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How an Electrician Can Help Your Business

Submitted by Jennifer Veenhuizen December 17, 2015

Your business is likely one of the biggest investments you have ever made. You’ve hired people, purchased furniture, rented or purchased space… now, you have to think about what goes on inside of the walls. Especially if you own your own business space, you may need to consider roofing, electrical wiring, computer cabling, and more. This can be even more important if you are renovating your business space to meet the needs of your business. To start, here are a few considerations:

Surge Protectors

What happens to your business when the power surges? If you have a strong surge protector, nothing! If not, you may be in for some damages. In the best case scenario, you may lose computer or other electronic data. In the worst condition, the surge can “fry” your valuable electronics—causing blown fuses, electrical problems, and shortening the life of your appliances.

Generators

Maybe the power doesn’t surge. Maybe it just goes out. Can you still provide services to your customers? In some businesses, this may not be as important, but what if you provide emergency services? You need to power your business, and an appropriately chosen generator can help you accomplish this goal. A good electrician can work with you to determine the size and type of generator you might need, and can install and maintain it regularly.

Electrical Outlets and Access

Today’s business world is more electrical and technological than ever. Do you find yourself tripping over cords or hoping you don’t unplug the maze of extension cords? Consider rewiring your business so that you have power where you need it, without the hassle.

Compliance with Codes

Not only will easier access to electrical outlets improve your productivity, it can improve your compliance with codes and regulations. Many regulating agencies prohibit overloading outlets, using extension cords, or having old or outdated electrical equipment. Make sure your business is up to code before you get cited.

Lighting

What would be worse, the lights in your building shutting off suddenly, or falling down on your customers’ heads? Both of these scenarios can be avoided by having an experienced electrician install your lighting. By consulting or hiring someone experienced to complete the job, you can rest assured that your lighting will be installed properly the first time—getting your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

The best businesses are run professionally, and that includes professional electronic servicing. Make the most out of your business and ensure that your employees and customers are kept safe by working with a trusted electrician. Categories: Commercial, Industrial, Safety

Moving From one Point to Another: Material Handling Services

Submitted by Doreen Julye December 12, 2015

Material handling services are important in many industries. You likely encounter material handling services without even knowing it! From the mail that is brought to your house each day, to the car you drive, to the parts and pieces that make technology work, material handling is behind all of it.

What is it?

The simplest example of a material handling service is a conveyor belt at the grocery store. Place your items on it, and it moves them safely to the cashier. For your business, this may involve moving heavy machinery, sorting and packaging customer product orders, moving baggage from one place to another, or wholesale distributing.

How can it help my plant or business?

If your business moves a large amount of material, you may benefit from installing or upgrading your material handling equipment. This can allow you to move products more efficiently, save on human resources, and reduce the risk of injury or product damage. The best electricians will offer a wide variety of services, taking you from the consultation and planning services, through installation, and all the way to installing controls and integrating it with the latest software.

How do I get set up?

The first step is to consult with a licensed, experienced electrical engineer. Your electrical engineer will discuss the needs and capabilities of your business, determining what needs to be done, built, or acquired. You will develop a full working plan that will meet the needs at the cost your business can afford. Next comes installation. A licensed electrician will install your product, place control panels, wire remote controls, and integrate any existing software you may have in order to create a fully functional solution. In some cases, old equipment may need to be removed; if this is true, you would start with a full tear-out of the old equipment or possibly a retrofit of old equipment to work with the new equipment. Existing equipment can often be relocated and reused, so make sure to check with your engineer regarding this opportunity. Once it’s finished, your electrician will test the system and make sure it’s performing to specifications.

Wait, there’s more?

Installing the product is never the last step! To get the best out of your equipment, you must perform electrical scheduled preventative maintenance programs. This ensures that your equipment is always working properly, and can help avoid costly repairs in the future. In addition, if you ever do experience problems, you can check with your qualified electrician to troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

Keeping Your Business Spark-Free: Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Submitted by Alicia Gauthier November 5, 2015

Electrical issues cause a variety of injuries and deaths every year. The only upside to this is that most of these problems are preventable! To keep your business assets and employees safe, consider these top 5 tips for home safety.

1. Educate.

It is important to communicate that electricity isn’t just the great tool that powers the important machinery and technology at your business, but can be a big danger. Clearly communicate information about which areas are safe and which might have electrical hazards. Always ensure that dangerous areas are well-marked and handled by a trusted professional.

2. Clean up and protect!

Whether you have a small organization or a busy office, you can take the first steps to electrical safety by cleaning, organizing, and making sure that dangers are out of the way. Outlet covers keep debris from ending up in wall sockets, and cord keepers prevent tripping and tearing of cords. As always, make sure that all electrical materials are put away safely and promptly.

3. Maintain appliances and wiring.

Faulty wiring and appliances are some of the biggest fire risks. Take control of your organization’s safety by properly maintaining your appliances and the wiring that connects them. If you notice anything unusual, such as sparks when you plug in an appliance, faulty lighting, or poor performance, consult with your trusted electrician to remedy the problem.

4. Don’t always “do it yourself.”

While DIY repairs can be a fun and money-saving tip, the cost of an improperly completed job can be your business—or your life. Licensed electricians attend many courses and put in hours of on-the-job-training in order to get the skills necessary to prevent injury and property damage.

5. Cut the cords.

Extension cords are a great way to bring power from one outlet to another place in the building—but they come with a risk. Extension cords are designed for temporary use, not a full-time solution. If you find a maze of extension cords snaking through your business, consider rewiring properly. It will make your life easier and safer as well! Categories: Commercial, Industrial, Safety, Tips & Tricks