Innotech prides itself on being a solutions-based company. Due to our versatile range of products and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) experience, we have worked on numerous projects in a wide range of industries. Our success in this area is due to the diversity of the products we offer.
The $91 million hospital building includes six digital operating theatres, Recovery Stages 1, 2 and 3, a large maternity with inpatient birthing, speciality care nursery and outpatient facility and day surgery and extended day surgery unit.
Referred to as a city within a city this is the largest housing co-operative in the world and home to over 40,000 people.
Sydney Airport is Australia’s busiest, used annually by 38.5 million passengers. The Air Traffic Control Tower is used to control all aircraft movements in and from the airport.
$73 million combined Court House and Police Complex with over 10,500 square meters of floor space
MPSs integrate a range of health services, including acute care, subacute care, emergency, allied health, oral health, primary health and community services.
Nexus Business Park
Over 14,000 students receiving a tertiary education at three main campuses; Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour.
11 story building with 5 Star Green Star Office Design and Targeted 4.5 NABERS rating.
5 level office building renovated from a former print works and located in the Kennington business park.
IFSC House is the landmark building in Ireland's International Financial Services Centre.
A 6000 m2 office building originally constructed in 1973
10 Level A Grade commercial office building.
The most advanced rail management centre in Australia
Critical environment control of archival film storage in constant temperature & humidity rooms.
Saint John of God Hospital is an independent acute psychiatric teaching hospital with 183 in-patient beds and is one of the leading European providers in mental health treatment and care.
Founded in 1897 The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital is a public teaching hospital in Dublin, Ireland and it is the National Referral Centre for both Eye and Ear, Nose & Throat disorders.
Situated on a 154-acre campus for over 4,500 students
Village East Towers, New York
The expansion increased the number of hospital beds by 80% and the extensions also include new operating theatres, a new oncology service and a large medical specialist consulting centre.
Local Area Command Police Station - 5000 Square metre, three storey plus carpark
Blue Cross – Livingstone Gardens
Customised energy reporting package for electricity, gas and water to Suit BUPA’s specific requirements.
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Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 220 shops and over 59,000 square metres of floor space
Awarded the ‘Queensland Development of the Year’ in 2012 by the Property Council of Australia as the most energy efficient data centre in Australia
A-Grade, 9 level building with 2 levels of parking, 2 levels of specialist retail and 5 levels of commercial space.
Phebra Pharmaceuticals project profile
With over 1000 cabins and 900 crew the Sun Princess was one of the largest cruise ship in the world when she was first launched. The room controls were replaced as the original controls had reached end of life.
The 304 room state of the art hotel is the result of a $100 million refurbishment of the iconic Lennon’s hotel.
Building the Education Revolution (BER) - Victoria
4 storey, 6200m2 4.5 star NABERS rated building.
The largest medical laundry in Queensland servicing the laundry needs of every major hospital in the greater Brisbane region.
A new school developed over two stages including a school hall that also serves as a cyclone shelter.
Genesis II Controllers, have been installed at the Nugan Estate Winery Processing Plant in Willbriggie, NSW.
The Innotech system was installed by Sanders Control Systems, a Distributor based in Albury, NSW. Sanders Control Systems have 35 years experience in working with the wine industry.
The function of the Innotech control system is to provide Nugan Estate Winery with a cost-effective system that can be operated easily while maintaining very stringent control over the stabilisation and fermentation processes.
Nugan Estate has been in the wine making business for approximately three years. Their facility features a building that spans a massive roof area of approximately 10,000 square metres and contains 120 fermentation tanks ranging between 5,000 and 180,000 litres capacity.
The Innotech control system consists of:
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Innotech have completed installation of a Genesis II Control System at the Department of Primary Industries Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility in Eagle Farm. The function of the facility is to screen and test imported plants and seeds to ensure that they are free of disease. Once the plants and seeds have been deemed safe, they are released to the importer.
