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Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller

16-LX ControllerToday, Computrols announced the release of their latest and most advanced line of HVAC controllers to date. The new LX Controllers are designed to be drop-in replacements to Computrols’ classic X-Line and are 100% backward compatible. Offered in the same point count versions (8, 16, 32, and 64), these controllers introduce the next generation of technology. Besides a complete upgrade in computing power, these controllers provide better security, a flexible USB port, a cross-platform app for commission and checkout, as well as Computrols new WireCheck feature. WireCheck electrically probes all screw terminal connections before initiating control, avoiding costly mistakes during installation. And of course, the LX comes with Computrols’ industry-leading lifetime warranty that its’ clients have come to expect. Continue reading Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller

 

Understanding Software Point Types

Point TypesWhen you add a software point to a controller, you have to choose from a long list of point types.

In this list, some of the more obvious point types are not shown because the list is scrolled to the bottom. Here’s a brief explanation of the point types on the list.

Analog Types

Analog Output: Some of the most obvious point types are Analog Output (Setpoint) or (Reset Schedule), which are actually the same point type. Continue reading Understanding Software Point Types

 

Successful CBAS Training and Another On The Way

Computrols’ Strategic Partnerships Manager, Mike Clayton, recently lead our second CBAS Level I training of the year for Computrols’ customers and distribution partners. Participants received basic training on Computrols Building Automation Software including a thorough review of the various modes, database structure, navigation, and reporting capabilities. CBAS Training Clayton also brought in Computrols hardware for his trainees to get some hands-on experience with controllers. At the end of the course, the attendees all participated in a competition in which they were all given issues to solve in a live system.

Assistant Director of Facilities at National University, Robert Witherspoon, attended the training and said, “I found the training very beneficial.” Witherspoon continued, Continue reading Successful CBAS Training and Another On The Way

 

3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation

Generally speaking, we see technology trends progress at a much faster rate in consumer products like cell phones and televisions than we do in the building automation industry. This is mostly because the building automation industry is slow to adapt to new technology, wanting to see it proven in other fields before implementing it in large-scale commercial applications. Here are a few technology trends that we see in your daily lives that we are starting to see or will soon see in building automation. Continue reading 3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation

 

Building Automation Technology Update: Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors

You may not know this, but Computrols headquarters is frequently used as a testbed by its research and development team. In fact, right now there are about 40 wireless temperature and humidity sensors hanging from the ceiling of our manufacturing facility and office area. (pictured below)

Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors Continue reading Building Automation Technology Update: Wireless Temperature & Humidity Sensors

 

Static Pressure Control and VAV Operation

Andrew BuchananStatic pressure is a key ingredient in a successful Variable Air Volume (VAV) system. It ensures that air flow will be available to enable the VAVs in a system to achieve their designed Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) at maximum demand. Simply put, the push of the air must be greater than the resistance to the flow or no air will circulate through the ducts. Typically the setpoint for static pressure is determined through the course of the testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) at the end of a job. Continue reading Static Pressure Control and VAV Operation

 

Computrols at the Podium

Over these past few months, Computrols’ experts have presented at multiple industry conferences around the country.

Drew at LSFMAComputrols Vice President of Operations, Drew Mire, presented to the Louisiana School Facility Managers Association (LSFMA) at the their fall conference on October 20th. The LSFMA is made up of facility managers from K-12 schools throughout the state of Louisiana. The aim of the organization is to give their members an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and learn about what they can do to better their campuses. Continue reading Computrols at the Podium

 

Custom LED Controls Shed New Light on The Future of Office Illumination

A set of custom-made, surface-mounted LED lights have recently been installed in Computrols’ new manufacturing facility in Gretna, LA. At first glance, these lights seem more or less ordinary, but below the surface lies massive potential – the ability to learn. While the concept of adaptive lighting is not exactly revolutionary, the efficiency in which it is employed is rapidly advancing. Continue reading Custom LED Controls Shed New Light on The Future of Office Illumination

 

Computrols in the News: Looking Beyond Basic BAS

“For decades, building owners and managers have relied on building automation systems (BAS) to control HVAC systems, lighting, etc., in order to keep occupants comfortable and reduce energy consumption. Today’s BAS can do so much more. They collect massive amounts of data as well as offer energy procurement and management, monitor equipment remotely, control performance, and more.” Read the full article at achrnews.com