Berner Unveils Digital HVAC Control For Air Curtains

This digital controller for industrial air curtains enables building managers to control and monitor air curtains individually or in groups.


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Berner International unveiled the Industrial Intelliswitch™, North America’s first digital controller platform for the shipping dock and door industrial air curtain market. The Intelliswitch, which is standard on all Berner Architectural air curtains, was adapted for industrial air curtains so building managers can control and monitor air curtains individually or in groups. The digital controller platform offers a built-in time delay, preset programs, seven-day scheduling, a temperature probe, and a low voltage circuit for unit activation via door switch or BMS.

The Intelliswitch also allows the option to add the Berner AIR smart controller and app, which includes BACnet capabilities. Facility managers can program, operate, and monitor air curtains through either a building management system using the BACnet-IP protocol, or a smartphone. The Berner AIR app also enables grouping, making it simpler and faster to program many air curtains across multiple locations.

The Intelliswitch and Berner AIR features allow one to program and adjust settings so that Berner industrial air curtains operate optimally for the application and conditions. Consequently, facilities are more efficient at saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when the doors are open by protecting interior temperatures, in addition to providing thermal comfort. Air curtains also facilitate chemical-free flying insect control and enhance general indoor air quality (IAQ).

The Industrial Intelliswitch and Berner AIR package allows access to the new Berner AIR Console, which presents a dashboard style display from a Web browser for better overviews, especially with multiple air curtains and locations.

Other Industrial Intelliswitch and Berner AIR package features are:

  • Remote troubleshooting for service diagnostics
  • Designed, assembled, and factory-tested in Berner’s UL-listed panel shop that’s authorized to build motor control panels
  • Compatible with most voltages
  • Simplifies specification by eliminating a la carte control selection
  • Monitors air curtains with heating options (electric, hot water and steam), with the exception of direct gas heat
  • Simple to operate and maintain, the Berner AIR allows for over-the-air updates
  • Improvement of air curtain monitoring and control leads to increased sustainability and ESG commitment support
  • Employs best practices for cyber security protocols
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