Critical Airflow

Phoenix Controls
Precision airflow control for critical spaces is a matter of safety, pure and simple. Whether you operate a world-class laboratory or state-of-the-art hospital, the safety of the occupants, patients, or employees, has to be first. Trinity Automated Solutions provides the most reliable and innovative solutions for your critical room control system challenges.

As an authorized systems integrator for Phoenix Controls, Our customers can have peace-of-mind in knowing the quality and reliability of the our control systems are second to none. Our innovative airflow control solutions​ provide new ways to save energy and reduce the cost of maintaining HVAC systems. As building airflow control systems become more complex, their maintenance costs rise. Trinity Automated Solutions delivers the value of an energy efficient critical room control system that requires virtually no maintenance for the entire life of the building.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Products & Models

Solutions for High-Performance Research Environments

The Celeris® brand of products are designed specifically for fume-hood intensive, high-level containment and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and protects researchers and safeguards the integrity of a research environment in critical control environments while offering optimum energy efficiency.

Why Celeris?

Leveraging the proven accuracy, stability and reliability of the Phoenix Controls  Accel® II venturi valve, the Celeris system provides a flexible and feature rich solution for all your airflow and climate control needs. The Celeris environmental control system integrates seamlessly with BACnet capable Building Management Systems. Available with electric or pneumatic actuation, the Celeris valve mounted controller leverages LonWorks technology to create a peer-to-peer control network capable of performing sophisticated control strategies. Input and output connections on each valve controller provide sufficient I/O for connecting sensors and actuators.​

Features:

  • Zone Balance Control: Provides superior ventilation and pressurization control by monitoring and controlling all networked and non-network flow devices in the pressurization zone. Advanced control features are built in:
    • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Control – decrease air change rate when air quality is good to reduce energy consumption. Increase air change rates if air quality deteriorates
    • Return air control – vary the ratio of 100% exhaust to return air based on indoor air quality
  • Temperature Control: Provides basic cooling and reheat control with 2nd stage of cooling or heating control or use more sophisticated control schemes:
    • Control off of the average of multiple temp sensors
    • Set up to four temperature zones per pressurized space
    • Discharge temperature control
    • Discharge set point reset control
    • BTU Compensation
    • Thermal Anticipatory Control
    • Hot Deck/Cold Deck control
  • Occupancy Control: The BMS can adjust the air change rate and temperature set points based on work schedules to reduce energy consumption during unoccupied periods. Users may override the occupancy schedule on a room by room basis.
  • Humidity Control: Control local humidification and dehumidification systems to maintain optimum comfort.
  • Mode Control: Initiate configurable flow conditions in response to local events (purge mode, decontamination mode, decommission mode) up to nine different states

Solutions for Life Science Facilities

The Traccel® brand of products are designed specifically for life science facilities and can easily accommodate changes in airflow demands, reduce future HVAC renovation costs, maintain the environmental integrity of a research facility, and help earn the points to achieve an organization's LEED goals.

Controlling these factors contributes directly to your operating margins, reducing risk and lowering facility costs. If there is one constant factor within the life science industry, there will be change. Change to accommodate new research or a new faculty member. It is essential to make the smart choices in facility mechanical design now, so that costs of change are less in the future.

Features:

Flexibility​​
  • Less testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) means faster commissioning–Phoenix Controls venturi valves meter flow and don’t measure flow. Devices that measure flow, like a terminal box, must typically be field characterized for the installation condition. Imagine commissioning a new or reconfigured HVAC system by just turning the fans on. TAB is virtually eliminated with venturi valves.
  • Integrates easily with LonTalk® or BACnet® networks–Traccel® is offered in a LonMark®-certified or BTL BACnet®-certified controller and seamlessly plugs into the open LON or native  BACnet network.
  • Pressure-independent operation–Design up to 30% shorter duct runs throughout the HVAC system. Traccel valves operate accurately even with short or angled duct sections. Precise airflow delivery rate is never compromised when there are changes in static pressure. Use the Traccel-TX Shut-off Valve option to eliminate the need for extra dampers and controls to isolate the mechanical ductwork.
  • Shut-off capability–In life sciences, needs for gaseous decontamination or HVAC isolation are not always considered during the planning stage. Planning a valve up front that can control airflow precisely with low-leakage shut-off can save thousands of dollars.

