Heating

Heating Solution

Task:

In a company with many branches and a commercial building with joint usage, an adequate and energy optimized heating system is needed. All autonomously operating facilities shall be automatically backed up on an external server in a control center (in a different city). The local facility managers shall connect to the server through the Internet to maintain and optimize the systems. The room conditions such as temperature and humidity shall be monitored and controlled via touch panels by head storemen and branch managers. Administration accomplishes these tasks using normal workplace PCs instead of dedicated touch panels. Facility managers shall also be informed about malfunctions and alarms from remote. By accessing this information via tablet PC, the facility manger is able to give an initial assessment of the situation. The IT staff is open for a joint usage of the network, provided that the common IT security standards are met. 

Solution:

The heat distribution unit is located in the heating plant in the basement that draws the energy from pipelines and distributes it adequately. Thereby, the basic heating of the sales and office areas is ensured through the activation of the components. Additionally, one heating unit per ventilation system is available. The control is done by a L-INX Automation Server that integrates actuators and sensors via L-IOB I/O Modules and various field busses. A weather station is mounted outside the building, communicating with the L-INX Automation Servers via a field bus.

In each of the three storage areas, one compact heating system is installed. The systems are controlled by one L-IOB I/O Controller each. Per storage area an L-VIS Touch Panel offers the comfortable possibility of monitoring and configuring the room conditions like temperature and humidity. For the processing of central hot water, a L-IOB I/O Controller is used.

LOYTEC Heating Solution

Thanks to LOYTEC’s functions and graphics library, the functions and visualizations are configured in a short time, whereby it is always possible to integrate customized features. Functions and symbols that are used in the large central heating system can be reused in the compact heating systems which significantly simplifies engineering and operation by the end user.

All these control and visualization components are interconnected via a network. Because of daisy-chain connections from one device to another, the cabling effort can be minimized. Since all network members communicate with one another through web services (OPC, SOAP) and through HTTPS SSL-Encryption, network configuration can be kept simple and complies with the security standard demanded by the IT department. Communication via firewalls and NAT routers in the intranet and Internet is secure which allows the integration of the company’s WLAN.

The server application of the management system LWEB-900 that supports complete device configuration, trend and alarm logs, calendars and schedulers, parameter settings, and also a periodical device backup, is installed on a virtual server in the control center and is therefore also included in the processes of the IT department, such as backup and maintenance. The client application of LWEB-900 is installed on the workstations computers of the local facility managers, which allows them the unrestricted use of all functions of the management system.

LWEB-803 is installed on all workplace computers of administration. Through this application, employees can control the room conditions directly via their own PC.  

If the facility manager wants to access the system from remote, he uses the web application LWEB-802. This application shows the same views on the tablet PC as the LWEB-900 client.

For using all these access possibilities, no additional engineering is required, as the entire functionality and the graphics are already delivered with the LOYTEC functions and graphics libraries. 

Advantages:

The consistent use of LOYTEC products offers the following advantages

  • Multi-protocol capability of L-INX Automation Servers: If L-INX Automation Servers are used, the additional use of gateways is not necessary, as this functionality is already integrated in the L-INX Automation Servers.
  • Scalability: For small, decentralized systems, L-IOB I/O Controllers can be used. For large central stations, L-INX Automation Servers are advised. In both cases, LOYTEC’s functions and graphics library can be used without functional restrictions.
  • Management: With LWEB-900, a powerful management system is available that offers all common and custom functions, like visualization, alarming, scheduling, trending, and many more. Moreover, it sets new standards in the field of implementing IT security features and reporting.
  • IT friendly: Through the use of web services (OPC, SOAP) via HTTPS SSL-Encryption, a seamless integration in an IT environment is ensured, as only state-of-the-art IT mechanisms and protocols are used.
  • Anytime, anywhere, any device: If a visualization, trend, or schedule, etc. is once configured, it is available for all tools, be it as a graphical page on an L-VIS touch panel, in the LWEB-900 management system, LWEB-802 web browser, or LWEB-803 client as a desktop application.

Range of Applications:

Community Facilites:                                    Business Facilities:
  • Kindergardens and schools
  • Hospitals
  • Public swimming pools
  • Retirement and care homes
  • Sport halls
  • Administration buildings
  • Office buildings
  • Shopping centers
  • Airports
  • Railroad stations
  • Production halls
  • Warehouses

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