The ControlTrends Young Guns — Class of 2014

ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing these marvelous professionals and career role models, each of whom have already made an important impact. We need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent that will sustain our industry. We look forward to the continuing support of the ControlTrends Community to help us identify next year’s Young Guns.

Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, editor and owner of Automated Buildings, for his inspiration and assistance with the Young Guns and to Brad White, SES Consulting. Brad was an original member of Young Energy who presented the awards — after sharing his personal story and the importance of mentoring and the need to do a little bragging about your job.

se_jciSabrina Eder is currently an Account Executive at Johnson Controls in the Greater Milwaukee Area. The following is a partial list of Sabrina’s responsibilities: Grow product sales volume and meet set sales plans and objectives through OEM, ARW, and ABCS distribution channel accounts. Use and promote sales process to aid in cultivating and managing long term relationships and in seeking out new sales opportunities. Represent product and technology offerings during sales process to end customer.

rob_allenRob Allen is currently Building Automation Contractor Sales Support Specialist at Stromquist & Company, Inc. As a building automation controls specialist and systems integrator, Rob makes sure users know how to connect HVAC, Access and Security, and lighting controls to optimize building performance and save energy. With access to a portfolio of top of the line Control Systems including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, EASY IO, and Loytec, Rob provides building owners easy to understand building control solutions for any type building and any type of budget.

tommy_hTommy Hagenes is currently the Nordic Representative EasyIO Europe B.V. Bergen Area, Norway and a Specialist in Industrial Automation, as well as Owner of Energy Control AS. Formerly, Tommy was Head of SCADA and integration at Hoist Energy Em Systemer AS, and System Engineer at Celsius Teknikk. Tommy shares the goal of EasyIO Europe to deliver Energy Management Systems that increase the well being of human beings, by optimizing the interaction between humans, buildings, and work.

chris_ryan_lynxChris Ryan is presently Director of Engineering at Lynxspring, Inc., where he is committed to excellence, high-quality service, and client satisfaction. Previously, Chris was Technical Support Engineer at Tridium focused on Best Practices for Navigation, Graphics and Export Tags. Additionally, Chris represents Lynxspring at conferences and trade shows, such as BACnet Plugfest and ASHRAE. Chris attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Management.

chris_schneiderChris Schneider is the owner of Open BMCS and a bonafide expert in Computer Software, Communications, and Building Management Control Systems. A few years ago Chris looked into the lack of open software in the BMCS industry and after some research and quite a few designs Chris and his team decided to create their own Building Management and Controls System. Chris looked to IT industry standards to fulfill Open BMCS requirements and created a full Building Management and Controls System without the complexity of installing software or complex licensing. Open BMCS features a simple web based controller with everything on-board.

jason_houck1Jason Houck is presently Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems and an expert at Smart Building Infrastructure Design and Implementation, Multi-brand Building Automation, Lenel Access Control and Security Surveillance Service and Implementation. Additionally, Jason’s expertise includes Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as BACnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE. Programming, start-up, and commissioning of the following brands: Honeywell Home and Building Control and Johnson Controls (FPU, DSC, DX-9100, FX Line), Automated Logic, Invensys, Trane, Vulcain, KMC, and Delta Controls.

erich_krueterErich Kreuter is currently a Product Manager at KMC Controls, Inc., focusing on hardware based products and coordinating product strategy for KMC’s hardware products over the product lifecycle. Erich is responsible for market specification and research, functional requirements, and field application support working closely with Sales and Engineering. Previous position was Hardware Design Engineer, where Erich designed hardware for embedded controls focusing on digital systems based around Freescale Coldfire microprocessors, power supply design, and design for regulatory compliance (FCC), and circuit and PCB design functions.

ControlTrends Around the World: India

Do you want to know what it takes to be a successful building automation controls system integrator or smart buildings controls provider in India? India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for building automation and smart building controls and we had a chance to talk with the top movers and shakers in this expansive market.

Our guests include:
Vinayak Sane
Principal Consultant & Chief Technical Architect
Mumbai Area, India Environmental Services

Bhartesh Jamdade
GM-Sales & Operations (BMS Division) at GMP Technical Solutions
Mumbai Area, India Security and Investigations

Ajay Shirgurkar
Sangli, Maharashtra, India Design

Pradip Sheth_Gmail
Ahmedabad Area, India Design

L D engineering college, Ahmedabad, India

Sunil Gupta has an unmatched experience in an industry (IT Infrastructure Services – IDC, Hosting and Cloud)) that’s barely over a decade old. He is best known as the person who has built and run the most number of data centers in India. With an experience of setting up 12 data centers spread over 12,000,000 sq.ft. of space, he can guide an organization who wants to build and operate large data centers both from a macro and micro perspective.

