ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending July 5, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for week ending July 5, 2015 (sans video) wraps up a short holiday week with HVAC and Building Automation highlights including product posts from Belimo and Sierra Monitor Corporation; interview with John Petze, DOE’s Program Funding, and a preview look at Ken Sinclair’s “Finding Reality in a Virtual World.”

ENERGY.GOV12_Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency. The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.58.34 AMBelimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valve Launch Video. ControlTrends picked this Belimo video on a Twitter feed from Lars van der Haegen, new CEO of the Belimo Group, commenting on Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Learn about all the great product features and benefits as Dad shows off his newest invention, the Belimo ZoneTight zone valve. As Lars says, “Watch this outstanding example of a Launch Video for a new Zone valve.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 12.40.18 PMKen Sinclair’s Automated Buildings July Release — Finding Reality in a Virtual World. Ken Sinclair’s editorial in the July, 2015, publication of Automated Buildings, “Finding Reality in a Virtual World,” addresses the effort there is finding the gems and the relevance — the actual reality while sorting through the virtual digital fire hoses aimed at our attention. Trusted people and trusted sources bring clarity. Editorial excerpt: “When we started AutomatedBuildings.com 17 years ago we created an online vehicle design to connect the reality of the large building automation industry to a virtual world the internet / web.

John PBuilding Analytics Trends: Update with John Petze. I had a chance to catch up with (“Mr. Big Data”) John Petze at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Who better than John, partner at Sky Foundry, and long time expert on building automation controls and smart buildings, to share his thoughts on the trends in building analytics.

Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 10.48.06 AMControlTrends Wishes a Happy 4th of July to All! Anyone for Some History, Facts, and Trivia? 4th Of July Trivia Facts 2015: 15 Fun Things To Know About Independence Day from International Business Times! On a more serious note read The Story of the Fourth of July and How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday? — from ConstitutionFacts.com. For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date.

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 6.07.20 PMSierra Monitor Corporation’s Featured Application: Boiler Room Safety. Sierra Monitor Corporation provides industry expertise and insight to one of the most ubiquitous applications we face in the HVAC business: The boiler room. Convenient links to many of the major codes and regulations governing boiler rooms are provided at the end of the post.

Belimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valve Launch Video

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.58.34 AMControlTrends picked this Belimo video on a Twitter feed from Lars van der Haegen, new CEO of the Belimo Group, commenting on Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Learn about all the great product features and benefits as Dad shows off his newest invention, the Belimo ZoneTight zone valve. As Lars says, “Watch this outstanding example of a Launch Video for a new Zone valve. This Video was created by the Marketing Team of Belimo Americas. Belimo is the global market leader for HVAC actuators and control valves. B2B videos do not have to be boring!”

EasyIO Global Event — Sponsors and Speakers Welcome. Belimo Goes Gold!

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 4.09.28 PM EasyIO’s first global partner event in Madrid, Spain was a gathering of EasyIO success stories from around the world. The deep networking between manufacturers and vendors, specifying engineers, 3rd party solution providers, systems integrators, and a rather new entity to the scene — solution entrepreneurs with accomplished technical skills and the dashboard/analytic/graphic tools to meet every application, large and small, was a unique integration meld. Everyone present was an experienced guru in some field, and represented a company well-primed and ready to deploy to the next market opportunity. The competition in the EC market in Europe is quite different to the regional and territorial markets of North America.

Don’t miss this year’s premier EasyIO World Conference, in Paris 20-22 Sept 2015, which promises to be even better. Please put these dates on your calendars:
* Sunday September 20th Sept: Evening Cocktail Party and snacks at the Paris Hard Rock Café.
* Monday September 21st: Conference, with lunch at Eifel Tower and the Lido for Dinner and Show.
* Tuesday September 22nd: Organized group sightseeing tour and competition, with prizes.
Conference Package fee and complete details to follow in June. Register now for early bird prices at js@easyio.eu.

BelimoBelimo announces its Gold Sponsorship for the EasyIO Global Event!

Belimo is a listed technology company with a staff of close to 1400 worldwide. Belimo has developed, manufactured, and distributed electric actuators for air dampers and valve technology for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems since 1975. With thier comprehensive range of products, Belimo has become world leaders in this specific market.