Due to a recent increase in imported plants and seeds, the DPI has had to expand its Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility by building three additional glasshouses, a seed treatment room, and a growth room.
This has made it necessary to expand on the facility's existing Genesis II control system, in order to enable control and monitoring of environments within the newly built structures.
The site consists of four glasshouses, three of which rely on evaporative cooling only. The fourth requires a combination of evaporative cooling and mechanical air conditioning. The seed treatment and growth rooms are housed within the adjacent administration building.
Much of the imported plant life at the facility is rare and expensive. In order to ensure that these valuable plants and seeds are not damaged, it is necessary to maintain very precise environmental conditions, and to enable control and monitoring of those conditions from one central point.
Four Genesis II controllers were installed in the mechanical switchboards of the new glasshouses, wired via a network and to the facility's existing Innotech Controller. They were then connected to the facility's on-site computer and modem, where user-friendly Genesis II software allows staff to easily control and monitor conditions.
The Genesis II allows control of systems such as air-cooled water chillers, air-handling units, a chilled water storage tank and several exhaust fans.
Additional applications include control of internal temperature, humidity, and lighting conditions, the ability to monitor external weather conditions such as temperature, light levels, wind and rainfall, and temperature monitoring of the chilled water storage tank, supply and return water. Roof and sidewall dampers can be controlled in order to allow external ventilation, dependent on rainfall detection or wind direction.
All door switches are monitored to ensure personnel are maintaining each glasshouse. If personnel do not enter the glasshouses within certain timed periods, or the glasshouse conditions become extreme, an urgent fault alarm will be enabled and the system will automatically send an SMS message to a designated mobile telephone.
Dave Spence, Principal Technical Officer at the Eagle Farm Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility stated, "There's no room for mistakes in our job as the plant life we look after is very often delicate, rare and expensive." He also said "to this end, the Innotech control system has proved to be a very valuable tool."
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The IG03 gateway has again been invaluable in seamless integration to the other services, ensuring all requirements of the client were met. The VAVmax controllers have impressed seasoned commissioning personnel and consultants alike, with the accuracy and precision of operation. And as usual the Max IIIs flexibility and cost-effectiveness has been beneficial to us enabling it to be used exclusively in all aspects of control and monitoring across the site.
Cairns Courthouse and Police Station
Maroochydore Courthouse. Supply, install, engineer and commission a new BMS (Building Management System).
NSW Health – 14 regional Multi Purpose Health Services
Sanofi Consumer Healthcare is one of the largest consumer healthcare businesses in Australia with a diverse portfolio of vitamin, mineral and supplements
Southport Court House
Surf Coast Council Building
Telstra is the largest provider of telecommunications services in Australia and the Oxford Falls facility plays a pivotal role in the communications via satellite and submarine connections outside Australia
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Longreach
Light rail maintenance depot.
A Genesis II Direct Digital Control System has been installed in the premises of Manningham City Council by Cortrols Temperature Systems. The offices of Manningham City Council are located in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster.
Installation of the Innotech system has been ongoing for several years, involving:-
The system facilitates control and monitoring of temperature in the administration offices, function rooms and kitchen. An optimum start function is employed in the administration areas of the building, and ventilation for toilet and kitchen exhausts are also controlled and monitored.
Various event organisers utilise the on-site PC's to ensure air conditioning needs are met in the function area. The 500-seat function room can be divided into smaller rooms, as required, and the on-site PC's allow event organisers to set a timeclock for the respective air conditioning of an individual room once a booking is confirmed - even weeks in advance.
This provides the Council with a considerable cost benefit, as air conditioning is able to be utilised only in those areas where it is necessary.
Another feature of the system is the control and monitoring of CO2 levels within the function room. If CO2 rises above an acceptable level, the system compensates by introducing fresh air into the area.
Various plant operations are also controlled and monitored by the Innotech system. These include condensed water, chilled water, heating water, pneumatic air, and domestic hot water calorifier.
