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Planning of Facilities Asset Maintenance: Why Integrated Systems Are Key to Optimal Control

As explained by IoT For All, today’s Facilities Managers have a wealth of information and technology at their fingertips. Smart sensors can track virtually anything, and the information gathered from sensors can be applied through automated demand response to optimize conditions and control. The same process applies to facilities asset maintenance. Facilities Managers need to understand the costs and challenges of working with silent systems, how integrated systems improve maintenance planning, and a few tips for unifying such systems.

The Costs of Siloed Systems

Individual components and connected systems can have an impact on energy efficiency and maintenance planning. After all, knowing more about an asset’s current performance and health will enhance that specific sensor’s return on investment. However, as noted by Buildings.com, integrating systems with other facilities management platforms, such as the energy management system and the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), help Facilities Managers unlock new insights into energy consumption and needs for assets independently and as a whole. Meanwhile, failure to gain these insights could result in missed opportunities, such as not knowing if energy resources billed were accurate.

Integrated Systems Improve Facilities Asset Maintenance

Integrated systems improve facilities asset maintenance by empowering Facilities Managers with more actionable data. In addition, integration ensures that data is shared between systems, so maintenance needs identified in one system or the other, which may result in an immediate work order, can be corrected. Of course, this is a natural implication for marking the item as complete in the corresponding system.

Integrating systems also provides an added layer of detail to analytics. Since data can be generated from multiple sources and entered into the CMMS, it may not necessarily be noted within other systems. As a result, energy management analytics may have recommended a given set of actions. However, introducing more data to the algorithm could change the recommendation and lead to more considerable savings. Alternatively, failure to access the CMMS-generated point could result in a suggestion that could have adversely affected maintenance spend. For instance, if a field service vendor has already been dispatched following the entry into the CMMS, the EMS could identify a change in energy use and generate a similar work order from a different point. Ultimately, two technicians arrive, and although one is canceled, they still incur a cancellation fee. Integration and leveraging both historical and real-time data eliminates this uncertainty.

How to Bring Maintenance and Facilities Management Systems Under One Roof

The exact path to integrating maintenance and facilities management systems is not set in stone. The most significant needs are identifying which systems exist, if systems can be integrated and whether the systems in place would cost less to integrate then working with a new system capable of handling the entire process. In a sense, this is why more companies opt to outsource and take advantage of managed services that consider energy use, work order management, vendor management, payment processing and more. Ultimately, any energy management platform will have a direct bearing on maintenance planning throughout every aspect of your facility, so when a company opts to work with a third-party, they effectively eliminate all the internal processes leading to higher maintenance spend.

Deploy Your Smart Building Solution today!

Implementing an integrated, single pane of glass platform in your organization is much simpler than you realize. It begins with an energy audit, recommissioning of facility assets and choosing an experienced provider. Reap the benefits of better facilities asset maintenance and reduced energy costs by contacting ENTOUCH online or calling 1-800-820-3511 today.