Kraun has installed many commercial machines, from micro-CNC mills in schools to complete assembly lines in factories. With that experience, we wanted to share important considerations for your next machine purchase, including how to have an efficient electrical install.
Electrician's Guide to Commercial and Industrial Machine Installation
Upgrading machinery and other equipment is an important part of the growth of your business. New systems improve your efficiency and profitability, so it is in your company's interest to ensure new machines are installed as smoothly as possible.
Picking the correct machine
One of the easiest ways to save time and money and reduce installation problems is by purchasing a machine that is ESA approved. The machine should have a CSA, UL, or other approved safety marking when you purchase it.
Businesses typically purchase machinery from abroad to find the most affordable option. However, we have found that the old saying is true: “you get what you pay for.” About 30-40% of the installations we are hired for are unapproved machines, typically from abroad.
Licensed electrical contractors cannot install new machinery without the appropriate safety approvals. In the case of these machines without safety markings, extra work must be completed to ensure all electrical components are to code before being approved by an engineer. Only then can it be installed.
Something else to consider is ensuring your workplace can power the new machinery. The best way to be certain is by consulting with the supplier to understand the necessary power requirements.
A new machine may require an upgraded electrical service or panel if you have a single-phase system (typically found in small businesses). For larger commercial and industrial businesses with three-phase systems, you may need a step-up transformer if your existing system cannot provide enough power to the machine.
Although not directly related to power needs, it is essential to consider the service accessibility when “setting" (situating) the machine. For example, a machine set with its electrical components right next to a wall takes more time and effort to set up, service, and upgrade. Although it is a seemingly simple consideration, this is another common issue we encounter.
Each one of these added tasks, setbacks and hurdles increases the overall cost of the installation, which lengthens the payback time of the new machine. Although finding the lowest cost option and installing quickly as possible is appealing, time and money can be saved by choosing a machine that better fits your workplace and is set strategically.
Commercial and industrial machinery installation
After a millwright has set an ESA-approved machine, a licensed electrical contractor will add a circuit to your system and run it to the new machine. The scale and cost of each job can vary widely based on the machine’s size, complexity, and how far it is from your electrical system.
After completing the installation, we offer 24-hour troubleshooting service where our specialized commercial electricians can resolve any issues or emergencies. We back this service with the guarantee that we will arrive within three hours (for electrical emergencies), or your first two hours of service are free!
If you want to purchase a new piece of equipment for your business and would like quality service in its installation, don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or by the phone number or form below.