Episode 264: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 29, 2018 introduces Atlanta’s newest debutante and future ControlTalk NOW host, Ms. Evelyn Grace Stromquist, as we capture the Zeitgeist of Niagara Summit 2018 — presenting a unique compilation of interviews beginning with Neptronic’s CFO Biagio Di Lorenzo, followed by industry perspectives from Systems Integrators Jim Jancse, Renick Brothers and Casto Technical’s Charlie Gibson. Distributor insight is next up with Broudy Precision’s Joe Chandler and RSD’s Mike Schwan and Rob Thompson. Activelogix’s Jack Berryhill, Tridium’s Laura Kevitt, and OTI’s Brian Turner add much more! More ControlTrends coverage to follow!
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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending December 6, 2015 features interviews with Automated Buildings’ owner and editor, Ken Sinclair; Ecorithm’s VP of Sales, John D. Morris; and Temperature Controls Systems, VP of Sales Scott Twomey, together with Control Systems Consultants’ systems integrator, Cory Gunder. See Neptronic’s production video and new TUCB24 product release. Additional posts include: BASSG Controllers, DOE’s newsletter, Open ADR webinar, Thermokon’s new BACnet Transceiver, J2 Innovation’s FIN Stack, Tridium’s JACE 8000, SMARTCORE’S CATA on-line Threat Assessment. Honeywell’s Smart Grid Solution and Stryker LNS Plug-in, Johnson Controls’ TEC3000 thermostat, and ControlTrends’ Streaming. Don’t forget to submit your Young Guns Candidate!
BAS Services & Graphics Announces R-ION and P-ION Controllers are Here! Since 2004, BASSG has been a constant innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics delivery. BASSG reduces implementation and facility management energy costs — via easy-to-deploy, multi-system software tools, and BASSG’s OEM products. Let BASSG be your one-stop provider for everything BAS, and serve as your EnerCase, Solidyne, Ontrol, and SkySpark implementation specialist. View our newest RION Hotel application.
Open ADR Webinar – Easing Peak Load Stress During System Upgrades. Please register for our upcoming webinar “Easing Peak Load Stress During System Upgrades” on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015 8:00 AM PT. REGISTER NOW. Distribution system upgrades can be stressful for utilities and customers, where the need for increased safety margins are heightened in order to manage grid reliability. DR programs typically require years to develop and deploy, but in this case, there are but months before the need for DR available load must be available.
ControlTalk NOW first guest: Ken Sinclair owner and editor of autmoatedbuilds.com, discusses Automated Buildings’ December Release: “Our AHR Expo 2016 Preview Issue” and draws our attention to the importance of attending our HVAC industry’s premiere event and prefaces the educational theme for the January, 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, FL. “Very pleased to be doing our 17th year of Free Education Sessions at AHR Expo 2016 in Orlando. Pleased to be joined by several industry experts to help us all better understand the change upon us. Also extremely pleased that our industry is able through the voice and video of ControlTrend’s Awards “CTA” to recognize AHR Expo’s amazing support. Be sure to read the other Ken’s CTA interview. Here is a snippet:”
Thermokon’s New STC-BACnet IP 902 MHz EnOcean Radio Transceiver. The STC-BACnet IP 902 MHz EnOcean Radio Transceiver is Thermokon’s new and dynamic bi-directional gateway for EnOcean-based sensors, actuators, controllers, and control systems with BACnet IP interface. Configuration and commissioning is done using the EasySens AirConfig Software tool. Transmitting Frequency and Measuring Principles: Sensors send events and/or time controlled telegrams to the receiver.
The ControlTrends Young Guns — Who Will be in the Class of 2015? Nominate NOW! 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 young professionals under the age of 30, who, early in their careers, already make an important contribution or significant impact within their organization — that will serve as career role model. As an industry, we need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent needed to sustain our industry in the years to come.
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest: Ecorithm’s VP of Sales and Marketing, John D. Morris. Ecorithm is reshaping what it means to benchmark, showcase, and ensure occupant comfort, operational efficiency and building health. Ecorithm’s cloud-based software automatically extracts specific and actionable insights from building sensor data, switching operational focus from reactive problem fixing to proactive predictive maintenance. Comfort is a key contributor to the productivity and happiness of building occupants. Ecorithm’s True Comfort Console empowers you to visualize comfort metrics on a detailed floor plan and analyze comfort trends.