Mechanical services are monitored with fax dial-out on alarm to maintenance staff, resulting in problems being addressed before building tenants are even aware of them. The temperature and fault status of the Council's IT room is monitored with SMS and fax dial-out on alarm, allowing IT staff to react promptly to any problems which may arise.
Innotech’s BACnet integration provides seamless data sharing between the other BACnet control or monitoring systems and the Innotech network.
The combined use of Maxim and Genesis controllers allowed flexibility and distributed intelligence across the site for failsafe operations, not reliant upon the BMS computer, ensuring all requirements for the client were met.
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Main Requirements of Project
In 2007, the BCIT decided to retrofit a test facility mechanical system to geo-exchange from boiler/packaged air conditioner system. The building is called the AFRESH Home and it is located on their Burnaby Campus. In addition to providing a demonstration system for use by students, the BCIT also trained several students by involving them in the construction of the system. The piping is nearing completion and BCIT personnel will be implementing the DDC package next.
In parallel to the geo-exchange retrofit project (and in the same building), a demonstration fuel cell project was implemented by the BCIT and BC Hydro – the local electrical utility. The geo-exchange system is configured in a way to enable “waste” thermal energy from the fuel cell to be injected into the heating system thermal storage tank or into the ground for seasonal thermal energy storage while the insulated indoor tank is up to temperature and the fuel cell is running.
Altum Engineering, Ltd. (Altum) designed the system for BCIT and it includes several unique features.
The following modes of operation were made possible in a simple, reliable and cost-effective manner using the Innotech Maxim II controller:
A Genesis II Control System has been installed on the premises of Kalfresh Pty Ltd.
Situated in Kalbar, just southwest of Brisbane, Kalfresh is one of Australia's leading suppliers of fresh carrots to major supermarket chains, and to the export market.
Kalfresh produces two grades of carrots - A-grade carrots, which are suitable for supermarkets and export, and B-grade carrots, which are suitable for livestock. Prior to this installation, the standard chilling process used by Kalfresh was causing the carrots to crack. The cracking was a result of the produce being unevenly chilled, and ultimately led to a higher-than-acceptable quantity of
carrots being sold as B-grade.
Innotech's goal was to install a control system that would improve the chilling process, and enable efficient loading and unloading of carrots.
As the faciltiy contains a large number of conveyors and machinery, it was necessary to provide Kalfresh with a system that was networkable and flexible enough to perform a multitude of tasks, while remaining user friendly.
As installation took place during carrot picking season, it was also important that work cause minimal disruption to the Kalfresh team.
Kalfresh is situated in an agricultural district just one and a half hours drive from Brisbane.
The production facility consists of 3 main areas:-
Bonlec Controls have installed a Genesis II Digital Control System to enable the Department of Primary Industries to control and monitor environmental conditions within their crocodile research facility in Townsville, North Queensland.
The facility carries out husbandry and nutritional research relating to the farming of the Estuarine Crocodile - a breed renowned for its high quality leather and meat.
Due to an increasing demand for research, the DPI constructed a new building adjacent to their existing facility.
Installation of a reliable and versatile control system was required in the new building, to facilitate the precise environmental control necessary to maintain this particular species of crocodile.
The facility's new research building measures eighteen metres by sixteen metres and is constructed of insulated polystyrene sandwich panelling. The building consists of twelve rooms, each measuring six metres by three metres and containing both land and water areas for the habitation of the crocodiles.
The original research building consists of six similar rooms. The environment within these rooms has been controlled for some time by twelve Innotech IMC analogue controllers.
Crocodiles are ectothermic, which means that they are a cold-blooded animal capable of regulating their body temperature largely by exchanging heat with their immediate surroundings. A design criteria of maintaining temperature between 30° and 34° is required for the animals to maintain good health and a suitable growth rate.
If these optimal conditions are maintained at all times, research staff can be confident that their research results are accurate.
