UK: Resource Data Management, a world leader in controls and remote monitoring, has launched a raft of cutting edge new products at this year’s Chillventa, and introduced a number of important developments to existing products.
The company, which recently revealed ambitious plans to accelerate its global growth, has unveiled no fewer than 20 new products, including an industry first with on-board fibre-optic connectivity, to deliver unmatched speed and power.
Andrew Chandler, RDM founder and managing director, said: “This year marks a step change in both our global strategy and product R&D programme. We have been gearing up to accelerate the roll-out of innovations as well as the depth and reach of our management team.
“With the important launches at Chillventa, we now have an unbeatable line-up of products that dramatically extend the capabilities and flexibility of RDM’s platform. It gives users an unbeatable combination of power, ease-of-use and affordability. Together with our new group structure and sales and leadership team, we now have the people and products in place to deliver on our ambitious global growth strategy.”
Among RDM’s star products revealed at Chillventa are:
The newest member of RDM’s pioneering Touch screen family, the slimline Touch XL incorporates a large HD 10in touch-screen interface, audio sounder and USB port, CAN Bus, POE Ethernet and fibre with flexible installation options for wall- or panel-mounting.
The multi-function device can act as a remote display, orbit Data Manager repeater console or stand-alone controller, and has a customisable graphic display for easy access to data and settings from an RDM Intuitive controller.
As an orbit console connected to a dmTouch LAN, it can act as an additional user interface and alarm console, with the same menus and screens, making it easy and quick to use for operators.
Key advantages include flexible communication options, IP allowing the controller to be sited hundreds of meters from the controller and CANbus, enabling the Touch XL to act as an intelligent controller and display in one, eliminating the need for two separate products.
It can accommodate multiple power supply options, including a choice of either POE, (Power over Ethernet) or a low voltage 24v supply.
TDB Editor 2
The smart new TDB Editor 2 represents a major advance with improved design and lay-out, making it easier to access key features – reducing programming time.
Multiple TDB programs can be opened in a single TDB Editor session, streamlining program management. Users can easily copy elements of a TDB strategy from one TDB program to another, further reducing development time.
Other important developments include selectable Tool Boxes to suit the needs of the engineer, allowing users to create programs more quickly; My Tool Box, which allows programmers to produce a customisable list of blocks; and Top Tool Box, which automatically populates a tool box with the blocks used most by the programmer. Built-in user documentation is now available via the Help menu.
In an industry first, RDM’s Data Manager will be equipped with fibre-optic communications, enabling a connection from either a Mercury Switch or the new touchXL. This will allow data to be transmitted over extended distances of up to 2km. This represents a huge leap forward when compared with CAT5 IP networks, which transmit up to 100m before requiring a network switch or repeater to extend by a further 100m, and so on.
With its greater bandwidth, fibre can transmit much more data than CAT5 patch cable. As the amount of data used to control buildings and industrial process increases over time, the ability to move large amounts of information across distances very quickly and efficiently will become increasingly important.
Fibre communications offer much greater resilience from EMC-related interference, providing a more robust and reliable network connection. This makes installation of cabling easier, as they can run alongside power cables and in close proximity to electrically noisy equipment, which could otherwise affect conventional cabling systems.
A further advantage of fibre is that, being non-conductive, it is immune from voltage surges such as those generated during lighting strikes, providing further resilience and stability.
Kwheb energy dashboard
RDM’s new Kwheb energy dashboard gives end users unprecedented information on, and control over energy usage at individual store, national estate or global level.
The internet-based system draws together data from all energy-using equipment on a network, and presents it in clear graphical form, enabling users to get an immediate at-a-glance view of current energy usage as well as historical trends.
Kwheb harnesses the ability of RDM products to configure and control energy-using plant, while reading a wide range of smart power meters and pulse counters. This gives users the ability progressively to optimise equipment, while seeing the resultant changes in energy burn in real time.
It can focus on any scale of resolution, from a single item of plant, a store, building or factory, up to a national or global estate made up of many thousands of locations.
Once base energy costs have been set, it displays the cost of energy used in a range of currencies, and enables historical comparisons to be made between energy consumption for the current period against the same period last year, last month or last week.
Other products launched to name but a few, include:
About Resorce Data Management (RDM)
RDM are fast becoming one of the world’s leading control and remote monitoring specialist, with a worldwide distribution and support network. With offices in the UK, US and a manufacturing plant in Taiwan, RDM specialize in two key areas:
RDM designs and manufactures a wide range of control equipment for applications such as Refrigeration, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning(HVAC) and Building Control (BMS). Designed to provide maximum networking flexibility.
As well as manufacture of controls, RDM provide a 24/7 remote monitoring and management call center. The call center provides access data over networks with their team constantly monitoring live data.
“Fridgehub, providing information and resources to Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Suppliers, Contractors and Retail Business Operators”