Episode 293: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 2, 2018 features owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who discusses the theme of his December edition of Automated Buildings and the upcoming training sessions at the 2019 AHR EXPO. Product, Solutions and Event Updates from Functional Devices, Johnson Controls, [Read more…]
The Functional Devices RIBR Series are DIN mounted 10 amp pilot control relays. The Functional Devices DIN Rail Mount Relay in a Box ® features a removable socket relay for easy replacement as well as a 10 amp contact rating and comes in 10-30 VAC/DC or 24 VAC coil voltages. These multi-coil voltages are suitable for a wide variety of applications [Read more…]
Episode 283: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 16, 2018 features a cursory review of the 2018 CGNA Synergy Conference in Chicago; Elon Musk’s AI and the Future Podcast; Contemporary Controls heads to the Honeywell October Momentum in Orlando; and Functional Devices introduces their brand new logo. Stay tuned for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards nomination phase, which will begin shortly! Get ready to nominate the industry’s best products, solutions, vendors, Master Systems Integrators, and more.
Elon Musk on AI and the Future: How will this Change Smart Buildings? In a rare podcast interview Elon Musk, joins Joe Rogan (one of my favs) among other things they discuss the future of AI and how it will effect everything and everyone (yes, Ken Sinclair, even Smart Buildings). This is intriguing, scary, thought-provoking, and controversial. This is when Elon Musk allegedly smokes pot during the interview and sends Tesla stock tumbling.Caution: please beware there is lot of bad language and behavior in this video, but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
Contemporary Controls’ September Control Network Newsletter: Latest Innovations, Technical Tips and Product Updates. Industrial Ethernet University 15-Year Anniversary: For the past 15 years, the Industrial Ethernet University (IEU) has been teaching proper protocols and applications through self-guided lessons. To celebrate its anniversary, IEU has been updated with a new look, to better present the educational material.
RIB Functional Devices — Introducing Our Brand New Logo We want to make it clear that, although we may look new and different, nothing has changed under the hood. We will still be providing you with the same top quality customer service and American made products we always have. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Functional Devices’s story, and we’re very excited to finally be sharing it with all of you!
We want to make it clear that, although we may look new and different, nothing has changed under the hood. We will still be providing you with the same top quality customer service and American made products we always have. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Functional Devices’s story, and we’re very excited to finally be sharing it with all of you!
About the Author: Kallahan Beatty is Functional Devices’ Marketing Assistant. He has a background in video editing and photography, and he’s passionate about pretty much anything related to art. In his off time, you might find him writing, reading comic books, or watching movies. In his on time, you can find him diligently working especially if his boss is reading this.
Episode 247: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending December 3, 2017 features interviews with Network as a Service expert Ron Victor, CEO and Founder of IoTium, along with Master Systems Integrator Extraordinaire, Jason Houck, CIO of Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe. More insights and updates from [Read more…]
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…]
Catch all the excitement as Smart Building Controls Powerhouses Contemporary Controls and Functional Devices are Awarded the Peripheral Product of The Year. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969.
Episode 219: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Mar 19, 2017 Congratulates Distech Controls, Honeywell Spyder, Blue Ridge Technologies, and EasyIO. We bring you AHR Coverage of Functional Devices and Siemens’ 2017 Automation Partner Summit from San Antonio, TX. Don’t miss the latest updates from Vykon Enterprise Security, EasyIO CPT, and Lynxspring.
Sporting a 10-gallon Stetson cowboy hat, Josh Felperin, Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, tells us what’s in store for the 350-plus Summit partners attending the 3-day Siemens Partner Summit. Featuring DXR training; golfing at the on-site JW Marriott TPC course; various breakout business sessions and technical sessions, mixed with major league fun and evening entertainment, this is the Siemens event of the year.
The 2016 ControlTrends Awards VAV Controller of The Year — Goes to Distech Controls. Who makes the best VAV Controllers on the planet? According to the global ControlTrends Community that would be Honeywell and Distech. Congratulations to these two fine companies for being selected as co-winners of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards VAV controller of the year.
ControlTrends watches on at the busy Siemens’ Talon Partner Vendor Show as Bob Byron demos the latest features of Siemens’ RDY2000 commercial thermostat. When used with the Siemens QPA CO2 sensor, the RDY2000 can provide a very well-priced, yet very effective solution to meet ASHRAE’s minimum fresh air requirements.
VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisor Updates. Dear VYKON Partner, Tridium has issued a software patch for a recently discovered technical issue affecting VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisors that use an MSSQL database. When updating these VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisors to version 126.96.36.199, the update does not complete, and the MSSQL database is rendered unusable.
