Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, we have decided to cancel this class. We plan to reschedule it at a later date. 

Course Overview

The Essential Training course is your introduction to ASI Controls DDC systems. During this 4-day course (day 5 offers an optional IntelliFront certification) you will learn how to assemble a basic ASI system. You will learn about sequences in the pre-programmed ASIC/1 controllers and learn to configure simple ASIC/3 applications for solutions beyond the capabilities of our ASIC/1 line. After programming the controllers, you will learn how to use IntelliFront to build a front end for the controllers. There is an optional certification lab exercise on Friday for customers to become certified IntelliFront programmers.

Cost

 $1,095 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification or a training kit)

$1,795 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification, but no training kit)

$2,395 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification, but with training kit)

$3,095 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification and a training kit) RECOMMENDED

Course Content

All attendees receive the following:

  • 4 days of training
  • Optional IntelliFront certification (Day 5)
  • ASI Expert software
  • ASIC/3-9540, ASIC/1-8100 and ASIC/1-6100 controllers
  • Micro-SINC and USB device cable
  • Carrying case
  • 24 VAC transformer (to power the controllers)
  • All documentation on USB drive

There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. Certified IntelliFront programmers also receive a yearly engineering tool license for the software.

If more than one person from your company attends the same course, or if your company has already purchased a training kit, then each additional person may pay a course fee of $1,095. After April 10, 2020 the cost will be $1,395. There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. The additional persons may use our hardware for the course, but would not keep the hardware after the course.

Course Date/Location

The course begins at 8:30 AM and runs from Monday, April 27. and runs through Thursday, April 30. Attendees receiving IntelliFront Certification will meet on Friday, May 1 for the examination.

The course will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites Warrington Horsham
201 Metro Drive
Warrington, PA 18976
Phone: (215) 491-0700

Room reservations: Reserve your room

Room cost: $100/night.  Reserve by April 10, 2020 to secure conference rates. Refer to ASI Controls room block if calling to make reservations.

 

 

Candidate

ASI Controls’ Essential training is not open to the general public. Only ASI Controls Value Added Resellers and those designated by a reseller are eligible to attend.  An acceptable candidate for this program should have basic knowledge of HVAC and HVAC control systems. It is desirable that the candidate has some experience with designing, configuring, and/or installing DDC controls systems. The candidate should also be comfortable with the Microsoft Windows operating systems and be fluent in file management.

Each student needs a Windows 7 or newer PC with free USB port and a wired Ethernet connection. Many students also find it useful to bring an external mouse. Students must have administrative rights to their Windows account on their PC.  Google Chrome is recommended for use with IntelliFront software.

Special Accommodations

Please contact ASI Controls if you require auxiliary aids or services to have full participation and equal access to the facilities utilized for this training class.

Course Syllabus and Travel Information

April2020EssentialTraining [PDF]

Register

Early registration pricing is available until April, 10 2020. Prices will increase after that date. 

 

 

chris shopeASI Controls is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Shope as a new technical support representative.  Chris has worked in the controls and automation field since 1989 and has performed many roles – from field technical representative to project design and engineering, and project management.

Chris is a native of North Carolina and lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife Erin and their son Silas. Chris enjoys spending time with his family and time spent outdoors, particularly mountain biking in the beautiful mountains of his home state.

Chris started with ASI in early January and will work closely with Chris Jones until her retirement on February 7, 2020. Afterward, he will become the primary contact for technical support. Chris can be reached at support@asicontrols.com or chris.shope@asicontrols.com.

Welcome Chris!

chris jones headshotChris Jones has announced will retirement from ASI Controls on Feb. 7, 2020 after seven years of service. Many know Chris as the voice on the other end of our technical support line or from some of our Essential Training courses. Chris has worked in the controls industry since 1980 and attended her first ASI Essential Training while working for ASCO Service in 2001.

Chris founded her own controls company in 2003 and was an ASI customer until 2011 before becoming an evangelist at EnOcean where she taught people how to deploy and troubleshoot their technology. She joined ASI in 2013 to help with technical assistance and quickly became a key member of the ASI staff.

“Chris became a core part of ASI from the moment she walked through the door. Her perspective and presence were invaluable in helping us grow as a company,” said Mike Fong, Chief Operations Officer. “Her customer-first attitude was always present in both her support role and with her input on product development. We will miss her but wish her well in her retirement.”\

Chris said that she has enjoyed her experiences in the industry and getting to know her extended ASI family. She plans to travel, fish, and spend time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Please join us in wishing Chris a happy retirement! Her last day will be Feb. 7, 2020.  ASI hired Chris Shope in early January to fulfill Chris Jones’ technical support role.

Jack Floyd, VP Sales

ASI Controls is pleased to announce the hiring of Jack Floyd as its new Vice President of Sales. Jack joins ASI with more than 20 years of experience in building automation and mechanical contracting. His love of technology and engineering lead him into automation in the early 2000s where he has focused on helping building owners/operators to design, develop, and control their infrastructures since then.

Throughout his career, Jack has held roles in mechanical systems, service and repairs, programming, project and account management, and design. Jack has a wife and two daughters and is a native of North Carolina.  He loves anything outdoors including fishing, mountain biking, four wheeling, and sports.

