2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year Nominee: Franklin Control Systems P-Series VFD’s

logo_franklinAnother exciting candidate for 2014 VFD of the Year is the Franklin Control Systems P-Series — Energy savings for fans and pumps: The P-series is optimized for fans and pumps — and features an automatic energy saving mode that minimizes losses by optimizing flux control. In PID, sleep and wake up modes conserve power and extend motor and drive life. Take a look!

Franklin_PSeries_VFDNEW FIRMWARE MAKES SETUP A SNAP
* Application based commissioning allows parameters to be automatically set based on industry standards
* Applications: Basic, circulating pump, supply fan, exhaust fan or cooling tower
* Selectable units include PSI, °F, °C, inWC, inM, Bar, mBar, Pa, kPa
* Belt loss protection
SPACE VECTOR CONTROL FOR EFFICIENCY AND LONG MOTOR LIFE
* Cleaner sine wave as compared to typical V/Hz control. Motors run cooler and last longer
ADVANCED PID CONTROL (PRE-PID AND DUAL PID)
*Maintain a constant control of pressure, flow or water level. This function includes Pre-PID, Sleep and Wake up and output inverse sub-functions
* Dual PID for external PID control or cascade PID control
* Multi-Motor
MULTI-MOTOR CONTROL FUNCTION
* Control up to 4 motors
AUTOMATIC ENERGY SAVINGS MODE
* Adaptive flux control for varying loads (e.g. damper loading)
SLEEP AND WAKE UP FUNCTION
* Increased energy savings by deactivating drive during low demand
FLYING START PROTECTION
* Prevents trips, rough starts, and drive damage from regenerative power from heavy fan inertia rotation
BUILT-IN MODBUS RTU COMMUNICATION
ƒ* Optional: Profibus-DP, LonWorks, BACnet

2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year Nominee: Siemens’ BT300 VFDs — Redesigned, Re-tooled, and Ready to Meet Rigorous Demands!

bt300_3 The 2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year category is one of the most heavily contested categories of the awards! With its Onboard kWh Meter, Mulitpump/Fan Application. and Fire Mode features, the Siemens BT300 takes VFD to the next level of efficiency.

While constantly expected to do more with less, managing energy consumption and optimizing occupant comfort remains of utmost importance to facility managers. They also require products that will integrate seamlessly into existing equipment and building management systems. The highly efficient BT300 delivers all this and more.

Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested our VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results! Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features – like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming, and a sleep function – help measure energy savings.

An easy-to-use, read and understand interface uses built-in wizards that get HVAC equipment up and running quickly and accurately. Anyone can safely and quickly commission the BT300 using default parameters that are optimized for typical HVAC applications. In addition to the HVAC functions, BT300 drives provide a special control function in the event of fire. The ensures escape routes are kept free of smoke. Simplify the maintenance of motors, pumps and fans.

The maintenance of motors, pumps and fans is simplified with VFD components that are designed to last. The drive’s diagnostic alert function informs staff if a belt is broken or a pump is empty or jammed, reducing the time it takes to diagnose and fix a problem. An always available and easy to understand built-in manual highlights possible causes and remedies to situations.

Integrates with today’s open protocols, including APOGEE and BACnet Easy network integration means the BT300 VFDs are ready to communicate with Building Management System, embedded RS485 and Ethernet HVAC protocols:

■ P1 protocol for APOGEE
■ BACnet MS/TP
■ Modbus RTU
■ Johnson Control – Metasys N2
■ BACnet IP, Modbus TCP, Optional LON Interface

SiemensWorld-class technical support available for the life of the product. Siemens is trusted for innovative solutions, advanced technology, and superior quality. We also strive for excellence in customer service. No matter how easy the BT300 is to install and commission, it is reassuring to know help is available locally. Count on our technical expertise and services for the life of the product, from integration to ongoing service and support.

Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive

BT300Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives.  Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results.

Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.

Highlights:
Energy savings up to 50% when operating fans and pumps
Drives up to 250 hp
User-friendly control panel with intuitive interface
Reliable control for a wide range of HVAC applications, including special control option in the event of fire
Complete system integration with Siemens expertise
Ethernet capabilities include BACnet IP and Modbus TCP
Environment safe – RoHS compliant

Click here to learn more about the BT300 VFDs.

Which Variable Frequency Drive is the Easiest to Set Up?

With all the great Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) available in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls market, we were curious which one was the easiest to set up. To find the answer, we consulted with 9 year old Bryce Williams the son of Stromquist & Company’s Chuck Williams. With a little coaching from Stromquist & Company trainer, Tim Chamblee, music from the very talented Dozier Mills, and video support from Seän Johnson, Bryce shows us how to set up his favorite Variable Frequency Drive. Take a look!

Can The Honeywell VFD Repeat as ControlTrends Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year?

Honeywell, winner of the coveted 2012 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of the Year, is nominated again in the Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year category. Can they repeat? watch this video to see why many in the world wide ControlTrends Community think the HoneywellSmart VFD has the right stuff.
If you like what you see bee sure to register to vote and we will send you a voting ballot when the voting starts on December 15.

Product Review: The Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drive


The Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drive is nominated for the ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year for the second year in a row. What makes the Johnson Controls VFD so special? How have they improved the product offering since the 2012 ControlTrends Awards?
Ken Smyers made sure to get the answers to these questions at the Johnson Controls 2013 Business Conference.

Can Honeywell Win Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Again?


Not if Teco Westinghouse, Siemens, Johnson Controls, ABB, and all the other self respecting VFD manufactures have anything to say about it. Click here to see Honeywell bring home the award at the 2012 ControlTrends Awards, and click here to register to nominate and vote for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

Best Practices For Installing Variable Frequency Drives

Thanks to Johnson Controls for their very informative breakout session for showing us their new variable frequency drive and showing us on best practices in starting up and setting up a variable frequency drives. Great information for anyone that works with variable frequency drives.

The 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of The Year and the winner is…..

Hint, it is not ABB. The winner of the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of the Year was chosen by our world wide ControlTrends Community. This VFD beat the best of the best in this very competitive category to be crowned the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of The Year.

So just how cool is this drive?? Click here and see for yourself. Want to get training on the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of the Year without leaving your computer?
Click here and you can get access to a video of a training class held at Stromquist & Company.