Siemens Total Room Automation (TRA) combines room HVAC, lighting and/or shading systems into one, seamless package. As one solution instead of three, Siemens TRA cuts initial product costs, installation costs, and ongoing operating costs, while increasing room energy efficiency and providing optimal comfort for room occupants. [Read more…]
Something drives us every day to make buildings better With people spending about 90 percent of their lives indoors, there is no place where we spend more time in our life. So buildings are far more than just four walls. They are the places where we learn the most important lessons in life, where we encounter the personalities that inspire us, where the best of our ideas are born. Buildings are the places where we spend time with the people we love. And at the end of it all: They are our homes – and there is no place in the world that feels so special to us.
We all begin our lives in a perfect place: In our mother’s tummy. A place where it is never too cold, never too warm, never too loud, never too quiet; a place where we can always feel safe and secure.
Our life starts in a perfect place – long before we can even think. Why shouldn’t all our lives be lived in perfect places? A perfect place – perfectly designed for its purpose. A place to learn, a place to develop, a place to grow, a place to succeed.
It takes Ingenuity for life to create these perfect places – to give people a place to achieve their most ambitious goals, to give people a place where they can always feel safe and secure, to give them a place where they can live the life they want.
Mark your calendar for next week. That’s when the new Siemens partner’s website will launch! The new site will replace the Vantage, Beacon and Infolink sites which you may have used in the past. By the end of next week, all links will take you directly to the new site.
What can you expect?
* A product-centric site that is organized around the products you sell and the information you need to succeed
* Updated content and a systematic approach to managing important assets
* Account registration that has self-service capabilities
By the end of next week you will have improved access to product information you need every day. Watch for more information on the exact launch date and the registration and login process.
Today’s buildings are becoming increasingly complex. Building automation systems don’t just control the basics. They regulate airflow, monitor energy use and are being called upon to integrate with security, lighting, and other systems throughout buildings to deliver comfort, safety and energy efficiency. Choosing a TALON® system can help you get the most out of your building, today and tomorrow.
The TALON System is the Best Total Package Open Protocol Building Control System because it gives you all the advantages of a truly open system – optimized for HVAC control and building automation — with the flexibility to integrate LonWorks®, BACnet®, Modbus® and other communication protocols. Open systems means controllers and applications run on a single platform, while interoperating with each other. No matter if those products come from different manufacturers, the TALON system presents a consistent interface to the user.
With the TALON system you can:
* Access Building Information from Anywhere – The TALON system’s versatile user interface allows any authorized users to control their building environment from a Web browser or wireless Web device.
* Control Energy Costs – You can actively manage your facility’s energy consumption while maintaining an optimum work environment for building occupants.
* Optimize Manpower – Email and pager equipment status alerts allow you to maximize fast response and minimize effort used managing building system information.
* Preserve Legacy System Investments – The TALON control system has control system migration options to eliminate the need to replace already-installed controls.
Congratulations to Siemens for having their Variable Frequency Drive being selected by the global ControlTrends Community as the 2016 ControlTrends VFD of the Year. The BT300 was also the winner at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards as well! Click here to learn more about the Siemens BT300.
Want to try a Siemens BT300 variable frequency drive? Reach out to your local CGNA Controls distributor.
America needs affordable, reliable and clean electricity. Businesses demand inexpensive power sources to be competitive. Communities, households and individuals rely on electricity to make the conveniences of modern life possible. About Siemens Corporation: Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
EcoView Touchscreen 7-in. touch panel gateway to the Internet, enabling wireless control of thermostats, power meters, and other load control devices.
Siemens EcoView™ Energy Management System (EMS) was designed specifically to meet the energy management needs of restaurants, medical offices, retail shops and other small commercial businesses. Already at work in many facilities across the United States, EcoView is a proven solution for lowering energy consumption and bills. Wireless technology, drop-in thermostats, and cloud-based applications make it affordable and simple to install and use. It also provides great visibility and control of HVAC and lighting from one central point, which helps increase productivity.
Typical Commercial Building Challenge: Running a profitable business demands optimal performance from energy-consuming equipment. In a fast-paced restaurant environment, people and equipment must work seamlessly in order to cook, package and serve hundreds of customers each day. Increasing profit over low-margins requires keeping operating costs as low as possible. Additionally, retaining customers not only depends on good service but also on comfortable lighting and temperature. Confirmed data demonstrates that EcoView can reduce total energy consumption and provide a return on investment in less than 24 months.
