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Keep facilities running with power-supply maintenance

By FacilityDude
Nov 11, 2013

Facilities Management, Technology

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Red battery At the risk of stating the obvious, electricity is absolutely essential for facilities functions. For this reason, managers tend to make an extra effort to make sure that their buildings and the surrounding grounds are fully plugged-in at all times. Despite their valiant efforts to ensure that their facilities have power, managers could always do a little sprucing up of their electrical systems. When it comes to electricity, the simplest of maintenance measures are sometimes overlooked.

Management departments may have wisely tried to equip that their facilities with continuous power by installing backup power supplies. With that said, there are additional measures that need to be taken, according to FacilitiesNet.

Even though implementing uninterruptible power systems and alternate power sources is a smart first step toward securing facilities electrical supply, it will not necessarily guarantee that operations will continue in spite of any energy disturbances. Equipment tied into UPS and other backup systems can still be affected by electrical fluctuations or interruptions, if managers do not properly inspect and maintain these power supplies.

Make backup power supply maintenance a priority

As these systems are critical in assuring that facilities can keep on plugging along despite power outages, managers need to routinely check them to be certain that they are in adequate condition and operating in the way that they were designed to work. To effectively do this, facilities managers should reach an understanding of how UPS and generators function, ensuring that they can then successfully maintain them in a preventive, cost-effective manner.

FacilitiesNet explains that a UPS is basically a network of batteries connected to vital equipment that cannot afford to lose power. Ultimately, these backup power supplies protect critical machinery from incurring damage during voltage or frequency fluctuations, in addition to power and transient distortions. This is important as facilities start to use more advanced technology, which rely heavily on uninterrupted electricity, making power system maintenance a key component of facilities management.

Keeping data out of harm's way during electrical disturbances

Some managers may find backup electricity supplies to be particularly necessary, as they still use in-house facilities data storage. According to SearchDataCenter.com, onsite information centers depend completely on continuous power, and electrical interruptions can cause a facility lose critical files. While USP maintenance is still recommended, facilities that find themselves worrying about the fate of their data centers can avoid this risk completely by implementing cloud-based technology. These external programs can help managers coordinate and complete all of their facilities tasks, storing the information on a platform that cannot be impacted by power disruptions.

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