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Or as we like to say at alpscontrols.com, “Sure, we can protect your food AND your hot tubs.”

2011 April 18

You’ve come to know and depend on alpscontrols.com when it comes to finding the most and best-priced HVAC and building automation control products online – but we’re not sure you realize just how committed we are to keeping your food fresh and your hot tubs filled.

point six wi-fi temperature sensors in grocery store applicationSince November of last year, we’ve been delving ever deeper into internet-based temperature control, and seeking out different and better products that are cost-effective, easy to set up, and provide round-the-clock protection in new and exciting market sectors – primarily, the food industry and the vacation home industry.

What do these two have in common? Primarily, they both have the potential to suffer excessive losses whenever temperature-regulated areas exceed or drop below the norm, or when unmonitored freezing temperatures lead to broken pipes and water damage. Whether it’s three supermarket aisles of ice cream novelties and meatloaf TV dinners, or a luxury vacation home that goes empty for extended periods of time, temperature controls that can be monitored online and in off-hours have become a valuable commodity and solution for loss prevention.

Jason McCormick of alpscontrols.com installs a Point Six Wi-Fi temperature sensor to help prevent loss or damage at a vacation house location.

Late last year, Jason McCormick joined the alpscontrols.com team as a Sales Engineer, and he – along with our Technology Director Curtis McCormick – have been gathering industry standards in both of these markets, and have also consulted on several installations of Point Six Wi-Fi Temperature Sensors. With Point Six – as well as Proliphix and Solidyne internet-based thermostats – customers can adjust, monitor and trend thermostat functionality on a computer or smart phone from anywhere in the world.

If you’re a supermarket or restaurant manager or anyone else who provides, prepares or regulates food in the United States, chances are that Jason has already set out to meet you and find out how we can help you. Likewise, he and Curtis have recently been helping out vacation homeowners with on-site installations of Point Six sensors and their online monitoring capabilities.

Ready to find out more? Try this:

Or watch this Point Six demonstration with Curtis McCormick:

HURRY! Special discounted pricing on selected Siemens products ends on May 31st, 2011!

2011 April 6
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siemens special product pricing through may 2011UPDATE: This special pricing offer is now expired – but keep an eye on this space for more money-saving offers in the future.

Well, isn’t this a treat? Our good pals at Siemens Building Technologies have offered up some deeply discounted pricing – about 20%! – on 17 HVAC and building automation control products in the alpscontrols.com online catalog.

If you need more information, download the Savings Simplified flier right here – or contact our customer support folks on this page.

Take advantage of this QUICK, two-day discount on all Genesis Series Cable products.

2011 March 10
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genesis series cable discountYou’ll want to read this next part pretty quickly. UPDATE: This quickie special price promotion has ended, but keep an eye on this space for more discounts soon.

Because you’ve only got today (Thursday 3.10.11) and tomorrow (Friday 3.11.11) to take advantage of a terrific discount deal offered to alpscontrols.com customers from Genesis Series Cable products. Here’s how it works:

  • Order from $1,500 – $10,000 of any Genesis Series Cable products
  • Write “Flash Promo” on your order
  • Your order will be discounted 3%
  • Valid on your first order up to $10,000!
  • Standard freight policies do apply.

So if you’ve got a big project starting up and you need to lay down a solid wire foundation, this is a GREAT time to get a discount on quality performance Genesis Series Wire products.

Are you a proud member of the Pittsburgh Steeler Nation? Show us!

2011 February 1
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UPDATED: we’ve gotten some pictures sent in – check them out near the bottom of this post!

wendy siefert at the steelers afc championship 2011We are now just days away from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ appearance in Super bowl XLV, and with lot of our customers and manufacturer-partners letting us know how much they enjoyed our recent WE HEART THE STEELERS video (watch it here on YouTube), we thought we’d invite you to go ahead and show us just how far the Steeler Nation reaches.

So if you have any Pittsburgh Steelers-related pennants, pictures, footballs, helmets, bobbleheads, jerseys, logos, cereal boxes, drink cozies, bathmats – whatever – we want to see it.

Just email us a picture of your Steelers stuff – and it’d be great if you were in the picture, too, but we’ll take what we can get – and we’ll post all the pictures here on our blog as we get them. Be sure to identify yourself and your location in your email.

And here’s our first pic, from Dru Teel, a Controls Technician from Alaska Integrated Services in – shockingly – Alaska:
dru teel terrible towel from alaska

Thanks, Dru! We look forward to hearing from more of our far-flung Steeler fan-friends in the days to come.

