2014 ControlTrends Hall Of Fame Inductee H. Michael Newman

Mike NeumanCongratulations again to H. Michael Newman the father of BACnet on his induction to the 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame. To see Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, induct Mike into the Hall oF Fame click here.

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. H. Michael Newman recently authored Direct Digital Control of Building Systems: Theory and Practice.

As a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Mike has served on the Research and Technical Committee that supervised the Society’s research program and its technical committees; was an officer of TC 1.4, the technical committee on control theory and application; was the chairman of Standard Project Committee 135P which developed the BACnet® building automation and control network communication protocol and was chairman of the follow-on standing standard project committee, SSPC 135, responsible for interpreting and extending BACnet, up until July 2000.

Mike graduated “with distinction” from Cornell University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. A year later he was awarded a master’s degree in the same field and subsequently did post-graduate work in astrophysics at the NASA Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Following 10 years as a pilot and flight instructor, during which he assisted in the design and maintenance of aircraft electronics installations, Mike returned to Cornell to take charge of the installation and development of the University’s computerized energy management and control system. The system now serves over 225 buildings with nearly 980,000 sensor and control points, features extensive graphic display and plotting capabilities, and was one of the first such systems to make use of multiuser, multiprotocol computers in an integrated, multivendor field panel environment. Mike is presently Manager of the Building Automation and Control Systems Integration group within Facilities Services at Cornell University.

In June of 2003 he received ASHRAE’s Standards Achievement Award and in 2010 its Distinguished Service Award. He has served as convener of the committee’s XML Working Group that published the BACnet Web Services addendum, BACnet/WS, and is presently the convener of the Elevator – Working Group. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of BACnet International, the successor group to the BACnet Manufacturers’ Association, the Chairman of the ASHRAE Standards Committee, which oversees all of ASHRAE’s standards work, and a member of Technology Council. He has contributed to the development of the Professional Development Seminar on “Automatic Temperature Control,” and served as a speaker for the PDS on “DDC for HVAC Monitoring and Control” for 12 years. He has contributed to several revisions of the ASHRAE handbook chapter on “Automatic Control.”

In 1999 he co-authored the “GSA Guide to Specifying Interoperable Building Automation and Control Systems Using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-1995, BACnet” that was published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is still used throughout the federal government. He is the author of an award-winning book from Wiley Interscience entitled “Direct Digital Control of Building Systems – Theory and Practice” and his second book, “BACnet – The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks,” was published by Momentum Press in August 2013.

Mike has served as a consultant to the Architect of the Capitol, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and NIST in Washington, DC, as well as to several private companies. He was a member of the United States delegation to the International Energy Agency’s Advisory Review Board on the subject of the use of microelectronic control systems for energy conservation in buildings. He has served as a U.S. expert to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO/TC 205, Building Environment Design, at meetings throughout the world and is currently Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. Head of Delegation. In the 1990’s, he was a presenter at the “Forum Home and Building Automation” in Paris; participated in the formation of the BACnet Interest Group – Europe in Frankfurt; and was the keynote speaker at a BACnet seminar in Sydney, Australia. At the Congress Building Performance in 2000, again in Frankfurt, he presented a paper entitled “BACnet – Past, Present and Future.”

In 2001 he was a member of a 3-person delegation to Beijing and Wuhan, China, that presented BACnet to businessmen, academics and government officials of the Ministry of Construction. The same delegation visited Tokyo and Osaka in 2002 to make presentations at the “International BACnet Symposium” sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan. In more recent years, he visited Seoul to present a BACnet update to the Intelligent Building Society of Korea; attended the launch of the BACnet Interest Group – Middle East in Dubai, UAE and then went on to Moscow to speak at SHK 2004. Over the last 10 years, he has participated in ISO/TC 205 meetings in Seoul, Paris, Cairo, Delft, Kyoto, Sydney, La Rochelle, Stockholm, and Wuxi..

In 1999 Mike was selected by the Twin Tiers Chapter of ASHRAE to receive its Engineer of the Year Award and, in 2001, received an award of the same name from the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.

Contemporary Controls’ George Thomas Inducted Into ControlTrends Hall of Fame

George Thomas ControlTrends had the additional honor of inducting George Thomas into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. George Thomas received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. George completed the American Electronics Association/Stanford University Executive Institute for managing high-tech companies, and has served as a director on several boards such as the MIDCON Electronics Show and Convention, the IEEE-Chicago Section, the STD Bus Manufacturer’s Group, the ARCNET Trade Association, the American Electronics Association, the Chicago Manufacturing Center and the Management Association of Illinois. George Thomas is a life senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and past chairman of the Chicago Section, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation society. To read more of George’s outstanding lifetime achievements and prolific career, please read below.