Jack was recommended by Bill Messick to fill this role. Please join us in welcoming Jack to ASI Controls! He will assume his new role on June 3 and can be contacted at Jack.Floyd@asicontrols.com.

ASIC/3-USB-IO Expander

ASI has released the USB-IO Expander from beta testing and made it available at production volume. The USB-IO Expander provides a low-cost, easy-to-implement IO expansion for the ASIC/3 programmable controller family. Powered solely by the host controller, the USB-IO allows users to immediately start using eight additional analog inputs, eight relay outputs, and four analog outputs. By connecting the Expander to an ASIC/3 controller, all the new inputs and outputs are automatically added to the host controller’s IO count. This new IO looks identical to the host’s native IO and is configured using Visual Expert.

A standard USB 2.0, A-Male to Mini-B cable carries both communications and power. This allows for easy implementation— saving wiring and installation costs. A second USB-IO Expander can be added with the use of a standard USB powered hub.

Log into your store.asicontrols.com account or contact sales@asicontrols.com to purchase.

Controls contractors know that every additional piece of hardware adds time, overhead, and complexity to a project. ASI Controls has taken steps to make its programmable controls more lean and flexible by adding multiport MS/TP routing to ASIC/3-9540 and -9520 controllers.

With multiport MS/TP routing, the ASIC/3-9540 and -9520 devices now have an expanded network range which decreases the hard costs of routing, simplifies system architecture, and reduces points of failure. This new feature allows ASIC/3 controllers to communicate using BACnet MS/TP on all RS-485 ports and can provide BACnet IP to MS/TP routing across all MA/TP buses. Plus, with up to 32 loads on each RS-485 port, the need for a standalone router is virtually eliminated in single building applications. Projects using wide area networks still require a BAC-ROUTE router as the ASIC/3 routing functionality does not yet offer BACnet/IP Broadcast Management Device (BBMD) capabilities.

ASIC/3-9540 and -9520 controllers are currently shipping with the expanded routing capability. To learn more, consult the product data sheet or contact technical support.

ASI Controls is pleased to announce initial availability of the BTL B-BC certified ASIC/3-6115 fully-programmable VAV controller, which blends the power and flexibility of freely programmed devices with application-specific intelligence and cost-effectiveness of unitary controllers.

The next-generation ASIC/3-6115 expands ASI Controls’ {IN}telligent Network™ line of digital control products while preserving the company’s unique commitment to backward compatibility.

CEO Francis Chapman stated, “adding the convenience of canned sequences to the scalability of programmable logic gives system integrators new cost-effective options to meet today’s airflow distribution control requirements, and we’re proud to say it is made in the USA!”

The ASIC/3-6115 is fully compatible with industry standard front ends like Niagara Framework™ as well as ASI IntelliFront™ and ASI Weblink. Native ASIC/3 objects enable rapid development of complex control sequences which can extend or replace the convenient pre-programmed sequences of control provided by ASI Controls to handle standard air distribution applications.

“The 6115 offers all of the advantages of the ASI line in a powerful, compact, energy-saving package, along with a compelling 5-year warranty” Mike Fong (COO) said. For applications requiring the versatility of a fully-programmable controller but only needing limited I/O the new ASIC/3-6115 offers significant cost savings versus high point count supervisory controllers.

Customers have the option to use a library of predefined parameters for common VAV applications or customize the controller through ASI Visual Expert to utilize ready-made objects including scheduling, logic, PID control, alarming, optimum start, trending, run-time accumulation, and electrical demand management.

The ASIC/3-6115-DD variant includes two airflow sensors and an integrated Belimo actuator for dual duct and VAV tracking applications. The ASIC/3-6115 is currently undergoing field tests and will be fully available in Fall 2018.

Building owners can now fine tune the efficiency of building’s HVAC system with the release of the new Damper Position Feedback feature for the ASIC/1-6100-DFA. Damper Position Feedback on our integrated Belimo actuators allows for precise determination of the exact damper position.

Using a 0-10VDC or 4-to 20 MA signals from either the actuator or as part of a control sequence, building managers can see damper positions in real time and visualize those positions from a front end system, such as ASI IntelliFront.

One of the major benefits of Damper Position Feedback is its advanced fault detection. In large buildings, such as a hospital, which may utilize hundreds of valves or actuators, the process of troubleshooting a fault can take weeks to accomplish. A technician must visually confirm the position of each damper to locate the issue. Utilizing Damper Position Feedback, a controls operator can pinpoint the problem from their desktop.

For buildings which use ASI IntelliFront, the controls operator can verify damper positions from their phone before even arriving on site.

The ASIC/1-6100-DFA with Damper Position Feedback is available through the store.asicontrols.com.

We need room for new inventory! For a limited time, we will discount our remaining stock of the BACnet only version of our ASIC/1-6100 unitary controllers. The controller allows digital control of pressure independent Variable Air Volume (VAV), and Fan-Powered VAV terminal units.

This sale does not apply to the dual protocol version of the ASIC/1-6100. Contact a member of our sales department to order before we run out!