ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 30, 2014

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending March 30, 2014. Spring is in the air (finally!) and the baseball season begins. This week’s guests are OME Solutions’, Rick Warner, AKA the INNOVATOR, and Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon, who gives ControlTrends the big-picture perspective of the vast resources national accounts require.

HighlightThe 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.

sy actuatorBelimo SY Actuator for Butterfly Valves: Belimo’s SY Series actuators were designed to work with their butterfly valves and other quarter turn valve applications. The patented gear drive mechanism provides for efficient, smooth operation while allowing easy manual override at any time. The SY actuators are NEMA 4, 4x rated and designed to meet the needs of HVAC and Commercial applications. Offered on the HSU and HS butterfly valve series, these actuators are available for on/off and modulating applications. Depending on the application, they are available in 24 VAC, 120 VAC and 230 VAC.

realcomm1Today’s Realcomm Live Webinar: BAS, BMS, EMS, BOS – Uncovering the Smart Building Platform. Today’s LIVE Webinar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT We’re starting to see widespread acceptance of the concept of a smart, connected building. While considering a comprehensive plan that involves operations, energy, sustainability and occupant systems, there arethere are myriad challenges but the opportunities of connectivity, integration and interoperability are extraordinary.

RickWarnerControlTalk NOW first guest is the president of OME Solutions, RICHARD K. WARNER, PE, LEED BC&D, CEM, DCEP, CXA, EBCP. The string of titles and certifications after Rick’s name give immediate testament to the wealth of knowledge and experience Rick possess and so willingly shares with the ControlTrends community through his Innovation Corner. Rick, AKA, the INNOVATOR, will be back — providing much important content in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss the INNOVATOR series!

irs_imageIRS Virtual Currency Guidance & March 26th Update — In Case You Were Wondering. On a not too distant ControlTalk NOW, the subject of virtual currency and Bitcoin as a virtual payment, brought up some interesting dialogue, which left us speculating on the future impact it may make to our industry, if any impact at all. In either case, for the benefit of our ControlTrends Community, here is the latest information from the IRS concerning virtual currency.

trendview_v5_recorderHoneywell Paperless Recorders: Honeywell offers Trendview data recorders and an advanced analysis software suite to meet data recording needs. Three models are available with screen types that display various combinations of horizontal and vertical charts, digital values and bar graphs.

NiagaraNiagara Summit 2014 Awards: Call for Entries! Since the last Summit, have you launched a new product that is based on or interfaces with the Niagara framework? Have you completed a Niagara-based project that exemplifies innovation, creativity and collaboration? If so, we hope that you will submit an entry for two new awards that Tridium will be presenting at the Niagara Summit to customers for exemplary industry achievement.

DavidWitherspoonOur second guest on ControlTalk NOW, Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon. David provides great insight on how Honeywell has many channels to offer their national, even global customers with the open and consistent solutions they need and how products like Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless products now add to the modular concept of increasing the value of solutions over time.

VEM-Diagram (1)“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights from Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing the way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Energy efficiency continues to be the largest contributing factor to flat-lining electricity use. The decline is due to many factors, from changing weather and economic recessions to the wider adoption of energy efficiency measures. But it is the latter that might explain the trend in recent years, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

PublicPrivacyPublic Privacy — An Oxymoron Worthy of Consideration. This ControlTrends post takes a small step towards addressing the enormous subject of Public Privacy as it pertains to Big Data. The boundless use and proliferation of Big Data is now everywhere at once — for every conceivable purpose from medical diagnoses and corresponding treatment plans, advertising networks, data brokers, insurance providers, smart grid operators and energy usage managers (our insertion point to this subject), public and private traffic management, border control, access to employment, criminal investigations and sentencing, justice authorities, scientists, the granting of social welfare, and combating social security fraud. The benefits are all too obvious. But what next? IBM has introduced “autonomic computing.”

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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 February 16, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW lead post was HACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story.” ControlTalk also welcomes Ken Sinclair, editor of AutomatedBuilding.com, our industry’s Library of Alexandria, and one of the most useful websites available to anybody in the building automation business. Ken talks about the mission of AutomatedBuidings.com and how it has evolved over the years to accommodate the significant changes within our industry. And, make sure to watch the Therese Sullivan interview, now posted in its entirety.

zipecon1Belimo Zip Economizer, The Good, The Great, and The Incredible: The Good: We are watching the introduction of new and innovative products being released at an incredible rate! The Belimo Zip Economizer promises to deliver economizer savings and application performance on a new level! The Great: The impact of disruptive technology continues to alter the of course of business as usual. There’s going to be more ORANGE than ever — inside the building envelope, and for good reason, because the need for energy savings has never been more important.

HackedHACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story,” and brings the reality of our present state of affairs into a very sobering and focused perspective. The HVAC industry’s over-used security through obscurity has ended abruptly.

Basic RGBDOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, Must-Watch LA Lights Video: The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations and serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for those applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences.

easyio-fg-20EasyIO FG-32 Beast From the East Update: New BACnet IP Client Feature Released: Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, enthusiastically announced the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year, FG-32 is now available with BACnet IP Client! Users will now be able to use a 4GB card for Graphics and Histories, and a 4GB card is plenty! One Graphic is about 200K bytes and a 1 GB will give 10 some million history records.

