2016 Distribution Partner of the Year:
Williams Mechanical

Computrols is proud to announce Williams Mechanical of Jonesboro, Arkansas as its 2016 Distribution Partner of the Year. Williams Mechanical installs and services HVAC equipment, building automation controls, and fire alarm systems. The growing company opened a new office in Little Rock this past year and has been partnered with Computrols for 9 years with no end in sight. Continue reading 2016 Distribution Partner of the Year:
Williams Mechanical

 

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

 

CBAS Training This Month

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

 

AHU Supply Temp Sets the Stage

Andrew BuchananIn 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

 

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

 

Building Automation System Project: Miami Tower

Miami TowerOur 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 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 Brings Building Automation Tech to NFMT

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 Demo KitComputrols’ 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