Carrier Adds Smart Valves to the i-Vu® Building Automation System
Carrier is proud to add new i-Vu® Smart Valves to the suite of components available for the i-Vu® building automation system, making it even easier to maintain occupant comfort, optimize energy usage and resolve problems faster. The Smart Valves provide operators access to valve performance data from anywhere at any time, as well as quick error detection with integrated fault detection and diagnostics. Carrier is a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.
The new i-Vu Smart Valves were designed in collaboration with Belimo®, a leader in the development and production of actuator solutions. They integrate seamlessly with the i-Vu® building automation system, which automatically notifies operators if a valve has failed, becomes stuck, or is cycling or leaking.
“We are excited to add Smart Valves to our i-Vu® building automation system,” said Mark Jones, business manager, Carrier Controls. “Through our relationship with Belimo, we are able to add this cutting-edge valve technology to our i-Vu system; as such, customers will benefit from a single point of access into all of their building assets, from HVAC equipment and controls, to sensors and Valves. This real-time visibility will help them improve operational efficiency and keep occupants comfortable.”
The i-Vu Smart Valves are available for both pressure dependent and pressure independent applications. They feature a compact design for easy installation and the valve bodies snap directly to the actuator. This allows operators and technicians to install Valves quickly, easily, and without the use of tools, helping to reduce labor costs, and it also makes retrofitting traditional Valves a snap. The valve actuator is capable of providing fail open, fail close, or fail in the last position to meet project requirements.
The Valves are also easy to commission. Up to two Valves can be connected to the actuator sub-network on each Carrier terminal unit controller. Each valve is pre-addressed and supports local or remote access through the i-Vu® system. A field-adjustable maximum flow capacity setting helps technicians ensure that necessary design requirements are met.
The new Smart Valves are more energy efficient than typical Valves. They feature a patented, brushless DC motor that runs at only 0.3 W, maximizing energy savings. The actuator also uses 95% less energy than classic digital output actuators that require constant power while a ball valve design with zero leakage also eliminates energy loss.
The new “i-Vu® ready” Smart Valves are available for both pressure independent and pressure dependent applications. They feature communicating actuators, easy installation, and seamless integration with the i-Vu® building automation system.