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Wiring Accessories As a result, there are great opportunities for


digitally skilled electricians in commercial buildings. The buildings and construction sectors account for 36 per cent of global energy consumption – over the next 20 years, there is potential for savings of over a quarter in space heating and more than 20 per cent in water heating. This means that if your commercial customer isn’t thinking about insight-driven efficiency now, they will be very soon. To make the most of this opportunity, you


must remember that your role as an electrician doesn’t just have to be about providing customers with electricity. You can increase your value-add as a connected consultant able to empower them with insight and optimise operations for the better.


The core benefits Electricians must remember that connectivity and insights are a benefit to them as well as the customer. For example, when you’re called in for maintenance or repairs, having a pool of data from the connected devices you installed will drastically speed up your workflow. Hours of manual inspection can be replaced by minutes of reading a series of data points. When supported by insight, you can isolate


and resolve a problem much faster. You’ll develop a reputation for speed and efficiency - and make it more likely that the customer will call on you again. By working smarter, you work faster. This means you can get more work done in less time, offer more competitive prices and focus on what matters most – growing your customer base and business. Schneider Electric’s Acti9 Isobar P distribution


board is a good demonstration of how connectivity saves contractors time. With a


plug-in RCBO, the board demands much less wiring, cutting installation times by around 50 per cent – ensuring a faster, more competitive job. Connectivity also makes you safer by putting another layer between you and the live equipment. There’s an inherent danger in every job, whether it’s from electrical shocks or arc flashes. Yet the risks to health and life they pose are greatly diminished when connected


technologies are able to do much of the dangerous work for you. What’s more, when an application has more software components than hardware, there is much less of a risk from degrading equipment and more problems can be solved remotely. With some of today’s digital tools, a contractor can check or even perform maintenance on a device without ever having to touch the enclosure. For example, Schneider Electric’s MasterPact MTZ circuit breakers can connect to an operator’s phone through an app. Instead of having to open up a distribution board and manually check where a problem might be, a contractor only has to download the app and it will indicate what’s wrong. Connectivity, of course, is also safer for the


customer. When the capabilities are in place for connected monitoring and detection, potential dangers can be flagged and resolved before they snowball into a larger problem. You don’t need to wait until a scheduled check-up before a potentially dangerous fault is discovered. With connected solutions that feed customers real-time insight across their assets, repairs and maintenance can be performed on a proactive, rather than reactive, basis. This means less downtime and, ultimately, safer and happier customers. To remain competitive and achieve success in the electrical industry, electricians must embrace new technologies and the connectivity that is being established alongside it. By acknowledging and adopting more connected products and the benefits which they can offer, electricians will be able to provide a better quality of service to all customers.


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