Honeywell Momentum 2009 Conference Empowers Contractors

Honeywell Momentum 2009 Conference Empowers Contractors

 
By Bill Lydon - Contributing Editor
 
Honeywell is proliferating Building Automation Systems though distributors and contractors while increasing the sophistication of their product offering.  Mike Keller, Americas Commercial Sales Director, described his vision to build the best contractor and integrator program in the country and feels Honeywell is on the right path.  The number of authorized control integrators increased from 48 in 2008 to 66 in 2009.  Mike commented, “I fully believe that we will add another 20 contractors to the authorized control integrators program in 2010.”
 
Honeywell has been focusing on creating technology-based products that are easy for contractors to apply. Over 300 contractors and distributors attending the Dallas conference were introduced to an impressive range of new products that enable them to deliver more functions and features to a broader group of customers.  The Momentum 2009 conference included technical, business, and product training. In addition, there were ample opportunities for attendees to network. 
 
Honeywell launched new BACnet products at the conference, but their continued support for LON allows them to cover the entire open protocol market. 
 
Honeywell showed a number of new products that further leverages the Niagara framework from Tridium, which is owned by Honeywell. The Niagara-based products are packaged for contractors so they can easy deliver solutions to customers. There was an acknowledgment that early efforts to deploy Tridium technology in Honeywell products had problems but lessons have been learned and applied to the new products.
 
Tom Rosback, Engineering & Technology Vice President, discussed technology developments.  The most interesting new development is Honeywell’s solid state fuel cells - the size of AA batteries - that will last for 10 years. Tom told the audience that in the next 1-3 years the fuel cell product will be branded by a major battery company. This would be an advantage in wireless products. Tom noted they have 20 engineers working on wireless solutions. Honeywell has been doing research to eliminate batteries and is working with EnOcean as a partner.
  
Notable Products for Control & Automation Engineers
 
TR20 Wireless Temperature Sensors
 
Honeywell introduced the new TR20 Series wireless wall sensors. Sensors are shipped as a kit, which includes the sensor and a matched receiver. These sensor-receiver kits are pre-bound in the factory as matched pairs. While factory bound and shipped as matched pairs, any sensor can be easily re-binded with any receiver in the field using dip switches. Choice of TR21 (temp only) or TR23 (temp, setpoint, override) style. Built-in signal strength indicator tells you the relative strength of the signal.    Approximate 5 year battery life with AA alkaline batteries (included), 7.5 years with lithium batteries. Typical range 100 ft or more in most applications, depending on building structure and material.
 
 
SpyderMicro Controllers
 
Dave Molin, General Manager & Business Leader introduced the SpyderMicro a smaller derivative of Spyder LON with lower I/O counts and compact footprint that includes pulse meter input (15Hz) on on all models except PVL0000AS. A conduit cover is also available for applications that require an enclosure. There are four new versions of the controller that are configured with the same software tool contractors use today. Units support 200 function blocks and 220 NV’s.  Five models will be available:
  • PUL1012S – Unitary, 1 Univeral Input , 1 Analog Output, 2 Digital Outputs
  • PUL4024S – Unitary, 4 Univeral Input’s, 2 Analog Outputs, 4 Digital Outputs
  • PVL4024NS – VAV, 4 Univeral Input’s, 2 Analog Output’s, 4 Digital Outputs no actuator
  • PVL4022AS – VAV, 4 Univeral Input’s, 2 Analog Output’s, 2 Digital Outputs with actuator
  • PVL0000AS – VAV, no I/O with actuator (must use Zio)
 
Spyder BACnet Controller
 
The Spyder BACnet controller was introduced by JoAnna Sohovich, Commercial Control Systems Vice President & General Manager. “Finally… based on the Spyder platform it is one tool, one library that gives you multiple protocols.” “Honeywell has always been an open protocol brand but where that used to mean LON, today it means BACnet as well. I think we’ll all agree that BACnet has a more robust growth trajectory…this allows you (contactors) to get to the other half of the market.” The controller will allow 200 function blocks and 300 BACnet objects and the software tool is compatible with all previous Spyders.
 
