This October, Computrols will begin broadcasting its very own podcast covering technology we find in today’s “smart buildings.” The conversations will expand far beyond just building automation as we aim to keep our listeners informed on all things digital in facilities management. The episodes will last approximately 30 minutes and will primarily be hosted by Scott Holstein, Compturols’ Marketing Manager. We’ll invite third-party and in-house subject matter experts to share their expertise and bring a new perspectives. If you have topic suggestions or would like to be featured on our podcast, please email us at email@example.com.
On March 21, 2018, Computrols Director of Research and Development, Mike Donlon, presented on the topic of “Optimal Virtual Metering In Building Automation” at the Globalcon Conference in Boston, MA. The below information is a transcribed excerpt from his session.
With building automation technology advancing at an unprecedented pace, most industry professionals would probably identify the Internet of Things, wireless sensors, analytics, open source tagging, or BACnet as the greatest thing to happen to building automation in recent years. The piece of the BAS puzzle that is most frequently overlooked though is the facility manager. Now, not every facility manager falls into this category. In fact, it’s likely that less than half of those who hold this title are truly an asset to their facility’s building automation system. We call these select individuals “self performers,” and they are the greatest thing to ever happen to building automation. Continue reading The Greatest Thing to Ever Happen to 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→
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.
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.
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→
Over these past few months, Computrols’ experts have presented at multiple industry conferences around the country.
Computrols 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→
“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
Many building automation manufacturers utilize the approach of product churning and planned obsolescence to force their customer to “upgrade” to their next generation of products every 10 years or so. They go as far as to stop manufacturing and supporting any of their older products. On top of that, their new products are not compatible with legacy products. This is a concept we see in our daily lives in cell phones, Windows operating systems, and even home appliances.
In this case, building managers are forced to do one of two things: 1. Upgrade their entire system, spending tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars or 2. Try to buy the manufacturers legacy controllers on third party sites such as Ebay.
What these building managers do not realize is there is a third option: CALL COMPUTROLS. Computrols has been interfacing to competitors’ systems for over 30 years.
Do you have a legacy building automation system that the manufacturer no longer supports? Computrols’ integration solutions leverage the existing infrastructure while providing a simple-to-operate user interface. More times than not, this enables the operating staff to eliminate large maintenance contracts.
Is your controls manufacturer telling you that you need to upgrade your system? Don’t do it without calling Computrols first. We have countless examples of building managers that were in the same situation who saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through Computrols’ integration solutions.
Once your Computrols integration is in place, your third-party field controllers are bound to fail at some point. Rather than searching for replacements, we’ll replace them with Computrols’ lifetime warranty controllers.
Stop letting the big name building automation providers push you around. Computrols will work with you as a partner, not just a customer. Call 504-529-1413.
This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Automate, the Computrols newsletter.