Ensuring the safety of human life and property in buildings is one of the toughest demands that planners, builders, owners, inspectors and operators are called upon to face. Smoke related injuries and deaths outnumber fire related injuries and deaths four to one. This is a high concern for the safety of occupants and firefighters who need to travel through the building emergency exit routes as quickly as possible. Tactical methods for smoke control and compartmentation include dedicated and non-dedicated systems, fans, smoke vents and fire doors in combination with fire and smoke dampers. Strategy varies with each situation. Belimo Fire and Smoke actuators provide optimized functionality for maximum safety.
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.
PodCast Show Notes:
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor DGLogik–the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DGLogik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.
DOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives. Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants. For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.
The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything: Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat.
ControlTalk NOW interviews Neptronic’s Luis Melgares. Luis has been nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards’ Best Technical Support (Small Manufacturer) and the PID Award categories. Luis’ enormous breath of experience, passion for excellence, and genuine concern for his customers, make Luis one of the most recognized and respected experts in the HVAC industry. Listen in, as Luis shares his deep insights into the HVAC industry and what he feels are the Neptronic differentiators that elevate Neptronic people and products above their competitors.
See Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite. Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay. Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for HVAC applications.
Functional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device. This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.
ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. You might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.
Check Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015. Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface.
International Systems of America: ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!
ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security, and communication systems. When ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!
ISA has been providing preventive maintenance and repair services in support of the United States Naval Academy’s energy management system — a digital control system from Johnson Controls — for over a decade. But after Hurricane Isabel wreaked havoc on the northeast coast, the Academy was left in turmoil and turned to the expertise and responsiveness of ISA.
THE SOLUTION: Confronted with a complete power blackout and submerged buildings housing the Naval Academy’s energy management systems, ISA field technicians worked around the clock to restore critical building automation systems. Not only did ISA fully restore the existing automation systems, but we also facilitated the migration of building controls to a newer location at a substantial cost savings.
Call ISA at 800.430.6013 to discuss your system needs or contact them online.
ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 24, 2014. This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. This week’s CTN themes are water, which is becoming our most important utility (Watergy), Social Media in a networked economy, the use of Data, and as always, the New of the Week.
Siemens Releases New QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors — Great for Chilled Beams/Chilled Ceilings! Siemens releases two new products for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided. Both the QXA2601 and QXA2602 are designed to prevent condensation from forming in chilled beam and chilled ceiling applications. Both devices operate identically via a SPDT relay that changes state when humidity level near the surface of the chilled water piping approaches 92%. The unit will automatically reset when the humidity level drops to approximately 87%.
ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year. This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!
Chiller on the Fritz — Call the Champions of Chill — The Mobile Air Force. Marvel Comics has nothing on the marvelous folks at Mobile Air Force, the champions of chill, as they fight for truth, justice, and mobile air conditioning! There’s nothing like a little comic animation to convey a lot of information about superhero-like fast emergency service. Mobile Air, Inc. is a specialty HVAC company dealing exclusively in portable air conditioning, heating, filtration, and dehumidification systems, for both temporary and long term solutions.
Sensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800′s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism). Science and Technology from Los Alamos.
Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff at IBCON 2014: The Technology is Here, Let’s Get Started! Intelligent Buildings is a well-known and leading-edge consultancy company in the smart building business. Veteran Tom Shircliff elegantly brings to light that the technology, all of the smart technology pieces needed for New Buildings, for Building Retrofits, for Building Analytics, and for Building Systems Cyber Security are here, but the challenge is how to scale this available technology into starting points — where building owners can get under-whelmed and start faster, with less risks, and all the while, make enlightened decisions quicker through Intelligent Building’s organizational alignment approach and the creation of a common language that all the stakeholders can understand.
Live Event: Johnson Controls VFD Training. The Stromquist & Company christened their Atlanta facility’s state-of-the-art training center with a live training event streamed to internet viewers, who were able to participate directly in the training session and address their questions to the instructor, Johnson Controls’ Wayne Christy, a bona fide VFD expert. Wayne reviewed the Johnson Controls VSD product platform, many of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using Johnson Controls VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.
Honeywell’s New WebVision Software Updates: Honeywell is happy to announce the availability of release 1.1.5 for WebVision. This software release has fixed a number of issues reported from the field, as well as updates to support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Chrome v35 and Firefox ESR 24.0. A WebVision Recovery tool is also available, which helps in recovering an unusable WebVision, due to IP addressing. Note: The new software will not work in old IE 8 or IE 9 browsers. Please refer to “Download the New Distribution File” section for upgrade procedure.
Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible! BASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit.
Grant, the Youngest HVAC Reporter to Date, Takes Us Inside International Systems of America. Julio Rodriguez, National Sales Manager of International Systems of America, is interviewed by a Grant, a big fan of ISA, that Julio discovered on YouTube while researching social media. See why ISA is a company with great solutions and a big heart. ISA SOLUTIONS — ARE WORK IN ACTION. With over 80 employees, ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. ISA’s solutions make a real difference for their customers, again and again —- helping to solve critical issues and keep vital systems in operation. ISA is always there, with focus and dedication, to deliver your solution!
Julio Rodriguez, National Sales Manager of International Systems of America, is interviewed by a Grant, a big fan of ISA, that Julio discovered on YouTube while researching social media. See why ISA is a company with great solutions and a big heart. ISA SOLUTIONS — ARE WORK IN ACTION. With over 80 employees, ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. ISA’s solutions make a real difference for their customers, again and again —- helping to solve critical issues and keep vital systems in operation. ISA is always there, with focus and dedication, to deliver your solution!
President and CEO, Mike Epperson, and National Sales Manager, Julio Rodriguez, welcomed ControlTrends to International Systems of America’s (ISA) Home Office, in Louisville, KY, just a few miles from the UPS Worldport Hub, and graciously introduced us to ISA, one of the fastest growing service solution providers in the fire, security, energy, and communication markets.
This episode of ControlTrends NOW provides unique and valuable insight to the huge fire and security industries. Bear in mind, ISA’s growth has spread mostly by word-of-mouth. ISA’s success is driven by economic and operational necessities — and ISA’a unparalleled maintenance of exacting standards within ISA’s two in-house laboratories, where the business of reconditioning and repairing legacy components, broken down to the circuit board level, is flourishing.
Simply stated, ISA has been around a long while — and always sold lots of new and reconditioned parts; always served as a premiere testing and repair center; and always provided customized service and maintenance contracts in all 50 States and Canada for the past 25 years. The HVAC world just didn’t know it! Fact is, ISA is a growing entity with satellite and branch offices at five other locations across the USA, as it continues to do an increasing amount of heavy lifting for Fortune 500 companies that tacitly require their support, but the word is getting out — and many other business opportunities are aligning.
ISA is thoroughly proven in the field with numerous case studies and active projects that speak volumes: The Pentagon, Vanderbilt University, U.S. Naval Academy, Fort Campbell, and Scott Air Force Base, in addition to 2,187 commercial customers.