A new breed of technician continues to emerge from the electrical contracting ranks with an eye on maintenance and power quality (PQ). Of course, there have always been power quality specialists, but the discipline continues to evolve.
For some reason, maintenance generally has not been embraced by contractors in their product offerings. Even though maintenance is a perfect value-added-service opportunity, many contractors do not actively pursue this type of work.
At a recent National Electrical Code taskforce meeting dealing with mission-critical facilities relative to scenarios proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, the main concern seemed to be “you can’t test critical facilities.
Two trends are converging for electrical contractors that offer lucrative opportunities—building owners are increasingly investing in intelligent building technology while, on the other hand, they are contracting out for building maintenance once done by company employees.
“The basic purpose of building commissioning is to provide documented confirmation that building systems function in compliance with criteria set forth in the Project Documents to satisfy the owner's operational needs.
Maintenance programs benefit everyone Maintenance programs are becoming increasingly standard with every major purchase these days, but what about those in our realm-electrical, security and communication systems?
Vans and pickups. Box vans and line trucks. Trucks with aerial devices and trucks to transport equipment, supplies, tools and personnel. Without these and other specialty vehicles, electrical construction and maintenance work would stop.
Security system upkeep is important to ensure the integrity of the system in the event of an actual breach or break in. It’s then that the significance of a reliable intrusion detection system comes to light.
Let’s face it: most companies don’t look at safety as an ongoing operation. They purchase a manual and place it on the shelf to collect dust. Or a company may take a step forward and enter data in a software program like the NECA Safety Expert System. Unfortunately, that is not enough.
System maintenance can be about anything you want it to be. It could be in reference to communications (data or voice networks), electrical, mechanical, security or anything your heart or bottom line desires. You may think that such a statement is too sweeping and general, right? Wrong.
I have rarely come across a piece of equipment on a job site that mimics the sparkling look of a showroom model. Its use and abuse in the field does more than take away its appearance. Equipment and tools wear and can break down. It is expected.
It is important that the right portable electric power tools be available when needed. However, this is of no value if the tools are not in good working order and able to effectively and safely perform the work.
Distribution system capacity continues to increase in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Arcing ground faults can seriously damage distribution equipment, causing fires, which damage facilities and endanger personnel. They also cause extended downtime during system repair.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) defines an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) as a system designed to provide power automatically, without delay or transients, during any period when the normal power supply is incapable of performing acceptably.
Voice/data/video customers need hands-on help with their installed networks-tender loving care provided by skilled technicians. Don't equate "moves, adds, and changes" with electrical service work, because there's so much more here!