Product Bulletin Issue Date

May 10, 2004

Operator Workstation

Total optimized control. That’s how the Metasys® Network manages your system. That’s also the whole idea behind the Metasys Operator Workstation (OWS). The OWS combines sophisticated software features with industry standard Personal Computers (PCs) into an easy-to-learn information management tool. Thanks to its instantly understandable graphics-based interface, everything in the Metasys N1 Network from alarm monitoring to developing new control strategies can be done quickly and easily. Operators spend less time learning how to use the system and more time using it to improve occupant comfort and to reduce your facility’s operating costs.

Figure 1: Operator Workstation (OWS)

Features and Benefits

Microsoft® Windows®
Operating System Based Application and Navigation

Allows ease of use

Consistent Interface to
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Lighting, Fire, and Access Control Functions; Full English Commands and Descriptors

Provides learning ease

Point Focus Windows,
Standard Summaries, Historical Data Storage

Allows powerful facility analysis

Advanced Alarm
Management Program, Alarm Messages, Maintenance Messages, and Operator Instructions

Reduces maintenance problems

Dynamic Information
Exchange between the Metasys N1 Network and Third-Party Windows Applications

Provides Metasys data that can be easily integrated with spreadsheets and other applications

© 2004 Johnson Controls, Inc. Code No. LIT-635020



Network Control Unit (NCU)

NCU Operator Workstation Printer DX-9100 Controller

NCU Operator Workstation

Variable Air Volume (VAV) Controller

Lighting Controller

Access Controller

Variable Air Volume Modular Assembly (VMA) Controller Unitary (UNT) Controller TC-9102 Controller N2

DX-9100 Controller

Air Handling Unit (AHU) Controller N2

Figure 2: Metasys N1 Network with Operator Workstation

Simplest Interface
The OWS is designed to be easy to learn and use while still providing advanced facility management capabilities. It presents graphical displays of your facility floor plans and equipment schematics that instantly show potential problem areas using vivid colors and dynamic data displays. Operators use a computer mouse to point and click their way through your facility without ever touching a keyboard. And when detailed information is needed about some aspect of your facility, the OWS can quickly supply a wealth of trend graphs, history logs, schedules, and more, all at the touch of a button.

Why is the OWS so easy to learn? First, it is based on Microsoft Windows software, which inherits the same basic navigation used in other Microsoft applications. Instead of memorizing codes, select the functions you want to perform by pointing to them. And what you point to is the second reason why the OWS is easy to learn. The Metasys N1 Network uses an object-oriented software architecture distributed throughout the network. This allows an OWS to gather information simultaneously from anywhere on the network and consolidate it into facility-wide reports. All your facility equipment is logically organized and displayed in both full color dynamic graphics and easy-to-use text displays.


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The OWS also lets you run other popular software packages. Programs that are directly compatible with the Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP Operating System (OS), such as word processing and graphics packages, run concurrently with all OWS functions. Facility operators quickly master the OWS, making full use of Metasys capabilities. This means that you can realize the full benefits of the Metasys promise ― comfort and safety for your occupants and lower operating costs for your facility.

Graphical System Penetration
With a single click of the mouse, the operator can change from a textual to a graphical representation of your facility. The operator can move through buildings, floors, and areas without ever leaving the terminal by simply pointing at symbols and clicking the mouse button. Going from one building to another is only a click away. Using the high-resolution color graphics, an operator may look at the outside representation of a building and see a problem area. Then, penetrating to a particular floor by clicking with the mouse button, the operator can display the floor in question, along with all current information, including security and fire zone status. By clicking on the symbol for the Air Handling Unit (AHU) for that floor, the operator can then make any adjustments necessary to bring the equipment back in line with the rest of the system. You can further enhance graphic display and animation options by installing M5 Workstation and MGraphics software on the OWS. M5 Workstation software enables upgrading the existing Person-Machine Interface (PMI) graphics to the latest state-of-the-art M-Graphics package. Refer to the M-Graphics Product Bulletin (LIT-6420060).

Network Map
Getting anywhere in the Metasys N1 Network is easy. And figuring out how to get there is even easier, thanks to the Metasys N1 Network Map, a hierarchical representation of the entire system. The Network Map shows you how everything is laid out, in a format similar to a family tree. Operators see the entire facility management system at a glance ― which systems serve which floors, which zones are served by different mechanical systems, and so on.

Point Focus Window
While the operation of your facility is usually reviewed through displays that represent groups of points, such as floor plans or mechanical systems, it is sometimes necessary to focus on a single piece of equipment or a point monitoring the temperature in a single area. That’s where the Metasys Point Focus Window comes into play. From the Network Map or a system graphic display, the operator can zoom in on specific information related to any point in the network. This information includes its current reading, its setpoint and deadband, current alarm status, associated alarm messages, whether it’s enabled or disabled, and so on. Rather than just a static picture, the Point Focus Window displays the environmental status data at the selected point as a dynamic trend graph. This provides the operator with a complete overview of how the equipment controlling that point is actually performing.


