What Is an Electrical Contractor?

Electrical Contractor

An electrical contractor is someone who has been trained extensively to install and maintain electrical components and systems. Often times, you will find an electrical contractor on a construction project. Electrical contractors specialize in various areas, such as line electricity contractors, inside electricity contractors, and integrated building system (IBS) electricity contractors. Line electricity contractors work on a power plant to work with installation, repair, and management. Inside contractors work in both commercial and residential properties; these contractors do almost all types of electrical work. IBS electrical contractors work on installing, fixing, and removing wiring in telecommunication services along with working on wireless network and back-up power in high tech equipment.

There are differences between an electrician and an electrical contractor. To begin, an electrical contractor is the person who works more closely with building crews and home builders during the construction phase of a building. They are responsible for keeping the project within budget and staying on task with the timeline of completion. A major difference between an electrical contractor and an electrician is that typically an electrical contractor has experience in the business and financial sides of electrical contracting. Additionally, an electrical contractor is in charge of a group of electricians. They hire electrician crews and supervise their work during the installation phase of a project.

At Schaffhouser Electric, we have many qualified electrical contractors who are looking forward to working with you on your next project. Contact us at (615) 325-8001 to set up an appointment.

What is the difference in commercial, residential, and industrial electricians?

An electrician is not a “one size fits all” profession because there are many differences among commercial, residential, and industrial electricians. For each type of job, an electrician will use different wiring techniques due to energy needs, equipment used, and load demands. Also, commercial, residential, and industrial electricians abide by different procedures and different materials. That is why it is so important to make sure you are hiring the right type of electrician to get the job done for you.

Industrial Electricians

Residential Electricians
Obviously, residential electricians work in homes. They differ from industrial and commercial electricians because they use single phase power supplies (120-240 volts). Residential electricians run romex cables and keep the wiring hidden from view by wrapping their wiring in sheathed insulation. This approach minimizes exposure and damage to the wires, and, most importantly, protects homeowners from electrical shock.

Commercial Electricians
Stores and offices are where you will find a commercial electrician installing power outlets and lighting. By using a three-phase approach, their wiring has two smaller “legs” running one voltage and a larger “leg” running a higher voltage. Thus, the three-wire systems allows an overall lighter workload. The wiring done by commercial electricians remain exposed; however, it is typically run along the exposed sides of ceilings and walls.

Industrial Electricians
Basically, an industrial electrician is the same as a commercial electrician but works in factories, chemical plants, and mines. Industrial electricians also use a three-phase power set up. The main difference is that they mostly work with RMC conduit that powers control circuitry as opposed to running MTC or MC cables.

Here at Schaffhouser Electric we have quality industrial and commercial electricians for all of your wiring needs. Whether it is a store, office, factory, or plant, we will get the job done right!

What are the qualities of a good industrial or commercial electrician?

Schaffhouser Electric employs many quality industrial and commercial electricians. For our current customers and prospective customers, we want to explain the qualities that all of our industrial and commercial electricians possess to perform the jobs and repairs you need accomplished at your business or plant.

Commercial Electrician

The tasks conducted by our industrial and commercial electricians range from testing and maintaining current electrical equipment to understanding new technologies, such as robotics and other newly developed equipment to perform the job needed to be accomplished.

So, what are the qualities of an excellent industrial or commercial electrician?

• Most importantly, an electrician working in industrial and commercial sites is always well educated and studies to increase his or her skill set in specialized electrical machinery, including robotics. Due to their relentless effort during apprenticeships and other educational processes, electricians tend to specialize in one or two specific areas to excel in the industrial or commercial field.

• Quality industrial and commercial engineers are clear thinkers who can work in cramped, difficult conditions where large pieces of equipment require them to climb to great heights to get the job done right.

• Even though quality industrial and commercial electricians are highly specialized in their respective areas, they are still team players. Being a part of team is critical because it is crucial that these electricians are great communicators to not only their supervisors but also their customers. Without proper communication skills, a productive, harmonious workplace will not be maintained. A huge component of this team is a quality industrial or commercial electrician.