George Thomas Inducted into 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Professional Activities: Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) . Member of the Americian Society of Quality (ASQ). Past chairman of the Chicago Section of the IEEE and current History chairman. Past chairman of the MIDCON electronics show and convention.

Trade Activities: Past chairman of the Management Association of Illinois. Past director of the Chicago Manufacturing Center. Past director of the American Electronics Association (AEA). Past chairman of the AEA /Midwest Council. Director of the ARCNET Trade Association, Past chairman of the STD Bus Manufacturer’s Group.

Papers and Journals: Published Network Communications for Buildings (2015) to celebrate Contemporary Controls’ 40th Anniversary. Authored several articles on control and industrial networking technology for publications such as Control Engineering magazine. Presented papers at conferences such as Plant Engineering/80, SATECH/85, ISA/87, IPC/88, ControlExpo/89, ICEE/92, FieldComms USA/97, FieldComms UK/00, and ICOA/06. Authored numerous papers for the Industrial Ethernet University — an on-line education forum.

Ken Sinclair Inducts H. Michael Newman into the 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame

Mike NemanThe 2014 ControlTrends Awards had the special pleasure of having Automated Buildings’ editor and owner, Ken Sinclair, induct H. Michael Newman, also known as the Father of BACnet, into the ControlTrends Hall of Fame. Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. H. Michael Newman recently authored Direct Digital Control of Building Systems: Theory and Practice. For more on H. Michael Newman’s outstanding life achievements and biography, please see below.

As a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Mike has served on the Research and Technical Committee that supervised the Society’s research program and its technical committees; was an officer of TC 1.4, the technical committee on control theory and application; was the chairman of Standard Project Committee 135P which developed the BACnet® building automation and control network communication protocol and was chairman of the follow-on standing standard project committee, SSPC 135, responsible for interpreting and extending BACnet, up until July 2000.

Mike graduated “with distinction” from Cornell University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. A year later he was awarded a master’s degree in the same field and subsequently did post-graduate work in astrophysics at the NASA Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Following 10 years as a pilot and flight instructor, during which he assisted in the design and maintenance of aircraft electronics installations, Mike returned to Cornell to take charge of the installation and development of the University’s computerized energy management and control system. The system now serves over 225 buildings with nearly 980,000 sensor and control points, features extensive graphic display and plotting capabilities, and was one of the first such systems to make use of multiuser, multiprotocol computers in an integrated, multivendor field panel environment. Mike is presently Manager of the Building Automation and Control Systems Integration group within Facilities Services at Cornell University.

In June of 2003 he received ASHRAE’s Standards Achievement Award and in 2010 its Distinguished Service Award. He has served as convener of the committee’s XML Working Group that published the BACnet Web Services addendum, BACnet/WS, and is presently the convener of the Elevator – Working Group. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of BACnet International, the successor group to the BACnet Manufacturers’ Association, the Chairman of the ASHRAE Standards Committee, which oversees all of ASHRAE’s standards work, and a member of Technology Council. He has contributed to the development of the Professional Development Seminar on “Automatic Temperature Control,” and served as a speaker for the PDS on “DDC for HVAC Monitoring and Control” for 12 years. He has contributed to several revisions of the ASHRAE handbook chapter on “Automatic Control.” In 1999 he co-authored the “GSA Guide to Specifying Interoperable Building Automation and Control Systems Using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-1995, BACnet” that was published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is still used throughout the federal government. He is the author of an award-winning book from Wiley Interscience entitled “Direct Digital Control of Building Systems – Theory and Practice” and his second book, “BACnet – The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks,” was published by Momentum Press in August 2013.

