ControlTrends coverage of the 2017 Haystack Connect begins among hundreds of industry experts, systems integrators, specifying engineers, and end-users — all mingling in a vendor-rich reception, an amazing and exciting testament to the growing Haystack community and ecosystem. As key Haystack Connect organizer, Marc Petock tells us, “This year’s theme is ‘Data Gets Real,'” and there will be many real-world examples featured, where Haystack is being used to deliver large-scale, high-level management strategies and solutions. Project Haystack’s Executive Director, John Petze sums it up best, “The world is coming to us through data, and a key challenge is having that data describe what it means. And this year’s Haystack Connect will be the best technical program ever.” After a cursory review of the scheduled DAY 2 and DAY 3 technical breakout sessions, there’s no doubt about it. At this date and time in our industry, 2017 Haystack Connect is the place to be.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending January 17, 2016, includes Drone Enthusiast and J2 Innovation’s VP of Marketing, Scott Muench; Systems Integrator of the Year nominees Brian Allen from ATS Automation, Seattle, WA and Fred Rotella and Brent Bernardi from Alpha Controls and Services, Rockford, IL. Additionally, we have a great interview with Marc Bergeron, President of ProLon, a leading manufacturer of HVAC control systems designed specifically for zoning systems in commercial applications. Please ensure to cast your 2015 ControlTrends Awards Vote by Tuesday, January 19th!
ATS Automation is centered in Renton, Washington, and is partnered with Alerton Technologies, Phoenix Controls, Aircuity, and Convergint Technologies. ATS Automation is a distributor for Alerton, Phoenix, and Aircuity in our respective marketplaces. Convergint Technologies partners with ATS on key projects to provide a greater scope and depth to our building solutions. ATS Automation has a deep history with all four companies in delivering quality product installations and support. ATS also has strong business relationships with Tridium through Controlco and Honeywell, Belimo Valves and Actuators, S4 Integration, and SkySpark through SkyFoundry.
Marc Bergeron, President of ProLon Inc, out of Montreal, Canada, and leading manufacturers of HVAC control systems designed specifically for zoning systems in commercial applications. ProLon provides efficient solutions to HVAC contactors in North America and around the world at a very competitive cost. ProLon offers its solutions through its network of North American distributors to commercial contractors. ProLon has a team consisting of the industry’s best professionals. ProLon aims to develop efficient systems and reliable products that meet the expectations of an increasingly demanding market. With over 2000 completed projects to date, ProLon’s team offers a zoning system that will suit you as well as your commercial projects.
Alpha Controls & Services LLC specializes in temperature-control solutions, Building Management Systems, Energy Management Systems, and Access Control solutions for industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings. It installs new systems and retrofits existing ones through a full-service organization that helps clients maintain their facility systems and operations at optimal levels. With offices in Rockford, Springfield, and Champaign, Illinois, Alpha Controls & Services is a field office for Schneider Electric – one of the most extensive suppliers of integrated Building Management Systems and a leader in automated information technology for today’s and tomorrow’s intelligent buildings.
Meet drone Captain Scott Muench, aka B.Scott Muench, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at J2 Innovations. In this video we get to see Scott as Drone Pilot Extraordinaire, and hear how he became a drone enthusiast while working as a systems integrator at Technical Building Services. in upstate New York. Scott also discusses the very serious parallels that exists between drones and PID and tuning used in building automation, and how the benefits of drones, soon to be realized, will become integrated with our day-to-day lives.
Excitement continues to build as the 2015 ControlTrends Awards event grows near! As a reminder the 2015 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 24, 2016, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, located at the door step to the amazing Universal Studios. Join us is celebrating the heroes and superstars of our HVAC and the Building Automation industries. VOTE NOW!
This week’s ControlTalk NOW features Daikin’s IoT game-changer, the Rebel RTU; Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee’s VFD Training Part 1 and Part 2; More about KMC’s Conquest Controllers; 2014 ControlTrends Award Winners, Delta Controls and Schneider Electric; and the FieldServer Protocol Revision 12 BACnet Router from the Sierra Monitor Corporation.
Tim Chamblee’s Intro Class: Variable Frequency Drives Part 1. Learn the basics of variable frequency drives in this intro class, from Variable Frequency Drives guru, Tim Chamblee. With over thirty years of experience, Tim is a well recognized expert in the HVAC industry and an enormous asset to the Stromquist team. Tim is also a part-time instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College teaching the Advanced HVAC Program.
In The Winners Circle with Schneider Electric’s Can2Go. Check out Patrick Dumas in the winner’s circle at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards with Sean Johnson. Schneider Electric’s Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) won the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. Can2Go offers Contractors and Systems integrators one of the most complete hybrid control solutions: Wired (BACNet, Modbus, CANbus), Wireless (EnOcean, ZigBee), and Web (IP/Ethernet). These building automation technologies combine to provide maximum interoperability, control, and energy savings.
Daikin Launches First IoT HVAC Equipment. Rebel RTU Rocks! Ken Smyers caught up with Paul Rauker, VP of Systems and Controls, Daikin Applied, on the ground floor of the 2015 AHR Show. Paul expertly reviews the features of Daikin’s latest Intelligent Equipment, the Rebel RTU — that is the first IoT HVAC RTU. Paul shows us what extraordinary innovation is possible when collaboration takes place between industry and technology leaders, Daikin and Intel.
Introducing KMC New Line of BAS Controllers: Meet Conquest! Thanks to Erich Kreuter for introducing us to KMC’s Conquest line of building automation controllers. KMC Conquest controllers are fully programmable, native BACnet controllers with integrated alarming, trending, and scheduling that maintain logic and data at the edge. KMC Conquest controllers are enabled with NFC technology allowing field configuration with our mobile app: KMC Connect Lite.
Delta Controls Wins 2014 Building Automation Control System of The Year. The world wide ControlTrends Community spoke with their votes and Delta Controls was named the winner of the 2014 ControlTrends Building Automation Control System of The Year. Congratulations to Jack Nichols, and the entire Delta team, for a job well done. The Delta Controls’ motto, which permeates throughout the organization is “Do it Right!”
VFD Training Part 2: Tim Chamblee continues his Variable Frequency Drive Training with an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates how to use a Honeywell Variable Frequency Drive to control a cooling tower fan with a Honeywell T775 controller.
Sierra Monitor Corporation’s FieldServer BACnet Router — First Product to be Certified as Router at BACnet Protocol Revision 12. Milpitas, California – January 12, 2015 – Sierra Monitor Corporation, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high- value infrastructure assets, today announced that its FieldServer BACnet Router has been certified by the BACnet Testing laboratory (BTL), having successfully passed the Protocol Revision 12 router tests. Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets.
ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.
Mike Welch of Controls 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.
Also, many of the market headwinds and barriers are diminishing as the pricing of DALI components are normalizing in the North American markets. There are fewer risks and more instances of successful large-scale deployments. Control Network Solutions offers Niagara AX integrators a certified partner program and the additional expertise to navigate past the lighting market’s history and the lighting specification split between the mechanical and electrical sections. Incorporating EnOcean technology into the existing DALI product platform and tools will only enhance and accelerate deployments.
Graham Turner, with OneSight Solutions,a well-established distributor and solutions provider shares his perspective on DALI, as one of UK’s leading building and data center intergators. Many of the building’s systems are already on the Niagara network and this is fantastic opportunity to bring the whole lighting architecture onto the Niagara network as well.
More on DALI to come!