Episode 295: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 16, 2018 features our interview with ACI’s Tech Support Manager, Matt Buchholz, who is a finalist for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards Technical Support Person of the Year. Next up, Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager at Ant Technologies, [Read more…]
Belimo’s CEO, Lars van der Haegen and his team explain their simple, yet powerful and all-encompassing philosophy in creating customer value with CESIM, which is the Belimo-method to innovate building technology with sensors, valves, and actuators. CESIM ensures Comfort, Energy Efficiency, [Read more…]
Episode 293: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 2, 2018 features owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who discusses the theme of his December edition of Automated Buildings and the upcoming training sessions at the 2019 AHR EXPO. Product, Solutions and Event Updates from Functional Devices, Johnson Controls, [Read more…]
Episode 288: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Oct 20, 2018, comes to you from the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld, Orlando, FL, where our coverage of Honeywell’s 2018 Momentum Event begins with interviews with rising industry star, Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), and veteran Building Automation Systems and Security Integrations expert, Roger Rebennack, CEO, Jackson Control. Contemporary Controls featured at Building Automation Training; Belimo Demand Control Ventilation Webinar; and Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems.
Honeywell’s Momentum 2018 Conference theme is “You’ve Got Connections,” and is dedicated to next-gen building innovations. ControlTrends is amidst a network of over 400 elite distributors, integrators, contractors, product experts, and exhibitors for three days of business-building insights and a chance to interact with the latest products and solutions. Day 1 will begin early AM with a General Session, followed by a myriad of Breakout Sessions and Vendor Trade Show.
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), who previews BAM’s fast-track training options. BAM is all about increasing the profitability of your building automation business. BAM provides online building automation training that increases the ability of your building automation employees to execute their jobs as profitably as possible. Check out BAM’s online courses that will provide the skills that your employees need — to execute their building automation work as profitably as possible.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Roger Rebennack, CEO of Jackson Control. Very few people in our industry possess Roger’s passion, innovation, and dedication to the security sector of enterprise security integrations. The team at Jackson Control have taken Threat Level Management and Shooter Detection Systems to the next level. Jackson Control is now the Honeywell National WEBs N4 Security Distributor and Solutions Design Center.
Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems. Since 1978, Connect-Air, now part of the Genuine Cable Group, has been a leader in supplying electronic cable and cable assemblies. In 2015 Connect-Air was acquired by EIS, Inc., a North American Distribution Leader in the electrical industry, and part of GPC, a Fortune 200 Company. Connect-Air is now part of EIS’s Genuine Cable Group, which includes Seacoast Electric, Cobra Wire & Cable, and Electro Wire.
Belimo Demand Control Ventilation: Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings Webinar, Wed, Oct 31, at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for Belimo‘s Demand Control Ventilation Webinar and learn how you can maximize your Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings. What exactly is demand control ventilation and how does it help my building? Join Belimo for a webinar to learn how using demand control ventilation helps you to have better indoor air quality and improved energy savings. By utilizing Belimo’s humidity, temperature, air quality, and air differential pressure sensors accurate measurements will ensure optimal HVAC system performance for the life-cycle of a building.
Contemporary Controls BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset Featured at Building Automation Training. Contemporary Controls is excited to announce that their BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset were utilized at a 4-day course on Building Automation Systems (BAS) taught at the newly completed International Training and Conference Center in Cosby Texas. This 237-acre facility is the largest and most comprehensive training facility for union Operating and Stationary Engineers in North America.
Episode 287: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending October 14, 2018 features our how to get yourself “Edge-You-Cated” interview with Automated Buildings’s owner and editor, Ken Sinclair. Midway through the interview we are joined by one the top Master System Integrators in North America, Hepta Systems’ Chief Information Officer, Jason Houck. Make your 2018 ControlTrends Awards Nominations today! Read your October Cybersecurity Month updates; How do I size the correct damper actuator, from Belimo; and Honeywell’s LCBS-T offers Simple, Efficient, and Future-Ready HVAC Control.
