Computrols to Exhibit at MSCA19

On Monday, October 14th, Computrols will be exhibiting at the MSCA19 Conference put on by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America. The conference will be held at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado and feature three full days of educational sessions, an exhibitor trade show, and a number of optional activities for attendees.

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The Mechanical Contractors Guide to Starting A Controls Division: Webinar

Adding HVAC controls to the repertoire seems like a natural evolution for many mechanical contractors but in reality, most are not well-prepared for the additional challenges that come along with supporting this new line of business. To successfully add controls to your offering, you have to be willing to push your service team beyond what they are currently doing, add at least one employee that is solely dedicated to controls, and push your salespeople to sell a new product that they are unfamiliar with. Join us on Thursday, November 7 at 12pm CT as we share a blueprint on how mechanical contractors can address these challenges and more to successfully start a controls division.

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TCO Checklist for Building Automation Systems

As property management professionals start looking at not only the first cost but also the total cost of owning and operating their assets, the question lies, “how does one assess the total cost of selecting a particular product or service partner?” Depending on the piece of equipment or particular service, calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) may be simple, but with technology as complex as building automation systems (BAS), there is an abundance of factors to consider. Below, we have put together a comprehensive checklist of potential expenses associated with the operation of a BAS over 5 to 10 years. For more information on this topic, you can also download our Ebook or view our webinar on Understanding the Life Cycle Cost of a Building Automation System.

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George’s CBAS Tips, August 2019

New BACnet Settings Editor

In July of 2018, I wrote an article about The Importance of Probe in BACnet. As a quick recap, when you probe a BACnet Controller in CBAS, the resulting probe file allows points to be imported into the database easily with minimum manual data input. Probing also automatically sets some of the BACnet services that the controller supports, like Read Property Multiple and COV (Change of Value). These are two services that can make BACnet communications more efficient.

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George’s CBAS Tips, July 2019

CBAS Graphical Workstations (GW) Explained

CBAS software can be started in several different modes, one of which is GW Mode, also known as Graphical Workstation Mode.

On the DPU, also known as the Automation Server or Front End PC, CBAS software runs the database for the building in Real Mode and communicates in real-time to each of the controllers at the site.  Additional PC’s on the network can run CBAS in GW Mode and connect to the DPU, allowing for several users to simultaneously work with a database.

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