Why the World Loves The Belimo Energy Valve

See why the Belimo Energy Valve is a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Energy Savings Solution/Product of the Year and the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year. The Belimo Energy Valve was recognized and nominated by the world-wide ControlTrends Community. Good luck to Belimo and all the finalist for the 2104 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Aug 31, 2014

Easy-IOControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending August 31, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast sponsor is EasyIO, whose Worldwide Conference 2014, will take place this September 15-17, in Madrid, Spain, and is certain to be one of the premiere HVAC events of the year. This week’s Smart Building Tip is get serious about your smart share of energy savings through Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings at Energy.Gov, EnergyTaxIncentives.Org, and Wiki’s Energy Rebate Program.

neptronic_logoControlTrends Awards thanks Neptronic, our newest Platinum Sponsor! Neptronic, founded 1976, has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Even the NEP of Neptronic was prescient, meaning National Environmental Products, which highlights Neptronic’s early leadership in green technology — long before the term green became common place on the HVAC scene. Stay tuned for more ControlTrends coverage of this growing force in the HVAC industry.

Kenwithwriting.001CTN Special Guest: Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings automatedbuildings.com. The venerable Ken Sinclair is passionate about education and the September, 2014 edition of Automated Buildings (AB) will focus on Education for our Vocation with its Back to School edition. This edition of AB will be remembered as one of HVAC industry’s most important source documents in recent times because of the educational resources and contents it brings under one view (click). Automated Buildings will be hosting four very important educational sessions at the 2015 AHR Chicago event.

J2Special Updates and Training Announcements from J2 Innovations: J2 Innovations is excited to announce the upcoming release and launch of FIN 3.0 (FIN Builder / FIN Stack / FIN Mobile)! FIN Stack is a brand new applications server technology that embraces tagging and data modeling, enabling unprecedented new functionality and Automating much of the traditional workflow.Come join the best system integrators for a FIN 3.0 Training class, which will be hosted at the J2 Innovations’ headquarters located in beautiful sunny California. Also learn first hand how our new “just works!” technology speeds job creation and produces mobile-friendly content automagically.

JCI2Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students
More students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) program. The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Nominate12014 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot — The Nominating has Begun! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards nomination ballot is released! This is your opportunity to nominate the products, solutions, and the people that make all of the HVAC wheels go round. Based on your valuable suggestions we received over the past year, we have increased the number of categories; divided certain categories to include more products and solutions; and created criteria for large and small vendors — ultimately improving both the nominating and voting processes. Thank you in advance for your support and making Smart Buildings smarter, and recognizing the leaders and innovators of our industry leading the way with 3rd Party Visualization Software, Data Analytics, and Lighting Integration Solutions. Please forward this nomination ballot to your coworkers and colleagues.

realcomm1Don’t Miss Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (IoT) Thurs, Sept 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT: Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (Internet of Things). Automating HVAC, lighting, security cameras and utility meters are the obvious critical areas for smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. What about all the other electro-mechanical devices in a building that provide some type of functionality, sometimes require human interaction and have “secret data” utilized to provide insight and business value? Digital signage, elevators, escalators, parking gates, water meters, bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and even fire extinguishers are just a few of the secondary but important systems to be discussed in this session. Register now!

appy2DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606. San Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same.

ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year

This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!

EasyIO Supercharges FG-20 and FG-32 Controllers — Now BACnet Client and Server Ready!

Easy-IOFew corporations have the temerity to publicly release the contents of their business model and their goal to increase their global controller sales from 2000 units a month, to 6000 units a month — in 3 years. Yet, when considering how much “open controller octane” EasyIO shares and puts into their FG-20 and FG-32 controllers, along with the ebullient “YouTube support” training maestro Mike Marston makes available, EasyIO’s exponetial growth seems inevitable. The FG-32 is running with 2 ARM Processors, Flashable SD Card, Built-in HTML5, Free drivers for Modbus, BACnet server, BACnet Client, and with the inclusion of the free CPT Programming Tool it’s readily apparent why the Beast from the East won the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year.

Video 1: Flash Controller (Firmware Update): Download here.
Video 2: YouTube, BACnet Driver explained: View here, you will need to set YouTube to HD quality or the text will not be so clear.
Video 3: Client mstp VLT device discovery: Download here.

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventYou fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions.

