Control Talk Now For the Week Ending May 19, 2013

The sponsors for this week’s ControlTalk NOW are Easy IO, featuring the FG-32 “Beast from the East Controller”, and DG Logik’s DG BOX,Visualizing the Internet of Things. The CTA Awards Committee thanks these two Platinum Sponsors for their continued support.

Are You Playing Russian Roulette in Your Boiler Room? FACT: Rebuilt controls rarely meet industry safety standards.FACT: Rebuilt controls rarely meet industry safety standards. “The use of rebuilt or remanufactured flame safeguard equipment shall not be allowed. All boiler controls shall be listed as UL (underwriters laboratories), FM (factory mutual), or AGA (American gas association). (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 44-916; effective May 1, 1987; amended April 28, 2000.)”

They Call it “Easy IO” For a Reason: Thanks to Mike and Lim, from Easy IO who stopped by to update us on their new Controller “the Beast from the East“. This Easy IO controller takes solutions to a whole new level. More on the Beast in upcoming posts. Plus, this Stromquist & Co. tutorial will get you up and running in no time. With even just a basic understanding of programming, we’ll get you started with your own custom design.

Siemens EcoView Product Review: Siemens is putting their size, strength and technology into the small to mid-size business applications with EcoView an expandable cloud-based energy management tool to control schedules, HVAC, and Lighting offering 18% reduction to energy bill and an ROI of less than 24 months. Reduce energy consumption, cut costs, and enhance customer comfort with Siemens’ EcoView.

ASHRAE Giants Series: Willis Haviland Carrier, the Father of Air Conditioning: The “Apparatus for Treating Air,” which was granted U.S. Patent# 808897 in 1906, was the first of several patents awarded to Willis Haviland Carrier. The air conditioning device would historically impact factory productivity, building design, population trends, and, ultimately, the growth of U.S. Sunbelt cities, like Atlanta and Houston.

Get Ready for Next Tax Season NOW! Appliance Upgrades to Consider from US Department of Energy: Control Trends is committed to spread the word of DOE and Energy with valuable updates. If you missed the energy efficiency and renewable energy tax credits for 2012, fortunately, you can still take advantage of them in 2013. According to the recent energy.gov blog on the Extended Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency, the majority of the appliance upgrade tax credits were continued through the end of 2013 or 2016.

Reading HVAC Wiring Diagrams Part 2: Thanks to our friend Dr.Z for the second of his videos in how to read an HVAC wiring diagram. In this video he shows how to read a wiring diagram as it relates to an air condition unit. To see part one click here.

Upcoming Event:

REvolution – In Orlando, FL Realcomm2013 – Orlando, June 12-13, 2013: This is Realcomm’s 15th year, and reflecting on past and current changes, the journey through the intersection of commercial real estate, technology, innovation and operations has been interesting. We started in 1999 with a better than expected crowd. Through the explosive excitement of the dot-com phenomenon, and then the market crash in 2008, the topic of technology inside our industry, despite its ups and downs, has grown consistently and substantially.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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