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Facilities Automation: It Is the Key to FM Evolution

Posted by QSI Facilities on March 28 , 2018

Automating systems and processes has been a topic of interest in facilities management circles for years, but facilities automation is starting to change the topic from passing conversation into a necessity. The Internet of things connects devices in profound ways, and the impact of facilities automation can be felt in every industry today. Facilities Managers need to understand the invaluable role of facilities automation and how it will affect the industry in these key ways.

Data Is Key to Scalability, Demand Forecasting and More

Business is becoming digital, and demand for data is starting to focus more on critical points, not just meaningless data. As explained by Edward Sullivan of FacilitiesNet, data from building and facilities automation systems can improve user experiences. In business, this translates into better customer experiences, increasing profitability.

Facilities Automation Reduces Risk

Applied to maintenance, facilities automation reduces risk associated with the operating expense of potentially dangerous equipment. With safer workplaces, asserts Hugues Meyrath of Facility Executive, employee satisfaction increases, resulting in fewer disputes between employees and less turnover too. Automation also reduces risk in using heavy equipment, like forklifts or robotics, and it applies to HVAC systems, refrigeration systems, lighting systems, security systems, and systems designed to enhance the guest experience, such as Wi-Fi access.

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The use of facilities automation eliminates the uncertainty risk, reducing the chance that it will overheat or otherwise malfunction resulting in injury to someone or damage to products, or another disruption. If something does go wrong, automated systems can notify the Facility Manager, generate a work order, contact the appropriate vendor, and verify the issue has been addressed with a repair and has been reported as complete.

It Reduces Overhead Expenses to Keep Prices Low

Be aware that facilities automation has roots in reducing overhead costs, including energy use. Sustainability and green initiatives are in-demand topics, and facilities automation has the potential to simplify energy management, providing actionable insights and real-time changes to operations to keep costs down. Facilities automation can also be used to enhance asset management, reports Otto Motors, reducing the energy demand per system and unit, such as HVAC system compressors.

Data-Driven Systems Are Letting Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Compete With National Chains

Applying facilities automation is also getting cheaper, and more businesses are turning to software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms to take advantage of advanced analytics capabilities, including descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, to drive actionable insights into everyday operations. As a result, small and mid-sized companies can compete with big-box retailers and national chains. In addition, automation will eventually be government mandated, maybe sooner than you may think, so cybersecurity and implementing advanced systems today is key to compliance tomorrow. Paired with the processing power of artificial intelligence, as explained by Green Tech Media, facilities automation will only become more of a hot topic in the industry.

Put the Power of Facilities Automation to Work in Your Company Today

Facilities automation has the positive effect of enhancing the competency of Facilities Managers and facilities management team members. As technology involving facilities automation increases, more businesses will turn to outsourcing to take advantage of its capabilities without the upfront costs of deploying and implementing an in-house building automation system. Find out how your organization can start on the path toward automated processes and systems by visiting QSI Facilities online or calling 1-888-328-2454 today.