Just Released: Damper Actuator Energy Savings Estimator Tool! Belimo Damper Actuator Energy Savings Estimator is now available online. The Damper Actuator Energy Savings Estimator Tool was developed to help quantify the cost savings verses other brands. Belimo damper actuators provide significant energy savings from their low power consumption. These savings are made possible with Belimo’s patented brushless DC motor technology and Application Specific Integrated Controller (ASIC) which monitor and control motor rotation, and measures actuator position to optimize efficiency and reduce power use in hold conditions. Download the Damper Actuator Energy Savings Estimator Tools Now!
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending October 25, 2015 takes us to the Belimo Platinum Conference in Aruba, where Eric, set against the beautiful beach sites, gives us an overview of the products and conference agenda. Interviews with OPEN BMCS’ Chris Schnieder, and EasyIO’s Tommy Hangenes; DG Logik’s new Project Assist 2.0 to be unveiled at the Lynxspring Exchange; Product reviews include the Johnson Controls’ T600, ACI’s new A/WPR2 Wet-Wet DP Transmitter, and Contemporary Controls’ BAScontrol20 BACnet Sedona Controller; Mike Marston dives deep into EasyIO’s free Engineering APPs, and Able Ramirez gives a video Tech Tip on spring return actuators.
Chris Schneider and OPEN BMCS — Immediate Browser Based Building Management at Your Fingertips! Eric Stromquist and Chris Schneider discuss OPEN BMCS, one of the most versatile and scalable browser based Building Management System on the market. Regardless of the size of your business, the OPEN BMCS software has the ability to expand to hundreds of controllers — and features: Template Creation, Alarm and History Creation, External Linking, and Custom Settings and Services. OPEN BMCS can control and monitor anything from a garage door to a complete campus wide network, with everything you need on board. Visit OPEN BMCS today!
DGLogik to Reveal Project Assist 2.0 at Lynxspring Exchange 2015. Coming this October 26th at the Lynxspring Exchange event, DGLogik will be revealing the enhanced step by step wizard, Project Assist 2.0 for facilities. This wizard will allow users to rapidly create HTML5 interfaces in order to better manage and monitor facility data. It will deliver a faster, simpler and more intuitive user experience, offering full flexibility and customization without diving into the full design and development environment of DGLux5. The Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference joins Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community.
Tech Tip: Setting Up a Spring Return Damper Actuator. How do Spring Return Damper Actuators really work? To find out the answer to this we turned to our friend, Able Ramirez, AKA “The Controls Freak”. Abel put together this fantastic video using the Belimo AF24-SR Spring return damper actuator. Great job Abel! Speaking of Belimo, be sure to check out Steve Rybka,one of the best controls guys and teachers I know.
ControlTrends Around the World: Norway. 2014 ControlTrends Awards Young Gun recipient Tommy Hagenes, Nordic Representative EasyIO Europe B.V., Bergen Area, Norway is a specialist in Building and Industrial Automation. At the EasyIO Global Partner Conference, Tommy introduces two of Norway’s top systems integrators Christa and Andreas – who share their thoughts on the conference and the new additions to the EasyIO product portfolio, in particular, EasyStack.
ACI’s New Remote Wet to Wet Differential Pressure Transmitter with LCD. ACI has added a new option to the A/WPR Series! This new product has been very well received based on its ability to save on installation and set up time. It also has range and output flexibility. The final piece is an oversized display option which provides valuable real-time information including High, Low and Differential Pressure readings. The A/WPR2 Series Remote Wet to Wet Differential Pressure Transmitter is designed to reduce installation time and provide mounting flexibility, often eliminating the need for additional plumbing.
Johnson Control’s Easy Way to Control Portable Classrooms. I found this one in the archives, but it is still a great solution from Johnson Controls for controlling portable classrooms. The Johnson Controls T600 Family of thermostats include several cool features, including an on board occupancy sensor. Mike Glenn, from Johnson Controls shows us how the T600 can be used to control and save energy in portable classrooms. The T600 is a low cost practical way to control temperature and reduce energy consumption in your remote classrooms.
Take a Deep Dive with Mike Marston — EasyIO’s Powerful Engineering APPs. Mike Marston reviews EasyIO’s new and powerful engineering APPs — featuring EasyIO’s FG-32+ Controller, one of the most versatile controllers on the market. These reference VAV, AHU, Chiller Plant, and Boiler Plant APPs are easily modified to meet your exact applications. Each loads with graphics, logic, and documentation — including the BACnet reference documents.
BAScontrol20 BACnet/IP Sedona Controller Instrumental in Providing SCADA Simulation. October 2015 — Jon Vietti, a DDC Controls Consultant/Specialist at DDCSupportServices.com, was recently hired by Walla Walla Community College to create a SCADA simulator that provides remote monitoring and control of the college’s Amatrol Process Control System trainer. A BAScontrol20 BACnet/IP Sedona controller was critical to the task. Providing students with the capability to earn an Associate’s Degree in Plant Operations, the Walla Walla Community College has an extensive program which teaches students the necessary skills to excel in their chosen career path.
