Daikin Europeâ€™s new iTM launched!
Daikin Europe’s new intelligent Touch Manager (iTM) represents a major leap forward in smart energy management, energy efficiency and user-friendly climate control, offering installers unsurpassed ease of commissioning and maintenance of climate control systems.
iTM’s touch screen provides a simple and intuitive interface that allows novice and experienced users alike to monitor and control a building’s energy management system. Users can operate one or more air conditioning units, as well as other building systems, including lights, fans, pumps and sensors. Installers, maintenance engineers can also view a comprehensive history of the system to help them optimise settings and operational parameters in order to maximise energy savings, improve comfort and enable preventative maintenance.
All of the system functions are directly accessible over the internet, allowing building managers to control one or multiple building systems remotely, using the same visual layout as the iTM.
The iTM has a host of new features to aid engineers when maintaining or commissioning Daikin systems. Uniquely, iTM allows refrigerant containment checks (as required for F-Gas Regulation compliance), to be carried out remotely, with no need for the engineer to visit site and without disrupting occupants.
Simplified troubleshooting as maintenance contact information, including contractors’ contact details are displayed on the monitor screen. The iTM can also send out email alerts to report malfunctions, allowing immediate action to be taken. The iTM can also be connected to Daikin’s remote monitoring ‘Air Conditioning Network Service System’ if required.
Commissioning is also faster, using the pre-commissioning tool to allow the entire system to be set up via the iTM. Alternatively, engineers can customise settings remotely and then upload them in one site visit.
Daikin’s iTM can program schedules on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. These can take into account holidays and seasonal variations in demand throughout the year, ensuring the system is being operated in the most energy-efficient way.
As part of the manufacturer’s continuous drive to maximise energy efficiency in all its products and systems, the iTM can be equipped with the Daikin-developed Energy Navigator that monitors energy consumption. The iTM provides daily and monthly data and energy consumption projections, so that performance can be monitored against targets and previous years.
By determining equipment that is not performing in the most efficient way, Daikin’s system operation can be adjusted (for example, by switching off air conditioning in unoccupied rooms), resulting in smarter energy management and more energy efficient climate control.
iTM’s modular design makes it perfect for small or large commercial applications. An individual iTM can manage up to 512 groups of indoor units. While using the iTM integrator, up to five iTMs can be linked to manage up to 2,560 groups of indoor units.
Another unique feature is the iTM’s ability to control 3rd party lighting, pumps and other systems using the WAGO I/O Modbus interface. The WAGO I/O allows an almost unlimited number of different items of equipment to be connected to Daikin’s iTM via the Modbus interface. This means that the building management system can be scaled to fit the needs of the building and its occupants. Interlocking with other equipment saves energy and increases comfort. For example, iTM can integrate air conditioning with keycard control systems and occupancy sensors to detect room occupancy status, so that the set point is adjusted automatically and air conditioning is switched off in unused rooms. The system can also be integrated with fire alarms, so it can perform an emergency shut down of air conditioning and ventilation units.
Daikin’s intelligent Touch Manager is the complete building energy management package, designed to help installers, engineers, building managers and end users to get the best out of their air conditioning system. It offers a simple and easy way of commissioning, managing and maintaining systems to maximise energy efficiency, while sustaining high levels of comfort for occupants.