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Advantages of Using Integrated Thermal Controls Versus Third-Party Controls

March 06, 2016

Data center managers have many choices when choosing thermal controls, either those that come pre-installed and integrated with cooling units, or third-party controls requiring installation on units and additional integration programming.

Vertiv believes that using thermal controls that come integrated with cooling units helps ensure fast, trouble-free, and efficient thermal management and easier integration to building management systems (BMS). In contrast, some of the biggest mistakes we have seen in the thermal controls arena have resulted from using third-party controls requiring complex programming and integration to units and the BMS. 

Companies traditionally turned to third-party controls because pre-programmed, integrated unit controls were not easily configured to accommodate desired cooling operating sequences or routines. Fortunately, that’s changed. New generations of integrated controls, such as the Liebert iCOM system pre-installed on Vertiv cooling units, now include multiple operating sequences for many types of applications and automated routines designed for the units on which they are installed. 

Moreover, a new class of thermal controls, such as the Liebert iCOM-S, operates as a supervisory control at the system level to monitor and manage multiple cooling units, eliminating the need for programming between units and the BMS and providing an additional layer of security for the cooling units.

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