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.
Suggesting that contractors look beyond traditional project work to more long-term maintenance opportunities will come as a culture shock to some. Suggesting that this is a straightforward way to make extra money will be more pleasing to the ear.
Successful electrical contracting firms consistently earn higher-than-normal profit margins in the voice/data/video (VDV) market by providing VDV solutions, not just by selling time and material with a markup. Expanding a business paradigm goes beyond expanding its scope of services.
For voice/data/video (VDV) cabling installations, as with power installations, everyone—including electrical contractor and client—benefits from support systems that are easily installed overhead in a suspended ceiling or under a raised floor and readily accept cable initially and during later addit