Compiling an accurate and complete Equipment List is a supporting key to a successful project. “Gargabe In, Garbage Out” is not just an adage. Investing the time, effort, and resources to accurately and completely capture all vital information will lead to enormous tangible net value.
Each of the following fields taken from Figure 1 – Sample Equipment List is a “Must Have”:
- Equipment Name or Description – If the appliance or point to be monitored has an existing name, then that should be listed. Otherwise, assign a unique name with an agreed-upon naming convention.
- Min/Max Values – Although it may not appear to be, providing accurate min/max values is very important. This information is used to configure system alarm criteria and to select the appropriate application probe. If a second set of min/max parameters apply, they should be included in the Eq. List.
- Building / Dept / Room #– Compiling all of this information may require significant time and resources, but if the request is made to each department lead, it is often readily available and can be efficiently provided in the requested format. This information is essential in the project management planning process and for setting up the the system, grouping sensors and configuring alarm notification protocols.
- Asset ID Tag # – As a best practice, all appliances and points to be monitored should have a unique and permanent Asset ID tag affixed. This label uniquely identifies the asset and optimizes processes across all stages of the project (estimating scope, project planning, installation, system validation, preventive maintenance, alarm checks, and response to alarm notifications). It is amazing how a simple label can be such a critical and vital element of the overall system.
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