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Belimo's New EF Spring Return Actuator, the most po­­werful of its kind!

The Belimo EF actuator utilizes rugged components in a pressure cast aluminum housing for added strength and reliability. It offers a high torque output of 270 in-lbs and a NEMA 4 option to meet tough environmental conditions found in many HVAC applications.

The EF actuator was developed to satisfy high torque applications with a single actuator. The EF can take the place of two classic Belimo AF actuators in a piggy-back mounted application; simplifying wiring and mounting requirements while reducing material and installation costs. The NEMA 4 protection feature allows complete access to change the direction of rotation and allows locking or manually overriding the actuator.

The EF provides a cost effective and flexible solution that will deliver years of dependable performance over a wide range of operating conditions. The EF offers easy installation, commissioning and connects to high torque applications with a complete line of accessories. Dual EF mounting on a single shaft is possible for higher torque. The EF series spring return actuators are available in basic models offering 24 or 120 VAC and faster run times with MFT models. NEMA 4 versions come with an integrated junction box providing faster and easier installation. MFT versions provide the flexibility to program the actuator in the field for various proportional control functions and DC voltage feedback signals.

Custom models provide the option of appliance or plenum cable in various lengths (EFX NEMA 2 models only). MFT models offer many proportional control functions and DC voltage feedback signals that can come programmed from the factory or in the field.

Belimo EF Actuator Brochure

Contact us for a quote today!


The Midwest Building Automation Team


End of Life Announcement: Vulcain 201M, 201T & 301M Series

This announcement is to alert you of our intent to discontinue the 201M, 201T and 301M Vulcain (now Honeywell Analytics) product lines. Discontinued Product Lines:

  • 201M: Stand-Alone Gas Monitor
  • 201T: Gas Detection Transmitter
  • 301M: Stand-Alone Single and Dual Gas Monitor
The following products are available as replacement: (See below for full cross-reference)
  • E3Point: Toxic and Combustible Gas Monitor
  • 301RLC: Refrigerant Gas Detector
Discontinued Vulcain Part Numbers and Replacement Honeywell Analytics E3Point Part Numbers:
201T Product Line E³Point Equivalent
CO Detection
VA201TQ1CO-NET E3MSCO (Call for quote)
VA201TQ1CO-NETCR E3MSCO (Call for quote)
NO2 Detection
Combustible Detection
VA201TQ1COMB-C E3SA+E3H2, E3M, or E3P
O2 Detection
VA201TQ1O2-C E3SA+E3O2
201M Product Line E³Point Equivalent
VA201MQ1O2 E3SA+E3O2
S301RLC Equivalent
VA201MQ2R22 S301RLC75R22 (Call for quote)
VA201MQ2R134a S301RLC75R134A (Call for quote)
301M Product Line E³Point Equivalent
Display Versions for 301M
120 VAC Versions
Display Versions for 301M
Remote Sensors


The Midwest Building Automation Team


Sensepoint XCD by Honeywell Analytics

Sensepoint XCD by Honeywell Analytics is a flammable, toxic and oxygen gas detector for industrial applications

The Sensepoint XCD range provides comprehensive monitoring of flammable, toxic and Oxygen gas hazards in potentially explosive atmospheres, both indoors and outdoors. Users can modify detector operation using the LCD and magnet switches without ever needing to open the unit. This enables one-man, non-intrusive operation and reduces routine maintenance time and costs.

Typical applications for Sensepoint XCD include:
  • Boiler Rooms
  • Battery Charging Rooms
  • School Labs
  • Transit Garages and Repair Bays
Sensepoint XCD provides highly reliable gas detection with:
  • Surecell electrochemical sensors
  • Reflex sensor health check
  • Poison immune infrared sensors
  • Poison resistant catalytic bead sensors
Detectable gases include:
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Hydrogen
  • Methane
  • Propane
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Combustibles
A feature rich standard electronics package including:
  • User friendly and intuitive tri-color back-lit display with digits, bar graph and icons
  • 4-20mA output, MODBUS communication and 3 relays
  • Removable plug/socket type terminal blocks for ease of wiring
  • 2 x 3/4" NPT cable/conduit entries
Sensepoint XCD ensures easy installation and the fastest routine operation by removing the need for hot work permits in hazardous areas. Using easy to replace plug-in sensors, downtime is also reduced and on-going costs are minimized through the use of poison resistant flammable sensors, poison immune infrared Hydrocarbon sensors and patented Surecell toxic sensors and Reflex sensor health check. Part numbers include: Honeywell Analytics is a Honeywell division consisting of numerous products, many of which are formally know as Vulcain. In 2005 industrial leader Honeywell acquired the company and re-branded the organization as Honeywell Analytics, within its Honeywell Life Safety Group. In 2007 MST Technology, a market leading German supplier of semiconductor fabrication and laboratory based gas detection, was acquired and integrated, bringing a variety of products into the range of solutions offered.


