Pre-Built applications make it easy to utilize a Contemporary Controls‘ BASC22 BACnet/IP Sedona Unitary controller in constant volume air-handling (AHU) or constant volume rooftop unit (RTU) applications. Although the BASC22 is a 22-point freely-programmable controller using Sedona as the control language, it can be made into a configurable controller by installing one of five versions [Read more…]
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Free BAScontrol Toolset Now Includes the BASemulator
Contemporary Controls has just released its BASemulator which replicates on a PC the operation of the company’s BAScontrol series of open unitary controllers, thereby allowing sequence of operation (SOO) verification without having the actual controller. Using a PC, specifying engineers can now view the same program that will be used on the job to verify that it meets the engineer’s intended sequence of operation. For a contractor, programs can be developed, configured and then saved on a PC for eventual downloading to the intended controller at the job site.
The BAScontrol series of BACnet/IP unitary controllers are built on the Sedona Framework™. Sedona is an open-source technology that facilitates component-oriented programming where components are assembled onto a wire sheet, configured and interconnected, to create applications. The BASemulator is free and joins the other free Sedona tools such as the Sedona Application Editor (SAE) which allows for Sedona programming, and BASbackup which will save and restore all BAScontrol configuration and programming files as a project. Contemporary Controls believes that an open controller requires tools available to all without restriction.
Although the BAScontrol series is freely-programmable using Sedona, Contemporary Controls worked with system integrators to create application packages for common HVAC sequences used for RTUs and AHUs. Included in the packages are a system schematic, sequence of operation, points list and the actual Sedona program along with a pre-configured BACnet points file for loading into an actual controller or emulator. Using SAE, the program can be modified for the required sequence and saved using BASbackup.
The BASemulator faithfully mimics the operation of the actual controller including its web pages. It can even be “discovered” by a BACnet client on the same network as the attached PC. Although there are no physical connections to inputs and outputs, inputs can be “forced” via the configuration web pages and BACnet client commands are honored. It is the next best thing to a real controller.
The BASemulator is part of the BAScontrol Toolset, which also includes the Sedona Application Editor (SAE) and BASbackup – the BAScontrol Project Utility. Provided free of charge, these tools simplify controller programming and project archiving. All three programs are available as a single install sharing a common Sedona bundle of kits and components. Along with a common web browser, the toolset is all that is needed to commission a BAScontroller.
Go to the BAScontrol Toolset product page and login or create an account.
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BAScontrol Project Management Simplified with BASbackup
The popularContemporary Controls BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT) has several new features available for download.
For those unfamiliar, BDT is a free BACnet/IP application for Windows that is easy to install and use. The vendor-neutral tool is instrumental as a means of discovering and verifying communication with MS/TP devices that are being accessed through BACnet/IP routers such as the BASrouter or the BASrouterLX. To prove our routers operate with different equipment configurations, we here at Contemporary Controls use BDT with equipment from various BACnet vendors.
This latest version of our BACnet Discovery Tool, 2.13, has several new features. Some of these new features are specific to our line of Cube I/O BACnet Modules, but can be used on other BACnet devices which support the functionality. This release provides an enhanced BACnet software tool for device discovery and configuration.
BDT 2.13.01 Release notes:
Added ability to write to Object Name property
Added ability to write to Object Id property
Added ability to view the Priority Array of an object
Added ability to write to the Relinquish Default value in the Priority Array of an object
Added ability to view the Max Master Device Object Property
Visual improvements to the Discovered Devices list
If you are already using BDT, you should have received an email with a link to the download. If you are a new user, go to the BDT product page to register for this free download.
Catch all the excitement as Smart Building Controls Powerhouses Contemporary Controls and Functional Devices are Awarded the Peripheral Product of The Year. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969.
April 2017 – For colleges and training centers interested in providing Direct Digital Control (DDC) system training, Contemporary Controls recommends using the BAScontrol22 unitary controller and the free Sedona Application Editor (SAE). The BAScontrol22 is an ideal controller for training technicians on programming DDCs and use of unitary building automation controllers.
The BAScontrol22 provides eight universal inputs, four binary inputs, four analog outputs and six binary outputs (relay) which can be used for most unitary control applications. The BAScontrol22 has two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections which provide a simple connection to most PCs or a simple connection to a Wi-Fi network through a commonly available access point or Wi-Fi bridge. By having two Ethernet connections, one can be used for the student’s PC and one can connect to an Ethernet switch which interconnects all of the BAScontrol22 units in the classroom. Switches can be cascaded to support more BAScontrol22 units. This would also allow the teacher’s PC to communicate to all of the BAScontrol22 units for assistance and examination purposes.
