New Technology? Make Sure The Wiring Can Handle It

As industries move into the future of productivity, many new devices become available that could change business, processes, and safety in major ways. Unfortunately, some major industrial processes may require upgrades not seen in decades in order to safely meet electrical demands. Before bringing in the hordes of new technology, make sure to have an electrical inspection and wiring upgrades as needed.

Electrical Load Balancing

One of the biggest issues with powerful new technology is the amount of electricity (and heat) it produces. A large system such as a new mixer, welding system or turbine should come with the appropriate connections with enough cabling to distribute power properly, but within the long spread of your building's wiring, there may not be a safe passage.

A safe passage would mean that the electrical load travels through a wide enough electrical wiring system that old wiring won't be overloaded. In older industrial buildings, you may have an outdated system of wires that may be half the capacity of what you need, which can lead to insufficient power, electrical fires or blackouts if the wiring burns away without a fire incident.

Not all industrial planning projects prepare for such electrical loads. Accidental installations without electrical capacity upgrades can push back productivity through damage or simply having to wait on an electrician after the fact. If you contact the electrician first, you can continue your industrial process without changing any systems until the upgrade is complete.

Another upgrade issue is sending all of the electrical demand to the same source. Industrial processes should have multiple distribution boxes (breaker boxes) already, but it may be worth upgrading those boxes and dividing the load for specific, high-power systems. This will allow workers to remove or divert power as necessary in case of emergency.

Convenient Upgrades For Computer Systems

Along with the big electrical demand systems, computer systems may require power upgrades while also creating better convenience for the workers.

If your industrial process requires a lab, nearby business office or other computer hub, make sure that the electrical connections are not attached to your industrial processes. Computer work can continue even if there is an electrical mishap that takes power out for a specific process, and your computer users can continue with their tasks.

Electricians can also bring certain computer cables through the walls. Although this is often up to the expertise of Information Technology (IT) professionals, electricians may have a better time locating electrical wires with higher operating temperatures to avoid melting cables such as Ethernet cables. The electrical contracting team could even task its own integrated IT team.

For more information, contact Sycamore Engineering or a similar company.