Neptronic Introduces Multi-App TUCB24 Wall Mount Universal Controller. Exciting news from Neptronic! The TUCB24 is a universal wall-mount controller with built-in temperature sensor and scheduler. The unit is designed for simple and accurate control of a heat pump or other heating/cooling equipment. Its field configurable algorithms enable versatile implementation of required control sequences. The TUCB24C6X2 also provides an external humidity sensor input for simple and accurate humidity control and provides a dehumidification sequence compensated by auto activation of reheat output. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Our product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.
See Why FIN Stack has Systems Integrators Talking. Many are calling FIN Stack the next generation of Building Automation Controls software. Check out this rewind of a live stream, lunch and learn, held at Stromquist & Company, to find out why. J2 Innovation’s, Scott Muench shows us the FIN 3.0 next generation software suite including an entirely new application server called FIN Stack. FIN Stack combines the custom graphic tool FIN Builder, with the FIN Mobile app.SMARTCORE’s Complimentary Online Threat Assessment Survey. SmartCore will translate your answers to this short survey into a Threat Assessment Scorecard as well as a prescriptive Cyber Risk Mitigation Plan that we can help you implement to strengthen your defense against attacks. Risk mitigation measures may include: Hardware, software or network solutions or modifications; Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols; Facilitated Education; Change Management; and Cultural Shift programs
Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions: How Automated Demand Response Works. Take advantage of Honeywell’s Automated Demand Response (Auto DR) that provides a custom automated solution for commercial and industrial facilities. Limit energy use and ease rate spikes during peak events. When energy demand exceeds supply you need a reliable and efficient energy management system while enabling you to meet business and production needs. Auto DR is part of our Smart Grid.
TridiumTalk — Learn More About the JACE 8000 Before its Debut. Upcoming TridiumTalks provide an in-depth look to get you ready. You won’t want to miss this next TridiumTalk, “JACE® 8000: An in-depth look.” Learn how this powerful new controller adds to the enhanced user experience of Niagara 4. Join Product Marketing Manager Mike Westerfield to hear about its high-performance core, simplified Wi-Fi configuration and many other value-added features. The JACE 8000 represents a dramatic revolution in connecting and controlling devices globally.
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Newsletter. Welcome to the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter. The newsletter is issued monthly to our Fuel Cell News subscribers and includes a recap of the previous month’s news and events, as well as a preview of upcoming activities. Newsletter archives can be found on the website. In this issue: In the News; Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information; Webinars and Workshops; Studies, Reports, and Publications; and National Laboratory and Principal Investigator Achievements.
Combustion Thursday Live Stream Play List. Check out this live stream of some of our favorite combustion videos in this Thursday Live stream. Learn about gas pressure regulators, combustion analyzers, and combustion controls. This series of six videos that will loop until 7:00PM EST. Check out my interview with the very knowledgeable Dave Krause from Honeywell Combustion and Control. Dave has over thirty years of in the field experience. When it comes to burners and boilers and how to control them, troubleshoot them, and make them safer Dave is the man.
ControlTalk NOW’s third guests are Temperature Controls Systems, VP of Sales and Marketing Scott Twomey, and Cory Gunder from Control Systems Consultants. Control Systems Consultants was nominated for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards System Integrator of the year. As you listen to Cory talk about Control Systems Consultants, it’s easy to see why. In CSC’s own words, “In our 25 years of servicing 100’s of businesses with building automation systems and environmental services all of us at Control Systems Consultants are working our hardest to maintain our company’s unwavering commitment to total customer satisfaction.”
Johnson Controls Releases New Thermostat. Johnson Controls has announced that the TEC3000 line of standalone and communicating (field selectable BACnet or N2) thermostats are now available. Here are a couple of the things that make the TEC3000 cool: The 4.2 inch backlit LED touchscreen allows for easy and fast configuration; The N2/BACnet communication switch enables simple migration from N2 to BACnet MS/TP by switching the communication protocol in the software; Every model has a USB port for faster configuration by uploading and downloading thermostat settings; and Home screen configuration allows the building owner or contractor to custom tailor the user experience.
Honeywell’s LNS Plug-in for Stryker VAV Controllers. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the Stryker VAV LNS Plug-in 2.3.0. Some new and existing BAS installations utilizing LonMark® devices may use general-purpose tools that utilize an LNS Plug-in Director such as Echelon’s LonMaker.
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending May 3, 2015. Our news begins with the Realcomm | IBcon June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio, TX. Be sure to take advantage of the special ControlTrends Rate: $895.00 — that is valid till 6/1/15. Use Promo Code: IB15CTL1. Highlight coverage of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards winners concludes with our final three recipients: EasyIO’s Lim Hoon Chiat, Tridium’s Niagara AX, and KMC’s SimplyVAV. Watch as EasyIO’s Mike Marston takes the FG-32 controller to the next level. And, make sure to watch Vlad Choulopka’s feature 2014 ControlTrends Awards video “Heroes, Awards, and Elegance,” which portrays hundreds of the awesome people that attended our awards event in Chicago and make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so great.
