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  1. Alternates to Trace 700 or System Analyzer

    What alternatives are out there to Trane's Trace 700 or System Analyzer? It seems like the small MEP firms become beholden to Trane when they use these tools. Is there any alternative out there?
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    KMC is like that ugly carnie chick at the state...

    KMC is like that ugly carnie chick at the state fair. She will do anything you want and is highly flexible; but she's big, fat, and ugly as sin. No sex appeal at all...

    Viconics is more slender,...
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    Welcome back. I've been involved with AX for a...

    Welcome back. I've been involved with AX for a little over 9 years now, and it's not a gimmick. The product has reached full maturity, and as described above its a flexible, extensible, open...
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    Why DataEye? Maybe they feel they gave Brian...

    Why DataEye? Maybe they feel they gave Brian Frank enough when they bought Tridium. Why pay him again?

    As far as SMA's, the new guy from HP was making a point that they are becoming more and more...
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    Wow, what a let down... The food was horrible! ...

    Wow, what a let down... The food was horrible! It's Vegas and they're serving cold cuts for dinner, in a place without enough seating. Where did my $1,100 go? With over 5500 attendees, where did...
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    I'm here! As far as my impressions of N4 so...

    I'm here!

    As far as my impressions of N4 so far... meh...

    The couple of improvements I'm happy to see is finally Java 8!

    There still stuck on QNX, hello??? Yeah, that's why blackberries are...
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    I recall an issue they had a while back on the...

    I recall an issue they had a while back on the floating actuators. You couldn't leave continuous power on the actuator, or it would fail. I was in a bind and didn't have any spring return actuators...
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    Your best bet would be using four sensors, wired...

    Your best bet would be using four sensors, wired series/parallel. Even if you were to use an averaging circuit, you must keep in mind that thermistors aren't linear. Because of this, I certainly...
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    Downloading now!

    Downloading now!
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    Niagara 3.7 must be close

    There must be something afoot. New docs are coming out on Niagara Central. If your a Niagara guy, click update license from server, I'm 3.7 licensed. Must be coming soon!
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    MSTP utilizes the RS-485 standard. There are two...

    MSTP utilizes the RS-485 standard. There are two terrific reads available about this. I would first suggest checking out this article... ...
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    True, you could use a 511,527,7xx. My main point...

    True, you could use a 511,527,7xx. My main point was utilizing TAC LNS explorer within xBuilder.
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    crabmaster, I'm all for your second approach. It...

    crabmaster, I'm all for your second approach. It sounds like the Centraline controllers may not be straight up LNS. They may have the same take of their LCBS line of stuff. If a LNS database is...
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    You will want to set the DIP switches just like...

    You will want to set the DIP switches just like the old one, however since in Inet2000 you can't restore the NOVRAM settings, first I'd use an M-stat to record the old VAV settings. Then install the...
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    Hey acddc, now you see why I called you a couple...

    Hey acddc, now you see why I called you a couple of days ago. I couldn't really talk because one of my guys was next to me. I'm stressed out not having the help or guys to do the quality of work I...
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    How is it any thread here usually gets hijacked...

    How is it any thread here usually gets hijacked by "BACnet Bigots" and "LonWorks Zealots"? Come on guys, I'm preaching "Protocol Agnosticism".

    Anyways, sounds like it heck out there contracting...
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    joey791, your right on target. I used to keep...

    joey791, your right on target. I used to keep the Honeywell Gray Manual by my bedside when I first started to get a good grasp of this gig. Reading that and taking a demo kit and some controllers...
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    GregF, your absolutely right. I had a meeting...

    GregF, your absolutely right. I had a meeting with our HR lady and owner to discuss finding another control engineer. When the owner asked what salary range we should post, and I replied 70-90k he...
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    I'm not knocking you government workers, mainly...

    I'm not knocking you government workers, mainly the contractors who rip off the government. Who are really ripping us the taxpayers off. I just don't think 3 hours of an 8 hour day fits my style. ...
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    Yes, I've talked to them, and now we're bringing...

    Yes, I've talked to them, and now we're bringing in an outside consultant to look at the company and teambuild our executives. We each took a three and a half hour test covering intelligence,...
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    The #26 error in LNS is generic error for lack of...

    The #26 error in LNS is generic error for lack of communication. In other words you send a request and reply isn't received, ie what 381engineer was saying. I agree with crabmaster, it sounds like...
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    Setup the station on your PC and roll on with it.

    Setup the station on your PC and roll on with it.
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    Government? I've seen enough waste, fraud, and...

    Government? I've seen enough waste, fraud, and abuse on the contractor side to do a job like that. I've placed controls on outhouses! Yes outhouses, only to have them demo'd within a couple months....
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    I'm in TX/OK area now. Originally from the MS...

    I'm in TX/OK area now. Originally from the MS Coast.

    I see one advantage to "being a number", at least you'd have some backup. I tried to take a week of vacation last week, and still worked 30...
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    I'm not sure where your keeping the folder for...

