7 Plus Minutes of Enchantment — Inside the HVAC Industry’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards

The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did. This 7 Plus minute video is a tour de force of recognition and prestige; excitement and entertainment; and in perhaps one of the most positive and important HVAC Industry commentaries to date, Vlad’s video is a fait accompi in capturing some of the world’s best corporations, best products and solutions, and most importantly, the superstars and heroes of our HVAC Industry within a celebrated and memorable occasion.

As Eric said so eloquently at the close of the show, “We want to thank our sponsors and we want to thank all of you for just being the amazing people that you are, and it’s a privilege to know you, and work in the same industry together. So, thanks!”

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 16, 2014

Mike Welch’s interview and review of DALI and LED Lighting are featured in this week’s ControlTalk NOW, along with another batch of new products, solutions, and as always, breaking news from the HVAC Industry and need-to-know information. Welcome again, to ControlTalk NOW.

ControlTalk Now March 16 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

cyber-pro-200Lots to Learn from the Target Cyber Incident: Building management cyber security should be part of an overall risk management process and a company procedure. “We Can Learn From the Target Cyber Incident,” by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring and Connexx Energy as published originally in the March, 2014 edition of automatedbuildings.com. The Target incident is another example of a cyber-incident that struck close to our industry and is another stark wake up call to businesses to be more vigilant and to take more preventative care when it comes to the cyber security of their assets.

realcomm1Realcomm Advisory Update: SPRINT Real Estate & CBRE Embrace Mobility to Set High Innovation Benchmark. The Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create e Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create a formal structure where leading ideas could be explored, vetted, implemented and evaluated.

aci logoACI Brings Home The Trophy: ACI, won again at the ControlTrends Awards! This year ACI won the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacture. If you need sensors ACI has a solution for you. Congratulations ACI! Few manufacturing companies are able to balance an aggressive competitive spirit with a palpable corporate heartbeat. ACI is not just an industry leader, but a committed community member able to sustain an active and viable community commitment, which is not an easy task to perform. ACI does it all so well and they make it seem easy. Take a look at ACI’s intuitive website, you’ll be very impressed.

Mike-WelchWhy LED Lighting Might Not Be Your Best Choice: Mike Welch Explains. Thanks again to our friend Mike Welch, from Control Network Solutions UK, for how outstanding thoughts and insights on lighting, lighting control and how to have a smarter building. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. CNS has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics.

HW_TalkingStat2020 Thermostat Odyssey: Picking a Smart Thermostat for Stanley Kubrick’s House. In perhaps the most current and comprehensive smart thermostat report to date, Rachel Cericola reviews the next-gen “quasi-stats” now available. The list contains many of the usual suspects, but also includes a few “outside the box and not just a thermostat” thermostats, or “quasi-stats,” that are competing in the smart-stat market — especially aimed at the feature-hungry, up-scale, and smart DIY homeowners. Rachel also provides some good advice to consider before buying a smart thermostat.

HW.001Honeywell Wins The Trendy: Best Marketing Tools and Support. Congratulations to Amy Anderson and her marketing team at Honeywell for the winning the 2013 ControlTrends best Marketing and Support Award. Honeywell’s new approach to reach the hearts, minds, and warehouses of its distributors means that Honeywell will be busy touring the country the months of October and November, launching new high-end integration items like the competitively priced Sylk LCD wall module, Sylk IOs, and new additions to their Spyder and Stryker family, as well as their expanding field devices including new valves and actuators.

TS_ImHere_ceiling-tileTherese Sullivan on the SensorWeb: Is ‘Finding Stuff’ the Killer App that Will Drive IoT adoption in Buildings? Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me highlights the brands and people that are succeeding at marketing to buildings professionals via digital media. In this article Therese keeps the ControlTrends Community on top of the SensorWeb developments. We just took one big step toward the Sensor Web—a concept that combines sensors, Geographical Information Science (GIS) and mobile telecom’s location-based services (LBS).

DataFlow_graphic_2DGLogik’s Latest Feature Release: Dataflow – Modern Visual Programming for Building Automation
San Francisco – March 7, 2014 — DGLogik is excited to announce the addition of a revolutionary feature called Dataflow, to our 2013 award winning product – DGBox. With Dataflow, DGBox users now have the ability to create logic sequences within a modern visual programming UI. Connect and command all devices, objects and operations as “smart blocks” with inputs and outputs…without having to write any script!

HW_AX3_1Honeywell Announces the New AX3-PPC Programmable Plant Controller: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters. The AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters.

S1‐TTSCC02 York Affinity Wi‐Fi JCI – York Announce Affinity S1‐TTSCC02 Wi‐Fi Communicating Control Product Introduction. In JCI’s continued effort to expand their Affinity product offering, JCI is pleased to introduce the Wi‐Fi capable version of their Affinity Residential Communicating Control. The Wi‐Fi capability provides homeowners with remote access to the control system from their Smartphone or tablet device using the IntelliComfort™ mobile app, allowing them to easily monitor the status of every enabled system device.

BBkings112013 ControlTrends Awards Highlights: And the Award Goes To… Thanks to our Mr.Jones (Bill Jones) for this great video of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Bill and his team worked very hard behind the cameras to make sure the magic of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards was captured on film. Nice job Mr.Jones!

