Electrifying Organization: How Commercial And Industrial Electricians Keep Their Work Straight

Wiring a residence is a lot simpler than wiring a factory or a commercial property. Think of it--the complex electrical systems in a hospital or a car manufacturing plant require a lot more organization than "this wire goes here and this one goes there." If you ever wondered how commercial electricians wire an entire building without blowing it up or electrocuting themselves, the answer is shockingly less complex than you may have assumed.

Wire Size and Type

The larger the wire and the more copper involved, the more power that flows through. Industrial and commercial electrical wiring is thicker, heavier and more insulated than residential wire. Several smaller sections of wire are bundled up and connected to the fuse box. The farther they travel away from the box, the more divided they become in order to provide power to other areas of a building. Mapping out these wires and the directions and distances they travel helps an electrician determine what kind of wire, what size, and what type of electrical conductivity is necessary.

Labeling, Tagging and Color Coded

As a commercial electrician installs new or updated electrical systems, he or she labels and tags wires. If a lot of insulated wire is used, then the electrician can also color code it. Insulated wire utilizes several different colors of plastic wrapped around coils of copper wire. It helps the electrician remember which wires are tied into a fuse box and a section of the building. Once all of the wire has been installed and connected to a fuse box, then the labels inside a fuse box tell which fuse controls what. All future electrical repairs are based on these labels, enabling the electricians to find the source of the problems and fix them.

Electrical Mapping

Extremely complex electrical systems, such as those seen in rockets to outerspace, are mapped out on a CAD computer and installed via the engineer's instructions. In cases like this, the electrician does not have to figure out how to install the electrical system.  He or she just follows the electrical engineer's instructions and checks the system to make sure it functions correctly.

Highly Organized Processes

There is so much about electricity that can cause serious damage and injury if you do not know what you are doing. This is why commercial and industrial electricians utilize these highly organized methods of installing electrical wire. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of the installation process and makes for a very smooth installation process with minimal corrections.