Each port of the BAScontrol22 has an LED to indicate its current status. This can be helpful in providing feedback to the student regarding the current behavior of the unit.
The BAScontrol22 is configured via a simple password protected webpage which can operate with any standard browser. This allows the selection of the universal input types, such as 0-10V measurements, thermistor connections for temperature measurement, resistance measurements, contact closure or pulse inputs. The BAScontrol22 inputs and outputs can also be monitored and overridden via the webpage.
For control the BAScontrol22 utilizes Sedona, a simple open source drag and drop programming language developed by Tridium, one of the leading vendors of building automation supervisors. Contemporary Controls provides a free editor for developing Sedona programs called the Sedona Application Editor (SAE).
When using SAE the student will drag and drop components onto the screen and immediately see their effect. This “live” aspect of Sedona makes it one of the simplest to use languages for programming unitary controllers.
Components are interconnected to create a control program and SAE will immediately show the result of the connections. There are over 100 types of components which can be used to create simple or complex control applications.
Contemporary Controls also offers a free Sedona simulator which allows the student to practice his Sedona programming without the need of a controller. The simulator acts as the BAScontrol22 and runs on his PC. SAE can run on the same PC and allows the student to create and test their Sedona applications outside of the classroom.
Contemporary Controls also offers a free tool for backing up the settings and Sedona application developed by the student into one zip file. This is the BASbackup application. This application can store the BAScontrol22 configuration and Sedona application which can be used for the student to backup their work or to hand in their assignment to the teacher.
The BAScontrol22 also communicates to head-end or building automation supervisors via BACnet. This ASHRAE standard is one of the most popular protocols for communications between controllers and supervisors.
The BAScontrol22 provides 24 virtual objects which the BACnet supervisor can write to control set points in the BAScontrol22 or read to learn the status of the BAScontrol22. All of the 22 channels of the BAScontrol22 can also be controlled or read from the BACnet supervisor.
The Contemporary Controls EISK8-100T can be used to interconnect the BAScontrol22 units in the classroom. It is DIN rail mountable and 24VAC powered for simple installation and mounting in a standard building automation enclosure. This also represents what is commonly used in the field. The EISK8 units can be cascaded to interconnect all of the BAScontrol22 units in the classroom along with the instructor’s PC.
Download “Building Automation Training with BAScontrol22” (PDF) to learn more.
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Learn More About the Sedona Alliance
Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – The Sedona Alliance, which represents the interests of developers and users of an open control language technology called Sedona Framework, has launched a website at www.sedona-alliance.org.
Developed by Tridium Inc., Sedona Framework is a software environment designed to make it easy to build smart, networked, embedded devices which are well suited for implementing control applications. The Sedona language is a component-oriented programming language similar to Java or C#. By utilizing this language, developers can create custom components which can then be used by system integrators to create applications that run on a Sedona device.
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Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” in addition to winning “Peripheral Product of the Year” and the “Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer”. Thank you to all that participated in the ControlTrends Awards and voted for us.
“The CTA Award for Vendor of the Year is a valued recognition of the quality of our products by the people who really matter – the system integrators who are depending on our products to get the job done,” said George Thomas, President of Contemporary Controls. “It is also a recognition of the efforts of our employees who design, produce and support these products.”
We shared the “Peripheral Product of the Year” award with our friends at Functional Devices. Our BASrouter has been a popular peripheral product for several years now and we’re excited to be unveiling several new security features for the BASrouter this year. “The BAS Router is extremely popular because it provides a low-cost solution for attaching a BACnet/IP network to BACnet MS/TP without the expense of installing a building controller,” said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager of Contemporary Controls.
The BAS Router provides stand-alone routing between BACnet networks such as BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, and BACnet MS/TP – thereby allowing the system integrator to mix BACnet network technologies within a single BACnet internetwork. Stay tuned for more news about the upgrades we have planned for the BASrouter.
“We’re also very proud of the recognition of our technical support team. We work hard to support our customers not just in their buying decisions, but in implementation and trouble-shooting in the field. We really believe that our customers success is our success,” said George Thomas.
The ControlTrends Awards were created in June 2012 by Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers as a way to recognize innovations and achievements in the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry. Contemporary Controls is grateful for the continued support and effort Ken and Eric have invested in this community-building event.
