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Siemens Publishes Whitepaper on Integrated Lighting Controls

Siemens and Building Operating Management Magazine have produced research that examines how lighting control can be integrated into building management systems and why doing so offers facility executives better control of their building systems.

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Universal Lighting Technologies’ New Headquarters Can Be Viewed Through Google Maps Virtual Tour

unvltUniversal Lighting Technologies, Inc., (a member of the Panasonic Lighting Americas Group) has unveiled its new corporate headquarters at 51 Century Blvd., Suite 230 in Nashville, Tennessee via a Google Maps virtual tour. Users can now walk through the entire office online for an up-close look at the innovative and energy-efficient lighting incorporated throughout the office. Universal added new fixtures and retrofitted old technologies with Universal ballasts as well as LED drivers and modules before moving to the building early this year.

The new Panasonic Lighting America’s corporate office includes leading designs and state-of-the-art technologies. LED technologies in the facility include downlights that use EVERLINE LED Drivers and Chip on Board LED Modules as well as an LED pendant edge-lit decorative fixture in the boardroom. The lobby incorporates LED chain lighting to illuminate the company’s Panasonic Lighting Americas, Inc. entrance sign.

Many of the existing recessed troffer fixtures were upgraded with LED systems that incorporate EVERLINE linear LED Modules and drivers. Universal Lighting’s leading fluorescent technologies are also showcased with the DEMANDflex ballasts in the six-lamp T8 fixtures in the open office areas, as well as VariPRO 0-10V Analog parallel lamp operating dimming ballasts in the main entry.

Lighting throughout the new space is controlled with a Dialog Control System utilizing occupancy sensors and wall controls from Universal’s sister Panasonic company, Douglas Lighting Controls, for local zone control, manual overrides and facility scheduling. All the conference rooms and executive offices use Dialog 0-10V dimming and occupancy control with their LED lighting. The Dialog system allows custom scenes chosen by the occupant to be programmed and recalled by the controls. The lighting system is also connected to the local network for programming and scheduling, also providing override and demand response functionality.

In the open office areas, Universal’s Demand Control Lighting system (or DCL for short) controls the lighting directly over the power line without the need for additional control wires. This technology is incorporated in both the fluorescent and LED fixtures in these open areas, providing energy management and load shedding capabilities. The open areas are also grouped into sections for ceiling mount occupancy sensor control to ensure that the lights are powered off when the areas are not in use, and are never left on late in the evening when nobody is there.

The virtual tour on Google can be accessed online here.

Universal Recognized as 2013 Environmental Leader in Mexico

The Universal Lighting Technologies plant in Matamoros, Mexico was recently recognized by PROFEPA, the Mexican equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as a 2013 Environmental Leader in the state of Tamaulipas.

Last year, the Mexican plant set several eco-efficiency projects in motion, which resulted in tangible water savings, energy savings and waste reduction, as well as championed support from numerous community-based companies and contractors for work on future projects.

This award from PROFEPA represents the second level of recognition for environmental proactive participation, behind the Industria Limpia Certification. Universal’s local plant Componentes Universales was one of two companies in the city of Matamoros to receive this honor.

Universal’s pledge to further eco-efficiency within the Mexican factory involved all plant departments and many of Universal’s associates. Areas like maintenance, quality and HR-EHS consistently worked on a daily basis to administer company and natural resources such as water, packaging, recyclable materials and scrap. Additionally, education was provided on the proper handling of chemicals and waste to avoid environmental impact and contamination in an effort to maintain the plant’s reputation as clean, safe and productive.

Universal Names Salvatore Manganaro New Regional Distribution Sales Manager for Northeast U.S.

UNIVERSAL NAMES SALVATORE MANGANARO NEW REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION SALES MANAGER FOR U.S. NORTHEAST-1Universal Lighting Technologies recently announced the addition of lighting industry expert Salvatore Manganaro to the Universal team as the new regional distribution sales manager for the northeast territory of the United States.

Manganaro joins Universal with more than a decade of experience in the electrical industry. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1996, he has successfully served in various regional and national management roles, including specialized vertical market growth roles.

In his new role, Manganaro will be responsible for growing the northeast distribution channel by managing and supporting agents and distributors like Gemco, Osterman and Yusen. Additionally, he will be implementing new programs designed to introduce the latest products and increase sales.

Click here to email Manganaro or visit Universal’s website here.

Universal Lighting Technologies Names Benjamin Koelbl New Field Applications Engineer for U.S. Western Region

UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES NAMES BENJAMIN KOELBL NEW FIELD APPLICATIONS ENGINEER-1Universal Lighting Technologies has appointed Benjamin Koelbl to the OEM Sales Team as Field Applications Engineer for the Western region of the United States.

With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Koelbl joins Universal with six years of experience in field applications engineering. His most recent position was lighting field applications engineer for a major electronic component distributor. Prior to that, he worked for a telecom equipment manufacturer for eight years as both a sales engineer and a hardware and software design engineer.

In his new role with Universal, Koelbl will act as the field technical resource contact, supporting Solid State Lighting (LED) systems and products. He is based in Hermosa Beach, California.