Make Your Nominations Now — for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards! It is time to nominate your favorite people, products, solutions and companies, for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. The top 5 to 6 in each category will move on to the ControlTrends Awards finals. If you don’t already see your nominee on the ballot, or don’t already see a nominee in a category, please use the other option, and write in your choice, we will then add them on to the ballot.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW interview begins with Ken Sinclair’s discussion of his October edition of AutomatedBuildings.com and recent travels abroad to Italy. The October edition is nothing short of punderful. Ken’s deliberate play on words delivers yet another deep deliberation on humanized interactions, integrated and deployed with the hatching technologies. Midway through the interview, we are joined by one the top Master System Integrators in North America, Hepta Systems’ Chief Information Officer, Jason Houck, who shares his most recent experiences and insight. This is a must watch interview!
Cybersecurity Month Update: California Governor Signs Bills Aimed at Strengthening the Security of IoT Devices. In an effort to keep the ControlTrends Community in the loop during Cybersecurity Month, here is an interesting update on how IoT devices including microwaves, toys, thermostats, and security cameras are to be securitized. Of particular interest was the My Friend Cayla Smart Doll.
From the Belimo Support Center: How do I Size a Damper Actuator? How do I Size a Damper Actuator? The “10 questions” method for sizing and selection found in the attachment is recommended. It takes into consideration the total damper area, blade and seal construction, and air velocity as well as various actuator requirements such as supply voltage and control signal. For a more in-depth explanation of damper actuator sizing and performance you can download our Damper Application Guide.
Honeywell’s LCBS-T — Simple, Efficient, Future-Ready HVAC Control!When it comes to HVAC system control, different customers have different needs. With more than a century of building control experience and the resulting unmatched breadth of product, Honeywell gives our partners the flexibility to deliver the right solution to their customers every time. As a continuation of this product breadth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we will be making our LCBS-T Commercial Economizing Thermostat available as a stand-alone product with tools to help you sell to your customers.
VYKON Edge Controller 10 is a Single-tool Infrastructure with the Ability to Create Smarter, More Efficient Systems, and World-class Security. VYKON Edge Controller 10 is an IP-based field equipment controller powered by the Niagara Framework®. VYKON Edge Controller 10s drive applications such as zone temperature control, and the operation of fan coil units, single-stage air handling units, water-source heat pumps and more. VYKON Edge Controller 10s run the full Niagara stack, with 10 points of on-board IO and IO-R-34 expansion capability. VYKON Edge Controller 10 licensing supports three devices and 50 total points to harness the full power of Niagara at the edge.
How do I Size a Damper Actuator? The “10 questions” method for sizing and selection found in the attachment is recommended. It takes into consideration the total damper area, blade and seal construction, and air velocity as well as various actuator requirements such as supply voltage and control signal. For a more in-depth explanation of damper actuator sizing and performance you can download our Damper Application Guide.
Belimo’s SelectPro software can be used for damper actuator sizing and selection.
Belimo University also has a 30 minute webinar on damper sizing and selection.
Episode 285: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 30, 2018 features guest interviews with Gina Elliott, VP, Americas, EasyIO, Inc., who brings us up-to-date on all things EasyIO and Brian Lovell, M.Ed., Co-Principal Investigator at National Science Foundation BEST Center, who has some really good news for our industry. Belimo HVAC Sensors: Seamless Integration that perfectly compliments their Actuators and Valves, and AHR Expo Announces 2019 Innovation Award Winners.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Gina Elliott, VP, Americas, EasyIO, Inc. Gina started her IoT career in the converged IT solutions side of the business and as has since worked in the design consulting for multi-system integration and interoperability of smart buildings, as well as developing channels specific to ITOT products and solutions. Her collective expertise in marketing, channel development, business development, program management, and design will serve Gina well as she strives to take EasyIO Americas products and solutions to the next level.