UPDATED: here are a few more of our reader-submitted Steeler Fan pics:

dru teel steeler fan from alaskaDru Teel from Alaska Integrated Services sent us another image of his Steeler pride – any more and we might just go ahead and turn our whole blog over to Dru!

steven james clement steeler fanAnd we also heard from Steven James Clement, the HVAC Energy Management Lead at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Thanks, Steven!

jdm international green bay packers fansAnd, just to prove that we Steelers are nothing if not examples of excellent sportsmanship, we’ll even post this Green Bay Packers picture we got from Debbie Dean, Dan DeGrave and others at JDM International in Big Bend, WI. Have a great game on Sunday, Packers fans…

…even though I think we all know how things are going to end up.

(and at the top of this post, that’s our own Wendy Siefert, all bundled up and psyched up at the Steelers AFC Championship game)

In which Setra Systems shares with us the important differences between their capacitive pressure sensors and other companies’ strain gauges.

2011 January 13

How long has Setra Systems been manufacturing differential pressure sensors?

Well, it’s been about 40 years and they’ve gotten pretty terrific at it. And to help you understand just how seriously they take the design and creation of their 100% US-made, totally 17-4 PH stainless steel capacitors, Setra’s Sales Rep Tim Dixon recently sat down with alpscontrols.com President David Meyers to talk in-depth about the superior accuracy, reliability and durability of capacitive pressure sensors as compared to the piezoresistive technology strain gauges that are found in other pressure sensors on the market today.

Here’s a disclaimer, though: this video is epic at just under 15 minutes long. We know: on the internet, that’s an enternity – but the reason for the length is because Tim goes into a high level of detail about how Setra Systems designs their sensors; why that design creates a more robust, accurate instrument; and ultimately how much better your pressure measurement capabilities will be over the long run if you could stop for a bit and consider the level of design intelligence that goes into Setra System products.

So stop for just a bit now – for about 15 minutes, in fact – and get enlightened:

Settle down with a tasty glass of egg nog and take a look at this year’s list of our manufacturers’ holiday closing notices.

2010 November 15
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strangely enough, we don't sell these.UPDATED – we’re adding Christmas holiday closures now, so check back often!

As the days grow shorter and the chill returns to the air, we are reminded of that magical time of year when we put our differences aside, look at the world anew and start greedily rubbing our hands together in anticipation of the season’s excesses.

While you’re doing that, you might be interested in knowing when our manufacturer-partners will be closing up shop to enjoy the holidays with their families – so take a look at the list below so that you can avoid any product-ordering delays. Because we’ll update this list each time we get a new notice, please check back here throughout the end of the year for the latest news.

The following companies have let us know when they’ll be closed for the holidays:

  • alpscontrols.com – we’ll be closed on Thursday and Friday, 12.23 and 12.24, and then also Friday, 12.31.
  • ACI will be open on December 24th and 31st from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM to ship pre-arranged air shipments and provide customer support.
  • ACR Systems will close at 12:00 PM PST on 12.24 and will reopen for business on Wednesday 12.29 at 8:00 AM PST. For New Year’s, they’ll be closed on Monday 1.3.11 and will reopen for business on Tuesday 1.4.11 at 8:00 AM PST. To receive orders by Tuesday, Jan. 4th, place them by 11:00 AM PST on Friday, Dec. 31st.
  • BAPI is planning on closing Thursday and Friday, December 23rd and 24th; and Friday, December 31st. .
  • Functional Devices will be closed from Friday, 12.24 through Sunday 1.2.11.
  • KMC Controls will be closed from Thursday, December 23rd through Monday, January 3rd.
  • Metropac will be closed on both December 24th and 31st.
  • PECO closes on 12.24 and will be returning on 1.3.11.
  • The Saginaw South Carolina warehouse will be closed from 12.18 through 12.22 to conduct a physical inventory, with minimal shipping on Thursday, 12.23. Additionally, both the Fort Mill, SC and El Paso, TX warehouses will be closed on December 24th through 27th as well as December 31st through January 3rd.
  • SenseAir plans to close on 12.24, 12.31 and 1.6.11.
  • Siemens will be closed on the following: December 24th, 27th, 28th, 31st, and January 3rd.
  • Spartan Peripheral Devices is going to be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd and will reopen on Monday, 1.3.11.
  • Viconics office and production facilities will be closed from 12.24.10 through 1.1.11. All orders must be placed on or prior to 12.1.10 so that they can be processed and shipped before 12.23.10.

Questions? Contact our customer service folks or leave a comment below.

From all of us at alpscontrols.com, we wish you the very best of the holiday season!

Join us for a webinar in which we’ll demonstrate the simplicity and cost-efficiency of Point Six WiFi temperature and humidity sensors.

