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Divide and Conquer With Your Workforce

Divide and Conquer With Your Workforce

When Henry Ford came out with the Model T, it wasn’t the car that was the big innovation. It was the method of building it. Specialization and assembly line methodology resulted in producing a car every 90 seconds. Initially, it doesn’t seem you can apply Ford’s model to electrical work. But let’s look at two […]

Lights Don’t Last Forever; What Are You Doing About it?

Lights Don’t Last Forever; What Are You Doing About it?

The typical electrical service firm waits for a customer to seek bids on a lighting project. But the typical customer who needs a lighting replacement or upgrade doesn’t know that. You can find equipment life expectancy numbers in various industry standards, such as the IEEE Gold Book. Do a search until you can cover every […]

Protecting Your Back, Part 1

Protecting Your Back, Part 1

Back pain can be very miserable and is often debilitating. Proper lifting technique alone doesn’t protect against back pain. Chronic poor posture, for example, guarantees you will have back pain. A typical cause of back pain is when some small bones of the spine move from their normal position, thus creating painful pressure on the […]

Does Suspending Training Make Sense?

Does Suspending Training Make Sense?

When there’s a financial situation such as the company needs to hit its quarterly profit target but revenue is below target, the bean counters often look to raise quick cash by cutting expenses. One area that’s often targeted for deferment is maintenance training. The word “deferment” here is really code for code for “You can’t […]

Be Careful with LED Recommendations

Be Careful with LED Recommendations

A small manufacturing facility had an old pendant light in its front lobby. The light contained five 25W pendant lamps, all pointed up even though the area below is what needed to be lighted. The plant manager wanted this replaced with something that looked elegant but that also provided good lighting. The electrical contractor recommended […]