Energy Conservation

  • High turndown ratios saves energy–The design of the venturi valve body and cone assembly means higher turndown ratios than a traditional VAV terminal box–up to 20:1 versus 3:1. With better accuracy, you are saving energy with lower air volume and it will not compromise room pressurization.

Reduced Maintenances Costs

  • No flow sensors means no maintenance – All venturi valves are characterized for their full flow range at the factory, with a 48-point flow table loaded onto the controller. This means there are no flow sensors to clean, ever.
  • Fewer controllers per room – The Traccel controller provide a full electronic platform to control temperature and monitor humidity and pressure, eliminating the need for additional controllers in the space.
  • Tiered control platforms (TP, TX, SO/EO) – There are many different applications within a life science facility. Having a choice of three control schemes (TP, TX, and SO/EO) allows you to distribute costs and value where it is required, such as the demanding decontamination applications versus less demanding conference rooms and office spaces adjacent to the labs.
  • No flow sensors means no maintenance – All venturi valves are characterized for their full flow range at the factory, with a 48-point flow table loaded onto the controller. This means there are no flow sensors to clean, ever.
  • Fewer controllers per room – The Traccel controller provide a full electronic platform to control temperature and monitor humidity and pressure, eliminating the need for additional controllers in the space.
  • Tiered control platforms (TP, TX, SO/EO) – There are many different applications within a life science facility. Having a choice of three control schemes (TP, TX, and SO/EO) allows you to distribute costs and value where it is required, such as the demanding decontamination applications versus less demanding conference rooms and office spaces adjacent to the labs.

Solutions for Healthcare Spaces

The Theris® brand of products are designed specifically for hospitals and critical care facilities and can help facility owners reduce maintenance costs, reduce the spread of airborne pathogens and conserve more energy.

Features:

Flexibility​​
  • Less testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) means faster commissioning–Phoenix Controls venturi valves meter flow and don’t measure flow. Devices that measure flow, like a terminal box, must typically be field characterized for the installation condition. Imagine commissioning a new or reconfigured HVAC system by just turning the fans on. TAB is virtually eliminated with venturi valves.
  • Integrates easily with LonTalk® or BACnet® networks–Theris® is offered in a LonMark®-certified or BTL BACnet®-certified controller and seamlessly plugs into the open LON or native BACnet network.
  • Pressure-independent operation–Design up to 30% shorter duct runs throughout the HVAC system. Theris valves operate accurately even with short or angled duct sections. Precise airflow delivery rate is never compromised when there are changes in static pressure. Use the Theris -TX Shut-off Valve option to eliminate the need for extra dampers and controls to isolate the mechanical ductwork.
  • Shut-off capability–In healthcare, needs for gaseous decontamination or HVAC isolation are not always considered during the planning stage. Planning a valve up front that can control airflow precisely with low-leakage shut-off can save thousands of dollars.

Energy Conservation

  • High turndown ratios saves energy–The design of the venturi valve body and cone assembly means higher turndown ratios than a traditional VAV terminal box–up to 20:1 versus 3:1. With better accuracy, you are saving energy with lower air volume and it will not compromise room pressurization. This is especially important in operating rooms that use high airflow and more outdoor air.

Reduced Maintenances Costs

  • No flow sensors means no maintenance – All venturi valves are characterized for their full flow range at the factory, with a 48-point flow table loaded onto the controller. This means there are no flow sensors to clean, ever.
  • Fewer controllers per room – The Theris controller provide a full electronic platform to control temperature and monitor humidity and pressure, eliminating the need for additional controllers in the space.
  • Tiered control platforms (TP, TX, SO/EO, and CV) – There are many different applications within a healthcare facility. Having a choice of four control schemes (TP, TX, SO/EO, and CV) allows you to distribute necessary costs and value only where it is required.

Valves

Trinity Automated Solutions has the answer to all your critical airflow application challenges. Whether it’s research in wet chemistry laboratories, the multi-discipline environments of Life Sciences, or the wide-range of healthcare spaces requiring proper directional airflow. While these markets and applications may differ, they all share the requirement of maintaining proper pressurization of spaces.

Poorly performing pressurized spaces drive a facility’s utility costs higher than it needs to be. Many research universities find that anywhere between one half and two-thirds of their annual utility expenses is spent on their laboratory buildings. Facility owners need a more accurate airflow control solution that allows them to safely maintain their pressurized spaces while lowering their utility spend.

