by Brianna Crandall — May 17, 2019 — Global HVAC, fire, security and building automation technologies provider Carrier recently introduced its new TruVu multi-purpose control (MPC) platform for monitoring and control of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. This flexible, scalable HVAC control platform consists of a TruVu MPC processor, featuring built-in BACnet routing and integration capabilities, along with expansion modules that can be added to support up to 180 total input/output (I/O) points for a variety of HVAC applications.
The TruVu MPC processor is the first controller to be added to Carrier’s new TruVu product line. The TruVu product line is comprised of native BACnet, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled controllers that are field programmable and customizable for any equipment application. They are also expandable to support additional IOs, and provide large amounts of trend storage, embedded fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) capabilities, and plug-and-play connectivity to the Carrier i-Vu building automation system. This allows building operators to manage their HVAC equipment from anywhere and at any time using online dashboards and reports.
The TruVu MPC conforms to the BACnet building controller (B-BC), BACnet Router (B-RTR), and BACnet BBMD (B-BBMD) device profiles as defined in BACnet standard 135-2001 Annex L 2012. It is capable of controlling multiple pieces of HVAC equipment simultaneously, and includes a comprehensive library of factory-engineered control programs. These programs have been designed and tested to work with both air-side and water-side HVAC systems — right out of the box, without the need for custom programming, saving engineers valuable time. In the event that customization is needed, Carrier’s SNAP graphical programming tool can modify the library control programs or create new ones from scratch.
The MPC is suitable for controlling central plants, air handlers and rooftop units. The MPC also features:
- DIN-rail or screw mounting;
- Support for up to nine I/O expansion modules in a compact configuration or remotely mounted up to 1000 feet away;
- Support for Carrier’s communicating sensors for sensing environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and CO2 in a building;
- Integration capabilities for connecting and managing up to 200 Modbus points;
- Built-in diagnostics/tools to help operators troubleshoot BACnet network communications as well as capture BACnet traffic.
The new TruVu MPC platform is available now through Carrier sales offices worldwide. For more information visit the Carrier website.