Power and Lighting for Industry

Industrial Power and Lighting

Power and Lighting for Industry

When it comes to an industrial setting you need to make sure that you have the correct power and lighting in place. Without these crucial elements correctly installed, you are going to seriously struggle with your productivity. And this means that your business will be less competitive. Naturally, you want your business to be productive and competitive, so investing in the best power and lighting is of the utmost importance.

Why You Need the Right Power and Lighting

An industrial setting is both busy and dangerous, so safety is a vital factor. Power, of course, is the backbone of an industrial environment. But the methods by which power is supplied can be dangerous. Electrical cabling, for example, can cause numerous problems such as trip hazards; this is magnified in a situation where significant amounts of machinery are in use. And lighting is just as important. Industrial settings such as factories and refineries can be starved of natural light. Therefore, you need to ensure that these workplaces are lighted satisfactorily.

Modern Developments in Power and Lighting

Industrial landscapes have been part of our everyday lives for well over a century now. This is why there is such a huge industry based around supplying power and lighting solutions. But this doesn’t mean that all the relevant solutions are in place. The owners of industrial businesses may not even be aware of many of them. And, thanks to advances in technology, there is a revolution taking place in industrial power and lighting.

Some of the most exciting developments in this area include:

  • Smart Controlled Lighting Systems:

    The wonder of smart lighting has proved popular in domestic and office settings, but it has remained a stranger to industrial settings. However, this scenario is slowly changing. Wireless technology combined with powerful interfaces has opened up endless possibilities in the industrial sector. The systems are simple to install and allow you to customise your lighting needs with precision.

  • Under Floor Power:

    Industrial settings are busy workplaces and this calls for significant investment in health and safety measures. And one of the quickest and most direct ways to address this is with under floor power. Electrical equipment, of course, needs to be connected with cabling. But this cabling, aside from being unsightly, is also dangerous in an industrial environment. Under floor power addresses this by allowing you to run all cabling underneath walkways and work areas.

  • Temporary Lighting:

    Alternative solutions to lighting are always important to have; temporary lighting acts as not just a backup, but also a fantastic solution for working at night. Temporary lighting uses multiple lights that all connect to one power supply. It’s a solution which provides you with a portable lighting option that is perfect for any works taking place outdoors. It can also, if required, be implemented internally in case of any lighting failures.

 The Perfect Solution

It’s essential that businesses in the industrial market work with the best power and lighting solutions. Falling behind here will blunt your competitive edge and have a major impact on the safety of your workplace. However, industrial power and lighting systems are complex. And, due to the potential hazards of working with electricity, it is highly recommended that you team up with professionals. This will guarantee that your setup sticks to the relevant regulations and will be completed on time.

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Electrical Installation Surveys During Covid-19

How can I get an electrical installation survey done during lockdown?

With the new guidelines on social distancing and the message to stay at home, installation surveys are becoming increasingly difficult or not possible to carry out in person.

However this time shall pass and those projects that need to be completed will still need to be undertaken. A delay in survey will lead to lag in quotation, approval and the project being mobilised and undertaken.

The aim now is to reduce that time lag by still carrying out the earlier part of the process using innovative techniques and systems to complete these surveys and quotations allowing clients to put these budgets into their cash flow so when social distancing is reduced these works can happen immediately.

How can surveys be completed without coming to my place of business?

The majority of surveys can still be undertaken “off site” and the more information that can be collated during this process the more accurate the quotation will be for the needs of the client.

The majority of the information doesn’t change whether it’s a meeting on site or an off-site discussion. The numbers of cables required, the number of users moving into a building, the requirement of the electrical installations, the timescales to complete these works.

Also the construction of the space can easily be communicated which with the knowledge of the project management team accurate quotations can be built. For example, does the space have a false ceiling, a false floor, is there dado trunking around the walls of the offices, how long and wide is the space and where is the electrical cabinet in relation to those requirements?

Drawings allow the process to be even more accurate and will show our quotation team a visual of the space to gauge distances, routes and requirements.

The final element which then allows a 99% accurate quotation is the provision of photos and videos. With the information above and photos or videos of the proposed requirements our team is confident that the quotation provided offsite will be as accurate as an on site survey.

If someone is still based at their offices or place of business a simple walkthrough the building with Facetime, Zoom or Whatsapp will allow our team to provide the quotations you need.

What Project Surveys And Quotations Can Be Undertaken Off Site?

The majority of projects can be quoted accurately off site and are especially suited to the following due to the similar nature of the spaces:

  1. Offices
  2. Warehouses
  3. Data Cabinet tidy ups and re-patching
  4. Audio Visual Installations and Video Conferencing
  5. Schools
  6. New office space where estimates are required (moving to new offices)
  7. Data Centres

What project surveys and quotations are not suitable be undertaken off site?

The following projects usually involve some deeper understanding of the requirements and survey of the spaces and even though these projects are not best suited to off-site surveys than can still be quoted with a quotation range as a budget which can then be confirmed with an on-site meeting once the opportunity arises.

  1. Listed building and building with restricted electrical installation routes / drilling

Due to the complicated routes and limitations on what can be changed, drilled and have containment fixed, an on-site survey is usually best for these buildings.

  1. Residential Homes

Homes by their nature have no obvious routes for electrical installations, so seeing the building internally from the start to end point is important. These projects are best suited to an on-site presence.

  1. External electrical installations and fibre optic links between buildings.

Using technology such as Google earth can assist in proving quotations for these works but in a population dense area such as London the routes externally between buildings or spaces sometimes follow many changes of direction and elevation which cannot be seen or understood off site.

The advantages of Projects during social distancing

With the ability to still provide quotations during the social distancing stage we can then follow through with structured cabling installations during the shutdown of many offices, schools and places of business.

The advantages are that the work can be completed win a much safer way as the premises are empty, the works can be completed in regular hours rather than incurring an out of hours installation cost and in some cases the works can be completed quicker and more economical as the absence of employees in the space allow the works to be completed faster.

Accuracy and Guarantee

The more information that is able to be communicated the more accurate the quotation can be for the client. However in 20 years of pricing so many different projects we know from experience that over 95% of projects we have quoted in the past from off-site information have resulted in no changes to the price, once an onsite meeting has followed to firm up requirements, and of the 5% that have had the change the price hasn’t deviated by more than 10%, once further information was known.

Therefore, during these challenging times if we provide an off-site electrical installation quotation for you based on the information received during a conference call and with the required supporting information we will honour that set price if the on-site follow up doesn’t change the pricing by more than 10%. In essence it allows the cost to increase by 10% and we will still complete the works at the originally supplied quotation

For those quotations that can’t be accurately quoted a range of budget pricing can be supplied and firmed up on site once the situation allows to still enable the clients to budget in their cash flow.

Call us to arrange a project surveys or a quotation, or simply to talk through your current project.

 

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