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Headway Technologies
Milpitas, CA, United States


Continuous Improvement. When there's a great deal of low-hanging fruit to gather, it's an easy concept to embrace. But what happens when all the easy stuff is done and expectations for continuous improvement still exist? Such has been the challenge for Senior Facility Manager, Dan Burris, and his team at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Headway Technologies, a TDK subsidiary.

Headway manufacturers, in clean room fashion, aluminum titanium carbide wafers consisting of thousands of read/write heads used in computer hard drives. TDK sales of such devices account for about 1/3 of all such sales worldwide. The exacting standards for such fabrication necessitates that Class 100 clean rooms dominate the 115,000 sq. ft. Headway facility.

Their ISO-14001 registered quality system instills an inherent amount of interest in continuous improvement. Accordingly, each year Headway and TDK management determine high level goals and more specific objectives, including those related to energy-use reduction. Such goals are always based on the fabrication capacity requirements.

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The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) invites you to join the 8th BIG-EU BACnet Interoperability Workshop!

The BIG-EU Plugfest 2014 will take place from May 21st - 23rd 2014 and is open to developers and product managers. This year's host will be Siemens Switzerland AG, Building Technologies Division in Zug, Switzerland.

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Prior to the Plugfest, the 2014 spring BIG-EU Meetings will be held also in Zug on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 - May 20, 2014.
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Wunderlich-Malec Pharmaceuticals Integration

This project was unique because of both its size and complexity.  Wunderlich-Malec needed to demonstrate expertise in process control, building automation, the pharmaceutical industry processes and procedures, and FDA regulations- in addition to the technical expertise necessary to meet the customer's functional and operational requirements. Wunderlich-Malec had a long term relationship with the customer and previously provided general automation support and system integration for GMP systems for this facility. The bulk of their previous work was related to industrial controls (PLC, SCADA, and HMI), as well as commissioning and qualification support.

They also had to demonstrate the ability to implement their proposed solution with minimal interruption to product manufacturing and with no risk to product yields or quality. Meeting these goals meant using technology from multiple vertical markets and integrating them into one cohesive solution. For entire story, please click here.
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Please click here for more information about Alerton.

Alerton's new Ascent Building Management System is First to Combine BACtalk and Tridium's Niagara Framework® in a Single Controller

To help building owners better monitor and manage their heating and cooling related energy use, Alerton is rolling out its new Alerton® Ascent Building Management System, the first to combine in a single controller the industry standard BACnet protocol and Tridium's Niagara Framework® for more effective integration of multiple building systems.

Ascent is comprised of three products designed from the ground-up for ease of use and consistency across control systems: Ascent Microset 4 wall sensor; Ascent Control Module global controller; and Ascent Compass® software. The product suite is designed to simplify monitoring and control of HVAC systems, and will offer an open protocol for integration with other building systems, including lighting; security/access control; fire and life safety; elevators and escalators; irrigation; and specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings. Please click here for entire news release.

For more information about Continental Control Systems, please click here.

New Product Preview for Continental Control Systems
Products to be presented at NFMT Baltimore

New CTRC Rogowski Coil Current Transformer
At NFMT 2014, Continental Control Systems will demonstrate its new CTRC Rogowski coil current transformer. The device greatly simplifies installations to meet the increasing demand for accurate current measurement on conductors where traditional split-core and solid-core CTs are difficult to use. With its flexible design, the CTRC is perfect for large bus bars and irregular-shaped conductor bundles. The new coil offers a small, flexible profile, enabling it to be used on conductors in tight spaces where rigid CTs won't fit.

WattNode® Electric Power Meters - Now Offering ANSI C12.1 Accuracy, Accepted for Listing by BTL
Continental Control Systems will also showcase its entire line of WattNode® electric power meters, including the revenue-grade WattNode Revenue line. The WattNode Revenue meters meet the accuracy requirements of ANSI C12.1, and support Modbus®, BACnet®, or LonTalk® communications protocols or pulse output.

Please click here for more information about Continental Control Systems' NFMT Baltimore exhibit.
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Registration is now open for the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT).  The free show will be held March 4-6, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Online registration is available at
NFMT is the largest facilities management show in America, attracting more than 5,300 building owners, facilities managers and maintenance/operations managers and 500 exhibiting companies.  The show has been held annually in Baltimore every March since 2001.
"Excitement and buzz are already building for the big event," said Bob Wisniewski, president of Trade Press Media Group, a co-owner of NFMT. "We've got a lot of exceptional new opportunities planned, and we're thrilled to bring back popular offerings like the Solutions Exchange speed learning session and Women in FM panel discussion. Once again, the schedule and exhibit hall will be jam packed and full of value."
With more than 120 free educational sessions, NFMT is the country's most robust event for professionals responsible for the management, operations, maintenance, design and construction of commercial and institutional buildings. Facility experts present best practices, cost-cutting ideas and new solutions in the free educational sessions.  The sessions are organized into eleven tracks giving facilities professionals the opportunity to customize their training experience to fit their exact needs.

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NFMT High-Performance Buildings Conference & Exposition to Debut June 2015

Trade Press Media Group, Inc. and ROC Exhibitions announced the launch of NFMT High-Performance Buildings Conference & Expo in Fort Worth, TX, June 2-3, 2015.
This event, which will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, will address the information needs of those individuals and organizations responsible for the design, construction and on-going operation of high-performance buildings.
As defined by The National Institute of Building Sciences, high-performance buildings are those that "integrate and optimize all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance and occupant productivity."
Attendees will include vice presidents, directors and managers of facilities who manage or design high-performance buildings. Additional attendees will include architects, consulting engineers, contractors and design/build firms that will benefit from a robust conference program. Technical presentations will be supplemented with networking opportunities. For more information, please click here.
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BACnet International Success Stories

BACnet International Success Stories is a free resource that provides a place to promote your successful projects that use BACnet in order to further knowledge and understanding of the BACnet protocol - essentially, mini case studies. Posters utilize a web form to upload the content, (narratives, photos, etc...) which is then reviewed by editors from BACnet International (primarily for errors) prior to public posting.      
Once the BACnet Success Story is posted, it becomes a permanent, linkable record of the successful project.
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