Logix welcomes new team member
June 2013 -
System Commissioning/Support Technician
We are pleased to introduce Roberto “Berto” Mendoza, the newest member of the Logix® support team. Roberto’s primary responsibilities will involve onsite commissioning and customer training. However, his training, knowledge, and hands-on experience working in a controlled atmosphere, fruit packing facility will make him an asset to the Logix engineering team as well. Raised in a household whose members spoke both Spanish and English, Roberto’s fluency will be a great asset in his role supporting customers whose native tongue is Spanish.
Born in Wenatchee, Washington, Roberto put himself through college and recently earned an Associate of Technical Science degree at Wenatchee Valley College. He’s excited to be putting his newly acquired knowledge to use at Logix. “I am very enthusiastic about being part of this amazing Logix team,” he says. “I’m passionate about energy efficiency and eager to help our customers save energy and money with our intelligent controls systems.”
Growing up in the “Apple Capital of the World,” Roberto’s large, diverse family provided a strong and supportive backdrop for his youth. Alongside his six brothers, Roberto enjoys playing and coaching basketball, making music, and the outdoors.
The Wine Group expands Logix Energy Management System at Franzia
January 2013 – The Wine Group, Franzia Winery
The Wine Group recently expanded its existing Logix Energy Management System (EMS) at Franzia Winery by over 30% as part of its ongoing energy conservation efforts. The expansion allows Franzia to better manage its refrigeration equipment energy efficiency, and optimize fermentation and winemaking operations, while maintaining excellent quality and safety practices.
The Logix EMS tracks all the components in the winery and prioritizes use and demand within the system, continuously fine-tuning equipment operation and utilizing efficiency features. Site managers are able to coordinate control of Franzia’s four separate mechanical systems, and control compressors, condensers, glycol chillers and heat exchangers. In addition, the EMS monitors an array of temperature sensors and ammonia detectors, responding to real time conditions and optimizing equipment control decisions, as guided by winery managers’ settings.
In addition, the EMS can monitor and alarm CO2 concentrations, control outside air exchange fans and dampers for temperature and CO2 control, provide barrel room temperature and humidity control, and case storage temperature control.
Logix draws on more than 20 years of winery control system design for installations in the U.S. and around the world. Our scalable systems are tailored to meet the needs of wineries ranging in size from the very large to the quite small boutique wineries. Installations include Turner Road, Columbia Crest, Franzia, Woodbridge, St. Francis, LaCrema, Kendall-Jackson, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Silverado, Hogue, Benziger, Novelty Hill-Januik, Opus, Starmont and Ridge.
Kendall Jackson expands Energy Management efforts with Logix at La Crema
July 2012 – Kendall-Jackson La Crema
As part of its ongoing energy management and sustainability initiative, Kendall Jackson is installing a Logix Energy Management System (EMS) at its La Crema winery. With a scope and feature set similar to the Logix EMS selected for K-J’s Oakville winery, the Logix system shall maximize refrigeration equipment energy efficiency, lower kWh costs through energy demand management, and optimize fermentation and winemaking operations.
The Logix EMS allows site managers to monitor the facility’s various systems, continuously fine-tune equipment operation, and better manage expensive peak demand costs. The EMS ties in to energy meters, temperature controllers, CO2 and oxygen gas sensors, and responds to real time conditions with optimizing equipment control decisions as guided by winery managers’ settings.
The Logix EMS tracks all the components in the winery and prioritizes use and demand within the system. It provides mechanical room monitoring and control of compressors, condensers, glycol chillers, heat exchangers, air compression systems, wastewater monitoring, and nitrogen systems. In addition, the EMS can monitor and alarm CO2 concentrations, control outside air exchange fans and dampers for temperature and CO2 control, provide barrel room temperature and humidity control, and case storage temperature control.
The La Crema EMS commissioning is slated for early August.
Logix draws on more than 20 years of winery control system design for installations in the U.S. and around the world. Our scalable systems are tailored to meet the needs of wineries ranging in size from the very large to the quite small boutique wineries. Installations include Turner Road, Columbia Crest, Franzia, Woodbridge, St. Francis, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Silverado, Hogue, Benziger, Novelty Hill-Januik, Opus, Starmont and Ridge.
Kendall-Jackson chooses Logix Energy Management System again
June 2012 – Kendall-Jackson Oakville
Kendall-Jackson has again selected Logix to provide an Energy Management System (EMS) for its Oakville, California, facility. With a keen focus on energy conservation, K-J has methodically improved equipment efficiency and synchronized operations to streamline power demands and cut costs and emissions. With the expanded Logix Energy Management System, K-J aims to further manage energy demand, enhance efficiency, and enrich overall facility operations.
