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FAQ

  • How long have you been in business? 45+ years
  • What types of services do you provide? Commercial and industrial electrical contracting.
  • Do you provide services for small and large jobs alike? Yes
  • How long does it take to have your products installed? Depends on the job. Please call us for a professional
  • What does it mean to be UL approved? UL approved means that we conform to the highest standards for safety and performance.

Services

  • Conveyor Systems
    • How do I choose the correct conveyor system? Each project is specific to your own company’s needs. Please contact us for an estimate.
    • Which conveyor systems do you install? All types. We work with conveyor systems of all sizes, ranging from small warehouses to massive distribution centers.
  • Green Energy Conversions
    • What is green energy? Green energy is power generated by a natural source like wind or solar.
    • What is a green energy conversion? Updating your current electrical systems to reduce power consumption while saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.
    • How does a green energy conversion work? Our quality professionals will analyze your current power consumption and requirements and suggest ways to upgrade your power systems which can result in savings between 20-80 percent.
    • Do you install solar energy? We do not install the actual solar panels, but we do install all wiring, inverters and power control systems.
    • How much will switching to green energy save me on electricity? That will depend on various factors that we will discuss with you during the initial consultation. Cost savings can range between 20 to 80 percent.
  • Commercial Electrical Contractor
    • What does a commercial electrician do? Provides a full range of services to all commercial establishments including:  control wiring, power feeds, blue print/schematics, communications cabling, power distribution, wiring of food processing machines (including bottle/beverage/pasta/coffee roasters, etc..), conveyor sortation systems-postal conveyors (DC wiring), pick-n-pass, pallet conveyors / palletizers, control panel fabrication, rail systems, electrical pipe bending, device net, carrousels, and all types of cabling.
    • Do you handle permits? Yes
    • Do you handle commercial electrical maintenance? Yes
  • PLC/VFD Systems
    • What is PLC and VFD? PLC is defined as a Programmable Logic Controller and VFD is defined as a Variable Frequency Drives
    • What types of systems are VFD’s used for? HVAC systems.
    • What does a PLC do?  It is a computer that primarily monitors and controls various processes through multiple sensors.
    • How does a VFD/PLC system work together? Essentially the PLC will send the commands to the VFD and then the VFD will send information back to the PLC  through an information gateway.
  • Security Cameras
    • Do you install home security cameras? No
    • Can you install complex security camera systems for large buildings? No
  • Panel and Sub Panel Upgrades
    • What is an upgraded electrical panel? Older panels may not be able to handle the load amperage for all your power needs so we can upgrade your panels and service to supply all current load stresses and future power requirements.
    • How do you determine the cost of upgrading a panel/sub panel? Our experts will meet with you to analyze your power requirements and we will recommend the best power options based on overall cost.
    • Should I upgrade my electrical panel? Please contact us for a professional evaluation and estimate.
  • Three Phase systems
    • What is a three phase system? It is a type of system that allows power to be generated and distributed efficiently allowing a better power supply for large motors and other heavy equipment.
    • What is the difference between a three phase and one phase system? The more phases the greater the power supply.
    • What is a three phase solar system? Similar to a regular 3 phase system but uses solar panels.
    • What are the advantages of having a three phase electrical system? By having a 3 phase system you can ensure that you have enough power to supply all your electrical requirements.
  • Process Control Wiring
    • What is process control wiring? Control wiring is the wiring used to send commands to control devices (ie. a lighting system) and it is usually employed within a PLC system.  If you have poor wiring in your company / factory your system will perform inefficiently.  At Buchmann Electric will ensure that your power systems perform at peak performance.
    • Do I need a process control wiring at my facility? If you are running a PLC/VFD system you will require control wiring.
  • Office Communication -Yes
    • What types of office communication do you handle? Cat5 and Cat6.
    • What is Cat5\6 wiring? Wire that is used for computer networking that provides performance of up to 1000 Mbps of data.
    • What are fiber optics? Fiber optics is a technology that uses glass or plastic threads to transmit data. They are typically used in long distance, high-performance data networking needs.
    • What are the benefits of installing Cat5 wiring and fiber optics? By installing one of these systems into your company, you can be assured that your data is moving at peak efficiency.
  • HVAC
    • What is an HVAC system? HVAC is defined as a Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning.
    • Do you handle HVAC installation? Yes.
    • How long do HVAC units last? Depending on the unit it will last for several years.
    • Do you handle HVAC maintenance? Yes
  • Lighting and Lighting control
    • What is lighting control? Lighting control is a stand alone unit that will control lighting in a given space using various sensors and relays..
    • How does lighting control save energy? By using sensors with specific lighting controls, costs can be readily reduced. (ie. occupancy sensors)
    • Do you handle automatic lighting control? Yes.
    • How do I know if I need my lighting redesigned? Please call us and our experts can help design an optimum solution for your lighting requirements.
  • How do we help save money on lighting?
    • We can assess your current lighting condition and needs, and through our years of experience, advise the best way to replace less efficient lighting with energy efficient LED
    • Process Control wiring for waste/water treatment facilities including experience with class 1 Div1/Div2 Office Communication.
    • What are process control wiring for waste/water treatment facilities? We can provide electrical wiring for Class 1 Div1/Div2.
  • UL Approved Facility
    • What does it mean to be UL approved? UL approved means that we conform to the highest standards for safety and performance.
    • What does UL approved status allow you to do? The UL status reassures our customers that we are a safe and reliable company.