Lutron and Siemens Announce Joint Energy Efficiency Initiative for Commercial Buildings

Lutron Electronics and the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced their collaborative development effort to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient.

The Lutron Quantum® Total Light Management System, which controls lights, shades, and small appliances, and the Siemens APOGEE® Building Automation System, which allows multiple building systems to work together regardless of their architecture, can be easily integrated together via BACnet. Having these two powerful systems sharing information not only helps make a building more energy efficient, but also can help improve maintenance efficiencies, allowing facility managers and building owners to better evaluate the energy usage within their buildings.

To support these efforts, Lutron and Siemens produced a technical whitepaper offering how-to instructions for integrating the systems. It is available to all Siemens branch offices and APOGEE dealers, as well as to Lutron sales and field service representatives. The technical paper can guide consulting-specifying engineers in helping to design an efficient system.

“By working closely with Siemens to jointly test the BACnet integration between the Quantum and APOGEE systems, we are able to provide facility managers with a better user experience and ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their different building systems,” said Mark Jenner, New Business Alliances Director at Lutron. “Instead of disparate pieces of software to manage all of the different building systems – lighting, shading, HVAC, door access, fire/safety, energy metering – BACnet makes it possible to integrate all of the software tools into one, saving valuable time and maximizing efficiencies,” said Jenner.

BACnet was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control, and fire detection systems and their associated equipment. The BACnet protocol allows computerized building automation devices to exchange information, regardless of the particular building service they perform. Proper communication between building automation devices is critical for maximizing building energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and other aspects of “green” buildings.

Hubbell Building Automation Publishes Virtual Library

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Hubbell Building Automation has adopted the ISSUU Publishing Platform to offer on-line, interactive access to its literature. This digital viewer is available on any web-enabled device, including PCs, tablets and smart phones.

Features to enhance viewing:

· Displayed in a beautiful 150 dpi resolution size

· Intuitive navigation including zoom

· In document key word search

· Social site integration

· Single or two-­page layout option – great for reading or browsing

All materials are also available for download or print. ISSUU members (a free sign-up) can download directly from the viewer. If you do not want to sign up as an ISSUU member, simply open the document entitled “HBA Brochures Downloadable PDFs,” click on the link associated with the desired brochure, and you’ll be directed to the PDF version of the brochure on the HBA Website.

Click here to visit the HBA virtual library.

Lutron Electronics to License RF Patents to Crestron

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. recently announced settlement of its lawsuit against Crestron Corporation of Rockleigh, New Jersey. The lawsuit had been ongoing since August 2009 and contained allegations that Crestron products infringed two Lutron patents covering inventions in the area of radio frequency (RF) communications and an allegation that Crestron infringed a Lutron design patent.

As part of the settlement, Crestron has executed a License Agreement under the RF patents and agreed to pay royalties on past and future sales of its products that use the Lutron RF patents. Crestron agreed to design around Lutron’s design patent.

To date, several other manufacturers, including Vantage Controls, Inc., Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc., Cooper Wiring Devices, Inc., and Control4 have also executed license agreements with Lutron for these same RF patents.

Crescent Electric Names Universal Lighting Technologies Supplier of the Year

Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. has been named “Supplier of the Year in the Lamps, Ballasts & Lighting Controls category” for the second consecutive year by Crescent Electric Supply Company. The award was presented to Universal at the recent annual National Sales Conference.

Crescent Electric Supply Company represents more than 600 vendors and operates more than 120 distribution facilities in 27 states.

WattStopper Receives Patent for DLM Technology

DLMWattStopper’s systems development team was recently awarded a United States Patent for the simplicity and flexibility at the heart of the company’s flagship Digital Lighting Management (DLM) lighting control system. The patent covers the technology behind the time-saving free topology wiring and automatic configuration, known as Plug n’ Go™. To earn the patent, the team demonstrated that their invention was unique and innovative in the building controls industry.

Vice President Market Development Pete Horton comments, “DLM was the first digital control system built on a scalable room network, and is the only system that can perform automatic configuration. Plug n’ Go simplifies complex energy code and high performance building requirements by automating what used to be an expensive and inconsistent process.”

Plug n’ Go enables DLM devices including room controllers, occupancy sensors and switches to operate out of the box using the most energy efficient sequence of operation without any field configuration. Installers simply plug the controls together on a free topology low voltage local network, and the room controllers develop the sequences of operation based on the connected devices in the room.

Lou Weidman, Pete Horton, Jason Joyce, Eric Fournier and Howard Herrera were named in United States Patent US 8,487,474 B2 as Inventors of the popular DLM technology. The patent for “Method and Apparatus for Electrical Load Control Network” was granted on July 16, 2013.

Digital Lighting Management also features the flexibility to conveniently reconfigure controls using Push n’ Learn™, which allows installers and facility mangers to customize sequences of operation to meet unique space requirements. The powerful technology platform is updated regularly to include new functionality. The recent v5.xx firmware release introduced a wide range of dimming control capabilities developed to support the latest multi-level energy code requirements.

Click here to learn more about WattStopper’s DLM technology.