NovoCon® Digital Controls

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Connectivity and data integration for an optimized hydronic system...

NovoCon® digital actuators are tailor made to fit Danfoss AB-QM™ Pressure Independent Balancing Control Valves. They establish the perfect connection between superior hydronic HVAC system performance and smart building automation solutions.

Traditional controlled actuators, at best, offer an analog feedback signal to the BMS room controller. Instead, the NovoCon® actuators offers many digital system parameters directly to the Building Management System via BACnet or Modbus. It for example exchanges accurate information about the actuator/valve position, settings, temperatures, alarms etc.

All the information provides System Integrators and facility managers with unique insight and remote access to the HVAC system. The actual HVAC data can be used to optimize the systems performance, improving the indoor comfort and an energy efficient building.

NovoCon® digital control actuators enable continuous monitoring, active energy management and preventive maintenance at the highest comfort level and lowest operating costs. The digital actuators can be used in many building types such as universities, hospitals, offices, and hotels.

NovoCon® series:

  • NovoCon® S fits AB-QM valves ½" to 1¼" (DN 10-32). Typical applications include Terminal Units such as Fan Coil Units (FCU), chilled beams and radiant panels. The valves are used in two-pipe heating or cooling and four-pipe heating/cooling change-over systems for maximum flows from 1.2 to 17.5 GPM. For fast and reliable installation, we recommend the NovoCon® S only be connected to the BMS and wired in daisy-chain using our series of connection cables.
  • NovoCon® M fits AB-QM valves 1½" to 2" (DN 40-100). These combinations are applicable for the control of higher volume maximum flows from 33 to 55 GPM in e.g. Air Handling Units (AHU).
  • NovoCon® L fits AB-QM™ valves 5" to 6" (DN 125-150). These combinations control high volume flows from 395 to 830 GPM in e.g. chiller applications.
  • NovoCon® XL fits AB-QM™ valves 8" to 10"(DN 200-250). These larger combinations are applicable for control of the highest volume maximum flows from 830 to 1600 GPM in e.g. District cooling applications.

Built-in I/O

The digital actuators also offers built-in I/O's for added functionality, flexibility and cost savings. In some applications this can replace I/O modules from the BMS. A few examples of using the actuators’ I/O’s are:

  • Flow & energy indication by connecting sensors for return and supply temperature measurement with NovoCon® Energy
  • To connect different sensors (e.g. room temperature, humidity, or condensation) and control different devices such as fans with NovoCon® Remote I/O cable

Features and benefits

Remote access

Via the BMS system and bus communication all actuators can be remotely accessed. This saves a lot of time during the installation and commissioning of the system as well as during the many years the building is operational.

Continuous commissioning

System data can be retrieved and analyzed in order to optimize the HVAC system. In case adaptions to e.g. setting of design flows are required, it can easy be done. On one, a few or all actuators at the same time. Continuously monitoring and commissioning the system saves time and costs throughout the life cycle of the building.

Predictive maintenance

Don't wait for HVAC components to fail, cause complaints and need for urgent and disturbing service activities. Instead you can see where and when an issue might occur and you can take precautions and act pro-actively.

Flexibility all over

The designers or system integrators of BMS systems can realize customized HVAC solutions for every project. In case the building user wants to refurbish the building, the HVAC system can be adapted accordingly without physical adjustments to the BMS components.

NovoCon® digital controls - for perfect hydronic balancing

NovoCon® digital controls - for perfect hydronic balancing

Get best-in-class hydronic performance with NovoCon digital controls. Tailored for AB-QM™ pressure independent control valves, NovoCon® allows complete remote control of the HVAC system – from installation to maintenance. Get a quick tour of the NovoCon®  in this animation.

Videos

Documents

Documents
Type Name Language Valid for Updated Download File type
Catalog AB-QM™ Quick Select Guide English United States 30 Mar, 2021 1.2 MB .pdf
Fact sheet NovoCon Digital Controls Fact Sheet English Multiple 26 Aug, 2021 1.3 MB .pdf
Brochure NovoCon S Digital Control Actuator Brochure English Multiple 15 Feb, 2019 3.0 MB .pdf

Case studies

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    Outstanding HVAC flexibility after high-end office building renovation

    Building: Office
    Application: Hydronic balancing and remote control of 4-pipe heating/cooling change-over system
    Challenge: Ensure a flexible to use HVAC system with DGNB sustainability certification
    Solution: Digital NovoCon® actuator combined with AB-QM™ control valves and NovoCon® CO6 combined with ChangeOver6 as a combination balance the system hydronically, allow remote access via a BMS and control the room temperatures during both heating and cooling operation.