More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world.Easy-IO

Attendee details and sign-up here.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 9, 2014

The prospects of Spring and warmer weather are certainly worth the lost hour of time as we reach the March daylight savings milestone. This week’s ControlTalk NOW features more highlights and interviews from the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, presents several new products, solutions, a great training video, software upgrade announcement, and a host of other breaking HVAC Industry news and information. Welcome to ControlTalk NOW.

connexenergyConnexx Energy Announces SkySpark® Analytics Platform Availability As Cloud Based Application: Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers.

siemensSiemens Air Velocity Sensor: The QVM62.1 Air Velocity Sensor/Transmitter from Siemens is ideal for ventilation control applications that require a high degree of accuracy and reliability in a compact package. The sensor features an innovative hot film anemometer element which provides high accuracy throughout the measuring range and is less sensitive to dust and dirt than other common anemometer designs. This increases reliability and decreases maintenance costs.

OpenADR23rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit, March 20, 2014: Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR.

tim_chambleeThe HVAC Service Tech’s Guide To Valves and Actuators: If you work with HVAC or Building Automation Controls this is a must watch video. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee gives you the 411 on HVAC control valves and actuators. In this short, information packed video, filmed at a Stromquist & Company HVAC Controls training class, Tim gives you all the information you need to effectively work with the valves and actuators you will find in the buildings you service.

energy.govENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video. March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy. The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Johnson-ControlsRocking The Red Carpet With Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls showed up in a big way at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards in New York City. See what Chris Eichmann, Chris Lane, Dan Flaherty and King Thomas had to say on the Red Carpet. Johnson Controls won the Best Commercial Vendor of the Year, and Chris Lane was co-winner of the Most Valuable Support Person of the Year.

Rob-Allen.0017 Minutes in Control: What To Expect With Niagara 3.8. 7 Minutes in Control is the brain child of Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen. Rob wanted to put together a weekly show that was short, concise and offers useable information to the building automation control tech. Based on Episode 1: What to expect with Niagara 3.8, we think Rob has a winning formula. Stay tuned to controltrends.org for the latest episodes of 7 Minutes in Control.

James-Johnson-10.54.41-AMControlTrends Awards Highlight: James Johnson Support Person of The Year. See Tridium’s James Johnson accept the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends most Valuable Support Person. James won this Award in 2012 and the world wide ControlTrends Community recognized James again the year as co-winner of this prestigious award. Keep up the great work James!!

CTA_Museum1ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we have received so far for the ControlTrends Museum and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.

Nest_FeatureOpenness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats” Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing.

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Frank Sinatra Closes the 2013 ControlTrends Awards with New York, New York

Frank Sinatra, brought the 2013 ControlTrends Awards to a classic close with a sing along rendition of New York, New York, accompanied on stage by Honeywell’s Amy Anderson, Laura Kevitt, and Jan Baaden Gee. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards thanks all the corporate and media sponsors; congratulations again to the nominees and trophy recipients, and most importantly, special thanks to the ControlTrends Community for another great show!

Yaskawa Nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year

For the second year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year.

Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

The Z1000 Variable Speed Drive is designed for building automation applications such as fans, pumps, and cooling towers [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending November 24, 2013

CTA_LOGO1ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors: Contemporary Controls, Connect-Air Wire & Cable, ACI, and CGNA. Without their generous support, the ControlTrends Awards would not be possible.

Easy-IOMike Marston and EasyIO Continue to Raise the Bar! EasyIO’s Mike Marston, nominated for both the 2013 HVAC Controls Executive and ControlTrends Person of the year (PID), provided these exciting EasyIO updates: Modbus Client and Server are now released; BACnet Server over IP is in testing, available 1st quarter of 2014; BACnet Client over IP (can then manage a 30P over IP) Mid-to-late December; and BACnet Server over MSTP will be ready in January, 2014, as will BACnet Client over MSTP (can then manage MSTP devices). APPROVED already: UL, CUL, FCC, CE, CTick. BTL March, 2014.

CTA AWARDControlTalk Now: Announcing The 2013 ControlTrends Awards Finalists. The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks its world-wide community for its participation in selecting these prestigious nominees. The ControlTrends Awards proudly present the 2013 ControlTrends Finalists.

Johnson-ControlsJohnson Controls Rolls Out New Smoke & Fire Damper Options, Electronic Measurement, Wireless Tester. Ken and I had a chance to see what Johnson is doing to make fire and smoke dampers more efficient. A new customizable Electronic Air Measurement Station is now available and Life Safety Dampers wireless tester that reports pass/fail test information without the ladder and moving ceiling tiles.

wattstopper-image-01WattStopper Hot off the Press – New Product Selection Guide Online + App. Check out the NEW Product Selection Guide and App for iOS! WattStopper has published its new Product Selection Guide (PSG), a comprehensive catalog of energy-efficient lighting controls and services that help enable a net zero future. For the first time ever, WattStopper’s handy PSG is accessible from your iPad or iPhone! Access specifications, wiring diagrams, and coverage patterns of the products WattStopper offers while you’re on the go. Download the “WattStopper Solutions Guide” from the iTunes App Store today!

dglux_building_automation_iconDGLogik’s DGBox and EnOcean Sensors: Has the Future of Control Arrived? Great job to Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik for this innovative hotel room solution interfacing a full compliment of EnOcean wireless and self-powered devices with DG Lux, the industry’s leading visualization and graphic software. Could this be the next high-end hotel room controller? My guess is that it won’t be long before Eugene and his team figure out how to recreate the conventional thermostat with a DG Stat version of what we watched in the video — and make thermostats like the Nest look like a thing of the past. In 2015 could DGLogik, who is up for numerous awards at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, add the 2015 Thermostat Control of the Year to their accomplishments?

