Message from John Donahue – The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & Expo Recap



CCI Customers,

CCI is committed to providing you the latest advanced solutions in the industry. Last week, I attended the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & Expo, where I learned about the newest products and solutions hitting the building automation systems (BAS) industry in 2018. 


I was blown away by the number of new products and thoroughly impressed by the level of innovation. The products I saw were advanced, intelligent, and versatile. Here are a few examples. 

  • The new FT-04 2UI/2UO Wi-Fi controller from EasyIO will be a game changer for small standalone equipment. This powerful little 240MHz dual core 32bit processor controller is about the size of a box of matches and can be mounted just about anywhere. This devices will control equipment like radiation, unit heaters, exhaust fans, etc. all without the hassle of pulling wires back to a larger controller. All of this for less than the cost of dinner.
  • KMC was showing a cloud-based, fingertip programmable, zoning system which utilizes the KMC Commander Gateway. There is no need for an installer to use a laptop. The system is completely fingertip programmable; the cloud solution hosts all of the schedules, graphics, trends, and alarms. The Commander Gateway can access the cloud via Wi-Fi, Cellular, or Ethernet and provides customers and contractors with real-time relevant data via their mobile devices.
  • Ruskin highlighted the TDP05K thermal dispersion airflow and temperature measuring system. This product can cover duct sizes that no other thermal dispersion airflow station has been able to cover before. This highly accurate air flow station uses multiple velocities and temperature points to traverse the duct, average the air measurement, and provide tremendous results. The TDP05K is capable of measuring a velocity range from 0 to 5,000 FPM and displaying the flow and temperature at each sensing point. The TDP05K comes standard with both an analog and BACnet outputs.

The Internet of Things (IoT) was also a hot topic. I am excited about the role technology has played and is going to continue to play in the BAS industry. IoT and smart technologies are empowering suppliers to develop products with smart programming and remote access devices via cloud management, like we have never seen before. I can’t wait to see what is next. 

We are committed to you. In partnership with our suppliers, we look forward to bringing forth the new ideas and technology for 2018. 


John Donahue