KMC Controls has announced the upcoming release of its new KMC Conquest™ BACnet® Router. The router is a key component of KMC's new Conquest line of BACnet direct digital controllers and appliances designed to connect building automation systems to the Internet of Things (IoT). The new suite of products provide system integrators and building owners with open, scalable, secure building automation solutions from a single building to enterprise-level installations.
E+E Elektroniks has expanded its product range with various sensors for passive temperature measurement for HVAC and building technology. The compact enclosure with protection class IP65/NEMA 4 facilitates allows for easy and fast installation of the sensors, according to the company. Due to external mounting holes the sensors can be installed with closed housing, which protects the device from building site contamination. The new temperature sensors line matches the design of the E+E humidity, CO2, and air velocity sensors.
Gems Sensors & Controls has announced the global market introduction of its F Series. The company says its F Series is a family of ruggedly designed solenoid valves, offering high-reliability for flow rate applications with a lifespan of up to 10 million cycles.
Trane is now offering its Air-Fi™ wireless technology for building controls. The company reports that Air-Fi wireless replaces the need for wired building controls, allowing installations to be completed quickly with less disruption to occupants in existing buildings, while also providing greater reliability, simplified installation, and more flexibility as building spaces change.
Continental Fan Manufacturing says its new IRIS Damper is a simple solution for fast and exact measurement, balance, and control of airflow. It is ideal for supply and exhaust tracking control, individual comfort control, and any space requiring accurate airflow regulation. Applications for the IRIS damper include office buildings, pharmaceuticals, clean room environments, and laboratories.
Semco LLC has launched the Unitary Wheel Cassette (UWC) Series, a sensible and latent energy recovery aluminum desiccant wheel. The company claims the UWC Series is designed and packaged as the HVAC industry's first drop-in replacement for polymer desiccant wheels in most unitary ERV brands.
Schaffner EMC has introduced its ECOSine® 60 Hz Passive Harmonic Filters. The company says the filters remove harmful harmonics of a pre-determined order to increase the reliability of supplied power, and thus extending the service life of downstream components. With plug-and-play convenience and compact dimensions, the product can be more easily installed and commissioned.
Ziehl-Abegg has introduced its new ZAvblue impeller, which the company claims is up to 20% more efficient than other standard products. The company also says the bionic design of the new impeller requires significantly less space in the customer device. Equipment designers can now generate the current airflow with impellers that are one size smaller.
Baldor Electric Company is offering a new addition to its gear reducer product line — the Baldor-Dodge® Vertical GearMotor. The company says the Vertical GearMotor offers a cost effective alternative to the common low-speed vertical pump drive technologies, which use large, high-pole count vertical motors or a combination of horizontal motor with a right angle gear reducer. The Vertical GearMotor is built on a standard low-pole count induction motor platform utilizing Dodge planetary gearing. This results in a smaller, lighter, highly-efficient drive package, according to Baldor.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.