At the AHR Show in Las Vegas in January, Armstrong Fluid Technology showcased the company’s next level of innovation in pumping solutions for enhanced lifetime building performance across its entire Design Envelope pump range from 1hp to 1250hp. Armstrong designs, engineers, and manufactures intelligent fluid flow equipment.
Providing extended intelligence, wireless connectivity, new integrated Armstrong controls, Parallel Sensorless Pump Control, and on-board web services, these technological advancements can help facility management realize energy savings of 30% or more.
“Design Envelope technology now looks beyond energy savings to provide a comprehensive view of HVAC performance management,” said Lex van der Weerd, Armstrong CEO. “These advancements deliver accelerated value for our customers through unmatched efficiency, the simplest and fastest commissioning and optimized lifetime performance through real-time insight and action.”
The features that allow the new line of Design Envelope pumps to provide these results include:
- Extended Intelligence. A new, integrated Armstrong controller provides a wide range of new functionality including on-board diagnostics, trending, alerts and automatic flow-balancing.
- Real-time Connectivity. Connectivity options include BACnet, BACnet IP, and Modbus. All pumps are delivered with both wireless and wired connectivity. On-board web services provide wireless access for commissioning and performance management.
- Advanced Controls. This set of capabilities transforms Design Envelope pumps from intelligent to self-aware, with pump control features such as auto-flow balancing to further simplify commissioning, a new touchpad with easy-to-use guided processes and intuitive HMI, as well as access to real-time performance and pump conditions.
- New Armstrong iECM™ motors. Permanent magnet motors with integrated drives and controls deliver IE4 levels of energy efficiency (on select models).
Along with these equipment introductions, Armstrong has launched Pump Manager, a web-based service that leverages the intelligence and connectivity of Design Envelope pumps. Delivered as secure, cloud-based application, key features of Pump Manager include real-time alerts and warnings, online trending and analysis, and reports and summaries that provide a view of pump performance and key trends.