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Carel apps for a new user experience

05 November 2018

CAREL, a multinational specialising in control solutions for the air-conditioning, refrigeration and air humidification sectors, presents its latest developments as regards the user experience.

Units are no longer controlled using their own display, but rather using a smartphone, a tool we all have available and are able to use.

CAREL’s offering is the result of a massive development effort aimed at increasingly simplifying user interaction with HVAC/R units, which are themselves become increasingly complex.

APPLICA

APPLICA is the mobile service app developed as part of CAREL’s broader unit digitisation project, with the aim of facilitating both installation and maintenance.

It allows users to interact with units via a simple and intuitive graphic interface, replacing the typical search for unit parameters from a list of codes. This change is a true revolution for the everyday tasks of unit configuration and optimisation.

With APPLICA, the unit can be configured in one single operation, exchanging information with a remote service and receiving alerts in the event of alarms.

One app for different applications

APPLICA and the new-generation controller have been developed in unison: the app is not an add-on or an accessory, but rather an integral part of the system.

It has been developed to completely manage the unit by fully exploiting the potential of smartphones and mobile devices, with the objective of making the user experience as easy as possible, for all users.

APPLICA can control different devices and different applications, such as bottle coolers, refrigerated cabinets, chillers, water loop systems, etc.

When APPLICA connects to a controller, it recognises the type of unit and downloads the applications it needs from the cloud.

The user interface is therefore not fixed, but rather varies according to the specific unit, and is updated directly at the time of use.

Indeed, flexibility of the interface is one of the strengths of APPLICA: plug & play tools are available to customise the graphics for each specific unit, thus offering an optimised user experience.

APPLICA can be used to manage MPXone, the new CAREL controller retail refrigeration units, µCHILLER, the solution for the complete control of chillers and heat pumps, and Heez, the solution for refrigerated merchandisers.

The new user interface exploits the graphic and multimedia features of mobile devices, superseding traditional integrated user interfaces.

CONTROLLA

Expanding its app portfolio, at Chillventa CAREL launched CONTROLLA, the new unit control app dedicated to end users.

CONTROLLA stands out for its extensive usability, simplifying the operation of efficient and high-performance systems and allowing the unit’s owner to have the system remote control in their pocket at all times.

Graphic flexibility and usability are the main features that distinguish CONTROLLA.


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