EnergyReports™

Automated Logic is pleased to announce the release of a new EnergyReports™ product. With the new EnergyReports tool, building owners and operators will be able to use their WebCTRL building automation system to securely push data from a single building or a portfolio of buildings to the cloud.

ER1With the new EnergyReports tool, building owners and operators will be able to use their WebCTRL building automation system to securely push data from a single building or a portfolio of buildings to the cloud. From there, they can create graphs, charts, reports and dashboards to visualize the building data, which will enable them to:

    • Analyze and normalize energy consumption across buildings
    • Compare energy costs across buildings
    • Convert energy consumption data to cost or carbon dioxide emissions
    • Benchmark building performance data against ENERGY STAR® scores
    • Identify performance issues to maximize building efficiency
    • Improve occupant comfort, productivity and engagement
    • Drive energy conservation measures

WebCTRL® Hourly Weather Add-on

Is Your Facility Environment ready to adjust to today’s & tomorrows Weather?

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Are you interested in controlling your facility more efficiently based on the weather forecast? Or, do you want your building occupants to stay comfortable during an upcoming heat wave or cold snap? Well, good news – Automated Logic’s weather add-ons allow you to do just that!

If you are already familiar with our existing WebCTRL® weather add-on, you know that you can execute intelligent control strategies based on the weather forecast for the next 7 days. And, you can view the 7-day weather forecast on an intuitive graphic inside of your WebCTRL system so that you always know what’s going on outdoors.

Our new WebCTRL hourly weather forecast add-on extends the capability of our existing weather add-on. Instead of getting only daily forecasts, you can now get hourly forecasts, too – allowing your control strategies to become even more precise! Our new hourly forecast add-on is compatible with the AccuWeather.com® weather service.

Key Features and Benefits

Full 5-day, hourly forecast including:

  • Hourly temperature
  • Hourly dewpoint
  • Hourly wet bulb
  • Hourly humidity

Hourly conditions forecast including:

  • Wind direction, wind speed, and gust speed
  • Precipitation | Rain | Snow | Ice

Includes pre-configured WebCTRL graphics for:

  • Daily weather forecast
  • Hourly weather forecasts

WebCTRL Optimization Solutions

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Automated Logic® chilled water system optimizer. This product is a sophisticated, scalable, native BACnet optimization solution for chilled water plants. It minimizes the energy use of the entire chilled water system, up to and including air handling units and other water side chilled water consumers.

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The Automated Logic® chilled water system optimizer is a sophisticated, scalable, native BACnet optimization solution for chilled water plants. The chilled water system optimizer minimizes the energy use of the entire chilled water system, up to and including air handling units and other water side chilled water consumers. By providing optimized control of the chilled water and condenser water setpoints, the chilled water system optimizer can lower energy costs while also maintaining occupant comfort levels in the building. The chilled water system optimizer solution consists of a self-adapting control algorithm packaged in an application specific Automated Logic controller.

  • It minimizes energy use over the entire chilled water system without affecting occupant comfort.
  • It automatically adapts to changing conditions as the system’s conditions change over time
  • It is patent pending control logic that overlays on top of dedicated equipment controls that are already in place
  • It is scalable and works with the chilled water side alone, condenser water side alone, or both.
  • It is designed to be used on plants of varying size, up to a maximum of eight chillers.

How is your chiller plant bringing optimal savings to your overall energy cost???

 

 

WebCTRL® Add-on > Trend Export

wc-add-onAutomated Logic® WebCTRL® add-ons extend the capability of the WebCTRL building automation system.

The Trend Export add-on allows you to specify, manage, and export trend data from the WebCTRL building automation system so that it can be analyzed externally using third party analytics packages or tools. Trend data can be exported on-demand or at scheduled intervals. This provides building operators with a simple and powerful way to view their important building data inside their visualization tool of choice.

Key Features and Benefits
Common .CSV export format for the trend data ensures ease of use outside of the WebCTRL system
Up to two years of trend data can be exported
Daily, hourly, and on-demand export options
Scheduled trend exports only include new historical data received since the last export
Trend data can be grouped and scheduled for added flexibility

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WebCTRL® system Fault Detection and Diagnostics Phase II

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We are excited to announce the release of the WebCTRL® system Fault Detection and Diagnostics Phase II SAL

Initially introduced with WebCTRL v6.0, the latest release of the Automated Logic Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) library can now pinpoint over 100 proven faults in typical HVAC equipment,  including VAV systems, air handlers, fan coils, unit ventilators, water-source heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps.

The logic for the equipment types listed below includes the following types of faults in the FDD alarm category

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The logic in this library generates FDD alarms to warn users of problems which may be causing equipment to run inefficiently, wasting energy and/or degrading occupant comfort. The Department of Energy estimates FDD alarming could reduce energy use by up to 15%, and the State of California now requires FDD alarming in the Economizer section of certain rooftop units.

