Contemporary Control’s George Thomas, founder and president shows us what is up with the cool products he and his team make for the systems integrators across the globe. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating, and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are critical. Contemporary Controls’ products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network (CAN), Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries.
George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls have developed one of the most powerful, open Building Automation Systems available in the BAS world — and with its continued investments in next-gen production, technical support, and marketing collateral, Contemporary Controls will keep growing its North American and global markets. New Production Machines, Enhanced Application Development and Compatibility Tools, as well as a thoroughly Refreshed and Redesigned Website, make Contemporary Controls a very attractive partner and a serious contender for your next integration project!
Sedona Application Editor Tool Available: Contemporary Controls has developed the Sedona Application Editor (SAE) which allows graphical development of control applications for Sedona devices like Contemporary Controls’ BAScontrol20, 22 and BASremote. Read more!
New BASautomation Brochure Now Available. Visualize, Integrate, Control, and Communicate. Read more!
New Production Machines Mean Faster Production, Increased Precision and Efficiency. To enhance production, Contemporary Controls purchased two new surface-mount technology manufacturing machines, a Panasonic AM100 placement machine and Panasonic SPP screen-printing machine. Read more!
Redesigned Website Benefits Your Customers. Our new website offers a smarter choice for your customers to instantly get product support material from the field. The redesign is more mobile-friendly and accommodates the use of tablets and smart phones to navigate the website. Read more!
Enhance Your JACE Highlighted at Niagara Summit. It was great to see our distributors at the recent Niagara Summit Conference. If you did not have an opportunity to stop by and see how your customers can benefit by using our products to enhance JACE performance let them know. Read more!
28-Port Managed Fiber Switch Receives UL 864 Recognition. We have added a high port-count managed fiber Ethernet switch to its portfolio of UL 864 Recognized Component Ethernet switches. The EIRX series of managed Ethernet switches are intended for campus installations attaching to EIS6 and EIS8 edge switches. These three switch series meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 864 Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems 9th Edition. All new fire alarm and smoke control systems being installed claiming UL 864 compliance must comply with this latest edition. Read more!
We’re looking forward to Tridium’s Niagara Summit, May 15-17 in New Orleans. The Summit provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate how our BASautomation products can enhance Niagara performance by off-loading MS/TP traffic handling from JACE controllers, by providing pre-defined Modbus device profiles to speed up commissioning, and by providing seamless connectivity to Sedona BACnet/IP field controllers using Workbench or our Sedona Application Editor for programming.
“We have several different products that can enhance the performance of a JACE,” said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager. “Our BASrouterLX can offload MS/TP traffic from your JACE and let you regain CPU for other activities. Or, you can offload your JACE’s Modbus traffic by using the BASgatewayLX to convert Modbus to BACnet/IP with our pre-built profiles. We have more than 100 profiles already created and continue to add to our profiles library.”
Contemporary Controls has produced three videos to help you better understand the functionality of SAE. The SAE allows for graphical development of control applications for Sedona devices such as Contemporary Controls’ BAScontrol20, 22 and BASremote, along with Sedona devices from other manufacturers. SAE is available free for download from Contemporary Controls’ website. Included with the download is a Sedona Virtual Machine (SVM) that runs on your PC. This is a Sedona simulator that can be used to experience the simplicity of developing Sedona applications with SAE without first needing to purchase a Sedona controller.
A Sedona device is defined as having a Sedona Virtual Machine (SVM) of which Contemporary Controls has developed a series of BACnet/IP Sedona Unitary Controllers in its BAScontrol and BASremote series. These freely-programmable controllers can now be programmed with SAE instead of Niagara Workbench. Those with experience with Niagara Framework will have no problem understanding Sedona Framework. For those without Niagara experience, the graphical representation of components linked on a wire sheet to create applications is easy to understand with minimum training. SAE has less complexity than Workbench, which makes Sedona editing easier to use. SAE also provides features that improve upon the Sedona application editing when compared to Workbench such as properties window, component search feature, and extensive online help that also explains each of the standard Sedona components. Contemporary Controls’ Sedona Application Editor (SAE) is user –friendly and a smarter choice as a Sedona tool.
Sedona Application Editor Introduction – Part 1
This video introduces the Sedona Application Editor that allows graphical development of control applications for Sedona devices like Contemporary Controls’ BAScontrol20, 22 and BASremote. The video also covers how to use the SVM.
Sedona Application Editor – Part 2: Variable Types
This video introduces users to the different variable types in the Sedona Application Editor (Boolean, Float, Integer and Long) and how to connect variable components together.
Sedona Application Editor – Part 3: Logic Kit
This video introduces users to the different components located within the Logic Kit in the Sedona Application Editor (And2, And4, ASW, B2P, etc.) and how they work with other components.
About Contemporary Controls: Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your building automation project. With over 40 years of global networking experience, worldwide locations, and a reputation for technical support, Contemporary Controls has the expertise required to make your next building automation project successful. For more information, visit www.ccontrols.com, call 630-963-7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2016 – Contemporary Controls is pleased to announce the release of the latest iteration of its BACnet Discovery Tool, commonly referred to as BDT. For those unfamiliar, BDT is a free BACnet/IP application for Windows that is easy to install and use. The 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.