Mike has served as a consultant to the Architect of the Capitol, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and NIST in Washington, DC, as well as to several private companies. He was a member of the United States delegation to the International Energy Agency’s Advisory Review Board on the subject of the use of microelectronic control systems for energy conservation in buildings. He has served as a U.S. expert to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO/TC 205, Building Environment Design, at meetings throughout the world and is currently Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. Head of Delegation. In the 1990’s, he was a presenter at the “Forum Home and Building Automation” in Paris; participated in the formation of the BACnet Interest Group – Europe in Frankfurt; and was the keynote speaker at a BACnet seminar in Sydney, Australia. At the Congress Building Performance in 2000, again in Frankfurt, he presented a paper entitled “BACnet – Past, Present and Future.” In 2001 he was a member of a 3-person delegation to Beijing and Wuhan, China, that presented BACnet to businessmen, academics and government officials of the Ministry of Construction. The same delegation visited Tokyo and Osaka in 2002 to make presentations at the “International BACnet Symposium” sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan. In more recent years, he visited Seoul to present a BACnet update to the Intelligent Building Society of Korea; attended the launch of the BACnet Interest Group – Middle East in Dubai, UAE and then went on to Moscow to speak at SHK 2004. Over the last 10 years, he has participated in ISO/TC 205 meetings in Seoul, Paris, Cairo, Delft, Kyoto, Sydney, La Rochelle, Stockholm, and Wuxi..

In 1999 Mike was selected by the Twin Tiers Chapter of ASHRAE to receive its Engineer of the Year Award and, in 2001, received an award of the same name from the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.

Control Network News from Contemporary Controls

CC_AHRHappy Holidays from all of us at Contemporary Controls, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. May the upcoming New Year be filled with joy, good health and prosperity.

While in Chicago at AHR 2015 make sure to stop by Booth 3531 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase to see and learn about our portfolio of open building automation and control solutions that are cost-effective and durable enough to withstand demanding loads from challenging environments. Read more.

CC_CTAContemporary Controls Nominated for Five CTA Awards. We’re proud to announce that we’ve been nominated as a ControlTrends Award (CTA) finalist for the following five categories for 2014: * Peripheral Product of the Year (#6) *Best Technical Support Company — Small Manufacturer (#21) *The PID Award (#22) *ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer (#23 *ControlTrends Vendor of Year — Small Manufacturer (#26) Read more.

CC_BackupSimplify the Saving of Sedona Projects with BASbackup: BASbackup – our Sedona Project Backup and Restore utility – has been updated to simplify the backup and restore operations of our BAScontrol20 series of BACnet/IP unitary controllers. All BAScontrol20 configuration files – not just Sedona application files – can now be saved in one simple zip file for easy project retention and recovery. Read more.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 21, 2014

PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors Contemporary Controls and International Solutions of America (ISA). 2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominees Nino DiCosmo, Tridium’s President and General Manager, and Thermokon’s North American Sales Manager, David Alliband, join us this week on ControlTalk NOW, providing unique insights into Nino DiCosmo’s high-profile executive role in running one of the world’s leading software platforms and David Alliband’s vigorous efforts to take the Thermokon product portfolio to the next level in the North American market.

Contemporary Controls Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework.

ISA ISA’s warehouse maintains a large inventory of new and reconditioned parts. From years of experience, we know the parts our customers need most. So in most cases, your parts are shipped within 24 hours — in many instances, the same day — saving you the expense of lengthy down-time.

Sky Foundry1ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundryy: Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at SkyFoundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Whether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults SkyFoundry enables the creation of “Sparks” (events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.

lynx_enews2Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 ControlTrends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock. We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today.

cybersecurity_imageHeads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures. We received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on to the ControlTrends Community for greatest dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.

NiagaraAXNiagara Framework Changed Our World! Tridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And,understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome.

NinoCTN Interview with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, Large Manufacturer. Nino DiCosmo is an accomplished global executive recognized for commitment to setting and achieving Tridium’s vision and goals. Nino is an expert at scaling operations, building customer focused teams, and leading innovative product development.

thermokom_logoThermokon — Keeping in Touch with the Future. Thermokon EasySens- EnOcean is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America is excited about Thermokon’s continued success and the many wired and wireless products and solutions Thermokon has to offer. When Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH was founded in 1987 by Harald Zygan in Mittenaar-Bicken, Germany, hardly anyone expected the business to grow out of this scale.

DavidAllibandCTN Interview with David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America. David Alliband reviews the variety of wired and wireless products available from Thermokon and the HVAC applications the Thermokon products are especially well-suited for. Thermokon has grown from a sensor manufacturer to a solutions provider with a broad range of highly competitive quality products available from a distributor near you.

smart_grid1Rising Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption — Impacts on the Grid (Negligible, for Now). December, 2014: Six utilities that participated in DOE’s cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program deployed in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations and evaluated customer charging behaviors and impacts on the grid. There are relatively few plug-in electric vehicles on the road today, and as a result the six SGIG projects focused on establishing the charging infrastructure with a relatively low number of stations and evaluated a small number of participating vehicles.

360FacilityCTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success. Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper. In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 23, 2014

neptronic_logoControlTrends thanks Neptronic, this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor. Founded in 1976, Neptronic has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry, whose product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.

smartgrid.govU.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct. ControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

High Pressure ControlsControlTrends Training: High Pressure Refrigeration Controls: 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.

MICA_NEARME-7We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory. Okay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!

CS_GCV2-700x400GC Valves TIP: Solenoid Valves for Oil & Gas Burner Pilot Applications: GC Valves offers very competitive, high-quality solenoid valve solutions for general purpose, oil and natural gas burner, and custom-solenoid valve applications. Now that the cold weather has arrived, here is a reminder that GC Valves manufactures some of the most popular pilot valves for oil and natural gas burners.

Honeywell LyricIntroducing 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Nominee: Honeywell Lyric Round is cool again! Round is cool again! Honeywell introduced the T87 Round thermostats when Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend was but a mere tike. Round gave way to rectangular shaped thermostats and round stats got lost in the thermostatic style wars. It took a guy from Apple, Tony Fadell, to make round cool again when he introduced the Nest thermostat a couple of years ago. Not to be out done, Honeywell, the original purveyors of round, packed over 100 years of Honeywell control know-how into the ultra cool Honeywell Lyric.

ga powerHow a VFD Pays for Itself:This week Stromquist hosted a Drive to Savings Day with Siemens and GA Power to educate our customers on the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives and GA Power’s current rebate programs for VFDs and other HVAC equipment. Most people already know that installing a VFD can save money by cutting back on the energy it takes to run equipment, but not everyone is aware that there are additional savings to reap by taking advantage of GA Power’s rebate opportunity. For any NEW drive installed on existing equipment, GA Power will issue a $50 per HP rebate. So a 20 HP drive will bring a $1000 rebate. Add that to the money saved in energy costs, and the new drive will pay for itself very quickly!

Smart Meters and Big Brother Video Editorial. Check out this video from Minivan Jack! Is he just being paranoid or does he have a point? If not through a smart meter, what about through a Nest thermostat collecting your information? Let me know what you think in comments.

CC_BLDGPROF5Contemporary Controls’ Modbus Profile Builder Software for the BASgatewayLX is Now Available! November 2014 — The BASgatewayLX uses a csv (comma separated value) file that is uploaded to it to provide the modbus point list that will be polled. Contemporary Controls builds these Modbus maps and posts them on our BASgatewayLX profile page. If you need a Modbus that is not currently on line please contact us, and we will enjoy creating it for you.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 16, 2014

EasyIO2ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, EasyIO — a world leader in Open Building Automation integration solutions and manufacturer of Ethernet based, DDC Controllers. EasyIO’s 5 core values are Trust, Quality, People development, solid business ethics and leading edge Innovation. Congratulations to Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, Lim Hoon Chiat, FG-32 Beast, and the entire EasyIO team for nominations in eight ControlTrends Awards categories!

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailFunctional Devices, Inc. is Moving to a New Facility. On the afternoon of November 14th, Functional Devices will have limited email and phone support from sales & engineering during the move to our new facility. Functional Devices will do our best to accommodate any orders received before 1:00 p.m. EST. Normal operations will resume on Monday, November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.

Cybersecurity_CanadaCyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada, Early Bird Rates End November 14th! Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada will provide you with industry-specific insight to get your information/cyber security team prepared to overcome challenges like targeted cyber attacks and data loss and exploitation. An invitation from Carrie Simon, Marketing Manager, IQPC: “I would like to inform you that IQPC’s Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada agenda is now available for download! This year’s summit will include elite speakers and engaging panel discussions.”

VD1Happy Veterans Day 2014! Citizens of United States honor their military veterans and thank them for their service with sound ceremonies and festive parades. It is a proud day filled with meaning for everyone who has served. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

ProjectAssist_DGLux5 Control TrendsDGLogik Introduces Project Assist for DGLux5: Easily creating an application or dashboard to monitor your building data CAN happen in the nick of time with DGLogik’s evolutionary new wizard, Project Assist for DGLux5. Their team has created a “plug and play” wizard that allows users you to start designing and developing data-driven applications with some clicks and drags of a few buttons within a modern-design environment. There are four main menu components that provide a “hand-holding”, design, and development experience.

