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The TOP 5 Checklist to Successfully Deploy 802.15.4 Wireless

The TOP 5 Checklist to Successfully Deploy 802.15.4 Wireless

Range in Geography This is by far the most important metric that affects any wireless application. Most manufacturers rely on a range metric based upon Line of Sight (LOS). Unfortunately, it is the only absolute value that can be used as a solid benchmark. With no obstacles in between two Radios, no rain, no snow, […]

How is “Work Smart, NOT Hard” BAD Advice?

How is “Work Smart, NOT Hard” BAD Advice?

I am always telling people I work with and sometimes my bosses or company owners…”Work SMARTER, NOT Harder.” I have always been someone who looks to make something better or more efficient. I can’t stand to see others or myself doing something that seems to take a long time when it can be done much faster […]

Overview: 802.15.4 Wireless Network Architectures for Controls Systems

Overview: 802.15.4 Wireless Network Architectures for Controls Systems

It is important to know what type of architecture the wireless products you may be considering using are. There are several that cover the field of commercially available products. The most common are: Point to Point Point to Multi-Point Mesh Star Mesh Some basic definitions are in order here. There are basically 3 types of […]

Google Hangout: How to Engage Your Customers with Website Content

Google Hangout: How to Engage Your Customers with Website Content

It was short notice, the afternoon before this Google Hangout took place, my friend Eric Stromquist invited me to join his Google Hangout that he does pretty much every week over at ControlTrends.org. I have been wanting to try out Google Hangouts and what a bonus to get together and talk about controls or in […]

tekWorx: Ask an Engineer – Save Money on Demand Charges

tekWorx: Ask an Engineer – Save Money on Demand Charges

Welcome to Ask an Engineer, where our approachable experts are ready to field questions in regards to engineering, chiller plant optimization, or just about what tekWorx can do for you! Put on sunscreen. Drink plenty of water. Make sure your chiller plant is operating at 100% efficiency…wait, what? Summer is the most important season for […]

Review: BAPI Blu-Test Bluetooth Temperature/Humidity Probe

Review: BAPI Blu-Test Bluetooth Temperature/Humidity Probe

Not long ago I saw that BAPI was getting ready to offer up a Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Sensor that could be used as a testing probe. Me, being pretty techie, I was all about wanting to try it out and figured it might help out if you were considering purchasing a tool like this. […]

101 Ways to ROCK! as a Building Automation and Controls Technician

101 Ways to ROCK! as a Building Automation and Controls Technician

When making this list I began to run out of steam at about 60-65, but then I kept on going and before I knew it I had 122 and had to cut out a few. Since I know there is so many more be sure to leave your additions in the comments below and I […]

Creating Custom PDF Reports from an SQL Database

Creating Custom PDF Reports from an SQL Database

Here is what I initially posted to a couple of LinkedIn Groups… NEED: Easy PDF creator from MySQL data for BTU usage reports. I am looking for an easy way of creating custom (with logo/letterhead) PDF report templates that can be used with a MySQL database. The resulting reports will be simple table formatted data […]

Paving the Path to DDC from Pneumatics

Paving the Path to DDC from Pneumatics

Pneumatics have been successfully utilized for decades in many mechanical control environments with some installs dating back to 1950’s. Many engineers and technicians found the beauty of pneumatics to be in its flexibility, ease of repair, and availability of parts. Pneumatics utilized some of the main components of modern control applications including PID loops, advanced […]

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