The Midwest Building Automation Team


The New Honeywell Analytics Gas Detector Line from MidwestBAS!
Makes commercial buildings run more intelligently to protect people, property and the bottom line! is pleased to announce the availability of the new E3Point line of commercial gas detectors from Honeywell Analytics / Vulcain. This line of products replaces the current Vulcain 201M Series, the Vulcain 301M Series and the Vulcain 201T Series of gas detection monitors and transmitters. All other Honeywell Analytics / Vulcain controllers, monitors and accessories remain available.

E3Point is a versatile, user-friendly gas detector that functions as a standalone unit or addressable network platform for monitoring carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in parking garages and common combustible gases found throughout buildings and facilities. It is an ideal gas detection solution for:

  • Transport terminals
  • Battery rooms
  • Parking structures
  • Loading docks
  • Restaurant kitchens
  • Golf course maintenance sheds
  • Oil changing facilities
  • Furnace rooms
  • Fire stations
The standalone platform includes 4-20 mA communications, onboard audible alarm, and 2 DPDT relay outputs. The network platform can be deployed within a building automation systems such as Modbus or BACnet. Both platforms feature a plug-in sensor design which allows mounting and wiring of sensor housings during the construction phase and easy sensor installation later when you are ready to commission the system. Patented smart sensors work out-of-the-box and auto-configure.

Ordering an E3Point is simple and consists of 3 easy steps:
  1. Select your housing platform:
    1. Standalone
    2. Standalone with remote sensor
    3. Network (Modbus / BACnet)
  2. Select mounting option:
    1. Wall
    2. Duct
  3. Select the sensor cartridge:
    1. Carbon Monoxide
    2. Oxygen
    3. Hydrogen
    4. Propane
    5. Nitrogen Dioxide
    6. Hydrogen Sulfide
    7. Methane

Please contact us for more information or for help putting your Honeywell Analytics E3Point System together.


The Midwest Building Automation Team



Happy Holidays from MidwestBAS!

We want to wish our family, our friends and of course all of our valuable customers a happy and safe holiday season.

Our office will be closed December 24th 2010 as well as January 1st 2011.


The Midwest Building Automation Team


Save 10% On Your Next Belimo Order!

Simply type in the coupon code 'BelimoSaver' upon checkout.

Save 10% On Your Next Belimo Order!

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Intelli-M Access from infinias – Simple. Secure.


Intelli-M Access delivers a highly scalable, browser based interface with a server that can be virtualized and fit easily into any IT infrastructure. Manage multiple locations and access your system from anywhere on your network, including over a VPN.

Let's look at the benefits of an Intelli-M system:

Today's organizations depend heavily on their networks. As a result, considerable planning and investment is made in ensuring that the infrastructure is secure, reliable and well managed. By moving as many applications to that infrastructure, an organization can leverage the investment cost across those applications. Security should be no exception.

To that end, door controllers should be installed out near the door to minimize customer door wiring and they should communicate seamlessly across the corporate network.

Software solutions that are browser based allow an organization to run the solution from any workstation on the network without the headache of installing, managing updates or worrying about which computers it should be installed on. Particularly for security, being able to access the system immediately from anywhere can be very important.

With a highly capable single door power over Ethernet (PoE) door controller, custom wiring for the door hardware is kept as short as possible, and network cable runs from the controller to the nearest switch minimizing the cost of installation and complexity of management.

Intelli-M Access delivers a highly scalable, browser based interface with a server that can be virtualized and fit easily into any IT infrastructure. Manage multiple location and access your system from anywhere on your network, including over a VPN.

