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    I don't think BACnet is really all that great, so...

    I don't think BACnet is really all that great, so much as it's just so popular everyone is forced to participate.
    BACnet is still extremely problematic, causing integrations (large and small) to be...
  2. Siemens PPCL how to test Out of Service points?

    Is there a status indicator to use in PPCL to test Out of Service points?

    IF("xx" .eq. Out-Of-Service) THEN ON(xx)

    Torn through PPCL manual and cannot find anything.

    I've tried .EQ. Failed,...
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    Interesting, I would be curious to hear what you...

    Interesting, I would be curious to hear what you find out.

    I've become quite interested in these devices, down to the fundamentals. Trying to learn more about the hardware.
    PXC100 is referring to...
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    I've been watching you progress through this...

    I've been watching you progress through this integration project, and I just gotta come out and say it... you have no business doing this project.
    It is beyond clear that you don't have the...
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    if you can access it at all, then putty isnt the...

    if you can access it at all, then putty isnt the issue
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    This is news to me. Yes, I knew a 3rd party had...

    This is news to me.
    Yes, I knew a 3rd party had developed the algorithm for the ADAPT function. I didn't find out the details, but I had assumed maybe it was a [former] employee who 'sold' the idea...
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    It's just a label for the collapsing menu. It has...

    It's just a label for the collapsing menu. It has no significance as far as I know.

    It appears to be a default label that comes with the package when installing Desigo, but nobody used it at the...
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    Make one of what?

    Make one of what?
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    Yes. Connecting via wall stat is the same as...

    Yes. Connecting via wall stat is the same as connecting directly on the TEC board.
    If it's BACnet, you can also tie into the comm terminals and use YABE or such.

    You can also boot up WCIS at the...
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    Knowing what I now do about computer science,...

    Knowing what I now do about computer science, there's something else going on there.
    RAM being volatile without a power supply is a universal issue with computers from the dawn of the transistor. ...
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    Yes, it seems that way. Still getting a feel for...

    Yes, it seems that way. Still getting a feel for what's what, but the ZN551 is obviously a terminal device controller.
    The superficial specs [as I barely know them] seem to be a bit odd, but I...
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    What does coldstarting a panel do?

    Now I'm curious

    When in training for Siemens, if there was one thing the veteran techs would pounce on, it was cold starting a panel.
    In the beginning, it seemed like just about anything I wanted...
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    Something interesting I was tasked with wiring...

    Something interesting

    I was tasked with wiring up relays and safety devices as a training exercise.

    Naturally, as I was working with 24v, I wired all of the DIs for status with 24v. The...
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    Some weird stuff ya throwin' around here....

    Some weird stuff ya throwin' around here.
    Insight 3.8 is pretty ancient.

    All Siemens stuff is 8N1 for parity. No flow control.

    Add panel 0 to your FLNC?
    Not sure what this means.

    You do...
  16. I've seen Desigo and DMA on the same machine many...

    I've seen Desigo and DMA on the same machine many times.
    But maybe this was some go-around for the whole "2 AEM" thing stated below....


    AEM stands for APOGEE Ethernet Microserver and converts...
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    Siemens' programming manual gives a 'catch-all'...

    Siemens' programming manual gives a 'catch-all' equation for calculating, roughly, PID values, but it's just generic.

    As far as the ADAPT thing, apparently it's amazingly sophisticated, but part...
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    I'm sorry, but I have no idea what you're talking...

    I'm sorry, but I have no idea what you're talking about.
    Siemens' old stuff was 2 wire only. +/- and shield. They did not move to 3 wire & shield until recently with BACnet devices. And the only...
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    Not really. As s2sam has stated, and is somewhat...

    Not really. As s2sam has stated, and is somewhat well known, there is a lot of science behind this. Unfortunately, it is out of reach for most people, even me sometimes. I've struggled to find more...
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    Interesting to see how JCI does PIDs. Siemens...

    Interesting to see how JCI does PIDs.

    Siemens has their 'dumb' LOOP command, which does simple modulation and uses static PID values entered by the user, and then also added a much more...
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    With respect to communicating on Siemens P1...

    With respect to communicating on Siemens P1 protocol, the 580s are much different.

    A few weeks ago, I replaced 6 Danfoss VLT 6000 units with new ACH580s and had to read all about this shift.
    The...
  22. Datamate Advanced (DMA) is basically a clone of...

    Datamate Advanced (DMA) is basically a clone of Insight, or a clone of CommTool, or...whichever way it goes.
    It's all the same deal, but they modify it slightly for who the end user is.

    They...
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    Update: Finished up my first week with the new...

    Update:

    Finished up my first week with the new controls vendor.
    Jeez, what a difference. This local branch is much more organized and 'put together' than my Siemens branch. Just across the board,...
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    I'm a very humble person most of the time. This...

    I'm a very humble person most of the time. This is both my conscious and subconscious plan with my next ventures.
    Minus the politics and BS, I genuinely enjoy the job.
    Controls work is kinda sorta...
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    I'm sorry, I'm a little confused by what you're...

    I'm sorry, I'm a little confused by what you're saying. You say you feel the same as me, and agree that Desigo is cumbersome, but then say DXRs are "so helpful and easy to use". Not exactly sure what...
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    Someone mentioned I was a bit grumpy, Well,...

