ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 29, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast for the week ending March 29, 2015. Our HVAC news of the week features a JCI highlight reel; Rob Allen’s coverage of Johnson Controls’2015 ABCS & Distributor Conference with four insightful video interviews; Gary Weber’s receipt of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Product of the Year; Bill Jones’ Liquid Level Tech Tip; 2015 Project Haystack’s announcement of the Conference Key Note Speakers; and Andy McMillan’s sagacious advice given at the AHR 2015 Connection Community Collaboratory — still echoes.

JCI AirlowJohnson Controls Business Conference Update: New Airflow Products. Rob Allen and Nancy Yannuzzi discuss the requirements for monitoring the air flow into and within a building, which have increased over the years with the IAQ requirements for minimum ventilation of occupied spaces. There are two methods by which air flow is measured within a duct: Differential Pressure, which has been available since the days of pneumatic control, and Thermal Dispersion, which has been available about 10 years. Watch Rob’s video to learn more.

RA22Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The New Digital Thermostats. Rob Allen’s next update comes from the Johnson Controls Product show. Terry Pierson gives Rob the 411 on Johnson Controls’ New Digital Touch Screen Light Commercial and Residential thermostats, the new TEC 3000, the new features on the EM 4000 Energy meters, and the WT-4000 wireless pneumatic thermostats.

RA3 Rob Allen catches up with Heather Ausmus at the 2015 Johnson Control Business Conference and gets the latest on the Johnson Controls Connected Community website. As you will see, this is quite a tool and a wealth of information, and a place to connect, collaborate, and share with building efficiency professionals from around the world.

HaystackProject Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers for Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. Dennis Lottero of Vodafone, Jack McGowan of The McGowan Group, and Peter Kelly Detwiler of NorthBridge Energy Partners, have been announced as the Keynote Speakers for the second bi-annual Haystack Connect Conference 2015, to be held May 18-20, 2015, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Project Haystack is a collaborative community of leading technology suppliers and systems integrators developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data.

JCI Meet the leadersJohnson Controls Business Conference Update: Meet the ABCS Channel Managers. Rob Allen, our man in the field, meets the new Johnson Controls ABCS Channel Managers. Rob introduces us to Robert Harland, Dan Preston (ABCS Channel Sales Manager) and King Thomas (ABCS Channel Director, NA). Together, they discuss the recent reorganization of the ABCS channel and how they plan to apply “Privilege of Focus” to their customers in the different regions. Rob and JCI’s leadership team also discuss some of the other ideas from the business track presented at the Conference.

BillJonesBill Jones Tech Tips: Making Liquid Level Gauges Work. Everything you need to know about liquid level gauges but were afraid to ask. Liquid level gauges, like the ones made by Conbraco, are in every equipment room. As simple as they might seem, if you have ever had to replace one, they can be tricky. Not to worry, Stromquist & Company’s, Bill Jones, an expert on Conbraco products, takes the mystery out of liquid level gauges in this informative tech tip. Thank You Mr. Jones!

Gary WeberBelimo Energy Valve Wins Energy Saving Product of the Year. Congratulations to Belimo! The Belimo Energy Valve was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends Community as the winner of the coveted Energy Savings Product of the Year. Belimo’s Gary Weber accepted the award at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards event in Chicago.

JCI HighlightJohnson Controls Highlight Reel. In honor of the Johnson Controls 2015 ABCS Business Conference held earlier this week in Orlando, FL, ControlTrends put together a highlight reel of a few of Johnson Controls’ industry and ControlTrends Awards and accomplishments. Johnson Controls Highlight Reel from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Andy MHow to Navigate Change in the Building Automation Controls Industry. Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, from Automated Buildings, for having the vision to put together the Connection Community Collaboratory. We had the privilege of filming the last two collaboratories. This video epitomizes the intent of the collaboratory as Andy McMillan, the president of BACnet International, gives some priceless advice to one of the attendees.

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending March 1, 2015

This week’s ControlTalk NOW introduces several new products from KMC Controls and Functional Devices; interview coverage of KMC’s Erich Kreuter and JCI’s Guy Holden; Belimo’s Lars van der Haegen’s appointment to CEO Belimo Group; The Smart Grid’s ADMS report; and the concluding events of Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory, EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan’s 2020 — 100 billion sensor prediction and the Q&A session that ended the 3rd Annual CCC.