  • Intelli-M Access is available wherever and whenever you need it via web-browser with no client installation. Manage Intelli-M Access from anywhere you can run a standard browser that supports JavaScript, e.g., most computers and smart-phones, such as Apple's iPhone.
  • View events and alarms, generate reports and monitor the status of devices using the simple yet powerful user interface from within most popular web browsers.
  • Configuring doors is a snap with templates and pre-installed defaults that simplify the process, helping get an installation up and running in minutes.
  • The People tab makes finding users simple with its visual formatting and search field that allows you to type in one place, but be searching on all important fields at once. This makes dinding one cardholder in a large system a breeze.
  • Print Badges from the people page or in bulk from the reports page.
  • Design and build badges and reports using Microsoft's Report Builder: a free design tool.
  • Use advanced features such as Lock all Doors and Momentary Unlock to safely and easily manage a site. All these functions can be performed remotely using a smart-phone or lap-top for convenience and peace of mind.
  • Create as many Schedules as you like with an easy click and drag interface. Holiday sets are quickly and easily built with a point and click. Associate them together and your system knows when to unlock the door and when not to.
  • Intelli-M Access uses a highly scalable architecture to deliver access control for installations of any size.
  • The Intelli-M Access Import Utility provides a simple interface to import Supervisor Plus cardholder information or read a .CSV or .XML file to bulk load card-holders and their badge images into the system.
  • Multiple security roles allow you to decide if a card-holder should be able to log on to the system and what they will be allowed to do.

Putting it all Together

  1. Start with a base kit, S-BASE-KIT includes the software DVD, five clamshell cards and the security key.
  2. Add doors using door kits. We have two great door kits to offer. Both include standard Wiegand 26 bit readers. The S-DOOR-KIT-WX includes an XceedID XF1050 Mini-Mullion reader. The S-DOOR-KIT-WH includes an HID 6005 ProxPoint Plus reader.
  3. If you do not have PoE, use the S-PCON-PS at each door to inject power. The new PCON includes the DC adapter.
  4. Choose between clamshell or printable PVC cards that work with the readers in either door kit. Clamshell: P-XCID-7410 Printable: P-XCID-7510
  5. Add a printer for professional looking badges. Choose from great quality low or high volume printers by Magicard. MC-200 Single/Double sided Low Volume Printer: A-BDG-3633-0003 Rio 2e Single Sided with Feeder for high volume: A-BDG-M9006-749E

A Quick Summary:

  • Fully intelligent, all decisions are made at the door for quick response and full redundancy.
  • Four inputs are provided for door contacts, PIR, exit buttons, Alarm panel inputs and other sensors.
  • Web mode for complete control of a single door makes a small installation a snap. Just browse to the controller.
  • AES 128-bit encryption from controller to server.
  • One CAT5 cable from the nearest switch to the door power the controller and door hardware.
  • Supports one door with one or two wiegand readers or readers with keypads.
  • Form C Relay for Mag-Locks and other locks requiring more power than the eIDC can provide directly.
  • Two open collectors powered via PoE for the strike.
  • Buffering of up to 16,000 events when disconnected from the host so events are never lost.
  • UL 294 Approved (when installed according to directions).

For more information, click here.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


MAMAC SYSTEMS IP-SM-101 IP Sub Metering Appliance

MAMAC SYSTEMS IP-SM-101 IP Sub Metering Appliance


All you need is a web browser running on any laptop, PDA, or cell phone anywhere in the world to monitor and log electric, gas, water or compressed air consumption. Receive email alerts if consumption crosses a threshold.

The Maverick IP Sub Metering Appliance incorporates a web server, accepts a pulse input from any energy meter (KWH, water, gas, steam or compressed air) and displays consumption by the minute, hour, day, week and month. The appliance logs the data in CSV format and usage can be viewed as bar graphs for the minute, hour, day, week and month. The appliance can also email periodic consumption reports every hour, day, week or month which can be imported into Excel, Word or any other application which accepts CSV data. Data is also available formatted for XML and any application can retrieve the data for storage or analysis.

Power the appliance with any 24VAC transformer, plug it into a hub/router, launch any web browser, punch in the default IP and connect. No custom software to load, no discovery routines, no custom cables or training. The Sub Metering serves up static web pages with dynamic energy consumption data updates every second or two. Most users can configure and utilize the appliance without any training or support in less than 5 minutes.

