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Live From AHR: Making Sense of Embedded Electronics

Panel Provides Insights on Interoperability of Electronics in HVACRAHR Expo Live Webinar

While exhibiting at the 2015 AHR Expo, Emerson Climate Technologies held its eleventh installment of the company’s Making Sense webinar series.

The live event — featuring a distinguished cross-section of HVACR industry experts from multiple disciplines — addressed the emerging potential of embedded (or on-board) electronics in heating and air conditioning equipment and systems. Although each panelist spoke to a different aspect of the subject at hand, the consensus shared by the group was clear: the HVACR industry is in the beginning stages of a technological transformation and the practice of embedding electronics in equipment will become commonplace in the near future.

The webinar was moderated by Mike Murphy of The News. Those in attendance at the show or online were treated to a forward-thinking, informative discussion, including these highlights:

  • Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America kicked off the event by detailing the many efficiency advantages of working with equipment with on-board diagnostics. He stressed the need for industry-wide standardization in error codes, communication access/protocols and diagnostic tools.
  • John Wallace, Emerson’s director of innovation, retail solutions, explained how predictive fault diagnostics can prevent costly equipment failure and how an excess of data can be used to identify opportunities to improve performance across large enterprises. John demonstrated how end users can utilize data to improve the total cost of ownership as systems become more connected.
  • AT&T’s strategic business development manager — Industrial IoT Solutions, Randy Amerine discussed the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), saying that an estimated 50 billion machines will be connected to the Internet by 2020. He went on to explain how this connectivity must be used not only for improved serviceability and predictive maintenance, but also to create innovations that add value to the end user.
  • The Department of Energy’s sensor and controls technical adviser, George Hernandez cautioned that connectivity without interoperability is problematic, highlighting the challenges that come when systems don’t speak a common language. He explained how the DOE is focused on establishing better communications among building controls to enable distributed energy resource interconnection and grid optimization.
  • Jason Gloeckner, director of strategic controls — thermal management, Liebert, Emerson Network Power, gave his perspective on the key components of electronic controls: protection, visibility, energy efficiency and ease of deployment. He’s a believer that data must be prioritized according to its relevance and pushed to the top of the stack accordingly. Jason also stressed the importance of security encryptions as machine to machine (M2M) communication technology expands.

If you were unable to attend the live event, we encourage you to visit our website and listen to the webinar in its entirety. As embedded electronics become more prevalent in HVACR equipment and components, we’ll help you Make Sense of their many applications and advantages.

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