Examples of problems that this logic will detect include:

  • Leaking Heating Valves: A worn valve seat or a misadjusted actuator can cause a heating valve to “leak” hot water to the coil even when it is commanded 100% shut. This wastes heating energy and can bring on additional cooling, which wastes cooling energy. The FDD logic generates an alarm if there is a significant heat rise across a closed coil.
  • Failed DX stage: In a multi-stage DX unit, if one cooling stage fails, the controls will bring on additional stages as needed to provide the required cooling. The user will not even be aware of the failed stage until the weather gets really hot and the unit can no longer provide sufficient cooling without that stage. Then repairing or replacing that stage becomes an emergency. The FDD logic monitors each stage as it is commanded on, and generates an alarm if any one stage fails to provide cooling. Repairs can be undertaken on a routine basis, while the building is still comfortable.
  • Continuous Running: For a typical building, one of the most effective ways to save energy is to make zones “unoccupied” and turn equipment off at night and over weekends when no one is using the building. Unfortunately, a common problem with building automation systems is the existence of “rogue” schedules, locked points, and other overrides which unintentionally cause systems to run even when unoccupied. These problems often go unnoticed because no one is in the building at the time. The FDD logic monitors zone runtime and generates an alarm if it exceeds a certain number of hours per day. By default the trip point is set at 23 hours, but it can easily be changed to a shorter time for zones that should only be occupied fewer hours.

Open ADR ~ Demand It!

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WebCTRL® System Automated Demand Response Add-on

The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on is a software application that allows buildings using the Automated Logic® WebCTRL system to communicate with utility companies.

The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on supports OpenADR 2.0 and enables the WebCTRL system to participate as a virtual end node (VEN) in various utilities’ Automated Demand Response (ADR) programs. Each program produces specific signals that notify of upcoming demand events. An ADR event from the utility can have one or more signal types in it, such as Simple or Load Control.

Demand-reduction actions are prioritized and programmed into the software’s control logic. The WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on converts the raw OpenADR signals into information which the software can use to implement the required demand reduction.

Value Proposition

The Automated Logic® WebCTRL® building automation system is a proven, industry-leading system that gives you the ability to fully understand your operations and analyze the results with tools that make sense to you. The WebCTRL system fully supports the OpenADR 2.0a and 2.0b with the WebCTRL system Automated Demand Response add-on.

Look at your building automation system as the gathering place, the repository of all operating data and information related to your building. Whether it is temperature history, utility load shedding, trend data or comfort measurement, your WebCTRL system effectively packages the information you need for management of your facilities.

Key points about OpenADR:

    • Allows electric utilities to accommodate short increases in peak demand without building expensive new power generation plants or imposing rolling brownouts or blackouts.
    • Allows consumers to increase their energy saving plans through pre‐planned reductions in energy consumption for short periods of time.
    • Allows system operators, such as Independent System Operators and utilities, to use customers’ load as a resource to balance the electric grid.
    • Can be either discretionary in response to a temporary increase in pricing, or automatic as part of an existing arrangement between the customer and the utility, or both (with opt‐out under non‐emergency conditions).
    • Provides consistency in communicating the ADR event while facilitating faster responses that translate into greater energy savings and more options for combining energy resources, which helps keep prices lower for everyone.
    • Provides pricing continuity between wholesale (generation and transmission) and retail (distribution) markets.
    • Provides both a common language and a common platform for all providers and consumers of ADR through the functions and features of a Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS).

WebCTRL 6.5 Release -Bring on the Data!

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WebCTRL® System v6.5 Application Release Announcement

We are excited to announce the release of the WebCTRL® system v6.5 application, which is now available. This release includes new innovative features and engineering enhancements. Some highlights of this release are:

Turbo-charged Trend Engine – The speed at which trends display and are deleted has greatly increased because of a new trend database structure.

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5X Write Speed

10X Delete Speed

15X Read Speed

70% reduction in storage space

New Linear and Angular Gauge controls

You can now quickly and easily create, scale and configure linear and angular gauges in ViewBuilder. Angular and linear gauges are enabled by the WebCTRL v6.5 application Cumulative patch for WebCTRL v6.5.

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Wireless Sensor Support

To support our upcoming wireless sensor and control line release, the WebCTRL application now supports additional Rnet tags relevant to wireless products.

  • Signal Strength %

  • Battery Strength %

  • Lux (for light level sensing)

  • Sensed Occupancy

  • Contact Sensor

Enhanced Mobile and Small Screen Navigation

The WebCTRL application can now detect access on a small-screen device such as a smart phone or small tablet, and will deliver a new interface that accommodates the smaller screen.

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Security enhancements including but not limited to:

  • BACnet firewall – The v6-02 drivers for Automated Logic controllers with Ethernet capability have a new BACnet firewall feature that allows you to restrict communication with the controller to all private IP addresses and/or to a whitelist of IP addresses that you define.

  • Advanced password policy – This policy that lets you set rules for operator passwords is now included with a WebCTRL application system, and no longer requires an optional package.