For effective utilization of energy and natural resources, waste and inefficiency have to be eliminated. This can only be accomplished by holding energy consumers accountable. The IP Sub Metering Appliance provides an ideal low cost solution for consumption data acquisition and analysis.

For more information, click here.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Pelco DX4004 & DX4500/46000 DVR Camera Kits

Selecting a quality video security solution is now easier than ever with our new Pelco video security system packages. Each package includes a user friendly DX4004, DX4500 or DX4600 Series DVR, Pelco's high resolution cameras, a Pelco monitor and a power supply.

As you can see, these packages have everything you need!

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Siemens Building Technologies Sensor Sale!

Save money when you buy Duct Averaging and Differential Pressure Sensors from Siemens Building Technologies. Up to 50% off Select Sensors!

Siemens sensors may be easily substituted for popular competitor HVAC sensor products on the market. Use the table below for a quick crossover.

Duct Averaging Sensor Sale
Part Number
Sale Price
QAM2033.250 NTC 2.252K OHM, 8 FT LG
QAM2033.500 NTC 2.252K OHM, 16 FT LG
QAM2033.750 NTC 2.252K OHM, 24 FT LG
QAM2034.250 NTC 3K OHM, 8 FT LG
QAM2034.500 NTC 3K OHM, 16 FT LG
QAM2034.750 NTC 3K OHM, 24 FT LG
QAM2036.250 NTC 20K OHM TYP2, 8 FT LG
QAM2036.500 NTC 20K OHM TYP2, 16 FT LG
QAM2036.750 NTC 20K OHM TYP2, 24 FT LG
QAM2037.250 NTC 1.8K OHM, 8 FT LG
QAM2037.500 NTC 1.8K OHM, 16 FT LG
QAM2037.750 NTC 1.8K OHM, 24 FT LG


Duct Averaging Sensors
Brand and Model Number Crossover
Siemens Part


Differential Pressure Sensor Sale
Part Number
Sale Price
590-783 .25" D PRESSURE 0.4%, 4-20MA, COND COV
590-784 LAB DPT 0.1" .25% 24VAC 10VDC W/COV
590-785 2LAB DPT 0.25" .25% 24VAC 10VDC W/COV


Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Setra: A Complete HVAC Offering

Setra was founded 40 years ago on variable capacitance technology which allows for the accurate measurement of ultra-low pressures for all of your HVAC requirements. Setra is proud to build on that entrepreneurial spirit with the introduction of our new family of HVAC/R products for both humidity and current sensing. Setra has always been synonymous with the original IAQ (Innovation, Accuracy, and Quality) - we are now taking the lead in expanding the product portfolio to support the latest IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). With the introduction of the new Humidity line and suite of current switches, customers can order all of their sensors from a single source with trusted quality, delivery and performance. From single range and multi range pressure transducers to low current sensors with snap on relays and humidity transducers that meet their published specifications, Setra is truly building innovation into building automation. Every building deserves this level of performance and dependability.

Setra: Pressure Transducers

From ultra low pressure to refrigeration and chiller applications, Setra has a transducer that best meets your HVAC/R needs. We offer single ranges (Models 264 and 265) and multi-ranges (Model 260 and 267) for low air pressure as well as our Model 269 for high accuracy critical applications. We also offer stainless steel units for all refrigerants and liquids (Model 209 and 3100), as well as differential monitoring in these Wet/Wet applications (Model 230 and 231). Since one size does not fit all, Setra offers our customers a broad menu of choices that best suit their specific application, performance, and cost requirements. The comprehensive pressure product line is the backbone of our HVAC solution and seamlessly integrates with the new current and humidity lines. Key features include:
  • Ranges as Low as 0.05" of W.C.
  • Single and Field-Selectable Multi-Range Versions
  • LCD Displays and IP65/NEMA 4 Ratings
  • All Stainless Steel Construction
  • 24 VAC/VDC Excitations

