Emerson Network Power White Paper Defines Commissioning and Examines the Benefits for Data Center Owners and Managers

Columbus, Ohio [May 16, 2013] – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced the release of a white paper entitled “Commissioning Your Data Center for Greater Availability, Safety and Efficiency While Reducing Costs Throughout the Life Cycle.”

The white paper provides an overview of the process and benefits of commissioning in data centers, and provides facility managers with tangible information on how, when and why commissioning should be implemented as part of the design and build of a new system or process. Some of the key benefits outlined include greater availability, safety, and efficiency along with a reduction in project and operating costs throughout the life cycle of the data center.

“Commissioning has existed as a discipline of the building construction industry for nearly three decades, but in the data center world, it is a relatively new concept that is often misunderstood,” said Tom Nation, vice president and general manager for Emerson Network Power’s Electrical Reliability Services. “This white paper intends to clearly illustrate what a comprehensive commissioning process looks like in a data center environment and the value it brings to an organization.”  

To help facility managers realize the greatest return on their investment, the white paper also draws on Emerson Network Power’s extensive experience with commissioning to offer the following best practices:

  • Hire an independent Commissioning Authority (CxA) to acquire the most comprehensive and well-balanced approach possible.
  • Choose a CxA with the right credentials in commissioning critical spaces or mission-critical facilities.
  • Start the commissioning process as early as possible, ideally in the pre-design or design phase of a project to reduce re-work and schedule delays later in the process.
  • Invest in an Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) document to ensure the commissioning activities meet facility manager needs.
  • Involve the right people at the start of the commissioning project to guarantee buy-in from all critical parties necessary.
  • Establish priorities for the commissioning budget.
  • Dedicate enough time to the occupancy phase, the most critical phase in the commissioning process, to allow for tests and training to be performed once systems are in operation.

For more on the definition and value of commissioning, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com to download “Commissioning Your Data Center for Greater Availability, Safety and Efficiency While Reducing Costs Throughout the Life Cycle.”

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands.  Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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