San Jose, Calif. Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has introduced a family of control and monitoring solutions designed to help older buildings and manufacturing sites cut energy costs and boost productivity. These products upgrade pneumatic thermostats, manual steam trap monitoring and dial gauges in minutes, providing payback in less than one year.
The new technologies enable older sites to adopt the latest automation technologies at an affordable cost and with minimal disruption. The products include the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT), Wireless Steam Trap Monitor (WSTM), Wireless Gauge Reader (WGR) and Wireless Transducer Reader (WTR).
The WPT retrofits existing pneumatic thermostats to deliver direct digital control (DDC)-like functionality in minutes. Compared with a cost of $2,000 or more per zone for implementing DDC systems, the WPT costs less than $400 and may be installed in under 20 minutes with minimal disruption of occupants, Cypress said. It enables remote temperature sensing and control of set points, programmable zone control and night setback, automatic self-calibration, BACnet integration with existing automation systems, and enables use with utility Demand Response programs.
The WSTM mounts non-invasively onto existing steam traps in minutes and uses a proven algorithm to detect steam trap failures. Leaking trap wastes $5,000 or more in energy costs per year, said Cypress.
The WTR provides a fast solution to read and transmit data from existing standalone transducers with no need to run wires. Its programmable input circuitry can be configured to read most analog transducers in minutes. It is used to obtain energy-use characterization and baseline data for audits.
The WGR clips-on to the front face of an existing gauge to capture and transmit the readings. It installs in minutes and does not require removing old gauges, breaking pressure seals, performing leak checks, running wires or interrupting the underlying process. It costs 70% less to install than a traditional transducer and enables automatic trending and alarming of process parameters to reduce energy use, lower maintenance labor and improve uptime, said the company.
The Cypress Envirosystems solutions use Cypress Semiconductor's products including 2.4-GHz wireless radios and intelligent PSoC programmable system-on-chips (SoCs).