Ensuring that your control system is defined, implemented and optimized for success in the early stages of a new building commissioning project is critical for long-term success and achieving high performance.
The control systems that are used in buildings use both electrical and mechanical equipment, each depending on the other for success. The efficiency and calibration of these systems plays a major role in the energy efficiency of the building along, along with providing a comfortable environment for visitors inside.
Performing optimization of control systems can help designs reach their full potential. Even small issues can hamstring well-designed buildings and inhibit their ability to reach maximum performance and cost efficiency. Control systems are responsible for maintaining and automating the functions of the system as a whole, and for that reason, overlooked mistakes can have a huge effect on bottom line, energy efficiency, and overall system health.
Here’s how to avoid some of those big mistakes and make sure your control systems are optimized:
When your control system software has bugs that result in system errors, you could be losing large amounts of money and not even be aware of the problem. Even bugs that result in small miscalculations can result in huge losses over time. It is important that software bugs are identified early to avoid long-term losses. As any updates or patches are applied to the system, regular checks should be conducted.
During the calibration process, several types of calibration are conducted. The calibration of individual instruments is performed by applying a known source to the input and measuring the output of the instrument at various data points.
A loop calibration follows, which involves several sets of instruments that are grouped and connected, and therefore must be calibrated together. The output produced by the entire group determines whether or not the calibration passes or fails. Miscalibrated instruments in a loop may require many more tests to root out the problematic component.
Essentially, what this means is that a single control system component that is calibrated incorrectly can throw your entire system off, resulting in huge inefficiencies that may go unnoticed over time and have huge (and costly) repercussions.
If you would like to learn more about how sys-tek can help optimize your control systems, discover vulnerabilities, and fix calibration problems, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our optimization experts. We’ll walk you through our optimization service processes and outline the huge benefits that we could bring to your facility control systems.