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Upgrading Trane Building Automation Systems

The longer you wait to upgrade a legacy Building Automation System (BAS), the further you’ll be left behind. Upgrading lets you keep pace with modern technology so that you get the most out of your building’s equipment.

Migrating from a proprietary Trane BAS to an open system means you can choose equipment from a range of manufacturers. With the right equipment and advanced capabilities, facility managers can easily set a comfortable and safe environment for tenants. Anticipate better management control, longer system lifespans, and greater opportunities for cost savings.

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Benefits Of Upgrading A Trane Building Automation System

A Trane BAS is a proprietary system, also known as a “closed” system. It only works with Trane equipment and Trane front end software—other brands aren’t compatible. A non-proprietary (open) BAS, on the other hand, allows you to integrate equipment that works best for your facility, no matter the brand.

In many cases, upgrading a legacy system to an open BAS reduces service and maintenance costs, thanks to cutting-edge system analytics and a wider choice of service providers.

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  • Select the best equipment for your facility, no matter the manufacturer
  • Choose from a range of Trane-qualified service and maintenance companies
  • Optimize energy use throughout a facility with advanced, web-based analytics
  • Take advantage of the flexible programming options and features that come with an open BAS

Our experts are glad to share their unbiased industry knowledge to help clients decide whether to update, upgrade, or replace a BAS.

Trane Upgrade Options & Integrations

A Trane BAS uses a proprietary RS-485 protocol for communication between devices. As a closed system, only Trane equipment can be used with Trane front end tools. Upgrading a Trane BAS to an open system means more flexibility and functionality. To upgrade, we replace the Trane drivers (or controllers) with equipment drivers that communicate with an open BAS front end, such as the industry-leading Tridium or J2 Innovations.

Installing Tridium’s JACE controller in place of Trane’s Comm3 or Comm4 devices gives a facility manager the option to integrate legacy Trane equipment with a modern front end. It also makes it easy to integrate equipment from other manufacturers to customize the building’s management strategy. The new front end allows a facility manager to view/control their entire system from a unified, web-based portal (in Tridium’s case, the Niagara framework).

Like Tridium, Distech is an open BAS, and they also have a controller that can translate Trane’s RS-485 language. Distech’s EC-BOSAX controller connects to a front end called EC-NetAX. The Distech system features a robust suite of analytics that makes it straightforward to optimize performance and maximize energy savings.

Trane Products We Can Upgrade:

  • Tracer Summit front end software
  • Tracer SC front end software
  • Tracer ES front end software
  • Trane Comm3 driver
  • Trane Comm4 driver

Other Building Automation Systems We Can Upgrade

How to Upgrade Trane BAS Equipment

Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Trane Building Control System

Integrating new equipment and technology into a legacy BAS is difficult (or impossible), and using older controls with limited capabilities to manage building comfort is frustrating. A legacy Trane BAS, with outdated protocol languages and primitive analytics, makes the building manager’s life challenging. When there’s a drop in energy efficiency, increasingly poor equipment performance or an uptick in system errors—it’s time to consider a BAS upgrade.

Poor Performance

An aging BAS won’t be able to reach its potential when it comes to automation, equipment output, or analytics. Keeping up with building management will become more and more difficult, and you won’t be able to control efficiency properly. Upgrading a BAS allows you to fine-tune building systems. And modern analytic software can maintain and even improve energy efficiency.

Increased Operational Needs

The newer your building and equipment, the more advanced your operating requirements—a legacy BAS may not be up to the task. Keep pace with modern facility needs by moving from an outdated proprietary BAS to an open system. This lets you seamlessly integrate equipment from multiple manufacturers so you can create a tailored solution that perfectly fits your facility.

Obsolete Programming Language

A Trane BAS using the obsolete RS-485 programming language will communicate only with Trane equipment, and only Trane personnel can service the system. What a pain. Being locked into a single service provider is frustrating, and finding technicians willing (and able) to maintain the system can be a struggle. Upgrading to an open system gives a facility manager more options.

System Memory Issues

An older BAS with limited memory will struggle to gather data. Responsible facility managers must ensure their BAS has enough memory to manage their building correctly. An increase in reporting errors or the inability to install valuable BAS add-ons means the system requires an upgrade to keep functioning.

Outdated Manufacturer

As an independent contractor, MACC is not tied to any particular manufacturer—we give you options for BAS upgrades. Our objective advice helps clients decide the best facility solutions for their needs, and we’re committed to following up on all our installations. If you want more support than Trane provides, trust the professionals at MACC to deliver the superior expertise you deserve.

Contact Us Today For Your Trane Upgrade

We all know that an aging building automation system limits your options for equipment and servicing and that it becomes less efficient day by day. Not to mention, antiquated BAS controls make it challenging to keep tenants happy and comfortable.

At MACC, we’re proponents of open systems. Our upgrade experience includes a range of open and proprietary building automation systems, and we’re an authorized Trane provider and installer.

Are you looking to upgrade? Call MACC to find a solution that combines the latest BAS technology with your legacy Trane investment.

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