Systems interconnected to you Make it Easier
Email and SMS alerts to plant equipment faults are now common place, monitoring building systems from web servers designed and programmed specifically for commercial and residential buildings, are delivered with scalable and expandable options.
This means building owners need not invest in all strategies today, but can stage their integration with the knowledge open protocols will allow devices and building systems to “talk” to one another, without hardware replacement.
Firmware / Software
Currency in software and firmware assists t maintain compatibility with other systems. Often new revisions are free (new versions may have a cost).
Keeping a service maintenance agreement in place should include revision update at no extra cost, subject to the supplier and the brand.
Upgrading software is similar, but there are opportunities which are cost effective to improve the performance of a BMS without huge expense.
Service and Repairs
Automation systems need maintenance, it is mostly the moving parts and sensitive parts such as switches, relays, valves, actuators, power supplies, and field sensors which need the most attention.
The Controllers should be checked for heat stress as this ages them faster and the components start to fail sooner.
Parts between systems are often interchangeable, often the systems use different scales, but similar voltages so a simple programming adjustment makes a non-proprietary part compatible.
The Internet of Things – IoT
Building Management Systems, Energy Management, major plant equipment and people are becoming more and more interconnected.
There are huge savings opportunities in both direct and indirect costs by taking advantage of the “Internet of Things”. It is cost effective, but, initially can be time “heavy”.
Knowing your objectives for your building or facility is the start, understanding your time lines and portfolio objectives underpins the scope, this ensures your return investment crystallizes to the bottom line.