Thanks to Easy IO for introducing us to our new friends at the Easy IO world conference in Madrid, Spain. Remember, “Pound the rock and release the beast.”

Why You Have to be at the EASY IO World Event!


We truly live and do business in a World Economy. Sometimes, the world comes to you and sometimes, you have to go to the world. Need a good reason and great opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of business as usual in the good old USA and see the world? No, don’t join the Navy, instead make plans to attend EASY IO’s World Event taking place in Madrid, Spain this September 15-17. The event is filling up fast! So, act now or a navy recruiter might be your next best option for a European tour.

Need more reasons? Let’s see, (the mix is incredible): The sights (beautiful women) and sounds (flamingo dancers), and exotic foods of historic Madrid; training on the CTA award-winning FG-32 DDC Controller of the Year, the Beast, the new Mega Beast, and other Easy IO products; Golfing at Los Angeles de San Rafael Club de GOLF and tour of the Santiago Bernabéu Real Madrid football stadium; the one-of-a-kind expert training and the application knowledge of Mad Mike Marston, the Man, the Myth, the Legend; and more tango dancing and “the sights.” Do you need more reasons?

Click here for more details on the Global EasyIO Partner Event. madrid1

Still need another reason? Well, I’m not an accountant, but I’m pretty sure yours would tell you that this is a legit way to go to Europe and write it off on your taxes. I’m just saying…

Click here to reserve your place.

Premiere Sponsor Easy IO at the Niagara Summit

ControlTrends got chance to catch up with Mike Marston and his team at the 2014 Niagara Summit vendor showcase. Easy IO, who was one of four Niagara Summit premiere sponsors, showed us their Easy IO controllers and hinted that their formidable “Beast From The East Controller” might be getting a bigger more powerful brother in the near future.
Congratulations to Mike and Easy IO, who won the coveted “DDC Controller of the Year” at both the 2012 and the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

7 Plus Minutes of Enchantment — Inside the HVAC Industry’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards

The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did. This 7 Plus minute video is a tour de force of recognition and prestige; excitement and entertainment; and in perhaps one of the most positive and important HVAC Industry commentaries to date, Vlad’s video is a fait accompi in capturing some of the world’s best corporations, best products and solutions, and most importantly, the superstars and heroes of our HVAC Industry within a celebrated and memorable occasion.

As Eric said so eloquently at the close of the show, “We want to thank our sponsors and we want to thank all of you for just being the amazing people that you are, and it’s a privilege to know you, and work in the same industry together. So, thanks!”

EasyIO FG-32 Beast From the East Update: New BACnet IP Client Feature Released

FG32Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, enthusiastically announced the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year, FG-32 is now available with BACnet IP Client! Users will now be able to use a 4GB card for Graphics and Histories, and a 4GB card is plenty! One Graphic is about 200K bytes and a 1 GB will give 10 some million history records.

Mike also announced that these features will be released BEFORE Niagara Summit 2014.
1. BACnet MSTP client
2. BACnet UI in CPT for device and point discovery
3. SQL widgets for Graphing and Presentation
4. WebLineEdit support enum.
5. Graphic Toggle button for boolean property
6. History store in SQLite/SDcard is working and next week http query on the SQLite should be ready where result are shown in CSV.

Note: This can open up new markets for you as now you have a solution which has no fees, no software costs, and an awesome product that competes head on with the Non-Niagara products.

Hanging Out With Easy IO’s Mike Marston in Korea

Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen was joined by Easy IO’s Mike Marston to discuss the Easy IO training class coming to Stromquist’s Atlanta location January 13, 2014. Want to come to Atlanta and hang out with Mike and Rob and learn about how to use the amazing Easy IO controllers.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending October 20, 2013

DataEyeControlTalk NOW thanks Controlco, one of the most preeminent distributors in the western part of the United States, for being this week’s sponsor and a 2013 ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsor. Controlco is a premier distributor of automation systems for a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial clients. “With state-of-the-art products and a full suite of value-added services, we offer a total solution for your automation needs. Since 1958, we have provided hundreds of clients with a thorough offering of controls, instrumentation, software, and professional services to suit their needs.” Featured product: DataEye.