WebVision™
 
WebVision™ is a Niagara appliance noted as the “second step in the appliance roadmap.” The first step was the Honeywell WebStat.   WebVision is billed as the next generation of Light Commercial Building Solution™ (LCBS) that has the capability and flexibility to handle small to medium sized facilities for integration.  WebVision extends the WebStat offering to include XL10 and XL15 products. Spyder controllers are accessable as 3rd party devices but are not programmable. WebVision can be used without having a license or certification of the NiagaraAX Framework.   WebVision features include monitoring, alarming, trends, scheduled occupancy states, and energy usage information from a single point of entry into the system with a WEB browser. Multiple WebVision units can be accessed with a single sign-on to create large systems.   WebVision is a configured system based on predefined functions and screens making it easy to apply. While it is not possible to do free form programming, this product appears to cover a wide range of requirements for light commercial buildings. Contractors that do not do programming can provide solutions for more applications using WebVision.
 
WEBs-AX™ Touch Screen
 
WEBs-AX™ Touch Screen is a compact touch-screen used to display information, alarms and provide user input of setpoints and other parameters. Up to 150 configurable display screens and the ability to reference up to 150 points from one or multiple controllers networked on any data bus in the system. The screen is a 480 x 272 pixel high definition, 24-bit full color, LCD display (8 square inches viewable).  Configurable permission levels that limit access to system functions based on end user’s role.
 
WEB-AX Security Video Integration
 
Enhancements to Honeywell’s WEB-AX™ Security provide integrated video. Features include digital video recording (DVR), enterprise control, and integration of security and heating, ventilation and air conditioning control capabilities.
 
The bi-directional alarm features in the WEBs-AX system allow events from any networked device to trigger cameras to focus on pre-set locations and DVR recording rates to increase. Alarms generated by the DVR cameras can be set to initiate events in the WEBs-AX system, such as turning on lights, sending alarms to an operator console or sending notifications via email. Both live and recorded video may be viewed using the WEB station.
 
Multiple access control systems can be managed from a single location. Honeywell WEBs-AX Security Enterprise provides integration of access control at the enterprise level.
 
WEB-700 Controller
 
WEB-700 controller, which is a NiagaraAX-based controller for large facilities, multi­-building facilities and large-scale control system integrations. 
 
The WEB-700 Controllers are higher powered Niagara JACE devices with more memory for larger applications. The WEB-700 controller provides ports for optional color touchscreen, keyboard and mouse.
  • Onboard 440EPX PowerPC processor at 667 MHz
  • 1 GB Flash storage
  • Plug-in DQR-Z Memory
  • MiniPCI Option Slot for WiFi 802.11g
  • Recharging and Monitoring Support for External 12V Battery
  • 1 - RS-485, 1 - RS-232, USB ports (Keyboard/ Mouse)
  • Optional 10”(800 x 600) Touch Screen Display (RD-700-10)
 
Honeywell’s Micro Drives
 
The new Micro Drives for under 10 HP features a 3 Year Warranty and communications for RS485, BACnet, Modbus, N2, Lonworks, Ethernet, BACnet/IP, Modbus/TCP, and DeviceNet.
 
In addition, Honeywell announced a new bypass with reduced cost and size for various configurations.
 
HONEYWELL Branded SUBMETERS
 
A line of Honeywell branded submeters were introduced that feature an LCD display, ANSI C12.21 (ANSI C12.20 or C12.16), Modbus RTU, Modbus/TCP or BACnet options.
 
Zelix™ Actuator
 
JoAnna Sohovich stated that the new Zelix actuator has “higher torque at the same price point.” The new Zelix™ Spring Return Low-Torque Direct-Coupled Actuator (DCA) packs in 25% more torque, 44 lb.
 
“Contractors will appreciate the fact that the Zelix DCA weighs less and is easier and quicker to install,” said Jeff Kirkwold, product manager, Honeywell. “Using this actuator on larger dampers saves money because contractors don’t have to buy a larger, more costly actuator.”
 
The Zelix DCA includes a mode selector allowing one model to operate in many different applications simplifying selection and reducing inventory. The mode can be selected with a screw driver rather than a computer. A wiring access cover eliminates the need for a conduit wiring junction box. The self-centering shaft adaptor grabs the shaft with single screw turn instead of requiring the use of a U-bolt.
 
Economizer Savings Estimator
 
The Honeywell economizer savings tool helps contractors show customers how making improvements to their buildings can save energy. The estimator uses weather data to calculate estimated savings for buildings around the globe. A report containing estimated energy savings and payback period is generated based on the information entered into the tool.  The estimator incorporates the latest American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) energy and building standards and inputs for building types, global locations, current utility rates and local currency. It also includes a HVAC carbon footprint calculator that measures the impact of a building’s heating and cooling activities on the environment.