I have a project for a small building complex that will go out to bid soon. Through mistakes on our project manager’s end, the control system to be specified didn’t go through the normal channels and what was specified was Johnson’s Facility Explorer Fx-40 with Fx-16 controllers on York units.
I raised a red flag and said we would prefer to use Distech’s Niagara based front end with Distech lon controllers since we use lon throughout our facility. We currently do not have any Tridium front end in the complex but I wouldn’t mind to get this in so we can see how we like it and perhaps migrate to it in the future for our existing sites.
Johnson rep say’s no problem, they have available the same Distech/LON controllers through Johnson Controls.
What would be my rebuttal to this? (Besides the obvious of having to deal with Johnson which I probably can’t say in a meeting)
Is Johnson’s Facility Explorer more locked down then other manufacture’s Niagara boxes?
Will I have to go to Johnson’s ABCS for service?
I know Johnson has a bad rep out east. Not sure about here in So Cal since I’ve never had to deal with them.