The Advanced Facilities Services, Inc. program for plant operations and maintenance keeps structures, systems and equipment performing exactly as intended. What this means to you is overall lower cost of ownership for your physical assets, reduced interruption due to downtime, and higher quality throughout the learning environment.
Longer Asset Life
By constantly maintaining equipment at, or returning equipment to, original manufacturer specifications and optimal operating parameters, all actions are intended to assure maximum environmental comfort, asset life and return on investment.
Systems and environments are monitored continuously and adjusted as necessary. Actions involved include recording of boiler pressures and temperatures, checking fire alarm status, starting and stopping equipment, and observing/verifying normal operating conditions.
Designed to minimize downtime and prevent premature failure, these actions are scheduled in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and best practice from field experience.
In some cases, it may be prudent to "predict" the need to repair a component in order to prevent downtime associated with an unexpected failure. This is a sort of intermediate step between preventive and corrective actions, and requires consideration of expense, historical cost of maintenance, and critical nature of equipment.
Undertaken to return equipment to service and to its originally intended operating condition, corrective actions are unplanned, relatively minor in nature, and often involve repairing or replacing broken or failed components.
Systems that safeguard life and property require high priority actions. Monthly fire extinguisher checks, inspecting and testing fire alarm, sprinkler and suppression systems, verifying proper operation of emergency lighting, fire doors and exits, and assuring proper guards are present on equipment, would all fall under this category.
Facility Improvements Maintenance
Typically held to 5% or 10% of budget so that their cost does not hinder more critical actions, these are smaller projects that enhance the function of a space or improve usability. Examples might include the installation of a new whiteboard or door.
Some specialty services purchased from local or regional providers are generally part of a good well thought out maintenance program. We do not advocate purchasing services as an alternative to proper training, skill acquisition or purely for convenience. However, there are certain things that should be considered for liability reasons - like elevator repair. There should be a budget in place for the purchase of certain services.
Balancing Operational Resources
When making a purchased service decision, we consider the following:
- Are staff members trained and skilled enough to complete the action safely and correctly?
- Will self-performance detract from preventive, corrective and casualty prevention requirements?
- How will the action to be considered best support financial responsibility?
When an emergency occurs, virtually all other actions and concerns go on hold. AFS will ensure that employees are designated and trained to respond to all potential emergencies in specific and appropriate ways.