Gas Reg11How to Install A Gas Pressure Regulator The Right Way: All gas regulators have one thing in common. If you don’t install them correctly they won’t work. In this video, Stromquist & Company’s Matt Koneig shows you the right way to pipe and install a gas pressure regulator. Thanks Matt. Contact Stromquist Company for any of your gas pressure regulator, burner, boiler, or flame safeguard needs.

DOE_FUNDINGNovember 2014 Issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update Newsletter. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding. This photo shows two brick homes that have been upgraded into high performance homes. Building America research teams design, test, and demonstrate efficient technologies and practices that result in cost-effective, marketable home performance.

TridiumNiagara Analytics Framework Webinars! Register Now for Information and Demo!Tridium’s new data analytics platform has all of the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara Framework®, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information. It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position. It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

SE8000LIVE! Ask the Experts about Schneider Electric’s SE8000 Series Room Controllers! You’re invited to a free, 1-hour webinar hosted by Schneider Electric, during which you’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts anything you want to know about our application-specific SE8000 Series room controllers. Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 1:00pm EST. Schneider Electric’S panel of experts include: Mike Sabinash, Director, Business Development, North America;Tim Doulgeropoulos, Business Development Manager, North America; Pierre Paquette, Offer Manager; Louis-Nicolas Hamer, Director, Global Solutions; and Simon Leblond, Director, Strategy & Marketing. Register here: http://www.se-learning.com/register

Functional Devices, Inc. is Moving to a New Facility

Functional_Devices On the afternoon of November 14th, Functional Devices will have limited email and phone support from sales & engineering during the move to our new facility. Functional Devices will do our best to accommodate any orders received before 1:00 p.m. EST. Normal operations will resume on Monday, November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.

Half-Light® Ballast Controllers: Our new energy-saving series of Half-Light Controllers provides independent control for multiple ballast light fixtures from a single existing wall switch. Two Stage and Three Stage Half-Light Controllers can significantly reduce a building’s light output, enabling professional lighting users to cost-effectively enjoy the benefits of lighting control with just a simple toggle of their wall-based light switch.

Building Automation Systems: RIB® BACnet, LonWorks,and Ethernet Network Compatible Devices can be hard wired and used instead of more expensive multi-output controllers when a few more control points are needed, and large controllers are too much for the job. They can also be used when control points are widely spread throughout the job site. These devices have been prepackaged to save the installer the time, trouble, and expense of buying separate components and assembling them on the job. Functional Devices also offers Zigbee, AIC, and EnOcean WIRELESS Network Compatible Devices that can act singly as a (LCS) load control switch or as part of a larger network.

Lighting Controls: Shunt Relay Applications — Our Emergency Bypass/Shunt Relays are UL924 listed and suitable for shunting around wall switches in order to turn on emergency lighting in the event of the loss of normal utility power.

Energy Saving Devices: Wireless Room Energy Control System — The wireless keycard switch is powered by EnOcean’s® “energy harvesting” technology that converts the slide of a plastic keycard into a small amount of electricity. This electricity is used to transmit a wireless signal that communicates to Functional Devices’ EnOcean® enabled wireless relay that is controlling the power to the HVAC unit in the room.

New Products: RIBMW24B-44-BC — RIB® BACnet, LonWorks,and Ethernet Network Compatible Devices can be hard wired and used instead of more expensive multi-output controllers when a few more control points are needed, and large controllers are too much for the job. They can also be used when control points are widely spread throughout the job site. These devices have been prepackaged to save the installer the time, trouble, and expense of buying separate components and assembling them on the job.

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Delta Controls – A Cradle of Innovation

Delta2At Delta Controls, Innovation is at the core of what we do. We take BACnet to heart, and have been committed to contributing to BACnet for the last 20 years. We invest in product development and R&D. With over 200 years of industry experience in our R&D department alone, we know that innovation requires having teams in the field and involving our customers in the development process. Innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 2, 2014

delta_controls_logoWelcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW where the 2014 ControlTrends Awards finalists are featured. Congratulations to all of the finalists. ControlTrends thanks our Platinum sponsor Delta Controls. Delta Controls is a global leader in Building Automation Systems (BAS), with over 300 distributors, and many thousand of installations in more than 80 countries. Delta Controls is recognized as a market leader in the manufacture of open-protocol BAS.

ChicagoPicIt has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. [Read more…]