To this end, two Genesis II controllers were installed in a mechanical switchboard at the rear of the building. The controllers communicate to each other via the Genesis network, and control the facility's six large electric hot water systems, twelve reverse cycle room air conditioners, and lighting.
With the Genesis II system in place, research staff can accurately monitor and control air temperature, water temperature, and lighting, and can easily adjust the setpoints for air and water temperature as required.
In the event that water temperature should rise or fall beyond setpoint, the Genesis II system is configured to pump either hot or cold water into the tanks as required, and to pump out excess water if necessary.
Fault alarms are in place to notify local research staff if air or water temperatures rise or fall beyond the design criteria, or in the case of a hot water system failure.
Provisions have been made for the Genesis II system to be connected to an on-site computer at a future date.
"The success of our research depends greatly on providing our crocodiles with very precise environmental conditions,", commented Stephen Peucker, the facility's Project Leader. "We are pleased with the performance of the Innotech system, as it maintains conditions reliably and accurately."
Innotech's Genesis II system has been successfully installed in a recently completed museum building at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach, Queensland. The new building, represents Stage 2 of a project committed to honouring the original founders of Queensland and Northern Territory Arial Services.
Prior to the completion of the Stage 2 building, the museum stored artefacts in the original Qantas hangar. As a heritage building and a key museum attraction, it has been necessary to preserve the hangar's present condition.
As a result, the hangar proved to be an unsuitable curatorial environment in terms of temperature variation, humidity, and intrusion of water and dust.
In order for the museum's new building to be up to its appointed task, it required a versatile control system capable of maintaining a precise environment of 22 degrees temperature and 55% humidity throughout a building almost as big as a football field - despite extreme external conditions and frequent power brownouts in the local area.
The Qantas Founders Outback Museum is situated on a vast landscaped site in a remote part of outback Western Queensland. The site consists of the original Qantas hangar, built in 1922, adjacent to the 3,200m² Stage 2 building. Within this new museum building is a display consisting of full-sized and model aeroplanes, as well as old photographs and archival documents. The Stage 2 building includes
the following facilities:-
Innotech's Genesis II Digital Control System was successfully installed at Mercedes College, Perth - the oldest existing girls' school in Australia - to enable the college to loadshed non-essential systems during periods of peak demand.
Mercedes College receives a limited supply of power from its local electricity grid, and the high demand of the college's various equipment often exceeds the available supply.
In order to make it possible for the college to loadshed, it was necessary to install a cost-effective control system that would integrate the main power supply, situated on the outside perimeter of the grounds, with existing building systems and services.
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Mercedes College traces its origins back to 1846 and is considered unique and significant in the history of Western Australia. The college is situated on a vast 4-hectare pocket of land. Each building stands apart from the others, surrounded by spacious established gardens, extensive paving, and roadways.
Due to the geographical layout and historical importance of the college, it was not feasible to use a conventional wired network between the main power supply and the buildings.
As the college's need for loadshedding was quite urgent, the installation had to be completed within a short space of time. A majority of the work was required to take place during school hours, making it imperative that interruption to daily operations be kept to a minimum.
The Genesis II System was ideally suited to the college's needs as it has the ability to be configured for use in complex system routines, and is able to communicate this information globally to other controllers within a network environment.
Two Mid Point Controllers (MPC's) were installed. The first is situated at the main switchboard, the second was installed alongside the college's air conditioning systems within the IT building.
The MPC situated at the main switchboard and monitors the incoming power supply from six current transducers. For the purpose of trend analysis, it then calculates and logs power supply demand at any given time. This information is then transmitted to the second MPC to provide a rotational and incremental loadshed to the building's air conditioning units. As the current increases within the system, loadshed occurs progressively until the load is reduced. At this point, the load stabilises for a minimum of 15 minutes.
The duty cycle of the loadshed is then rotated through all air conditioning units, ensuring that an even distribution of loadshed is shared throughout the IT building.
