A retrofit makes most people think of replacing an obsolete or broken fan with a new one. As before, this is still the main way of bringing existing ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration plants to a state-of-the-art level without having to invest in a completely new system. ebm-papst has been providing the right components for this for many years now and is also on hand with extensive expertise to help its partners with planning and implementing the system.
Open to all types of control
But by founding ebm-papst neo GmbH & Co KG, the fan experts have opened the door to a world of entirely new digital solutions. A key part of this is the data-driven retrofit. In principle, almost any control system can be connected to the cloud later. The benefits of this upgrade should not be underestimated: it means that the data obtained can be accessed, visualized and brought together. This soon brings added value, as the operation can be optimized and anomalies can be quickly detected and resolved. Using learning algorithms provides a smooth process that is continually and automatically optimized.
Networking fans and entire buildings
The ebm-papst Building Connect platform is an effective tool for this purpose. It collects data from existing systems – from fan to building control – and analyses them. Room plans are used to create a digital twin of the building on the platform. The algorithms working in the background learn from user behavior, building characteristics and environmental conditions to constantly improve the entire building ecosystem.
For example, if the ebm-papst Building Connect platform is linked to a simple building control system, you are giving it an Internet-capable brain. It specifies optimized times for a time-controlled ventilation system, making a rigid system into an intelligent real-time control system. Customers receive direct access to their data, so they can keep an eye on what is actually happening – in real time! On request, the platform user interface can also be labeled for the customer. Third-party applications can also be linked.
Customers receive direct access to their data, so they can keep an eye on what is actually happening – in real time!
Another major advantage of this data-driven upgrade: the ebm-papst Building Connect platform can be implemented quickly and easily. A good time to do so is when retrofitting fans, for example the latest generation of RadiPac centrifugal fans. After all, they are easy to link and provide intelligent control systems that supply numerous valuable data.
Achieve even more data and added value by installing a true plug-and-play solution: the RESET-certified fan from ebm-papst. This combined product consists of an energy-saving fan with RESET-certified sensor and a gateway that enables direct connection to the cloud. The RESET-certified fan supplies traditional fan data such as speed, vibration, noise, air speed and power consumption, but also parameters for air quality like temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, fine dust and gases emitted by materials inside. This makes it a cornerstone for having a building certified to the world’s first sensor-based building standard RESET.
More added value: documentation, productivity, health
Numerous studies have proven that good air quality increases employees’ productivity at work. It is obvious that it is also good for health. And if the air quality is sustainable, like the RESET standard requires, this provides the building operator with many convincing arguments.
But documentation of performance data in buildings is playing an increasingly important role even without air quality certification, in order to provide the required efficiency certificates, for example. Instead of having to gather laborious data that is often estimated, the ebm-papst Building Connect platform collates it at the click of a button.
Instead of having to gather laborious data that is often estimated, the ebm-papst Building Connect platform collates it at the click of a button.
Depending on the application and situation, it is possible to create very different, and sometimes unexpected, added value. One example is new business models: because of the link to its customers’ data, a manufacturer of air purifiers can sell not just its devices but a “clean air” service. The experts at ebm-papst neo speak directly to the customer to develop the potential concrete benefits of a data-driven retrofit. And, as before, this requires human problem solving skills.
Learn more about ebm-papst neo solutions and the RESET building standard.