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.

Here’s How Video and Camera Cabling Can Benefit You

Video and Camera Cabling

When dealing with photography and video, it is best to have professionals handle camera installation and cabling. Not only do professionals understand the tools of the trade, but they also have the ability to make sure that your camera and video quality are the best they can possibly be. Without a dedicated professional to oversee your camera cabling and video installation, you may find yourself without the superior quality and efficiency that you desire. When the right professionals handle video and camera cabling, the quality is unmatched. At Schaffhouser Electric, we have dedicated professionals ready to assist you and your team with video and camera cabling.

Some of the video cabling services we provide include:

  • RF (Analog Signals): Radio Frequency (RF) devices require the use of BNC cables, F-Type coaxial cables, RF couples and adapters, as well as splitters, amplifiers, and switches to transmit the RF audio/video signal.
  • Composite Video (Analog Signals): Devices that have composite video and stereo audio connectors require cables, switches, converters, amplifiers, and adapters.
  • S-Video (Analog Signals): Carrying an analog video signal only, S-Video is a type of audio/video connector that requires S-Video adapter cables for converting S-Video to RCA and couplers so that you can connect multiple S-Video cables together.
  • Component Video (Analog Signals): Found on most audio and video devices, Component Video requires the use of cables, switches, converters, amplifiers and extenders.
  • RGB Video (Analog Signals): Though Analog RGB (red, green, and blue) isn’t especially common today, we can locate the right connector and cabling to get quality at a premium.
  • Digital Video (Digital Signals): High-quality digital video signals require connectors capable of transmitting large amounts of digital data from the source to the display.

Not only are we trained to set you up for success through the best video cabling services available, but we are also committed to teaching you about the process and helping you understand exactly what it is that we are setting up. We want you to understand as much about video and cabling services as possible, so that you are better equipped to make the best decisions for you and your business. Knowledge is power.

The team at Schaffhouser is ready to meet with you and help you achieve your electrical goals. Don’t hesitate to call us or send an email today to learn more and find out how our team can help you!

Schaffhouser Electric Introduces New Website

Schaffhouser Electric Company

We are excited to share that we have recently launched our brand new website. Our website was designed by Nashville, Tennessee based technology firm, DevDigital. Our site’s functionality and aesthetic match the superb quality of service that we always aim to provide for our customers. On the front page of our site there is a sideshow of images, an overview of the services that we offer, a contact form, and a map of where we are located.

The top of the page contains a menu of the site’s pages that include the tabs titled Home, About Our Team, Blog, Careers, and Contact Us. Each page contains valuable information about who we are and what we do. As we are excited about the launch of this website, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to reintroduce ourselves and our team. Read about our team below:

John Schaffhouser – Owner
John gained the base of his electrical knowledge and his leadership skills while serving in the Unites States Marine Corps as a communications, navigation, and weapons systems technician on AV8B’s. He was honorably discharged in 1996 after seven years of active duty service, including participation in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. While working as a very successful Field Superintendent, John attained the highly-respected Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. After years of working for other contractors, John started his own electrical contracting business. By focusing on customer satisfaction, the business has been successful and Schaffhouser Electric Company, LLC has developed strong working relationships with top brand customers including Tyson Foods, Inc., Rich Products Corporation, Martinrea Fabco, and many others.

J.R. Wilson – Operation Manager
J.R. started his career in the Army in 1994. He later attended Jackson State Community College for an Associates in Business Management and then attended DeVry University for Electronic Engineering. He has worked in engineering for IBP, Tyson Foods, and Tennessee Bun Company.

Stan Pressgrove – Electrical Engineer
Stan graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985. He has worked in the electrical construction industry in the Nashville area as an estimator and project manager for the past 27 years.

Schaffhouser Electric Company is home to professionals who are ready and waiting to provide you with a reliable estimate and answers to your inquiries. Contact us today at 615-325-8001 so see how our experienced team can help you.

Services Offered By Schaffhouser Electric Company

Schaffhouser Electric Services

When it comes to electrical engineering needs, there are many factors that come into play. Each of our clients come from diverse backgrounds and industries. The demands of each client are dependent upon their own unique business goals, industries, and resources. Schaffhouser’s experience and background has equipped us to offer services specialized for each of our clients. In case you aren’t familiar with the services that we offer, we have highlighted some of the ways we can help you below:

1. TVSS System Installations: A TVSS system is a great tool for protecting your equipment from spikes and surges. It’s crucial to have your TVSS system professionally installed, and to make sure that your basic electric system has been properly installed as well and is functioning properly prior to installation of a TVSS system. Schaffhouser Electric Company can assist you with this entire process.

2. Infrared Load Testing: If you own or run a business or facility where there’s a lot at stake should your electronics fail, we recommend infrared load testing—also known as an electrical systems survey—to ensure that everything is and stays in perfect working order. By identifying and addressing potential problems before they wreak havoc on your company’s profitability, you can save untold dollars.

3. EcoXpert: There isn’t a business out there that doesn’t have some energy waste, but it is possible to significantly cut down on operational expenses. If you’ve been wanting to go green but don’t really know where your problems lie or where you can cut down, give us a call! We can evaluate your business and develop a plan of action that will help you prevent energy waste and maximize your energy-efficiency.

4. Energy Management Systems: If you’re interested in consolidating—and maximizing—your efforts to save money on energy expenses and to reduce your company’s carbon footprint, an energy management system (EMS) may very well be the solution you’ve been looking for. The energy solution experts at Schaffhouser Electric would love to talk to you about how an energy management system will allow you to monitor, analyze, and control each and every one of your facility’s energy points. Among other bonuses, an energy management system begins to save you money both right away and in the long-term, and offers an impressively quick ROI.

5. Voice and Data Cabling: The computer and telephone once stood alone on your whole desk. These days, the two work closely together, with email, text, voicemail, and calendar capabilities entwined. When such a telecommunications system spiders out over several desks, several floors, even several office locations, things can quickly grow complex, and efficiency and safety begins to suffer. For optimum efficiency and safety in the contemporary office—not to mention simplicity—voice and data cabling installation is the way to go.

To learn about even more of our services, browse through our website and contact us today!