Building automation systems offer an invaluable means of controlling your facility’s environment, monitoring and controlling critical systems and alerting key personnel of any impending problems.
Technological advances have improved the capabilities of controls systems significantly. However, if your goal is improving the efficiency of your operation, system design is the key to making it happen.
The Smart Facility Comes of Age
When the building automation industry got into full swing in the 1990s, everyone waxed poetic about smart technology. Today, you see ads for smart devices ranging from thermostats to cars, but the relative intelligence level of some of these systems often leaves much to be desired.
Certainly we’ve come a long way in the last three decades. However, technological advancements have been surprisingly limited.
Granted, the computer technology that underlies automation systems has become significantly smaller, faster and less expensive, but the distributed control devices themselves have not changed nearly as much.
Improving Building Automation Functionality
However the advances in technology have improved building controls and their capabilities, the most powerful means for improving functionality lies with design.
The overarching goals of facility automation are — typically — to improve efficiency, minimize mechanical failures and maintain a safe environment. Optimizing output, reducing downtime and improving the comfort of your staff all contribute to that goal.
Although the automation system itself facilitates these goals, the practicality flows through the system’s design. No matter how advanced the technology artifacts may be, they cannot, on their own, do anything they are not otherwise designed or programmed to do. Individual components can never work to their fullest potential when used alone.
And that brings us back to building automation systems design — a uniquely human endeavor. We aim to make every system customized to meet your individual requirements.
Learn How Building Automation Can Improve Your Bottom Line
Every capability offered by controls systems funnels directly to your bottom line.
Improving operational efficiency and reducing downtime are two of the more obvious ways to achieve your production and financial goals, but effective controls and automation design will prolong your equipment’s life span and reduce downtime significantly. This, in turn, ensures that production goals are met while reducing your repair and capital investment costs.
Building automation systems also can ensure the comfort, safety and environmental integrity of your operational environment.
As we have established, however, an experienced design and engineering team is the key to these all-important goals. Whether your objectives involve the design of a new project or the improvement and upgrade of your existing facility, an experienced engineering firm with an established track record will help ensure that your goals are met.
DesignTek Consulting Group is one of the nation’s leading engineering, design and management firms. We specialize in mechanical, electrical, industrial and cleanroom design and engineering as well as design-build construction, and we have extensive experience designing and building critical environments with very stringent requirements. Contact us today to learn more about how we can improve your process flow with building automation systems and mechanical controls.