Remove the threat of pressure faults in the central heating system with automated top ups, real time notifications and preventative maintenance
Lack of (or low) boiler pressure can cause real issues when it comes to the efficiency and effectiveness of a central heating system, and that has a knock-on effect on the ability to heat your home and keep your energy bills down.
Autofill is a new automated filling device that works in harmony with Vericon’s BCM:Connect to remove the threat of boiler pressure faults.
Working in tandem, Autofill and BCM:Connect constantly monitor the pressure within the central heating system, and through self-diagnosis will automatically top the system up if needed to solve any pressure faults. Autofill is simple to install in under 10 minutes and does not require any specialist knowledge or tools; the device simply replaces the filling loop and is then connected to the BCM with a wire.
In normal conditions, it’s possible that the central heating system may lose pressure from time to time. When this occurs, the Autofill carries out an initial self-diagnostic process to ensure that the feed can be isolated when required. During the self-diagnosis, the Autofill opens the first isolation valve and assesses the pressure in the sealed system. If the pressure has risen, the Autofill then determines if the second isolation valve is sealed properly and if it is not, will lock it out accordingly. If the pressure is unchanged, Autofill will invert the process with the second isolation valve.
Following successful self-diagnosis, Autofill opens both valves for three seconds before closing them and then assessing the pressure again. If the pressure has dropped, Autofill will assume that the system’s integrity has worsened and lock out. If the pressure has remained constant or increased, the Autofill will repeat the three second filling activity until the working pressure of 1.5 Bar is achieved. When 1.5 Bar is reached, the system logs the activity with date and time and sends a notification the VS:Connect portal.
Each time the Autofill completes a repressuring operation, a ‘FILL’ activity/notification is registered on the portal, as well as the date and time of the activity being stamped. If a second operation is undertaken within 90 days it will register the date and time of the stamped ‘FILL’ activity on the activity log, adjust the status to ‘preventative maintenance’ and immediately send a notification to indicate that further investigation is required. If a third operation takes place within 90 days this process is repeated, but the status changes from ‘preventative maintenance’ to ‘failed’. This will automatically lock out Autofill, preventing any repressuring activity and a notification is sent to the maintenance to indicate immediate action is needed. Autofill will also go into lock out mode should a sudden drop system pressure carries ever occur. The device is also capable of detecting a burst pipe within the system and will send an immediate notification via the portal.
The VS:Connect Portal
VS:Connect is a highly secure cloud-based data processing and machine learning hub at the heart of all of Vericon Systems’ solutions. Encrypted Data from Vericon’s automated testing technologies is gathered, interrogated and converted into simple to action alerts and charts providing a wealth of useful information with which landlords can make quick and effective data driven decisions.
VS:Connect also analyses engineer reports to understand the causality of initial alerts. In the future, the system will not only look for correlations in data fluctuations but also be able to indicate the actual fault and detail the parts required to affect a repair.
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