Data Center Commissioning and the Benefits of Load Bank Testing

Data Center Commissioning and the Benefits of Load Bank Testing

Commissioning is a quality assurance program. It validates a new data center process or system meets the owner’s requirements. However, owners may not always understand the purpose and value of data center commissioning, or the benefits of load bank testing before their facility becomes operational. This is why owners typically hire a Commissioning Authority (CxA) to provide expertise, guidance and direction the owner needs to make an informed decision. Many CxA companies turn to load bank testing to prevent or greatly reduce the possibility of unplanned downtime, which can be devastating to a business.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), commissioning refers to “verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the needs of the owner.”

The Benefits of Load Testing during Data Center Commissioning

When you test your data center with load banks, you confirm the complete systems versus individual components function as intended. Load bank testing during data center commissioning provides a controlled environment for test the rack mounts, bus tracks, remote power panels, power distribution units, uninterruptible power supplies, generators, and substations.

The controlled electrical load generated from load banks reduces unplanned downtime and ensures equipment is properly installed and fully integrated so you can count on your backup power systems functioning when you need them.

Without these assurances, you risk subjecting your company to devastating consequences. A 2016 Ponemon Institute study found the overall average cost of unexpected downtime was a staggering $740,357 per incident.

Load bank testing verifies functionality in all operating modes to identify potential issues before they lead to serious problems. With proper testing, you can avoid equipment damage and service disruption once your facility goes live.

It is more economical to identify problems earlier rather than later. Load testing during data center commissioning indemnifies and permits time to resolve any issues before they become more expensive and time-consuming to fix. Testing may reveal problems with facility design, equipment installation, individual components, system integration, or operational processes.

Load bank testing during data center commissioning also produces a safer data center operation. By finding out about safety problems before your facility goes live, you can fine-tune your safety and compliance programs and educate your operations and maintenance staff. These safety measures can reduce your liability.

The benefits of load bank testing during data center commissioning create a significant return on investment that exceeds the cost of renting load banks. Load bank testing offers an affordable investment in your data center operations.

ComRent’s team of load bank experts helps ensure successful load bank testing during data center commissioning. We provide a complimentary consultation to review your project and propose the right load bank solution to meet your requirements. Contact us today.

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