Exploring the Internet of Things

by Rick Ellul of Belimo
Published by Mechanical Business (March/April edition)

One of the biggest buzz terms in the HVAC world lately has to be the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn what IoT means and why it matters.

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Basic Fire and Smoke Dampers

By Larry Felker of Belimo
Published by Building Safety Journal (December, February and April)

International Building Code (IBC) and the International Fire Code (IFC) require life safety dampers to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through an HVAC system. There is frequent confusion about the types of fire and smoke dampers; this 3 part article series explains the differences of damper types and provides an overview of the control system requirements.

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Part 3 - Not released

New Technologically Advanced Butterfly Valve with Electronic Fail-Safe Functionality

The new advanced butterfly valve is now available with the PKR electronic fail-safe actuator for enhanced control. The durable electronics, simple configuration software, BACnet communication, and dependable super capacitor technology is the most economical and effective solution for critical applications. Replacement of legacy pneumatic actuators is straightforward, eliminating problematic battery back-up modules or expensive industrial actuators. The newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. With a focus on ease of installation, application flexibility, and longevity, this series sets new performance standards in the HVAC market.

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New Enhanced Energy Valve is Solving Low Delta T Leveraging IoT

The new Energy Valve is now an IoT device utilizing advanced cloud-based analytics to leverage captured system data to the full potential providing savings and the most efficient operation. The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve, which measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electronic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors. It is ideal for water-side control of heating and cooling coils with programmable maximum flow settings from 1.65 - 713 GPM in valve body size ½” to 6”.

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Seamlessly Integrated
New Sensor Range from Belimo

Belimo is excited to announce the launch of a full range of HVAC sensors. The new sensors are the perfect complement to Belimo actuators and valves, optimizing energy efficiency and system performance. The new range includes reliable and accurate sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, CO2, and VOC for pipe and duct applications. Belimo sensors seamlessly integrate into major building automation systems (BAS) with the same quality, reliability and value that define Belimo. Belimo’s expertise and ability to innovate are evident with the universal compact enclosure design, intuitive screwless snap cover, and detachable mounting plate making installation and commissioning easy.

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Advanced Butterfly Valve Now Offered with Multi-Function Technology

The new advanced butterfly valve with Multi-Function Technology (MFT) actuators offers enhanced control. The modulating actuator models allow you to create custom solutions for individual applications, using the same programmable actuator. Whether you need a particular control or feedback signal, or require changing running speeds, MFT is the answer. Comes standard as a 2 to 10 VDC proportional control but can be reprogrammed on-site. The newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. With a focus on ease of installation, application flexibility, and longevity, this series sets new performance standards in the HVAC market.

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New ZoneTight Zone Valves Now Offered with Sweat Connection

The new zone valve with sweat connection offers a reliable, energy efficient solution for the OEM and contracting market. The valves are preset at the factory; they are field adjustable allowing the user to alter the pressure to meet design needs, unlike any other zone valve on the market today. The QCV zone valves are suited for commercial buildings where higher close-off and the ability to change flow is desired.

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BELIMO North American Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

BELIMO Americas’ North American Headquarters makes a bold statement in support Belimo’s mission and leadership goals for a healthy, communal, and efficient work environment. The new headquarters was designed featuring an HVAC installation which allows visitors to see BELIMO products in action. BELIMO thrives on design and innovation, and is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability. The facility was rated 62 points in the LEED Gold Certification category and rated 19 out of 19 points in the energy performance optimization model, projecting 48 percent in energy savings.

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New Advanced Butterfly Valve Technology for High Flow Applications

Release of a technologically advanced butterfly valve designed specifically for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry. The newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. With a focus on ease of installation, application flexibility, and longevity, this series sets new performance standards in the HVAC market.

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Belimo Energy Valve Wins Innovation Award

With its Power Control and Delta T logic, the Belimo Energy Valve™ was a recipient of the ACME (Atlantic Canada Mechanical Exhibitors) Innovation Award at the MEET Expo in Montreal. The award was accepted by (left to right) Rick Mohammed (Belimo Regional Application Consultant), Gary Fahie (ACME Representative), Jenna Lyons (Belimo District Sales Manager), and Clark Campbell (Belimo District Sales Manager).