    Someone mentioned I was a bit grumpy,

    Well, yes.
    First of all, yes, I've become a bitter person since working for Siemens. It's not that I wanted more, I wanted better. And when I realized that...
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    very solid advice and pretty much exactly my...

    very solid advice and pretty much exactly my thoughts.

    I'm looking forward to the new insight. Learning a new platform, learning more about BACnet from a different perspective, seeing how other...
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    What you're saying is just the same as "people...

    What you're saying is just the same as "people don't quit jobs, they quit managers"
    Yes, this is something people don't usually understand. They think just because the cashier at 1 McDonald's said...
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    I have a great attitude and have bent over...

    I have a great attitude and have bent over backwards in every way I can to accommodate and be available to my branch. They squandered it.

    Every day I stay until it's done, not when the click...
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    Thanks for the reply. I agree with you on most...

    Thanks for the reply. I agree with you on most points. I greatly want to learn other platforms. For my own diversity of perspective, but also to continue to make myself more valuable.

    It seems...
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    The low down on ALC?

    Hi there,

    Young, talented, extremely driven controls tech aggressively trying to leave Siemens.
    I was contacted by a recruiter for a local controls dealer for ALC.

    I went in for an...
  32. Is this mechanical HVAC or any controls work?

    Is this mechanical HVAC or any controls work?
  33. Anyway, moving on, If you came to a site for...

    Anyway, moving on,

    If you came to a site for the first time and discovered this issue, not allowed to make any operating changes to the programming, what would you do to identify the offending...
  34. Yeah I'm not really sure what the issue is. It's...

    Yeah I'm not really sure what the issue is. It's a fine controls strategy to save energy, lessen noise, etc but it's just executed horribly.

    It's quite simple in theory. If a VAV has a wide open...
  35. The AHU is controlled on a loop statement. The...

    The AHU is controlled on a loop statement. The loop output is modulating to the static setpoint, but the Max.Damper mechanism is ramping the setpoint up/down.


    Yes, the circumstances of the...
  36. Tips and tricks of PPCL? Or BAS programming in general?

    I have a building with a specific issue.

    The AHUs' static setpoint is always being jerked around.
    The existing code is using a 'ratcheting' mechanism on the VAVs and the associated AHU.
    ...
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    This loop looks pretty flawed in my opinion. ...

    This loop looks pretty flawed in my opinion.


    First of all, you have a setpoint for the loop output. Technically, this is just semantics over the point name, but you might have the wrong idea. A...
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    Talented controls technician in Montgomery County...

    Talented controls technician in Montgomery County looking for new position.
    Send me a message with contact info, please.
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    I'm a bit confused with this thread. ...

    I'm a bit confused with this thread.

    Originally, I thought the OP was proposing such an abstract process - of running Win7 virtually through a newer machine - because Insight cannot simply be...
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    I'm sorry, what? Is this an ABB drive that uses...

    I'm sorry, what? Is this an ABB drive that uses Siemens' P1?
    I've read about those...

    But yes, you do need to find the State Text Table.
    That can be a bit annoying sometimes. I was at a site...
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    I mean...yes and no. There are several forms of...

    I mean...yes and no.
    There are several forms of residual income in 'compensation' for a previous action that keeps coming in long after the action is done. Royalties are a typical example for this....
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    I disagree. I am not a programmer, but I am good...

    I disagree. I am not a programmer, but I am good logically, and have used a few different programming languages. I have also spoken with some quite accomplished programmers where we discussed some...
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    I think I've asked about 5 or 6 times "what's...

    I think I've asked about 5 or 6 times "what's this TEC blaster thingy?"

    Either nobody knows what it is, or it's *grumble grumble* "eh that thing sucks, nobody uses it, forget about it" *grumble...
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    I don't know what ASP is... But the main...

    I don't know what ASP is...

    But the main reason is covid. Also the training path...quite frankly sucks.
    Siemens corporate training is paltry and superficial. Some interesting nuggets here and...
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    I probably spend more time doing self-directed...

    I probably spend more time doing self-directed learning and reading than I do on my actual job.
    Every single component that is installed in a job, I read the paper manual that comes with it....
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    I can agree and respect what you are saying. ...

    I can agree and respect what you are saying.

    It definitely does feel like that.
    The difference between Insight/TECs to Desigo/DXRs is a vast departure. Very little is kept through the transition....
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    I can agree and respect what you are saying. ...

    I can agree and respect what you are saying.

    It definitely does feel like that.
    The departure between Insight/TECs to Desigo/DXRs is a vast departure. Very little is kept through the transition....
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    Not really sure. My experience with Siemens,...

    Not really sure. My experience with Siemens, specifically on the DXR subject, has been quite awkward.

    I started in March 2020. Got put on TECs and never knew there was another option. I went to a...
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    This isn't really fair... Insight is over 20...

    This isn't really fair...
    Insight is over 20 years old. Everything was crap back then. We're talking about when I was 8 years old and had to go into Windows Control Panel and select "256 colors" for...
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    Your reply is valid, and I have to respect your...

    Your reply is valid, and I have to respect your experience.
    You definitely seem far more experienced than most of the people I've come into contact with, but I still can't find any point editor...
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