Sunday evening, the 2017 ControlTrends Awards took front and center stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the ControlTrends Awards ceremony the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. [Read more…]
Showcase features hundreds of products and technologies for contractors, engineers, facility managers, OEMs and other HVACR industry professionals! WESTPORT, Conn., September, 2017 – The future of HVACR will be on display in January when hundreds of new and upgraded products and technologies for the HVACR industry will be featured at the 2018 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) in Chicago.
The 2018 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 22-24, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago. To register, please visit the AHR Expo registration website.
Exhibitors will be displaying an impressive variety of new or enhanced HVACR-related products, systems and technologies across every facet of the industry, from complete systems engineered for large commercial and industrial buildings to labor-saving tools and profit-generating services for residential contractors.
With 2,000+ exhibitors, 100+ seminars and product presentations, and more than 65,000 attendees, the Show provides a unique forum for the entire HVACR industry, from product designers and engineers to installers and end-users, to come together and share ideas, discover new products, and find solutions to technical problems.
Some of the exhibits that contractors, engineers and other attendees can look forward to include:
* VFDs (variable frequency drives) for HVAC applications—specifically designed for building automation applications, helping minimize energy costs and maximizing occupant comfort
* Upgraded Wi-Fi-connected thermostat technology that allows for control via iOS or Android apps, plus email notifications and advanced voice control
* A digitally controlled mixing valve that provides fast, accurate temperature control for domestic hot water applications
* New bionic impeller technology with a special blade design, modeled after the tubercles on a whale to ensure an optimized airflow angle and reduced flow separation on the blade surface
* A self-contained HVAC system for hazardous locations, designed to prevent an explosion by using only non-arcing components installed in a small, light increased safety enclosure
* An oscilloscope for testing motor shaft voltages, allowing contractors to determine if motors are at risk of premature bearing failure due to bearing currents
* New electrical test meter technology for reliable, true-RMS measurements in crowded junction boxes or along conductors with inaccessible ends points, saving time, minimizing potential errors, and greatly reducing the possibility of arc flash
* Software that allows engineers and designers to create air systems including both air handlers and rooftop units, including the tools to design complex hydronic, steam, plumbing and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems along with control schematics
* An array of tools, including heavy-duty wire strippers built with the durability of pliers and the sharpness and precision of a wire stripper; thermal imaging technology with Wi-Fi that uses a slim IR camera with an integrated touch-screen; a handheld particle counter for indoor air quality investigations; and a copper line cleaning tool that removes contaminants from existing refrigeration and air conditioning lines
This is only a sample of the huge array of innovations to be highlighted at the 2018 AHR Expo. For more information including a searchable directory of exhibitors and product categories and to register, visit ahrexpo.com.
About AHR Expo
The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) is the world’s largest HVACR event, drawing in more than 2,000 exhibitors and 65,000+ attendees every year. Since 1930, the Show has provided a unique forum for the entire HVACR industry, including OEMs; engineers; contractors; manufacturers; distributors; commercial, industrial and institutional facility operators; and educators to come together and discover the latest products, learn about new technologies and develop mutually beneficial business relationships. This year’s Show, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held Jan. 22-24, 2018 at McCormick Place, Chicago, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.
For more information, visit ahrexpo.com and follow @ahrexpo on Twitter.
ControlTrends had the additional honor of inducting George Thomas into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. George Thomas received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. George completed the American Electronics Association/Stanford University Executive Institute for managing high-tech companies, and has served as a director on several boards such as the MIDCON Electronics Show and Convention, the IEEE-Chicago Section, the STD Bus Manufacturer’s Group, the ARCNET Trade Association, the American Electronics Association, the Chicago Manufacturing Center and the Management Association of Illinois. George Thomas is a life senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and past chairman of the Chicago Section, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation society. To read more of George’s outstanding lifetime achievements and prolific career, please read below.
Professional Activities: Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) . Member of the Americian Society of Quality (ASQ). Past chairman of the Chicago Section of the IEEE and current History chairman. Past chairman of the MIDCON electronics show and convention.
Trade Activities: Past chairman of the Management Association of Illinois. Past director of the Chicago Manufacturing Center. Past director of the American Electronics Association (AEA). Past chairman of the AEA /Midwest Council. Director of the ARCNET Trade Association, Past chairman of the STD Bus Manufacturer’s Group.
