ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.01.48 AMJune 30, 2015, at 1PM ET. Advances in lighting controls allow for improved control and increased energy savings at your facility, not to mention reduced maintenance costs and increased occupant satisfaction. To reap the full benefits of advanced lighting control systems requires commitment, and a proper education, which is precisely what you can expect when you attend the free webcast “Advances in Lighting Controls: A Facilities Update.” This information-rich event will walk you through the critical points necessary to successfully implement an advanced lighting control system. You will also learn about the major implementation strategies and the different system types. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.47.32 AMIEC 61850: Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities — Tuesday, July 14, 1-2PM ET: IEC 61850 “Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities” is a powerful standard that provides a holistic view of designing and managing utility substation and field device communication, automation systems, and applications. It is a collection of multiple protocols, concepts, and component standards. With the objective of understanding the issues, challenges and benefits of implementing the IEC 61850 standard, we have developed a case study that presents a summary and analysis of deployments of the standard at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), and Southern California Edison (SCE). Each utility had very different experiences and value achievement in their respective implementations. They are also quite different in their plans for future implementations.Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.21.45 AMUPCOMING REALCOMM WEBINARS: Energy Management vs. Building Automation – Understanding the Differences – 7/16/2015. There has been a lot of “energy” in the smart building industry in the last two years. The activity has been coming from established companies, new Fortune 50 entrants and a host of start-ups. Many firms are interested in Energy Management Systems (EMS) and are implementing solutions. If they are not careful, they could find themselves in a segregated solution-set twenty-four months from now. It is important to understand the broader characteristics of an integrated, interoperable, open-architected, IP centric building automation platform that could include energy, security, parking, resource management, user experience and other applications. This webinar will discuss the differences between energy management and building automation. Register now!

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.10.53 AMNFMT Orlando Registration is Now Open: The perfect blend of solutions, strategies and sunshine, NFMT Orlando is a free conference and expo for facilities professionals wanting to better themselves and their buildings. The event takes place October 27-28, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.56.47 AMThe Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino, Riverside, Missouri brings together Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community of business partners, integrators, contractors, OEMs, technology partners, industry professionals and practitioners to exchange, collaborate, network and learn about today’s operating systems and solutions for operating facilities smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels and the latest in advanced smart-device applications. Registration to attend Lynxspring Exchange 2015 is $295.00 per person. The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, workshops, exhibits, and food and beverage during the course of the conference. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.42.23 AMThe SGIP Annual Conference takes places in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana for 2015 at the centrally-located InterContinental Hotel. The 2015 Annual Conference promises to be filled with the latest in grid modernization and many networking opportunities for members and guests to reconnect and collaborate. AGENDA: To view the agenda, please click here. SPEAKERS: To view the list of speakers, please click here. Register now!

Introduction 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.

Live Event: Introduction to DDC Controls Part 1

In Part 1 of a Live Event DDC Controls, Rob Allen, Stromquist’s DDC guru gets the group up to speed on the basics of DDC Controls. This course was designed for control techs that are relativity new to building automation controls and as a review for more experienced DDC controls professionals. There are six more parts to follow, please check back soon.

Stromquist Atlanta Upcoming Classes – Updated

The following classes are held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA and begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices include training material and certificate of completion, plus continental breakfast and full lunch.  For more information contact  To register, click the Class Registration tab at the top of the page.

Basic Pneumatics — September 9 — $200

You will work hands-on with pneumatic equipment to learn fundamentals of pneumatic controls. The class will cover limit controls, P.E. switches, solenoid valves, relays, valve and damper operations, and thermostats.

VAV and PIU Fundamentals — September 10 — $200

In this class you will learn the fundamentals of VAV and PIU boxes. You will get to practice on equipment and troubleshoot given hypothetical problems. Instruction covers velocity formulas, CFMs, and static pressures.

Boiler Basics — October 7 — $200

This class will explain different types of boilers and boiler operations. Topics will include flame safeguard, proper piping and gas trains.

Chiller Workshop — October 8-9 — $350

This class focuses on basic operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of chilled water systems. Topics will include basic refrigeration cycle of water chillers; design and overall op-eration of chilled water systems; refrigerant types, handling and record keeping; pumps and piping systems; chiller plant optimization; chiller math and log analysis.

Intro to DDC and Bldg Automation — October 23 — Free

This is a half day class (8:00-12:00) with a thorough overview of the basics of DDC. Topics will include Comm Protocols, Field Controllers, Supervisory Controllers, Wiring, Building Automation Theory, Intro to Niagara AX, and Proprietary vs Open Systems. You will also get an intro to Programming, AX Workbench, Configurable vs Fully Programmable controllers, and Field Controller Programming basics.

Which Variable Frequency Drive is the Easiest to Set Up?

With all the great Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) available in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls market, we were curious which one was the easiest to set up. To find the answer, we consulted with 9 year old Bryce Williams the son of Stromquist & Company’s Chuck Williams. With a little coaching from Stromquist & Company trainer, Tim Chamblee, music from the very talented Dozier Mills, and video support from Seän Johnson, Bryce shows us how to set up his favorite Variable Frequency Drive. Take a look!

Register Today to see Honeywell WEBs-AX Security at ASIS 2013!

HW_ASISVisit Honeywell at ASIS 2013 — The world’s most influential security event is coming to Chicago, September 24-27 – and Honeywell is proud to be exhibiting! Visit the ASIS website and get in the game! You have heard Roger tell you the ASHREA of Security is ASIS (American Society Industrial Security). ASIS is the place to be real! Come see Roger, Laura, Lou and Steven at the booth! Tell your distributors and contractors. This is the super bowl! Visit Honeywell at ASIS booth 4409 to learn about how integrating your enterprise security with your other building controls can help you control energy costs.

ASISRegister today for free exhibits admission at ASIS 2013. Don’t wait! Free exhibits only admission is only available for a limited time through this registration link. We hope you’ll stop by to see us at booth 4409.

Fall into Stromquist Atlanta Classes

It’s that time again – school is back in session. These classes fill up quickly so get registered right away!  The below classes will be held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, GA. Price includes training material, certificate, plus breakfast and lunch (the half day Controller class does not include lunch).  Start time is 7:30 a.m.  Email for more information. [Read more…]

NYC Venue for 2013 Contrends Awards — BB King Blues Club & Grille Times Square

BBKing The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee is delighted to announce the venue for the 2013 CTA Awards Presentation will be the fabulous BB King Blues Club and Grille located on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, near Times Square.

The January 21st luncheon event is very near to Javits Convention Center and will be every bit as exciting and entertaining as the 2012 CTAs held at Eddie Deans Ranch House in Dallas.

Be sure to register for the ControlTrends Academy as soon as possible and participate in the nomination process for each category. The ControlTrends Community is invited to join the LinkedIn ControlTrends Awards Group to receive only the information related to the CTA Awards.

Belimo stays on the Move! Belimo is Moving to a Larger Facility in 2014

BelimoSignMore Orange News. Last week, ControlTrends blogged that Belimo Group’s 2012 sales were up 6.9% (Swiss francs), with sales in the Americas up 10.8%. The big Orange continues to be on the move! A recent visit to Belimo’s facility in Danbury, Connecticut, revealed that Belimo is investing in the city of Danbury’s future as well as their own, by building a new home minutes away from their existing facility. Great news for the local economy and the future of Belimo.