New Fire and Smoke Damper Actuator with Higher Torque and Temperature!

The FSAF*A spring-return actuator offers 180 in-lbs [20 Nm] with approximately 25 second running time and is designed for operation of smoke and combination fire and smoke dampers in ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The result is fast smoke containment so that occupants are able to egress a building fire safely. Additional benefits are less smoke damage to furnishings and property and increased visibility for fire fighters.

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New EFCX Spring Return Damper Actuator

Quick, Fast Acting Actuators for Emergency Generator Room Applications

The EFCX series spring return damper actuators with a fast 10 second fail-safe spring return speed and a high torque offering of 270 in-lbs [30 Nm] perfect for applications where maximum airflow must be achieved quickly, such as emergency generator combustion inlet dampers. The EFCX series is provided with a NEMA 4 (UL Type 4 approved, IP66 rated) housing which meets tough environmental conditions for required applications. The actuator is shipped at +5° rotation (5° open from full fail-safe position) to provide automatic compression against damper gaskets for tight shutoff upon installation.

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New ANSI 250 Energy Valve and ANSI 250 ePIV

Advanced Performance Solution for Higher Pressure Applications

Belimo releases new ANSI 250 pressure rating for 2 ½” to 6” flanged Energy Valve and ePIV assemblies. Assemblies utilize an electromagnetic flow meter in line with a control valve to obtain close-off ratings from 135 – 310 psi depending on valve size and actuator force. Actuators respond to a modulating control signal and are available with non-spring return or electronic fail-safe functionality. The ePIV and Energy Valve both provide true flow with the built-in electronic flow meter and dynamic balancing providing pressure independent operation by maintaining constant flow regardless of differential pressure fluctuations.

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Belimo Residential has the Right Zoning Solution for You.

Belimo is Now Available for the Residential Market

Belimo Americas is excited to announce a line of zoning solutions created especially for the residential market. These high quality damper assemblies include an innovative dynamic air balancing solution for pressure bypass control.  The offerings enable maximum occupant comfort and dependable operation supported by a 5 year warranty.

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Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

Our monthly online webinars take smaller portions of a larger topic and systematically discuss the key takeaways. The online webinars offer an interactive question and answer element giving the ability to give, receive and discuss information. All sessions are recorded for future viewing. List of Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

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Belimo Receives 3 ControlTrends Awards!

The 2015 ControlTrends Awards were held January 24th at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, located at the doorstep to the amazing Universal Studios. Belimo was awarded: Best Technical Support Company, Vendor of the Year and Lars van der Haegen, CEO of Belimo received Executive of the Year.

New Ultrasonic Flow Meters

Accurate Flow Measurement Out of the Box

Belimo releases inline Flow Meters (½” to 2”) which provide accurate and repeatable hot or chilled water flow measurement. Utilizing an ultrasonic transit time technology, the transducers perform as both emitter and receiver to provide accurate signal. Multi-point wet calibrated to ensure accuracy and repeatability. Patented temperature and glycol compensation logic that precisely reads flow rate and eliminates calibration requirements offers a ±2% accuracy of reading and ±0.5% repeatability. A maintenance free design backed with a 5-year warranty.

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New Belimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valves

Efficient in Every Way.

The new ZoneTight zone valves sets new design and performance standards for pressure independent and pressure dependent zone valves. Offering: compact sized to insure installation in tight spaces; patented brushless DC motor runs at a mere 0.3W saving energy and transformer capacity; operates after powered-closed during long seasonal “off” periods; zero leakage eliminates energy loss; ball valve technology avoids clogging; field adjustable Cv value to meet your design requirements.

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Belimo Releases Retrofit App.

The Retrofit app is free and allows you to quickly and easily find replacement solutions for valves and actuators no matter where you are – and there is no need for an internet connection. Select based on: Manufacturer, product model, control type, torque and close-off requirements… Replacement results provide a complete selection of products that are compatible with most control systems. The app is FREE and can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google play.

New ZIP Economizer™ ZIP Packs

A Quick and Easy Drop in Economizer Replacement Solution.