Get Ready ror IBcon and RealComm June 8-10, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. If you are a systems integrator, this is a can’t miss event. Where else can you learn about current technologies and spend time with Real Estate owners and engineers? Use special PROMO Code Pkg: IB15-SA-General Online Group Registration-Integrator or Consultant- ControlTrends Rate: $895.00, Valid Until: 6/1/15, Promo Code: IB15CTL1. Click here to register today!
Our first guest is the Smart Connected Building prophet Jim Young, the co‐founder of Realcomm Conference Group which produces Realcomm, IBcon, and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Jim talks about the importance and need to attend the June 8-10 Realcomm|IBcon conference in San Antonio, TX. Jim’s interview takes us into the future, as always — with an amazing sense of clarity and accuracy.
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer. Congratulations to Lim Hoon Chiat from EasyIO — one of the most knowledgeable and affable people in the HVAC business! It was no surprise that Lim won. Those of us in the ControlTrends Community the world over, know that Lim is one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents to his credit) and is the overseer of EasyIO’s ambitious product road map. Well done, Lim!
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Breaking Down KMC’s Connect Lite. This changes everything!! Rob Allen catches up with Mitch Kehler of KMC to talk about KMC’s new Connect Lite solution. Ever thought it would be cool to use NFC (Near Field Communication) to address and assign your BACnet controller even if it’s unpowered and still in the box? In this video Mitch shows you how.
KMC’s SimplyVAV Wins 2014 ControlTrends VAV Controller of The Year.The SimplyVAV series of controllers are an easy and unique approach to operating a wide variety of VAV terminal units. The integrated actuators, internal airflow sensors, and wide variety of application programs make these BACnet Application Specific controllers ideal for either new or retrofit installations.
Niagara AX Wins 2014 ControlTrends Award. The Niagara Framework is a universal software infrastructure that allows companies to easily build custom, Web-enabled applications for accessing, automating and controlling “smart” devices in real-time over the Internet. This open, Java-based framework unifies diverse systems and devices – regardless of manufacturer, communication standard or software – into an interoperable system creating a platform for value-added application development. Built on Internet standards, Niagara makes it possible for anyone, from anywhere around the world, to control their smart devices from a standard Web browser.
Our second guest is AutomatedBuilding’s owner and editor Ken Sinclair, whose May theme is Becoming an Autodidactic Asset — the process of coming to be a self-taught person who is a valuable thing. “I started several months ago with the realization that our greatest assets as an industry are our people, this lead me to the conclusion that we needed to grow our industry by dragging young IoT savvy folks across the skills gap. During this journey, I discovered that our lead industry assets badly need to become autodidactic, bridging their skills gap about IoT and its savvy folks.” Don’t miss May’s AutomatedBuildings, another valuable collection of industry insight and information from the leading minds of our industry.
EasyIO Updates from Mike Marston: CPT Project Management and New FG CPT Backup/Restore Features. Mike Marston and the team at EasyIO keep the press on the next generation plant controller and share their progress with first release APP and an instructional video.
Try this in your FG32 with Firmware8 .38. It flies more nicely in the FG32+, which are available now with CE, FCC and UL approvals. This is a draft of our standard APPs preparation (the first one). Next we will do a small chiller sequence APP. Please note, this APP works much faster in the FG32+.
Vlad Choulopka’s amazing and elegant video documentary of the heroes and champions of our industry. This feature 2014 ControlTrends Awards video — “Heroes, Awards, and Elegance,” portrays hundreds of the awesome people that attended the awards show in Chicago and make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so great.
This ControlTrends’ Smart Building Story takes an in-depth look at the Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece and the remarkable open systems success delivered by the Stromquist Company and John Smith, Honeywell WEBs-AX Systems Integrator with Mallory & Evans Service. Parkway Realty’s Alan Winfrey explains the course of action taken and the reason why they chose Honeywell when their existing controls system reached its end-of-life and needed the best open-systems upgrade available — one that offered the owners and tenants the greatest value and most flexible solution. The massive first phase, which integrated the base building functions: chiller plant, cooling towers, and occupied floor space with 400 VAV boxes, is complete, and now Alan’s department monitors and optimizes the building system performance — and anticipate problems using data-rich dashboards. Parkway Realty, who has recently won Atlanta’s E3 Award for water-saving initiatives, actively shares building energy and water consumption information with their tenants to modify behavior and help tenants understand how important they are in energy and water conservation.