Papers and Journals: Published Network Communications for Buildings (2015) to celebrate Contemporary Controls’ 40th Anniversary. Authored several articles on control and industrial networking technology for publications such as Control Engineering magazine. Presented papers at conferences such as Plant Engineering/80, SATECH/85, ISA/87, IPC/88, ControlExpo/89, ICEE/92, FieldComms USA/97, FieldComms UK/00, and ICOA/06. Authored numerous papers for the Industrial Ethernet University — an on-line education forum.
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, with the music industry’s barriers falling the hardest and the fastest. Ken Sinclair proposes, on a very serious upbeat, that IoT will benefically accelerate the “Autodidacticism” or self-education within our HVAC industry and how future IoT tools may be the solutions needed to capture and preserve HVAC knowledge and experience for those willing, and driven by necessity, to teach themselves.
Ken says he likes the word “autodidacticism” because, “I love that this word contains these three words Auto…… Did…… and Act. This provides us an easy way to remember this unusual word that is becoming our future.” Anyone who know Ken well enough, knows that Auto is his nickname. Now, that’s some interesting coincidence.
The January, 2015, edition of automatedbuildings.com is a great read, full of industry insight from the likes of Jim Sinopoli, John Petze, Therese Sullivan, and many others — as well as the earnest encouragement to attend the free education sessions planned at AHR Expo 2015 in Chicago. It is a great way to keep up with, and on top of, the growing theme of self-education. Please drop in and join us.
While in Chicago at AHR 2015 make sure to stop by Booth 3531 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase to see and learn about our portfolio of open building automation and control solutions that are cost-effective and durable enough to withstand demanding loads from challenging environments. Read more.
Contemporary Controls Nominated for Five CTA Awards. We’re proud to announce that we’ve been nominated as a ControlTrends Award (CTA) finalist for the following five categories for 2014: * Peripheral Product of the Year (#6) *Best Technical Support Company — Small Manufacturer (#21) *The PID Award (#22) *ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer (#23 *ControlTrends Vendor of Year — Small Manufacturer (#26) Read more.
Simplify the Saving of Sedona Projects with BASbackup: BASbackup – our Sedona Project Backup and Restore utility – has been updated to simplify the backup and restore operations of our BAScontrol20 series of BACnet/IP unitary controllers. All BAScontrol20 configuration files – not just Sedona application files – can now be saved in one simple zip file for easy project retention and recovery. Read more.
Welcome 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.
It 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…]
Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications. It will be held April 15-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL.
To be held in conjunction with the 2015 Internet of Things North America (IOTNA). IOTNA is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/control of devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. After a successful 2014 event in Milwaukee, the 2015 will be held in Chicago on April 15-16, and will be co-located with Webcom’s newest event: the Device Technology Conference.
– See more at: http://www.remotemagazine.com/internetofthings/#sthash.V3JzYVff.dpuf
Market demands are calling for profound advancements in system intelligence, smaller size, low power design, connectivity, mobile applications and ergonomics to make devices that are smarter, longer lasting and more connected. This event will explore the strategies, solutions and technologies that product developers can employ to improve their existing products and create their next generation.
DeviceTech continued from above… There are a limited number of speaking opportunities available, so it is imperative that you submit your abstract by the October 23rd, 2014. Join other industry visionaries and speak at DeviceTech 2015, April 15-16, in Chicago. This event provides a forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Shannon Given, program manager, at 608-351-9245 or Shannong@WebcomCommunications.com.
DeviceTech 2015 Trade Fair will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Wireless Charging & Power
Energy Harvesting, Advanced Power Sources
Motion Sensing, Orientation, Tracking/Location
Display, Interface and Lighting
Prototyping, Manufacturing & Assembly
MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems)
Product Development Strategy & Roadmaps
Certification & Testing
Shielding, Rf Safety
Data Acquisition & Analytics
Usability and Reliability
DeviceTech 2015 attendees will include Design Engineers, Product Developers, Materials & Component Suppliers, Carriers & Data Service Providers, Packaging & Assembly Professionals and Developers of Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC, Qi products, applications and tools.
IOTNA continued from above… Internet of Things North America will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Machine and Device Connectivity
IoT Standards and Standardization
Big Data: Data Acquisition & Analytics
Building a Business Model for IoT
Networking: Wireless, Wired, Fiber & Telemetry Networks
Cloud-based monitoring and control of equipment, assets, facilities & operations
Integrating Multiple Networks & Communications Systems for Maximum Interoperability
Remote & Smart Service Management
– See more at: http://www.remotemagazine.com/internetofthings/#sthash.V3JzYVff.dpuf