The Belimo ZIP Packs provide a simple and quick replacement kit for those nonfunctioning energy wasting economizers. The packs include a digital economizer, actuator, sensors, and mounting hardware needed for a drop in replacement backed with 5 year warranty.

The retrofit kits are packaged in one convenient box and are ordered with one single part number!

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Belimo has Moved!

Experience Efficiency at Belimo.

Belimo Americas has officially moved into its new energy-efficient headquarters located on a hillside overlooking the picturesque southwestern view of Danbury, Connecticut. The 200,000 square foot building received LEED™ Gold Certification and serves as a showcase for Belimo and our valued customers!

The new building features:

  • Expanded production capabilities ensuring quality products with industry best lead times.
  • State-of-the-art HVAC control valve design and testing laboratories - one of North America’s largest.
  • Hands-on training facility for Belimo University courses.
  • Improved space and facilities to better accommodate employees from Ability Beyond.
  • Wide range of interactive product demonstrations throughout the facility.

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Electronic Pressure Independent Valve (ePIV)

New Flow Offering Available on 2” Electronic Pressure Independent Valve (ePIV)

The 2” ePIV offering is expanded to include five new factory set flow models from 80 to 100 GPM. To achieve these new flow settings the specification for operating differential pressure range is 8-50 psid and media temperature range is 39°F to 250°F [4°C to 120°C]. For these models field set maximum flow is adjustable from 30-100 GPM, in 1 GPM increments, with the ZTH US hand held tool or PC Tool. Download the Product Bulletin to view the updates.

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ZIP Economizer Firmware Release

New features of the ZIP Economizer firmware 1.10.000

The new features of the ZIP Economizer firmware 1.10.000 include: latest code and standards, automatic damper scaling upon setup, expanded heat pump functionality, alarm counter, alarm time stamp, resettable operation hours, and expanded help text.

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Weather Shields are now available for Energy Valve and ePIVs.

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Weather shields are now available for ½” – 2” Energy Valves and ePIVs. The ZS-EPIV-EV series weather shield provides moderate protection for motorized valve assemblies which are mounted outdoors. The housing accessory is ordered separately for easy field mounting over the actuator and to the valve body and is available for online ordering.

The ZS-EPIV-EV-20-NF weather shield will accommodate non fail-safe actuators for Energy Valve and ePIV assemblies from ½” [DN15] – 1” [DN25].

The ZS-EPIV-EV-50-SCNF weather shield is slightly larger to accommodate electronic fail-safe actuators for Energy Valve and ePIV assemblies from ½” [DN15] – 2” [DN25] and is also compatible with non-spring return actuator assemblies in this size range.

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Energy Valve Savings Estimator Tool

Belimo Energy Valve Savings Estimator is Now Available

The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors. Patented Power Control and Belimo Delta T Manager™ logics built-in monitors coil performance and optimizes the available energy of the coil by maintaining the Delta T. In addition to the standard analog signal and feedback wiring, it communicates its data to the Building Management System via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP.

The following link provides you access to the Savings Estimator. This tool estimates the annual dollar and energy savings you can expect by installing an Energy Valve.

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Electronic Accessories

The new P475 and P475-1 non-mercury shaft mount auxiliary switches are available for purchase. These environmentally safe switches replace the discontinued P370 mercury filled shaft mount switch accessory. Many damper applications such as critical air handling and food processing areas now require mercury free switches.

The P475 and P475-1 use a roller ball and mechanical switch configuration in place of mercury to close an electrical circuit when a desired damper position is reached. The P475 series is offered with two shaft diameter options. The P475 is designed for ½” diameter shafts and the P475-1 is designed for 1” diameter shafts.

Technical details for the P475 and P475-1 are found online.
Pricing: P475 $168 and P475-1 $178

Belimo ZIP Economizer was Chosen as Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine

Belimo is proud to announce that BUILDINGS magazine has selected the ZIP Economizer as a 2014 Money-Saving Product winner. Belimo is part of an elite group of 97 products showcased in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.

Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, envelope improvement, and maintenance.

To view the full list of 2014 winners, click here or look in the June issue of Buildings magazine.

New Valve Retrofit Linkage

New Valve Retrofit Linkage Offers Easy Installation with No Downtime.

