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
This June we will be conducting our second CBAS Level I Training session of the year. The training will be held June 27-29 just outside of New Orleans, LA, home of Computrols corporate headquarters.
The training will be conducted by our Strategic Partnerships Manager, Mike Clayton, with assistance from Technical Support Manager, George Hingle, and others. Clayton and Hingle have both been with Computrols for 15+ years and bring a multitude of experience and insights to the training. Continue reading CBAS Training This Month
In my last article, I discussed static pressure control and variable air volume (VAV) systems. I mentioned that by modulating the leaving air temp from an air handling unit (AHU) we can promote energy efficiency while also having an effect on static pressure. This time, we’ll look into how AHU supply temp sets the stage for efficient VAV operations.
Typically, VAVs are equipped with a means of reheating the supply air provided by the corresponding AHU. Continue reading AHU Supply Temp Sets the Stage
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)
Our team is thrilled to announce that Computrols was recently awarded a project that will include integrating to the existing building automation system and installing a new fireman’s override panel at Miami Tower.
Miami Tower is one of the most prestigious buildings in Miami’s central business district, standing 37 stories tall, situated on top of 10 stories of parking and ground-level retail space. Continue reading Building Automation System Project: Miami Tower
Static 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
This past March, Computrols participated in the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Conference/Exposition as both an exhibitor and a speaker. The conference included 125 comprehensive conference sessions along with an extensive trade show floor featuring over 600 vendors offering anything and everything related to facility management.
Computrols’ Bob Hand, Drew Mire, and Scott Holstein manned the trade show booth, showing off Computrols new expo kit. The kit provided attendees with a quick look into the simplicity and in-depth analytics highlighted in Computrols Building Automation Software (CBAS). The mini-system included an 8X Controller, a thermostat, a temperature/humidity sensor, variable speed fan and actuator.
The team also brought a little bit of New Orleans flair to the booth, giving out Computrols Mardi Gras beads. The beads were a big hit amongst attendees and could be found dangling from the necks of those in the Mardi Gras spirit. Continue reading Computrols Brings Building Automation Tech to NFMT
Nine participants, including Computrols’ customers and distribution partners, took part in a three-day training program outlining the basics of Computrols Building Automation Software (CBAS). The training sessions were guided by Director of Research & Development and the original creator of CBAS, Mike Donlon.
The training began Tuesday, March 14 with a high-level overview of the software. Some of the topics covered in the morning session were views (text, hardware, and graphics), point command and program screen, schedules, and control loops. In the afternoon, the group jumped into some hands-on exercises in which they did basic programming such as adding controllers and points. Technical Support Manager, George Hingle, joined the class to assist with this portion of the training. Continue reading Dealers and Customers Participate in Computrols Level I CBAS Training
You always hear about how hard work will eventually pay off, but in the case of Computrols CEO, Drew Mire, it really did.
Mire started his career at Computrols eight years ago as an Electrical Helper. His duties included running wire, bending conduit, wiring VAV boxes, among a number of other tasks given to him by senior level technicians. During this time, he was also pursuing his degree from the University of New Orleans with a full-time course load. Continue reading From Electrical Helper to CEO
Recently, FacilitiesNet published the article titled “7 Tips For Selecting a Building Automation System.” The piece walks readers through considerations that they should take into account when replacing their current BAS, including how facility managers will interact with the system. We found the article to be helpful and related to our own recommendations. Below, we have addressed each of their recommendations from Computrols’ perspective.
1. People are more important than technology. Buy-in from the operating engineers is crucial to a successful upgrade. It’s important to involve operating engineers in the selection, design, and installation of the new BAS. Ideally, bringing the engineer to visit buildings with the prospective BAS installed will allow them to demo it first hand, without the manufacturer or installation contractor present. Continue reading 7 Tips for Selecting a Building Automation System