Top 26 HVAC and Controls Manufacturers You Don’t Want to Miss at AHR

We distribute products by more than 50 manufacturers, and one of our favorite things is running into our partners out at industry events. It’s one of the reasons we’re looking forward to the big AHR bi-annual Chicago show coming up shortly.

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This year we noticed that many of our top-selling and most innovative manufacturers will be present in a big way – on the expo floor and in the session rooms talking about new products and interesting HVAC ideas. There will be tons to see at McCormick Place January 22-24 but here’s a short list of the manufacturers we suggest you definitely do not miss.

Acuity Brands ; Session: How will we create value from our new-found edge data and bring it back to the hive to discover new ways of providing comfort, health and satisfaction in our buildings?

BELIMO Americas Booth 4136; Session: Belimo Sensor Technology – Setting the Stage to Create the Future

Bell & Gossett Booth 4917

Distech Controls Booth 3900

DENT Instruments Booth 4123

Dwyer Instruments, Inc. Booth 4732; Session: Overcoming Errors Associated with System Variations When Using Insertion Flowmeters

Fireye Inc. Booth 6323

IoTium Booth 4061; Session: Protecting the BAS. Secure the Data. Isolate Every Stream.

Honeywell Booths 4923, 3921 and 4923

Johnson Controls, Inc. Booths 5349, 5364, 5559 and 5562; Sessions: Pushing the Energy Efficiency Envelope with YORK Water-Cooled Centrifugal Chillers ; The Latest Innovation in Home/Building Thermostats

KMC Controls Booth 4036

Kodaro Booth 4036

McDonnell & Miller Booth 4917

Measurlogic, Inc. Booth 4312

Metasys Building Automation System by Johnson Controls Booth 5364 and 5349

Optigo Networks Inc. Booth 4153; Session: Live Site Monitoring: Track Your BACnet Network Health

Phoenix Contact Booth 4254

Robertshaw Booth 4365; Session: Robertshaw Connect – Connected Environment

Senva Sensors Booth 3856

Siemens Industry, Inc. Booth 4125

Sierra Monitor Corporation Booth 4244; Session: Top 5 Benefits of Leveraging the Cloud with BACnet

Tridium Booth 3820; Session: Building Automation 101: Interoperability, Integration and IoT

Veris Industries Booth 7520

Viconics Technologies Inc. Booth 4134

WATTS Booth 2131

Weiss Instruments, Inc. Booth 4662

We know that many more manufacturers will be at AHR as attendees. We’re planning plenty of one-on-one meetings and hoping for chance run-ins as we walk the show floor. If you want to set up something concrete, let’s talk in the next couple weeks. Fill out the info on this form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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How Secure Remote Connectivity Can Save Your BAS

Rooftop_Packaged_UnitsIn the old days, a busted rooftop unit meant an urgent phone call from the facilities manager and a costly emergency deployment of a field technician from a contractor, integrator or controls distributor. For many in the building automation industry, it’s still the old days. But for those who are interested in solving building equipment problems with digital and less costly solutions, diagnosing a problem can be as easy logging into a computer.

Secure remote connectivity is standard in many other industries by now. But when a system on the operational technology side of a building network turns off when it’s not supposed to or cycles on and off in an unintended pattern, everyone scrambles to diagnose and fix the problem, often after it has been occurring for days or weeks.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The technologies that have changed the operation of countless other industries is also available to the building automation industry, people have just been turned off by security concerns or commitment to old processes.

The security concerns around remote connectivity have, up until now, been valid. High profile data breaches achieved through compromising an IBMS plaster news headlines. From there, attempts to solve the problem have over complicated the issue. But as with other industries, there are ways to do remote connectivity right, without compromising anything on the security front and without a PhD in cybersecurity.

The products that are succeeding use technologies already widespread and proven in other industry applications – such as VPNs and VLANs. When applied correctly, the advantages of these remote connectivity products are tremendous.

While you may have shied away from remote connectivity for your BAS with good reason, new products available today don’t require a complete OT network overhaul to get secure remote access to your building systems. These products plug directly into individual units to create a secure portal into that one device or the entire system. Digital transformation sounds like it would require a full system retrofit, but that is simply not the case. As soon as your next system fails or falters, it will become clear that the age of fearing remote connectivity is over.

Check back next week for more details on our favorite remote connectivity products available for building automation applications.

It’s On! Summer Promo for Select JCI Top Sellers

JohnsonPromoBlogHeaderNow through August 31 the Controlco web store is running a special promotion with Johnson Controls. When you spend at least $750* on JCI valves, pneumatics, electronic damper actuators and/or variable frequency drives, we’ll send you a $50 Visa gift card as a thank you.

With HVAC systems running overtime right now, you’re already placing orders for replacement parts left and right. We know you have lots of options when it comes to controls distributors, but we want to show you that Controlco is the best out there.

Browse the more than 25,000 qualifying products on the web store and feel free to contact our sales team with any questions –

*Must reach $750 in a single purchase. Gift card will be sent to the name and address listed in the purchase order. Promotion ends August 31, 2016.