Siemens’ Senior Sales Director, Building Automation, Scott Hamilton shares with us that this is the 20th Siemens Partner Summit, celebrating the accomplishments of the best integrators and control contractors in the country and how grateful Siemens is for their partnerships and success. Later, at the Awards Banquet, these high-performers would be recognized for their continued growth and success. Scott must be getting it right — he’s already got a boulevard named after him!
EasyIO March Newsletter — Updates for CPT Tools and FG firmware. CPT Tools and the firmware of our FG series got a major update. In this newsletter we will share the most important things of that update with you. By clicking on the blue buttons below, you will be able to download the latest versions. If you are interested in more details, you can have a look at the change log.
Blue Ridge Technologies Wins Lighting Control Solution of the Year. Congratulations to Bill Dunkleberger and the team from Blue Ridge Technologies for being Awarded the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Controls Solution of the Year by the global ControlTrends Community. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Blue Ridge has developed an approach called Unified Lighting Control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control.
30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series — Niagara 4 Hierarchies. Join Lynxspring for the next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, their monthly webinar series hosted by Lynxspring subject matter experts and special guests scheduled. Due to schedules, this month’s session will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd at 12:00 PM CST. Amanda Toomey, IEC Developer and a member of Lynxspring’s Training Team will look at Niagara 4 Hierarchies. Amanda will examine all facets of creating a user-friendly data-model-based navigation tree in Niagara 4, using the new hierarchies feature.Functional Devices Rocks the 2017 AHR Show. Ken stopped by the Functional Devices booth at the 2017 AHR Show and spoke with Maggie Talbert, Functional Devices‘ North East Sales Manager, Inc. Maggie reviews several new products including the PSH550-UPS-BC. Functional Devices, Inc. a leading manufacturer of high quality, contractor-friendly products since 1969, was a co-winner of the 2016 ControlTrends Peripheral Product of the Year
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Nov 6, 2016 begins with a review of Ken Sinclair’s November edition of Automated Buildings followed by: Functional Devices Tech Tuesday with Henry Smith; Next Generation Innovation Episode 2 features Comfy’s Lindsay Baker; Gas Pressure Regulator’s 101 with Matt Koenig; Honeywell’s Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools; Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators; Sierra Monitor’s ProtoAir Wireless Gateway; Call for speakers and sponsors for the Haystack Connect 2017; Optergy, one CIO’s most promising energy management solution providers; EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s TCOM Video; and the 2 latest BAM podcasts from Phil Zito.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings November Theme — Open Edge Software Fuels Self-learning Operability. Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com continues his quest of pulling the lid off of the next future of our industry — before it’s bottled. Granting IoT no sanctuary, Ken Sinclair’s November pursuit is clear: “Our revolutionary themes for the last few months have led us to the importance of the open software movement as part of our journey.”
Functional Devices’ Energy Saving Applications — TECH TUESDAY with Functional Device‘s customer support engineer, Henry Smith. “Whether it is for environmental or monetary reasons, many people constantly look for ways to save energy. I am one of those people, and I have implemented many energy saving technologies in my own home. I have automated lighting, a smart thermostat which controls a high efficiency heat pump, and many energy saving appliances. These additions have cut my average monthly electric bill by about 10%.”
Episode 2 Next Generation Innovation features Lindsay Baker from Comfy. In episode 2 of Next Generation Innovation, young guns Rob Allen and Brad White catch up with Lindsay Baker from Comfy. Topics include: How Comfy is redefining how Smart Buildings use social media and a unique version of crowd sourcing to make buildings more energy efficient, how women are able to make smart buildings even smarter, and what it’s like to be a venture capitalist funded company. Great interview and very insightful tale always.The Right Way to Install a Gas Pressure Regulator. It’s getting cold outside…..well maybe not yet, but it will start getting cold soon. When it get’s cold we turn the heat on, and when we turn the heat on, we find out what broke during the warm days of spring and summer. In the spirit of making sure replacement heating stuff get’s installed properly, we are re releasing one of our most popular technical videos on how to install a gas pressure regulator the right way.
Honeywell’s New Packaged Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the WEBs-N188.8.131.52 Software packaged that includes Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release includes user interface enhancements, bundled Web Start application, as well as the Niagara Analytics 2.0 modules.
Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators — Speak Your Language. Siemens’ OpenAir speaks your language: Long-life, sturdy damper actuators for HVAC applications, air volume control as well as fire and smoke protection dampers. OpenAir™ is a comprehensive portfolio of damper actuators tailored to suit your requirements. You’ll benefit from a wide selection of positioning forces, control signals, communications standards and add-on options.