The Logix EMS allows site managers to monitor the facility’s various systems, anticipate equipment failure, and avoid expensive peak demand periods. Because the EMS is tied into data loggers, temperature controllers, and oxygen sensors, it measures and monitors the equipment in real time, allowing managers to see what is happening on demand and to make optimization adjustments.
The Logix EMS can track all the components in the winery and prioritize use and demand within the system. It provides mechanical room control for
- compressor sequencing
- glycol chillers
- heat exchangers
- air compression systems
- wastewater monitoring
- nitrogen systems
In addition, the EMS can monitor and alarm CO2 concentrations, can control outside air exchange fans and dampers for temperature and CO2 management, and can control barrel room temperature and humidity as well as case storage temperature. By coordinating the facility’s energy usage, energy demand peaks can be avoided and tremendous electricity savings can be gained.
The K-J Oakville EMS commissioning is slated for early August.
Logix draws on more than 20 years of control system design and installation in the U.S. and around the world. Current winery installations include Turner Road Vintners, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Opus, Columbia Crest, Hogue Cellars, Woodbridge Winery, St. Francis, Benziger Family Winery, Novelty Hill-Januik, Silverado Vineyards, Swiftwater Cellars, Starmont and Franzia, to name a few.
Introducing new Logix team member
May 2012 – David Jametsky, System Commissioning/Inside Support Technician
Born and raised in a small Northwest town at the base of Mt. Rainier, David Jametsky is an active member of his community. In fact, his work at food banks, with the Boy Scouts, and with many other local nonprofit organizations earned him a Jefferson award in 2010.
With more than 19 years of food processing industry experience, Dave has worked as a mechanic on fishing vessels, and as an engineer for corporations such as Oberto Sausage Company and HJ Heinz. With a specialty in automation, Dave brings an extensive knowledge of controls and industrial networking to his position as System Commissioning/Inside Support Technician. “After years in the food processing industry, I look forward to learning about the controls industry from the vendor’s perspective,” says Dave. “I’m excited to be a part of the Logix team, and to have the opportunity to work with Logix customers.”
While Dave’s primary responsibilities will involve onsite commissioning and customer training, we’re confident Dave’s skill, knowledge, and hands-on experience in food processing environments will make him an asset to our engineering team as well.
Wine & Spirits magazine names Januik
WINERY OF THE YEAR
October 2011 - Januik Winery has taken the high honor in Wine & Spirits magazine: 2011 Winery of the Year. In his 27+ years in the winemaking business, long-time Logix customer Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill | Januik, has proven he knows what it takes to produce award-winning wines. Most important is the quality of the grapes, which Januik sources from several acclaimed eastern Washington vineyards. To fully realize the potential of the grapes, however, requires the talents of a skilled winemaker, paired with a production facility that can support the winemaker's precise demands.
Each year, Wine & Spirits blind tastes more than 10,000 wines, selecting only the best for recommendation in the magazine. The annual Winery of the Year list honors wineries for consistent performance. Januik produces moderately-priced wines that are rated among the best in the state of Washington.A fan of the Logix Winery Control System since 1996 Januik had first gained experience with Logix and its products during his days at Chateau Ste. Michelle, the original Logix customer. When Januik launched his own winery, he used Logix's TC-2000 tank thermostats in his initial production warehouse. And when he mapped out plans for the new Novelty Hill | Januik production facility, he included a comprehensive Logix control system as a core element of the design.Read the full profile (pdf) Logix proudly pays homage to the vision, craft and art of winemaker Mike Januik for this accomplishment and industry recognition.
SnoTemp chooses Logix Energy Management
August 2011 - SnoTemp Cold Storage has again selected Logix to provide a refrigeration energy management system for one of its refrigerated storage and distribution centers located in Eugene, Oregon. Logix received SnoTemp's rush order for six RCS panels on August 3, and was able to ship the order on August 26, beating a September 1 deadline, and making it possible for SnoTemp to take advantage of an energy credit from its local utility. The system is slated for commissioning in early December.
Located in the agricultural heart of the Willamette Valley, SnoTemp Cold Storage serves a large spectrum of frozen food processors and retailers, including dairy, poultry, beef, seafood, and fruits and vegetables. The Eugene facility features 4.1 million cubic feet of refrigerated, frozen, and convertible space with temperature options ranging from -18 F to +40 F.
SnoTemp (formerly Eugene Freezing & Storage) has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. In early 2010, Eugene Freezing & Storage brought its Eugene and Albany facilities under the same name, SnoTemp Cold Storage.
Logix doubles production space, streamlines and improves manufacturing capacity
September 2010 - Logix has announced that it is doubling its production space for the manufacture and testing of its refrigeration control systems and stand-alone equipment controllers.