A string of hot summers and high energy bills were taking a toll on a franchise owner of a leading global quick serve restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee, so he decided to address his HVAC and lighting controls. With the sweltering heat, employee and customer comfort were significant concerns. His staff was also adjusting the thermostat regularly, creating inefficient fluctuations in temperature. Another issue was lighting. Sometimes he’d go by his restaurant at dusk and see the lights were not on, or he would come back the next morning to find the lights were not turned off. He needed a more reliable method to control energy use in his restaurant.
Solution: This small business owner selected Siemens to automate his lighting and temperature controls with EcoView. Its distinct capabilities and proven success made it an affordable investment that would deliver a fast return on investment. It would also give the restaurant owner the ability to schedule, monitor, and control energy loads from the convenience of anywhere.
Even though initial estimates suggested a 6% to 8% savings on HVAC and lighting costs, the restaurant owner is discovering savings in double digit percentages. The installation was easy, taking only a couple of days, with no downtime affecting his restaurant, customers, or staff. Siemens accommodated the restaurant’s busy schedule by working at non-peak hours. The Siemens installer set all the initial parameters, including lighting schedules in the restaurant, parking lot and other critical areas and trained the owner and managers on how to adjust when necessary.
The intuitive touchscreen as well as the remote-access capabilities make EcoView an easy-to-use energy management system for any small business owner – it’s easy to log in online to monitor and control from anywhere. The intuitive touchscreen as well as the remote-access capabilities make EcoView an easy-to-use energy management system for any busy operator. Adjustments can be made either directly on the touch panel or via the web. The restaurant owner can log in from home and turn off the restaurant’s lights. Siemens technicians can also provide remote monitoring services to help quickly correct any issue, such as erratic energy use or temperature fluctuations, that may arise.
Results: Since using EcoView EMS, the owner has not received one customer complaint, reassuring him that comfort levels have been optimal while energy consumption has been lowered. Even though initial estimates suggested a 6% to 8% savings on HVAC and lighting costs, the restaurant owner is discovering savings in double digit percentages. At this location, Siemens projected a return on investment between 12 and 18 months, but the return on investment was realized much sooner than that. EcoView has exceeded expectations, outperforming initial estimates for this restaurant and generating savings that are improving the bottom line. With generated savings in utility costs, this owner is reinvesting in his business with plans to install EcoView at a second location.
Siemens’ OpenAir speaks your language: Long-life, sturdy damper actuators for HVAC applications, air volume control as well as fire and smoke protection dampers. OpenAir™ is a comprehensive portfolio of damper actuators tailored to suit your requirements. You’ll benefit from a wide selection of positioning forces, control signals, communications standards and add-on options. And more advantages: the proven damper actuators are easy to install and extremely durable in operation, during transportation and on the construction site. Low-consumption motors, fast and precise control and long life cycles ensure noticeable cost and energy efficiency.
Highlights at a glance:
* Low overall costs thanks to fast and simple installation and commissioning
* High level of investment protection through long service life and maximum reliability
* Low-noise motors for optimum comfort at home or at work
* Energy and cost savings thanks to low-consumption motors and high accuracy
* Networked VAV controller with all common communication standards
* Professional support and practice-oriented tools
While Dave Rodela’s official position is listed as Operations Manager at Siemens Building Technologies, working out of the Charleston, South Carolina area, the majority of us in the building automation business know Dave as another mild-mannered hero — for the outstanding training services and support he provides to the Siemens TALON Value Added Partner (VAP) channel. Dave has extensive experience in the building automation industry having worked as a contractor, distributor, and now for a major manufacturer. Dave says it best, “My overall experience is in Digital Temperature Control Systems, and making the systems work to their optimal best. At the same time, supporting the product line and allowing the Talon dealer network the ability to install the product fast and efficiently.” Thanks again, Dave Rodela — for the great job you’re doing keeping the TALON wheels turning, and gettin ‘er done!
Congratulations to Blue Ridge Technologies and Siemens Gamma for winning the 2015 ControlTrends Lighting Integration Solution of the Year Award. Blue Ridge Technologies’ Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network, eliminating surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control, resulting in decreased installation and maintenance costs. Siemens Gamma Lighting provides precisely what your building’s occupants need – nothing more, nothing less. Gamma is a new, integrated control system that can achieve significant energy savings. Gamma’s distributed control architecture lets you easily manage all aspects of your facility’s lighting without worrying about single points of failure.