The New Fan Selection Software From Loren Cook Co. Exports Fan Schedules In Minutes
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Cook developed their new selection software to help you quickly export fan schedules. They know that preliminary selections on a job can take time. This program intuitively helps consider the various design conditions when selecting a fan, so you can export schedules and start your electrical and structural designers on their work.
Because of cybersecurity concerns, Cook wanted to make sure this software would be a browser-based selection tool (so you don’t have downloads to deal with.) You can access CookSelect straight from the company homepage.
Start by selecting “Add Job,” give it a name, and input any necessary corrections for altitude and airstream temperature.
Next, you’ll “Add Mark” and select an individual fan. On the model selection screen, you’ll have access to all Cook fans and narrow them down with the product filters: product family, drive type, airflow type, installation location, impeller type, and certifications.
Each product thumbnail gives you information at-a-glance: a short description of the fan, with stats on max airflow and static pressure. Icons provide you with information about various certifications/testing that the model has achieved (e.g., AMCA)
Once you select a model, it will be added to the information panel on the right side of the screen, under “selected models.” Click next after all the correct models are selected.
You’ll then progress to the design condition screen, where you input your job conditions: cfm, static pressure, altitude, and airstream temp. Advanced inputs can be adjusted for wheel reduction, drive loss, and max motor load. All conditions are confirmed in the information panel.
Then the fan unit selections will pop up. Like a Microsoft Excel sheet, you can organize and filter the data by clicking the header on any input column. All the data points for the fans run horizontally and contain all the data points for each fan. You can freeze columns in view by dragging them to the left side of the screen.
Once you select a specific fan, it will confirm all the performance data (along with curve graphs and links to the product data pages) in the information panel. When that selection is approved, it will take you to a unit specification page, where you can adjust any motor voltage, horsepower, or enclosure specs. Then you can export your schedule.
If you want to add additional notes about your selection, you can do so on that final screen. The program will give you prompts with several pre-populated typical notes that can be added to the fan selection (e.g., bird screen or roof curb) and a place for custom notes as well.