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    HVAC control at Katowice business centre, Poland

    Katowice Business Centre is a modern office building where Danfoss hydronic balancing solutions are used; AB-QM™ balancing and control valves in combination with revolutionary NovoCon® actuators.

Tender texts

Modulating, high accuracy, geared actuator with field bus (BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU) connectivity used to control pressure independent balancing and control valves type AB-QM ½” to 1-1/4”.

·        Control signal digital: BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTUControl signal analog: 0-10V/2-10V, 0-20mA/4-20mA

·        Direct connection to 2x PT1000 surface/immersed sensors and emission power indication, in energy application

·        Direct connection I/O: 2x resistance, AO and AI, with remote I/O application

·        Actuator functionality is remotely accessible via the field bus:

-        Design flow pre-setting

-        Flushing the valve and terminal unit

-        Error during closing intrinsic alarm reporting

-        Supply and return temperature readings, emission power indication, in energy application

-        Energy counter (kWh, MJ, kBTU) , in energy application

-        Alarm high/low deltaT and temperature sensors disconnected, in energy application

-        Alpha characteristics setting

-        Speed selection 3/6/12/24 s/mm

-        Opening/closing time selection from 18s to 700s

-        Auto MAC addressing (BACnet only)

-        Auto Baud rate detection

-        Flow indication based on measured stroke in l/h, GPM

·        Eu.bac interchangeability approved in combination with PIBCV valve

·        Supply Voltage: 24V DC/AC 50/60Hz

·        Spindle position accuracy: ±0.05mm

·        Cables: Plenum rated, free plug-in available in 1.5m, 5m and 10m length

·        Temperature sensors: plug-in 2x PT1000 surface or immersed 1.5m length

·        64 actuators can be connected to the same network

·        Supports BACnet service Change of Value (COV)

·        Supports remote Firmware updates

·        Stroke travel : 7mm

·        BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) listed BACnet MS/TP fieldbus device

·        Manual override function

·        Configuration tool available easy configuration, commissioning and firmware updates

Commissioning tool available for addressing, parametrization and hydronic continuous commission

Modulating, high accuracy, geared actuator with bus connectivity used to control pressure independent

control valves type AB-QM NovoCon® DN 1½” to 4”.

·        Control signal digital: BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTU. Control signal analog: 0-10V/2-10V, 0-20mA/4-20mA

·        Actuator functionality is remotely accessible via the fieldbus:

-        design flow pre-setting

-        flushing the valve and terminal unit

-        error during closing/opening/calibration alarm

-        LIN/LOG/α-setting characteristics setting

-        selectable speed

-        opening/closing time selection

-        auto MAC addressing (BACnet)

-        auto Parity detection (Modbus)

-        auto Baud rate detection

-        Flow and energy indication

·        Supply Voltage 24V ac/dc

·        64 actuators can be connected to the same network

·        Stroke travel : 20mm

·        Manual override function

·        Click on mounting

·        LED status indication

·        BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) listed BACnet MS/TP fieldbus device

Modulating, high accuracy, geared actuator with bus connectivity used to control pressure independent control valves type AB-QM 5” & 6”.

·        Control signal digital: BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTU. Control signal analog: 0-10V/2-10V, 0-20mA/4-20mA

·        Actuator functionality is remotely accessible via the fieldbus:

-        design flow pre-setting

-        flushing the valve and terminal unit

-        error during closing/opening/calibration alarm

-        LIN/LOG/α-setting characteristics setting

-        selectable speed

-        opening/closing time selection

-        auto MAC addressing (BACnet)

-        auto Parity detection (Modbus)

-        auto Baud rate detection

-        Flow and energy indication

-        Safety function in NovoCon® L SU/SD. Spring up or spring down for AB-QM 5” & 6” valves.

·        Supply Voltage 24V ac/dc

·        32 actuators can be connected to the same network

·        Stroke travel : 50 mm

·        Manual override function

·        LED status indication

Software

  • NovoCon® configuration tool
    Fast and easy configuration of NovoCon®. Multiple NovoCon® actuators can be configured in one instance. Plug in NovoCon® to your computer and you have access to all settings. Version 2.1.6.1

Support files

Keep your NovoCon® firmware up to date. Find the newest firmware versions for NovoCon® S, M, L/XL and download them now.

Name Version Download
NovoCon® S firmware
(only for code 003Z8504)
4.26 ZIP (299 kB)
NovoCon® M firmware 1.15 ZIP (292 kB)
NovoCon® L/XL firmware 1.11 ZIP (298 kB)

 

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