About Contemporary Controls
For more than 40 years, Contemporary Controls has been designing and manufacturing the system building blocks used to automate buildings, machines and processes. Our BASautomation BACnet routers link IP networks to BACnet MS/TP. Gateways adapt other protocols such as Modbus to BACnet. BACnet/IP controllers — Powered by Sedona Framework or Niagara Framework — do the work. Once on Ethernet, our CTRLink family — with its collection of managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches, media converters, wired and wireless IP routers — can complete the connectivity process. Contemporary Controls has manufacturing locations in the United States and China, and additional support offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.
For more information, visit www.ccontrols.com, call 630-963-7070 or email email@example.com.
BACnet MS/TP Trouble-Shooting Simplified with Innovative Product Integration from Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks. Vancouver, BC, January 17, 2017 – BACnet MS/TP trouble-shooting can now be done remotely on demand or via scheduled analysis thanks to a one-of-a kind product integration from Chicago-based Contemporary Controls and Vancouver-based Optigo Networks. Using Contemporary Controls’ popular BASrouterLX to capture MS/TP traffic and Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet for analysis, technicians will no longer need to be on-site to diagnose MS/TP issues.
Recent technological developments have made diagnosing IP network issues easier, but until this collaboration, trouble-shooting MS/TP network issues has been hands-on and time consuming. When an MS/TP network breaks down, the technician has to put on his boots, drive to the site, set up a USB dongle and capture traffic right on-site. The product integration between Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks changes that. Using a Contemporary Controls’ BASrouterLX, MS/TP traffic is captured and sent to Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet. The MS/TP data can be captured via remote monitoring, or the capture can be scheduled at a specific time each day and then sent to VisualBACnet.com for analysis.
“Trouble-shooting BACnet MS/TP issues has always been a challenge,” said Harpartap Parmar, Senior Product Manager at Contemporary Controls. “By teaming with Optigo to use the MS/TP traffic for analysis, technicians can quickly respond to a customer’s problem without needing to be on-site.”
The BASrouterLX by Contemporary Controls is a high-performance BACnet router providing stand-alone routing between BACnet networks such as BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, and BACnet MS/TP. Besides its high-speed processor, it has advanced features such as auto-discovery of MS/TP slaves, MS/TP frame capture and storage for use with Wireshark®. Up to 50 BBMD entries can be made. With the Optigo integration, MS/TP frame capture can be sent to Visual BACnet for analysis.
Visual BACnet by Optigo Networks is a powerful BACnet health analysis and monitoring software. It allows users to concretely measure the health of their networks, and quickly diagnose problems to reduce troubleshooting and downtime. Users can look at their network’s health score, drill down to pinpoint problems, and create baseline reports to compare network changes over time.
“We look forward to fully launching this integration with Contemporary Controls in the coming months,” said Dan Ronald, VP Product Management at Optigo. “This partnership is a big step towards fulfilling our vision of monitoring sites in real-time, allowing an increase in the overall up-time of Building Automation Systems.” Existing BASrouterLX users interested in the new features will be able to install the software upgrade via the BASrouterLX webpage.
Learn more about this new collaboration in Optigo’s upcoming webinar Introducing Contemporary Controls Integration, January 25, featuring Dan Ronald and Harpartap Parmar from Contemporary Controls. The product will also be showcased at the AHR Expo January 30- February 1 at Booth C861 and C1458. Look forward to more announcements and releases.
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About Contemporary Controls: Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Our products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, CAN, Modbus®, Niagara Framework® and Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries. Our customers are systems integrators, contractors and mechanical and controls OEMs seeking simple and reliable networking and control products from a dependable source. With headquarters based in the US, we have operations in the UK, Germany and China with self-manufacturing in the US and China. www.ccontrols.com @ContempControls
About Optigo Networks: Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). Optigo uses visualization and anomaly detection to enable explosive growth of IoT in buildings. With its award-winning self-learning software, Optigo analyzes the communications of the thousands of thermostats, key card scanners, cameras and smart lights in commercial buildings. This allows building operators to quickly identify faults in their operational systems and reduce downtime from hours to minutes. Optigo is the first to address the growing complexity of maintaining the thousands of little machines that make our buildings comfortable, efficient and secure. Optigo’s solutions are used every day in a rising number of buildings around the world. www.optigo.net
Thanks to George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls for putting together this eight-part video series “Understanding BACnet.” Contemporary Controls is a leading global manufacturer of system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Contemporary Controls products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, and Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries. Contemporary Controls customers include systems integrators, contractors and mechanical and controls OEMs seeking simple and reliable networking and control products from a dependable source. With headquarters based in the US, they have operations in the UK, Germany and China with self-manufacturing in the US and China.