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How to Optimally Manage Mechanical Assets in Your BMS – Here’s All You Need to Know

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A Building Management System (BMS) is a computer-based system with hardware and software that controls and monitors the temperature and the environment of a building. It is typically used to monitor lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) conditions. However, it may also include elevators, motion detectors, smoke detection, and other security, access control, and safety systems. The services a BMS offers differ according to a person’s requirements, so the exact term for identifying such systems varies. They may be called a Building Automation System (BAS) or a Building Management and Control System (BMCS). Where it exclusively concerns the control and monitoring of energy-related systems through power distribution, energy consumption, and uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), it is called a Building Energy Management System (BEMS).

BMS is generally integrated into large commercial buildings, which can be controlled according to a person’s wishes, regardless of size. By incorporating a BMS system, facility managers can automate and regulate major mechanical and electrical systems to be as energy-efficient as possible. However, maintaining the mechanical assets in the BMS system can be difficult. This is a common issue faced by many, and due to its spontaneous breakdowns and other threats, companies waste energy and finances whilst creating unsustainable environments with increased CO2 emissions, thereby making the implementation of a BMS system counterproductive. To avoid such dangers, mechanical asset managers require real-time data and predictive insights so that the mechanical infrastructure in BMS is in excellent condition.

Four Ways to Optimally Manage Mechanical Assets in Your BMS

It is wrong to presume that merely implementing a BMS system would improve the overall functions of a building. A BMS will fail to execute its core function to save energy if the settings are not updated according to the type of building or if the facility manager fails to maintain its mechanical assets long-term. A case study published by the US Department of Energy states that improperly configured BMS systems result in 20% of unnecessary building energy usage. However, facility managers can gain from investing in a BMS system if one of the following four methods are implemented to manage mechanical assets optimally:

Deploy Sensors
A BMS, although it does collect data, may fail to catch certain defects in its assets. Implementing an advanced Internet of Things sensor, on the other hand, can control large amounts of data giving equal attention to assessing the condition of assets. This is also a relatively feasible solution, given that these wireless sensors are affordable and can easily be integrated into any BMS in minutes. Sensors have also helped BMS reach optimal efficiency. For instance, a BMS is meant to switch off lights when no one is occupying the premises. A BMS may not always be accurate where the data it feeds into is insufficient. The BMS could act late, from not switching off the lights at all to switching them off when people are present. Incorporating sensors, however, means that real-time data is assessed, making quick decisions and executing according to the situation more promptly and accurately.
Integrating Immersive Technology
With immersive technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR), managers can assess the internal processes of mechanical assets by noting down changes that are made in real-time. As a result, asset managers can find the root causes of the problem in the BMS. One special advantage of adopting VR is that asset managers can walk through an immersive 3D model in a virtual environment in real time and assess the building from multiple perspectives to detect problems in advance. VR technology can alternatively be non-immersive, whereby a person can use a laptop or tab to access the model. As this technology is used by managers before constructing buildings itself, managers can also plan out how the BMS system can fully be of use before implementing it.
Making use of Simulation Technology
Simulation technology is a feature that is most popular in digital twin technology. This lets asset managers consider future scenarios that could occur by creating a digital model. By creating such a model, asset managers can also test how it would react in different situations. For example, each asset in a building may operate differently. While the functionality of certain assets will depend on aspects such as exposure to weather patterns, defects may also occur due to other environmental changes. Insights gained from this could be used to reduce the risk of mechanical assets being damaged and ensure that, for instance, the fans are stored in a room with cool temperatures to avoid them heating unnecessarily.
Take Advanced Measures with Predictive Analytics
Infusing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) models to generate predictive analytics is an underestimated tactic that mechanical asset managers are yet to make use of in optimising a BMS. Through the data that BMS collects, AI, together with ML, can predict when mechanical assets will deteriorate or fail. Having knowledge of the exact duration of maintenance helps facility managers to schedule repairs and ensure BMI remains to work efficiently. Hence, instead of repairing assets after the BMI has already caused irreversible damage to the environment and wasting energy, facility managers can ensure that errors are fixed before they occur. Thus, save money, time, and resources by integrating predictive analytics into BMS.

Power Your BMS to Ensure Success

A BMS is the backbone of your building. It ensures your building is safe and allows homeowners to save their energy waste seamlessly. Like all things, however, a BMS is prone to breakage and damage, and since it plays an integral part in your building, it is important that you invest in its maintenance. Implementing industry 4.0 technologies into your BMS can help ensure you gain value for money. Therefore, reduce your expenditure, maintain a sustainable environment and keep your clients happy by making the smart choice of using technology to safeguard your BMS.
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