Belimo releases a larger universal retrofit linkage solution offering quick and easy installation without interruption in service. The new Flanged Globe Valve Linkage (FGVL) will allow users to retrofit their existing 2.5” to 6” globe valves and restore their systems quickly. The retrofit linkages utilizes the EV, RV and AVK series actuators with forces (up to 1011 lbf) which provides the close offs needed for large globe valves. The FGVL retrofit linkage can adjusts to fit most flanged globe valves regardless of make and model increasing its flexibility with reduced inventory.

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Belimo Energy Valve

Belimo Energy Valve Proves Air Coils are Batting a Thousand

According to this sports entertainment complex, its 18 building main campus is the company’s “mother ship,” employing close to 4,000 people. It’s the job of these employees to keep this 24/7 sports channel running. The buildings on campus are also an important factor. They need the most efficient and reliable mechanical systems in order for the show to go on. That is why Belimo chose this facility to install its Energy Valves.

The goal of the project was to employ the Energy Valves at a building on campus and record the valve’s numerous data points. Those readings would later be compared to a similar building with no relation to the campus suspected of having a less than efficient mechanical system.

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Belimo ZIP Economizer

Belimo ZIP Economizer is certified under the Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) requirements by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Belimo ZIP Economizer is now certified under the FDD requirements found in section 120.2, Required Controls For Space-Conditions Systems of the CEC 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standard, 2013 Title 24, Part 6, page 118. This CEC standard will go into effect July 1, 2014. Obtain the FDD test report for Certificate Number BZE1245 by emailing zipeconomizer@us.belimo.com or contact your local Belimo Sales Person.

Belimo Energy Valve™ is Now Offered in ½” to 2" Valve Sizes.

The complete product range is available in valve sizes from ½” to 6".

The complete product range is available in valve sizes from ½” to 6". The Energy Valve is a two-way pressure independent control valve that optimizes, documents and proves water coil performance. Using its Delta T Manager™ the Energy Valve solves low Delta T syndrome by monitoring the differential temperature across the coil and adjusting the flow to maintain design delta T set-point keeping the heat transfer of the coil optimized while maintaining comfort.

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Energy Valve Overview Presentation

Experience Efficiency App

Belimo offers many products that offer enhance energy savings. Download this app and learn firsthand the advantages of the Energy Valve – which solves Low Delta T, 6-Way Valve – one valve that controls heating and cooling, ZIP Economizer – Fast way to Reliable Energy Savings, Retrofit Solutions – replacement solutions saving you time, labor and energy.

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Electronic Pressure Independent Valve (ePIV)

Effective January 20th, the Electronic Pressure Independent Valve (ePIV) range has been expanded to body sizes from ½” to 2”

Effective January 20th, the Electronic Pressure Independent Valve (ePIV) range has been expanded to body sizes from ½” to 2” to accommodate flow settings from 1.65 GPM to 76.1 GPM. The ePIV will now be available from ½”- 6” and provides pressure independent flow by combining an ultrasonic flow meter, 2-way characterized control valve (CCV), non-spring return or electronic fail safe actuator, analog feedback, and optional field configuration tools.

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“2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award” Winner in the Category of Building Automation

Belimo Energy Valve™ will be awarded the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award at this year 2014 AHR Expo held at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City.

A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact. The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by ASHRAE; the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

The award will be presented at the 2014 AHR Expo. Stop by the Belimo booth #479 to learn more. For a free pass to the show, email us.

PICCV Assemblies offered with Flow Verification Orifice for “Field Set” Models

The flow verification orifice is used to validate flow rate and help users adjust the maximum “field set” flow of a PICCV.

The flow verification orifice device is factory piped in series with the PICCV and creates a measureable differential pressure relative to the flow rate of the valve. The device includes pressure taps for high and low pressure connections to a differential pressure gauge. The gauge reading is referenced to a published chart to determine the flow rate. This method of validating flow is an industry standard practice that is quick and easy. Download Product Bulletin

PT Ports Available on PICCV Assemblies

PT ports provide additional functionality professionals can verify media differential pressure and temperature.

PICCV size range ½” [DN 15] and ¾” [DN20] valve bodies will be offered with optional integral pressure temperature ports that can be used to confirm the operating differential media pressure ( 5-50 psid) and measure the media temperature.

