Download a Presentation of our SmartStruxure Lite Solution – Providing BMS Support to Small & Medium Sized Businesses

Schneider Electric launched an addition to it’s SmartStruxure suite called SmartStruxure Lite Solution. The new solution is tailored to the needs of small and medium sized businesses with tools that can save energy and reduce costs. 

“Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure Lite solution fills a significant gap in the building management system market and empowers our small and midsize building customers to achieve their energy and budgetary goals by providing the tools and data they need to create an efficient, affordable, streamlined building management model.”

– Frederick Morency, vice president, Small Building Systems at Schneider Electric.

Download the presentation and contact us to start the process of  more effectively managing your building and saving money with energy efficient solutions.

Why Your Building Should Be Smarter

Buildings are getting smarter and more user-friendly and your building should too.

 

This interesting article (click here to read it) highlights how smart technology is improving building control systems. Facility managers are better able to predict the needs of the users and run the building more efficiently.

“Smart building technologies can be used to provide a more customized and energy-efficient experience for building users—think, better temperature, lighting or security control for offices, and more reliable power for manufacturing facilities.”

Utah Yamas Controls and our Web Store can get your building on track to become part of the next-generation of smart buildings. The face of smart buildings is changing and you should be a part of it.

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Kevin’s Corner – 3 Advantages of Analog Current Transducers

In our energy conscious world, measurement of the performance of our equipment is becoming more necessary.  Sub-meters are being installed throughout our buildings to monitor more closely where the energy we buy is actually consumed.  As energy monitoring becomes more important, we should all consider buying, specifying, and using analog current transducers, also called current analog sensors, to connect equipment to our control systems.  The digital types, also called current switches, perform their purpose simply and effectively, but the analog type has the advantage to add many more functions and capabilities and is usually less expensive!

To name just a few advantages:

Trending

The current used by the equipment can be trended in an analog style instead of a digital (on/off) style.  These trends can establish a baseline to use as historical comparisons or to observe operating characteristics not usually seen about the equipment.  Some of these things include: dirty filters, low water, bearing problems, and more.

Alarms

Related to the above description on trending is the ability of the control system to set alarms for different current levels detected. Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare software makes creating and managing these alarms easy and powerful.  Several alarms can be set on one piece of equipment.

A good rule of thumb for a motor is that if it is running without a load, it will usually pull about 1/3 of the full load current indicated on the nameplate of the motor.  If the nameplate shows a full load amperage of 10 amps for the motor, it will likely draw 1/3 of that amount or 3.3 amps if the motor is running unloaded.  This information is useful because if our equipment happens to break a fan belt or a pump coupling, the motor will essentially be running unloaded.  We can now set alarms to help us to monitor the condition of our equipment.

Sub-Meter

Analog CT’s can give us a great picture of the energy consumed in our facilities.  By multiplying the current measured by the voltage of the motor and the three-phase correction factor as required we can determine the kilo-watts (actually the kVA) used by the motor.

To talk about solutions to your energy concerns give Utah Yamas Controls a call at (801) 990-1950. Visit the Web Store to order parts for all your systems.

Investing in Employee Training is a Smart Move

Employee training improves the effectiveness of your current workforce but also provides a vital boost for your ambitious employees who want to further their knowledge and grow professionally.

Investing in employee training can help your business perform better and save money along the way. Once the employees receive factory level training they are better equipped to maintain and troubleshoot the systems which will lower operating costs and improve system performance.

Utah Yamas Controls offers a variety of training opportunities to advance the knowledge of your staff. The instructors are factory trained with many years of experience both in teaching and in the field. Students will gain system knowledge and be better prepared to respond to the needs of your HVAC controls, access control and CCTV systems.

Click the training opportunities link to find out what classes are being offered and remember we also offer customized onsite training to suit your system requirements and employee scheduling.

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Energy Conservation Makes Sense

Despite perceptions to the contrary, energy-efficient offices are not expensive, difficult to manage or
inflexible. They don’t hamper productivity or comfort either. Energy conservation measures which work
well are reliable, straightforward, and compatible with both management and user needs. Further
opportunities to improve energy efficiency can be sought during refurbishment, renovation, or office
reconfiguration, when it can be planned in the budget.
Investments at the time of renovation often carryhandsome paybacks and improvements to the business.
Section IV gives examples of specific energy conservation measures that can be implemented by the
building owner’s energy service provider. Techniques that progress from fundamental control to more
advanced and integrated applications are outlined for the reader.

Kevin’s Corner

Owners of commercial office buildings today face energy costs that continue to rise, creating very difficult challenges managing the facility budget. Ancillary costs of building maintenance products and services are
also rising proportional to energy as vendors pass on high fuel costs to the consumer. Hence, executives of
owner-occupied and tenant-occupied buildings must take new and creative steps that put energy costs in
check to maintain a healthy and sustainable business.
This paper is intended to raise awareness of the many areas of potential savings that relate to energy
consumption at commercial office properties. Cost-effective recommendations and best practices will be
outlined, demonstrating how owners can take action to address their energy inefficiencies and implement
energy programs. The reader will also learn some of the often overlooked techniques that comprehensively
address energy conservation and increase building operating efficiency.
Finally, this paper will discuss several examples where TAC has effectively applied building automation products and related services to provide optimal facility operations at the lowest possible energy costs