How to Address Facility Managers Electrical Challenges
An electrical power distribution system is one of many undermining, under detected and sometimes most overlooked challenges that face the facility manager. The roles of facility managers are changing as the facility management profession continues to mature and evolve. Facility management’s critical role is to merge facility operations to the organization’s core business strategies and contribute to the profit and bottom line. Including but not limited to: reducing facility costs, increasing productivity, supporting revenue generation capacity and innovation, improving efficiency, employee satisfaction and company image.
Electrical Power Distribution Solutions
The electrical power distribution system and controls, is a great place to start …with a strategic, sustainable, holistic, life-cycle-oriented approach to in search of solutions to meet those productivity and cost reduction goals.
Current Solutions P.C. offers a comprehensive array of electrical engineering services and supports every stage of a project—from design to post-installation support — to help make our client’s buildings, equipment and technology more reliable, efficient and safe while each of our services is geared toward saving our client’s money.
We provide solutions for mission critical; electric power distribution, power quality, power flexibility and/or scalability; electrical safety and electrical training.
Facility Managers Challenges:
- Electrical Power and Energy is required by all HVAC, mechanical equipment and technology. Many facility managers are dealing with antiquated and complicated building systems, controls and aged facility that may need upgrades or over-halls. Also the need for good electrical power and energy quality, that is scalable, creates a dependence on facility management to understand, design and maintain the power distribution system for optimal performance which contributes to the health and well being of building occupants, benefits efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
- Global Recession and Limited Funding. Unfortunately electricity is the first thing we miss when we lose it but it is often overlooked when companies are allocating funds to maintain or fix broken or over taxed power distribution systems. Facilities managers are often challenged when requesting funding. Power system studies provide facility managers with the hard data and ammunition to request funding from top management, before making any costly decisions. Decisions including: Is the newly designed electrical power distribution system sufficient to support the planned infrastructure, equipment, technology etc…, Can the existing electrical system support upgrades to the facility or increased technology, Does the facility have “clean power” or is the power contributing to outages, disturbances or distortion, Is the power contributing to equipment failures, Are there potential safety issues brewing?
- Sustainability of Power and Energy Reduction is a major area of concern and has become a fundamental requirement and expectation across many industries to become informed about sustainable initiatives to reduce, reuse, recycle, and develop/maintain technical skills expertise. Included in this environmental responsibility are but not limited to LEED, energy management /Energy Star, investing in high performance systems, issues and other high-performance building ratings systems and others.
- Business Continuity and 24×7 Operations
- Emergency Preparedness
- Training. Obtaining adequate electrical power and energy training on many changing aspects within facilities roles including the particulars of their existing electrical system, potential safety hazards, safety requirements of OSHA and NFPA, codes and standards, new technology, emergency preparedness…
- Emerging Technology, Machinery and Equipment. Understanding what is available to help the business gross or productivity, how it relates to the business, obtaining appropriate funding for implementation and training.
- Decision Making Ability. Increased quantity and complexity of data for improved and informed business decision making.
- Skilled Employees and Consultants. Locating top talent and skills (for internal and outsourced labor).
- Recognition. Perceived value amongst the expanded expectations of facility management to include both technical skill set and business acumen.
- Changing and Diverse Workforce. Work styles are affecting how buildings must operate (different hours of operation and/or production, 24×7 operations, open work plan arrangements, varying building occupancy rates) these changes in work impact power use and other considerations.
- Safety is important and ever challenging, for not only data and equipment protection, but also for our human resources/employees safety. Power System Studies, such as Arc Flash Analysis, and Short Circuit Coordination studies.