SiensMounting a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body. This short video shows you the tools you will need and steps to take to correctly mount a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body: 599 Series Valve Body, SSA Electronic Zone Valve Actuator, Small Flat Blade Screwdriver, and a 3 mm Hex Wrench.

JimOCPart 6: Jim O’Callaghan at The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan brings his unique perspective too the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. Jim shares his thoughts on how the Building Automation Control World will look when the world goes from the 70 million sensors that exist today to the estimated 100 Billion sensors that will control and influence our world in 2020. Very compelling stuff!

SmartGrid12Increased Visibility to the Grid is Happening! Read How — Voices of Experience|ADMS. Consider the Cost of a Power Outage: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the $150 billion in annual economic losses because of outages is equivalent to adding 4 cents per kWh of costs to consumers nationwide.” — Annual Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Department of Energy. Excerpt from the Guide: “Considering that this is an era in which smart phones and Google Maps are ubiquitous, it may come as a surprise that utilities have very little visibility into their distribution systems.”

johnsoncontrolsJohnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions: Delivering World-Class Quality with Lower Costs. Guy Holden, VP & GM of Johnson Controls, Global WorkPlace Solutions Europe, Middle East, and Africa, discusses how the Facility Management (FM) industry is responding to demands for improved quality at a reduced cost. In response, some FM companies are specialized either in service delivery or strategic management, while JCI’s Global WorkPlace is investing in both.

RIB_WIFIFunctional Devices Introduces New Wi-Fi RIB Products. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK — EXPAND YOUR CONTROL — At Functional Devices, the Internet of Things is happening today! Functional Devices is very proud to introduce its new Wi-Fi RIB products! Functional Devices’ Wi-Fi RIBs are the I/O devices for the next wireless generation of Building Automation and Energy Management Systems. You can turn your devices on and off wirelessly, and monitor your network remotely.

EKreuterRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Erich Kreuter KMC Controls. In this episode Rob welcomes KMC’s Erich Kreuter and they talk all about the C words — The 5 C’s as defined by KMC’s new suite of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls that doesn’t use PC based software, rather an advanced technology with built-in diagnostics — that is designed to take labor costs out of a project. Check it out and be prepared to be amazed!

B_CEO2 Lars van der Haegen to Become New CEO of the BELIMO Group. Lars van der Haegen is the new CEO of the Belimo Group starting July 1, 2015. Lars van der Haegen has been the President of Belimo Americas and Member of the Executive Committee since November, 2010. Prior to that, he was employed by Belimo in various positions since 2000. Lars van der Haegen has a strong HVAC application and industry knowledge paired with master degrees in business from Columbia Business School in New York and the London Business School.

CCCSumThe 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory Finishes Strong with Summary and Q & A. Ken Sinclair’s group of Industry experts finished the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory with a compelling crescendo, then took the conversation to an even deeper level, as they answered several thought-provoking questions from the audience. Great job Ken, Marc, John, Andy, Jim, and Paul.

KenSinclair+IBconGet On Board! Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings March 2015 Theme: Creating Self-Learning Cultures. Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory has recently invigorated the HVAC and Building Automation industry’s interest with an open challenge to make our industry younger by attracting new talent and bringing these new employees up to speed quickly. Sadly, we lost the use of Star Trek’s Vulcan Mind Meld with the loss of Leonard Nimoy, but Ken’s autodidactic style of learning is indeed, a vital part of the future solution. As an industry we must think of how each of our organizations can leverage its existing resources, policies, collaboratories, and industry partnerships to create greater career pathways that will close the skills gaps faster and ultimately, sustain our industry.

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending February 15, 2015

This week’s ControlTalk NOW reviews publisher and owner of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. This unique and informative video series captures the wisdom and insights of some of the brightest minds in Smart Building and HVAC Industries, teaming John Petze, SkyFoundry with Marc Petock, Lynxspring; Andy McMillan, BACnet International; Paul Oswald, ESI; and Jim O’Callaghan, EnOcean Inc. generated powerful experiential knowledge — shared in a very consumable video format. Don’t miss! Four more videos sections to follow.

MarcPP Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring drew attention to the reality that cyber security considerations were absent when the founding protocols were established. The industry as a whole was unaware of, or naive to, the dangers that cyber-terrorism now poses to our industry. The solution requires a collaboratory response, because no single business or party can remedy the threat by itself. It requires awareness and dialogue at every level: manufacturers, C-Suites, systems integrators, service providers, and building owners need to pro-actively deal with all of the existing and potential issues.