Humidity Transducers

Setra's humidity sensors provide a full line solution that includes a wall, duct mount, and outside air offering. The product line is designed to complement Setra's pressure and current products, where we provide our customers with a complete line of sensors for all of their HVAC needs. In developing the humidity line, we incorporated an industry standard capacitance sensing element with Setra's custom ASIC design – which is used in all of Setra's HVAC pressure products. The combination has resulted in a line of humidity sensors that meet their published specification, incorporate field replaceable tips (without recalibration), and offer optional LCD designs. As is always the case, Setra's humidity offering will meet your quality, delivery and cost needs, providing you with the best solution for all of your sensor requirements. Key features include:
  • Accuracies of ±2%, ±3%, ±5% (NIST)
  • Full-Scale 0 to 100% RH Measurement
  • Optional LCD and Temp (Spring '08)
  • Field Replaceable Sensor

Current Switches

etra's family of current sensors is offered with both a Split Core (CSC) and Solid Core (CSS) Design. The product is uniquely designed to measure low currents for fractional HP motors, as well as currents up to 200 Amps. Utilizing our magnetic current sensing technology, these switches are ideal for monitoring motors that drive fans, pumps, and blowers. With both fixed and adjustable set points, the units allow the user to determine what products best fit their needs. The Solid CSS model is ideal for new installations when power cables are being run to their respective motors. In existing applications, the CSC Split design can be clamped on after the fact with no intrusion into the power lines. The addition of the Snap-On Relay option (on either design) – allows the remote starting or stopping of fan and pump motors. Key features include:

  • Solid and Split Core
  • Fixed and Adjustable Set Points
  • Snap-On Relays
  • Self-Powered

Excellence in HVAC Sensing

Pressure, Current and Humidity transducers are available now and are ready to be packaged or purchased separately to meet your performance, quality, and delivery needs. Visit or call us today and ask how we can exceed your expectations for a full Setra Systems HVAC solution!

Other Great Setra Products
Setra SRPM Setra 269
Setra SRPM Room Pressure Monitor Setra 269 Very-Low Differential Pressure Transducer

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Siemens QPA20 Series Room Air Quality Sensors

The QPA20… series room air quality sensors optimize room comfort by enabling demand-controlled ventilation. The sensors can acquire: CO2 and volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations, relative humidity, and temperature. Models are available for CO2, CO2/VOC, CO2/T, and CO2/T/RH.

The sensor evaluates the CO2/VOC concentrations and transforms it to a 0 to 10 Vdc linear proportional output signal.

For models with humidity, a capacitive humidity sensing element changes capacitance as a function of the relative humidity. An electronic measuring circuit converts the humidity signal to a continuous 0 to 10 Vdc signal that corresponds to a relative humidity range of 0 to 100%. For models with temperature, the sensor acquires room temperature with a sensing element that changes electrical resistance as a function of the temperature. The resistance is converted to an active 0 to 10 Vdc output signal that corresponds to a temperature range of 32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C) or -31°F to 95°F (-35°C to 35°C).

Sensors with an LCD window display the following measured values:

  • CO2 in ppm
  • CO2 and VOC as a bar chart (4 bars ≈ 2V, 20 bars ≈ 10V)
  • Temperature in °C or °F
  • Relative humidity in %
The wall-mounted sensors are suited for use with all systems and devices capable of acquiring and handling a 0 to 10 Vdc output signal.

  • Multisensor for CO2/VOC, temperature, and humidity-temperature
  • Maintenance-free infrared CO2sensing element, VOC sensing element based on a heated tin dioxide semiconductor
  • 24 Vac operating voltage, 0 to 10 Vdc output signals
QPA20… Series Room Air Quality Sensor and QPA20… Series Room Air Quality Sensor with Display

For more information the Siemens Building Technologies QPA20 series of Room Air Quality Sensors, click here or contact us for a special quote.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


New, lower prices on everything Pelco!

That's right, folks, we've dropped our prices on everything Pelco! From the new Sarix cameras from Pelco, to the various standard box style cameras and even their power supplies, we've improved pricing on everything. It is our hope that these lower Pelco prices show our dedication to providing top quality product at a decent price with exemplary customer service.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Automation Components, Inc. (ACI)

Automation Components, Inc. (ACI) was initially formed in 1991 in Middleton, Wisconsin. ACI has made a name for itself in the HVAC/R Industry by producing quality temperature sensors using crimped Etched Teflon lead wires and double encapsulated probe assemblies. Short lead times and service based customer support are also ACI trademarks.