How to Install a Natural Gas Pressure Regulator: Stromquist and Company handles just about every brand of gas pressure regulator. We stock Maxitrol, Pietro Fiorentini, Itron (Actaris), Sensus, and American Meter. It does not matter what brand gas regulator you are using or if you have a natural gas regulator or a LP Gas pressure regulator they all have one thing in common. If you don’t install the gas regulator correctly it will not work properly.

Honeywell Continues Leadership Role in OpenADR, ComfortPoint Gateway Certified! The OpenADR Alliance continues to grow in importance. Honeywell’s participation and recent product certification provides an excellent overview of the OpenADR development and energy provider benefits. OpenADR is for real!

ControlTalk NOW’s first guest is Functional Devices’ Laura Conkle ( Laura highlights products from Functional Devices extensive product portfolio. Functional Devices is a globally recognized manufacturer of building automation peripheral devices. energy-saving, lighting, and control components, and their famous relay-in-a-box RIB relays.

Improved Order Process for Honeywell Valve Assemblies: Honeywell is excited to announce that in a few weeks, they will be introducing the new MVN rotary valve actuator for use with control ball valves and pressure regulated control valves. The new compact design not only saves time, it also saves space, giving installers the flexibility to meet the tight space requirements for any project. The actuator can be connected to the valve with one hand without the use of a tool, dramatically cutting installation time.

CONTROL SCHOOL: THE 411 ON SMOKE DETECTORS: Thanks to Lisa Shoulders from System Sensor for this excellent training course on duct smoke detectors. Lisa breakdown code requirements, installing, testing and troubleshooting duct smoke detectors. This is a must for the HVAC Controls Professional.

A New Way To Program EASY IO Controllers: Our friend Mike Marston from Easy IO turned us on to Chris Schneider from OpenBMCS and Bartech Australia. This looks like a great way to interface with Easy IO products. A special welcome to Chris and the folks down under to the ControlTrends Community.

ControlTalk’s second guest is EasyIO’s Mike Marston, open-source advocate and steward of the game-changer, Beast from the East, FG-32 controller. which ideally suited for the light commercial applications.

2012 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The PID Award — Congratulations to Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack for winning the 2012 PID Award.

Forbes’ Tracks Demand Response & Honeywell’s Thermostats are at it Again! Demand Response just keeps coming — and the markets and potential just keep growing. I read this Forbes post by Aaron Tilley, a Forbes staff writer (who lives at the intersection of energy and technology, a great residence indeed) This post gives us an interesting take-away: The evolutionary progress of Demand Response is a visible thing, traveling at the speed of a passenger-freight train, taking on all boarders with a seemingly friendly promise of reward with no consequences. Is everyone but you (and me) on-board yet?

What Makes the Johnson Controls Asset Tool so Special? Ever wonder why those Johnson Controls FX contractors are so price competitive? Well it starts with a great tool that reduces the time it takes to bid, submit, order, and program a building automation controls job. Johnson Controls Robert Harland shows why the Johnson Controls FX Asset Tool is a difference maker for Johnson Controls FX Contractors.

Why You MUST Pay Attention to Social Media to Survive: Thanks to Eric Qualman and our friends at Johnson Controls for this awesome video. This was part of the session Johnson Controls did on Socail Media Marketing at the 2013 Johnson Controls Business Conference. You might also be interested in the on=going series Using Social Media in the HVAC Industry. Using Social Media in the HVAC Controls Industry explores ways in which we can use and adapt to these changes. If you would like to join the conversation reach out to us in comments, or follow us on twitter ( @ericstromquist @kensmyers) and we will connect.

All About Cyber Security: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 42: Since October is officially National Cyber Security Month, it is appropriate to dedicate this week’s TOP 5 Informational Pivot Points to Cyber Security. Read the White House report on Cyber Security, the Director of the FBI’s speech given at the International Conference on Cyber Security 2013, review The Cyber Security & Infrastructure Symposium, meet (ISC)2, and finally, still time to register and learn the latest on Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity at the SGIP conference.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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A New Way To Program EASY IO Controllers

Our friend Mike Marston from Easy IO turned us on to Chris Schneider from OpenBMCS and Bartech Australia. This looks like a great way to interface with Easy IO products.
A special welcome to Chris and the folks down under to the ControlTrends Community.