Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Our goal is to provide high quality products for the most reliable and economical solutions to the needs of our customers, along with world-class support from our sales and engineering experts. [Read more…]
With the CTA Awards approaching, EasyIO wants to show you somehow new and amazing. This is your chance to win a Wireless Wi-Fi VAV Controller. Submit your answers by October 15th, and get the controller delivered to your door before October 30th, 2017. You need to be quick! Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 25 people to register and answer these 8 questions correctly will get a free VAV Controller.
1. When was EasyIO established?
2. Does EasyIO have BTL?
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4. Is an EasyIO FW VAV Controller a BACnet Client or a BACnet Server
5. Does an FW have live wiresheets with live programming
6. What is the Contractor price for an FW8V?
7. Can the FW be used for VVT Applications
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And there is more, the three best case studies received before October 30, 2017, will receive three VIP invites to the 2017 CTA Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe (January 21, 2018) in Chicago as guests of EasyIO. Flights and Hotel provided, within USA. Email your answers to email@example.com.
The EasyIO-FW-14 is a new breed, high performance, freely programmable, wireless Wi-Fi Sedona controller. It has never been easier to extend your BMS because of its wireless possibilities. You will save on labor and wiring. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a perfect fit for vertical markets such as schools and retail, to have extended IO for the F-series controllers, without any downtime during installation as the network can be wireless. It’s ideal for all kind of applications such as fan coils, AHU’s, room and stand-alone applications, featuring SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet communication protocols.
The EasyIO-FW-14 can be programmed and live commissioned via free CPT Tools and an integrated HMTL5 dashboard. It has BACnet IP server, a BACnet MSTP client supporting up to four external BACnet server devices and two Ethernet ports for daisy chain connection wiring. Furthermore, it can also have the built-in Wi-Fi infrastructure connected at the same time as the Ethernet ports for network redundancy. Wired and wireless deployment is encouraged, so there is no need to worry about IT. The EasyIO-FW-14 includes 8 UI (voltage and resistance), 4 x AO (Voltage) and 2 x DO with 24VAC volt free contact relays. For floating control, the optional FR-02 module is available to add to the FW-14.
Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Our goal is to provide high quality products for the most reliable and economical solutions to the needs of our customers, along with world-class support from our sales and engineering experts. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.
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.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW introduces several new products from KMC Controls and Functional Devices; interview coverage of KMC’s Erich Kreuter and JCI’s Guy Holden; Belimo’s Lars van der Haegen’s appointment to CEO Belimo Group; The Smart Grid’s ADMS report; and the concluding events of Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory, EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan’s 2020 — 100 billion sensor prediction and the Q&A session that ended the 3rd Annual CCC.
Mounting a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body. This short video shows you the tools you will need and steps to take to correctly mount a Siemens SSA Valve Actuator to a 599 Series Zone Valve Body: 599 Series Valve Body, SSA Electronic Zone Valve Actuator, Small Flat Blade Screwdriver, and a 3 mm Hex Wrench.
Part 6: Jim O’Callaghan at The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan brings his unique perspective too the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. Jim shares his thoughts on how the Building Automation Control World will look when the world goes from the 70 million sensors that exist today to the estimated 100 Billion sensors that will control and influence our world in 2020. Very compelling stuff!
Increased Visibility to the Grid is Happening! Read How — Voices of Experience|ADMS. Consider the Cost of a Power Outage: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the $150 billion in annual economic losses because of outages is equivalent to adding 4 cents per kWh of costs to consumers nationwide.” — Annual Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Department of Energy. Excerpt from the Guide: “Considering that this is an era in which smart phones and Google Maps are ubiquitous, it may come as a surprise that utilities have very little visibility into their distribution systems.”
Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions: Delivering World-Class Quality with Lower Costs. Guy Holden, VP & GM of Johnson Controls, Global WorkPlace Solutions Europe, Middle East, and Africa, discusses how the Facility Management (FM) industry is responding to demands for improved quality at a reduced cost. In response, some FM companies are specialized either in service delivery or strategic management, while JCI’s Global WorkPlace is investing in both.
