Beacon Smart Controllers: How Would You Use Beacon?

Beacon Smart ControllersFor many years Powerblanket has offered Johnson Controls A419 temperature controllers with our products that require adjustable or precise control, like our drum and tote heaters. Now, we are excited to introduce a new smart controller with all of the temperature control functionality of the A419 PLUS internet connectivity, which gives our customers the ability to do a lot of interesting things. Remote control and monitoring, temperature logging over time, and customer defined alerts are just a few features included in this new line of smart controllers.

With Beacon Smart Controllers, you can control and monitor multiple devices in one place via our web portal (browser) or mobile app. You can also group the Smart Controllers together, with the ability to change the settings and notifications for entire groups or individual devices. Beacon Smart Controllers make Powerblanket heating solutions state of the art and take your processes to the next level.

Now the question is: how would you use a Beacon Smart Controller? Leave your comments, ideas, and questions. We want to hear from you!

 

Standout Features of Powerblanket Smart Controllers:

  • Check in on your devices remotely; see temperature, electrical current, setpoint, differential and other values and how they have changed over time.
  • Make changes without being physically at the device. Change setpoint, differential, anti-short cycle delay and other settings from your smartphone or computer.
  • Provide notifications and alerts via text message, email or push notifications(i.e. temperature out of range; settings changed by other user, cold boot-power reset; heartbeat-“alive” notifications; electrical current and temperature samples; relay status [on/off/changes]; keypad activity)
  • Set it and forget it. Be confident that you will receive a notification when temperature or other values go outside thresholds that you define, no need to constantly verify operating conditions.
  • Offer connectivity to WiFi, or Cellular networks.
  • Easily restrict access to settings both at the device and remotely. Lock the keypad to be sure your settings aren’t changed.
  • Allow for multiple user accounts with local logins, providing read-write and read-only access options for more refined access restriction
  • Offer electrical current measurement and tracking over time (Beacon Smart Controllers give you the ability to measure current consumption and estimate cost of operation.)
  • Each controller has 2 temperature probes, control and ambient, and provides control algorithm choices using one or both temperatures.

 

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A Drum Blanket Done Right

Of all the heating devices out there for the protection of drums and barrels, there’s one drum blanket that’s done right. With even heat distribution and temperature regulation, Powerblanket has a solution fit for any occasion.

 

A Drum Blanket Done Right

The Powerblanket Difference

Storing materials in drums is a simple idea. They hold a lot and offer a durable storage structure for liquids, chemicals, food product, and so much more. However, when it comes time for temperature regulation, they don’t provide any capabilities on their own. For this reason, some manufacturers have created elaborate insulation blankets to ward off the effect of cold temperatures. As much as these insulation blankets may seem to be a good idea, or as much as they might be able to help with a mild difference in temperature, they can’t adequately protect against extreme winter cold.

In addition to inadequately protecting your materials against savage cold, traditional insulation blankets also lack the ability to bring material to working temperature. Take, for example, the need for bringing certain types of product to temperatures above the ambient air around it. A typical insulation blanket has no way to accommodate this.

However, Powerblanket has created a drum blanket that can work in a myriad of applications. It can protect your most temperature-sensitive products against the coldest cold. What’s more, the Powerblanket drum heater also has the ability to bring your product up to working temperatures. With a thermostatic controller and innovative heat-spreading technology, you can wrap your drum and forget about it.

The ability to automate your freeze protection is a huge benefit once the cold weather rolls around, and the capability of bringing liquids and other products to higher temperatures for viscosity maintenance, chemical-property enablement, or characteristic integrity is of equal importance. So whether you need a drum blanket for insulation, temperature regulation, or a combination of the two, Powerblanket is the clear answer.

 

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Winter Preparation: Now’s the Time

As the temperatures around the nation rise into the hundreds, cold-weather preparation may be the furthest thing from your mind. What’s more, there are plenty of warm-weather applications that Powerblanket technology is used for. But we would be completely remiss if we didn’t say enough of proper winter preparation. After all, when it comes to preparing for winter, you don’t want to be a grasshopper…

 

Winter Preparation- Now’s the Time

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the old fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper from Aesop. If you’re not (and even if you are) we’ve recited it here. Below follows the most popular English renditions of the story:

“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

‘Why not come and chat with me,’ said the Grasshopper, ‘instead of toiling and moiling in that way?’

‘I am helping to lay up food for the winter,’ said the Ant, ‘and recommend you to do the same.’

‘Why bother about winter?’ said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.’ But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

Of course, the implications of this story can go far deeper than the need for good winter preparation. But for the sake of comparison, the story’s plot is rather poignant for the industries we serve. When cold weather does hit, it’s best to already have the systems and products you need in place to brave the effects of winter. So if you have assets to cover come late October, now’s the best time to start getting together the protection you’ll need.

 

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