How an Industrial Electrician Will Contribute To Planning Your New Facility

Whether you're building a new server warehouse or a chemical manufacturing facility, you'll need electricity and wiring that can serve the property safely. An industrial electrician is an indispensable team member who can solve what may look like tough issues regarding electricity delivery and connection. In an industrial setting, the electricity supply needs to be as constant as possible, working around potential area outages, and as safe as possible, given what might be made or stored on the property.

Obstacles Like Trees

Trees and overhead power lines don't mix, and the electrician may ask you to remove certain trees that could stand in the way of the best placement for overhead lines. While it is possible to keep trees trimmed so that they don't interfere with the lines, it could be easier – depending on the species and age of the tree – to remove the tree if you can get a permit. If that's not possible, the electrician can look for alternative sites for the power poles that would have to pass by the tree.

Opportunities for Underground Wiring

The electrician will look for spots where underground lines might be possible; note that this is not as easy as it sounds. Underground lines need to be lower voltage, and burying them can be expensive compared to setting up overhead lines. Still, having some lines underground can make the facility look better and reduce the chance of live wires falling during storms.

Backup Generator Placement and Connection

Even the best wiring can't compete with a storm that knocks out a transformer somewhere along the power delivery route. That's why your facility needs generators that can switch on and start producing power as soon as the electricity experiences a cut. Proper placement and connection of these generators, as well as finding the right type of fuel source, should be added even in administrative sections of the facility; don't assume you'll just hook up a few portable generators at someone's desk. You need the transition to be as seamless as possible so your facility can continue to use its refrigeration and ventilation systems.

Ensure the electrician you hire is an industrial electrician and not a commercial electrician. Even if your facility has administrative offices, if any portion of it is a factory, warehouse, or other industrial type, you'll need someone with the certifications and skills to handle that type of property. With sound electrical installation, your company should be able to keep the lights (and equipment) on.