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Top 4 Ways University Facility Managers Can Be More Autonomous

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As a facility manager, have you ever felt limited in what you can do with your BAS or frustrated with the solution being provided to you? Given that you have your own technical and maintenance department, wouldn't it be great if your BAS system was simple to use and, more importantly, simple to configure? 

Here are four ways FIN Stack can empower you to be more autonomous and achieve your goal of a smarter campus. 

1. Ease of use and training

Thanks to our learning platform, the FINstitute, we make learning a new BAS more efficient and accessible. Because FIN Supervisory & Control software is simple by design, the training to become proficient is shorter. Say goodbye to the steep learning curve and hello to rapid proficiency with FIN Stack. Our training modules can be taken in person or virtually as self-paced classes. This makes it easy to take your staff from zero to pro at their own pace. 

2. Simplified toolset

FIN Stack's intuitive tools provide hassle-free set-up and reduced engineering complexity. FIN provides many user-friendly wizards that aid in creating and editing a project's configuration. Thanks to these step-by-step configuration tools, it's very easy to create new equipment graphics and powerful summary graphics with just a few mouse clicks. This means your team can edit or expand your FIN Stack system in-house.

3. Smart alarming

One of the biggest struggles with large universities is the sheer amount of alarms that are generated and need to be managed. With FIN, it's easy to reduce the number of alarms by making them smarter. Using FIN's Logic Builder app, intelligent sequences can be programmed that take the season, time of day, or any other variables into consideration. This eliminates nuisance alarms, such as a low boiler temperature alarm in the middle of the summer.  

4. Libraries and templates

Oftentimes, due to the nature of multiple construction projects done across multiple years by multiple integrators, there tends to be a lack of consistency across the campus-wide BAS. The use of templates and point libraries is an integral part of creating solutions with FIN. For example, a university can specify its point naming and metadata tagging standard for current and future database creation. In addition, typical unitary and built up equipment (VAV and AHU) templates can be created that contain database, graphics, summary, O&M content, and control logic. This means that additions can be done using the point libraries and templates, therefore guaranteeing consistent and efficient expansion of a FIN-based BAS.

FIN Stack arms its users with the knowledge and tools to be more autonomous and self-performing when managing facilities across campus. They are empowered to become more effective at managing alarms and more efficient at expanding their systems through the use of FIN Stack. Check out our case study below to see how FIN Stack helped unify the University of Richmond's campus.

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Jeremy Wolfe

Jeremy has 20+ years of industry experience as a distributor, contractor, manufacturer's representative, and as a VP of Sales for an industry leader in controls. He brings a wealth of knowledge in business development, corporate strategy, and process driven improvement.

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