What to do when your building automation system becomes “obsolete”

Computrols VP of Operations, Drew Mire, introduces Computrols, and the building automation industry as a whole, to explain the problem of planned obsolescence.

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.

Automate Newsletter, September 2016This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Automate, the Computrols newsletter.