This article focuses on the principles on which an electrical contracting firm’s quality management system (QMS) should be based. QMSs are the focus of the 2000 edition of the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9000 series of quality standards.
Recent events require some further precautions to be taken when preparing an estimate. Safety has always been a concern that contractors have had to cover as far as a cost basis, productivity and worker morale.
It seems as if many people talk about the future a lot. The problem with such discussions is that if predicting the future were easy, many of us would not be working today because we would have made a fortune in the stock market by now.
An effective quality assurance (QA) program can be a valuable asset to the electrical contracting firm. Not only can a formal QA program improve construction quality and reduce rework, but it can also improve customer satisfaction and serve as a valuable marketing tool.
As customers increasingly demand more complex and technologically advanced voice/data/video (VDV) systems for their facilities, electrical contractors must rely more than ever on their distributor partners to supply the value-added services that will strengthen their competitive edge.
Because each construction project is unique and completed with time and money limitations, change orders are inevitable. Faulty plans, a change in the owner’s preferences, or unforeseen circumstances can all force the implementation of those changes.
The service cycle starts with the initital customer contact and ends with the electrical contracting firm being paid for the service provided. Shortening the service cycle has advantages for both the customer and the contractor.
Industrial and manufacturing facilities rely on motors to drive their processes. They are included in preventive maintenance programs because of investments, their critical importance to operations, and the cost of production downtime.
Electrical distributors are the most vital link between the manufacturers of thousands of different electrical products and the designers, architects, specifiers, contractors, and service professionals that order, install, or use those products.
If you own an electrical contracting firm, the odds are, you haven’t created a succession plan. Consider this: You have invested years in building a successful business. Your intent is to hand the reins of the business to others while you ease into retirement.
The supply-chain partnership (SCP)––a preferred relationship between suppliers and purchasers of industrial materials and components––is not a new phenomenon. The automotive and retail industries, among many others, have been using SCP for decades.
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.