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George’s CBAS Tips, March 2022

Summaries Feature in the Text View Menu – Part 1

Last month I wrote about Logical Groups, a feature that resides on the Text View Menu. This month I will continue with the Text View Menu and talk about the first few “Summaries”, which can make things easier for you to see if everything in your building is operating as expected. Click Text View and you will see the menu.

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George’s CBAS Tips, February 2022

The Benefits of Logical Group Programming

Many people rely on Graphics View to see what is going on in their building. In addition to setting up graphic views, CBAS also has the ability to create logical groups and user-defined groups to display all of the points relating to each part of a building in a clean, organized format. It’s easy to create new groups and edit existing groups to get the information you need when you need it.

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George’s CBAS Tips, January 2022

Priority Summary and Automation

Automation is the purpose of Computrols Building Automation System (CBAS). It’s there to make sure that on a daily basis you don’t have to be deciding what pieces of equipment should be running and when. This includes the VAV’S, AHU’s Chillers, Boilers, and Pumps that are often automated within a Building Automation System. Automation uses Schedules, Logic and PIDS to achieve this goal by looking at conditions and commanding Outputs to keep the equipment running when it needs to. The “priority” column shows how the point has been commanded. 

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Computrols adds BTL Listing and Protocol Routing to LX Controller

Building automation system manufacturer Computrols has added a BTL Certification and the ability to route proprietary protocols as BACnet IP points as add-on options to an already feature-rich LX Controller.

The LX Controller has been one of the most dynamic and robust pieces of hardware in the building automation industry for the last 4 years. Boasting an unprecedented lifetime warranty, the LX provides installers and users supreme flexibility with its software-programmable universal I/O and unique two-piece board design. This parent-level controller supports state-of-the-art TLS (Transport Layer Security) and a variety of both open and proprietary communication protocols.

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George’s CBAS Tips, July 2021

How to Set Up Email Alarms in CBAS 20

Setting up Email Alarms couldn’t be any easier in CBAS20. All you have to do is set up the Alarm on a point, check the Acknowledge box, and select Contacts. There is no acquiring an email account or setting up a program to send the email. Let me explain how this all important feature has evolved over the years.

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George’s CBAS Tips, May 2021

Using Templates in CBAS 20

Let’s say you are programming a new Computrols system and the AHUs or VAVs are the same or similar to the ones in another building you had already programmed and installed. Perhaps you are doing a remodel in the same building of a floor and the VAV boxes are the same configuration as another floor. Whether the controllers are our protocol, BASNet, or a third-party protocol like OPTO, BACnet, or Modbus, CBAS has a solution to make this easy for you.

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George’s CBAS Tips, March 2021

How to use Group Reports in CBAS 20

It’s not a Trend Report, but a Group Report

About two years ago I spent three months of articles explaining the many Reports that are available in CBAS. Recently I was asked what kind of Report was available in CBAS to meet certain requirements of management analyzing the efficiency of the system:

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