Featured in this issue:      Rosenberg USA  |  FLIR  |  Genteq  |  Octant Innovations, LLC  |  Cenflex  |  3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material  |  ACME Engineering Products, Inc.  |  Tranter, Inc.
 
20 August 2014
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Where are the Techs?
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Where are the Techs?
 
Business is booming in the HVAC industry as efficient new designs, wireless thermostat installations, upgrades to attain LEED certification, and other tasks are keeping contractors busy. There's just one problem: Finding qualified workers to install and service these systems. Industry leaders say the shortage is due to 1) fewer schools offering the right training programs, 2) HVAC technology that is far more complex than ever before, and perhaps most disturbingly, 3) a lack of interest among younger employees to make a commitment to the industry. The Sacramento Bee spoke to contractors and educators across California to explain what's wrong with HVAC recruitment, and to show how the problem can be fixed.
 
 
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High-efficiency Spider Module Cools Tight Spaces
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High-efficiency Spider Module Cools Tight Spaces
Rosenberg USA
 
Rosenberg USA has introduced a new configuration of its innovative high-efficiency "B-Wheel" seven-blade backward curved impeller fan that features a smaller motor mounting plate and thinner support legs for low-rise units in restrictive environments. The new B-Wheel Spider Module provides improved performance for 180 airflow discharge applications.
 
 
 
 
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Introducing DEC Star from Genteq
Genteq
 
DEC Star combines a High Efficiency Blower (HEB) Housing, Axial Flux BLAC Motor driven impeller, and ECM Sinusoidal Drive Technology to create a new standard of innovation. Delivering higher efficiencies, improved airflow, and low maintenance — DEC Star is transforming the HVAC industry.
 
 
 
Introducing DEC Star from Genteq
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Real Choice for Building Operators
Octant Innovations, LLC
 
Octant Innovations introduces a revolution in building automation with our protocol-agnostic Controls-In-A-Box line of pre-packaged automation systems.

Whether dealing with LonWorks, BACnet, or Modbus, building operators should not be subjected to expensive, proprietary programming, controllers, and graphics packages. Experience the real choice provided by a simplified, truly open system.
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
Siemens PLM Software
 
Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Heating . . .
 
 
Hot Tips for Boilers
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In a common scenario, a boiler isn't running well, but there's no money to buy a new one. Are there some clever tactics for improving what you have? Engineered Systems says "yes," and explores various upgrade and repair tactics that bring plenty of bang for the buck — from combustion analysis and pump efficiency to replacing blower motors and steam traps.
 
 
 
 
Vermont Endorses Geothermal
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Vermont Endorses Geothermal
 
Geothermal heat pumps just got an endorsement as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill encouraging the installation of those pumps by offering financial incentives similar to the state's current program for high-efficiency appliances. Geo Exchange notes that money for the subsidies comes from four million dollars in funds raised by Efficiency Vermont, a quasi public institution.
 
Cooling . . .
 
Ductless Air Conditioning in Action
 
This animation of the ECONAVI ductless system by Panasonic illustrates how the system can intelligently sense changes and adjust cooling accordingly. Five functions can detect human movements, activity levels, and sunlight intensity.
 
 
 
Ductless Air Conditioning in Action
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Chilling Out in Miami
 
When it came to upgrading the chiller plant at Miami International Airport, the project's scope was almost too big to comprehend: more than one million sq ft of space, more than 3,200 acres, and seven water towers that feed five plus miles of water lines. Facilities.net looks into how this massive undertaking was realized.
 
 
 
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Flexible Metal Products for Piping Systems
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Flexible Metal Products for Piping Systems
Cenflex
 
Our custom-designed, precision-engineered, and 100% tested flexible metal assemblies, hoses, expansion joints, exhaust systems, and flex connectors reduce the physical stressors that can compromise your system. Cenflex flexible metal products are designed around the physical and operational specifications of your system. They provide solutions that help increase system efficiencies, safety, productivity, and integrity.
 
 
 
 
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Building HVAC Control . . .
 
 
Meet the VT8000
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Meet the VT8000
 
Looking for a thermostat that can work with almost any automated control system? In this video, Eric Stromquist of Control Trends stops by the 2014 Niagara Summit to chat with Simon Leblond of Schneider Electric. Leblond offers a demonstration of the new Viconics VT8000 series thermostat, including a walk-through of the customizable display, branding emphasis, and other customizable features.
 
 
 
 
Lyric Bests Nest?
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Lyric Bests Nest?
 
When it comes to smart thermostats, there's a new kid on the block, the $279 Honeywell Lyric thermostat. The Lyric uses geofencing, meaning it can communicate with a user's smartphone anywhere from 500 ft to 7 miles away. CNET tests out the Lyric in this video review — and offers direct comparisons to the Nest.
 
Energy Conservation & Efficiency . . .
 
Keeping the Noise Down
 
Sure, the HVAC system is working great, but what if it's distracting everyone with all the noise it makes? Studies by the University of California-Berkeley show noise and vibration are some of the biggest complaints of building occupants. ACHR News explores steps that can make a system run with more efficiency and less noise simultaneously.
 
 
 
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Preserving Michelangelo
 
Carrier is installing a new HVAC system in the famous Sistine Chapel — and it's designed not only to run twice as efficiently than its predecessor, but to handle the unique challenge of protecting Michelangelo's famous frescoes. WPNR News explores how the new system limits air motion around the historic paintings while keeping closer control of temperature and humidity.
 
 
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Scraper Strainers Remove Large Solids
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Scraper Strainers Remove Large Solids
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Acme Automatic Scraper Strainers are ideal for removing large, irregularly shaped solids and contaminants from greywater for recycling in cooling applications, water and wastewater plants, and the protection of downstream fine filtration equipment. Screens are available down to 75 microns to cover a broad range of straining requirements. Visit Acme.
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Industry Standards . . .
 
 
Fire, Smoke, and Gas Protection
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Fire, Smoke, and Gas Protection
 
Edition 15 of the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for the Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating SystemsNFPA 90A — is now available from IHS. Covering filters, ducts, and related equipment, the standard prescribes minimum requirements for safety to life and property from fire.

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