The pricing for the new Q5024 linkages and accessories was inaccurately labeled in the recent product announcement bulletin. The pricing links in the bulletin 15-0004 referenced information that listed the pricing as “MADE market” when it should have been “MAKE market”.
To get an accurate listing of MAKE market products, download the Dynamic Custom Price Book on the B2B. This has been updated to accurately reflect the MAKE status of each part. Click here for instructions on how to download the Custom Price Book.
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.
Overview: Single or dual actuator linkage options with a torque range of 44 to 600 lb-in and wide close-off capabilities enable you to retrofit most manufacturer’s globe valves.
Upgrade most ½”- 6″ globe valve installations in the field
Pull existing globe valves into your Building Management system by using Honeywell actuators
Quick and simple installation – no valve disassembly required
Replaces Q5022 previously used with 4″ – 6″ VGF valves
Quick and easy selection using the Fast Track tool.
Variety of bonnet adapters and kits to fit most manufacturer’s globe valves
Easy To Order: Honeywell’s easy-to-use Fast Track program assists with selecting and configuring your entire valve and actuator project. You can also use the Honeywell Fast Track Tool to select the correct linkage and bonnet adapters for your valve retrofits. Or, use the selection table from product data sheet 32-00020 (Table 3). If you do not have the exact part number or valve size, order globe valve kits (listed in Table 5 of product data sheet 32-00020) that include a variety of bonnet adapters for linkage with ½” to 6″ globe valves made by most manufacturers.
More Fast TrackTM Improvements:
Retrofit Linkage addition
Search by Honeywell or competitor valve
Select applicable retrofit linkage and bonnet adapter
Old Project – New Pricing
Fast Track will recognize if previously generated valve schedule contains current year’s pricing and allow the user to update pricing if desired.
ControlTrends thanks Neptronic, this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor. Founded in 1976, Neptronic 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. Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry, whose product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.
U.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct. ControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.
ControlTrends Training: High Pressure Refrigeration Controls: A special thanks to Mike Glenn from Johnson Controls for putting this training video on High Pressure Refrigeration controls together. You can also check out Mike’s video on low pressure refrigeration controls by clicking here. These switches regulate critical functions within a refrigeration system and are essential to its proper operation. Low-pressure switches are commonly used to control compressor operation or act as a low-limit control.
We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory. Okay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!
GC Valves TIP: Solenoid Valves for Oil & Gas Burner Pilot Applications: GC Valves offers very competitive, high-quality solenoid valve solutions for general purpose, oil and natural gas burner, and custom-solenoid valve applications. Now that the cold weather has arrived, here is a reminder that GC Valves manufactures some of the most popular pilot valves for oil and natural gas burners.
Introducing 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Nominee: Honeywell Lyric Round is cool again! Round is cool again! Honeywell introduced the T87 Round thermostats when Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend was but a mere tike. Round gave way to rectangular shaped thermostats and round stats got lost in the thermostatic style wars. It took a guy from Apple, Tony Fadell, to make round cool again when he introduced the Nest thermostat a couple of years ago. Not to be out done, Honeywell, the original purveyors of round, packed over 100 years of Honeywell control know-how into the ultra cool Honeywell Lyric.
How a VFD Pays for Itself:This week Stromquist hosted a Drive to Savings Day with Siemens and GA Power to educate our customers on the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives and GA Power’s current rebate programs for VFDs and other HVAC equipment. Most people already know that installing a VFD can save money by cutting back on the energy it takes to run equipment, but not everyone is aware that there are additional savings to reap by taking advantage of GA Power’s rebate opportunity. For any NEW drive installed on existing equipment, GA Power will issue a $50 per HP rebate. So a 20 HP drive will bring a $1000 rebate. Add that to the money saved in energy costs, and the new drive will pay for itself very quickly!
Smart Meters and Big Brother Video Editorial. Check out this video from Minivan Jack! Is he just being paranoid or does he have a point? If not through a smart meter, what about through a Nest thermostat collecting your information? Let me know what you think in comments.
Contemporary Controls’ Modbus Profile Builder Software for the BASgatewayLX is Now Available! November 2014 — The BASgatewayLX uses a csv (comma separated value) file that is uploaded to it to provide the modbus point list that will be polled. Contemporary Controls builds these Modbus maps and posts them on our BASgatewayLX profile page. If you need a Modbus that is not currently on line please contact us, and we will enjoy creating it for you.
Belimo 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.
ControlTrends 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…]
Belimo Americas headquarters will move to a new energy-efficient facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. Place your September orders by August 1st through August 15th, 2014 and we will provide you 60-day payment terms to encourage early ordering.
To maintain delivery schedules during the move, production lines will relocate in stages from September 8 through 30. We are increasing inventory levels of stocked product and adding additional capacity to our Sparks, Nevada production and shipping facility. From September 8 through September 30th, lead-times may extend to a minimum of 5 days.
Belimo is delighted to move forward and thanks you for your continue business and support!
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