Test lab controls design

Test lab controls design

An HVAC component supplier contacted IJK Controls regarding the design and setup of a new test facility. The facility was to include a number of specialized labs for testing acoustic and airflow performance of specialized grilles and diffusers. Some labs are used to validate and demonstrate custom applications such as surgery rooms. Other labs are used as part of production qualification. Another has a simulated cold window to measure the airflow and comfort levels in a heated room with a full wall window under subzero exterior conditions.

IJK Controls was asked to capture elements of an existing facility design while customizing and expanding the lab’s capabilities. The project required an understanding of controls and airflow as well as taking advantage of an existing software platform. We carefully planned the control system design, proceeded into detailed design and had software ready for bring-up before the physical facilities were available. Once the mechanical and electrical installation was complete, the controls and user interfaces were ready for immediate bring-up.

keywords: test facility design/bring-up, custom software, control systems