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.
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.
DriSteem has launched a new water treatment system that expands its product line and offers an all-in-one solution that integrates with DriSteem’s humidification and evaporative cooling systems. The reverse-osmosis and water pre-treatment systems are designed to deliver high-purity water for a wide variety of applications and processes, and provide easy-access and low maintenance components.
As U.S. manufacturing recorded the greatest monthly increase so far in 2014, a recent survey involving members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) also points to an upswing in the automation industry.
Honeywell has introduced its Din-Mon™ energy meters, communicating submeters that integrate with the Building Automation Systems and help building owners and managers monitor, measure, and reduce energy costs. In response to customer demand for easy installation, Honeywell says its Din-Mon energy meters can be installed on wall mounted DIN rail or in HVAC equipment enclosures.
American Auto-Matrix has releases the latest installment of its web-enabled building automation and energy control solution called AspectFT. AspectFT v2.0 was designed to make building automation simple for facility managers, integrating building control with everyday technology such as Twitter®, RSS, email, Google Calendar™, Microsoft® Outlook® and Apple® iCAL®.
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.