How To Enhance Your Building Automation Systems With Predictive Maintenance
Many tasks involve reacting to issues as they occur or catching them during routine maintenance and performing the necessary repairs. But what if there was an approach that allowed technicians to anticipate issues before they happened? Learn about the advantages of implementing predictive maintenance in your building automation systems (BAS).
What Is Predictive Maintenance?
The equipment and systems that are the backbone of building operations consumes significant amounts of energy and can feature substantial repair and replacement costs without proper upkeep. Maintenance teams across multiple industries face challenges with employee headcount and knowledge, making it difficult to spot and repair minor problems before they escalate. This forces building owners to adopt an approach where they react to issues when they happen or hope they catch them during routine maintenance.
Predictive maintenance is a proactive strategy that leverages data and technology to predict when issues will occur. This innovative approach uses smart monitoring and allows building owners to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.
How Are Predictive Maintenance Tools Implemented
Transitioning an approach from reactive maintenance to a predictive style is an important decision. It involves implementing tools and technologies to promote a machine-learning environment. These include:
- Internet of Things (IoT) Sensors: IoT sensors are designed to automatically monitor and maintain the systems they’re connected to.
- Artificial intelligence: Predictive maintenance utilizes machine learning to better anticipate when issues will occur.
- Dashboard: Utilizing predictive maintenance provides access to a dashboard that allows teams and other staff members to monitor equipment in real-time.
What Are the Benefits of Using Predictive Maintenance Technologies
Reducing energy costs and increasing equipment efficiency are top priorities for maintenance teams and building owners. However, limited knowledge and staff sizes make preventing equipment failure with traditional strategies challenging. Leveraging a predictive maintenance program throughout a campus provides the following benefits:
Building systems are designed to keep operating even after minor flaws develop; it just works harder to maintain the same productivity levels. This creates energy waste and increases the likelihood of a major issue occurring. With a predictive maintenance platform, your staff is alerted to emerging problems, allowing them to provide cost-effective repair and reduce energy usage.
Enhanced Working Environment
Employees and customers don’t want to be in a building with a malfunctioning air conditioning, heating system, elevator, outdoor lighting, etc. Using predictive analytics, your maintenance team can ensure the equipment will operate properly when you need it most. It also allows businesses to improve the indoor air quality of buildings and promote a healthier work environment.
Troubleshooting issues is a tedious and time-consuming task for your repair staff and costly when attempting to tend to the hundreds of terminal HVAC units spread throughout a building. With predictive maintenance, your team can quickly assess the entire building system, on a daily basis, for a fraction of the cost involved doing this work in traditional methods. In addition, once an equipment delcine is identified, your facilities team knows the location and root cause of an issue before they arrive on-site.
Signs You Should Utilize Predictive Maintenance Tools
It can be difficult to know it’s time to drop your preventive maintenance program and adopt a more modern approach. Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to make the switch:
You Lack the Necessary Staff
Many companies are facing staffing issues for their technician teams. Combine employee shortages with budget reductions, and you have an environment where properly maintaining equipment is nearly impossible.
Your Facility Is Expanding
Expanding a campus by constructing new buildings creates exponential growth in your workload, and introduces new brands of equipment and control. , Managing different systems creates skillset bottlenecks and impacts efficiency. With a predictive maintenance plan, your maintenance team can monitor all systems.
Your Maintenance Budget Is Decreasing
Stagnating budgets make it difficult to address lingering issues adequately. Implementing predictive maintenance tools allows technicians to handle minor problems and enhance the useful life of the equipment.
Are You Ready to Embrace Predictive Maintenance Technology?
The BuildingLogiX team takes pride in helping clients reduce their energy costs and maximize the useful life of equipment. Contact us today to start planning your project.
Enhance Operational Efficiency With Connected Building Services as Your Predictive Maintenance Tool
Migrating your maintenance platform to a predictive model is an important decision, and partnering with the right company is essential for maximizing its value. BuildingLogiX works with companies to implement our Connected Building Services (CBS) to find savings and improvement areas for your buildings.
CBS combines building analytic software with our building system expertise to extract and analyze data, enabling your technicians to leverage actionable information. Our building management system includes the following elements:
Fault Detection and Diagnostics
Minor issues are difficult to catch during routine maintenance because equipment may appear to work normally. With Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD), your technicians receive valuable insight into the operational efficiency of equipment and can pinpoint and repair problems before it impacts performance.
Having access to information is important, but being able to translate it is essential to reducing efficiency and costs. Our BuildingLogiX Data eXchange features a custom data visualization dashboard that generates user-friendly graphics and charts that match your style, preference and team’s skill level. This helps your maintenance team monitor equipment in real-time and make easy adjustments to enhance performance.
Chiller Plant Optimization
Chillers are the largest consumers of energy for many buildings, and maintaining their performance is vital for maximizing efficiency. Our chiller plant optimization tool provides analysis that allows your technicians to create a comfortable and healthy environment for occupants. Partnering with BuildingLogiX enables you to identify difficult-to-spot issues, including:
- Short cycling
- Poor water flow
- Improper system coordination
- And more!
Master Systems Integrator
Is managing different BAS systems across the campus holding your maintenance team back? Implementing CBS allows you to leverage our master systems integrator services to create an integrated platform that streamlines all systems under a common interface and eliminates artificial barriers. Our process-driven operations are designed to meet your needs and budget and provide the following benefits:
- Increased maintenance team productivity
- Reduced operational cost
- Enhanced visibility into system efficiency
- And more