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2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: ACI Brings Home The Trophy

ACI, won again at the ControlTrends Awards! This year ACI won the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacture. If you need sensors ACI has a solution for you. Congratulations ACI!
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ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending February 2, 2014

Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s spotlight is the review of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show in NYC, at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Please enjoy the myriad of photos and videos on ControlTrends. We will posting a variety of interviews and highlights and a wrap-up video in the very near future — that you won’t want to miss.

CTA_LOGO12013 ControlTrends Achievement Awards: TrendSetters Recognized. The ControlTrends Achievement Awards, given at start of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards show, recognized those people, products, and companies that provided our industry with swift and innovative market and product leadership, as well as solutions that met the changing needs and imperatives facing our industry.

CTA AWARDControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone.

wattstopper-image-01WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) Vital Product and Code Information at Your Fingertips. WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) includes vital information about every product WattStopper offers. ◦ Easy-to-use softbound publication, 544 full color pages ◦ Complete product cut sheets for every lighting control product from Digital Lighting to Lighting Control Panels, Occupancy Sensors to Vacancy Sensors, Daylighting Controls to Wireless Lighting Controls ◦ Energy code information ◦ Lighting control strategies ◦ Design and application information ◦ Lighting control resources and services.

SEC-JACE-616Honeywell Announces New WEBs Security Products: Honeywell is pleased to announce new products and part numbers for the WEBs Security controllers. These new products have a pricing model that is more competitive, particularly in the Small Building Market that requires a lower cost for a two reader controller.

gcvalvesMeet the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act “Lead Free” Standards with GC Valves NSF Solenoids. GC Valves is now manufacturing and shipping solenoid valves that meet state and federal requirements for drinking water. The S20 and S21 Series stainless steel and Noryl solenoid valves are fully certified to NSF/ANSI 61, which establishes minimum health effects requirements for the materials, components, or systems that contact drinking water or drinking water treatment chemicals.

automatedbuildingsOver the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair and automatedbuildings.com. Don’t forget to read Ken Smyers’ interview referencing of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards show.

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HVAC Control Stars on The Red Carpet at The 2013 ControlTrends Awards

For many of the heroes and superstars of our HVAC industry, The 2013 ControlTrends Awards began with a walk on the red carpet and photo op with the Rockettes, before the luncheon and the awards ceremony were started. Thanks once again to everyone that made the 2013 ControlTrends Awards such a resounding success, especially our corporate and media sponsors. It is a pleasure and an honor to produce this entertaining and memorable event for such a deserving industry.

ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank

CTA_LOGO1The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone. Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra were on-hand to assist MC, Marc Petock in recognizing the HVAC and Building Automation superstars, heroes, and award winners of 2013. ControlTrends Awards also unveiled the ControlTrends Awards Museum, the future digital home of all the nominees, award winners, and members of the Hall of Fame, as well as the integrated information source and documented history of the HVAC-related industries. Also announced, were its second Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank and the Petock Award recipient, John Petze.

Jerry Frank, Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank created Tridium in 1995, introducing the Niagara development platform that would forever change the building automation industry, and positively impact many other neighboring industries. For over a decade, Jerry Frank and Tridium, then provided next generation technology, vision, and forged the future roadmap that continued to expand Tridium’s position as the industry leader and most recognized innovator.

Presenting the 2013 ControlTrends Award Winners:

2013 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year: ABB

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year: Niagara AX

2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK

2013 ControlTrends Awards Marketing Tools and Support of the Year: Honeywell

2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Product of the Year: DG Logik DGBox

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Application of the Year: DGLux DGLogik

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Controller of the Year: Easy IO FG-32 Beast from the East

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS

2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer: ACI

2013 ControlTrends Awards Most Valuable Support Person of the Year: James Johnson, Vykon and Chis Lane, Johnson Controls

2013 ControlTrends Award Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year: Easy IO

2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year: Johnson Controls

2013 ControlTrends Awards: Passion, Integrity, Dedication Award Mike Marston, Easy IO and Ed Merwin, Vykon

2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback, Honeywell

ControlTrends 2013 Petock Award Recipient: John Petze

ControlTrends 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank

ControlTrends Awards once again expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude to its corporate and media sponsors for their generous support and we already look forward to capturing and producing the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Please stay tuned for complete video and photographic coverage of the awards show soon to be posted.

2013 ControlTrends Awards Nominee ACI Stops By For A Chat

ACI’s, Chad Schwenn, stopped by for a chat. ACI is up for several 2013 ControlTrends Awards, including: Best Peripheral Products of the Year from a Small Manufacturer, Best Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year, Best Marketing Tools and Support, and Barry Gordon for Technical Support Person of The Year. Barry was co winner lat year for this award.

In addition to talking about the 2013 Controltrends Awards, Chad, tells us about ACI’s approach to providing world class customer support, including the ” Raving Fan” concept. Chad, who is a marketing guru, talks about how ACI uses social media to connect with their customers. Thanks to Chad and his team at ACI for a great interview.

