UL Certified Builder of Industrial Control Panels

Schaffhouser Electric is pleased to announce that we have become a UL certified builder of industrial control panels. By seeing a UL mark on a panel, regulators, specifiers, and end-product certifiers will be confident that the panel meets all certification requirements. Additionally, in North America, UL Safety Marks are the most credible and pursued marks.

There are many benefits in choosing UL for your industrial control panel needs. Your competitive advantage will rise by providing your customers with UL certified general use, industrial machinery, elevator control, service equipment, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, fountain control, irrigation equipment, crane and flame control, and marine use panels. Also, your competitive advantage will rise by having the ability to bid on jobs that specify UL certified ICPs. When you choose UL for you industrial control panel needs, you will have greater efficiency because red-tagged panels at the job site will be eliminated, including the subsequent delays and extra cost. Another benefit in choosing UL is that regulatory authorities in every jurisdiction in the United States and Canada accept the UL Mark because it covers all requirements. All of these requirements include the following: proper component usage, enclosure environmental ratings, wiring and motor protection, safety markings, and conformance to the National Electrical Code (NEC) and Canadian Electrical Code (CEC).

To become UL certified, a company must acquire credits through UL Knowledge Solutions. They offer online course, private workshops, and public workshops all of which have been approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

How Static Electricity Affects Business

Static electricity is a type of electricity that you probably only associate with memories of school science experiments involving a balloon and hair raising. Or perhaps, you associate static electricity with the unexpected shock you sometimes get when you touch a metal object. You may be wondering what static electricity has to do with your business, and why you should care about this shock inducing energy. Well, static electricity can greatly affect your business in more ways than one.

In the drier seasons of the year, late fall and winter, static electricity is much more prevalent due to the lack of moisture in the air. This can be extremely dangerous if you work in a place where there is gasoline or another airborne flammable material in the air. In these situations, static electricity can ignite the airborne gas causing a potentially dangerous explosion.

Although most workplaces may not have flammable material in the air, the majority of workplaces do house electronics including computers and other office machinery that could be damage by static discharge. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is basically a miniature version of lightning and can be extremely destructive on the micro level of circuit boards. This happens when the energy of the shock travels through the circuitry of the electronics and destroys critical elements along the way. One could compare this event to an electric storm in teacup that causes catastrophic damage to your equipment. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent this “tiny storm” from destroying your electronics in your workplace:

• Keep humidity levels regulated
• Treat carpets to prevent static buildup or invest in static proof mats
• Use non-static forming sprays on electronics
• Refrain from using compressed air to clean circuit boards
• Avoid placing plastic or polystyrene or other synthetic materials near electronics because these materials commonly cause static discharge
• Eliminate charge from circuitry by requiring technicians to wear an ESD wrist strap when working on electronic equipment

Static charge can most definitely destroy electronic equipment, so it is crucial to take the above precautions seriously to prevent damage. These precautions are particularly important for larger electronic equipment, like a server where critical data is stored. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to static electricity and your electronic equipment.

Pros and Cons of a Backup Generator

Having a power outage at your business or plant is definitely a worrisome thought for any business owner, especially if that outage could last longer than a half hour. That is why many owners decide to invest in an industrial backup generator. However, many would argue that the low frequency of power outages does not warrant investing in an industrial backup generator. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of purchasing a backup generator for your business so that you can make an informed decision.

Pros
Unfortunately, it seems that natural disasters are occurring more frequently, and as we have witnessed, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and severe storms can cause catastrophic damage to property. Since these devastations cannot be controlled, many owners will invest in an industrial backup generator in case of unforeseen power outages due to catastrophic events.

Risk Management

• Power outages that lasts for an hour or more can be detrimental for a business, so being prepared with an industrial backup generator will give any business an advantage over competitors during times of power outages.

• There will be no complaints from customers and no loss of revenue if your company can continue production with the use of an industrial backup generator.
More Revenue

• Obviously, many companies will lose revenue during power outages because they will not be capable of producing for their customers.

• Your company will gain new customers because your company will be in production due to your preparation of having an industrial backup generator, which gives you a competitive advantage.

