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.