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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 […]

How to Manually Drive a Spring Return Actuator

How to Manually Drive a Spring Return Actuator

As I was making this short video at a hospital facility, Mike, one of the facility’s staff was watching just off camera. Once I finished he mentioned to me exactly what I was thinking and hoping for when choosing to create the video. He said, You know I never actually knew about that manual setting. […]

tekWorx: Ask an Engineer – Differential Pressure (DP) Sensors

tekWorx: Ask an Engineer – Differential Pressure (DP) Sensors

Today’s questions come from Brian… Differential Pressure Transmitters Is it better to install the DP transmitter/sensors farthest away from the mechanical room or 2/3 away from mechanical room? Is there a recommended way/detail on how to properly install DP transmitters (or is there no way to improperly install the DP sensors)? Thanks for the questions, […]

When is Your Controls System Too Old?

When is Your Controls System Too Old?

In thousands of buildings across the United States the one system that could impact a building’s total energy spend by upwards of 20-40% (per the DOE ) remains untouched. In most cases a glorified timeclock controls a set of solenoid valves providing regulated air to a pneumatics system. Leaks abound, thermostats that haven’t been calibrated since the […]

Web Trick with Tridium Jace Controller

Web Trick with Tridium Jace Controller

Ever since I started working in the DDC Controls Industry, I have always liked the extra widgets and the flashy cool graphics. I have created custom graphics, modified existing graphics, and played around with a lot of different widgets and apps. So when I saw that Mike Arnott at Kors Engineering created an object that […]

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