Contemporary Controls has released a powerful, fully programmable BACnet and Sedona based IP controller – the BASC-20R. This new controller from Contemporary Controls is a real race horse.
The BASC-20R has full graphical programming using the Tridium Niagara Work Bench with Sedona plug-in. It is IP-based for simple high speed deployment and has a built in WEB interface for simple monitoring and adjustment. The BASC-20R is Tridium Sedona-based with full BACnet IP interface. Integrate it using the protocol of your choice.
IP is key if you have a campus or multi-site application. Using the new BASC-20R will open new possibilities for low cost complex IP control at the network edge in diverse locations – bringing down the initial capital expenditure.
From remote gas, water, Kw, oil or BTU metering to complex AHU or chiller / boiler plant control to simple remote time clock replacement for pneumatic facilities to lighting control - IP connectivity is essential. This new BASC-20R makes it all possible in a competitively-priced package.
Purchase the BASC-20R Programmable Controller online or contact CCI to get “plugged in” to this exciting new technology.
Did you know that plug loads use almost 25% of total electricity consumed within office buildings? So, you can imagine the energy savings that are achieved when plug loads are reduced.
We recently read an article about GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program’s evaluation of whether the use of advanced power strips (APS) was an effective way to manage plug loads in eight of its buildings.
The article brought to mind how technology such as the Watt Stopper DLM room management can be leveraged to meet the new energy codes by controlling half of the plug load in the room automatically via a motion sensor.
The Watt Stopper Plug-n-Play DLM product stands out for these many functions and features right out of the box:
- Meets the new energy codes for bi-level switching and plug load control.
- Removes the need for the personal adjustment by the end user (which the GSA article discusses).
- Enables the plug load relay and the local lighting to be BACnet enabled so that the BMS system can monitor the plug load and lighting and take control of it, if needed, via a sub routine such as a Demand Response event to curtail Kw load, or a security issue where house lighting is brought on to assist with video recording and monitoring, etc.
- Enables sharing of that occupancy data with the local HVAC unit and can be used to execute the standby HVAC functionality for further energy savings.
- Adds instant granular measurement and verification and advanced energy usage monitoring via the BMS since the Watt Stopper product can report the wattage and amperage from the lighting load and plug load on a room by room basis.
We have so many things that we can do when we marry these energy efficiency technologies with a powerful BMS solution such as Niagara or simply via a two wire dry contact input to the local HVAC unit.
If you are a control contractor looking for ways you can introduce cutting edge energy efficiency solutions, contact CCI to learn more.
We’re working on planning a number of programs in response to our customers’ requests for more trainings and networking events. We have already planned some great programs for the next few months like next week’s session on Small Business Energy Efficiency Programs (if you haven’t signed up to attend, yet – there’s still time!).
This week we added two Belimo 101 classes to our 2014 Training Schedule!
Belimo 101 is an introductory training on Belimo air damper actuators and control valves. This one day training includes:
- a hands-on mounting and wiring lab,
- a primer on how to size air damper actuators and control valves, and
- troubleshooting tips and advice.
Belimo 101 will be held at CCI on June 26 and October 16, 2014.
Visit our Training Schedule to read the full course description and to register. When you’re there, make sure you check out our other events and trainings.
CCI is hiring!
We are currently seeking candidates for a Counter Sales position here at CCI in Weymouth, MA.
- Do you have HVAC or Controls experience?
- Would you like to provide friendly in-person and phone support and sales assistance to customers?
- Are you located in or near the South Shore?
View the full job description here and submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position.
Are you a Building Management Systems (BMS) solutions provider? If you are, we strongly recommend you attend CCI’s upcoming IP and BACnet Networking 101 Training.
Bennet Levine from Contemporary Controls will be teaching the basics of IP networking and BACnet systems such as:
- Contemporary Controls products line up and overview
- LAN wiring topologies
- IP networking gear for today BMS systems
- Typical network layer pieces and parts such as the parts of the IP address, Subnet
- Mask, Default Gateway and DNS server.
- Typical network trouble shooting and test tools and techniques.
BACnet topics he will cover include:
- BACnet protocol overview, the BACnet object model and typical BACnet network requests/response, Read Property, Write Property, COV Subscriptions etc.
- Physical BACnet network topologies.
- BACnet networking gear for today BMS systems.
- Typical network layer pieces and parts such as the Device Instance, MAC address, Network Number.
- Typical network trouble shooting and test tools and techniques.
Date: May 14-15, 2014 (2 days)
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
CCI is currently accepting registrations for EasyIO Certification Training.
Mike Marston and HoonChiat Lim from EasyIO/Infocon will be at CCI in March to teach two full days on EasyIO. The course will cover:
- EasyIO FG Series
- FG controller setup, including jumper setting CPT usage
- Engineering using CPT and FG
- Creating Graphics; FG HTML 5 Graphics
- Backup and Restore
- Setup Modbus and Bacnet driver
- Setup Apptools Sedona Programming
- Built in SQL, Database Usage, http request and Web Services
- FG BACnet, IP Client/Server and mstp: Client/Server
- FG Medbus, IP Client/Server and RTU: Client/Server
- Example HVAC APPS
The EasyIO Certification course is hands-on learning, so you’ll need to bring a laptop. You will receive an FG Controller and Power Supply (included in the course fee). If you have an FG controller and Power Supply, please bring them to class (course fee will be reduced if you bring your own FG).
Date: March 20-21, 2014 (2 days)
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Fee: $1000 with FG/Power Supply ($700 if you bring your own FG)
Basic I/O for proper operation of a fan drive.
We have seen a big increase in the use of Variable Frequency Drives in commercial buildings to save energy, and we are thrilled about the ways they can be linked to building automation systems.
Engineered Systems has written an excellent overview of the basics of VFD control over serial communications in their article VFD Serial Communications: Which Points Should I Use And Why? The article also addresses how data mining the information transmitted between the VFD and the Building Automation System offers both enhanced:
- energy savings opportunities and
- energy management strategies.
An interesting topic in this article is that LEEDs points can be used for monitoring the Kwh via communications from a VFD. Link that VFD point to a CCI dashboard and - PRESTO- instant dashboard measurement and verification of the VFD and LEEDs points!
Take a look at the article, and let us know what you think about this exciting opportunity for using VFDs. If you are looking to purchase a VFD or looking for more information about dashboards, contact us.