The latest iteration of the tool, BDT 2.10, comes with a plethora of new abilities including being able to write the device instance and device object name for a variety of BACnet devices. BDT is also now able to support 64-bit Integer Values as well as Large Analog Values. Another new ability that BDT boasts is the capability to save the discovered devices to a text file. Users are able to do this by simply clicking on the “save to devices” button. Once the button is clicked, a text file will be generated with all of the information shown in the program. Bennet Levine, R&D Manager at Contemporary Controls, stated the latest iteration of BDT will not only help make the product more useful for current users but make it more intriguing to potential users as well.
Contemporary Controls offers an amazing portfolio of automation products and solutions. With a team of experts led by George Thomas, Contemporary Controls continues to be your ideal partner for applying network technology to building automation projects using open standards. Contemporary Controls thanks you for being business partners and reminds you to vote for them in these ControlTrends Awards categories:
Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year — BAScontrol20
Peripheral Product of the Year
Best Technical Support Company — Small Manufacturer
ControlTrends Vendor of Year — Small Manufacturer
Thanks to George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls for putting together this eight part video series ” Understanding BACnet”.
Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Their 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.
Contemporary Controls are nominated for several 2015 ControlTrends Awards, so if you like what you see click here and consider voting for Contemporary Controls or your favorite Industry Superstar.
What is BACnet? Why is it important to controlling Smart Buildings? To get a simple to understand answer we turned to George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes. Their 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.
In this very informative video you will learn, among other things, that BACnet is a communications protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. One of its primary appeals is that it provides “interoperability” among different vendor’s equipment. This frees the building owner from dependence on one vendor when the time comes for system expansion.
George and his team are up for several ControlTrends Awards Nominations so be sure to click here to nominate your Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls favorites.
October 2015 — Jon Vietti, a DDC Controls Consultant/Specialist at DDCSupportServices.com, was recently hired by Walla Walla Community College to create a SCADA simulator that provides remote monitoring and control of the college’s Amatrol Process Control System trainer. A BAScontrol20 BACnet/IP Sedona controller was critical to the task.
Providing students with the capability to earn an Associate’s Degree in Plant Operations, the Walla Walla Community College has an extensive program which teaches students the necessary skills to excel in their chosen career path. The college offers a variety of degrees within the program including a Certificate in Bioenergy Operations, an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Plant Operations and a Certificate in Biomass Feedstock Management among others.
To create the SCADA simulator, Vietti used a Contemporary Controls’ BAScontrol20 to integrate an Amatrol T5552 Level and Flow Process Control Learning System with a JACE located in one of his PT-121 portable training units. Read the complete October Control Network News Letter.
Contemporary Controls recently released firmware version 3.1 for the BAScontrol20 Sedona Open Unitary Controller. Built on the Sedona Framework, Contemporary Controls has developed more than 100 custom Sedona components which complement the standard Tridium-developed Sedona 1.2 components that reside within the device. Unique to the BAScontrol20 are 48 Web Components that allow wire sheet data to be read and written from a common web browser. With firmware 3.1, virtual points – which allow wire sheet data to be read and written from a BACnet client – have been expanded to 24.
Contemporary Controls defines an open controller as follows:
* Utilizes an open protocol for network communications
* Supports an open programming language for implementing control strategies
* Provides a programming tool that is available to systems integrators without restriction
* Fosters a community of developers and integrators that share technology for the public good
“The BAScontrol20 Firmware Release 3.1 is our commitment to open control technology that is both practical and easy to apply. Based upon open standards such as the Internet protocol for communications, BACnet for data definitions, and Sedona for control, the BAScontrol20 represents a truly open controller. In fact, many of the new features came from those in the Sedona community,” states Bennet Levine, R & D manager.
The BAScontrol20, 20-point BACnet/IP Sedona Open Unitary Controller supports both BACnet/IP and Sedona Framework (SOX) protocols via an Ethernet connection. It complies with the BACnet B-ASC device profile having eight universal inputs, four binary inputs, four analog outputs and four binary outputs (relay or triac). The device is a freely-programmable controller executing Sedona’s drag-and-drop methodology of assembling components onto a wire sheet to create applications. It can be programmed using Niagara Workbench or a third-party Sedona programming tool; or configured for BACnet/IP remote I/O applications using a common web browser. A free Sedona Project Backup and Restore utility called BASbackup is available for saving all project data including program, configuration and web page data.
There are no hardware changes on the BAScontrol20 and it is possible to re-flash existing controllers in the field by first contacting Contemporary Controls’ technical support. The following is a list of new features found in firmware version 3.1.
* Virtual points increased from 8 to 24 points – Sedona and BACnet readable and writable
* Universal Input options expanded – 20kΩ thermistor, and a 1-100kΩ resistance range
* CControls Function Kit added – 16 new components including Psychrometric (SI/English)
* Additional Change-of-Value (COV) subscriptions – 14 binary and 2 analog in total
* Increased performance and larger application memory space – supports larger app.sab
* More informative web pages – all points identified by BACnet name and color-coded by function Network
* Time Server can be found by domain name – easy access to pooled NTP servers
* Improved Universal Counter (UC) component – mimics Sedona counter but with persistent memory
* The BASbackup Sedona Project utility easier to use – not dependent upon the Workbench tool
All new BAScontrol20 orders include the added features found in release 3.1 and will be shipped with no increase in product pricing ($295.00). There is no licensing required or restrictions to purchase or use theBAScontrol20. For more information on the BAScontrol20 controller with firmware version 3.1, visit the BAScontrol20 product page.