The larger production space will allow Logix to better manage its parts inventory, as well as improve the efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing operations. A 30-50% increase in production output is expected when the transition occurs later this month, allowing Logix to better meet the growing demand for its refrigeration energy efficiency solutions.Jim Conant, president of Logix said: “The increased amount of production space will allow us to significantly improve our hardware assembly and testing processes. In addition to larger on-site inventory storage, we'll have expanded panel and component assembly production areas, plus a state-of-the-art product testing area. Our ongoing success depends on our ability to promptly produce and deliver products in response to the increasing demand we're seeing for our products.”
In the face of the global economic recession, Logix has continued to strengthen its market position thanks to the energy- and cost-savings benefits delivered by its controls and control systems. The company is committed to constant innovation and will continue to deliver high-value and cost-effective control solutions that provide energy efficiencies across a broad spectrum of industrial refrigeration applications.
Logix Unveils Quantum Leap in Frost Detection
April 2010 - Logix has announced the release of
the Logix® IntelliFrost™ Automatic Defrost System.
IntelliFrost™ directly measures frost accumulation on an air
unit's fins and initiates a defrost sequence only when the frost level
reaches a user-defined limit. The frequency at which an air unit actually
needs to defrost can vary by a factor of ten or more over the course of a
year due to the ever-changing factors that affect ambient humidity in the
refrigerated area. The rate of frost accumulation on an air unit's fins is
directly related to the moisture in the air surrounding it. Unfortunately,
the variability of air moisture level factors such as seasonal humidity,
product moisture content, and plant personnel activity make the frost level
estimating techniques of current defrost methods energy inefficient and
costly. Intelligent frost measurement with the Logix®
IntelliFrost™ provides substantial opportunity for energy
conservation by eliminating unnecessary defrost cycles.
Click Here (pdf) for an illustrative case study.
SnoTemp Cold Storage Opens Energy Efficient Facility in Albany, Oregon
April 2010 - SnoTemp Cold Storage announced the opening of a 100,000 square foot frozen storage warehouse at its Albany, Oregon, location featuring a Logix® refrigeration energy management control system as the cornerstone of its efforts to reduce energy consumption. The state-of-the-art facility was designed and built according to the highest energy efficiency standards, reducing energy consumption by 50 percent - the equivalent annual energy use of 150 homes. The addition brings total capacity of SnoTemp's Albany location to 375,000 square feet with temperature options ranging from +60°F to -18°F.
“The majority of our environmental impact comes from our energy use. We made large investments in our energy efficiency efforts in order to limit our environmental impact,” according to Jason Lafferty, general manager. Efficiency measures include: state-of-the-art Logix® refrigeration energy management control system, 50 percent additional insulation for freezer walls and roof, high-efficiency florescent lighting controlled by occupancy sensors, variable frequency drives on motors, and refrigeration system efficiencies achieved through oversized components.
Located in the agricultural heart of the Willamette Valley, SnoTemp Cold Storage serves a large spectrum of frozen food processors and retailers, including dairy, poultry, beef, seafood, and fruits and vegetables. SnoTemp (formerly Eugene Freezing & Storage) has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. In early 2010, Eugene Freezing & Storage brought its Eugene and Albany facilities under the same name, SnoTemp Cold Storage. Combined, the company offers 550,000 square feet of temperature-controlled warehousing at its two locations.
VersaCold chooses Logix for Energy Management at Port of Tacoma
April 2010 - VersaCold has again selected Logix to provide a refrigeration energy management system for its new refrigerated storage and distribution center in the Port of Tacoma. The 196,600 square foot facility will feature cooler, freezer, ice cream storage, refrigerated dock area as well as office space. The facility will service seafood, agriculture and food manufacturing companies that rely heavily on the availability of cold storage infrastructure and services in this market.
With a keen focus on conservation of energy, VersaCold is “working on many energy incentive measures,” according to Dave Fisher, Director of Engineering. Energy conserving features include the refrigeration system, the Logix refrigeration energy management control system, VFDs on motors, energy efficient lighting, roof and wall insulation thickness, roofing type and color, freezer door types, truck dock doors types and selections of dock boards, to name a few.
The Logix system will manage refrigeration energy demand and efficiency, maximizing facility operations. VersaCold chose Logix because Logix products have saved energy and improved productivity at several other VersaCold storage facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
VersaCold is a leading provider of temperature controlled warehousing and logistics services in the U.S. and in the world with 123 facilities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. VersaCold's operations provide approximately 586 million cubic feet of global refrigerated storage capacity to a diverse group of food producers, processors, and wholesale and retail distributors. Versacold also provides fully integrated refrigerated distribution services.
Colombia Crest's Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005: Wine Spectator's WINE OF THE YEAR
December 2009 - Long-time Logix customer Columbia Crest took highest honors in Wine Spectator's 2009 Top 100 Wines in the World. Selected from more than 17,000 wines tasted by editors, and scoring an impressive 95 on the magazine's annual roundup of the year's most exciting Top 100 wines list, this impressive award underscores the outstanding achievement of Columbia Crest's winemaker, Ray Einberger. Says Wine Spectator, "Wines this good generally cost much more [than $27]; the average price for a 95-point wine reviewed this year is $144."