Belimo HVAC Sensors — Seamlessly Integrated — Perfect Compliment to Actuators and Valves. Belimo sensors offer trusted reliability, easy installation, and seamless integration with major BMS and designed with an innovative screwless snap-on cover housing that allows for easy commissioning and provides NEMA 4X / IP65 protection. The range includes accurate sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, pressure, CO2, VOCs, and flow in pipe, duct, and outdoor applications.
AHR Expo Announces 2019 Innovation Award Winners. WESTPORT, Conn., September 27, 2018 – Show Management today announced the winners of the2019 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition.. Each year, products in 10 different categories are recognized for being some of the HVACR industry’s most innovative products, systems and technologies. Winners will be featured at the Show in Atlanta in January 2019. Winners were selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluated each award entry based on its innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. Winners from each award category will be formally recognized during the 2019.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Brian Lovell, M.Ed., Co-Principal Investigator at National Science Foundation BEST Center, who brings some exciting news about two programs that will bring tremendous attention and support to our industry as we face potentially catastrophic manning shortages of HVAC technicians and Building Automation Systems integrators.
Belimo sensors offer trusted reliability, easy installation, and seamless integration with major BMS and designed with an innovative screwless snap-on cover housing that allows for easy commissioning and provides NEMA 4X / IP65 protection. The range includes accurate sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, pressure, CO2, VOCs, and flow in pipe, duct, and outdoor applications.
Episode 281: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 2, 2018 is a truncated version of CTN from Eric’s hotel room in Rome, Italy, where we are joined periodically by his daughter, Evelyn Grace. Check out J2 Innovations’ Building Technologies Innovation Recap; Blue Ridge Technologies takes you from broken to BACnet in 4 hours; Belimo 5-Step HVAC Retrofit Webinar; BASSG’s new Niagara-Intesisbox Gateway; Optergy’s Proton 2.0.6a update is now available; and Ken Sinclair’s September edition of Automated Buildings is a must read.
J2 Innovations — Building Technologies Innovation Open Finalist — Check out the 2018 Recap. This week, we were honored to present and compete at Building Technologies Innovation Open 2018 as one of their finalist teams. The BT Innovation Open is an event organized by Siemens and designed to foster innovation for their building technology division.
Blue Ridge Technologies Solutions — Shows You how to go from Broken to BACnet in 4 Hours. Blue Ridge Technologies manufactures proven energy management solutions with a focus on Unified Lighting Control. Our solutions complete the Building Automation System. The Blue Ridge approach ensures our solutions are delivered, not merely sold, while our Wide-Open design offers unparalleled versatility.
Belimo Webinar – 5 Steps to HVAC Retrofitting. 5 Steps to HVAC Retrofitting: Many commercial, health-care, and school buildings experience inefficient HVAC system performance. Problems can include complaints concerning occupant comfort, increasing operation costs, and system maintenance issues. Frequently the culprit is either non-functioning or underperforming damper actuators or control valves.
BASSG’s Announces New Tridium Niagara – Intesisbox Integration Gateway for VRF and Ductless Split Systems. BASSG Announcement: Tridium Niagara Framework driver released for the integration of over 30 brands of Ductless Split and VRF HVAC systems using the IntesisBox WIFI gateway. Alper Uzmeler of BASSG in Austin, TX has successfully implemented the driver required to facilitate the connectivity to the IntesisBox.
Optergy Announcement: Proton 2.0.6a is Now Available! Optergy is pleased to announce the latest Proton update which includes new features, improvements, and fixes. Click here to view release notes. Proton is an innovative software based building controller that combines energy and building management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices. This economical software manages up to 100 BACnet , Modbus devices or Meters , and has built-in database, programming & tools.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ September, 2018 Issue, “Building Better Bots Mindful and Open.” Self-learning Machine Vision Rising to Best of Edge Bot Breed! In his September edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair concludes that “the most important component of the open movement is opening our minds while growing younger.” Ken also cites Self-learning Machine Vision as the newest and most cost-effective Edge Bot Capability yet. Read more!