The demands on the intelligence of a building have steadily increased in recent years, with the focus on energy efficiency, user comfort and a good return-on-investment. With holistic building automation across all trades, such as Beckhoff's PC-based control portfolio, sustainable, energy-efficient operation and healthy living can be realized in the sense of a "green building". All trades are integrated into one platform, from HVAC to lighting and facade control and from room automation and AV and media technology to cloud connectivity. This benefits all parties involved in the building automation value creation chain: architects enjoy maximum creative freedom with optimal functional efficiency; specialist planners are provided with increased planning reliability with reduced complexity; system integrators benefit from simplified engineering and increased process reliability; operators minimize their operating costs and maintenance work; investors get the greatest possible investment protection.
At a glance: your benefits in building automation with PC-based control
PC-based control: the universal control solution for all building systems
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
With the TwinCAT 3 Building Automation software library, a comprehensive package of function blocks is available for building automation that covers the entire range of functions of the HVAC controller. This significantly simplifies the work of the system integrator in the implementation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. Functions such as summer night cooling, summer compensation, backup operation, schedules and much more are also available as ready-made software blocks. With the help of the HVAC modules, further energy-saving possibilities can be exploited by the occupancy-dependent control of trades.
Lighting, solar protection, window control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning are combined with one another in room automation for the of all trades. This reduces not only the number of individual physical data points and thus the susceptibility to errors, but also the energy consumption. The thermal automation solar protection functions and the lighting solution for daylight-dependent lighting control contribute significantly to energy savings. Thanks to the powerful controllers from Beckhoff, it is possible to integrate the blind controls with lighting controls and hence use the natural light as part of lighting control. Classic room control units can also easily be integrated via KNX/EIB, Modbus and EnOcean.
Through support for the common protocols and interfaces of media and building technology, the Beckhoff automation platform is able to address all industry-typical devices and systems. Moreover, the integration of AV and media technology and building automation opens up new possibilities, for example for the simple control and operation of multimedia devices in meeting and conference rooms. However, the monitoring of AV device states can also be done via the same system.
Operating and monitoring
Depending on the building type or function, the customer-specific requirements vary with regard to remote operation and maintenance, energy and consumption data acquisition, compressed air monitoring and scheduling. The software is perfectly suited to the visualization of all data from the building control and monitoring. The visualization can be done on a local Panel PC or a Control Panel connected to an Industrial PC or Embedded Controller. However, any HTML5-capable browser, as is contained in smartphones and tablets, can be used to open the TwinCAT HMI visualization. With the help of the TwinCAT IoT software functions, you can connect buildings to the cloud of public or private cloud service providers. The TwinCAT IoT functions support communication protocols such as MQTT, AMQP or OPC UA for simple and secure communication with cloud services. The TwinCAT IoT Data Agent can be used for the simple configuration of Beckhoff controllers with cloud services. The does not require programming – a simple drag-and-drop tool can be used to establish the connection between selected control variables and the cloud. Due to its support for OPC UA, the TwinCAT Data Agent can also be used to configure third-party devices for the cloud. With the help of the TwinCAT IoT Functions (), all data points and measured values can be connected to the cloud quickly and simply; enables the generation of a dashboard with just one click.
Beckhoff building automation meets the requirements of energy efficiency class A
The European standard EN 15232 describes the influence of building automation and building management on energy efficiency and enables a standardized representation. It includes a structured list of all building automation functions and their influence on energy efficiency. In addition, EN 15232 provides methodical support in defining minimum requirements for building automation. The basic rule: the higher the degree of automation, the higher the energy saving. With a PC-based control solution from Beckhoff and the optimized functions in the software package, even energy efficiency class A in the DIN EN 15232 standard can be reached. Green-building concepts can be realized; operators benefit from the status "ISO 50001-ready" and can be exempted from the energy allocation charge by recording all energy consumption.
Beckhoff offers the right control solution for every application in building automation
With a comprehensive toolkit of modular and scalable software and hardware components, Beckhoff enables the configuration of an optimal control solution for every task in building automation that is precisely tailored in terms of performance, cost and available mounting space. From the powerful Industrial PCs for the management and control level to the Embedded PCs for the automation level to the Bus Terminal controllers for room automation, users benefit from the maximum scalable controller performance: from the 16-bit CPU to the x86 CPU with 2.1 GHz on 12 cores.
The Beckhoff Bus Terminal system for the connection of the data points supports all common sensors and actuators as well as the fieldbus systems typically used in building automation with 1,000 different I/O terminals. The fine granularity of the system makes it possible to insert only as many inputs or outputs as the respective project requires. The extremely high packing density (12 mm for 16 digital I/Os) reduces space requirements to a minimum and facilitates later reproductions. The Bus Terminal system is a worldwide automation standard and is used in numerous applications. This ensures high availability and secure investment protection.
Beckhoff supports open communication at field level
The powerful, PC-based automation platform takes over control, data processing, connectivity, visualization, remote maintenance and cloud connection. Due to the open interfaces in software and hardware, it is optimally suited to the centralized or decentralized control of all trades: from heating, ventilation and air conditioning control to room automation and from media control to operation and monitoring. Control can take place locally or in the cloud. In addition to the integration of standardized communication protocols for building automation, system integrators also have the most common interfaces at their disposal for connecting audio/video and multimedia systems. Also the TwinCAT Database Server () can be integrated into the project planning to connect the building automation data to common databases. In conjunction with the TwinCAT IoT Functions (), data storage and monitoring can also be implemented in the cloud.
Office buildings and educational institutions
PC-based control for building automation in office buildings and educational institutions
Hotels, cruise ships and stages
PC-based control for building automation in hotels, cruise ships and stages
Commercial and industrial buildings
PC-based control for building automation in commercial and industrial buildings
PC-based control for building automation in infrastructure
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
PC-based control for heating, ventilation and air conditioning
PC-based control for room automation
PC-based control for media technology
Operating and monitoring
PC-based control for operating and monitoring