Factory bosses should get ready for the Xmas shut-down

While a white Christmas may seem romantic, as you get ready to welcome friends and family to join in your celebrations, it’s easy to forget that it can lead to frozen pipes, leaks and other problems in factories left unattended over the holiday period.

That’s why Drain Doctor Plumbing (www.draindoctor.co.uk) – the UK’s premier combined emergency plumbing and drain repair service – is warning factory bosses and facilities managers across the UK to prepare their premises for winter ahead of the holiday to avoid interruptions to their festivities.

Now is the right time to put a bit of effort into preparing for the winter months to ensure your business plumbing and drainage is in tip-top working order.

Don’t let plumbing failures adversely impact your business this season. Repairs to damage caused by burst pipes and floods from blocked drains can be expensive. Here are a few tips to help protect your plumbing and drains for the rest of the winter:

  1. Locate and label your main stop valve. Make sure all appropriate staff know where it is – and how to turn it off.
  2. Stop valves tend to corrode slightly with time, so well before Christmas – so that there is time to deal with any problems before the holiday – check that it is working by exercising the valve twice from fully open to fully closed and back again (and always back the valve off ‘half a turn’ from fully open once you’re done). It is a good idea to do this every six months or so in any event.
  3. Make sure that you know where all the pipes and storage tanks in your building are located and check that they are properly lagged and covered, especially in cooler roof areas. Make sure that staff who may be called out to deal with any problems during the holiday know the pipe locations and how to get access to pipes concealed behind things such as ceiling panels.
  4. Inspect cold water cisterns well before Christmas and repeat the inspection annually. If there are any signs of corrosion or leaking, contact a reputable plumber.
  5. Leave the heating on a low temperature to maintain circulation and warmth if the factory will be unoccupied over the holiday week.
  6. Isolate, drain and insulate any outside taps and pipework.
  7. Rain is actually far more likely than snow over Christmas – and coming just after a late autumn, with many trees not shedding leaves until well into November, there is a danger that gutters and drains will be blocked by fallen leaves and other debris. If you see any sign that water is slow to drain from roofs, car parks, etc, get a drainage company to do a CCTV inspection of the drains. If necessary, get the company to clear the gutters.
  8. Plumbing and drainage is becoming increasingly technical. Always seek qualified professional help such as Drain Doctor Plumbing.

If you are unlucky enough to experience a problem with your plumbing or drains call Drain Doctor 24 hours a day on 0800 70 71 72. The company is on call all over the holiday period – and charges no more for working on Christmas Day than it does on any other day of the year.


Honeywell enterprise buildings integrator simplifies facility management

Latest Release Promotes Operational Efficiency with Enhanced Mobility,  Increased Automation and Intelligence, and an Intuitive User Interface

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has updated its flagship building management system, Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), enabling facility personnel  to view and enhance core building technology with greater ease and precision. EBI R430 helps improve efficiency, and reduce energy and operational costs by simplifying setup, scheduling and control. New features include a more robust automation engine, comprehensive mobile access and a redesigned user interface designed to accelerate both routine and advanced tasks.

The latest version of EBI addresses the growing trend of smart, integrated buildings – facilities where automated systems are merged and managed across the enterprise network. This provides an enhanced and more comprehensive view of all equipment and activity, which helps boost productivity every day and delivers savings over the life of a building. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, a smart building can trim energy use up to 14 percent and raise operational efficiency by as much as 12 percent.

As a result, more than a quarter of the facility construction and retrofit projects Honeywell leads now involve some level of integration, a five-fold increase over the last decade. And EBI is the engine that provides the necessary interface and intelligence.

“We’ve seen the long-term value of integrated systems and have relied on EBI to extract those savings,” said Paul Greenwood, manager of security and safety at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “The new release has only amplified the benefits. The automation engine is more powerful, allowing us to program access cards two to three times faster, for example. These efficiencies are important given the volume of related requests we have to process every day.”

The recent upgrades to EBI centre on:

  • Improved integration – EBI is now compatible with many common Web services to provide facility managers and IT staff with new ways to customise how building systems import and mine data, and synthesise the information into actionable recommendations.
  • Increased efficiency – Facility managers can program and coordinate facility-wide systems – including HVAC, lighting, security and life safety – in minutes using the revamped automation engine and scheduling.
  • Enhanced mobility – Operators can continue to use smartphones for remote access and management, but can now implement tablet-based connectivity, which replicates the user interface of an EBI workstation and provides access to all building information, such as system status and trend data that can help optimise energy use in real time.
  • Intuitive interface – While the basic layout and navigation remain, the new software incorporates features common to consumer applications, such as drag-and-drop interaction, that make day-to-day tasks and training easier.

“Facility management is no longer just about maintaining a physical structure,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “The building is now tied to the success of the business it houses. EBI heightens awareness and efficiency, giving operators broader access to the data and tools they need to make lasting improvements – changes that can impact profitability.”

Honeywell EBI is an award-winning building management system that facilitates the integration of security, comfort, life safety and energy control, among other functions. It gives users a single point of access and consistent view to information and resources that enhance the ability to monitor, manage and protect a facility, campus or multi-site operation.

In addition, EBI communicates with industry-leading open protocols like BACNet®, OPC® and LonWorks®, which helps customers integrate with third-party software and hardware, and benefit from the scalability and flexibility that come with an interoperable architecture.

More than 20,000 EBI systems have been deployed in more than 160 countries over the last decade. Current customers can easily migrate to the latest release, providing them with the new functionality, as well as continued returns on their investment.

For more information, visit www.ebi.honeywell.com or follow HoneywellBuild on Twitter.