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Navigating the Maintenance Maze - Plan Now to Avoid Catastrophic Winter Boiler Failures
[January 30, 2024]

Navigating the Maintenance Maze - Plan Now to Avoid Catastrophic Winter Boiler Failures

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In November 2023, AdventHealth Porter Hospital in Denver, Colorado faced a crisis: a boiler failure led to halted operations, disrupted surgeries, and closure of the emergency department, turning away new patients.

Shortages of critical components... and extended supplier lead times, of up to a year, affect boiler availability...

This incident highlights the importance of adopting proactive maintenance and technology to better deal with unexpected breakdowns and supply chain challenges. As the industry shifts its focus to reliable, sustainable systems, HELIXintel provides insights on managing issues faced by AdventHealth and others.

Boiler Supply Chain Disruptions
Boilers are crucial for building heating, but their efficient operations face challenges due to a depleted skilled workforce, budget constraints, and global events like the COVID-19 pandemic, energy crises, and inflation. Shortages of critical components like semiconductors and extended supplier lead times, of up to a year, affect new boiler availability and options for replacements.

The solutions? The emergence of CMMS platforms, vendor management tools, and IoT devices enables users to detect and prevent irregularities, minimizing damage from catastrophic failures.

Strategies for Efficient Boiler Maintenance
Effective boiler maintenance relies on advanced technology such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) or 3rd party remote monitoring services. These tools identify maintenance needs, track completed work, predict future issues and plan equipment replacement timing. They also automate work orders, vendor support, and monitor equipment and spare part inventory.

IoT technology enhances system uptime through continuous monitoring, proactive alerting, and tracking of temperature, pressure readings, and operational setpoints. A proactive approach to predicting and preventing equipment failure is essential to overcome long lead times. Tech-driven insights aid in cutting failure-related expenses, planning capital expenditure replacements, and reducing life-cycle maintenance costs by up to 40%. Adopting these proactive, technology-driven strategies is crucial for efficient boiler management and longevity.

Navigating Today's Boiler Landscape
Boiler systems pose diverse challenges from variable options to supply chain disruptions. Navigating these complexities efficiently requires a multifaceted approach. Using CMMS and IoT solutions enhances maintenance, improves efficiency, and protects infrastructure investments. Embracing technological advancements and proactive strategies like preventive maintenance, spare part stocking, and emergency planning supports facilities dealing with skilled labor shortages and budget constraints.

HELIXintel addresses these challenges, aiming to set a new standard for efficient, sustainable, and resilient building system management in a constantly evolving maintenance environment.

Media Contact: 
Tia Dabney
Director of Marketing, HELIXintel
[email protected] 

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