Replacing a Competitor’s Product for Better Building Automation Management
The University of New Mexico is a public research university located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is the largest post-secondary institution in the state. Castetter Hall is a 22,563 square foot building with classrooms, research laboratories, and office space.
The laboratory had a competitor’s products installed, but was experiencing problems with building automation integration, and called on our New Mexico representative, ThermAir Systems, to replace seven previously installed fume hood controllers and air valves with Triatek’s HMS-1655 Fume Hood Controller and Venturi Air Valve with Universal Valve Module (UVM).
The new product installation utilizes the BACnet® communication protocol, allowing output signals from the controllers and valves to be sent directly to the university’s building automation management system. With this direct connection to the supply valves and general exhaust valves via the UVM, the facility administrators can instantly control the airflow system within the laboratories without the use of network protocol converters. This was one of the first times a replacement of its kind had been completed, and theconversion worked flawlessly, allowing for more building automation flexibility and energy savings.
Due to the great success of this conversion, the building managers are planning scheduled updates all of their laboratories with Triatek’s products. Triatek’s HMS-1655 Fume Hood Controller was very well received for its intuitive touchscreen menus, modern graphical interface, and Safety Halo™ edge lighting.