    I'm not sure where your keeping the folder for your logic, but I've always found it best to do my logic in a separate folder under the Jace and link my point from that folder to the NDIO board...
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    Looking for some career advice

    I'm looking for another HVAC controls/integration job. I am experienced with Army Corp Lon work, critical data center applications, hospital, and the run of the mill commercial work. I dearly love...
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    Here is a good link to hopefully help you out. ...

    Here is a good link to hopefully help you out.

    http://customer.honeywell.cn/NR/rdonlyres/C73E3AB9-9684-41A1-880A-C0639D97554A/4276/NiagaraAxBestPracticesFAQ.pdf
  28. It all depends of the specifications you are...

    It all depends of the specifications you are looking to meet.

    When I'm doing a specialized automation system, I avoid the use of HVAC control equipment. First off, PLCs are far cheaper and more...
  29. Thread: 24 Volt UPS

    by makeitwork
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    Check out the following items from bb-elec.com. ...

    Check out the following items from bb-elec.com. I've used the DR-UPS40 and the DR-RDN20 with alot of success. Couple it with a two 4Ah batteries for alot of runtime.
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    I agree with rmarier, stick to the Hx profiles. ...

    I agree with rmarier, stick to the Hx profiles. The Px pages are java intensive and don't lend themselves nicely to cell phones. We created custom Hx pages, and it works beautifully.
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    Like crab_master, I too have brought in Lieberts...

    Like crab_master, I too have brought in Lieberts via TAC Xenta 913's and also into Tridium AX. The data I took was RS-485 direct into X913's, but on the Tridium job, I used a Moxa device to convert...
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    Loading Virtual XP is the solution! Thanks for...

    Loading Virtual XP is the solution! Thanks for the help.
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    Loytec LConfig & Windows 7

    Has anyone tried loading LConfig on Windows 7? I've tried changing compatibility modes, manually installing drivers, and changing admin rights. Still no luck. Any ideas?
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    Crazy busy here too...

    I'm glad to here from others about business. The national news makes everything sound so depressing. We too are TAC dealers, and we're hooked up for now... We have a strong backlog, and if energy...
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    I use UPS on my main controllers, and isolate...

    I use UPS on my main controllers, and isolate with repeaters from panel. From the sound of losing all of the VAV's plus controller, you may have had a spike on the Lon side. If a repeater would...
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    HVAC controls on Ebay

    I was looking at Ebay tonight and noticed some Tridium, Invensys, Delta, and Siebe controls for sale, cheap. Has anyone ever bought controls from there? I've been thinking of getting rid of some of...
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    Did you restart the Niagara service between...

    Did you restart the Niagara service between versions?
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    Years ago when I did field work, our boss would...

    Years ago when I did field work, our boss would encourage us to leave drums up on a roof. Especially on a roof where we may have done alot of work. We'd tape the treads to keep them from getting...
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    In my past experience with TAC products, if your...

    In my past experience with TAC products, if your on the leading edge of using a product... you actually turn out to be on the bleeding edge. I'm going to let everyone else be the guinea pig for...
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    I was looking at a similar project a couple of...

    I was looking at a similar project a couple of weeks ago. The CCN is a proprietary serial network. Carrier makes a board to covert CCN to BacNET or LON. The local branch here was going to charge...
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    1. As for the software dongle. The part number...

    1. As for the software dongle. The part number on it is DOW330 USB.

    2. No, I'm not a Delta Controls partner. We rep two other lines. The last thing I want is another "partner" agreement and...
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    Delta Controls Software

    I'm looking for the Delta Controls software suite. My customer has a licensed dongle, but no software. The local rep was going to load it on their computer, and they delivered the dongle and never...
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    Will Tridium meet a Lon spec? kinda. As long...

    Will Tridium meet a Lon spec?

    kinda. As long as the spec isn't a LNS specification.

    also can you run LNS with tridium?

    Yes, but do you really want to? Running LNS under Tridium can cause...
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    gman, I love these controls. Yes, they are...

    gman,

    I love these controls. Yes, they are somewhat primitive, but thats the real beauty. Smart Controls allows you to create truly open apps. No kinky SNVTs or any other lon obsenities are...
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    mail problems

    I've used unlimitedmail dot org for my free email alarm service. It supports SMTP. Now a word of caution. With these free services, I've found that you get what you pay for. I only used this on...
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    I agree with control$. The Veris are a breeze to...

    I agree with control$. The Veris are a breeze to setup, and they are solid.
  47. Jace2 limited lon capabilities

    By the way, the Jace2 has pretty limited lon capabilities, in that it isn't meant to support greater than about 25 devices. There was a white paper out about a year ago talking about the horsepower...
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    Cheap and dirty answer

    If your looking for a cheap answer to PTAC controls, I've used some communicating thermostats that are as low as $25 each, and communicate over an open protocol. They also have extra I/O to allow...
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    I wonder how Belimo feels about the Invensys...

    I wonder how Belimo feels about the Invensys aquisition? Belimo has been a big part of tac's peripheral program, and you know Invensys is going to push their valves. I'll also be curious to see if...
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    While I'm not familiar with TCS controls, I would...

    While I'm not familiar with TCS controls, I would say that if the controller is full-wave or half-wave rectified, it shouldn't make a difference on the output. First, just bench test the controller....
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