The website of the Health Estate Journal

Autonomous running may soon be a reality

At a meeting last September at Chesham-based medical gas system specialist, SHJ, key personnel explained to HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, how the company is increasingly harnessing AI, IOT, and edge computing to enhance its systems to run and fault-find almost autonomously, feeding back fault data instantly should plant begin running sub-optimally, and taking remedial action to restore full performance, often without the need for human intervention.

Such is the power of such technologies, that SHJ believes healthcare estates teams may soon be able to leave their medical gas systems to ‘run themselves’. At a second meeting this February, the SHJ team reported on recent developments, and highlighted the features they believe make the company’s installation, servicing, maintenance, and technical back-up stand out.

At an interesting previous meeting last autumn, I met SHJ’s managing director, Stafford Scopes, who explained (HEJ – November 2019) how in 1967, his father, Ronald, established the business to provide a more responsive installation service to UK hospitals than was available at the time after a sizeable backlog of such work had built up. The Chesham firm, which has its own assembly facility close to its head office, has considerably developed in the intervening five decades, and, in the past 5-10 years particularly, has harnessed technology including Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, and edge computing, to give its systems an ‘edge’. Central to one of SHJ’s major selling points – the ability to ‘see’ how customers’ medical gas systems are performing and pre-empt any ‘problems’ – is the SHJ Customer Portal, an easy-to use ‘frontend’, via which the company and its engineers, and increasingly also customers, can access data on the operation, servicing, and maintenance of medical gas systems at single or multiple hospital sites. The portal has recently been enhanced and ‘relaunched’, with a new name, K’nect. The data that the portal holds – in secure, encrypted form – is ‘transmitted’ direct to it either from one of SHJ’s sophisticated ‘intelligent’ plant control/plant monitoring systems, or by an SHJ engineer out on site equipped with a PDA.

Even more ‘intelligent’ plant control and data analysis

Log in or register FREE to read the rest

This story is Premium Content and is only available to registered users. Please log in at the top of the page to view the full text. If you don't already have an account, please register with us completely free of charge.
Register

Upcoming Events

The Fire Safety Event

NEC, Birmingham
25th - 27th April 2023

Facilities Show

ExCeL London
16th - 18th May

NAHFO Conference 2023

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon
5th - 7th June 2023

Healthcare Estates

Manchester Central
10th - 11th October 2023

Access the latest issue of Health Estate Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Health Estate Journal app from your device's App store

Upcoming Events

The Fire Safety Event

NEC, Birmingham
25th - 27th April 2023

Facilities Show

ExCeL London
16th - 18th May

NAHFO Conference 2023

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon
5th - 7th June 2023

Healthcare Estates

Manchester Central
10th - 11th October 2023

Access the latest issue of Health Estate Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Health Estate Journal app from your device's App store

Step Communications Ltd, Step House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR
Tel: 01892 779999 Fax: 01892 616177
www.step-communications.com
© 2023 Step Communications Ltd. Registered in England. Registration Number 3893025