Tech Update

Commercial and Residential Software: Design & Engineering Software, BIM Software and Products, Smartphone Apps, Estimation Software, Business/Service/Sales Managment Software.

The AAON energy and economics analysis program, provided with the AAON Ecat32 selection software, is a tool for consulting engineers, design build contractors, building owners, and other professionals involved in the design and analysis of commercial buildings. The software allows optimization of the design or renovation of a building and its mechanical systems by comparing alternative designs.
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Bell & Gossett
The Bell & Gossett ESP System Syzer is now available for mobile devices. The mobile app version of the industry-standard tool can be easily downloaded on an iPhone or iPad and calculates flow rates and pressure drops in piping systems and allows HVAC professionals functionality while working in the field.
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Dexter + Chaney
Dexter + Chaney launches a new version of Spectrum® construction software.

Users can access the full features of Spectrum version 14 from anywhere using any Internet-connected device. The software can be hosted by the client or employed as a “software-free” cloud-based product. The user saves time and money on setup, hardware and internal support; even workstation requirements are low since all processing occurs on the server.
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Dwyer Instruments, Inc. announces the release of the HVAC mobile app, which is an air velocity and flow calculator.

By downloading the air velocity and flow calculator, available on the Apple and Android Markets, one can easily convert velocity pressure to air velocity or air velocity to air volume. This calculator also includes air density factors from humidity levels. For those customers not in the Apple or Android markets, a web version of the air velocity and flow calculator is also available on the website.
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Dynasonics announces the development of its acoustics information model (AIM) software, which is a free noise prediction tool. AIM is designed to model the amount of noise that reaches individual spaces within a building project through the mechanical systems.

The new software uses sound data projected through HVAC system components, noise control accessories and architectural elements to predict background noise levels. It includes built-in library functionality to allow users to create and maintain databases of acoustic information.
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Eaton Corporation
Eaton Corporation announces the release of Power Xpert reporting version 3.0, which helps customers make sense of power monitoring data and identify vital statistics to improve the efficiency and reliability of facilities. Power Xpert reporting is powerful software engineered for energy, health care, information technology and facility managers to track and compare systems within facilities and across the enterprise. According to company sources, the new standard and custom reports help customers take advantage of government incentives, avoid penalties and reduce their carbon footprint.
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The Emerson HVACR mobile toolbox is a set of seven mobile applications for HVACR contractors. The Toolbox is designed to give HVACR contractors on-the-go access to tools and resources that will help them do their jobs quickly and more profitably. Current apps include: HVACR Fault Finder for compressor troubleshooting; Emerson PTPro for pressure and temperature conversion; Emerson X-Check, a cross-reference database for valves, controls and system protectors; White-Rodgers mobile for product replacement information for thermostats, gas valves, and HVAC controls; Emerson e-Saver to calculate the annual cost savings of high efficiency systems; Copeland X-Ref compressor cross reference; and Browning Toolbox Technician, a reference guide and efficiency calculator for bearings and belt drives.
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The Energy Conservatory
The Energy Conservatory announces the new iTEC RESNET application. Contractors can download the free app from iTunes. Designed for HERS Raters measuring building airtightness, this app makes it easy to comply with the data collection and reporting requirements of the RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) One Point Airtightness Test, as specified in Chapter 8, Section 802.5 of the RESNET Performance Testing Standards.
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FormMobi allows contractors to replace clipboard and paper forms with mobile devices in the field. Easily create custom forms or choose from a library of ready-made forms (including HVAC), then deploy them to team members anywhere with iOS or Android™ devices. Sign up for a 30 day free trial at:
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Greenheck’s computer aided product selection program (CAPS) includes product descriptions, application information, comparison tools, dimensional drawings, payback analysis, and detailed product performance for all Greenheck products. The AMCA certified CAPS program also provides access to full-scale Autodesk Revit models of Greenheck’s commercial ventilation products. These files include configuration-based information on each product. CAPS provides complete menu-driven support for Greenheck’s fans and ventilators, centrifugal and vane axial fans, energy recovery ventilators, make-up air units, kitchen ventilation systems, dampers, louvers, and laboratory exhaust systems.
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The Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app allows users to remotely monitor and manage their heating and cooling system from their iPhone, iPad or Android device. Total Connect Comfort works with Honeywell’s Prestige, Prestige IAQ, Wireless FocusPRO and EConnect Comfort Systems when used in conjunction with Honeywell’s Internet. Gateway users can:

  • Change HVAC system settings
  • Set the indoor temperature and view indoor humidity
  • View outdoor temperature and humidity when used with an outdoor sensor
  • Access multiple smart thermostats
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Intac International
Intac International, Inc. announces the release of Wintac Pro 2012. Wintac Pro manages all aspects of a contracting business including customer relationship management, proposals and job costing, field service management, prospect and contact management, vehicle management, mobile computing, and complete accounting.

This latest release of Wintac incorporates new features and enhancements affecting virtually all areas of the program. Key improvements were made to the job control center, dispatch boards, installed equipment tracking, inventory control, and the customer, employee, and contact management capabilities.
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Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls releases its In-Home Selling Tool mobile apps for Apple and Android tablets for Coleman dealers.