The solution is a pressure independent flow metering valve such as the Accel® II venturi valve by Phoenix Controls. The Accel® II venturi valve is the most accurate airflow control valve in the market today. There are multiple reasons for its high degree of accuracy including:

  • Utilizing flow metering technology that does not need long duct runs or use a K factor to correct for errors
  • Has a one second speed of response which valves requiring flow measurement cannot match due to inherent signal latency between flow sensor, controller and actuator
  • Pressure independent due to its use of a cone assembly that maintains flow with changes in static pressure
  • Pressure independence eliminates the “hunting” that is typical of airflow control valves that use flow measurement for control

By maintaining precise pressurization the Phoenix Control Accel® II valve ensures the minimum amount of airflow is used. By minimizing air change rates owners can achieve energy savings while also ensuring safety.

Phoenix Supervisor

Trinity Automated Solutions new user interface software Supervisor, from Phoenix Controls, presents both real-time and historical data from our airflow control solutions in a simple dashboard format. By using a standard web browser from either your building management system workstation or any web-enabled device, users can quickly troubleshoot devices in their labs or identify opportunities to reduce costs.

Features:

  • View Real-time and Historical Environmental Data
    Dashboards are ready to use without the need to integrate to the building automation system.
  • Consolidated Building View down to Device Level Status
    See the status of your buildings health, energy usage and safety and quickly drill down to device level to troubleshoot alarms.
  • Customizable based on User
    Customize your dashboards to present only the information of interest. The safety officer can see different dashboards than the facilities personnel to ensure only information critical to their role is presented.
  • Third Party Devices
    Dashboards support viewing information from devices such as building utility meters and room air quality sensors that may not have a user interface.
  • Track Energy Usage down to Device Level
    Have a real impact on energy reduction, monitor and reduce energy usage at the lab level. Dashboards monitor real-time energy usage and allow you to compare against historical usage and benchmarks.
  • ACH Optimization
    Dashboards help reduce energy usage while maintaining a safe environment through the visualization and control of the air flow vent rate based on air quality and occupancy of the space.
  • Change Lab Personnel Behaviors
    Display dashboards locally in the room. Lab personnel will be reminded to close their fume hoods and see the impact it has on energy conservation.
  • Consolidate Building Submeters with Lab Energy Usage
    See the impact of these spaces on the overall building energy usage by integrating BACnet capable submeters into the dashboards for a consolidated energy profile.
  • Actively Monitor Fume Hood Safety
    Actively monitor the face velocity at each hood through the dashboards and quickly respond to alarms when any issue arises.
  • Front End for Air Quality Sensors
    Avoid the cost to integrate air quality sensors to building automation systems. Quickly view sensor data in the dashboards for a consolidated view of all environmental data.
  • Compliance Reporting
    Consolidate all your environment data from Phoenix and other room devices into the Supervisor for a single resource to develop your safety and compliance reports.

Trinity Automated Solutions' laboratory and healthcare airflow control systems provide important data to help facility owners reduce energy costs, ensure compliance to industry standards and quickly troubleshoot equipment issues. We offer multiple solutions to view this information, from elegant room-level monitors to building-wide dashboard products that provide analysis of real-time data. Trinity Automated Solutions also offers critical space integration solutions that provide a cost effective path to getting the data required into your building management system (BMS).

Trinity Automated Solutions recognizes the challenges with integration and offers solutions that are both flexible in deployment and cost effective. Both centralized and distributed integration architectures are offered. Our centralized integration solution allows the facility to reduce Ethernet IP connections, saving potentially thousands of dollars every year for IP connection maintenance. The distributed integration solution eliminates a single point of integration, which allows the commissioning of spaces one at a time. Both solutions are cost effective, allowing for more data to be integrated to the BMS to support various initiatives to reduce utility spend and maintenance downtime.

BAS Integration

Fume Hood Control

A key component of the research laboratory is the fume hood. Selecting and maintaining proper face velocity at the fume hood is a key concern for laboratory users. The consequences of incorrect face velocity include:.

  • Unsafe conditions - Loss of containment when face velocity is too low
  • Unnecessary energy use when face velocity is too high
  • Degraded containment due to turbulence
  • Increased evaporation of volatile chemicals
  • Noisy operation of the hood and make-up ventilation system

In addition, there has been an increased awareness of the impact of laboratory ventilation systems on energy conservation. Many research universities spend one half to two thirds of their annual campus utility costs on buildings containing wet chemistry laboratories. Maintaining safe laboratories while reducing energy spend is critical to campuses. Trinity Automated Solutions offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for fume hood control that includes sash sensors, Zone Presence Sensor® , also known as ZPS ® sensor, fume hood displays, and fume hood valves and controllers. Our wide-variety of fume hood sensors, from Phoenix Controls, work with the most accurate air flow valves in the industry to ensure face velocity at the hood opening is maintained at a safe level.