2010 October 25
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Last September, we told you a little bit about these WiFi temperature and humidity sensors from Point Six Wireless:

Point Six Wireless has created a temperature sensor that transmits data automatically by utilizing a building’s existing WiFi network. The sensor, along with a configurable web-based interface, provides a constant stream of temperature data and can be customized to issue emails or phone calls when the temperature falls outside of defined parameters.

But the real beauty of the Point Six WiFi sensor is that it doesn’t have to be installed, wired, mounted or anything. Simply adjust some configurations and drop the sensor – which is about the size of a deck of cards – into a refrigeration or freezer unit, and it immediately begins transmitting data. It’s simple to set up, inexpensive to maintain and provides reliable and consistent information for cold chain management in a modern world.

point six wifi temperature sensor with remote monitoringAre you interested in finding out how you could monitor temperature and humidity conditions via a simple web-based interface?

Because if so, we’d like to invite you to come see how these dazzling little wonder-sensors work, from the comfort of your own keyboard.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • We’ll be hosting a Point Six WiFi Temperature Sensor webinar this Thursday, 10.28.10, at 2:00 PM EST
  • Hit the email link below and if you’re one of the first 15 people to register, we’ll send you a webinar invitation link and login instructions.
  • On Thursday at 2:00, you can access the webinar and we’ll spend 15 – 30 minutes showing you how simple and cost-effective it is to get these sensors up and running with minimal setup time and basically zero installation costs.

Just send your name and email address here and we’ll do the rest.

Want more information? Here’s our alpscontrols.com tech-genius Curtis McCormick to show you just a little about what the Point Six sensors can do:

If your building project needs products covered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, have we got a list for you.

2010 October 12

In our daily chats with the more than 130 manufacturers whose products we sell on alpscontrols.com, we’ve been learning more and more lately about the HVAC, lighting control and building automation products that fall within the requirements of the “Buy American” clause of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Wayne National Forest Solar Panel ConstructionAt its basics, this clause states that construction projects may be funded through ARRA if “all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States”. In our business, there are some subtleties at work with regard to products manufactured in the United States with components from other countries, but the simple fact is that we sell a great big boatload of products that fall under ARRA requirements.

If you haven’t done so, I’d encourage you to read more about ARRA here. The “Buy American” clause can be found in section 1605 of the act.

From what our customers are telling us, a number of construction projects and bids are being awarded with ARRA in mind, which makes identifying the products that fall within its requirements more important than ever. We’ve reached out to our manufacturers to ask them to help us out on this, so I thought we’d pass along those who have provided us with documentation:

And you should keep an eye on this list – we’ll be adding more of our manufacturers to it in the days and weeks to come.

(photo credit: Wayne National Forest)

Lighting Controls: Introducing the 40% Solution

2010 September 23

If you’re a building automation specialist and you use HVAC control products to reduce energy use in your building projects, you seriously need to watch this video.

Because you’re probably only doing half the job that you could be doing.

According to our consultant Carl Keller, a controls contractor with decades of hands-on industry experience, most building automation specialists are neglecting a good 40% of a building’s energy use when it comes to control products, because they refuse to enhance and integrate their building’s lighting controls.

Are you putting in occupancy sensors and automatic light switches? That’s great, but you’re only saving pennies instead of thousands. Take a few minutes and see what Carl has to say about that:

With some new technologies and a small learning curve, traditional control contractors can integrate lighting controls into an overall energy-busting strategy for their buildings. Stay tuned to alpscontrols.com as we delve more deeply into specific lighting control technologies that can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Let Setra Systems take the sticky out of your summer.

2010 July 27
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In many locations across the United States, temperatures are packing a wallop this summer, well above normal levels. From office buildings to schools, hospitals, factories and more, people have been seriously cooking in the last few months, and not in fun, summertime BBQ-kinds of ways.

But it’s a dry heat, right?

No way. Hot weather plus humidity leads to some truly uncomfortable conditions where a day at the office can feel like eight hours in the sauna – but for a limited time, Setra Systems and Alps Controls have a solution.
setra systems humidity sensors

Right now, you can save up to 20% on all of Setra Systems’ humidity and combo sensors.

Yes, that’s all of them: room and duct humidity sensors, combination temperature/humidity transmitters and more. And to make things even cooler, Setra Systems has added active temperature outputs on every combo unit. Just add a combo unit to your cart and specify if you want current (4 – 20 ma) or voltage (selectable 0-5 VDC or 0-10 VDC). Simple.

So if you’d like to save some money and you’re tired of your clothes feeling as sticky as a Florida swamp, slide over to the Alps Controls e-catalog site and drop some Setra Systems humidity and combo sensors into your shopping cart today.