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5 advantages to enabling patient care, recovery and healing with building automation  

By: John Peck, Desigo Automation Product Manager, Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA

Recently, Lowell 17 worked with Holbrook Service, a Siemens Solution Partner, to take the next step in building automation control using Desigo Automation controllers installed at an eight-story, mixed-use medical building in Denver, Colorado. What they found were five key advantages that are helping this facility enable patient care, recovery, and healing.


  1. Up to 50% faster engineering time
    The block programming and custom saved library combine to make it easy to complete all field devices and plant controls. Engineers like David Carpenter, Holbrook's Controls Manager, can see live data and live de-bugging as the logic operates, which creates significantly faster, more efficient, and easier programming compared to competitive controllers. And in the end, that means 50% less time to complete engineering, which sounds sensational, but is accurate. 

  2. Improved HVAC equipment uptime
    Because downloads and program changes can happen in real time without rebooting or cycling equipment, the PXC4 controllers improve HVAC equipment uptime – something that's especially important for medical facilities. 

  3. Flexibility to optimize for today while adapting to future needs
    I/Os can be expanded easily as the building’s needs change, without replacing the device. Combined with extensive functionalities to reliably provide alarming, scheduling, trending, and integration, the PXC4 controller makes it easy for Lowell 17 to create a comfortable, safe environment for patient care.

  4. Install and go – faster PID loop tuning
    PID loops can end up being very sensitive and reactive with 100% outside air. And for Lead Building Engineer Mike Spratt, that meant his team at Lowell 17 could spend a half day manipulating other controllers to get the required deadbands. But the live debugging in the PXC4 block programming has simplified loop tuning; in this case, they were up and running in just one day.

  5. Better control for patients thanks to remote management
    With the PXC4, Lowell 17 has remote accessibility through Desigo Optic to make adjustments whenever and wherever they need to be done. “Something that used to take a couple of hours to drive in then manually troubleshoot can now be done quickly from my computer,” says Spratt.

But the benefits to facilities like this healthcare building don’t end here. Read the case study to discover how solutions were tailored and purpose-built for their application, which helped building operators avoid unnecessary – and critical – downtime.