At Contemporary Controls, we take great pride in our commitment to HVACR education and training. To support HVACR programs, Contemporary Controls has worked with several affiliated colleges and technical schools to create practical classroom/lab experiences that merge traditional HVACR knowledge with the computer and IT skills needed in today's high-tech building automation industry.
Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Our products are built upon open technologies, such as BACnet®, Ethernet, Modbus®, Sedona, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries. With years of field-proven reliability, our products do not require a license and are available to all without restrictions.
Combined with award-winning technical support, an educational discount on hardware, and free software tools, our networking and control products are perfectly suited for training and education applications.
The BAScontrol and the Micro PC Edge series of open controllers feature BACnet as the protocol and license-free Sedona as the programming language. Each series is freely programmable using the BAScontrol Toolset which is a free set of software tools that allows students to configure, test, emulate, and archive controller operation on a Windows PC. Pre-built HVAC applications are also available to demonstrate a full automation project implementation and project submittal.
The BASrouters series of BACnet multi-network routers provide stand-alone routing between BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet and BACnet MS/TP which allows students to install and troubleshoot a mix of BACnet network technologies within a single BACnet internetwork. The BACnet routers are available in three different versions—two DIN-rail mounted units for fixed installations, that includes a high performance model capable of supporting advanced features, and a portable unit for commissioning and troubleshooting of field devices.
BASview3 is a stand-alone, embedded, web-based graphical supervisor that provides both BACnet/IP client functionality and control in one package. Besides BACnet MS/TP and Modbus to BACnet integration, the BASview3 provides supervisory features, such as alarming, trending, scheduling, and email notifications. It is license-free, simple to install, and its intuitive graphical interface allows students to access supervisory features with no prior training.
The Skorpion series of unmanaged switches provide a simple, cost-effective method of expanding Ethernet networks and interconnecting Ethernet devices. These plug and play units can be put into service without any configuration and are ideal for building an automation network in the classroom. This Ethernet network could also be connected to any standard Wi-Fi router to allow for student/instructor access to the devices over Wi-Fi.
The Skorpion series of IP routers allow instructors to create an IP network within the classroom/lab, while securely connecting to the campus IT network—passing appropriate traffic while blocking all other traffic using either a wired or wireless connection. This gives the instructor full IP administration capability of their classroom/lab.
Industrial Ethernet University (IEU) was created to educate the public on the benefits of deploying Industrial Ethernet in a variety of solutions for applications. The material is vendor-neutral and provided free of charge. The on-going purpose of the university is to educate the public for the benefit of the industry.
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