Functional Devices Introduces New Wi-Fi RIB Products. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK — EXPAND YOUR CONTROL — At Functional Devices, the Internet of Things is happening today! Functional Devices is very proud to introduce its new Wi-Fi RIB products! Functional Devices’ Wi-Fi RIBs are the I/O devices for the next wireless generation of Building Automation and Energy Management Systems. You can turn your devices on and off wirelessly, and monitor your network remotely.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Erich Kreuter KMC Controls. In this episode Rob welcomes KMC’s Erich Kreuter and they talk all about the C words — The 5 C’s as defined by KMC’s new suite of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls that doesn’t use PC based software, rather an advanced technology with built-in diagnostics — that is designed to take labor costs out of a project. Check it out and be prepared to be amazed!
Lars van der Haegen to Become New CEO of the BELIMO Group. Lars van der Haegen is the new CEO of the Belimo Group starting July 1, 2015. Lars van der Haegen has been the President of Belimo Americas and Member of the Executive Committee since November, 2010. Prior to that, he was employed by Belimo in various positions since 2000. Lars van der Haegen has a strong HVAC application and industry knowledge paired with master degrees in business from Columbia Business School in New York and the London Business School.
The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory Finishes Strong with Summary and Q & A. Ken Sinclair’s group of Industry experts finished the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory with a compelling crescendo, then took the conversation to an even deeper level, as they answered several thought-provoking questions from the audience. Great job Ken, Marc, John, Andy, Jim, and Paul.
Get On Board! Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings March 2015 Theme: Creating Self-Learning Cultures. Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory has recently invigorated the HVAC and Building Automation industry’s interest with an open challenge to make our industry younger by attracting new talent and bringing these new employees up to speed quickly. Sadly, we lost the use of Star Trek’s Vulcan Mind Meld with the loss of Leonard Nimoy, but Ken’s autodidactic style of learning is indeed, a vital part of the future solution. As an industry we must think of how each of our organizations can leverage its existing resources, policies, collaboratories, and industry partnerships to create greater career pathways that will close the skills gaps faster and ultimately, sustain our industry.
Planning for Haystack Connect 2015 is well underway. With a little over 4 months before the conference kicks off, the event has 14 major sponsors and exhibitors as well as 3 Media sponsors, with new companies signing up every week. See the current sponsors here: www.haystackconnect.org/sponsors.
The technical program is taking shape with a number of papers and presentations submitted on a wide range of topics around the conference themes that include Data Modeling, Hardware, Analytics, Cyber Security, Energy, Wireless and more. Consider joining the community at the Haystack Connect event — submit a presentation and share your expertise.
The Call for Papers and Presentations is open until March 15, but don’t wait! Submit a Paper here: http://events.haystackconnect.org/2015/#presenting.
To learn more about Haystack Connect 2015, please visit: www.haystackconnect.org
To learn more about Project Haystack, the open source effort to make devices data self-describing and easier to work with across applications visit: http://project-haystack.org/
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PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors Contemporary Controls and International Solutions of America (ISA). 2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominees Nino DiCosmo, Tridium’s President and General Manager, and Thermokon’s North American Sales Manager, David Alliband, join us this week on ControlTalk NOW, providing unique insights into Nino DiCosmo’s high-profile executive role in running one of the world’s leading software platforms and David Alliband’s vigorous efforts to take the Thermokon product portfolio to the next level in the North American market.
Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework.
ISA’s warehouse maintains a large inventory of new and reconditioned parts. From years of experience, we know the parts our customers need most. So in most cases, your parts are shipped within 24 hours — in many instances, the same day — saving you the expense of lengthy down-time.
ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundryy: Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at SkyFoundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Whether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults SkyFoundry enables the creation of “Sparks” (events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.
Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 ControlTrends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock. We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today.
Heads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures. We received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on to the ControlTrends Community for greatest dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.
Niagara Framework Changed Our World! Tridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And,understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome.
CTN Interview with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, Large Manufacturer. Nino DiCosmo is an accomplished global executive recognized for commitment to setting and achieving Tridium’s vision and goals. Nino is an expert at scaling operations, building customer focused teams, and leading innovative product development.
Thermokon — Keeping in Touch with the Future. Thermokon EasySens- EnOcean is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America is excited about Thermokon’s continued success and the many wired and wireless products and solutions Thermokon has to offer. When Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH was founded in 1987 by Harald Zygan in Mittenaar-Bicken, Germany, hardly anyone expected the business to grow out of this scale.
CTN Interview with David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America. David Alliband reviews the variety of wired and wireless products available from Thermokon and the HVAC applications the Thermokon products are especially well-suited for. Thermokon has grown from a sensor manufacturer to a solutions provider with a broad range of highly competitive quality products available from a distributor near you.
