Watch the on-demand webinar to learn why automating generator testing is the right step for your EPSS.
By: Allan Evora
About the webinar
All healthcare facilities are required by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and other agencies (like the Joint Commission), to perform regular testing of their emergency power supply systems (EPSS).
The majority of owners primarily record and conduct these tests manually with stopwatches and clipboards, which presents serious accuracy problems and manual labor costs.
A trend toward automation
At Affinity Energy, we are seeing systems become more complicated, fewer resources available to conduct tests, and more requirements. Facility managers are looking for a different solution to help them get over the hurdles of traditional testing/reporting.
What they’re looking for is automation of emergency generator tests.
Automating generator testing is overall, a better solution
The reason behind automation isn’t just time savings. Not only does automating testing and reporting reduce the resources required to conduct tests, retrieval of all that valuable generator information also provides insights for necessary emergency system maintenance and support.
Automation tools can increase the life and performance of generators, identify premature failure, and pinpoint potential maintenance situations.
The software: Schneider Electric Power Monitoring Expert
The best solution we’ve seen for EPSS automation is a Schneider Electric software called the generator performance module. The generator performance module is part of Power Monitoring Expert.
This diagnostic tool allows facility managers to run a generator test report remotely through the software, and capture/apply any data from real-life power conditions.
Allan D. Evora is a leading expert in control systems integration and president of Affinity Energy with over 20 years of industry experience working in every capacity of the power automation project life cycle. With a background at Boeing Company and General Electric, Allan made the decision to establish Affinity Energy in 2002. Allan is an alumnus of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, graduate of the NC State Energy Management program, and qualified as a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP).
Throughout his career, Allan has demonstrated his passion for providing solutions. In 1990, he developed FIRST (Fast InfraRed Signature Technique), a preliminary design software tool used to rapidly assess rotary craft infrared signatures. In 2008, Allan was the driving force behind the development of Affinity Energy's Utilitrend; a commercially available, cloud-based utility resource trending, tracking, and reporting software.
Allan has been instrumental on large scale integration projects for utilities, universities, airports, financial institutions, medical campus utility plants, and manufacturing corporations, and has worked with SCADA systems since the early ‘90s. A passion for data acquisition, specialty networks, and custom software drives him to incorporate openness, simplicity, and integrity into every design in which he is involved.