NovoCon® Digital actuators

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The NovoCon® digital actuators are tailor made to fit Danfoss AB-QM Pressure Independent balancing and 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 controller. Instead, the NovoCon® actuators offer 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 technical facility managers a unique insight in, and remote access to, the HVAC system. The actual HVAC data can be used to optimize the systems performance, improving the indoor comfort and achieve an energy efficient building.

NovoCon® is an essential device in the transition to HVAC 4.0 for smart, connected buildings. The 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 offices, hotels and hospitals. But also in cruise ships, universities, data centers, shopping malls, museums or supermarkets.

NovoCon® S and NovoCon® M

Danfoss NovoCon® series of digital actuators for PICVs currently consists of two versions;

  • NovoCon® S fits AB-QM valves DN 10-32 and new AB-QM 4.0 valves DN 15-32. These combinations are applicable for various types of 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.
  • NovoCon® M fits dedicated AB-QM NovoCon® valves DN 40-100. These combinations are applicable for the control of high volume flows in e.g. Air Handling Units (AHU), chillers and boilers 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
  • Optimized solution for 4-pipe change-over applications with NovoCon® CO6 (only for NovoCon® S)
  • 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.

Smart HVAC control solution for the I-tower at WTC Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In 2017 World Trade Center (WTC) located in Amsterdam at the ‘Zuid-as’, renovated one of the nine buildings, the 7 stories high I-tower. A high-end HVAC system, LED lighting and other technical improvements established a smart and modern office environment. Danfoss AB-QM PICV valves and NovoCon® S digital actuators play an essential role.

Documents

Type Name Language Valid for Updated Download File type
Brochure Grow your business and discover the value of working with one partner (International version) English Multiple 18 Nov, 2015 5.6 MB .pdf
Brochure Hydronic Balancing & Control product overview English United Kingdom 10 Nov, 2014 7.1 MB .pdf
Brochure Hydronic Balancing & Control product overview English Multiple 11 Dec, 2016 1.1 MB .pdf
Brochure NovoCon | Digital actuator for HVAC English Multiple 19 Jun, 2017 762.7 KB .pdf
Brochure NovoCon M product leaflet English Multiple 11 Jul, 2019 428.1 KB .pdf
Data sheet NovoCon S English Multiple 25 Jul, 2019 5.8 MB .pdf
Fact sheet NovoCon® application English Multiple 12 Mar, 2017 866.3 KB .pdf
Data sheet NovoCon® S CO6, Energy, I/O English Multiple 01 Oct, 2017 4.9 MB .pdf
Brochure NovoCon® S Digital Actuator English Multiple 11 May, 2015 669.6 KB .pdf
Data sheet NovoCon® S Digital/Hybrid - High Accuracy Actuator English Multiple 20 Jun, 2017 3.4 MB .pdf

Software

  • NovoCon configuration tool
    NovoCon configuration tool
    ZIP 26 MB
    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.
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Related products

  • Danfoss AB-QM 4.0 pressure-independent control valve (PICV) for hydronic balancing
    AB-QM 4.0 Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICV)

    AB-QM 4.0 Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICVs) are the successor of Danfoss AB-QM. They offer best-in-class specifications and easy installation. The scaling- and clogging resistant design secures and outstanding reliability and long lifetime. They fit to the NovoCon S digital actuators. This enables HVAC data collection for e.g. remote commissioning and predictive maintenance, resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership.

  • AB-QM- Danfoss
    AB-QM

    AB-QM Pressure Independent balancing and Control Valves (PICV) provide both a control functionality and dynamic balancing solution for HVAC heating and cooling systems. PICVs are designed for various types of terminal units and provide high indoor comfort and energy efficiency in public and commercial buildings.

Case studies

  • Danfoss contributes to smart HVAC control solution for I-tower at WTC Amsterdam
    Smart HVAC control solution for the I-tower at WTC Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Building: Office
    Application: Climate panels with a four-pipe change-over system for Heating and Cooling
    Challenge: Establish a modern, innovative HVAC control system optimized for flexibility in (changing) usage of office space
    Solution: Integration of Danfoss field devices with the Building Management System via BACnet bus-communication

  • 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.

Videos

Tender texts

NovoCon® S digital actuator

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 DN10-32.
Control signal digital: BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTU
Control signal analog: 0-10V/2-10V, 0-20mA/4-20mA

Direct connection to 6-port ball valve actuator with position feedback signal (*1)

Direct connection to 2x PT1000 surface/immersed sensors and emission power indication (*2)

Direct connection I/O: 2x resistance, AO and AI (*3)

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
- Alarm if CO6 6-port ball valve actuator is blocked, in manual override or disconnected (*1)
- Supply and return temperature readings, emission power indication (*2)
- Energy counter (kWh, MJ, kBTU) (*2)
- Alarm high/low deltaT and temperature sensors disconnected (*2)
- 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

Eu.bac interchangeability approved in combination with PIBCV valve

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

Spindle position accuracy: ±0.05mm

Cables: Halogen 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

IP Class: 54

Stroke: 7mm

BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) listed BACnet MS/TP fieldbus device (*4)

Manual override function

Configuration tool available easy configuration, commissioning and firmware updates

Commissioning tool available for addressing, parametrization and hydronic continuous commission

(*1) CO6 application
(*2) Energy application
(*3) Remote I/O application
(*4) Certification in Q2 2019

NovoCon® M digital actuator

Modulating, high accuracy, geared actuator with bus connectivity used to control pressure independent control valves type AB-QM NovoCon® DN 40-100. 

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 

32 actuators can be connected to the same network 

IP Class: 54 

Stroke: 20mm 

Manual override function 

Click on mounting 

LED status indication 

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