It’s always best to use software and get a feel for how it works before you invest in it, which is why we offer a simple demo for you to try. Read on for a brief guide to some of the fan software’s key functions, then click to try for yourself.
In air movement solutions there is always a trade-off between up-front costs and long-term running costs. In recent years there has been more of an emphasis on achieving the most efficient, and often the quietest, solution. This is one of the many driving forces behind this software – hitting nominal peak efficiency!
The speed of the fan is probably the most important factor in achieving the best performance. However, when the operating rpm is fixed, other factors can be considered: variable wheel width on radials and variable pitch on axials. WebFAN has the ability to use any combination of the available variables to select the most fan efficient solution.
It is often important to consider fluid that is being moved and its density, which can change the performance considerably. Using recognized ASHRAE calculations, the density can be considered using the gas temperature, elevation and humidity. Special conditions (high temperature/volume flow/pressure) are also considered in fields such as mining and petro-chemicals.
WebFAN recognizes the new factors and demands of 21st century fan selection and you can be confident that all your bases will be covered.
MOTORS & DRIVES
When your client has a gas or air movement requirement, there is often more to it than simply selecting a fan. Unless the fan is in a self-contained plug unit containing the driving mechanism, it will need to be driven by a motor connected directly or by a belt. The motor may need a VFD.
You know the story – there is a lot more to fan selection than just choosing the right radial wheel or axial propellor.
Once a fan has been selected and you know the input power required, you can then select the motor and drive you need to power it!
Okay, you’ve selected your fan and drive equipment, but you may also want to provide or suggest a selection of complementary accessories. These can be anything from mounting kits to ducting seals.
PROJECTS, BOMs AND QUOTES
One of the most popular features of WebFAN is the ability to create a datasheet from a selection very quickly.
However, you can provide the ability to add the selection to a project which is dedicated to the job. This project can then be used to compile a technical submission, BOM and quotation.
UPLOADING FAN INFORMATION
As any fan engineer will tell you, one of the hardest tasks with fan selection is creating the fan information in the system. WebFAN has a full suite of engineering tools, so you can quickly add fan ranges, fans, motors, VFDs and accessories. It even has powerful curve digitizers, so you can re-use your existing fan performance information.
It is essential for users to really like the software. If they’re getting the most out of it, they will probably use it in preference to software from other manufacturers.
Although English is a global language, it’s important to provide the option to use the software in a user’s native language if required.
Supporting a variety of languages is also important if you use overseas agents and representatives for export purposes.