Due to the flexibility and global communication capability of Genesis II, the new system was able to be connected to the college's ethernet network via third party servers (Lantronix UDS 10).
Each device server is connected to a separate network hub located within, or adjacent to, each MPC. Each network hub is supported by a fibre optic backbone with a cable distance of approximately one kilometre between the two device servers.
Mercedes College currently utilises four ranges of network IP's. With the installation of the new Innotech system it is possible to link each MPC with a unique static IP that does not tie up the college's resources.
The Genesis II truly forms its own "global network" - a network that does not rely on servers to process information between the two controllers.
Ian Bartter, the Bursar of Mercedes College, was full of praise for the new system. "The Innotech control system has provided a fully functional, cost-effective solution to a very expensive problem," he said.
NRP Electrical Services completed installation of the system efficiently and quickly - within one working week - and with only very minor interruptions to the college's operations.
A Genesis II Direct Digital Control System has been installed in the Gold Coast Bulletin's print centre in the Gold Coast suburb of Molendinar.
The function of the Innotech control system was to provide temperature and humidity control for the facility's equipment, as well as air conditioning control for the remainder of the building.
The Gold Coast Bulletin required a simple-to-use system that would also be accurate reliable, well supported and cost effective.
The Gold Coast Bulletin print centre is two stories high and approximately 5,000 square metres in size. Facilities include administration areas, reel stand hall, press hall, mechanical workshops, and a publishing area of approximately 900 square metres.
The Innotech control system at this facility consists of:
A permanent on-site generator has the capacity to run critical equipment in case of power failure, however it does not have the capacity to maintain the power requirements for the entire building.
Originally, a one square metre mimic panel was to be installed for auto/off manual control, run/fault indication, monitoring of generator current and chiller demand adjustment.
If the total demand during a power failure increases to the generator's upper limit, the operator has the facility to:
Innotech Tasmania have used the Genesis II Digital Control System to control the temperature of a Salmon hatchery in Tasmania for SALTAS (Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania) who are Australia’s largest producer of Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon smolt, supplying over 3.5 million smolt each year to the Salmon farm industry.
At Wayatinah, the water used by the SALTAS hatchery is gravity fed from the River Derwent. During the hot summer months, when river flow is greatly reduced, the water temperature can rise by as much as 10 °C in an 8 hour period. Water temperature in excess of 23 °C can be fatal to the fish stock.
Located 1km from the hatchery is Wayatinah Lagoon, a man-made lake that forms part of the State’s Hydro Electric scheme. Research showed that at a depth of 6 metres, the water temperature was consistently between 9 and 17 °C.
A project was undertaken to utilise water from the lagoon for temperature control at the hatchery and to provide additional water in times of low flow in the River Derwent.
The system is controlled by two Genesis II controllers, one at the lagoon, the other at the hatchery building. Communications
between the controllers is via 1.1Km of underground fibre-optic cable.
The Administration building is also connected to the Genesis system, which allows computer access to monitor plant operation and alarms, make adjustments to settings, and generally control the plant to their requirements. The Genesis controller's data logging ability forms part of the hatchery’s quality control system.
Four 22kW submersible pumps, installed on a floating jetty, pump water from the lagoon to the hatchery inlet water screening tank via a 500mm diameter underground pipeline.
The water temperature is monitored at the hatchery where it is maintained at 16 °C +/- 1 by staging the water pumps at the lagoon. One pump is fitted with a VSD to provide precise temperature control. Automatic lead/lag control is used to ensure even wear of the pump sets. The system also monitors the electrical supply for phase failure and correct phase rotation. Alarms are transmitted via the Genesis system to the general plant PLC system and to the Administration office.
Mr. Graham Martin, General Manager of SALTAS states, "Fish farming is a 24 hour a day job and we need systems that are reliable and accurate while being easy to operate. There is also a requirement to operate as cost effectively as possible and to have prompt notification of problems that occur. The Genesis system has proven to be reliable, easy to operate and performed all of the functions
required to our satisfaction. In an environment like ours, and with staff who are not technically minded, the robustness and simplicity of the system has been an asset, this is in contrast to our other systems where we have PLC units that require expert personnel to reprogram."