Let’s go Wireless: Cool New Product from Sierra Monitor. The ProtoAir wireless gateway is an external, high-performance, low-cost building automation and industrial control protocol gateway for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides manufacturers instant multi-protocol deployment of field protocols, enabling new or legacy devices to easily interface with other protocols.
Call for Speakers and Additional Sponsors of Haystack Connect 2017. Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org), a non-profit, 501(c) organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, today announced the Call For Speakers for Haystack Connect 2017 and the latest additions to the list of Sponsors.
CIO’S 20 MOST PROMISING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION PROVIDERS. ControlTrends Awards Platinum sponsor and nominee, Optergy, is poised to make an impact on the Smart Buildings Controls market in North America. Check out this press release and video to get the 411 on Optergy. This might be the first time you have heard of Optergy, but it will not be the last! Optergy, a business division of the Oberix Group, a a software provider of building automation and energy management tools, has announced it has received notable recognition as one of the “20 Most Promising Energy Management Solution providers” of 2016 by CIOInsights.
EasyIO’s Mike Marston Video — Use TCOM for Tight Integration to N4 and AX. EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s Video on how to use TCOM for tight Integration to N4 and AX demonstrates how very cool and efficient the process is. All the Points, Schedules and Histories are instantly accessible. EasyIO is able accommodate general and specific applications featuring the SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet MSTP communication protocols.
Don’t Miss Phil Zito’s PodCasts: What is a BAS? and What is a Network? Part 1. BAM 036: What is a BAS? In Episode 36 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast I discuss the age old question. What is a BAS? In today’s episode I will cover: What is a BAS; BAS vs Control Systems; Control System types; Common functions of BAS; Control Processes; and Control Devices. BAM Episode 36: What is a BAS?
Whether it is for environmental or monetary reasons, many people constantly look for ways to save energy. I am one of those people, and I have implemented many energy saving technologies in my own home. I have automated lighting, a smart thermostat which controls a high efficiency heat pump, and many energy saving appliances. These additions have cut my average monthly electric bill by about 10%. While that might not be a lot of money back in my pocket, big energy users like office buildings and hotels can realize large savings with small efforts.
Problem #1: Leaving lights on in an unoccupied office or meeting room can be a big waste of electricity, and no one remembers to turn them off every time.
Solution #1: Our EnOcean® wireless RIB® products can be paired with an occupancy sensor to control lighting in two different modes.
The first mode, Auto ON, allows the light to be controlled by the sensor alone. When occupancy is detected, the lighting load turns ON and remains ON until 30 minutes after the last motion detection. The other mode, Manual ON-Auto OFF, allows a wireless rocker switch to also be linked to the control device. In this mode, the rocker switch can control the ON/OFF function of the light load, and the occupancy sensor will turn the load OFF 30 minutes after the last motion detection.
Problem #2: Another application that I am receiving more frequent inquiries about is hotel room energy management. The concern is that a guest would unknowingly leave a hotel room window or patio door open while the room is being heated or cooled. This would, at the least, waste energy, and at the worst, potentially damage the HVAC system.
Solution #2: Fortunately, we have a solution using an EnOcean enabled RIB® relay and one or more wireless door/window sensors (WDWS-EN3). When linked with any of our EnOcean® relay devices, the door/window sensor sends a CLOSE command when the window or door is closed and an OPEN command when the window or door is opened.
This application can also utilize an alarm and/or delay mode. The alarm mode allows multiple sensors to be linked to one control device. In this mode, all linked sensors would need to send a CLOSE command for the load to turn ON. The delay mode adds a 10 second delay before the relay will turn ON and a 90 second delay before the relay will turn OFF. The 90 second delay allows door/window sensors to temporarily open and close without affecting the load, and it will prevent the HVAC unit from short cycling.
If you are interesting in learning more about these applications or products, review the Application Manual available on our website, or call or email our technical support team.
About the Author: Henry Smith is a 34-year-old engineer at Functional Devices, Inc. He has a BSEET obtained from Purdue University in 2014 and a lifelong interest in electronics. As an engineer at Functional Devices, he gets to provide Technical Support to our customers, from distributors to specifying engineers and installers.
Henry enjoys providing tech support, as it allows our company to assist at every level of our product’s lifecycle and exposes us to interesting and unique applications. While not every technical question is unique, even answering a simple question or providing someone with the information in a timely manner can go a long way to helping him or her meet a deadline.