Downtime and power outages, to some portions or all of your critical facility, can drastically impact your business’s bottom line. In some settings, such as manufacturing or healthcare, this type of disruption can create catastrophic consequences if there aren’t proper safeguards in place. As such, companies heavily invest in finding solutions that can guarantee better power availability and reliability. A critical facility requires a well-designed, implemented, and maintained power distribution system to guarantee these aspects of power quality.
Power availability concerns a system’s or operation’s uptime, as well as how fast it could recover from an outage scenario. On the other hand, power reliability is gauged by having enough power to achieve maximum performance throughout a given duration. The critical facility’s power infrastructure needs to support every component within the system without fail. By following these three steps, critical facilities can vastly improve power availability and reliability.
Use a Power Management System
The foundation of achieving greater power availability and reliability stems from taking advantage of a well-connected power management system. Digitizing how facilities monitor and maintain their infrastructure’s electric power supply can generate detailed performance insights. Often, these insights determine when a disturbance or malfunction is imminent. The power management system can manipulate where the power supply is directed to achieve greater efficiency. Several power meters are deployed throughout the facility to capture information on power quality. The next two steps are contingent on a facility’s power management system.
Incorporating Smart Circuit Breakers
Smart circuit breakers are great additions to incorporate into your critical facility’s power management system. Circuit breakers protect electrical circuits from damage caused by any power overload by interrupting the current. The latest smart circuit breaker technology can quickly detect then break off its connection before the surge can continue traveling upstream through the electrical circuit. Thus, it prevents the power overload from continuing on and potentially doing damage to your equipment. More impressively, the smart circuit breakers do this without completely cutting off the power supply to the rest of your network. These components of your power management system can help managers locate the problematic portions of the power distribution network so that repairs and inspections can be made quickly.
Implement Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance can be implemented as part of the power management system upkeep and not just for building automation systems. Remember, predictive maintenance’s key approach analyzes capture performance data and detects early signs of issues that need attention. This way, the system receives diagnosis and repairs before downtime is necessary to remedy the situation. The tools and technology included in the power management system can direct your efforts around your facility but don’t underestimate the value of getting advisory services to better prepare your facility for better power availability and reliability.
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