Get Connected with NovoCon
Danfoss is leading a revolution in commercial heating and cooling control with the launch of the NovoCon digital actuator. This multi-functional actuator now makes it possible to connect a HVAC system to the Building Management System (BMS) via Fieldbus - adding advanced levels of hydronic balancing and control, whist also saving valuable time on site.
The NovoCon is a 4-in-one solution which combines a digital actuator, flow indicator, BMS communication device and data logger. Designed for use with the Danfoss AB-QM pressure independent balancing and control valve (PICV), NovoCon S simplifies the installation and commissioning process and gives users access to unique data for maintenance purposes. It also offers remote control of the heating and cooling system from a computer, for example, the ability to flush hundreds of valves with a single mouse click.
NovoCon is a highly accurate, multi-functional actuator for use with the Danfoss AB-QM PICV in sizes from DN 10-32. It delivers best in class hydronic performance in a range of heating and cooling systems, including fan coil units, chilled beams and radiant panels.
NovoCon functions as a flow indicator thanks to the high position accuracy of the actuator and the pressure independent and linear characteristics of the AB-QM valve.
BMS Communication Device
BMS connectivity is now possible with NovoCon. All setting and control functions can be achieved via Fieldbus cabling with only minimal data points.
The NovoCon facilitates collection and storage of data that can be used to benchmark building performance over time and identify best practice in energy consumption behaviour.
Field Test Results
The new Danfoss NovoCon digital actuator has been independently tested by Imtech, a leading European technical services provider. Imtech's field testing team reported easier installation and commissioning with NovoCon, as well as added flexibility when making subsequent changes in the system. The tests also showed that it was possible to install and commission the valve and actuator at the same time and receive visual feedback if a cable problem occurred. This was seen as a huge time-saver as it allows engineers to close the ceiling immediately after installation and fine-tune and connect the system from a computer.
The tests also highlight quicker and easier filling and flushing thanks to 120% opening of the valve when removing dirt from the system. one of many features not previously possible. Additionally, the Danfoss NovoCon makes it easy to adjust the flow in the event of changes to building use, without having to open up ceilings and disturb occupants.
Summing up, Ahmet Canpolat, Business Development Manage at Danfoss, comments: 210 years ago Danfoss helped redefine control valves with the AB-QM, the first combined automatic balancing valve and pressure independent control valve, and now we are doing the same for actuators with the new NovoCon. Hydronics are no longer isolated from Building Automation and we believe the potential of this development in terms of time-saving, access to unique system data and improved energy consumption is huge. Danfoss is delighted with the test results fo far and sees the NovoCon digital actuator as a testament to our commitment to push the boundaries of engineering, whilst keeping the needs of our customers at the forefront of everything we do".