EasyIO is seeking additional Sponsors and Speakers for this global event. Any manufacturer, vendor, or solution provider interested in networking with the top integrators from around the globe, contact Mike Marston at mmarston@easyio.com for more information.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending May 10, 2015

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for the week ending May 10, 2015. Fred Gordy asks if you’re ready to Pre-Act versus React and shares an incredible experience and insight into cybersecurity’s hat society; Marc Petock and Lynxspring posts: NiagaraAX 3.8.38.1 software updates and NTCP Training Update and Niagara 4 Bridge Course Updates, and Cybersecurity and the Boardroom; Sierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj offers Industrial Internet of Things insight and Mike Bonner unboxes and demos Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Fieldserver Router; Belimo valve test lab video tour; Honeywell SmartLine training; Tridium offers webinars on JACE® 8000 and Niagara 4 Licensing; and Carl Johnsen reflects on his 42 year career with Honeywell.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 11.07.25 PMLynxspring Technical Bulletin: NiagaraAX v3.8.38.1 Module Update. We want to advise you that Tridium has released a software patch for various NiagaraAX 3.8.38.1 modules. Upgrading these modules will correct the issues described in the Product Update Notification recently published for this update. If you are currently using version 3.8.38.1, please read the Product Update Notification and download the upgraded modules by clicking here and extract the files to a known location.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.18.34 AMSierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj — IIoT: The Search for Equitable Business Models. In this Sierra Monitor post (first of many), Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor’s President and CEO shares his wealth of experience and industry knowledge positioned as a leader of a premiere global source of electronic communications, safety and environmental instrumentation, network products, and technical solutions. Over the last few years, many of us in the controls industry have been using the phrase “Industrial Internet of Things” or IIoT to describe the evolution of control networking in industrial environments.

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 8.00.50 AMWhy Belimo Gets it Right: Watch the Belimo Valve Test Lab Tour. Belimo’s engineering prowess and innovation set the global standards in comfort, energy efficiency, and safety solutions. This video, previewing the Belimo Valve Test Lab, gives insight as to how such unparalleled standards are set and maintained. Belimo’s performance testing verifies that our products comply with industry and trade association specifications, including ANSI, EN, IEC, ISA, MSS, and VDI/VDE. Our testing is performed with ISO 9000 traceability.

Flow1Level and Flow Training Part 1. Learn about Industrial and Commercial Level and Flow Control metering and control with this multi-episode ControlTrends’ live training course, featuring Honeywell Marketing Manager, Tom Brands. Learn about Honeywell’s SmartLine Level Transmitter Applications and the why’s, how’s, and different ways to measure levels and become a better adviser to your customers. SmartLine Level Transmitter uses guided wave radar (GWR) technology and can measure the level of a wide range of liquid products.

CyberFred Gordy Asks– Are You Ready to React or Pre-Act? Critical Information Contained Within! Cyber Evangelist and Cyber Security Advocate Fred Gordy delivers another critical collection of cyber security and cyber terrorism information — as it pertains the building management systems’ world. If you don’t have a policy or internal guidance yet, print this article out and hang it on the break room refrigerator, and use it as a starting kit/tool at your next board meeting, whatever it takes to get yourself and your organization Pre-Acting!

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 7.55.52 AMTridium — Discover the Possibilities: JACE® 8000 and Niagara 4 Licensing. Join us for our next TridiumTalk highlighting the Niagara Framework® With nearly half a million instances worldwide, Niagara is quickly becoming the operating system of the Internet of Things. And with the anticipated release of Niagara 4 and the JACE 8000 controller, the opportunity to achieve operational excellence is even greater than before.

073dcd6ControlTalk NOW guest Fred Gordy answers questions about Cybersecurity and explains the Hat-referencing jargon used with the Cybersecurity world. Basically, white hat = good guys, black hat = bad guys, grey hats = opportunists, and red hat = good guys that challenges your system like a black hat, and identify your possible vulnerabilities. Fred Gordy is anxious to assist system integrators and facility managers with Cybersecurity issues. Please email any questions that you might have for Fred at controltrends@gmail.com.

