One of the key advantages of using building automation systems (BAS) is using the smart technology to improve efficiency and reduce downtime. From the office to industrial settings, automating how your equipment gets monitored positions organizations in a better spot to oversee individual machinery performance and overall operational performance. Therefore, it’s important that existing equipment and infrastructure become retrofitted with the appropriate tools and technology to carry out predictive maintenance. Of course, many companies establishing new locations like manufacturing plants or data centers also make sure their assets are supported by predictive maintenance capabilities. Implementing predictive maintenance into BAS is more straightforward than you think.
How It Differs from Preventative Maintenance
We’ll get into the simplified steps of how your organization can incorporate BAS smart technology to use predictive maintenance. However, let’s briefly address how predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance differ. Predictive maintenance is a more proactive approach to maintenance. The system analyzes performance data and detects issues that need repair before that component or system fails, thus eliminating downtime.
Similarly, preventive maintenance also aims to make repairs and adjustments before the equipment reaches a critical state. However, instead of using built-in technology to identify the potential issues, maintenance efforts take place on regularly scheduled intervals according to the average equipment lifecycle. These efforts are typically human dictated.
With these two maintenance measures clarified, here’s a breakdown of how to implement predictive maintenance technology into your BAS.
Install Data Capture Devices and Sensors
Firstly, all applicable machinery and equipment should be outfitted with the appropriate sensors or devices to collect performance data. This varies depending on your facilities and operations. In general, managers should prioritize integrating the critical aspects of your operations to the BAS. Consider how factors like power supply or equipment temperature might impact performance or could point to signs of malfunction. In order for preventative maintenance to work, the right type of data should be captured and monitored from the equipment.
Determine Parameters and Set Alerts
Before the BAS can take charge of monitoring the facility assets, the system needs to be told what it needs to look out for, and when it should alert personnel. Facility managers should work with IT staff, engineers, and operators to determine acceptable behavior parameters for the equipment. This is to say, the experts in your operations should have a say in establishing these parameters. That also includes how much room for deviation is admissible. The BAS’s connected software should analyze the collected data from the equipment devices. Then, it sends out alerts when performance moves beyond the parameter range.
Develop Dashboards for Operators
Facility managers and operators will need a way to monitor the state of the BAS and need a platform to conduct their own assessments of any predictive maintenance alerts. A customizable and comprehensive dashboard provides any user with the tools and insights needed to guide any facility decision-making. In most cases, the dashboard tools can assist with planning a preventative maintenance schedule so your equipment can always perform optimally.
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