For new electrical installations in industrial facilities, electrical engineering services must only be performed by licensed electricians, preferably the members of the electrical contractors association.
The facility has to be surveyed well by the electrical contractors and the business owner or person in-charge must discuss the precise electrical requirements of the facility. The design for lighting, air-conditioning, machine wiring and installation of electrically controlled lifts and elevators must be planned in detail.
In industrial premises, where most machines run on electric power, the need for electricity is relatively huge. Business owners cannot afford productivity losses due to frequent breakdowns caused by faults. The ratings of all wires and cables have to be checked thoroughly before installation to ensure that they are fit for use. There should also be a flexibility to add new equipment and wirings as machines in a factory might later require upgrades or new features.
A common problem observed during new electrical installations is reverse polarity. This occurs when the live and the neutral wires are reversed. If there is such a wiring fault in a facility that uses power driven machines, a machine would start working as soon as someone plugs the power cord into the improperly wired receptacle, without releasing the power switch. The machine would not stop working even when the power is switched off. A skilled and experienced electrical contractor would always use receptacle testers to verify that all receptacles are wired correctly.
Earthing is also very important to protect people from electrocution and prevent electrical fires. If wiring in a machinery becomes loose and comes in contact with any metal surface, the metal would become energized. This poses a big safety hazard and threat of electrocution for anyone who touches the machinery. With proper earthing, the flow of current can be safely diverted from the metal surface to earth.
For every new electrical installation, guarding of all devices and equipment must be ensured. Exposed electrical wiring, unguarded receptacles and uncovered circuit breaker panels can be very dangerous for the workers employed in the industrial facility.
Competent and experienced electricians from electrical contractors association have the right knowledge and expertise to deal with complex installations in commercial and industrial premises.
At Centrim Electric, we offer various electrical engineering services to industrial, commercial and residential clients. Having served numerous organizations in NJ and NY, we have the right blend of skills and experience to successfully complete large scale projects.