Rising Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption — Impacts on the Grid (Negligible, for Now). December, 2014: Six utilities that participated in DOE’s cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program deployed in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations and evaluated customer charging behaviors and impacts on the grid. There are relatively few plug-in electric vehicles on the road today, and as a result the six SGIG projects focused on establishing the charging infrastructure with a relatively low number of stations and evaluated a small number of participating vehicles.
CTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success. Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper. In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.
Thermokon’s David Alliband demonstrates one of Thermokon’s complete hotel suite solutions. The adoption of the EnOcean wireless, battery-less technology is inevitable, and now that the EnOcean points are easily integrated into to any existing or future building management system, the conclusion is obvious: Thermokon, with its complete portfolio of hard-wire and wireless products is making its way into your future!
After posting our recent article “Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies,” our business partner over at WattStopper, Bryan Pike, got in touch with some concerns. They’ve been making wireless BULIT® (Basic Utility Light Intelligent Transceiver) controllers specifically for outside parking lot installations for a few years now, and we’ve been selling them with some success.
There’s obviously a transition happening in the industry, where these new technologies are cropping up and while we’re fans of innovation, we always want to be sure that we’re cautious of fads. But this BULIT® controller is no passing trend. It works to solve real problems in parking lot lighting management as well as provide true cost savings for end users.
“As with any wireless communication, including your cell phone,” Pike explained, “there are times where you have intermittent communication. The advantage of our products is that they contain the logic. This small device on top of a light pole is actually a self-contained, fully programmable controller and sub-meter capable of functioning with or without direct communication over the wireless network.”
Since reliability in parking lots is such a concern, this is of utmost importance.
In hard-wired systems, there is no way to provide energy management solutions unless you go in and break these circuits up. But with WattStopper’s wireless BULIT®, there is no need to install time clocks on every light, run cable or trench concrete. They just plug into a standard photocell receptacle and provide feedback, wirelessly, to the JACE. While the JACE is responsible for communicating to the device itself, the BULIT® contains all of the advanced scheduling and current-monitoring for themselves.
On a recent project in upstate New York, Pike and his team at WatStopper installed 187 of these BULIT® controllers on individual parking lot lights. By providing this level of advanced scheduling, the team was able to give the customer more energy management by allowing them to bring their lights on in stages, staggering the execution of lighting commands to save on energy use. Once a week, WattStopper publishes a new schedule for the BULIT® and then they’re done with communication to the JACE. The only time it needs to communicate with the front-end again is when it needs to report a status or if an issue comes along, like a bulb outage or security problem.
“This is the way any parking lot lighting controls should work,” Pike explained. “You’re not relying on a constant RF communication to turn these lights on and off. And it addresses any lighting safety issues.”
In a recent independent study by OnWorld, it was found that by 2017, 6.3 million outdoor wireless lighting controls like the BULIT® will be installed. So why the transition?
“There’s no other way to do it,” says Pike. “Your last major energy load that goes uncontrolled in any commercial space is lighting, especially outdoor lighting because there is just no way to intelligently control it. Right now, you have a circuit in a parking lot coming back to a local photocell or time clock that contains information and publishes it to all the lights at the same time.” And that’s not reliable or sustainable.
To further illustrate the importance of lighting controls, Pike and I walked through a current example of a project we’re bidding on to install the BULIT® solution. The customer has 320 lights for which they pay $0.14 per kilowatt hour. The bulb wattage is 1,000 and the average burn time per year per light is 4,380. That gives brings their total cost for lighting each year to $235,000.
Walking through the basic control algorithm for lighting controls, we found that there is a large opportunity for savings on just slight lighting adjustments made possible by the BULIT® controller. We estimated a cost per node at $220 for 320 lights. Add a database front-end cost of $22,000 and another $20,000 for labor. By just providing a 45-minute off-set for the light run time, the customer would have a 2.3 year payback. Then, let’s say we wanted to turn off half of the lights for 5 hours each night. When you do that, the return drops to 1.1 years with an annual savings of $97,227. So have slightly more than one year, there is more than $97,000 back in the operating budget. These are substantial opportunities.
So while we initially wanted to advocate for caution in this new wireless world order, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to explain that there are some real viable solutions available now. And we’re happy to talk with you about them if you have any questions. Contact us Controlco.