Balancing Efficiency with Comfort
WebCTRL Environmental Index – Balancing Efficiency With Comfort
As energy prices continue to soar, facility managers are under increasing pressure to find ways to cut building operating costs. A simple solution would be to decrease energy consumption, but smart managers know that sacrificing comfort for energy savings could lead to even bigger financial problems. After all, studies have shown productivity decreases as comfort levels decline, leading to lost revenues in companies and difficult learning environments in school systems. What’s needed is a way to measure comfort, so managers would know exactly how far to cut energy usage without negatively impacting comfort.
Automated Logic’s Environmental Index provides the solution. Since the key component of comfort is temperature, ALC’s index starts with assigning point values based on the difference between zone temperature and heating and cooling set points. Other factors, such as humidity and CO2 levels, can also be computed into the numeric system to reflect one “comfort” score for all factors. This is a powerful tool for facility managers who need to identify buildings with performance problems or ensure buildings don’t become less efficient as changes are made.
up to 1000 feet (305 meters) of conductive fluid sensing cable and/or spot detectors per zone; 6000 feet (1830 meters) total, or
up to 700 feet (213 meters) of chemical sensing cable per zone; 4200 feet (1280 meters) total
The LDRA6 fully integrates with RLE’s family of leak detection cables. One controller can monitor an area for both water and chemical leaks with our distinct leak detection cables.
Create a unique combination of zone leak detection and dry contact alarm annunication
Adjustable leak thresholds fine-tune the system
Supervised inputs monitor cable for breaks and contamination
Form C relay output for each input enables communication with BMS/NMS/BAS via Modbus RTU (EIA-485)
One tri-color notification LED per input, and one audible alarm
Included Equipment: LDRA6 alarm panel
Additional Requirements: Isolated RLE power supply, leader cable, end-of-line (EOL) terminator, sensing cable (as needed for application)
Power: Requires an isolated power supply.
24VDC Isolated @ 600mA max.; requires RLE power supply PSWA-DC-24 (not included)
Leak Detection Cable: Compatible with SeaHawk sensing cable and SD-Z and SD-Z1 spot detectors (not included)
Cable Input: Requires 15ft (4.6m) leader cable and EOL terminator for each zone (not included)
Maximum Length: 1000 feet (305m) of conductive fluid sensing cable and/or spot detectors per zone; 6000 feet (1830m) total, or 700 feet (213m) of chemical sensing cable per zone; 4200 feet (1280m) total
Detection Response Time Digital: When used with conductive fluid sensing cable or chemical sensing cable, 20-3600sec, software adjustable in 10 second increments; ±2sec Dry Contact NO/NC.
Relay: 1 Form C Summary Alarm Relay, 6 Form C alarms, one per input/zone 1A @ 24VDC, 0.5A resistive @ 120VAC; Configurable for supervised or non-supervised, latched or non-latched
EIA-232: 9600 baud; Parity none; 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
EIA-485: 1200, 2400, 9600 or 19,200 baud; Parity none, odd, even (programmable); 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
Terminal Emulation (EIA-232): VT100 compatible
Modbus (EIA-485): Slave; RTU Mode; Supports function codes 03, 04, 06, and 16
Audible Alarm: 85DBA @ 2ft (0.6m); re-sound (disabled, 8,16 or 24 hours)
Visible Alarm: LED: Alarm: red; Cable Fault: yellow
Front Panel Interface
LED Indicators: Power: 1 green (on/off); 1 tri-color Status LED per zone (6 total) (Power On: green; Alarm: red; Cable Fault: yellow)
Push Buttons: Quiet/Test/Reset: 1
Temperature: 32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)
Humidity: 5% to 95% RH, non-condensing
Altitude: 15,000ft (4572m) max.
Storage Environment: -4° to 158°F (-20° to 70°C)
Dimensions: 10.5″W x 8.0″H x 2.0″D (267mmW x 203mmH x 51mmD)
Weight: 4 lbs. (1.82kg)
Mounting: Wall mount enclosure
Certifications: CE; ETL listed: conforms to UL 61010-1, EN 61010, CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1, IEC 61326:1997; RoHS compliant
In many industries, mechanical systems serve as the backbone
Thermal data collected with a thermal imaging camera can be
an invaluable source of complimentary information to vibration
studies in mechanical equipment monitoring.
Mechanical systems will heat up if there is a misalignment at
some point in the system.
Conveyor belts are a good example. If a roller is worn out, it will
clearly show in the thermal image so that it can be replaced.
