Industrial electricians are trained to install and maintain a range of high voltage electrical equipment for use in a range of different industries. They deal with advanced wiring, circuits, and panels that are required in industrial environments and install switches, fixtures, circuit boards and conduits
Commercial electrical systems are incredibly simple when compared with industrial systems, which is why it’s important that any industrial electrical needs are handled by a trained professional with experience in industrial applications. The high voltages involved with industrial electrical systems can be incredibly dangerous, so in order to maintain safety, it is vital that they are installed and maintained by a trained professional. Many companies will have an in-house industrial electrician to manage and maintain their systems, but you can also outsource to third party industrial electrical services.
The duties of an industrial electrician cover a range of different applications. These include:
These are some of the most common areas that our industrial electricians will deal with, but they will also handle any other job where high voltages and complex electrical systems for industrial purposes are required.
240 volts will cover the typical requirements in a house, but when using high powered industrial machinery, it is not enough power. That’s why industrial operations require 480-volt machine installation. However, when using 480 volts, the increased power means that insulation on the wires needs to be thicker, and that leads to an increased risk of electrocution. As well as industrial machinery, many large heating systems and industrial lighting systems use 480 volts. So, if you are running a large manufacturing operation, you require a skilled professional that can install and maintain equipment that runs on 480 volts. 480 volt systems are almost always run on 3 phases rather than the single-phase that you expect to find in a 240-volt system. This means that installation can be more complex and it requires expert knowledge
A standard electrician that works mainly with residential properties will not have the knowledge and expertise to safely install a 480 volt machine. There are strict health and safety guidelines in place to ensure that machinery is safe to operate, so if you want to be compliant, you need an experienced industrial electrician to install equipment for you. In many cases, the manufacturer’s warranty is only valid if the machine has been installed by a qualified industrial electrician. This is important because manufacturing equipment is incredibly expensive and if it breaks down, you don’t want to have to cover the cost of replacing it yourself.
In certain environments where volatile materials are present, electrical equipment can cause fires and explosions quite easily, especially if it is not installed correctly. For example, manufacturing equipment is often used in areas where explosive concentrations of certain dust or vapors are present. A small spark from faulty wiring or poorly installed electrical equipment is enough to cause a dangerous explosion. Locations, such as gas stations, paint manufacturing operations, and aircraft hangars, are just a few examples of this.
When upgrading your industrial lighting system, it is important to keep in mind the new light fixtures should be class 1 division 1 as well. Installing explosion proof light fixtures takes experience and safety when working in the industrial enviroment.
In the US, the National Fire Protection Association operates a classification system for dangerous environments where electrical equipment can potentially cause an explosion. A Class 1 Division 1 Environment is classified as any environment that meets one or more of the following criteria:
Any industrial environment that meets any one of these criteria is considered a Class 1 Division 1 Environment and it is so important that electrical equipment such as lighting and electrical panels, are installed and managed in the correct manner to ensure that you are compliant with health and safety regulations and the risk of explosions is reduced. In many cases, the best way to ensure safety is to limit the amount of electrical equipment in the area, but that is not always possible. In situations where electrical equipment is required, steps must be taken to reduce any sparks given off or ensure that sparks are not large enough to ignite flammable gases. Our qualified electricians will be able to assess the environment and install electrical equipment in the safest way possible.
In the food industry, safety standards are paramount and there are strict guidelines that all manufacturers and suppliers must adhere to. If food is not properly refrigerated, those standards will not be met and all of the produce will not be fit for sale. This means that any breakdown of refrigerator systems can be catastrophic because it leads to a lot of lost revenue.
Industrial refrigeration systems require a lot of power and complex control systems to ensure that the correct temperature is maintained at all times. Our industrial electricians will be able to manage the installation of large scale refrigeration and air conditioning systems to maintain the correct environment for food products. They will also provide regular maintenance and repairs to avoid costly breakdowns of your refrigeration systems.
Safety is also a big issue when you have a lot of 480 volt machines running in one location so correct installation and maintenance is vital. Our industrial electricians have the knowledge and expertise to safely install and maintain equipment in a processing plant, making sure that all health and safety regulations are adhered to and the risk of malfunctions is reduced.
When hiring an electrician, many people are unsure whether they need an industrial electrician or a commercial one. But it is important that you know the difference so you can hire the right subcontractor for the job.
The main difference between an industrial electrician and a commercial electrician is the area that they work in. Although both are qualified to deal with complex electrical systems that are running a lot of equipment simultaneously, a commercial electrician will work mainly in small office buildings or retail environments. However, industrial electricians deal with environments like warehouses, industrial plants, solar fields, energy storage facilities manufacturing operations, and loading docks. A commercial electrician usually deals with things like wiring up computer workstations and other appliances, wiring up servers, installing fixtures, and safety testing all of this office equipment. The majority of the appliances that they deal with only require a single-phase installation.
In an industrial setting, most machinery requires 3 phase installation and there are a lot of safety issues that need to be considered as well. This means that a commercial electrician does not always have the necessary experience to install things like refrigerator systems or manufacturing machinery and you need to hire an industrial electrician instead.
Industrial facilities require the use of a lot of heavy duty machinery that far exceeds the voltage of most commercial and residential appliances. Industrial businesses rely on the functionality of this equipment and complex control systems are required to keep everything running smoothly.
It is also important that all equipment is installed safely, especially in Class 1 Division 1 environments where combustible materials are present. In order to make sure that the work environment is safe at all times and the risk of malfunctions and dangerous explosions is reduced, you need an industrial technician to install equipment for you. It is also important that you have a qualified industrial electrician to carry out routine maintenance and repairs for you. This is especially important in the food industry because complex refrigeration units need to be carefully managed and maintained so safety standards are always met.
If you do not hire an expert industrial technician, you risk inadequate installation of equipment and that can lead to an incredibly dangerous environment. Without the right maintenance, equipment will not run as it should and the chance of it breaking down is massively increased. In many cases, this can lead to a serious loss of revenue.
Our knowledgeable industrial electricians are qualified to carry out installations and maintenance in a range of different environments, so we can help you ensure that your business is always safe and productive.