CarlCarl Johnsen, and His Amazing 42 Year Career with Honeywell — A Tribute. ControlTrends had a chance to spend some time with one of the great controls people in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. Carl Johnsen’s career with Honeywell spans 42 years, and it was an absolute delight to interview Carl at the 2015 AHR show in Chicago. From his early days selling and supporting pneumatic controls, to the advent of DDC controls, on to the fully integrated building automation control systems of today, Carl Johnsen met the challenges of changing technology with determined optimism and success.

Mike1Unboxing the Sierra Monitor Dual Port BACnet Router. We had the privilege to review Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Router – the protocol router spearheading the theme of ease-of-use. We’re sure system integrators love saving time and costs, right? Sierra Monitor introduced this great product back in January, and since then, it has gained a lot of traction in the building automation industry. It really is easy to use, with great features like DeviceFind™, their unique BACnet device discovery feature, and two RS-485 ports for connecting up to 64 devices without the use of additional line drivers.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.51.07 PMHoneywell’s Security Controller Exchange Program. The SEC-H-201/U WEBs-AX Security controller was introduced in 2007. At the time, this platform was a good product on which to deliver the original stand-alone Web-Based security application. However, over time the security application has grown in both features and complexity and the SEC-H-201/U is no longer suitable to run the latest WEBs-AX Enterprise Security application. An exchange program has been created to allow customers that purchased an SEC-H-201/U security controller the opportunity to exchange them for an SEC-H-602 security controller at a reduced price vs. purchasing a new SEC-H-602 security controller.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 12.37.01 PMMarc Petock’s “Cybersecurity and the Board Room.” Cybersecurity has taken a pole position at ControlTrends and we are grateful to the important content and contributions being provided by HVAC and BAS Cybersecurity professionals. Our industry has a long, long way to go to meet the increasing challenges of Cybersecurity, but we’re getting on track with the guidance we receive from these generous professionals sharing their expertise. Marc Petock’s post contains two very important links that bring some of the world of Cybersecurity to a needy industry’s doorstep, and terms like “Duty of Care” and a CEO’s “Tone at the Top” — as well as equations like Risk = Threat X Vulnerability X Impact, and Risk = Probability X Impact, will become increasing familiar and used in our industry — in the near future.

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 9.09.36 AMLynxspring Go Further: Important NTCP Training Update, Niagara 4 Bridge Course Update. Training and knowledge exchange is very important at Lynxspring. We are committed to making each of you as effective as possible with our technologies and products so we can enable you to achieve the very best technical knowledge and expertise you can. With this in mind, I would like to remind you of our upcoming scheduled NTCP Niagara AX Technical Certification Classes (see schedule below). The goal of this 5-day Niagara AX Certification Technical Training course is to educate students to a basic level of technical expertise necessary to effectively and efficiently design, engineer, and program projects using the NiagaraAX Framework.

Why Belimo Gets it Right: Watch the Belimo Valve Test Lab Tour

BelimoBelimo’s engineering prowess and innovation set the global standards in comfort, energy efficiency, and safety solutions. This video, previewing the Belimo Valve Test Lab, gives insight as to how such unparalleled standards are set and maintained.

Belimo’s performance testing verifies that our products comply with industry and trade association specifications, including ANSI, EN, IEC, ISA, MSS, and VDI/VDE. Our testing is performed with ISO 9000 traceability.

Our performance testing provides assurance to our customers that they’ve made the right decision by choosing Belimo. Flow testing includes: equal percentage curve, pressure independent curve, and rangeability. Shell testing is performed for threaded and flanged valves up to 5,000 psi. Automated systems for flow testing improve accuracy, precision, repeatability, and efficiency. Our lab’s flow testing capacity is 6,000 GPM (with the largest pump capable of providing 3,000 GPM).

Our durability testing involves subjecting valves to 100,000 cycles at worst-case temperature and differential pressure. We have the capacity to test over 240 valves ranging from DN 10 to DN 150, with a maximum media temperature of 302°F (150°C). With 12,000 GPM durability testing capacity, we could fill one Olympic size swimming pool every hour or one standard above-ground pool every minute. We also perform Long Life testing, where the valve is subjected to application conditions for months to even years at a time.

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