The apps are available for Coleman dealers who participate in Johnson Controls’ Liberties Plus™ and Certified Comfort Expert™ programs.

They are designed for all versions of the Apple iPad, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-in., Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-in. and Motorola Xoom tablets. They feature detailed information about Coleman’s rich brand history and multiple videos illustrating the capabilities of the Coleman Echelon residential communicating control.
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Designers can now integrate Energence and Landmark rooftop units from Lennox into their digital plans using Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects downloaded from the Lennox Commercial website. The 3D REVIT models include complete product parameters and unit performance information on 3- to 50-ton Energence rooftop units and 2- to 25-ton Landmark rooftop units. The REVIT families also provide cooling and heating capacities, electrical loads, and the size and location of electrical, gas, duct and condensate connections.
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McCormick Systems
McCormick Systems now offers the WIN 4000, a product developed for the mid-sized to larger contracting firms. Features include:

  • Multiple levels of pricing, labor, and hundreds of ways to break out a job
  • Standard database, with individual items & ready-to-use assemblies
  • Integrated scheduling program.
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McQuay International provides building information modeling (BIM) content for its HVAC products. The files support building owners, architects, MEP and contractor customers using Autodesk Revit software.

High-quality Revit objects are essential to speed up the design process and ensure accuracy. Revit files from McQuay offer low geometric detail to keep response times fast and to allow for faster panning and zooming.
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The meView app provides homeowners and professionals with a customized virtual view of how a Mitsubishi Electric split-ductless product would look in the home.

Available for use with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, meView allows the homeowner or contractor to take a picture of the room, then drag and drop various styles of Mitsubishi Electric systems into the space. The meView also offers convenient features for the HVAC contractor – once the indoor unit is selected and placed in the room using meView, contractors can email the image to homeowners along with their bid.
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Onset announces HOBOware 3.3, a new version of the company’s graphing and analysis software that dramatically speeds up deployment time in energy and environmental monitoring projects.

According to company sources, HOBOware 3.3 includes a number of time-saving features that make it faster to configure HOBO data loggers and weather stations in the field, and analyze the collected data.
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Rheem’s DesignStar is a proprietary online program that assists Rheem contractors in the specification of customized HVAC systems for their customers. DesignStar’s proposal builder function allows contractors the ability to produce a quick, professional, customized proposal for homeowners, builders or other potential customers. In 2012, Rheem is updating DesignStar to include energy audit tools, which will help contractors quickly assess the energy consumption for a home’s HVAC system and identify more efficient choices for replacement. Rheem contractors can sign up to utilize this powerful business-building tool by contacting their local Rheem distributor.
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Sage Software
Sage Master Builder (soon to become Sage 100 Contractor) provides construction companies with the easiest access to critical, end-to-end business and project information. With features like a customizable dashboard, email alerts, and a project work center, it empowers decision makers with access to big picture views of the business landscape so they can manage operations more effectively.
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Scantek, Inc. announces a new prediction software for environmental noise produced by industry, wind farms, and mechanical equipment.

Olive Tree Lab - Terrain outdoor sound propagation calculation software is for small-scale projects as opposed to large mapping software. It addresses mostly fixed noise sources within a small area where one has control over most of the parameters involved in the calculations.
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Service Automation
SAWIN Mobile solutions are not device specific and can be deployed on Tablet PC’s, laptops, PDA’s, iPads, Iphones, Androids, BlackBerrys, or other “smart phone” devices to meet the specific needs of each contracting firm. SAWIN Mobile solutions are affordable, easy to use, feature and use the latest software technology available. SAWIN Mobile won a Comfortech Showcase award in the field communications category in 2008.
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Siemens Industry, Inc.’s new SimpleSelect desktop software tool quickly and correctly sizes and selects valves and actuators for all types of commercial building projects. The SimpleSelect platform is intuitive and quickly narrows product searches and simplifies creating valve schedules. Valve and actuator parameter windows efficiently organize valve and actuator sizing and selection criteria.
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Spirax Sarco
Spirax Sarco’s HVAC Solutions has been rebranded with the new name Steam DesignPro. The software was created as a visual design tool through an easy, drag-and-drop method for designing and modelling HVAC steam systems.
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Team Management Systems
Team Management Systems, Inc. announces their IPAD / iPhone version of ACOTRUCK Mobile Work Order software. ACOTRUCK Mobile Work Order is an electronic version of a paper work order that allows technicians to invoice customers in the field, capture the customer’s signature and upload all of the information back to their office server software.

In addition to time and material billing, the Mobile Work Order also handles Flat Rate and ‘As Agreed’ invoices as well as printed work orders for invoices that will be sent from the office.
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Right Suite Universal automatically uses manufacturer-supplied data to follow the Manual S procedure to select appropriate equipment. This saves the designer thousands of manual calculations, reducing the process to simply picking from a list of equipment, sources say.

To expedite and guarantee accuracy of calculations, Wrightsoft updates the AHRI equipment database weekly.
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The HVAC Energy Savings Predictor tool can be used to calculate energy savings and the carbon footprint on fans, pumps, and cooling towers using the new Z1000 drive.
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