Cons
Since catastrophic events are not predetermined, some may never need to rely on an industrial backup generator to keep production going at their business. Also, some routine maintenance is involved with an industrial backup generator. Therefore, the cons will outweigh the pros in deciding whether to invest in an industrial backup generator.

Expensive
• Small businesses may not have the budget to purchase an industrial backup generator on the front end.
• Industrial backup generator’s price tags range from $17,000 to $27,000.

Fueling Is Pricey
• Although you will not need to fuel a generator all the time, when you do you will have to use an alternative power source.
• Three fueling options for industrial backup generators are diesel, natural gas, or liquid propane.
• Of the three options, natural gas is the better option because it is renewable and cheap; whereas, diesel is the most expensive and not always the best.

Data Cabling Services With Lifetime Warranty

Data Cabling

Data cabling consists of many different types of services. At its core, though, the process of data cabling requires a systematic approach and a knowledgeable person conducting the services. Although the very basic elements of the process can be easily understood by most people, the technical nuances required for optimal results are something only few professionals are equipped to provide.

Some of the specific needs that we can help you with include wireless router installation and setting up security passwords. Proper installation of these elements are crucial to the security of your company both on and offline. In today’s technological climate, it is incredibly important to successfully set up, maintain and monitor your connection and security measures. Without the proper safeguards in place, your company could be put at risk for exposure and breaches of security.

Schaffhouser Electric Company can also help you with computer networking and physically setting up and linking computers to the proper servers and systems. The use of Ethernet cable helps us in the process of doing this. Other ways we can help you include audio and video cabling, VOIP, voice installs, fiber cabling and data center installs.

Many of these services create added layers of security and efficiency for your company. From security and protection to data transactions, our services enable you to operate at your maximum level of productivity. It’s hard to outrun a bad connection and poor electrical setup. With our services, you will never have to worry about extra layers of stress from cabling and connection issues we have you covered. From the basics of installation to the complexities of optimal operations, we are here for you in every single way that you need.

Although many companies offer these services, only a few can compare to the level of excellence that the team at Schaffhouser Electric offers. Our years of experience and commitment to quality are the reason our customers trust us with their data cabling needs. Customer service is top priority and to ensure that you are satisfied with your services, we offer a lifetime warranty for data cabling.

Schedule an appointment with our skilled electricians, call 615-325-8082 or visit http://www.schaffhouserelectric.com/estimates-inquiries/

Food Processing Unit Installation and Maintenance

Food Processing Unit

Did you know that Schaffhouser Electric Company offers services in the area of food processing? Food can be transformed, packaged, and stored for a longer shelf life. The most innovative practices are needed when dealing with the food industry, and we are proud to say that we are aware of the most sophisticated features when dealing with food processing units. Our team can help you figure out a plan that will meet your company’s needs. We have included a summary of the services that we offer below:

Dealing with Food Processing Units
Whether it is pasteurization plants, bottling units, or any other kind of production unit, we can help. We have a rich understanding of the industry and the recent developments in industrial installations. Whether it is designing the installation across the plant or handling of manufacturing lines, our team is well-trained in all aspects to cater to your particular needs.

We make sure to keep abreast with the continuous changes taking place in the industry so we can provide our clients with the best services, technology and tools available. We also work with our clients to help fight loss of production time by coming up with efficient maintenance and service solutions.

Our Specialty Services
Our services in the area of food processing and the electrical requirements associated with it are backed by the extensive knowledge and experience of our staff. Efficiency is increased with effective time management of projects and innovative solutions for production challenges. The requirements for particular machinery and production lines are kept in mind before scoping out the work.

We also make sure that the most knowledgeable members of our staff, those well-versed with the techniques or skills required, handle key elements of the projects. We will not hesitate to bring out any issues that arise to the client and work with them to a satisfactory solution. Having this type of transparency of information builds trust for a long term relationship.

Our ultimate goal is to provide solutions to our client’s business and make sure the installations are always safe. Industrial hazards are unprecedented and result in loss of business standing in general, so we do not endorse low quality products or systems.

If you are looking for a qualified and experienced company to install, maintain or repair your food processing unit, we are just a call away at 615-325-8001.