• Industrial or commercial electricians are required to be flexible with their work hours because they are often required to work on problems that may arise outside of normal business hours in order to keep the business or plant running efficiently. Machinery does not always choose the most ideal time to be repaired, but a quality industrial or commercial electrician will always be ready to make that repair to ensure equipment continues to run at its full potential.

To hire a quality industrial or commercial electrician, we are only a phone call away at 615-325-8001.

Data Cabling Services With Lifetime Warranty

Data Cabling

Data cabling consists of many different types of services. At its core, though, the process of data cabling requires a systematic approach and a knowledgeable person conducting the services. Although the very basic elements of the process can be easily understood by most people, the technical nuances required for optimal results are something only few professionals are equipped to provide.

Some of the specific needs that we can help you with include wireless router installation and setting up security passwords. Proper installation of these elements are crucial to the security of your company both on and offline. In today’s technological climate, it is incredibly important to successfully set up, maintain and monitor your connection and security measures. Without the proper safeguards in place, your company could be put at risk for exposure and breaches of security.

Schaffhouser Electric Company can also help you with computer networking and physically setting up and linking computers to the proper servers and systems. The use of Ethernet cable helps us in the process of doing this. Other ways we can help you include audio and video cabling, VOIP, voice installs, fiber cabling and data center installs.

Many of these services create added layers of security and efficiency for your company. From security and protection to data transactions, our services enable you to operate at your maximum level of productivity. It’s hard to outrun a bad connection and poor electrical setup. With our services, you will never have to worry about extra layers of stress from cabling and connection issues we have you covered. From the basics of installation to the complexities of optimal operations, we are here for you in every single way that you need.

Although many companies offer these services, only a few can compare to the level of excellence that the team at Schaffhouser Electric offers. Our years of experience and commitment to quality are the reason our customers trust us with their data cabling needs. Customer service is top priority and to ensure that you are satisfied with your services, we offer a lifetime warranty for data cabling.

Schedule an appointment with our skilled electricians, call 615-325-8082 or visit https://www.schaffhouser.com/estimates-inquiries/

Electrical Systems Survey Using Infrared Load Testing

Infrared Load Testing

Problems with emerging and existing electrical components aren’t always visible to the human eye, even if the individual that is conducting the testing is an expert in the field of electrical engineering or electric equipment. It is very important to make sure that electrical equipment stays functioning properly so that you avoid equipment failure, business interruptions and even fire. Problems with electrical components can occur in noticeable ways, but they can also occur in such subtle ways that even routine inspections would not notice them. This is where Infrared Load Testing comes into play and offers the peace of mind you and your business desire.

Infrared Load Testing makes sure that every part of your electrical equipment is highly functioning and in optimal working condition. If electronics fail, a lot could be at stake if you own a business or facility that utilizes electronic equipment.

Infrared testing is also known as an electrical systems survey. This process will enable us to find and address issues before they become unmanageable. If an issue arises that goes unnoticed, it could cost you and your company an astronomical amount of money to replace electrical equipment that is necessary for your business to function. Skipping an infrared load test could be an expensive decision if your electrical equipment begins to malfunction or develop problems that are not easy to notice.

Schaffhouser’s electrical systems survey is a great option and includes testing the following equipment:

  • Substations, transformers and feeder poles
  • Distribution panels and disconnects
  • Electrical power supplies
  • Main electrical incoming services, transformers and capacitor banks
  • Switchboards and disconnects
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Service electrical controls and transfer switches
  • Main I-Line electrical panels
  • Lighting and receptacle panels

It is important to know why you and your business should consider Infrared Load Testing. A survey scan of your electrical equipment serves many purposes:

  • Locate electrical systems problems
  • Reduce downtime and electrical equipment damage
  • Prevent catastrophic system failures
  • Allow engineers and facility managers to prioritize repairs
  • Avoid costly system shutdowns

Infrared Load Testing speeds up the inspection process of crucial issues and detects problems that would normally go unnoticed. As opposed to a traditional inspection, Infrared Load Testing is most likely to prevent serious issues and damage. Early detection of issues is the key to saving money and time. Call Schaffhouser Electric Company today to see how we can keep your equipment working in pristine condition!