ViconicsVT8Viconics VT8000: The Perfect Balance Between Simplicity and Sophistication! The VT8000 Series is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year and here’s why: There has never been a better hospitality solution with as much flexibility and energy savings features built into one elegant device as the Viconics VT8000. Innovative control solutions that feature flexibility, easy installation, and optimized comfort. The Viconics VT8000 series offers Energy Saving Occupancy Strategies, Simplified Installation, Customizable Interface, Scalability and Optimization.

MOT_PGH1MomentumOnTour Update from Pittsburgh. Honeywell”s Steve Amato and Scott Dixon reviewed the new Sylk Bus products, Zio Lite Wall Modules, Spyder Controller with Relays, Sylk I/O Module, Stryker CVAHU controller, UL 555S DCA’s and valve products. Visit buildingcontrols.honeywell.com to get all the info!

Meet ControlTalk NOW guest Bryan Pike formerly with AIC Wireless. Bryan talk about WattStopper’s BULIT wireless product, which is nominated for the 2013 Commercial Product of the Year. Pete Horton welcomes Bryan to the team.

aci logoACI — Combining Great People with Great Products! Is it a Wisconsin Thing? ACI is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards for Best Periphery Product from a Small Manufacturer, but ACI is likely to outgrow that category and soon, because ACI is a thriving entity on the move — setting new standards in the temperature, humidity, pressure, gas sensor, interface devices, wireless sensor, and building automation accessories markets. ACI’s two key acquisitions: Advanced Control Technologies’ (ACT’s) Interface Control Components line and Trs Systems Wireless Sensors and Controls give ACI complete application solutions and a much greater reach into every building space.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell’s Q5020 Linkage Assembly Improvement: Honeywell is pleased to announce that the Q5020 globe valve linkage has been improved. In addition, Honeywell obsoleted the Q5020B and replaced it with the Q5020A model. Product Information: The Q5020 linkage mounting plate has been redesigned to work seamlessly with our 27-300 lb-in actuator models. We extended the existing center channel of the mounting plate to accommodate all actuator sizes and mouniting configurations. The new linkage design greatly reduces the installation time. Q5020 globe valve linkages connect a Honeywell direct coupled actuator (DCA) to two-way and three-way steam or water globe valves up to 3 inches.

Indianapolis’ Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 Present – Circle of Lights Special thanks to Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack for sharing Indianapolis’ Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW #481: a must-see holiday tradition! Video available. 100,000 spectators. 4,784 colored lights. 52 garland strands. 52 larger-than-life decorations. 51 years. One must-see holiday tradition! For 51 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Indy’s most beloved holiday tradition is here again. Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, 2013.

OX 5Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 47: 1. Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a Rivalry That Drove Innovation. By Marissa Newhall Managing Editor, Energy.gov All this week on Energy.gov, we explored the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors.

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New York, New York. Update 2013 ControlTrends Awards


Marc, Eric, and I were in NYC to make the final arrangements for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show. In between the BB King Club hosting a Bernard Hopkins versus Karo Murat title fight press conference, while preparing for a live BB King evening performance, the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show borrowed center stage, to preview the most exciting and entertaining event in the HVAC industry, an event you don’t want to miss!

We will be announcing the 2013 finalists this weekend, on a very special ControlTalk NOW. In the meanwhile, check out this video for a sneak peak, and be sure to register to vote — and stay tuned for how to get YOUR tickets to the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at the hottest venue in NYC, the BB Kings Blues Club and Grille in Times Square.

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 25, 2013

dglux_building_automation_iconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: DG Logik. DGLux The Visualization Platform: DGLux is a “drag & drop” visualization platform that enables you to design real-time, data-driven applications and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code. DGBox is a low-cost end to end solution for creating and utilizing appliance applications. The solution consists of DGLux embedded into a commodity hardware box.

RedLinkHoneywell e-Learning LIVE: Join Honeywell’s WiFi Thermostat Training! Millions of homes today are equipped with Wi-Fi enabled devices, and while a consumer might not understand the technology, they certainly understand what it allows them to do on a daily basis. Learn about the features and benefits of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostats. [Read more…]