When To Hire An Industrial Electrician Over A Standard Electrical Contractor

Industrial Electrical VancouverAn Industrial Electrical Contractor covers many aspects of the trade. They focus on industrial installations, maintenance and trouble-shooting.

When you have a project that would be classified as an industrial installation, you ought to have none other than an Industrial Electrician do the job. You want a Licensed Electrician with an industrial background and knowledge.

An industrial installation may involve installing:

  • transformers
  • motor control centers
  • plc logic controllers
  • cable tray
  • teck cable
  • pipe and wire in rigid, emt and pvc
  • heat tracing
  • local and remote disconnect switches ,both fusible and non fusible
  • frequency drives
  • soft starters
  • wireways
  • splittersĀ and moreĀ 

An industrial electrician may also need to create lighting layouts in regards to lighting needs, with the ability for servicing lights or accessibility.

You have to really look at how a job will all come together, and place your lighting so one can work on it in the future when lamps, ballasts or fixtures need changing out.

When working on an industrial site, there are many different types of devices that an Industrial Electrician has to deal with, that a standard electrical contractor would probably not be equipped to handle. These devices can be a simple limit switch or inductive and capacitive proximity sensors, various photo sensors, encoders, radar level sensors, ground fault system interrupters, and many more types and styles of sensing devices.

When building a plc panel it is very important to make sure that the cabinet will house the plc with all the cards dedicated to the cabinet. This will include wire way, terminals, identifiers, end stops, interposing relays, ground terminals, power supplies, fuse terminals, mini breakers, Ethernet cards and any other type of device that needs to be housed into this cabinet.

An Industrial Electrician knows it is always wise to try to oversize conduits, and use extra teck cable control conductors. This can be very beneficial in the future for additional equipment, especially on long runs to remote terminal boxes or processing areas. It saves a lot on labour and future materials if spare capacity can be built into the job. This is always a good practice, and helps out when in a pinch and extra wiring is needed. A professional Industrial Electrician is skilled at looking to the future and possible expansion requirements.

If new motor control centers need to be ordered, an experienced Industrial Electrician can identify what your actual needs are before ordering equipment, or rebuilding existing equipment.

An Industrial Electrician knows that it is wise to include overload-indicating lights in the doors of the starters. This helps the maintenance electrician when trouble-shooting, as it is very visual. Overload trip inputs can be wired back to the plc to give a trip indication. There can be hour meters, amp meter, volt meters, etc, in various starters, depending on the application.

It is this kind of ground work and detail that a professional, experienced Industrial Electrician will work out at the beginning of any project.

When faced with the choice of hiring an Industrial Electrician or a general electrical contractor, it is in your best interest to have professionals working on your project who are qualified, experienced and knowledgeable in industrial-type installations.

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