Bonlec Controls have used Innotech's Genesis II Digital Control System to automate a new Photoperiod Facility (PF) located at the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Station (BSES) Meringa, just south of Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland. The PF facility is used to expose sugarcane plants to manipulated environmental conditions so that the flower initiation response is triggered. The flowers are used in cross-pollination for crop improvement. The PF consists of three chambers, each containing a train with four trolleys holding 32 sugarcane plants. The chambers are equipped with motorised doors, air-conditioning, irrigation and artificial lighting.
The Genesis II system provides full system automation and performs complex routines such as calculating the almanac sunrise and sunset to determine the period each day that the plants are exposed to ambient conditions. Numerous safety functions for both the plants and personnel are controlled by the Genesis system. For example, the path of the trains is monitored for obstructions to protect personnel and equipment. The plants are protected from high winds by returning them to the chamber if the wind speed exceeds 50 kilometres per hour.
Dr Nils Berding, Principal Scientist of BSES Meringa offered the following comments on the system, "The PF operations have run smoothly for this past initiation cycle with good results. We have in the DDCs a complex, precise, yet flexible state-of-the-art operation control system that has proven functional, reliable, and economical, and is Australian to the core."
Genesis II Digital Controllers have been installed in the sewerage treatment plants of the Goro Nickel Mine and Processing Plant in New Caledonia.
The system was installed by Authorised Distributor, Enviroflow, specialists in biological waste water treatment solutions.
The primary function of the Innotech control system is to ensure the output of the plant is of re-usable quality and that stringent effluent discharge standards are met.
In light of the remoteness of the mine, the control system enables the plant to function without the attendance of a dedicated, full time operator.
The Goro Nickel Mine spans an area in excess of 100 square kilometres, and is situated 90 kilometres from Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia.
The plant contains five sewerage treatment plants situated in various locations throughout the mine's accommodation and administration blocks. These plants will cater for around 3,500 personnel during the construction phase of the mine.
When the accommodation and administration blocks are filled to capacity, the population of the mine will be the second largest in New Caledonia, second only to the capital city, Noumea.
The Enviroflow-designed system includes control and monitoring of biological, nitrification, denitrification and chemical phosphorous precipitation to meet Australian and European Environmental Protection Agency standards.
In order to meet these stringent release requirements, the treatment plants require a high degree of automation, and the Innotech control system was selected to facilitate this.
Five Genesis II Digital Controllers were installed, one in each stand-alone portion of the treatment plant. Each Innotech controller is connected to a common Modem Printer Interface (MPI) via an Innotech LAN. The MPI provides alarm annunciation via facsimile or SMS to mobile phone.
The MPI also provides external access to the control system via modem, using Innotech software. The site has a computer located adjacent to the MPI, providing local access.
This specialised configuration of the Innotech control system enables a specialist technician from Enviroflow to remotely control, monitor and diagnose these systems.
The system enables control and monitoring of elements such as flow data, pH, and chlorine dosing. It also enables Enviroflow to monitor and control field devices such as dissolved oxygen meters, nitrate analysers, conductivity meters and ozone generators.
"There are many control systems in today's market," stated Mike Davis, Technical and Project Manager for Enviroflow. "We have chosen Innotech controllers due to several factors - user-friendly programming, the level of very professional back up service provided by Innotech, and particularly the flexibility of Innotech's control systems, which has allowed us to tailor the configuration to our client's specific requirements."
Mr Davis commented that Innotech's ability to design control systems that allow "out of the box" versatility and programming has been of great benefit to Enviroflow. The company has used Innotech products in a number of applications in the wastewater industry, including sewerage treatment plants, sewerage pump stations, and large sand filters.
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