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Why smart buildings are the future

There’s no denying that technological advancements in recent decades have changed the way we all work and live. Everything is becoming smarter and more efficient – including our buildings.

More and more homeowners and businesses are investing in smart tech for their properties. While the initial outlay might be significant, the long-term benefits justify the cost.

Smart buildings use advanced technologies to optimise energy consumption, leading to reduced costs and lower environmental impact. Smart tech can automatically adjust heating, lighting and cooling systems based on real-time usage and occupancy. It can also react to external factors such as climate and natural light fluctuations.

But for manufacturers, the benefits of smart technology aren’t limited to lower electricity bills. Adopting smart tech provides many other advantages and opportunities too.

Increase production efficiency

Automating production lines significantly increases efficiency and quality. Precision technology can be used where weights and measures need to be exact. Robots are more accurate than humans, meaning fewer errors and less waste.

Another advantage is that robots don’t need breaks or shift changes so you can run lines twenty-four hours a day when demand is high. You also minimise the risk of accidents and injury as you reduce the number of human operatives using dangerous machinery.

Get comprehensive real-time data

Sensors and analytics collect real-time data on building performance, enabling you to make informed decisions to enhance productivity and efficiency.

AI can seamlessly integrate and analyse data from multiple sources, providing a comprehensive view of the building. Machine learning can analyse complex patterns allowing you to see how one action can directly or indirectly affect others.

Improve security

Another important aspect of a building is the physical security. Smart building design can utilise technologies like security cameras and sensors and integrate with security systems to detect potential intruders or threats. Automatic alerts can be sent to the relevant people wherever they are, enabling a quicker response to incidents.

Plus, with features such as automated anomaly detection, facial recognition, behaviour monitoring, and predictive analytics, AI can identify and respond to many security threats that traditional building security systems may miss.

Smart building facial recognition system

Improve employee comfort and safety and ensure compliance

Smart buildings can adjust environmental conditions to create optimal working environments, boosting employee satisfaction and productivity. Some of the areas that can be monitored and controlled include:

•  Atmospheric conditions
•  Noise levels
•  Automated legionella monitoring
•  HVAC
•  Temperature monitoring
•  Indoor air quality and ventilation
•  Equipment maintenance, safety, and functionality
•  Light
•  Space utilisation and employee physical activity
•  Fire safety
•  Building compliance

Not only does this keep your teams safer, but automated compliance monitoring and reporting can ensure adherence to environmental and safety regulations, thereby mitigating risks and potential fines.

Reduce maintenance costs

Being proactive with maintenance reduces the risk of machine failure, but you don’t want to fall into the trap of over-maintenance. Being too cautious can result in wasting money on labour, supplies and parts, and incurring unnecessary downtime.

With control and automation systems, you can collect real-time data on machine performance and efficiency. This allows you to track wear and tear more effectively and understand when machines are likely to fail so you can schedule maintenance at the right time.

Ensure scalability and flexibility

Smart building technologies can be easily scaled to accommodate changes in manufacturing processes or building layouts, providing flexibility for future growth and adaptation.

You will also be better placed to integrate with other new technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality and advanced automation. This enables your business to evolve as technology evolves.

Streamline your supply chain

Control and automation technologies facilitate seamless integration and coordination between different stages of the manufacturing process – from the supply of raw materials right through to delivering the final product.

This integration enables real-time data exchange, streamlined inventory management, and better communication among suppliers, manufacturers, and customers, resulting in a more efficient supply chain.

Gain a competitive advantage and increase company value

Embracing smart building technologies demonstrates a commitment to innovation and sustainability, enhancing brand reputation and attracting top talent in the manufacturing industry.

In addition, the growing popularity of smart technologies makes any smart building an attractive proposition for investors. With the benefits of improved efficiency, greater occupant comfort, enhanced security and predictive maintenance, investors, owners and landlords will pay more for properties and assets equipped with smart building solutions.

How to incorporate smart technology

To ensure the best return on your investment, it pays to plan properly. The first step is identifying the biggest pain points and inefficiencies in your current building systems and manufacturing processes.

Set clear goals for incorporating smart technology, such as improving productivity, reducing energy consumption, or enhancing safety.

The good news is that implementing smart technology doesn’t require a huge overhaul of your operations. You can start with new installations or focus on the processes where equipment is most unreliable or keeps breaking down.

At AES, we offer free site surveys and energy audits to help you fully understand which areas of your business will benefit most from smart enhancements.

After completing our assessment, we provide a free quote and a top-level overview of those areas where system upgrades can provide your business with the greatest financial impact.

We offer a range of energy reduction services, including:

• Energy efficient lighting
• Voltage optimisation
Power factor correction
• Variable speed drives
Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS)
• Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
• Electrical vehicle charge points
• Solar installation
Smart controls
Control and automation systems

Contact us to discover how your factory can benefit from smart technology.

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