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending January 5, 2013 — ControlTrends Awards Voting in Progress

This week’s ControlTrends NOW reviews each category and each nominee, beginning with the 2013 Executive of the Year. These manufacturers, people, products, and solutions represent 2013′s best of the best:

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2013 HVAC Controls Executive of the Year
Chris Eichmann, Johnson Controls
Lars van der Haegen, Belimo
Tom Rosback, Honeywell
Terry Swope, Lynxspring
Mike Marston, EasyIO
Jason Briggs, J2
Eugene Mazo, DG Logik

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2013 Best Commercial HVAC Vendor of the Year
Belimo
Johnson Controls
Honeywell
KMC
Schneider Electric TAC
Siemens
EasyIO

The 2013 Building Automation Systems of the Year
Easy IO
Johnson Controls FX
Honeywell WEBs
Vykon
KMC
Lynxspring
Distech

2013 Best Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer
ACI
Veris Industries
Functional Devices
Connect-Air Wire & Cable
Thermokon
BAPI
Contemporary Controls

2013 Most Valuable Support Person of the Year
SK Foo, EasyIO
Joe Carcare, Belimo
Chris Lane, Johnson Controls
James Johnson, Vykon
Barry Gordon, ACI
Arthur Lebedinsky, DG Logik
Roger Rebennack, Honeywell

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2013 Best Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year
Easy IO
Belimo
Honeywell
Johnson Controls
ACI
KMC
Vykon

2013 Best Variable Frequency Drive of the Year
Honeywell Smart VFD
ABB
Danfoss
Johnson Controls
Yaskawa Z1000
Teco Westinghouse
TAC Schneider Electric Square D

2013 Thermostat of the Year
Nest
Honeywell Prestige (RedLINK)
Viconics VT8000 Series
EnTouch EMS Stat
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
KMC FlexStat
Maverick IP-MT-201

2013 Best Building Application of the Year
SkyFoundry
Johnson Controls Panoptix
Climatec Axcess
Controlco DataEye PRO
Lynxspring CyberPro
J2 nHaystack
DG Logik DGLux

2013 Commercial Product of the Year
Belimo Energy Valve
AIC Wireless Eagle BULIT
DG Logik DGBox
KMC AppStat
Johnson Controls System 450
Viconics VT 8000 Series
Siemens Pressure Independent Control Valve (PICV)

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2013 Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year
DGLux by DGLogik
Niagara AX
Johnson Controls ASSET Tool
BAS Services & Graphics (BASSG)
J2 Innovations FIN Builder
Sedona CPT Tool
Activelogix Periscope

2013 Building Automation Controller of the Year
Honeywell Spyder
EasyIO FG-32 Beast from the East
Johnson Controls FX-PCG
Vykon JEC-234 JACE Equipment Controller
KMC BAC 7001
Alerton VLCA- 1688
Distech ECC-VAV

2013 Marketing Tools and Support
EasyIO
Johnson Controls
Honeywell
Vykon
DGLogik
ACI
KMC

2013 ControlTrends Person of the Year (PID)
Mike Marston, EasyIO
Gary Weber, Belimo
Sarah Monteleone, Connect-Air Wire & Cable
Ed Merwin, Vykon
Dave Bohlmann, KMC Controls
Laura Kevitt, Honeywell
Doug Gettig, Viconics

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ACI — Combining Great People with Great Products! Is it a Wisconsin Thing?

aci logoACI is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards for Best Periphery Product from a Small Manufacturer, but ACI is likely to outgrow that category and soon, because ACI is a thriving entity on the move — setting new standards in the temperature, humidity, pressure, gas sensor, interface devices, wireless sensor, and building automation accessories markets. ACI’s two key acquisitions: Advanced Control Technologies’ (ACT’s) Interface Control Components line and Trs Systems Wireless Sensors and Controls give ACI complete application solutions and a much greater reach into every building space.

Few manufacturing companies are able to balance an aggressive competitive spirit with a palpable corporate heartbeat. ACI is not just an industry leader, but a committed community member able to sustain an active and viable community commitment, which is not an easy task to perform. ACI does it all so well and they make it seem easy. Take a look at ACI’s intuitive website, you’ll be very impressed.

ACI works hard to make to make your job easier, and is quite professional and friendly while they’re doing it!

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ACI Announces 2 New Pressure Sensor Products that Deliver High Quality at Winning Prices

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ACI has always focused on customer Satisfaction. We have one of the lowest return rates in the industry. Our highly skilled sales staff and customer service department is ready and willing to help you with your next sensor application. ACI has twice been awarded “Wisconsin Manufacture of the Year”.

ACI_LP2ACI has two new products to combat the major hurdles on a successful pressure sensor bid with the following:
-Accuracy (Proven +/- 0.3% Accuracies on new A/DP2 Series)
-Reliability (Sturdy design with ACI’s quality behind it)
-Cost(25-40% less than competitor’s equivalents)

Beware that competitive brands might take a single-diaphragm design and scale it into much lower pressure ranges to simplify their product offering. ACI knows this will reduce the accuracy at the lower ends of the sensing ranges and refuses to compromise this important aspect of a pressure sensor. [Read more...]