Building automation: The ideal way to increase efficiency and save energy
You can control energy savings and efficiency gains. With the help of building automation, you can control heating, air conditioning, ventilation, lighting and water in such a way that resources are used as efficiently as possible and consumed only when they are actually needed. Building optimization of this kind is the ideal way to significantly reduce operating costs in industrial and office buildings while creating optimum conditions for all employees to perform at their full potential.
In the Factory of the Future, it is important to achieve building automation in accordance with the principles of Industry 4.0. All trades are then connected. A complete solution automatically controls, regulates, monitors and optimizes the building equipment. This is possible thanks to the automation toolkit ctrlX AUTOMATION. It provides hardware and software as well as services and allows a modular complete system which connects, controls and orchestrates all trades. Key unique selling points of ctrlX AUTOMATION include app technology to increase the scope of functions in building automation as needed, as well as radical openness in programming and on other levels.
Where there is light, there is also shade: The right shading can not only save energy – it can also improve people’s well-being, for example in the workplace. The building automation provides the right control depending on sunlight, indoor and outdoor temperature as well as weather conditions or personal needs. For this purpose, data are read out from sensors with ctrlX I/O or KNX and further data such as time, position of the sun and weather conditions are included, processed and actions derived.
Ideal room conditions also help to ensure greater well-being. Thus, heating, ventilation and air conditioning should be in harmony. This can be achieved through automatically regulating temperature, humidity, CO2 and air quality. Connection to intelligent devices is possible via BACnet. Sensors and actuators can be connected directly with analog outputs, via relay or KNX. The control platform ctrlX CORE features intelligent functions for robust controllers and algorithms.
Shop floor-focused applications, for example, can provide all the media required at the right time and in the right place with optimum availability. The tracking and monitoring of signals and conditions in the building and their forwarding to the shop floor is ensured. Via ctrlX I/O, users are given digital, analog, flow, pressure and other information. This information can be processed via PLC, NodeRED or other software.
Example configurations for building automation applications:
control light depending on people’s presence, brightness or situations.
Control shading automatically depending on sunlight, indoor and outdoor temperature and weather conditions or personal needs.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
for automatic regulation of temperature, humidity, CO2 and air quality.
to track all control-signals and conditions in the building and visualize them.
Control of Shopfloor Media
to track and monitor signals and conditions in the building and forward them to the shop floor.