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Press release was written by Jim Hayman.

BREA, CA—April 28, 2015 - Controls Group North America (CGNA) announced the “2014 CGNA Preferred Vendor of the Year” Award winner at their recent CGNA Synergy Conference in Savannah, GA, at the Westin Hotel. This year’s winner is Automation Components, Inc., (ACI), Middleton, WI.

News originally appeared on ControlDesign.com and was written by Mike Bacidore.

Despite an evolution of alternatives, pneumatics have stood the test of time. Hydraulic and electromechanical systems might offer a better solution in certain circumstances, but there are still plenty of pneumatic applications. We gathered input from a panel of industry veterans to determine how prevalent the technology still is and what to consider when making a decision.

To view the complete "What's Pnew in Pneumatics" article, click the Control Design URL above.

Evidence gathered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that some refrigeration facilities may be failing to properly manage hazardous chemicals, including anhydrous ammonia, as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112(r).
In response, the EPA released an environmental alert about processors’ responsibilities to prevent accidental releases of chemicals like anhydrous ammonia through compliance with CAA’s Chemical Accident Prevention Program.

News originally appeared on facilitiesnet.com, and was written by Derek Tynan.

Maintenance and engineering managers in institutional and commercial facilities have an array of components and technology to consider when upgrading their HVAC systems to maximize energy efficiency. But which options are most appropriate for their facilities’ specific energy-efficiency needs?

News originally appeared in ASHRAE Email Newsletter, and was written by Jodi Scott.

ATLANTA – The growing use of plug loads in buildings as well as insufficient data on how much energy they generate present a challenge to engineers in determining how to best cool a building.

ACI offers various product models that monitor CO2 levels. For a complete listing of these products, visit our website at http://workaci.com/catalog/666.

News originally appeared on "the News" website and was written by Peter Powell.

Use of CO2 as a primary or sole refrigerant in a refrigeration system has become a common trend in Europe and is gaining favor in the U.S. CO2 is primarily used in cascade systems that include ammonia, in booster systems in supermarkets, and as a stand-alone refrigerant for transcritical-configured systems.

Advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce energy consumption of buildings by 20-30%. ACI offers a full line of wireless products to accomodate almost all of your applications. To view the complete line, visit our website at www.workaci.com or request a linecard from the Distributor Materials section of this website.

News originally appeared on www.achrnews.com.

News originally appeared in ASHRAE Email Newsletter, and was written by Jodi Scott.

ATLANTA – The development of biomass requirements is being explored by ASHRAE, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), for inclusion in their co-sponsored green building standard.

ASHRAE, IAQA Approve Consolidation

News originally appeared in ASHRAE Email Newsletter and was written by Jodi Scott.

ATLANTA – A consolidation between ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association has been finalized by both organizations. The consolidation was approved by the Boards of Directors for ASHRAE and IAQA at ASHRAE’s recent 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago.

“We are excited about the opportunities presented by this consolidation,” ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix said. “It opens the door to alignment of ASHRAE and IAQA programs to create high-impact resources for building professionals around the globe.”

Record Attendance Set for ASHRAE Winter Conference, AHR Expo

News originally appeared in ASHRAE Email Newsletter, and was written by Jodi Scott.

ATLANTA – Attendance at the recent ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo exceeded expectations with record numbers shown for both. The 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, was held Jan. 24-28, with the AHR Expo held Jan. 26-28, Chicago.

ASHRAE broke records for attendance at a Winter Conference with 3,018 attendees. Attendance this year was higher than the past six Winter Conferences, except Las Vegas 2011. Attendees came from more than 60 countries.