In 1996, ACI developed its first pressure transmitter, the ACI/DP Series. It combines jumper selectable output ranges with a highly accurate capacitive sensor. The ACI/LP Series follow with the same reliability, but offered a competitive price that is still unmatched.

In 1999, ACI broke into the Relative Humidity market with a strong initial entry, the ACI/RH line. This product line is still making waves in the industry based on its reliability and performance. Our product now includes Field selectable output ranges, dip switches for validation purposes, and options for testing the sensor output.

In 2002, ACI used its experience with relative humidity sensing to design an enthalpy sensor. In addition, two sensors can be combined to provide a differential enthalpy using the ACI/DIFF-ENT.

In 2006, ACI made another big leap by introducing a line of Current Transmitters and Switches. We have created a line of current sensors that makes stocking current sensors more streamlined. High amp ranges, low trip points, status LED's and Din Rail mountable features are standard. Mini Current sensors were added to this line in 2009.

ACI also carries many accessories like gas sensors like A/CO (Carbon Monoxide), A/CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), and Power Supplies like the A/PS1.5.

ACI is always available to talk to you about your application needs and assist you through parts available at MidwestBAS.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Announcing Setra!

As we are now carrying Setra Systems’ complete line of pressure transducers, current switches and humidity/temperature sensors, we thought it appropriate to share a little more information about Setra and its history.

Founded in 1967, Setra Systems, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of pressure, acceleration, and weight sensing devices. Setra has devoted its engineering and research efforts to the development of transducers and systems based on the highly accurate variable capacitive transduction principle.

Setra's founders, Dr. Y.T. Li and Dr. S.Y. Lee, are Professors Emeritus of Engineering at MIT and the co-developers of the variable capacitance transduction principle, the innovative force sensing technology which is the heart of Setra's products.

Setra is ANSI-RAB ISO 9001 certified through its registrar, National Quality Assurance (NQA). This prestigious certification requires Setra to maintain a documented quality system to ensure customer satisfaction through controlled design, manufacturing and employee training programs.

Setra Technology Park , owned by Setra Systems, Inc., is located on a scenic 23 acre site in Boxborough , Massachusetts . Setra's buildings, total approximately 200,000 square feet and house the executive offices, sales offices, and manufacturing facilities. In addition, Setra has additional manufacturing capacity at its wholly owned subsidiary in China , Setra Sensing Technology Tianjin (SSTT).

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Happy Holidays Everyone!

Our offices will be closed on 25th and we will not be shipping anything on Friday the 26th as well. We will be back on Monday the 29th and again closed on New Years Day. Any order placed while we are out of the office will be processed first thing on next business day.

We’ve updated our IT line with products from B.C.S., Echelon, Fieldserver Technologies, and NVT. We have covers and guards from STI and SpectrAlert items from System Sensor in our Fire section. Look for biometric access control from Bioscrypt. Check out our Wireless section for Inovonics parts. We carry thermostats from TAC and Siemens in our temperature section, door and lock hardware from Security Door Controls, Datacard printers and access control products from Aiphone.

Also, keep your eyes on us for more from Setra, Vulcain and System Sensor.

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The Midwest Building Automation Team


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Our offices will be closed tomorrow (27th) and Friday (28th) and we will be back on Monday (12-01-08). Any order placed while we are out of the office will be processed first thing on Monday morning.

Also we have added sever Fire products from System Sensor and STI as well as numerous IT & Network related items from B.C.S., Echelon, Fieldserver Technologies. As always, if you cannot find the part you are looking for, let us know by clicking here.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Large Volume Buyer?

Are you a large volume purchaser? Would you be interested in extra savings? If you answered yes to both of those questions, Apply to become a contractor today!

It is a simple form and after a number of business days we will get back with you to let you know.

Large Order Quote?

Are you looking for a quote on a large number of items or require special shipping services? Contact us first and let us know what you need!

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


October is Energy Awareness Month

October is a busy month - besides Halloween, it's also National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Doll Collector's Month, Stamp Collecting Month, and Spectacle of the Geese Month! But more importantly for the planet, October is Energy Awareness month.

