"FieldServer Sells Itself!" and other thoughts from AHR-2018
Posted by: | Posted on: Friday, February 2, 2018
Another AHR Expo in the books. According to the show organizers, this one “shattered records” – which I believe is a testament to the growth of BACnet and this show as the preeminent event for building automation.
I’ll start with this impromptu video clip from an enthusiastic and long-time FieldServer customer who says “FieldServer sells itself!”
It’s easy to see why John would say this – SMC’s FieldServer line of cloud-connected protocol gateways have incredible flexibility (>140 protocols) along with proven reliability that professionals need to build the Industrial Internet of Things.
In addition, one of our newest OEM customer, Caleffi from Milan, introduced a new connected mixing valve which includes a FieldServer gateway. The LEGIOMIX product includes Modbus to BACnet connectivity to provide micro-control of the valve function – and was a finalist for an Innovation Award! Congratulations, Caleffi!
In addition, SMC highlighted it’s line of BACnet tools, including the BACnet Router, BACnet Explore, and BACnet EZ gateways (to Modbus, M-Bus, KNX). One channel partner to take advantage of this range of products is DEOS, a German control company with offices in North America. We noticed they had the FieldServer gateway prominently displayed on their stand.
SMC also promoted the new and improved SMC Cloud with FieldView. FieldView is a suite of services available to our SMC Cloud customers to help them run their business better by improving product registration, customer care, support and maintenance. Ten SMC customers joined us in demonstrating SMC Cloud, including AERCO, Bock, Camus, Cimberio, Cleaver Brooks, Leonard Valve, Onicon, Preferred Utilities, Pure Humidifier, RayPak, Sellers Manufacturing, and Weil-McLain.
All in all, the show was excellent. We look forward to seeing you next year in Atlanta, or hopefully sooner at another IIoT event.