ControlTrends caught up with Contemporary Control’s George Thomas at the 2015 Haystack Connect Vendor Show. George shares his insights into Haystack Connect — and, how several of the Contemporary Controls products integrate very nicely with Haystack.
The following is from our friends at Contemporary Controls: April 2014 — Although the JACE has the ability to communicate Modbus RTU over one of its serial ports, Modbus points cannot be discovered like BACnet points requiring manual configuration of each Modbus register. By using external Modbus RTU to BACnet gateways, with pre-defined Modbus device profiles, configuration of Modbus registers is just as quick as configuring BACnet points allowing to greatly reduce the time to configure Modbus devices in the field. Our BASgatewayLX
— Modbus to BACnet® Gateway provides a 10/100 Mbps Modbus TCP or BACnet/IP Ethernet port and an opto-isolated Modbus EIA-485 serial port for Modbus RTU or Modbus ASCII devices. Up to 30 Modbus serial devices (represented by up to 1000 polled points) can share the single Modbus port on the BASgatewayLX.The virtual routing feature in the BASgatewayLX allows each connected Modbus device to appear as an individual BACnet compliant device which can save configuration time if using multiple identical Modbus devices. A device profile for each Modbus type device is needed and Contemporary Controls maintains a library of common device profiles. If one is not available, we will be glad to provide it upon request. In addition, custom device profiles can be uploaded to the BASgatewayLX. Using web pages and a resident database of common Modbus device profiles, Modbus data points from Modbus Serial or Modbus TCP devices can be mapped to BACnet objects.
The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone. Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra were on-hand to assist MC, Marc Petock in recognizing the HVAC and Building Automation superstars, heroes, and award winners of 2013. ControlTrends Awards also unveiled the ControlTrends Awards Museum, the future digital home of all the nominees, award winners, and members of the Hall of Fame, as well as the integrated information source and documented history of the HVAC-related industries. Also announced, were its second Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank and the Petock Award recipient, John Petze.
Jerry Frank, Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank created Tridium in 1995, introducing the Niagara development platform that would forever change the building automation industry, and positively impact many other neighboring industries. For over a decade, Jerry Frank and Tridium, then provided next generation technology, vision, and forged the future roadmap that continued to expand Tridium’s position as the industry leader and most recognized innovator.
Presenting the 2013 ControlTrends Award Winners:
2013 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year: ABB
2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year: Niagara AX
2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK
2013 ControlTrends Awards Marketing Tools and Support of the Year: Honeywell
2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Product of the Year: DG Logik DGBox
2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Application of the Year: DGLux DGLogik
2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Controller of the Year: Easy IO FG-32 Beast from the East
2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS
2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer: ACI
2013 ControlTrends Awards Most Valuable Support Person of the Year: James Johnson, Vykon and Chis Lane, Johnson Controls
2013 ControlTrends Award Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year: Easy IO
2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year: Johnson Controls
2013 ControlTrends Awards: Passion, Integrity, Dedication Award Mike Marston, Easy IO and Ed Merwin, Vykon
2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback, Honeywell
ControlTrends 2013 Petock Award Recipient: John Petze
ControlTrends 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank
ControlTrends Awards once again expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude to its corporate and media sponsors for their generous support and we already look forward to capturing and producing the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Please stay tuned for complete video and photographic coverage of the awards show soon to be posted.