The amount of electricity that an industrial facility or plant uses to operate the production equipment to produce their product is staggering. When a new piece of equipment is added to the plant, a knowledgeable industrial electrician must be part of the installation process. Anytime the electrical system in the facility needs something added or changed, it is critical that it be done with the utmost care so nothing else in the plant is effected during the installation.
Adding a New Circuit
If you are adding some equipment that requires a new, dedicated electrical line, the electrician needs to add the circuit at the electrical panel or subpanel and then run the wiring through the existing conduit to the new equipment. In large plants or facilities, finding the best place to get additional electricity and how to route it can be a challenge.
Often, the electrical panel where the power comes into a large industrial facility is just one small part of a network the runs through subpanels, transformers, and miles of wire, so adding a circuit is not as simple as adding a breaker and a couple of wires to the panel. The process takes some planning, and often, a facility engineer will work with the electrician to find the right location to connect the power and the best way to get the new circuit to the new equipment or machine.
Installing the Wiring
Once the electrician knows where the power will come from, physically running new wiring to the location of the equipment can begin. In most cases, the electrician will use an existing run of conduit and add the wires they need into the run.
The process can take a while because the electrician will need to add the wires on one end and pull them through the conduit to the machine location and not disrupt other operations that are going on in the area while they do so. Cutting a wire or pulling something loose when drawing the new wiring through the conduit can cause a huge issue, so moving slowly and being aware of everything they are doing is critical for the industrial electrician.
Connecting the Equipment
Once the wiring is in place, the equipment can be connected to the circuit, and often this happens while the power is on in the facility. Shutting down an entire production facility to connect a machine is not an option for many electrical jobs, so the electrician must how to isolate the circuit they are working on. Many companies now hire an industrial electrician to have on staff so that they have someone there that knows the system and can work with it, not just for new projects, but to maintain the system and keep it running safely.
For more information, contact an electrician from a company like RDS Electric.