Each business owner in Potomac, MD, needs an industrial electrician to inspect their commercial facility throughout its life. Inspections are needed when buying a property, installing or examining equipment already in place, ensure the electrical system is up-to-code and operational, and perform a final check before selling that property and moving on to another, larger facility.
Industrial electricians do much more than just inspect facilities and equipment, however. Their daily tasks include maintaining, repairing, and testing electrical equipment and wiring. Most people in this field have full-time, salaried employment with large companies, but there is a percentage that works with companies of various sizes on a contract or independent basis and are usually brought in only when there is a breakdown or some other type of emergency. At Pullin Electric, we have our industrial electricians on staff.
Employers hiring industrial electricians include steel producers, electrical equipment manufacturers, motor vehicle producers, mining companies, and manufacturers of replacement parts for most industries. In the last decade, more industrial electricians are becoming experts in the field of robotics as well as standard electrical requirements.
In addition to the technical training, industrial electricians also work under very difficult conditions. They often have to climb over machinery, function in confined spaces, and crawl into tight spaces other employees refuse to enter. Industrial electricians also have to effectively communicate with everyone from line workers and plant managers to utility representatives and safety inspectors. They also need to have a solid understanding of blueprints as part of their basic knowledge.
Most industrial electricians work set standard hours with extended shifts on occasion. At Pullin Electric, we have one of our staff electricians on call, 24/7, even holidays. We understand that machines break and the power goes out at the worst possible times, and are ready to respond to every customer whenever needed.
Once the facility is up and running, the owners need to put in place a regular inspection and maintenance schedule to ensure continuous operations. After a lightning strike, industrial accident, or another disaster, an industrial electrician ensures everything is put back together quickly so normal operations can resume supporting customers as soon as possible. At Pullin Electric, our staff industrial electricians can perform an extensive inventory of services for every customer. Included in that inventory are the following:
The list of services may look like the checklist for a large manufacturing or assembly plant, but they are the same requirements, HAZMAT excluded, for a server farm, clothing assembly facility, and most other light, and heavy, industrial operations. For these and other businesses in Potomac, MD, an industrial electrician is vital to keeping all of them up and running to support customers, employees, and the community at large. To meet that goal, electricians and other Pullin Electric team members perform these key tasks for every customer.
Depending on the size of the facility, one or more Pullin industrial electricians check everything out. That means the wiring, outlets, connections, electrical service panels, lighting fixtures, safety equipment, and all other indoor and outdoor electrical equipment. Once completed, our staff electricians provide a complete report of their findings. That includes every issue discovered, the labor and materials needed to fix them, and the estimated costs of each project. We also include in each report where there is an opportunity for upgrades to the electrical system and other improvements, along with the projected costs for each one.
Team members ensure all fixtures inside and outside the facility are properly installed and maintained. They also ensure that light bulbs and tubes do not exceed the recommended wattage for each fixture. Our industrial electricians pay special care to the safety equipment, in particular, the emergency and safety lighting, along with the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a quick-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault in as fast as 1/40 of a second. A ground-fault is when there is a break in the grounding path of the electrical system (an outlet, for example) or a powered tool. The GFCI works by comparing the amount of current going to and returning from equipment along the circuit conductors. If the amount going differs from the amount returning by as little as 5 Milliamperes, it interrupts the current. For all businesses in Potomac, MD, industrial electricians ensure the GCFIs function properly, keeping the current flow at safe levels for employees, customers, and visitors.
Nearly every commercial building in our area has up-to-date electrical panels with modern circuit breakers. Still, Pullin inspectors look for deteriorated wiring leading into the panels in older structures. Once discovered, our staff electricians clean and make certain all connections are free of corrosion and rust. They also ensure the panel is properly labeled so that owners know immediately which circuit was tripped from a power overload or other emergency.
Team members ensure that every outlet is properly wired and grounded. In an initial inspection, staff electricians carefully examine them for any sign of previous power overloads, like faint humming and switching noises, smoke residues around the outlets, or scorched wiring behind them. We recommend an annual inspection of all outlets and wiring to keep personnel safe and prevent accidental damage to equipment from plugging into a faulty outlet.
Pullin inspectors check every electrical outlet and outside lighting and other systems. That includes not just securing light fixtures against extreme weather and replacing exterior outlet covers, but protecting the electrical service cable as well. Industrial electricians make certain it is correctly anchored and connected to the outside service box, which they ensure is properly grounded.
Older commercial facilities were not constructed with the capability to meet today’s energy needs. Modern machinery is often more energy-efficient, but it can also draw more power for increased productivity and safely run longer. In many facilities, modern heating and cooling systems are needed, and buildings constructed more than thirty years ago have little or no ability to support modern computing requirements as well. Most insurance companies refuse to cover older buildings until the electrical system is updated by a certified industrial electrician.
Outdated wiring is a common problem for facilities constructed before 1950. Aluminum wiring was common back then, and while it still functions properly, it cannot handle the requirements needed for all of the modern facility requirements mentioned previously. The outdated and obsolete switches and outlets are often improperly grounded and can overload far quicker than today’s counterparts. In every situation, only a licensed, industrial electrician should attempt to upgrade Potomac, MD electrical systems.
Outdated service panels are also a concern in older, commercial facilities. If your building’s service panel is three decades or older, it needs to be checked. All switches, circuit breakers, and connections deteriorate over time and need upgrading or replacing.
All of these are examples of why your facility’s electrical system needs proper installation and inspection to meet modern building codes. In addition to meeting the requirements for all local, state, and federal agencies, professional care and maintenance also catch issues in the system before they become major problems and provides easier upgrading of equipment over the years.
Regardless of the electrical problem in your Potomac, MD business, an industrial electrician from Pullin Electric can help find an affordable solution. If you need an inspection, a generator for emergency power, create a maintenance schedule, or upgrade your facility’s electrical system, call us at (571) 428-2326 today to schedule a service call.