On September 13, 1991, President George Bush proclaimed October as Energy Awareness Month. For more than 15 years, government organizations — in partnership with businesses, associations, and concerned citizens — have observed this month with activities and programs to promote public understanding of our energy needs and to reduce energy consumption in our everyday lives.

October is a great time to get started on the path toward energy savings with ideas and activities from ENERGY STAR.

It doesn't take a lot of time to make a big difference in the environment. Sometimes, it's just a matter of tweaking a few habits. Try these ideas for energy efficiency...

At Work: Set up bins to recycle all paper, plastic, aluminum cans and glass. Contact your city utility department to find out what recycling services they can provide.

At Home: Set your thermostat below 68 degrees in the heating seasons and above 78 degrees in the cooling season to save energy.

At Work: Avoid phantom energy loads. Unplug appliances or electronic equipment, including battery chargers, when not in use - or - buy a power strip to plug everything into and flip the switch off at night.

At Home: Save paper. Monitor, receive and pay your electric, gas and utility bills online.

At Work: Reuse mail packaging - bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and Styrofoam blocks - or find someone who can

At Home: Give experiences like movie or show tickets, a dinner party or a spa day as gifts, rather than manufactured products.

This year's Energy Awareness Month theme from the Federal Energy Management Program is "Working to Secure a Clean Energy Future." To find out more click here to download the pdf.

We have started a MidwestBAS Blog site to further facilitate news and education about the BAS, HVAC and Security industries as some other off-topic subjects that you might find interesting. Feel free to check it out at the link below and let us know what you think.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


Do you have a large order? Do you have an urgent need for an item we carry? Contact us first, let us know what you need and we will get a quote to you as soon as possible.

We have added a full line of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) products from APC. You can find out more by clicking the link below.

APC Uninterruptible Power Supplies

We have also started an industry wiki site to facilitate education and learning in the BAS, HVAC, Security and Green Building industries. A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable people who access it to contribute or modify content. Wiki's are often used to create collaborative web sites and to power community websites. The goal with ours, as mentioned above, is to facilitate industry knowledge. Feel free to check it out by clicking the link below. Also if you would like to contribute to to this wiki, send me an email.

Thanks for looking!

The Midwest Building Automation Team


We have added a few value line Security Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) from Midcam. You can find out more by clicking the link below.

Midcam Value Line Security DVRs

We have also updated our Square D Occupancy Sensors. Read more about Square D Occupancy Sensors below.

Occupancy sensors offer a multitude of methods for reducing lighting-related energy consumption and are most effective when used in conjunction with other control devices to comprise a comprehensive solution that enhances occupant comfort and convenience, building functionality, and energy efficiency.

Normally, an occupancy sensor detects when an area is occupied and turns on the lights, then turn off the lights when the area is unoccupied, thus reducing energy consumption. An array of sensing technologies may be used to detect occupant motion, including passive infrared (PIR), ultrasonic and dual technology. Attention to the proper technology will reduce false on-and-off operation.

  • PIR sensors are ideal for private restrooms and private offices less than 300 square feet and free of obstructions. PIR is a line-of-sight motion detection technology. Obstructions, like high file cabinets and partitions in offices or shower curtains and interior walls in restrooms, prevent PIR sensors from accurately detecting motion. PIR sensors detect the difference between radiated heat from people in motion and normal background. They are limited to line of sight and generally can sense a full body in motion to a distance of about 40 feet or the motion of a hand to a distance of about 15 feet.
  • Ultrasonic sensors are great for large corridors and hallways, multi-stall restrooms, stairwells, storage areas and open office areas where obstructions are usually present or where the coverage area is larger. Ultrasonic sensors typically have minor motion coverage up to 700 square feet. Ultrasonic detection is not line of sight and can sense hand motion up to 25 feet away. They work reliably when obstructions are present but can be susceptible to false on events due to motion in adjacent areas or from moving objects such as fans.
  • Dual technology employs PIR detection to sense major motion as occupants enter, then turns the lights on. While the room is occupied, both PIR and ultrasonic motion detection is used to keep lights on, and once the room is unoccupied, the sensor shuts off lights to save energy. Combining PIR and ultrasonic detection together in this way helps to prevent false on-and-off events in larger meeting rooms, conference rooms and waiting rooms.

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