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FINtastic Tip: Putting Your O&M Manuals to Use


Diagrams, wiring, sequence of operations, cut sheets… there’s a lot that goes into an Operations and Maintenance Manual. Whether it’s in a binder or on electronic media, we all know what happens to that O&M Manual - it collects dust on a shelf until someone desperately needs the information. While it’s all very useful and took a great deal of work to create, the problem is that it typically gets lost and forgotten about as it is not baked into the BAS user experience.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have all of the resources as part of the original job at your fingertips - built right into the user experience of your BAS instead of having to dig through a manual on the shelf or drive? 

Here’s your FINtastic tip today. You can, with FIN’s O&M Manuals App! 


Launching FIN’s O&M Manuals app not only gives you the info at your fingertips, it’s context sensitive to where you are in the system. So, instead of searching the index for the info you need, the system integrator has already put the relevant pieces of content in the right place, directly linked to the relevant part of the project. 

Here are three examples that show what we mean:

  1. At the equipment level you’ll find the sequence of operations and the wiring diagrams on the sidebar. All the user has to do is click on the one required, and the document is displayed.
  2. At a floorplan level, a common resource would be an equipment and sensor location diagram. If a facility manager wants to know where the sensors for a specific zone are, the information will be displayed on the floorplan doc where it is. 
  3. At the top level, campus map, or building level, users can see all of the necessary content - including training videos like “How To Change A Schedule” or “How To Clear An Override”. The training can be embedded right into the project user experience. 

Embedding this information into a BAS as a system integrator has typically involved hours or work to “hard code” the links and to create the content mapping. With FIN, in just 2 mouse clicks in a wizard, the links are created and dynamically related to the content. This significantly reduces the amount of labor it takes to implement this feature, giving the systems integrator an easier way to deliver it to customers who want it. 


Learn more about our O&M Manuals here.

B. Scott Muench

Scott joined J2 Innovations as a partner in 2011, and is now Vice President of Customer Experience. He has a wide range of responsibilities including evangelism, business development, training, and operational excellence. Scott is well known as an industry expert in smarthomes and smart buildings. He is a past president of ASHRAE, and is currently a board member for Project Haystack. Scott attended Clarkson University for Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a BS/Business in Organizational Innovation.

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