As property management professionals start looking at not only the first cost but also the total cost of owning and operating their assets, the question lies, “how does one assess the total cost of selecting a particular product or service partner?” Depending on the piece of equipment or particular service, calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) may be simple, but with technology as complex as building automation systems (BAS), there is an abundance of factors to consider. Below, we have put together a comprehensive checklist of potential expenses associated with the operation of a BAS over 5 to 10 years. For more information on this topic, you can also download our Ebook or view our webinar on Understanding the Life Cycle Cost of a Building Automation System.Continue reading TCO Checklist for Building Automation Systems
New BACnet Settings Editor
In July of 2018, I wrote an article about The Importance of Probe in BACnet. As a quick recap, when you probe a BACnet Controller in CBAS, the resulting probe file allows points to be imported into the database easily with minimum manual data input. Probing also automatically sets some of the BACnet services that the controller supports, like Read Property Multiple and COV (Change of Value). These are two services that can make BACnet communications more efficient.Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, August 2019
CBAS Graphical Workstations (GW) Explained
CBAS software can be started in several different modes, one of which is GW Mode, also known as Graphical Workstation Mode.
On the DPU, also known as the Automation Server or Front End PC, CBAS software runs the database for the building in Real Mode and communicates in real-time to each of the controllers at the site. Additional PC’s on the network can run CBAS in GW Mode and connect to the DPU, allowing for several users to simultaneously work with a database. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, July 2019
Building automation manufacturer, Computrols, has added a new authorized distribution partner in Tryg Group of Golden, CO. Tryg Group is now representing Computrols’ product lines across the state of Colorado, with a focus on the Greater Denver Area. Continue reading Computrols + Tryg Group Partner in Colorado
Whenever patriotic holidays like Independence Day come along each year, I feel so much pride in the fact that we design and manufacture our products in the United States of America. This month, we also celebrated “Made In America” Week from July 14th to July 20th. All week, the White House honored those companies making an effort to revitalize the U.S. economy by keeping their workforce on our home soil.Continue reading Why We Design and Manufacture in the U.S.
00:07 Scott: Hi everybody, my name is Scott Holstein with Computrols. I am joined today by Phil Zito on our building technology podcast. Phil is one of the better known names in the building automation industry known for his Building Automation Monthly website. He has tons and tons of awesome information on building automation. It’s basically a resource for videos, podcasts, blogs, you name it, but Phil is the fastest growing provider of online training for building automation. And we’re very excited to have him here today Phil welcome to the podcast.Continue reading Building Technology Podcast – Guest: Phil Zito
In 2018, Computrols CEO, Drew Mire spoke alongside long-time Computrols customer, David Handwork at the Annual APPA Conference in Washington, D.C. The two explained some of the factors that must be considered when assessing the total cost of ownership of a building automation system.Continue reading Computrols to Exhibit at APPA 2019
Traditionally, most CBAS Graphics are generated on the CBAS Server. Did you know that you can edit CBAS graphics on a different computer, then restore only the graphics changes back to the CBAS Server? This requires CBAS version 17 or later.Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, June 2019
Computrols, a leading manufacturer of energy management systems, has recently brought on a new distribution partner in DocAir of Franklin, Tennessee. DocAir will be kicking off the partnership by utilizing Computrols LX Controllers, VAVs, and Computrols Building Automation Software at the new Moxy Hotel. Continue reading Computrols Partners with DocAir