Global power house Siemens lit up the HVAC controls market with their roll out of the RDY 2000 thermostat. As you can see in this demo video, the Siemens RDY 2000 packs a lot of punch. Look for Siemens to build on this platform in 2016, but in the mean time, if you like what you see, consider giving the Siemens RDY 2000 a look when you vote for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year.
The 2015 Thermostat of the Year is proving to be very competitive again this year. With strong contenders like Honeywell, Viconics, KMC, Ontrol, Ecobee and Siemens, the ControlTrends voting community is going too have some interesting choices.
One of our finalist Entouch brings and interesting approach to their thermostat system. In this video Stromquist & Company’s Dozier Mills shows you how you can do energy monitoring through the Entouch thermostat using the Entouch GM 8 module.
Voting ends January 15, so is you have not already voted click here.
Rob Allen sits down with Dave Bohlmann to talk about KMC’s new single port router.
The KMC Controls BAC-5051E is a multi-port BACnet router. This compact router is powerful enough for heavy network traffic and small enough to use as a control technician’s service tool.
Routing Install the BAC-5051E for BACnet IP, Ethernet, and MS/TP routing. The IP routing is fully compliant with BACnet Standard 134-2012, Annex J.
Browser Configuration Configure the BAC-5051E using only an Internet browser. No special software to learn or load.
Flexible Mounting Two mounting choices for permanent installations–DIN rails or surface mount.
Diagnostics Embedded metrics include: total number of devices, frame counts, frames in error, data frames, duplicate MAC addresses, and poll-for-master count.
It has been said that you can’t control or manage what you don’t measure, and this is especially true when it comes to Smart Buildings and controlling energy. I had a chance to catch up with Tim Van Slambrouck from Dent Instruments at the 2015 CGNA (Controls Group North America) vendors showcase. Tim is the VP of sales and marketing at Dent, and shows us a very cost effective way to monitor power consumption. Check it out!
CTA Awards Steering Committee is the sponsor for this week’s ControlTalk NOW. The extraordinary BB King Blues Club will be the site of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Located in NYC’s Time Square, this famous venue promises to enhance the excitement and entertainment of the CTA’s.
J2 Innovations FIN Builder Creates Fantastic User Experiences, Promotes Company Standards, Is Simple to Use, Saves Time and Money, and Visualizes Any Data Source. Within FIN Builder there is a special feature called central plant builder, this revolutionizes the way you build central plant graphics.
Traditionally 3D plant and piping graphics were only possible [Read more…]
The ControlTrends Community will soon be voting for the 2013 Thermostat of the Year. The Honeywell Prestige IAQ, Viconics, EnTouch, as well as the three other thermostats mentioned in the following article, Nest, Ecobee, and EcoFactor are all well recognized thermostats with an abundance of features and benefits.
I found this article written by Mary Catherine O’Connor posted in the Smart Planet Daily, which is a great source for Smart News and Ideas. Ms. O’Connor delivers a fresh, insightful, and big picture perspective, quite different from the traditional HVAC view, to the discussion of thermostats and the integral role the household thermostat will play in America’s, possibly, the world’s energy future.
By Mary Catherine O’Connor, April 11, 2013, 3:00 AM PDT
Americans are using less energy but are still failing to conserve energy.
That sounds like a contradiction, but it’s not. Because new homes are better insulated and heating and cooling system are more efficient, Americans burned around 10 percent fewer British thermal units to heat and cool their homes in 2009 than they did in 1993, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. But during that same period, the amount of energy consumed for appliances, electronics and lighting grew by around 10 percent. [Read more…]
The DGLux HVAC Time Machine SkySpark is high-end visualization graphic user interface that zeros in on an exact event allowing you to understand why an event occurred and easily prevent its reoccurrence. One week of data can be scanned in minutes and combined with SkySpark Analytics, which automatically finds patterns and faults (Sparks) as they are run against “your rules” of collecting data make it this simple: Click on a Spark and the DGLux HVAC Time Machine instantly redirects you to the precise time frame when your issue occurred providing you with the actionable knowledge you need to achieve maximum performance and efficiency.
From estimation to installation, Honeywell’s new Fast Track program helps you keep projects on time and under budget. This easy-to-use project management and product configuration tool can help you turn estimates into orders while reducing application engineering, delivery and installation time.
The new Honeywell Prestige IAQ is a thermostat with Brains and Beauty, and with a host of wireless accessories, the Prestige offers one sleek solution to solve comfort problems and drive revenue! Will Nest, can Nest, answer the competitive bell and rise to the challenge? The Prestige is a tour de force featuring elegant engineering and Nouveau Décor. Without a response from Nest, it appears Honeywell will take command of one of the largest and most lucrative markets in the HVAC industry.
Even the high-end DIY’s will reconsider once they give the Prestige IAQ a good once over. With fan control and the [Read more…]