Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.
The 2014 ControlTrends Awards brings the very best in HVAC, Building Automation, and Energy saving products, controls, companies and people to Chicago. This year’s competition promises to be very exciting. The big question people are asking is can anyone unseat last year’s winner ABB for The coveted Variable Frequency Drive of the Year Award?
In this video, Ken Smyers finds out why many think Johnson Controls is poised to bring home the trophy. If you have experience with Johnson Controls VFDs reach out in comments and share with the rest of the ControlTrends Community.
A special thanks to Mike Glenn from Johnson Controls for putting this training video on High Pressure Refrigeration controls together. You can also check out Mike’s video on low pressure refrigeration controls by clicking here.
These switches regulate critical functions within a refrigeration system and are essential to its proper operation. Low-pressure switches are commonly used to control compressor operation or act as a low-limit control.
High-pressure controls sense compressor discharge pressure and can stop the compressor in case of excessively high pressures. Dual-pressure controls are comprised of low pressure and high-pressure controls mounted in a single housing, with a single switch operated by either control. Other functions of mechanical pressure switches include condenser fan cycling and oil pressure safety control.
Thanks to Mike Glenn, from Johnson Controls, for these great training videos on understanding pressure controls fundamentals. Stay tuned to ControlTrends for more HVAC and Building Automation Controls training videos.
Dan Flaherty,from Johnson Controls, stopped by last week. Hear what Dan has to say about recent Johnson Controls acquisitions, the 2014 ControlTrends Awards, and the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference.
JCI Media Center: Building Technology & Services expert shares insights on smart buildings at the 12th India Green Building Congress. INDIA – September 05, 2014 – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will present the importance of smart buildings in helping India achieve its goal of creating smart cities – cities that are highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, integrated communications and technology, energy management and governance – at the 12th India Green Building Congress 2014 (IGBC). Dennis Kelsey, director, Building Technology & Services, Asia, Johnson Controls, will share how smart buildings are vital to supporting the government’s ‘100 smart cities’ project announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in July.
The IGBC event, held in Hyderabad from 4 to 6 September 2014, focuses on advancing India’s green building movement. According to a UN forecast, 66 per cent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, and India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers. Approximately 500 new cities will need to be built across the country to accommodate the influx of new urban migrants.
More students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (RAC) program.
The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”
Dr. Erika Lacro, chancellor of Honolulu Community College, added, “This generous gift will help Honolulu CC keep important programs such as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology current with industry standards. Students will train on innovative equipment to help move the future of Hawaii’s workforce to be more responsive with its energy needs. The Johnson Controls’ Fellows Program is offered across the UH System to engage students in all types of sustainable practices. These scholarships will aid students throughout their educational journey through to graduation.”
In 2011, UH and Johnson Controls launched the Fellows Program to prepare students for jobs in the growing green sector while identifying and cultivating students to lead sustainability efforts on their respective campuses. To date there have been more than 47 fellows educated by Johnson Controls employees who have coordinated activities such as renewable energy training summits, Earth Day celebrations, and peer-to-peer sustainability education.
“We’re training students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, making them career- ready for jobs in sustainability and energy-efficiency industries,” said Judith Mouton, program director, Higher Education, Johnson Controls. “While learning about sustainability, they’re gaining valuable business leadership skills.”
View recent media coverage of the program. Posted on August 8, 2014
Thanks to Johnson Controls for another great Johnson Controls Tech Talk. For those of you who are asking about the Johnson Controls Asset Tool for a Johnson Controls Tech Talk, here is Robert Harland doing a demo of the Asset tool at the 2014 Johnson Controls customer business conference. Keep in mind that tis tool has gotten even better, and is a great way to save money and time on building automation controls installations. We will have the Asset tool featured in the near future on Johnson Controls Tech Talk.
Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.
In a nutshell, the FX Service is there to allow all the functions of the FX Appliance to work. Basically, JCI has created an appliance that sits on top of the Niagara Framework. The FX Appliance was built to enable time saving functions like: automatic graphic creation, new station (batch import) wizards, simple integration of N2 and BACnet points, support for mobile devices and mobile device graphics, schedule/link/point group/point summary managers, and launching PCT from the FX Workbench interface. Next up on Johnson Controls Tech Talk the JCI Application System/Selection and Estimation Tool or FX ASSET TOOL, the industry’s most comprehensive menu driven program that walks you all of the way through a new project — Preparation, Take-off, Refine, Bid, Submit, and Order sections.