and opportunities for improved performance and operational savings. SkySpark helps facility owners and operators find what matters™ in the vast amount of data produced by today’s smart systems.

Functional Devices Announces Improvements to their Air Handling Unit Fan Safety Alarm Circuits

NewRIBOur AHU Fan Safety Alarm Circuits feature a 24 Vac/dc power input, one master relay, and a choice of either six (RIBMNLB-6NO), four (RIBMNLB-4NO), or two (RIBMNLB-2NO) alarm circuits. Below is a list of new features and their benefits:

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* The bypass switch moved from the coil of the alarm input relays to the relay’s N/O contact controlling the master relay.
* If an alarm input relay is bypassed, the coil is not continually energized.
* If an alarm input relay should fail, it can be bypassed and the alarm input moved to a spare relay.
* The status output contact of an alarm input relay changed from N/C to N/O.
* This provides a fail safe signal to the control panel. The control panel will know if a safety trips or if a wiring circuit is open.
* The main output contacts (from the master relay) changed to two independent N/O contacts. Through the use of board mounted jumpers, the output terminals for these independent N/O contacts can be made wet or dry.
* Both supply and return fan VFDs can be controlled without the use of additional relays.
* Fixed terminal connections have been replaced with removable terminal connections.
* Easy termination
* Input safeties and status outputs can easily be moved from one alarm input relay to a different alarm input relay, if needed.
* Removable terminals provide better conductor isolation from other board components, greatly reducing the possibility of accidental shorts during the termination process.

For further information, fill out this short form, and you will be directed to a PDF download link.

Building a Great Experience with Niagara 4! OPEN 4 INNOVATION

open4We’re just a week away from the Niagara Forum!Tridium has been hard at work on Niagara 4 and is excited to share their progress with the Niagara community, so they sat down with president Nino DiCosmo to give us a sneak peek at what’s to come ahead of the Forum.

With nearly half a million instances across the globe, the Niagara Framework is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things for buildings, data centers, manufacturing, smart cities and more.

With Niagara 4, the opportunity to optimize performance and achieve operational excellence will be greater than ever.

ABOUT TRIDIUM: For more than 15 years, Tridium has led the world in business application frameworks—advancing truly open environments that harness the power of the Internet of Things. Our products allow diverse monitoring, control and automation systems to communicate and collaborate in buildings, data centers, manufacturing systems, smart cities and more. We create smarter, safer and more efficient enterprises and communities—bringing intelligence and connectivity to the network edge and back.

tridium.com

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending April 12, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 12, 2015. Our special guest this week is Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation, providers of FieldServer protocol gateways and Sentry IT fire and gas solutions. Firstly, a review of the upcoming conferences: Niagara’s Open 4 Innovation , CGNA Synergy Conference, and Haystack Connect 2015; See industry superstars on the Red Carpet and more 2014 ControlTrends Award Winners: Laura Kevitt, DG Logik, and EasyIO’s Gordon Chan; Mike Marston and Rob Allen review the FG32+; and don’t miss Tim Chamblee’s training on KMC’s CSC 3011.

SMC_2FieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (FieldServer Case Study — Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA).

Rob nad MikeRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: EasyIO’s Mike Marston. Rob Allen welcomes Mike Marston from EASYIO to the show and asks Mike some compelling questions. In addition to discussing the new Beast, the FG32 Plus, and new data base features and functions, Rob asks Mike the big one, When will EasyIO be sold ? Mike’s answer will surprise you.

Laura KHoneywell’s Laura Kevitt Wins 2014 ControlTrends PID Award! The ControlTrends Passion, Integrity, and Dedication (PID) Award is one of the most competitive and prestigious award categories. Standing in the company of an incredible cast of deserving industry stalwarts, Laura Kevitt prevailed and set yet another important milestone — becoming the first woman to win a ControlTrends Award. On behalf of the ControlTrends Community, we congratulate and thank Laura once again.

