Who makes the best VAV Controllers on the planet? According to the global ControlTrends Community that would be Honeywell and Distech. Congratulations to these two fine companies for being selected as co-winners of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards VAV controller of the year.
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ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller. [Read more…]
Thanks to our friends at Contemporary Controls for this great way to make the Honeywell Spyder even more powerful.
Honeywell Spyder VAV and unitary controllers are available with either a LON or BACnet interface. These controllers typically have 21 physical points but this point count can be expanded on the BACnet versions by adding BACnet Cube I/O modules instead of adding another Spyder. Cube I/O modules are low-cost, low-density DIN-rail modules with a variety of I/O point configurations. Installation can be accomplished using a Honeywell WEBstation-AX (Niagara workstation) with an installed Honeywell Spyder Tool for configuration and commissioning. Connecting the WEBstation to the Spyder is facilitated with a Contemporary Controls’ BACnet MS/TP to BACnet/IP router.
The Cube I/O series is available as either BACnet MS/TP or Modbus RTU devices. They all are DIN-rail mountable and can be powered from 24 VAC/VDC power source. They can share power with the Spyder controllers. They are available in several I/O configurations including a model that supports four binary inputs and two binary outputs. The BMT-DIO4/2 is the module used in the application note that we authored giving step-by-step instructions on how to install a typical Cube I/O device to expand point count in a Honeywell Spyder.
Click here to see how easy it is to use the Cube I/O with the Honeywell Spyders.
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2013 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today the expansion of its Spyder™ controller portfolio with the launch of Spyder with Relays, Sylk™ I/O and Zio® Lite sylk-enabled wall modules, all of which provide added flexibility and significantly reduce installation time for contractors.
“Enhancements to our Spyder controller line were designed with our contractors in mind,” said Tom Rosback, general manager-Commercial Control Systems at Honeywell. “Contractors are busy and they need to get on and off of the job quickly. Our expanded Spyder portfolio allows our contractors to do more with less and save them time.”
Honeywell’s popular Spyder controller now offers a Spyder with Relays model that eliminates the need for contractors to install separate switching relays when controlling roof-top or CVAHU equipment by adding relays to the Spyder hardware. Benefits of a Spyder with Relays controller include:
· Shortened installation time
· Available in LonWorks™ and BACnet™ protocols
The new Spyder with Relays is also compatible with Honeywell’s new Sylk I/O module, which is a Sylk-enabled device that expands a single Spyder controller’s input and output (I/O) count by eight to 12 points modularly through a Sylk™ bus connection. Benefits of a Honeywell Sylk I/O module include:
· Ability to use existing program logic within a single wire sheet
· Shortened installation time
· Frees up I/O to add flexibility
· Sylk-enabled: Offers either local or remote installation flexibility
Honeywell also recently announced its new Zio Lite wall module which utilizes Sylk technology to connect to Spyder controllers to reduce installation time for contractors. With its sleek design and easy-to-use interface, the Zio Lite offers a model that is packaged with temperature, humidity, and CO2 sensing, all on two wires. Other key features include:
· Integrated CO2, temperature and humidity sensors combined into one model to reduce the number of units on the wall
· Integrated CO2 sensor enables indoor air quality to be met and demand-control ventilation strategies to be implemented, reducing operating costs
· Easy-to-use interface to adjust the set point, temperature and more using state of the art CapSense™ technology
Sylk is a two-wire polarity-insensitive bus that provides power and communication between a Sylk-enabled controller and a Sylk-enabled device without having to run tons of wires and use up I/O on the controller.
For more information about Honeywell’s new additions to the Spyder™ portfolio, please visit www.buildingcontrols.honeywell.com.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
Interested in a simple, cost-effective method for attaching Honeywell Spyder™ BACnet MS/TP controllers to BACnet/IP without the need of a building controller? Contemporary Controls’ BASrouter, a BACnet MS/TP to BACnet/IP router, is the solution.
Installing and operating the BASrouter with several Honeywell Spyder controllers is simple and straightforward. Once the BASrouter is properly installed and configured, all the connected Spyder controllers can be accessible from BACnet/IP. [Read more…]
Now that you know where I am coming from, let’s get down to some no nonsense talk about one of the most controversial DDC controllers in the market place today. [Read more…]
Are you ready? In late April, Honeywell will begin shipping the new Zio, Zio Plus, and the Spyder Micro BACNet. Sarah Connor here, with another edition of the Sarah Connor Control Chronicles, and today, I am really thrilled to get a quick glimpse of this new product release from Honeywell. If you like Honeywell building automation products as much as I do, then this news is better than the midnight release of the Hunger Games movie!! Join me as we count down the days until these great new products begin to ship! Here is a little sneak preview of the excitement that awaits us all in this full family of unitary and variable air volume controllers. [Read more…]