Working With Electricity On A Large Industrial Scale: Why You Should Hire an Electrician
Electricity is nothing to toy with if you do not understand it or how it works. The electricity in your home is a little more forgiving than that used in industrial applications but in either case, it can hurt or even kill you if you do not understand what you are doing. Installing new switches or outlets in your home does not make you an expert, and when you step up from that 110 volt home service to the 440 volts or higher that is used in most industrial plants, the difference is like night and day.
Stay Safe And Stay Away
The only time you should be anywhere near an industrial electrical system is to turn off the supply to a malfunctioning machine or piece of equipment. Without the right training, the high voltage used in these systems can get you killed. In most facilities, the power to industrial components is 220 or 440 volts alternating current. Not only is understanding the principles behind it important, but the tools required to work with this amount of electricity are very specific. If you do not have an electrician on your maintenance staff, you need to hire one that has experience in these systems. The cost of keeping an electrician on staff will be far outweighed by the savings in time when something is not working and you do not have to wait days for repairs.
Making the Grade
It would not even need to be said but when you start looking at hiring an electrician, you want one with a good track record. Someone that has the proper training and education, work experience, and can work well in a team environment. If you can't find that person, you can hire an electrician with less industrial experience and send them to school to get them the education they need. The downside to doing this is that you may have to hire an electrician on a job-by-job basis until your staff member has the training to handle all the work in the facility. It might be a little expensive but in the long run, you will have an in-house electrician that will be available right away and with have the training to safely work on the systems in your building.
Staying Ahead Of The Repairs
Another benefit of having an industrial electrician on staff is that you can keep the equipment running smoothly through regular maintenance of the system. Just like the mechanical side of the equipment, the electrical side should be maintained as well. Checking for damaged wiring, bad or failing switches, and other components that are failing or will fail soon is important. Having that electrician there forty hours a week can pay off in a reduction of breakdowns and lost work time. It is often cheaper to pay one man's salary every week than to pay 10 or 15 people to stand around while you find someone to come and repair the electrical on a manufacturing line that is not running. You have to consider how often you will need them and what their duties will be, but having an in-house electrician to work with his high voltage systems can make a huge difference in the productivity of your facility.