Figure 3: Network Map Finding your way to the desired information is simply a matter of using the mouse to point to a particular floor or piece of equipment and clicking the button. It’s not necessary to drive through a time-consuming series of screens, because you directly access the desired level of information from a single display.

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Figure 4: Linked Graphical Screens Allow System Penetration

Point History Feature
Fine-tuning a system requires more than current readings. This is why the Metasys N1 Network is designed to offer not only instantaneous access to current conditions, but also historical performance information as well. When the Point History feature is enabled, the Metasys N1 Network anticipates your need for information by automatically collecting periodic data samples for every point in the system, without any programming or setup by the user. Optionally, upload this information to an OWS for longer-term data analysis. Viewing samples from every point, you can more easily see potentially problematic changes in operational trends before trouble occurs. And when a problem develops, base your preventive analysis on the conditions that led up to it or resulted from it. Further enhance trend display and archiving options by installing M5 Workstation and M-Historian software on the OWS. Refer to the M-Historian and M-Trend Product Bulletin (LIT-6420070).

Sophisticated Alarm Management
Because all alarms that occur in a facility don’t deserve the same level of attention, the Metasys N1 Network handles each point in a different way. Some alarms are more important than others, so the OWS prioritizes and displays the most important ones first. And because different types of alarms are important only to certain operators, the Metasys N1 Network selectively directs various alarms to different OWS units anywhere on the network — even remotely connected via a dial-up modem. When critical building alarms occur, the OWS provides the operator with immediate notification. In addition to acknowledging the alarm, the operator has the option of placing the alarm record in either a reminder file (notify the operator again that the alarm still exists) or a follow-up file (track the alarm report and any followup activities that are being used to rectify the situation). This prevents the possibility that an alarm may be forgotten altogether. The OWS saves noncritical alarms where they may be dealt with at the operator’s convenience. Further enhance trend display and archiving options by installing M5 Workstation and M-Historian software on the OWS. Refer to the M5 Workstation Product Bulletin (LIT-641050).

Full Complement of Summaries
Keeping track of alarms is just one function of the OWS. Summaries of all points and limits are quickly available, as are summaries of all points that are overridden, in alarm, disabled, or locked out. 4 Operator Workstation Product Bulletin


Figure 5: Metasys System Operators Quickly View and Respond to Critical Alarms


Figure 6: Metasys N1 Network Provides a Wide Array of Comprehensive Summaries and Reports Operator Workstation Product Bulletin 5

Password Protection
The OWS provides network security through multiple levels of password access, minimizing the chance of unauthorized use of this simple, yet powerful, workstation. Based on the clearance level assigned by the building manager or owner, each user may have access to only certain commands. Additionally, the user can be restricted to selected building equipment and system points. And because the operator sees only those items and commands to which he has access, Password actually adds to the simplicity of the interface, as well as ensuring its security. The Metasys N1 Network also can provide valuable documentation regarding operator activity. By saving all transactions in the OWS, the Metasys N1 Network allows managers and users to quickly and conveniently review how equipment was started, stopped, or overridden, when alarms were acknowledged, when set points were changed, and so on. Enhance the password protection options by installing M5 Workstation software on the OWS.

Flexible Configurations
The Metasys N1 Network supports multiple OWS units connected to its network. A workstation may connect directly to the N1 Local Area Network (LAN) by means of an Ethernet network interface card installed within the PC. It also may connect to as many as four Network Control Units on separate networks using simple RS-232 connections. Finally, a workstation can connect to an NCU using a dial-up or leased line telephone modem, allowing remote monitoring and programming of the Metasys N1 Network. Regardless of how the OWS connects to the Metasys N1 Network, it has full and total access to all points on the system, restricted only by the user’s password.

The Operator Workstation combines the best industry standard hardware and software with Johnson Controls 100-plus years of controls experience to create an easy-to-learn and use, powerful interface to the Metasys N1 Network. The energy that went into putting this system together is nothing compared to the energy your facility will save by using it.


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Technical Specifications
Product Recommended PC Platforms Software Optional Software Operator Workstation Refer to the Metasys Software Installation and Platform Requirements Technical Bulletin (LIT-12012) for a current list of supported models. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Operating System (OS) or Windows XP Professional OS Metasys Person-Machine Interface (PMI) M5 Workstation software for BAS feature enhancements Refer to the M-5 Workstation Product Bulletin (LIT-641050). Metasys Web Access (MWA) for Web browser communication Refer to the Metasys Web Access Product Bulletin (LIT-1201163). FCC Part 15, Subpart J, Class A UL 916 CSA C22.2 No. 205 Refer to PC vendor literature for CE Mark compliance. UL Listed and CSA Certified Modem (for dial-up or multi-direct connections) Ethernet IP N1 LAN board (for N1 LAN connection) Serial communications board (for multiple direct connections)

Agency Compliance North America

Europe Agency Listings Accessories (Order Separately)

The performance specifications are nominal and conform to acceptable industry standards. For application at conditions beyond these specifications, consult the local Johnson Controls office. Johnson Controls, Inc. shall not be liable for damages resulting from misapplication or misuse of its products.

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