Andy M BACnet International President, Andy McMillan’s thought-provoking dialogue was a compelling case for managed lighting and the natural power of lighting where focus has shifted from the energy-savings aspects to hospitals releasing patients in shorter periods of time (circadian rhythm), learn well classrooms that ramp students’ energy and alertness, and retailers that sell more of the things they want to sell — these are the nouveau marketing ways. Also, lighting problems are in the construction and procurement processes. Much more collaboration required.

Ken Featured This year’s theme was “Our Connection Community and the Internet of Things” ( CCIoT). The meeting was designed to be fast moving and expected the attendees to have a basic understanding of the evolving connection communities’ needs, and a list of required reading from the presenting thought leaders was provided to get attendees up-to-speed. Presenters were given five minutes after which, Ken Sinclair served as moderator to ask a few questions for clarity. No power points allowed; only old school face-to-face collaborating. Great stuff.

hw_fdIntroducing Honeywell’s Q50204 Retrofit Globe Valve Linkage. Honeywell is pleased to introduce their new Q5024 globe valve retrofit linkage. This linkage allows you to use Honeywell Direct Coupled Actuators (DCAs) to retrofit most manufacturers’ globe valves in the field, with no valve disassembly required. This linkage is easy to install and the wide variety of collar combinations fit most of your globe valve retrofit jobs. Save money and time by replacing old electrical or pneumatic actuators with reliable Honeywell DCAs. View as a PDF.

Haystack2015Share Your Knowledge – Bring Your Experience to Haystack Connect 2015. Planning for Haystack Connect 2015 is well underway. With a little over 4 months before the conference kicks off, the event has 14 major sponsors and exhibitors as well as 3 Media sponsors, with new companies signing up every week. See the current sponsors here: www.haystackconnect.org/sponsors. The technical program is taking shape with a number of papers and presentations submitted on a wide range of topics around the conference themes that include Data Modeling, Hardware, Analytics, Cyber Security, Energy, Wireless and more. Consider joining the community at the Haystack Connect event — submit a presentation and share your expertise.

Lynxspring_enews-700Lynxspring Announces 2nd Generation Modbus to BACnet® Bridge. Lee’s Summit, MO – February 2, 2015: Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber protection, and device-to-enterprise integration today announced the release of the OnyxxTM-MB311, their 2nd generation Modbus to BACnet Bridge solution. Embedded with a Lynxspring’s Smart ModuleTM and running Lynxspring’s HelixxTM IP-software framework, the Onyxx-MB311 is more powerful and takes Modbus to BACnet protocol translation to the next level.

BetterBuildings1Better Buildings Summit, May 27-29. 2015 — Registration Now Open! Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. This year, the Better Buildings Summit is expanding into new sectors and engaging a diverse set of market leaders. Over two and a half days Better Buildings partners and stakeholders will come together in Washington D.C. and participate in sessions and meetings focused on the sharing of the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency. Check out our interactive Agenda At A Glance and be sure to register today.

aci logoACI Releases New “Universal” Dry Media Differential Pressure Transmitter. ACI understands that sensor applications can often differ from job to job. To accomodate most differential pressure sensing applications, we now offer a universal range option. A single unit, A/DP2-10U, will give you field adjustable ranges of o to 1″, 0 to 2.5″, 0 to 5″, and 0 to 10″ and output flexibility of 4 to 20 mA, 0-5 VDC, 0-10 VDC, and 4-20 VDC. This is critical for optimizing pressure within your facility.

Belimo zipBelimo ZIP Economizer Training. On Thursday, February 12, 11:30-12:30 EST, Stromquist will be live streaming a training session on Belimo’s award winning ZIP Economizer. Belimo’s product specialist will be on hand to explain what makes this product so unique and how it can make saving energy easier. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market and is designed to provide the most energy savings through advanced economizer logic strategies.

RA &Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Mike Marston. Join Stromquist Company’s Rob Allen and EasyIO’s Mike Marston as they discuss the reasons for EasyIO’s meteoric global success and the 3-time ControlTrends Award winning FG-32, as Plant Controller of the Year, Gordon Chan’s Small Manufacturer CEO of the Year, and Lim Hoon Chiat’s (and SK Foo’s) award-winning technical support.

