Kintrol: the ‘Lighthouse’ Automation Business

Kintrol: the ‘Lighthouse’ Automation Business

Present and emerging trends in the window ventilation industry

The term lighthouse is synonymous with powerful lights that pierce the darkness and are essential to safe, successful maritime navigation. Increasingly used to describe the beacons of technology, companies leading the way in their respective industries, Kintrol are one such business, creating unique automation solutions from one project to the next.

As an agile designer and provider of automation systems for window and door applications, Kintrol is regularly approached to create solutions where no conventional ‘off the shelf’ option exists. In conjunction with Architects, Builders, Electricians or end-users, the company design, model and construct entire solutions in their workshop. This enables them to provide clients with fit-for-purpose, turnkey or plug and play solutions which simply require, installation, connection and testing.

Demand patterns in Australia have in the past few years seen far greater inclusion of sensors to monitor air flow and air quality conditions, enabling window automation systems to react accordingly. This could for example mean closing a wall of windows at a University when a storm is approaching from a specific direction, or opening all windows at an exhibition centre upon detecting smoke inside the building. In-fact virtually all changes to air conditions, both internally and externally can be used as triggers to instigate the operation of any number of windows.

More recently, requests to integrate newer technologies such as wi-fi and touchscreen devices with traditional automation components like drives and switches is steadily on increase.

Said owner Ivan Kinsela “Our experience lies in creating one-off solutions that specifically meet customer requirements, rather than compromising on functionality because the available off-the-shelf products are incapable of doing the job. We take particular pride in getting each solution right, no matter the size or scale of the project.”

Kintrol’s specialist experience lies in being able to ensure security with such publicly available technology and applications. It’s great to think that you can remotely open or close the windows of your property with a smartphone app, but lesser known about wi-fi systems is the ease with which the popular Zigbee or similar wi-fi networks can be hacked. Whilst security might be less of an issue with a tablet used by your children, the consequences of such a device as the security gateway to your home or business premises is potentially far more damaging. Rest assured that we only use secure network platforms with our products.

The company is also completely flexible with its system support. As well as being able to diagnose faults or even misuse of operation remotely with IT network infrastructure, rather than forcing clients into rigid, short term service agreements they fully understand the nature of the one-off solution and provide support accordingly. Kinsela added “We appreciate that a lot of our solutions aren’t mass produced. Being more specifically designed individual solutions, this requires the reassurance that should something need our attention a few years down the line, we ensure that it is remedied as soon as possible. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, we are on the case in a shot.”

So, if you are ‘in the dark’ about a custom solution to meet specific tender or construction requirements, start by calling us to discuss your spec, and if it’s possible, we can help you to make it happen.

Queensland Architecture Award Winners

Queensland Architecture Award Winners

Architecture Koen wins State Award for Kintrol based system project.

Kintrol is proud to have been involved with Architecture Koen who recently won the 2018 Queensland Architecture State Award for Educational Architecture.

The award was presented for Architecture Koen’s Springfield Anglican College Year 1 Classroom project. Providing the integrated product solution and support to Architecture Koen, Kintrol were challenged to ensure that the specification for the college HVAC system to be interactive with its windows was successfully delivered.
The specific requirement was to ensure that when the Air Con was switched on, the windows were automatically closed to provide a lock out.

The operation of the windows could only be controlled in each individual classroom by a manual switch – if there were no conflicts with the HVAC and Timer. Additionally, an auto-close capability was created, permitting timed operation out of hours.

For more information, please contact Kintrol on 07 390 1955 or use our contact form.

Smart, Environmental & Sustainable

Smart, Environmental & Sustainable

In recent decades, the environmental sustainability of buildings has fuelled innovation at Kintrol.

With an increased community focus on energy efficiency and environmental impacts smart buildings have become the clear infrastructure solution for residential and commercial buildings. Kintrol, in consultation with respected architects, have delivered a cutting-edge solution which meets the evolving social demands of their clients. In a recent project for the Meals on Wheels commercial building in Wakefield, Queensland, Kintrol successfully implemented a well-designed solution that was easily integrated into the existing building design.

THE BRIEF

The scope of the project encompassed multi-function spaces, including kitchen, lounge, boardroom, office and community areas. The project required a solution which would be suitable for both permanent and casual staff across various operations of the business, for the preparation and delivery of meals to the community. As rooms at the centre are also available to hire by the public, security was an additional community concern. The design solution had to meet these various staffing needs, be efficient, environmentally sustainable and security focussed.

THE AUTOMATION SOLUTION

Cintrol Net, a window and door automation system that provides comfort, safety and security to its users with full on-site and off-site operation and monitoring of windows, was the ideal product to meet the brief. With Cintrol Net automation the client is able to set windows to open and close automatically with a timer, for the whole building or each individual zone within the building. The timer can also be overwritten for security or safety reasons. For example, in the event of a fire, exceeding internal temperature thresholds or the onset of inclement weather, as defined by the Hierarchy of Priority. Implementation of Cintrol Net in the new Meals on Wheels building creates an environmentally responsive building that is mindful of its occupants and is sustainable and self-operating. The building houses a commercial kitchen for the preparation and distribution of meals for delivery services, which generated specific functionality requirements that were easily met by the flexibility of the Cintrol Net system. In order for the kitchen hood fans to function efficiently, ‘makeup air’ is required. This is simply air that flows into the kitchen to replace the air that has already been extracted. The Hierarchy of Priority locks the kitchen-zones windows open when the extractor fans are in use to ensure safe operation. Other zoned areas include the community meeting room, staff lounge, boardroom and offices. Windows in these zones can be pre-programmed for secure monitoring and selective activation on-site via the touch screen or off-site via the mobile app.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Several features have been implemented to create a smart, responsive building that is comfortable and sustainable for the community in all conditions. If the temperature rises above a pre-set comfort level, windows automatically open to increase ventilation. Other weather sensors can also be installed that detect precipitation, wind direction and speed, air quality and external temperature, and the windows can be programmed to open or close when pre-set criteria are met. For example, a drop in the air quality due to smog or smoke will trigger the close of all windows. When the building air conditioning system is in operation, the windows will close, until such time as the air conditioning is switched off.

