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Aug. 1, 2014
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The JS Series thermostat with BACnet protocol combines the power of a space-mounted equipment controller with the convenience of built-in temperature and humidity. The JS-Z2400 is a commercial zone control system built on the industry standard BACnet protocol and Tridium platform

Emerson’s SureSwitch relay, model 49P11-843, addresses the two major causes of contactor failures, ensuring long life. The SureSwitch relay employs microprocessor control to nearly eliminate contact welding and pitting. The SureSwitch relay is a universal, drop in replacement that provides short circuit and brown out protection.

WaterFurnace The WaterFurnace Aurora Universal Protocol Converter (UPC) is now available on Versatec Base, Versatec Ultra, and Envision² Compact products. Designed to incorporate the advanced features, performance, and controls of WaterFurnace Aurorabased heat pumps into building automation systems. It communicates with Aurora boards and converts Modbus protocol to BACnet MS/TP, LON, or N2

The award-winning ColorTouch programmable commercial thermostat is a multi-functional, simple-to-use, touch screen thermostat for commercial installations. Compatible with Venstar’s Skyport Cloud services, ColorTouch allows commercial users to use Venstar’s free mobile app on Android, BlackBerry and Apple iOS mobile devices or directly from the web, to access and control up to 100 commercial locations.


Emerson The Sensi thermostat from Emerson provides remote access from smart phone, tablet or PC. Sensi provides contractors with the first Wi-Fi thermostat that’s easy to install and simple to connect, at a price similar to today’s touch screen

The ComfortNet CTK04 makes it easy for residential and light commercial users to enjoy optimum indoor comfort control. Features include wireless indoor and outdoor sensors with outdoor temperature display, onboard dehumidification and humidification control, selectable staging options, advanced modulation control, dual fuel capability, sophisticated diagnostics, and selectable four-speed continuous fan control.

The LG programmable thermostat is compatible with LG Multi V VRF systems and select LG duct-free systems. With the programmable thermostat, users can easily control operation modes and temperature setpoints and setbacks. The thermostat provides the ability to adjust fan speed and airflow direction for up to 16 different indoor areas with one unit.

Mitsubishi has expanded its offering of unique RedLINK wireless controllers, which are now available with Mitsubishi Electric’s M-Series line of residential split-ductless and ducted cooling and heating systems. Previously available only with the light-commercial P-Series product line of split-ductless and ducted systems, the Red- LINK wireless controllers now provide increased zoning and temperature control capabilities to the residential M-Series line.

Rheem EcoNet is the first integrated, intuitive air and water control center that lets homeowners manage 65 percent of their home’s energy use from a single access point – both at home through a wall-mounted touchscreen interface, or while away with a free mobile app. By connecting their heating, cooling and water heating systems into a single, programmable network, EcoNet enables homeowners to set customized operating schedules based on their lifestyles and usage needs.

Uponor single-stage setpoint controller with floor sensor accurately controls the room and/or floor temperature for a hydronic heating zone using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technology. An optional Uponor Floor Sensor is included to measure floor temperature to protect the floor from overheating and to enhance comfort.

ZoneFirst ZoneFirst’s Plug & Play zoning systems can be installed quickly and easily. Plug & Play zoning features a control panel with colorcoded, push-in terminal blocks and plug-in dampers which make installation hassle free and eliminate wiring mistakes. In addition to the simple control panel, the Plug-In dampers come with 25-ft. of pre-wired cord, cutting installation time in



Baldor Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts, sources report, adding that the HT500 belts offer longer life in wet, oily environments than V-belts in similar conditions. The companion to HT500 sprockets is the Baldor-Dodge HT500 high torque synchronous belt (8MM and 14MM metric pitch). The HT500 belt is made with polyurethane for harsh environment resistance and carbon fiber cords, for higher torque carrying capacity than commonly known aramid fiber tensile cords made
Emerson Emerson Climate Technologies has expanded its Copeland Scroll variable speed product offering with the launch of a new commercial compressor and motor control drive. This new variable speed compressor and drive allow system manufacturers and building owners to achieve superior performance through an expansive speed range that delivers enhanced light load efficiency and dehumidification. The new variable speed motor control drive offers a number of impressive features. Specifically, says Emerson, the drive is optimized for the compressor, including customized parameter settings for quick and easy setup. Copeland Scroll variable speed compressors have improved reliability when integrated with CoreSense
Greenheck A selection of Vari-Green controls are available to maximize the energy efficiency of ventilation systems in a variety of applications, when used in conjunction with Greenheck’s Vari-Green motor. For applications required to maintain indoor air quality, Greenheck offers a temperature/humidity control or a VOC control. Using programmable set points, the control automatically adjusts the fans’ ventilation rate to or from the area by increasing or decreasing fan speed. A constant pressure control can help monitor static pressure in demand controlled ventilation applications with multiple pressure changes, or velocity Residential
Emerson The latest generation Copeland Scroll variable speed compressor and motor control drive from Emerson Climate Technologies will help system manufacturers to achieve industry leading 25+ Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and 13+ Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), Emerson reports. Sources add that homeowners and small businesses have experienced greater comfort and annual energy savings of up to 40% with HVAC systems featuring Copeland Scroll variable speed compressors. Using active algorithms to detect and prevent compressor failure, the Emerson motor control drive takes Copeland Scroll compressor reliability to a whole new
Genteq Genteq’s Evergreen EM motor will replace original equipment manufacturers’ ECM X13 motors quickly and easily. Evergreen EM is factory preprogrammed to provide the same comfort, lower utility bills and air quality as the OEM X13 ECM motor, with less hassle for the contractor. Evergreen is a multi-speed, constant torque, brushless DC motor, available in 115V or 208-230VAC singlephase input, 50/