These products help ensure the fume hood is safe to use, and to warn users of energy waste conditions. For example, the ZPS monitors if anyone is standing in front of the fume hood and if it senses no one, and the sash is raised above a specified height, the Sentry fume hood display will alert lab users of an energy waste condition. By changing the behaviors of users to lower their sash when not using the fume hood, the portfolio of fume hood controls allows campuses to achieve energy savings.

 

Valve Controller

Trinity Automated Solutions offers multiple application specific valve-mounted controllers that are designed for pressurized spaces. Each controller monitors flow feedback and provides actuation control for repositioning the Phoenix Controls valves we utilize. Besides offering high performance, the valve controller reports back to the BMS or other front end system information about valve performance and room environment, providing facility staff and building owners insights on possible issues as well as areas of energy waste.

Associated Products:

  • Celeris - For high speed actuation applications such as wet chemistry laboratory fume hood exhaust control. Celeris is used to ensure safety of the user at the fume hood.
  • Traccel - For tracking pair room pressurization applications. Used when supply and exhaust in a space must maintain a specified pressure balance (i.e., negative or positive pressurized room).

Upgrade to help your facility achieve even greater efficiency

Your existing critical airflow systems have served you well, and with an upgrade, it will meet the new technology demands that your facility needs today. We recognize that with a slow economy, and limits on capital funding, many Universities and Pharmaceutical research facilities are demanding more from their existing control systems. Upgrading the legacy controllers will save you energy, reduce operating costs and provide the readiness to support advanced control schemes (Celeris® 2 controllers).

The upgrade kit installation requires only replacing a few essential components while leaving the rest of the valve untouched saving you time and money. The upgrade can easily be phased-in, minimizing facility disruption.

From the facility operational perspective ….

  • Valve upgrade kits help facilities work within their annual maintenance budgets and allow scheduled, phased-in retrofits
  • The Celeris 2 platform creates a more flexible, local database for adding devices such as sensors, switches or additional control schemes (PCM)
  • Expedite point integration from valves or other devices on the network to the BMS, reducing the complexity of BMS programming
  • Give operations staff better troubleshooting tools for managing or monitoring devices in the lab
  • Take advantage of additional Phoenix Controls digital devices and their features like Pressure Monitors, Local Display Units, Fume Hood Monitors and Zone Presence Sensors
  • Celeris 2 offers advanced control sequences to support active progressive offset control (POC), temperature control, and demand based ventilation

From a controls systems perspective…

Moving to Celeris 2 technology provides enhanced control with energy management features that were previously unavailable.

  • Enhanced occupied, stand-by, timed bypass, and unoccupied control
  • Advanced temperature control including cascade control, thermal anticipatory or BTU compensation control, temperature sensor averaging, and primary and auxiliary reheat/cooling control
  • Indoor Air Quality Control (IAQ), lowers standard air changes per hour/based on air quality while maintaining work environment safety
  • Automatic GEX shut-off in lab spaces can be configured for energy savings (requires replacing GEX valve with a shut-off valve)
  • Hibernation mode allows hood valves to be driven to the minimum valve flow when not in use (requires fume hood monitor upgrade to FHM631-ENG)

All Valve upgrade kits include: Vpots, enclosures, control boards, actuators, and either links or reversing arms to fully retrofit the valve in place, in the field. Kits are also offered with a three-year extended warranty covering all replacement parts.

Space Monitor

Trinity Automated Solutions provides high quality sensors and monitors in all these areas in order to produce a comprehensive environmental control solution. In addition, we provide space pressurization monitors to verify the reliability of the airflow control solutions.

The Phoenix Controls APM II, combined with temperature and humidity sensors, enable a building owner to monitor these variables. In addition to offering room level control these products are available for integration with the building management system.

The View Monitor combines a modern design, and 7” touch screen, with the ability to display data and edit setpoints in a BACnet MS/TP network interface. The View can display such critical data as Air Changes per Hour, Room Occupancy, Room Offset, temperature and has the capability to display custom messages, all in a flush mounted tablet.

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