Automation Components, Inc. (ACI) creates, manufactures, and distributes building automation sensors for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) Industry. ACI began as a small company in 1991, but has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, establishing itself as an industry leader of quality automation sensors, employing over 160 talented individuals in over 78,000 square feet of state of the art facilities. ACI’s product lines include Temperature Sensors, Relative Humidity Sensors, Current Sensors, Pressure Sensors, Gas Sensors and Wireless Sensors. The staff takes pride in the products they make, while living up to established standards of quality and value. ACI prioritizes its top employees and substantially invests in a competitive benefits package, leading to an incredibly low turnover rate. ACI helps our employees thrive by pairing their individual skill-sets with corresponding job duties.
Thermokon is pleased to announce several game-changing 902 MHz EnOcean products recently added to their extensive EasySens product platform, which include these application advantages:
» Cost savings due to Energy Harvesting: producing energy from the sensor environment
» Flexibility with sensor location – quick and easy mounting and commissioning
» Reduction of fire load – no need for wires
» Easy integration into existing buildings – no wiring
» High-end designs and direct mounting to all surfaces
» Compatibility to other manufacturers: International Standard (IEC 14543-3-10)
The room sensor is designed for temperature and (optional) humidity detection, local set point and fan speed adjustment for room control in buildings. The sensor transmits its measured values wirelessly to the corresponding receivers, which process the information respectively to the centralized control unit. The configuration is done via a serial interface. The room sensor can be integrated into various switch designs programs of the indoor installation range.
Application: Small, radio controlled, battery-powered radiator valve actuator for room temperature control, which mounts directly onto commercially available radiator valves manufactured by Heimeier, Honeywell-MNG, Junkers, Honeywell-Baukmann, Oventrop (1998 and later), Cazzaniga, and many more. The actuator is radio controlled based on the EnOcean wireless protocol according to the international standard IEC 13543-3-10. The EnOcean Equipment Profile EEP A5-20-01 (Battery Powered Actuator) is supported.
Application: Bi-directional gateway for EnOcean-based sensors and actuators as well as controllers and control systems with BACnet IP interface. Configuration / commissioning with EasySens AirConfig Software tool. For details of the BACnet protocol please visit http://www.bacnet.org/.
Exploring this trend with a critical eye
Wireless Technologies: Limits
In this new digital age, wireless technologies can’t help but sound sexy. Where would you be now if you had to plug your computer into an Ethernet cord every time you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix? But while there are extremely useful consumer applications for wireless technologies, building automation systems are not always one of them.
Before even touching a wireless controller, a designer/installer should understand the benefits and still consider the negative possibilities of using the technology in any application, but particularly a lighting application. Working with wireless technologies requires a very specific working knowledge and understanding of the limits of such technologies like distance, obstructions, and installation. With these limitations come increased costs as work-arounds frequently become necessary and project timelines get extended.
Lighting can be very tricky, because there are certain places where you just can’t risk a lighting application not working properly, like in a parking lot – the liability is too great. A less prickly place to start might be with HVAC units for wireless technologies (but you still have to consider the aspects of the building structure that might interfere with, and thereby limit, the signal strength).
Despite these limitations, we do see more and more clients asking about wireless solutions. This is good because as the user becomes more aware of the technology, the manufacturer will continue improving the product. And we’ll keep gathering experiences with all the new technologies to provide real hands-on expertise to clients [Read more…]
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