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performance in detail with more powerful
workstation tools. These tools deliver the
information the operator needs to maintain
function and efficiency.
Safety officers connect to the BAS through
standard communication media such as text
messages and Web browsers. The BAS immediately notifies them of a selected set of safe-ty-related events. This can include ventilation
system alarms. It can also include emergency
indications initiated by lab workers. After
receiving notification, the safety officer can
connect through Web-based dashboards to get
complete, current operating information.
Safety officers can query cloud-based data
servers for reports of historical performance.
These reports summarize measured airflow
rates to indicate function of the ventilation
system. The reports highlight any areas where
flow rates have deviated from the ventilation
plan. They also inform the safety officer on
the effectiveness of sash closure policies. A
closed sash is just as important for safety as it
is for energy conservation. It’s the biggest area
of common ground between the energy camp
and the safety camp.
The people who use, operate and manage
lab facilities affect the energy efficiency and
Figure 2: Advanced operator display panel for fume
hood showing “Green Leaf” efficiency indicator.
the function of the building. New concepts
in building automation enable designers to
deliver user interfaces that help workers use
Jim Coogan is a principal in product development and applications at Siemens Building
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