BitpoolThe Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All: ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).

Therese.001 Therese Sullivan Talks Smart Buildings, Google, and System Integration: Why did Google really buy Nest? What skills does the controls system integrator of the future look like? Who will win the race to the large space? To answer some of these questions Ken and I tracked down Therese Sullivan, who explores these types of topics on her blog BuildingContext.me.

EasyIO2 Mike Marston and the EasyIO Beast – HTTP Data Histories and CSV files. Some More Show and Tell! Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP of Worldwide Sales is passionate about his products and offering great solutions for Energy Services and overall Building Management. All done simply, via EasyIO Sedona Objects, and Open Source Tools — it’s truly amazing!

t775 copy Honeywell T775 Quality Alert Bulletin: T775 Quality Alert In this Bulletin: * A limited number of T775s were incorrectly calibrated. The result was incorrect temperature readings on the Sensor A input. * The affected T775 units start with date code 1314.

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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.

Presenting the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show (Get some Popcorn First)

2013 ControlTrends Awards Version 2 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

The ControlTrends Awards brought the superstars and heroes together in the HVAC and Building Automation industries’ version of the Academy Awards, red carpet, trophies, and all. For one momentous occasion, the men and women, products and solutions, manufacturers and vendors were recognized and celebrated for their achievements and accomplishments. It was an amazing and historical event held at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, a most befitting venue. Without further ado, we present to you in its entirety, the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

Marilyn Serenades HVAC Executives with “Control Guys are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Today’s HVAC Executive has to be prepared for any contingency — and the seven 2013 ControlTrends Executive of the Year nominee’s certainly showed they are always ready, displaying fabulous form and poise when called to the stage at B.B. King’s to be serenaded by Marilyn herself with “Control Guys are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The moment wowed the crowd and produced an unforgettable highlight of the show. The coveted 2013 ControlTrends Executive of the Year went to Honeywell’s Tom Rosback.

2013 ControlTrends Achievement Award Winners. TrendSetters Recognized

CTA_LOGO1The 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. Congratulations, once again to these industry trendsetters:

Channel Pioneers: Scott Cochrane, Cochrane Supply and Brian Turner, Controlco

Innovative Marketing: Momentum On Tour, Honeywell and Building Championship Teams, Johnson Controls

Security Product Award: Lynx CyberPro, Lynxspring and Skorpion Routers, Contemporary Controls

Open Protocol Leadership and Innovative Presentation Award: Project Haystack, Haystack Community and Jason Briggs and Scott Muench, J2 Innovations

Product Innovation Award: Belimo’s Universal Retrofit Solution, and EnTouch Controls’s EnTouch EMS Thermostat

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.

Belimo Continues to Set Industry Standards with Product Innovation

BelimoFew companies can boast the enormous success that Belimo has realized in 2013. Numerous Belimo people and products are up for 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Lars van der Haegen, Executive of the Year. Gary Weber, ControlTrends Person of the Year, Joe Carcare, Most Valuable Support Person of the Year. Belimo is also nominated for Best Technical Support Vendor of the Year, Commercial Product of the Year, and Best Commercial Vendor of the Year (whew!). Here is an additional summary of Belimo’s achievements and a few of their product superstars.

* Belimo Energy Valve™ will be awarded the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award at this year 2014 AHR Expo held at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City in the Category of Building Automation.
* At the BCIA Building Controls Industry Association Awards,The Belimo Energy Valve™ won the “Technical Innovation of the Year.
*At the 2013 Comfortech Product Showcase Awards, The ZIP Economizer was voted #1.

belimoenergyValve The Energy Valve has the Belimo Delta T Manager™ built-in that helps operators analyze and fine tune performance under any and all conditions. The Energy Valve is a two-way pressure independent valve that optimizes, documents and proves water coil performance.

Airside economizing shouldn’t just be good in theory. It should deliver what owners expect. With the ZIP Economizer, it does. zipecon1 The ZIP Economizer has been developed to allow for easy user interaction when setting up or troubleshooting Economizer systems and RTUs. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market.

EF_DCAs Belimo spring return actuators are designed for use in a wide variety of HVAC damper applications. With our comprehensive torque range of 22 in-lbs to 270 in-lbs and the ability to direct mount on standard damper shafts or jackshafts, these solutions are ideal for control dampers, air handlers, economizer units, VAV terminal units, fan coil units, fan shutters and unit ventilators.◾270 in-lb [30 Nm] ◾Run time 60…150 seconds ◾Spring Return <20 seconds.

Belimo retrofit linkages with new generation actuators adjusts to most globe valves; the actuator provides increased flexibility with reduced inventory.globevalvemade simple Retrofit Solutions: Effective retrofit solutions for valves and damper actuators. Quickly and easily, conveniently up fitted without any interruption in service. Cutting-edge technology offering quality and reliability for your entire system. Simple way to implement Belimo actuators in existing buildings whether electronic or pneumatic. Custom designs providing cost effective linkage solutions.