PICCV size range 1” [DN 25] and 2” [DN 50] valve bodies will be offered with optional external pressure temperature ports that can be used to confirm the operating differential media pressure (5-50 psid) and measure the media temperature. Download Product Bulletin

The Belimo Energy Valve™ won the “Technical Innovation of the Year

Products” at the BCIA Building Controls Industry Association Awards.

The awards were established to recognize and reward excellence in the building controls industry. The awards focus on key areas of manufacture and supply, including innovation and achievement, energy saving, engineering excellence, customer care and employee motivation. “The quality of entries was very high this year and reflects the fact that the Awards are now considered very significant in our sector” Ian Ellis President BCIA.

The award was presented to Andy Bartlett of Belimo UK by Charles Keel, Publishing Director of Modern Building Services who sponsored the category and celebrity compère, BBC World News Presenter Naga Munchettey at the Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday 9th May, which was attend by over 300 industry professionals. “The BCIA Awards are growing in popularity, reflecting the importance of them to the Controls Industry. The Gala Dinner was a great evening and a very professional event. We are extremely pleased that our Energy Valve won an award, especially due to the number and quality of entries.” Andy Bartlett Managing Director Belimo Automation UK Ltd.

PICCV Product Offering Expands with New Actuator Combinations

The PICCV expanding product offering with new KR24-3 and LRB24-SA actuators offers increased cost competitiveness and functionality. Expanding the TFRX24-MFT to the ¾” size offers a lower cost option.

The LRB24-SA is a PICCV non-spring return actuator featuring push button flow setter and wiring for Normally Closed proportional control or on/off signal input. These PICCV assemblies will only be offered with the full flow model for body sizes ½”, ¾”, 1” [DN 15/20/25]. Incremental reduced maximum flow (less than full flow) can be set in the field.

The KRB24-3 is a PICCV non-spring return actuator featuring a fine tooth gear wheel flow setter incorporating a simple mechanical lock/unlock feature and wiring for floating control or on/off signal input. These PICCV assemblies will only be offered with the full flow model for body sizes ½”, ¾” [DN 15/20]. Incremental reduced maximum flow (less than full flow) can be set in the field. (Note: KRB24-3 is without conduit connector and is not UL approved). The TFRX24-MFT spring return actuator is now available on all ¾” [DN 20] PICCV models and wiring is for proportional control or on/off signal input. Multiple “factory set” flows are available. Download Product Bulletin

The ZIP Economizer has been voted #1

2013 Comfortech Product Showcase Awards

The ZIP Economizer has been voted #1 in the 2013 Comfortech Product Showcase Awards in the category of Indoor Air Quality. Among all the entries in this category, the judges thought this is most innovative and useful product to HVAC contractors.

New Generation Globe Valves and Retrofit Linkages.

New generation actuators give globe valves the “extra muscle” they need for applications where higher close-off pressures are required.

New generation actuators give globe valves the “extra muscle” they need for applications where higher close-off pressures are required. The actuators offer greater force (up to 1011 lbf) with a reinforced rugged design, a selectable fail-safe position switch and a quick connect coupler, making installation quick and easy. With a retrofit linkage that adjusts to most globe valves, this actuator provides increased flexibility with reduced inventory. Download Product Bulletin

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Belimo Releases New Enhancement to SelectPro™

Sizing and Selection Made Simple.

Belimo enhances SelectPro, their sizing and selection software tool. It includes many new user features: ability to change units from imperial to metric, Manual Selection drop down, Export Builder ability to export to Excel entire family of products as well new products have been added. The new version of SelectPro (V2.0.116) is now available online or offline.


ZIP Economizer™

The Fast Route to Reliable Energy Savings.

The ZIP Economizer was been developed to allow for easy user interaction when setting up or troubleshooting Economizer systems and RTUs. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market.

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Belimo PIV Energy Modeling Plug-in

For Trane Trace™ 700 and eQuest installs on your computer in seconds.

With the new Belimo PIV Energy Modeling Plug-in, mechanical designers can accurately determine the energy savings associated with PI control valves. And they can share this information with building owners in a way that is valuable and real to them!

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