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COVER STORY


Powerscout – without knowledge you are powerless


Bender UK Managing Director, Gareth Brunton, explains how a new tool can help managers and operators of clinical facilities to meet the challenges of ensuring availability of critical systems and protecting electrical infrastructure while at the same time reducing costs.


For a facilities manager or site director responsible for providing power to healthcare facilities, the ideal situation would be to know when problems are going to occur and to be equipped to deal with them before they happen. If they are to operate efficiently and


effectively, then the team responsible for electrical system performance and resilience within one or multiple healthcare facilities needs to look at how technology can deliver a solution that enables them to predict when and where issues will occur. There is increasing pressure within


medical facilities to ensure availability of critical systems and protect electrical infrastructure while at the same time reducing costs. POWERSCOUT®


from Bender Group


offers the next generation of web-based permanent monitoring solutions for critical power systems to enable pro- active maintenance, eliminate unplanned shut downs, and avoid the potential for fires due to overloaded or faulty systems. It is particularly desirable in healthcare


facilities and their data processing centres but can also be an essential tool across a wide range of applications from high value production facilities to critical assets within the oil, gas and nuclear sections; in fact, anywhere that systems cannot afford to fail. The POWERSCOUT®


software


solution integrates the data from the measuring and residual current monitoring devices on one site, or within multiple sites which often make up the estate of healthcare authorities. It generates clear and detailed visualisations and status reports not only for Bender equipment, but also third-party measuring devices.


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Information overload Is there such a thing as too much information? The simple answer is that there can be if it prevents site operators from clearly seeing the status of their systems. Bender measuring devices monitor


electrical systems, plant, electrical networks and other facilities to ensure that they are safe and do not shut down. Units from other manufacturers perform similar sorts of functions. But what they all have in common is that the amount of measuring data is so extensive it is sometimes extremely difficult to evaluate. In effect it can create an information overload. POWERSCOUT®


turns that mass


of information into usable data that can help shape maintenance actions and drive improvement in service and availability. Moisture, ageing, dirt, mechanical


damage or errors created by fluctuations in electricity, voltage and temperature can all harm installations. POWERSCOUT®


is


the intelligent way to ensure maximum availability of installations and avoid system failures by having predictive maintenance in place. Through permanent monitoring


POWERSCOUT® gives facilities managers


and operators an accurate real-time picture of the entire data for single or multiple site locations, delivering all the information they need direct to their desktop or mobile device, with all measured values automatically and continuously saved. It supports the analysis of the device


data and documents the condition of each electrical installation, providing a constantly up-to-date picture and record of the state of a user’s systems, its availability, fault trends and potential issues. Data can be accessed remotely only by authorised site staff or service partners


through secure web interfaces. Users simply open the browser via a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or computer, log in, and select the required measuring devices and measured quantities.


Tailored solutions The software can be individually adjusted to the customer’s system and monitoring requirements to create a precisely tailored solution for each customer. Importantly, the automated report on


residual currents and power quality forms the basis for verifying the integrity of the system without switch-off and is designed to fulfil the requirements of IEC 60364-6 (Periodic verification of low-voltage electrical installations). At the same time POWERSCOUT®


enables facilities managers to track and manage energy use more effectively. The recorded data from devices allows users to compare the power system performance of different buildings or facilities. In short, the comprehensive and


continuously updated database provided by POWERSCOUT®


is a quick and simple


route to identifying the causes of malfunctions and maximising availability of power infrastructure and critical systems. Existing insulation faults and those that


are in the process of developing can be detected in time to allow pro-active and predictive maintenance, because the user receives information on location and cause at an early stage. It therefore avoids unexpected disturbances or shutdowns, potential system failure, minimises inconvenience to patients and hospital staff, or damage to expensive equipment. It also maximises availability of critical systems and facilities such as operating theatres or Intensive Care Units. POWERSCOUT®


is also able to save IFHE DIGEST 2017


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