Founded in 1978, Columbia Crest is part of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and has been a Logix client since 1998. The winery consistently produces excellent moderately-priced wines. Over the past twelve years, Columbia Crest has appeared on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list 14 times. According to Columbia Crest's website, “equally noteworthy is that Columbia Crest is the first wine produced in Washington state to fill the top spot in Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 wines of the world ranking.”
For the success of the Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005, Einberger credits the six independent vineyards from which he selected the grapes for this blend of cabernet sauvignon with 5 percent Merlot and 4 percent Cabernet Franc. Einberger told Wine Spectator: “You get a range of character from these different vineyards. We have been homing in on which vineyards have the stuff to make the best wines.”
Einberger has broad experience in the wine industry including Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild, Clerc-Milon, and Opus One. In 1993 he established the reserve program at Columbia Crest, and in 2002 was promoted to chief winemaker. He is an enthusiast of the winery's state-of-the-art Logix Winery Control System and the benefits it affords.
Logix proudly pays homage to the skill and art of winemaker Ray Einberger for this accomplishment and industry recognition.
Bellingham Cold Storage chooses Logix again
April 2009 - Bellingham Cold Storage recently chose Logix to supply a refrigeration energy management system for their Roeder Avenue facility - the largest dock-side cold storage and processing facility on the West Coast.
BCS required that the refrigeration energy management system efficiently control equipment and meet their stringent product quality, output and safety objectives, while also limiting peak energy demand without impairing their high value-added freezing operations. This requirement was no small feat as the sprawling Roeder Avenue facility includes 11 warehouses with over 50 evaporators, six blast tunnels, eighteen blast cells and 30 compressors in multiple engine rooms.
The Logix system is now managing refrigeration energy demand and efficiency, with no interruption to their critical blast freezing operations. BCS’ choice of Logix was based on their recent energy management success with Logix at their Orchard St. facility
We thank the staff at Bellingham Cold Storage for their confidence in Logix and look forward to their ongoing success.
Founded in 1946, Bellingham Cold Storage has always been a cold storage and food processing innovator that has earned a reputation for quality by leading the industry in adopting warehouse and processing technologies.
Recent additions to the Logix team
March 2009 - Lee Trautman, Director of Sales
A native of Portland, Oregon, Lee started his 32-year career as a refrigeration contractor at Western Engineers and has worked for two other refrigeration contracting firms that specialize in ammonia refrigeration. Over the course of his career, Lee has been an active member of Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), and has served on the national board and as a vice chair for three national conventions. Lee has actively promoted ammonia safety training throughout the Pacific Northwest over the last thirteen years and has enabled over 1,000 people to attend ammonia safety training, an accomplishment for which he has received numerous awards. This year, Oregon Dairy Industries (ODI) sought Lee’s help to build attendance at their annual conference, and to establish an annual trade show to complement the conference. ODI named Lee “Volunteer of the Year” for his outstanding efforts in helping achieve these goals.
Bringing more than thirty years of refrigeration experience to the Director of Sales position, Lee is very excited to join the Logix team. As a contractor, he always viewed each project from an energy standpoint. “The prospect of working with industrial refrigeration users to design and implement tailor-made control system solutions that achieve optimal energy and productivity efficiencies is very gratifying.” says Lee. “My experience has led me to work for the company I saw deliver the best results time and again – Logix.”
We are very pleased Lee has joined the team at Logix. Feel free to contact Lee anytime to explore what Logix can do for you.
March 2009 - Troy Chertok, Senior Project Engineer
As a Pacific Northwest native, Troy enjoys much of what this area has to offer – hiking, coffee, UW Huskies, and so forth. In practice, he’s a design engineer with 24 years of experience developing software and solutions in R&D, manufacturing, quality control, and service. “My exposure to both small and large company cultures makes me truly excited to join the Logix team and a business environment that allows me to work more directly with and for customers,” says Troy. While he will primarily focus on development and solutions engineering, he believes his ultimate satisfaction will come from seeing that Logix products and services are meeting our customers’ needs.
Troy brings valuable engineering depth and experience to Logix. We are already benefitting from his contributions and look forward to what his future efforts will yield.
Logix Announces OPC Data Access Server
August 2008 - Logix is pleased to announce the debut of its OPC Data Access Server, which provides a high degree of interoperability between a Logix control system and OPC client applications that may be supplied by different vendors in the process control industry. An OPC client has complete access to all monitored control points and status information available in the Logix Energy Management System.
OPC, an open standard, provides greater interoperability between automation/control applications, field systems/devices, and business/office applications. For more information, contact Logix.