ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 18, 2013

CTA_LOGO1ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: The ControlTrends Awards and the ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee.

BelimoWhat Make The New Belimo Actuator Retrofit Kit Special? When Belimo’s Joe Carcare stopped in a couple of weeks ago, he showed us, the easy way to replace a valve actuator using Belimo’s new universal actuator retrofit linkages for globe valves. Here is Belimo’s video showing just how useful this product is when replacing a valve actuator [Read more…]

Control Talk Now for Week Ending June 30, 2013

BelimoControlTalk NOW thanks Belimo — this week’s Platinum sponsor!

Belimo is a world leader in the design and manufacture of damper actuators and control valves used in commercial HVAC systems. Known for its direct-coupled actuator and innovations in pressure independent control valve technology, Belimo has solutions to maintain an energy efficient building environment. [Read more…]

ControlTrends Presents: The Haystack Connect 2013 — Hightlight Reel

ControlTrends is excited to present its Highlight Reel coverage of the Haystack Connect 2013 featuring Scott Muench, Jason Briggs, John Petze, Marc Petock, and Brian Frank who moderated a formidable assemblage of system integrators, inventors, innovators, industry experts, and leading edge customers — representing all viewpoints and technologies in one community-centric setting.

The “emerging atmosphere” of Haystack Connect and the powerful demonstrations of [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 2, 2013

Johnson Controls announces Platinum Sponsorship for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards: The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee extends it sincere thanks to Johnson Controls and Chris Eichmann for being Platinum Sponsors for the second year. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards will be held at the BB King Blues [Read more…]

Realcomm and IBCON 2013 — Epicenter of Intelligent Buildings Thought Leaders Converge in Orlando June 11-13, 2013

revolution-smallIBcon is the largest gathering on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings.

“There will be no place in the world with more focused attention to the full scope of the smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent building discussion.”

IBcon focuses on ALL aspects of the “Intelligent Building,” from automated HVAC, lighting and security, to [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now: Week Ending May 26, 2103

The sponsor for this week’s ControlTalk NOW is Realcomm 2013. Be part of the REvolution — Redefining Real Estate Operations Through Technology, Automation, & Innovation, June 12-13, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Co-Locating with IBCON 2013. See RealcommEDGE here.

See The Power Of Haystack Connect Video and Haystack Connect 2013 Brings Together Companies, Technology and People who are Re-defining Smart Devices and Connected Systems: Press Release Summary: [Read more…]

Control Talk Now For the Week Ending May 19, 2013

The sponsors for this week’s ControlTalk NOW are Easy IO, featuring the FG-32 “Beast from the East Controller”, and DG Logik’s DG BOX,Visualizing the Internet of Things. The CTA Awards Committee thanks these two Platinum Sponsors for their continued support.

Are You Playing Russian Roulette in Your Boiler Room? FACT: Rebuilt controls rarely meet industry safety standards.FACT: Rebuilt controls rarely meet industry safety standards. “The use of rebuilt or remanufactured flame safeguard equipment shall not be allowed. All boiler controls [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending May 5, 2013

Haystack Connect 2013 is once again this week’s ControlTalk NOW sponsor. Congratulations to Haystack Connect for an outstanding networking extravaganza and industry first. Industry Evolution and the impact of nHaystack, Big Data, Network Security, Lighting Solutions, ADR, Powerful Controllers, and much more to follow.

Pick Siemens for PIC Valves: Siemens’ unique design integrates three functions into one single device: control valve, adjustable flow limiter and automatic pressure regulator. [Read more…]

Live from Chattanooga, TN — Haystack Connect 2013

Haystack1The Haystack Connect 2013 Day One’s General Session opened with two dynamic Keynote Speakers: DOE’s George Hernandez’s: Sensors and Controls — How Smart is Smart Enough, followed by eRupublic’s Marina Leight, GOVERNING’S Associate Publisher for Infrastructure’s presentation: There’s Something Happening Here: Creating Great Places to Live for the People Who Live There.

Hosted by the top experts and solution providers in their respective fields, the First Day Sessions focused on: Data Modeling, Light Control Technologies, Data Visualization, [Read more…]

Honeywell and Nest: Two Smart Thermostats — Some More of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Clint 2 We thought it fair and appropriate that the last two comments (see below) on this blog string, originally posted June 5, 2012, scores one for Honeywell and one for Nest.

We are really getting excited about the thermostat story again, but it’s not only about the thermostat. The goal is to get smart thermostats on the wall as fast as possible and save energy-grief and money. The utilities need the information from as many residential thermostats as possible, as quickly as possible, and the incentives being offered are real motivation. Both Honeywell and Nest, as well as a few others, are doing a great job enabling the process — and making some smart money while they’re at it. Now that the Department of Energy is ready to go door-to-door and give free energy audits, which will (or should) undoubtedly recommend a smart grid-talking thermostat (with rebate coupon), this thermostat race is just heating up!

But who will connect all the smarts dots the soonest? [Read more…]