SECURITY OF MIND

The building also features a main switch to ‘close all on exit’. However, if windows are accidentally left open the building is left unoccupied prior or pre-set times, an optional security feature will close the windows when movement is detected outside. With the availability of pre-programmed monitoring, optional password protected access, onsite touch screen functionality, and offsite mobile app control, this innovative solution met the necessary safety and security needs of the client. The Cintrol Net window automation solution provides Meals on Wheels Wakefield with a smart, easy to use, self-functioning system, that meets the specific operation requirements and is also fully adjustable. The completed design solution delivered a highly efficient and environmentally sustainable automation system, implemented in an easy and cost-effective way. For more information, please contact Kintrol on 07 390 1955 or use our contact form.
Architecturally Award Winning Project With An Environmentally Conscious Airflow Solution

Architecturally Award Winning Project With An Environmentally Conscious Airflow Solution

In 2018 Architecture Koen won an Educational Architectural Award in the Queensland Architecture Awards for the Springfield Anglican College Year 1 Classrooms. As part of this project, new and existing windows were specified to be interactive with the HVAC system.

As designers, manufacturers, and distributors of quality automation solutions for windows of all styles and sliding doors, Kintrol’s Kbuss system was selected for the project.

The Kintrol Kbuss system is smart – providing an environmentally conscious airflow solution and convenience to the classrooms. When air conditioning is switched on, the windows close automatically and lock to stop them from being opened.

A manual switch installed in each of the classrooms allows individual room operation – providing there are no conflicts with the HVAC and / or timer. A second operation, provided by a touch screen, enables viewing and minor operations including on board security code for operation or adjustment, and function scheduling. The system also contains an ‘auto close’ for building shutdown in the evening, and individual room switching permitting timed operation out of hours.

In addition to these features, the Kintrol Kbuss system is capable of monitoring the environment and reacting when required. In the event of a smoky external fire, windows can automatically close to prevent the spread of fumes. If it becomes too hot inside, windows can automatically open to increase ventilation. If windows are left open when leaving a building, they can be set to close when movement is detected outside. Kintrol automated windows can also be set for rain, strong winds, temperature drops, smog, hail, or even for a specific time.

The new world class Kintrol© Net WiFi Kbuss system is Australian designed and manufactured. Based on plug-n-play technology, this system features onsite viewing as well as offsite viewing and interaction from anywhere in the world with high level security protocols.

Kintrol automated windows and doors provide easy to use, convenient, environmentally conscious airflow solutions and lifestyle options to residential and commercial buildings with the latest advances in design and technology.

For more information, please contact Kintrol on 07 390 1955 or use our contact form.

Cintrol Net’s Triple Feature Enhancement

Cintrol Net’s Triple Feature Enhancement

Kintrol’s Cintrol Net self-functioning command system has in recent years become a beacon in the automation of the Australian glass and window industry. Recent new additions to the Brisbane based window and door automation specialist already advanced control system bring even greater control capabilities to users of automated window systems from the convenience of smartphone and tablet devices.

DUAL TOUCHSCREEN OPERATION

The operation of Kintrol automatic window control system, used to manage temperature and ventilation in a wide range of applications, can now be monitored and controlled by two people in two very different locations. This enables the responsibility for the control of any system be shared between two employees. As well as providing a secure back-up control if needed, it also enables continuous monitoring when the main operator is temporarily unable to manage the system, for example during a meeting, or temporarily occupied by another matter.

The dual touchscreen capabilities can also be limited if required, enabling only some of the functionality to be handed to the second operator. Cintrol Net’s comprehensive master and slave capabilities mean that the master operator has complete control over the scheduling and level of capabilities of the slave device.

ONSITE / OFFSITE CONTROL CAPABILITIES

Cintrol Net command systems now include the ability to control functionality from anywhere. Control of an automated system can be carried out both manually on site, and remotely across a WiFi connection. Automated window systems are used in residential, commercial and industrial environments and can just as easily cater to the operation of window furnishing, curtains and screens as they can control large window ventilation systems in school sports halls or manufacturing plants. Now with the ability to control the window system from afar, it is possible to open or close the windows, and the furnishing too if you have them, wherever you are and whenever you need to.

WEATHER STATION INTEGRATION

The inclusion of new wind speed and direction reactivity and rain monitoring sensors now mean that Cintrol Net automation of windows can be set to respond and react to changes in the weather. Built to withstand our extreme Australian weather conditions, they provide the perfect way to manage the ventilation of your premises in summertime, whilst ensuring protection from thunder and dust storms and other unexpected extreme weather events.

To find out more contact Kintrol today on 07 3390 1955 or send us a message using our contact form.