Jones Forensics

reliability-centered maintenance

Your building’s electrical system could be trying to tell you something.
Are you listening?

Electrical systems can send definite signals when there is a problem or a potential for failure. If these warnings aren’t detected, the management team could be in for a very expensive surprise.

To protect our clients from surprises and safeguard their major assets—their buildings—Jones Group Forensic Engineers has developed an enhanced Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) program that is unique in the industry.

Our process is simple and effective. We start by studying the electrical system. Then, we tailor the maintenance, testing, and monitoring procedures to our clients’ needs, including reactive, time- or interval-based, condition-based, and proactive maintenance methods.

Often, the findings reveal that our clients have been spending more than necessary in one area, while short-changing a more important one. By balancing the approach, we usually save them money in the short run and definitely save them in the long run.

Our enhanced RCM offers a cost-effective way to assure the long-term reliability, safety, and integrity of any building’s electrical system. Combined with our patented IntelliJoint™ monitoring system, this program not only alerts the management team to potential issues, it actually extends the life of the building’s electrical system.

Presenting the first bodyguard for your electrical busway systems.

Busways—prefabricated sections of electrical conductor—are a critical part of a building’s electrical distribution system. The sections are installed on-site and connected by special joints. Although busways are very reliable, problems can occur—usually at a joint. Most troubling, if just one joint fails, the entire busway will go down, along with everything it feeds—data centers, trading floors, tenant spaces, mechanical equipment, and more.

Many buildings perform an annual infrared (IR) survey of these joints, using an IR camera to reveal hotspots, which can suggest trouble. But IR surveys, even when performed by the best technicians, can’t catch every problem. Investigations have shown that a building can have a clear IR scan, then experience failure months before the next scheduled scan.

Often, a joint will telegraph serious problems before it fails, which is why our revolutionary IntelliJoint system provides the ultimate solution. Small, wireless transponders are attached at the joints to continuously monitor them, eliminating the uncertainty inherent with interval-based exams, such as IR. IntelliJoint’s proprietary software learns expected temperature and slew rates, as well as other variables for various levels of current flow. Then, new readings are compared continuously to all previous readings to check for deviations.

If a potential problem is detected, an alert appears on the IntelliJoint system’s screen and an email is sent to the appropriate personnel and to the Jones Group’s monitoring station.

IntelliJoint is unique to the industry and available exclusively from the Jones Group. It easily interfaces with an existing Building Management System (BMS), and along with enhancing safety, it also provides the facility management team with a high level of confidence and peace of mind. Best of all, IntelliJoint is very cost-effective—especially when compared to a failure.


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