NEPTRONIC VOYControlTrends Awards Highlight: Neptronic Wins Vendor of The Year: Small Manufacturer. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Their product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.Neptronic products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in their 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.

BelimoZipLiveTitle.fwLive Training Rewind: Revisit the Belimo Team as they teach the ControlTrends Community about the Belimo Zip Economizer. This is a rewind of the Live Stream Belimo Training held Febuary 12, 2015 at the Stromquist & Company training center. Belimo’s product specialist explains what makes this product so unique and how it can make saving energy easier. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market and is designed to provide the most energy savings through advanced economizer logic strategies.

HW_DateHoneywell Momentum 2015 Partner Conference Sep 20-22, 2015, J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA. Momentum 2015 is coming! Save the date for Honeywell’s premier partner conference and join hundreds of building controls professionals to connect with industry leaders, understand evolving market trends and discover Honeywell’s vision in the Intelligent Building marketplace. J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA.

open42015 Niagara Forum — open 4 innovation — April 19-21 2015, in London. While everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, Vykon is pioneering solutions for the Open Internet of Things. With nearly a half-million instances deployed worldwide, the Niagara Framework® represents the power of open — and the future of innovation. Discover the possibilities at the 2015 Niagara Forum in London, April 19-21. Learn what truly open systems can achieve for our partners and their customers, and get a firsthand look at our next generation platform, including Niagara 4 and our next generation hardware, JACE 8000.

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending February 8, 2015

BAS SoftwareThis week’s ControlTalk NOW is a complete review of the highlights and winners of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. We thank our hosts Lynxspring, Stromquist Company, especially Stacie McCammon, Bill Jones, Seãn Johnson, and Rob Allen; our two amazing MC’s Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown, and of course our sponsors — that all together, made this event such a resounding success. The standing room only audience witnessed HVAC history in the making, as the Young Guns were recognized and H. Michael Newman and George Thomas joined Werner Buck and Jerry Frank in the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame.

ControlTalk Now Video Cast Feb 8, 2015 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

We are already began the planning for next year’s ControlTrends Awards event in Orlando, FL. While we made every effort to accommodate everyone’s schedule, there were still those that were unable to attend because of conflicting schedules, which leads us to consider the possibility of Sunday evening. Please respond in the comments section, what you believe to be the optimal time and whether or not Sunday evening, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, would be the most suitable time frame of all.

Here are several of the winners receiving their awards. Many more photos and videos to follow!

Commerical TstatControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:

2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK

2014 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Thermostat of the Year: Schneider Electric SE8000

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300

2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year: Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) and Thermokon

2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls

2014 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Integration Solution of the Year: Delta DLS

2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year: Lynxspring Lynx CyberPro

Best Tech Support Co Large2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Savings Product of the Year: Belimo Energy Valve

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: KMC SimplyVAV

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: EasyIO FG-32

2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year: DG Logik DGLUX

Building Analytics2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry

2014 ControlTrends Awards Programming Software Tool of the Year: Johnson Controls FX ASSET Tool

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year: Niagara AX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls

Best Tech support Person Small2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Greg Halloway, Delta Controls and Greg Wilmer, Johnson Controls

Best Tech Support Co Small2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: ACI

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Neptronic

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Schneider Electric

2014 ControlTrends Awards Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication (PID) Award: Laura Kevitt, Honeywell

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Gordon Chan, EasyIO

Hall of Fame Nino2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Nino DiCosmo, Tridium

Events on the horizon:

Niagara N4 in London, England April, 2015

Haystack Connect 2015 May 18-20, in Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado

Realcomm/IBcon June 10-12, 2015, San Antonio, TX

EasyIO European Conference September 21-23, 2015 Paris, France

ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2014 CTA Award Winners, Young Guns, Petock Award Recipients, and Hall of Fame Inductees

CTA_LOGO1 The 2014 ControlTrends Awards were held in the elegant Prairie Ballroom at the McCormick Hyatt Hotel. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the standing room only awards ceremony that recognized the 2014 ControlTrends heroes and superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation industry. The awards also recognized 2014’s seven Top Gun Awards recipients and Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison received the coveted Petock Award. The pinnacle event of the evening — Michael Newman and George Thomas induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. Photo and video highlights to follow!

ControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:

2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK

2014 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Thermostat of the Year: Schneider Electric SE8000

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300

2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year: Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) and Thermokon

2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls

2014 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Integration Solution of the Year: Delta DLS

2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year: Lynxspring Lynx CyberPro

2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Savings Product of the Year: Belimo Energy Valve

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: KMC SimplyVAV

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: EasyIO FG-32

2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year: DG Logik DGLUX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry

2014 ControlTrends Awards Programming Software Tool of the Year: Johnson Controls FX ASSET Tool

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year: Niagara AX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Greg Halloway, Delta Controls and Greg Wilmer, Johnson Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: ACI

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Neptronic

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Schneider Electric

2014 ControlTrends Awards Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication (PID) Award: Laura Kevitt, Honeywell

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Gordon Chan, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Nino DiCosmo, Tridium

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast January 4, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for the Week ending January 4, 2015. Pod Cast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Honeywell and Siemens. This week, we review the major trends and events of 2014 — the Year of Disruption. Special interviews with Executive of the Year nominee and industry stalwart George Thomas, founder and President of Contemporary Controls, and Young Gun, Jason Houck, Director of IT and Integration at Hepta Controls Systems.

Honeywell 180x120 Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, we create solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently. Increasing our safety and security.

Siemens Siemens: 2014 European Building Technologies Company of the Year. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement.

ControlTrends 2014 Year in Review. We thank the ControlTrends Community for sharing another incredible year for the HVAC and Controls Industry that began with the 2014 ControlTrends Awards in NYC, and took us across the country and around the world to the 2014 CGNA Conference, 2014 Niagara Summit, 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, International Systems of America, Neptronic, Easy IO World Conference in Madrid, as well as our continuing coverage of all the major control trends, from wearable technology to cybersecurity.

GEORGE_THOMAS ControlTrends is delighted to interview George Thomas founder and president of Contemporary Controls. Nominated for five ControlTrends Awards, Contemporary Controls enters its 40th year in the business! George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are a story that movies are made from. Few people have the personal and professional moxie it takes to build an enduring company from the cliched humble origins of a home-made microprocessor business started in a visionary’s basement, to a thriving international manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers.

George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls have weathered every sort of economic and competitive storm that an entrepreneur can expect, and their continued success reveals two very unique attributes: George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are just plain good and just plain smart! Visit George Thomas and Contemporary Controls at the 2015 AHR Show, booth 3531 and get your copy of “Network Communications for Buildings,” a compilation of articles Contemporary Controls has written on Ethernet, IP networks, Modbus and BACnet protocols.

jason_houck ControlTalk NOW second interview with Jason Houck, Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems. Jason personifies the next generation of precocious master systems integrators whose career began while he was still in grade school. Jason shares his own experience, the Linux theory of self-accomplishment, and how he became an expert in Design & Implementation of Smart Building Networks, Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as Bacnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE.

Laura K2014 ControlTrends Awards PID Finalist Laura Kevitt. See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues. Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group.

Belimo E Valve2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve. Belimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today! Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors.

KenSinclair+IBconKen Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism. Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights.

Chris E PicJohnson Controls Chris Eichmann: in the Hunt for ControlTrends Executive of the Year. Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.

daikinCaution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment. The Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.

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…]

2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists Announced! Congratulations to All!

CTA_LOGO1It 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. We made some final arrangements that will ensure this year’s show will the most exciting and entertaining event in the HVAC industry — an event you don’t want to miss!

2014 CTA Opener from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

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Here are the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists: [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending October 26, 2014

BelimoBelimo is ControlTalk NOW’s sponsor for the Week Ending October 26, 2014. Belimo products help create comfort, safety, and efficiency in buildings. Belimo customer satisfaction and loyalty have made Belimo a leader in HVAC throughout the world. Visit Belimo Projects to view an overview sampling of recent installation with energy savings.

KMC2ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller. [Read more…]

Better Valve Design Equals Better Coil Performance

Are you better off with a flow dependent or pressure dependent control valve? Watch this video, from the  team at Belimo, and you will know how selecting the right type of control valve can improve coil performance, tenant comfort, and save energy all at the same time.

The Belimo Energy valve is on the nomiantion ballot for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Click here to nominate Belimo or your favorite HVAC products, people,and companies.

Click here for more training videos from Belimo.