Preventing potential issues before they occur means you avoid an overheated electrical system or a catastrophic failure and the costs associated with unplanned downtime. Plus, it reduces accidents and saves lives. As logistics facilities continue to become more globalized and complex, it’s more important than ever to work with a team of experienced technicians who are dedicated to keeping you safe and your equipment at its most efficient.
Standard maintenance services typically start after the completion of a capital project contract. For the first six to 12 months, maintenance services can include adding more task lighting or electrical panels, or providing other miscellaneous services to further customize your facility. These services can be provided whether ERMCO was a part of the original construction team or not.
ERMCO recently worked with a discount retailer to install 45 new receptacles in one of their distribution facilities. Although ERMCO did not work on the building’s original construction, the client hired us to provide maintenance and service needs moving forward.
Other clients include a construction and demolition recycling center and a global e-commerce company. Both companies worked with ERMCO to build their facilities and after construction, opted to continue working with ERMCO for regular inspections and maintenance. As the facilities are relatively new, in addition to our standard maintenance services, we’re currently providing on-site requests to improve efficiency. For example, we added 35 column fans at the global e-commerce company, for the comfort of their employees.
Once a client is fully settled in, standard maintenance expands to include preventative maintenance services. These services can include checking for any visible damage on electrical equipment, retorquing anything that needs adjustments, assuring electrical panels are clean and free of debris and confirming all wire connections are tight and secure.
“Preventative maintenance is like changing the oil in your car,” says Jeff Russell, Service Operations Manager at ERMCO. “It helps you fix issues before you have a major breakdown that may shut down the facility and lead to inefficiencies.”
Planned maintenance, such as software updates and patches, is a good way to extend the life of your building’s automation and control systems. ERMCO’s Technical Support is able to connect to a client’s systems remotely, providing monitoring as well as troubleshooting when needed. Then, if necessary, we can dispatch service technicians for onsite repair and maintenance.
In addition to monitoring, it is important to develop an emergency preparedness plan. Being prepared helps avoid unplanned downtime, helps avoid costs of temporary repairs, and reduces the potential for personal injury (and damage to the building). Having a plan in place means you minimize the impact of an unexpected event brought on by equipment failures or Mother Nature. ERMCO has helped a variety of clients develop their emergency preparedness plans; we have the expertise to help you create your custom plan.
ERMCO’s technical support system can also be set up to automatically receive alarms from client systems and act accordingly. If there is an emergency, our team will set up lighting, begin clean-up, and assess the situation. We’ll develop a plan that has you up and running as safely and as quickly as possible, which may include installing temporary equipment. No matter what, we work with our clients to create a permanent solution.
Like mechanical equipment, electrical equipment performs better and lasts longer when it is regularly inspected and maintained. ERMCO’s quality service, electrical preventative maintenance, and technical support increases the lifespan of your building and minimizes costly breakdowns.
“We know what we we’re doing, and we pride ourselves in continuing our employees’ education at the forefront of the electrical field,” says Russell.
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For more information on how ERMCO can help with your logistics project, contact Service Operations Manager Jeff Russell at JRussell@ermco.com. If you need technical support, you can contact our service department at 317-780-8800. Our phones are monitored 24/7.