Typically, when mechanical components become worn and less
efficient, the heat dissipated will increase. Consequently, the
temperature of faulty equipment or systems will increase rapidly
By periodically comparing readings from a thermal imaging
camera with a machine’s temperature signature under normal
operating conditions, you can detect a multitude of different
Suspected roller Overheated bearing
This thermal image shows an electric engine under normal operation.
Motors can also be inspected with a thermal imaging camera.
Motor failures like brush contact-wear and armature shorts
typically produce excess heat prior to failure but remain
undetected with vibration analysis, since it often causes little
to no extra vibration. Thermal imaging gives a full overview and
allows you to compare the temperature of different motors.
Other mechanical systems monitored with thermal imaging
cameras include couplings, gearboxes, bearings, pumps,
compressors, belts, blowers and conveyor systems.
Examples of mechanical faults that can be detected with thermal
• Lubrication issues
• Overheated motors
• Suspect rollers
• Overloaded pumps
• Overheated motor axles
• Hot bearings
These and other issues can be spotted at an early stage with
a thermal imaging camera. This will help to prevent costly
damages and to ensure the continuity of production.
Motor: Bearing Problem.
Motor: Internal Winding Problem.
References: Flir Systems
Ever since the first commercial thermal imaging camera was
sold in 1965 for high voltage power line inspections, by what
would later become FLIR Systems, the use of thermal imaging
cameras for industrial applications has been an important market
segment for FLIR.
Since then thermal imaging technology has evolved. Thermal
imaging cameras have become compact systems that look just
like a digital video camera or digital photo camera. They are easy
to use and generate crisp real-time high-resolution images.
Thermal imaging technology has become one of the most
valuable diagnostic tools for industrial applications. By detecting
anomalies that are usually invisible to the naked eye, thermal
imaging allows corrective action to be taken before costly
system failures occur.
The AMR (auto meter reading) is an I/O module that has been specifically designed for the special needs of auto meter reading applications. The AMR can be interfaced directly with the output of various types of pulse output meters (electricity, water, gas, BTU) and the data collected from the various meters sent to a central host via its RS485 interface. Some special features which distinguish it from regular I/O modules are:
– noise filtering from the pulse input to prevent miscounts
– EEPROM memory to retain count data in case of power interruption
– accommodates up to 16 channels of pulse input
– dry contact channel input that eliminates the need for additional power supply
– synchronize retain count with actual meter display
– rechargeable battery backup option to maintain at least 8 hours of continuous operation during a power outage
and many more!
Powerful Microprocessor-Based Lighting Control Panels
Automated Logic’s Lighting Control (LC) line brings the power and simplicity of WebCTRL® to your building’s lighting systems. The LC line utilizes advanced microprocessors to provide superior lighting control, while delivering the rapid response required by lighting applications.
Powerful Microprocessor-Based Lighting Control Panel
Automated Logic’s Lighting Control LC08 panel brings the power and simplicity of WebCTRL® to your building’s lighting systems. The LC08 utilizes an advanced microprocessor to provide superior lighting control, while delivering the rapid response required by lighting applications
Optional VAV Accessories for use with ZN Line modules
The ZASF is part of a family of control modules designed specifically for VAV terminal box applications. It is designed to be used with the ZN341v+ and ZN141v+. It mounts directly on the secondary VAV damper shaft and provides an integral actuator and a second integrated flow sensor for damper positioning and air-flow sensing in dual duct or tracking systems.
Automated Logic’s ZN253 provides unprecedented power and flexibility through fully programmable networked controllers. The ZN253 controllers connect to the Building Automation System (BAS) network using BACnet over ARCNET 156 kbps or MS/TP. The ZN253 supports a line of RS room sensors using its Rnet port.
A Tool for Sustainable Building Operations
Automated Logic’s EnergyReports™ application is an incredibly flexible, easy-to-use reporting tool that gives facility managers the power to produce a wide variety of reports showing a building’s energy consumption. Using dynamic and animated color graphs, EnergyReports allows users to compare energy consumption or demand over different periods with simple drop-down menus and calendar control options. A click of the mouse enables users to normalize consumption data, convert the data to cost or carbon dioxide emissions, and change engineering units on the fly. This gives facility managers a powerful tool to minimize energy consumption, maximize comfort, and achieve sustainable building operations
WebCTRL Powerful and Intuitive Front End For Building Control
Automated Logic has long been known for its intuitive, powerful front-end building control software. In fact, ALC pioneered graphical programming in the industry. With our graphical user interface, users have such features as hierarchical scheduling, thermographic color floor plans, trending, alarm management, and reporting. And with WebCTRL®, our web-based building automation system, all of these features are available through a standard web browser – without any special software or plug-ins.