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Fan Commander maximizes energy savings and comfort

November 1, 2016

Easily Programmed Central Control Station from Rite-Hite can operate up to 18 HVLS Fans

MILWAUKEE – The color touch-screen Fan Commander ™ control station from Rite-Hite Fans manages the operation of up to 18 high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) Rite-Hite fans. With the Fan Commander, users can optimize the year-round performance of strategically located HVLS fans throughout a single facility, maximizing the energy savings and comfort they deliver.

The intuitive and easily programmed Fan Commander adjusts the speed of HVLS fans to match winter and summer conditions. During winter, the correct fan speed produces even temperatures from floor to ceiling for proven energy savings and increased employee comfort. An automatic and accurately controlled fan speed in summer results in a cool breeze when it’s needed most.

The Fan Commander also contributes to operational efficiency since it eliminates the need to visit multiple fan locations to make adjustments. The control station is password protected to prevent unauthorized users from adjusting fan speeds. Additional benefits of the Fan Commander include the ability to:

  • control fan operation based on temperature within a facility;
    • schedule fans to operate only when needed to save energy;
    • view individual fan settings (on/off and speed);
    • monitor energy use and troubleshoot various VFD fault codes from a single location; and
  • use the optional modbus port for easy interface with networked computers, tablets or smartphones.

The Fan Commander can also be networked with building management systems (BMS) so users can coordinate the operation of the fans with other building functions. An internal battery retains custom settings in the event of a power failure. Control boxes used to relay signals to and from the main control station can be mounted up high on walls or columns to avoid damage and minimize the cost of wiring.

About Rite-Hite Corporation

Rite-Hite Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of material handling systems designed for maximum safety and productivity. Principal product lines include: trailer restraints, dock levelers, integrated controls, dock seals and shelters, industrial power doors, HVLS fans and aftermarket products and services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-456-0600.


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