DGLogDGLogik Wins Big at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards! DGLogik wins the 2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year! DGLogik’s DGLux5 visualization tool — took the honors again. DGLux5’s winning visualization product enables the unification of data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface adding comprehensive functionalities along with its amazing data visualization tool. Congratulations again, to the team at DGLogik!

Tims tech Tip1.001Tim’s Tech Tip: Setting Up a Kreuter “Stop Sign” VAV Controller. In this extensive training video, Stromquist & Company’s, Tim Chamblee teaches you step-by-step how to control a VAV box with the Kreuter pneumatic VAV controller. There are hundreds of thousands of the KMC CSC 3011 series of pneumatic VAV controllers. Thanks to Tim, we know how to set them up, calibrate, and troubleshoot these pneumatic VAV controllers.

GordonEasyIO’s Gordon Chan Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year Small Manufacturer. Congratulations to Gordon Chan. EasyIO’s chief won Executive of The Year Small Manufacturer. Gordon was awarded this honor by the world-wide ControlTrends voting community. EasyIO is a company that has been and continues to be on the move in building automation controls. The Easy IO Beast from the East won the Plant Controller of the Year and say building automation controls systems integrators around the world use these powerful controllers.

Red CarpetOn The Red Carpet at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. The superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry were out in full force at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. It is impossible to do justice to all the great people in our industry. Hopefully, this video captures a little bit of the excitement of this year’s Event. A special Thanks to all our Sponsors, who make the ControlTrends Awards possible.

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending April 5, 2015 — Spring Break!

sunrise2This week’s ControlTalk NOW wraps up its coverage of JCI’s Business Conference; Sean Johnson interviews ACI’s Brian Statz in the Winners Circle; Updates on the upcoming 2015 Project Haystack and OpenADR conferences; Ken Sinclair’s April editorial: and more DDC Training from Rob Allen. ControlTrends wishes everyone a successful start to the Spring Season! We hope you have great things on the horizon and we thank all the HVAC and Building Automation professionals that make up the ControlTrends Community. ControlTalk NOW will return next next with a full Smart Building Podcast/Videocast.

HAYSTACK2015Project Haystack Conference — May 18-20, 2015 Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data. This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.

Ken SinclairKen Sinclair’s Automated Buildings April 2015 Theme: Attracting Self-Learning Assets opens with an earnest editorial plea to rally our industry’s focus and resources to better address the serious challenge of getting enough young people interested and up-to-speed within our industry by availing autodidactic (self-directed learning) tools and applying Peter Thiel’s principle of “learning before university.”In Ken’s own words: “Please join me on my crusade to help our industry attract more self-learning assets to build our industry stronger and younger.”

axel1ControlTrends Community Welcomes Axel Bengt Stromquist! The ControlTrends Community extends its heartfelt congratulations and well-wishes to Eric and Anna, proud parents of Axel Bengt Stromquist, the newest (7 pounds, 13 ounces) member of the Stromquist family! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

RA42Introduction to DDC Controls Part 2. Don’t let the Introduction part of this training class throw you, this training offers a little something for everyone. In part 2, Rob Allen continues exploring the different components and concepts that comprise the modern day Building Automation Controls System. Rob’s next DDC Controls program will take a deeper dive into the controllers and other components that make up the world of building automation.

BA1In the Winners Circle with ACI’s Brian Statz. Check out Brian Statz in the Winners Circle at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ACI won the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Company of the Year Small Manufacturer. Visit ACI’s website to see all the great products they make.

RobJCI1Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The Johnson Controls Packaged VAV Solution. Looking for an easy way to package your VAV controllers to make installation fast and easy? Our man in the field, Rob Allen, found what you are looking for at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Rob catches up with Johnson Control’s Scott Fallon to explain.

JCIa2t 4.15.18 PMNew Product Release: The Johnson Controls A421. Johnson Controls announces a cool new product the Johnson Controls A421 at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Look for the A421. the newest electronic temperature controller featuring adjustable back light display scheduled to hit the street this June or July.

FS Case Study - Levi's StadiumFieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Recently, San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium hosted a record-breaking 76,976 people for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania 31 event. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (case study follows).