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 nancy@stromquist.com.  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 nancy@stromquist.com 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.

Orlando Spring Training

Making Sense of Sensors                                   April 10, 7:00-8:00

  • Temperature Sensors:
    • 10K -20K
    • Nickel – Platinum
    • Duct – Wall – Immersion – Strap-on – Outside Air
    • Averaging – Button – Stainless Plate – Freezer – Bullet
    • Relative Humidity Sensors
      • Duct – Wall – Outside Air – Stainless Plate
      • Operating Environment – Duct; Outside; Room
      • Accuracy (%)
      • 2 wire – 3 wire
      • Output – 4-20mA; 0-5 VDC; 0-10VDC

Wire Less with Wireless                                    April 24, 7:00-8:00

  • Definition of wireless
  • Reasons for wireless
  • Types of wireless networks
  • Wireless thermostat systems

Get Caught in the Web                                     May 15, 7:00-8:00

  • Mobile and web interfaces for HVAC automation
  • Smart thermostats
  • Complete building integration

 All classes in this series are FREE and include a continental breakfast, but you must register in advance. Classes will be held at Stromquist, 5125 Adanson Street, Ste 250, Orlando, FL. For more information, e-mail nancy@stromquist.comClick here to register.

Live from AHR Expo in Dallas

I am at the AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas, trying to not be overwhelmed by the size of this tremendous industry show. If you have ever been to one, you know what I mean. If you have not had the privilege of attending one, it is hard to convey how big it is. It is the trade show of trade shows for the HVAC world. Imagine hundreds and hundreds of wall to wall booths filled with all the products you could ever want or need in this field.

There are more handheld tools than I ever thought existed, regulators, boilers, controls, design fabrication, software solutions, A/C units, space heaters, automobiles, manifolds, and on and on. Many exhibitors have massive and impressive demo units. I have seen a mini (but still quite large) cooling tower, a chiller system, full sized boilers, ductwork systems, plasma cutting tables, and more.

There are many exhibitors that I do not know, but I have seen several I recognize — Belimo, Honeywell, Dwyer, Testo, and Ecobee just to name a few. All are representing their companies well, presenting their best and latest products. Emerson has a booth that could fill a whole city block, and that is no joke.

KMC is showing its newest line of thermostats that are network compatible. Wattstopper is displaying a new line of digital lighting control, and Honeywell has the Genetron 245FA waste heat recovery system. One thing is for certain: just about everyone is focused on energy savings in one way or another, and that is a very good thing!

I’m headed back to cover some more ground now. So long from Dallas!

Dallas, Here We Come

We are getting ready to head to Dallas for the AHR Expo and the 1st Annual ControlTrends Awards! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am excited and anxious to see who are the CTA winners. With the Expo and the Awards it will be a jam-packed trip, but it is going to be a great time. Will you be there? If not, be sure to check back here next week to get updates from the Expo and to find out who won the ControlTrends Awards!