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Welcome to Honeywell's Building Control Workbench™!


What is it?

The Building Control Workbench is a software tool designed to help building control system specifiers and installers increase their productivity, and provide them with quicker access to wide range of Honeywell product, system and application information.

Who is it for?

Consulting/specifying engineers and anyone else who as part of their job must select, specify and/or purchase building control system products.

What will it do?

The Building Control Workbench™ includes:

  • An expansive view of Honeywell control products and systems for commercial buildings including: 
    • HVAC Controls
    • Combustion Controls
    • Fire Alarm and Life Safety Systems
    • Intrusion Protection Systems
    • Access Control Systems
    • CCTV/Digital Video
    • General Services
       
  • A navigation scheme that helps you find information quickly. It “speaks your language” – allowing you to navigate by applications. 
     
  • Product and System wizards that ask you questions about what you are looking for, and make suggestions based on how you respond. 
     
  • Hyper-links connect similar pieces of information. Even related articles of the Gray Manual are presented to you as "recommended reading" based on your product or application of interest!
     
  • Engineering Manual of Automatic Control. The famous Honeywell Gray Manual, in continuous print since the 1930s, is one of the industry’s most trusted control reference books. In addition, many of the schematics shown include the Visio™ source files, which can be copied and pasted to Visio™ for editing! Look for the diagrams with the blue lines around them.
     
  • Additional reference and training information such as white papers and training seminars.
     
  • A Project Cycle “what are you doing today?” aid to assist you in applying the Workbench to current project development tasks (design, marketing, construction management or training).

How do I start?

You already have! Spend a few minutes exploring the tool, to familiarize yourself with how it operates. If this is your first time here, please try the following:

  • Try the System Wizard first .  There are times that you may want to know what systems Honeywell has for a particular application.  You would like to answer a couple questions, and then be pointed to a recommended solution.  The system wizard can help.
    • Click on the “Product Selection” drop-down menu, and select “System Wizard”. 
    • Select the system application – for example Fire Alarm.
    • Answer the questions the tool asks, and be presented with a recommended system.
    • Click on the recommended system, wait a few seconds, and up on the right side of the screen will appear the information that has been assembled to assist you in reviewing that system.  The number of buttons available is dependent on how many documents have been assembled based on your choices.
    • Click on each gray button along the top will take you directly to additional information. 
    • Click on the Info Summary button to see all the information available.  Each item is hyper-linked so you can select it and be presented with that particular document. 
       
  • Try the Controller Wizard next .  During final design or perhaps during submittal review, more detailed information is generally required.  In addition, you are generally given an application problem, and the challenge is to find which product is the right one for that application.  The Controller wizard can help.
    • Click on the “Product Selection” drop-down menu, and select “Controller Wizard”. 
    • Select the product application – for example “HVAC”.
    • Answer the questions the tool asks – for example “Air Distribution”, then “Terminal Unit” then finally “Unit Vent”. You are then presented with a recommended system – the Excel 10 Unit Vent W7753 Controller.
    • Click on the recommended system (the Excel 10 Unit Vent), wait a few seconds, and up on the right side of the screen will appear the information that has been assembled to assist you in reviewing that system. The number of buttons available is dependent on how many documents have been assembled based on your choices. In general, content provided as part of the Controller wizard will be more technical and of greater quantity.
    • Clicking on each gray button along the top will take you directly to additional information.  For example, related will present to you an accessory device or perhaps optional offerings.
    • Click on the Info Summary button to see all the information available.  Each item is hyper-linked so you can select it and be presented with that particular document. Note the products listed under the “Related” heading – These devices are here as they are accessory or optional products that work with the main product selected as part of the wizard.
       
  • Try the Product/System Browser next .  This tool is an alternative method for navigating.  It is not as conversational as the wizards, yet it has access to much more information and can still be quite easy to use.  The Browser uses a “Windows Explorer” method of operation, where “+” signs can be clicked on and opened, enabling the user to go deeper into that particular item.  As the user continues to expand the “+” signs, the navigation goes deeper and deeper, until the end is reached.  At the end, the user can click on the item, and information on that particular item is presented to the user in the document display window. 
    • The Browser allows users to navigate through the complete content of the Workbench, and do so in two ways:
    • By “Function/Type” – this is a generic and application way to navigate through products.  No knowledge of Honeywell systems or product names is needed for this.  An example of this is as follows – let’s say we need a humidity sensor with 2% accuracy that is duct mounted:
    • Click on, or “expand” the “+” sign next to “Function/Type”.
    • Go into HVAC by expanding the “+” sign
    • Go into “Sensors/Valves/Dampers/Actuators/VFDs/Misc” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Go into “Sensors” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Go into “humidity” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Go into “duct mounted” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Click on “2% accuracy” to be presented with information pertaining to the H7625/H7635/H7655 line of sensors.
    • Clicking on each gray button along the top will take you directly to additional information.  For example, related will present to you an accessory device or perhaps optional offerings.
    • Click on the Info Summary button to see all the information available.  Each item is hyper-linked so you can select it and be presented with that particular document. Note the products listed under the “Related” heading – These devices are here as they are accessory or optional products that work with the main product selected as part of the wizard.
       
  • By “Product/System Name” – This is a way to navigate based on a Honeywell product or platform name. For example, lets say that consulting engineer is doing a site survey at their client’s building.  There is an existing Honeywell DeltaNet Excel Plus system installed.  The consulting engineer can use this portion of the browser to learn about the DeltaNet system.  This is done as follows:
    • Click on, or “expand” the “+” sign next to “Product/System Name”.
    • Go into “DeltaNet” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Go into “Excel Plus” by expanding the “+” sign
    • Click on “Excel Plus” to be presented with information pertaining to the Excel Plus DDC Controller.
    • Clicking on each gray button along the top will take you directly to additional information.  For example, related will present to you an accessory device or perhaps optional offerings.
    • Click on the Info Summary button to see all the information available.  Each item is hyper-linked so you can select it and be presented with that particular document. Note the products listed under the “Related” heading – These devices are here as they are accessory or optional products that work with the main product selected as part of the wizard.
       
  • Browse the Engineering Manual of Automatic Control (Gray Manual) by clicking on the "Engineering Manual of Automatic Control" menu item, under “Library” menu item. 500 pages of this text book are available for use.  The document is also full of sequences of operation for various mechanical systems.

How do I order a hard copy (soft-cover textbook) version of the Engineering Manual of Automatic Control (Gray Manual)?

§         The Gray Manual that is contained in the Building Control Workbench is also available in print.:

§         To order, call Honeywell’s Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-345-6770 ext. 604 between the hours of 8AM and 4:30PM Central Time (US).

How can the Workbench impact what I am doing today?

To find out, click on the "Introduction" button on the main menu, and then click on "What are you doing today?”. Are you marketing your services? Are you doing system design? Are you in construction management? Are you in need of training? See examples of how this tool can help you improve your productivity.

What do I do if the product or system information I am looking for is not here?

Even though this tool contains a lot of information on many Honeywell products and systems, the Workbench does not contain everything that Honeywell has to offer. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, Honeywell’s Customer Care Center is available to assist in most cases by sending the literature being requested and/or having a sales representative follow up with you.  Call 1-800-345-6770 ext. 608 (or 1-800-345-6770 ext. 608) between the hours of 8AM and 4:30PM Central Time (US).

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