ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 23, 2014

neptronic_logoControlTrends 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.

smartgrid.govU.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.

High Pressure ControlsControlTrends 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.

MICA_NEARME-7We 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!

CS_GCV2-700x400GC 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.

Honeywell LyricIntroducing 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.

ga powerHow 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.

CC_BLDGPROF5Contemporary 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.

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.

High-pressure controls sense compressor discharge pressure and can stop the compressor in case of excessively high pressures. Dual-pressure controls are comprised of low pressure and high-pressure controls mounted in a single housing, with a single switch operated by either control. Other functions of mechanical pressure switches include condenser fan cycling and oil pressure safety control.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 9, 2014

Honeywell 180x120ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, Honeywell! Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, Honeywell creates solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently.

Ken SinclairKen Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT. Excerpt from Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Another flurry of great articles in automatedbuildings.com’s November issue.

aci logoACI’s TSENSE — Combination CO2 Sensor with Temperature, RH, & Display. TSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3 in 1 transmitter. Designed for installation in the air conditioned zone, it measures CO2 concentration, temperature, and humidity in the ambient air. The data is transmitted to a BMS system or a stand-alone controller using industry-standard output signals and communication protocols, including BACnet. Visit ACI!

Marshall1Eric’s Teacher on Ted Talk. Marshall Thurber is a teacher that has had a profound impact on my life and business philosophy. I had the good fortune to study and work with Marshall for many years.I quote him often on ControlTalk Now. To get a feel for Marshall, check out this video Marshall doing a Ted Talk in Melbourne. Marshall Thurber has been named the godfather of business and has been responsible for teaching some of the world’s greatest business minds including Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield to name a few.

BelimoControlTalk NOW’s first guest: Gary Weber, Distribution Sales Manager, North America, Belimo Air Controls, USA. Gary discusses the Belimo Platinum Distributor meeting in St. Kitts, The Energy Valve, the Belimo BAcnet communication feature, the business philosophies that have made Belimo so successful for so many years, and many more topics.

BelimoEnergyValveStreamWhy 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.

Delta2Delta Controls – A Cradle of Innovation. At Delta Controls, Innovation is at the core of what we do. We take BACnet to heart, and have been committed to contributing to BACnet for the last 20 years. We invest in product development and R&D. With over 200 years of industry experience in our R&D department alone, we know that innovation requires having teams in the field and involving our customers in the development process. Innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

SGIPSGIP’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity — Importance & Resource Guide. The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) mission is to accelerate the implementation of interoperable Smart Grid devices and systems. SGIP is a valuable source of information and guidance on all matters concerning the Smart Grid. One particularly resourceful tool is their SGIP’s Cybersecurity infographic an easy-to-use User’s Guide for NISTIR 7628 and Understanding How to Manage Smart Grid Cybersecurity Risk.

Chris E PicControlTrends People: Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. I had a chance to sit down and talk with the ever impressive Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. Find out what Chris had to say about how Johnson Controls is adding even more to their value proposition, a special Johnson Controls Event for 2015, and what makes the Johnson people and products such compelling choices for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Chris Eichmann, VP & General Manager, Controls & BAS Distribution, is a former recipient of the ControlTrends HVAC Controls Executive of The Year, and because of his outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence, is in the hunt for another trophy at this year’s awards.

ControlTrends People: Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls

Johnson-ControlsI had a chance to sit down and talk with the ever impressive Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. Find out what Chris had to say about how Johnson Controls is adding even more to their value proposition, a special Johnson Controls Event for 2015, and what makes the Johnson people and products such compelling choices for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Chris Eichmann, VP & General Manager, Controls & BAS Distribution, is a former recipient of the ControlTrends HVAC Controls Executive of The Year, and because of his outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence, is in the hunt for another trophy at this year’s awards.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 2, 2014

delta_controls_logoWelcome 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.

ChicagoPicIt 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…]

2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists Announced! Congratulations to All!

CTA_LOGO1It 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. We made some final arrangements that will ensure this year’s show will the most exciting and entertaining event in the HVAC industry — an event you don’t want to miss!

2014 CTA Opener from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Here are the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists: [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending October 26, 2014

BelimoBelimo 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.

KMC2ControlTrends 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…]

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 12, 2014

Contemporary ControlsControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 12, 2014 is sponsored by Contemporary Controls, nominated for 6 ControlTrends Awards. Contemporary Controls is your ideal automation partner for applying ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, and Sedona Framework™ technologies to your automation project.

PatFarewell and Happy Retirement to Pat Marley: Pat Marley recently ended his 24 year career with Stromquist Company and started on a new journey called retirement. Pat worked in our Orlando branch and was indeed a tremendous asset to our team. We will greatly miss having him as part of our Stromquist family, and we wish him much happiness and fulfillment in the future years. Cheers Pat! Enjoy the next phase!

GoogleWhere is Google Nest Going? Google Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project! Funds Over $1.5 Billion in Renewable Energy in Three Continents! SunEdison and TerraForm Power announced that Google will provide $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Kern County, California.

Mike WelchMike Welch and The Niagara Dali Lighting Solution: Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions is excited about DALI’s future, literally, and not just about DALI’s integration of low-hanging light-fruit, but the future-proof solutions DALI offers building owners. Mike’s article “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” explains in great detail, that DALI is a converged solution and as changes are made within the building space, control over the DALI lighting remains absolute.

BelimoUpdateBELIMO Americas — Communication Update! BELIMO Americas’ headquarters has moved to its new facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. The move has gone as planned and we are fully operational again. Contact Marialisa Aversano, Customer Service Manager, to expedite your orders and shipment(s). Belimo truly appreciates your continued business and support!

cybersecurity_imageOctober is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Excerpt from Automated Buildings, October, 2014 Edition. Article written by Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Go to LynxSpring CyberPro Newsroom for the latest cyber security information.

Dan FControlTrends People: Dan Flaherty from Johnson Controls, stopped by last week. Hear what Dan has to say about recent Johnson Controls acquisitions, the 2014 ControlTrends Awards, and the 2015 Johnson Controls ABCS Conference, to be held in Orlando, FL, where the country’s top JCI distributors and contractors will attend. Stay tuned for more information!

AlpertAlpert Üzmezler: What is New at BASSG Graphics? ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Alpert Üzmezler, the Managing Partner at BAS Services and Graphics. The very talented Alpert gave us a demo of his new look and feel visualization software and showed us some very cool looking thermostats. Founded in 2004, BASSG has been an innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics delivery that reduce implementation and facility management energy costs.

building_americaOffice of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: Building America Program. Dear Building America colleague: The October 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! Read the full October issue for the latest news and information from Building America. Learn more about the Building America program and receive measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!. Please forward this notice to interested colleagues.

CiscoRealcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?” Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets.

Realcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?”

Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets. Cisco has the option to make, buy, or partner their way into the smart connected building market, and in this instance, Cisco has chosen to partner with companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider, Rockwell, and Intel. Cisco sees tremendous opportunities in the IoE, with particular focus in the IoT and cloud services, and has created four IoE Centers of Excellence to accelerate the co-creation of future real estate and smart communities advancements.