7 Steps to a Successful Energy Monitoring System: Part VI
So far, we’ve covered the first 6 steps of implementing a successful energy metering system. At this stage in the process, you would have a fully functioning energy monitoring system that is providing you all of the data you need. Hopefully, this would suffice and continue to address your needs for years to come. In the real world, however, things go wrong, requirements change, and new ideas emerge. For the final step, we will discuss how a maintenance agreement can save you time, money and headaches when dealing with these things.
As you’ve seen in the prior posts, monitoring systems consist of many components. Meters, data acquisition servers, communications infrastructure, databases and software systems must all function and communicate properly for the system to provide you with reliably accurate information.
What can possibly go wrong?
The hardware and software components of the system are generally quite reliable, but as they age, the failure rate will begin to go up. One of the problems we often see can occur long before you need to be worrying much about failing components,
This problem commonly arises when electrical contractors come into your facilities for other work. Often, they are working around the monitoring components and fail to understand how a change they make might affect the monitoring system. We’ll find wiring that has be reconnected incorrectly or not at all, probes that have been moved and power supplies that were not reconnected. These are just a few examples of how the systems can be messed up inadvertently by unfamiliar contractors.
Requirements are not static.
Your business is dynamic. Changes might be as simple as realizing, after seeing what the system can do for you, that you want to monitor additional buildings or specific sub-systems. Or perhaps you are growing and adding new locations. Or maybe you want more data on that PV solar system you just installed. There are many ways in which your organization might change.
The importance of a maintenance partner.
The right maintenance partner will take care of problems and walk you through changing requirements. They will also assure that your front-end energy analytics software is up-to-date and configured to meet your ongoing needs. But who should you use?
It would usually make sense to contract your maintenance through the same company that did the assessment, design, and commissioning of your system. They already know the intricacies of your system and are in an ideal position to maintain it and service your future needs.
Summa Energy Solutions Can Do It All.
From assessment and design, to commissioning and maintenance, Summa can take you through the complete process. And with Vitality Energy Analytics software on the front-end, you will have up-to-the-minute information on all of your metered systems with special features designed by energy managers to meet your energy management needs. But even if you choose to contract with someone else, the important thing is to have expert maintenance at your disposal.
This is the last post in this series.