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

J2_FinbuilderHanging Out With Scott Muench from J2Innovations. FIN Builder: Provides Cross Platform Support, Saves Time and Money, Visualizes Any Data Source, Creates Fantastic User Experiences, Promotes Company Standards and is Simple to Use.

Fall into Stromquist Atlanta Classes: It’s that time again – school is back in session. These classes fill up quickly so get registered right away! The below classes will be held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, GA. Price includes training material, certificate, plus breakfast and lunch (the half day Controller class does not include lunch). Start time is 7:30 a.m. Email nancy@stromquist.com for more information.

ControlTrends Awards Thanks Engineered Systems for Their Media Sponsor Support: The ControlTrends Steering Committee thanks ES Engineered Systems’ Robert Beverly for his editor’s note and we look forward to ES’s continued coverage of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards at the BB King Blues Club, in NY Times Square, January 21, 2014.

prestigeSee Why The New Honeywell Prestige IAQ Could be a Nest Killer: Stromquist & Company’s, man from the counter, Seän Johnson, shows you how to install the new Honeywell Prestige IAQ thermostat.

Mark’s Cool Tools Episode 2: A Tool to Read Hard to Get to Part Numbers. Stromquist & Company’s Mark Ramick shows you another cool tool that allows you to read part numebrs in hard to get to places and also pick up things you drop with a magnetic feature. This product runs between $20-$25.

Honeywell T7079 Temperature Controllers No Longer Available: Honeywell announced today that the T7079 family of temperature controllers will no longer be available. Click here to see a list of possible replacements. You can check with your local Honeywell distributor, or one of the Controls Group North America members to see if they have any of these controllers still in stock.

LynxspringThe Birth of Lynxspring: Lynxspring’s Terry Swope tells the story of how and why Lynxspring was created. Great stuff! Thanks Tery for Lynxspring’s Platinum sponsorship of the 2013 Controltrends Awards and sharing the Lynxspring story.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): Make Black and White out of Gray by Josh Millsapps: Important watch and straightstick summary! Though this is a primer for CPTED EXAM goers, this is solid guidance for better security everywhere — especially for the schools and universities, as well as municipalities, hospital, and retail markets. Differentiating between public and private space and displaying a vested interest are vital elements of deterrence.

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 33: 1. SmartGridNews: Sensus was selected earlier this week to provide the core communications technology to support one of the world’s largest smart metering projects: the UK government’s plan to put smart meters in millions of homes and small businesses by 2020. Sensus technology will support the rollout of electric and gas smart meters to ten million locations in the Northern region of Great Britain, subject to contract.

Eric’s Favorite Video Of The Week: Marshall Thurber On Speaking With Good Purpose: Playing “above the line” has been perhaps the best thing. The first thing that happens when you make a mistake is that your mind wants to lay blame — on someone else! Marshall Thurber proposes a powerful solution to deal with that tendency that might just change your company’s corporate culture for the better using the “The Two Dollar Rule.” Watch a better way to deal with blame, justification, and shame in the modern corporate world.

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