During the meat production process, electricity usage typically only comes into play during the meat processing stage, in electric motor-driven systems like conveyors and auxiliary equipment, as well as refrigeration, cooking, heating, boilers, sterilization, and steam generation. This accounts for a huge chunk of electricity usage in the United States, where more than 70% goes to applications in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.
These kinds of processes usually fall within the job duties and responsibilities of an industrial electrician, who is responsible for the electrical controls, equipment, and wiring within the meat processing plant. The responsibility for the installation, repair, testing, and maintenance of these systems, as well as the responsibility for making sure that they are up to code, fall upon the shoulders of the industrial electrician. This means that if you wish to cut back on your electricity usage within the meat processing phase, the first person you should talk to is your industrial electrician. Most times, a reduction in a meat processing plant’s electric consumption can be achieved by improving the efficiency of its motor-driven systems. Doing so may yield an average reduction of about 5 to 15% of electric consumption.
For instance, if your meat processing plant is equipped with an electric motor with a conveyor, which types of equipment are almost always on, at a possible operating average of 4,000 hours/year, such equipment inevitably drives the electricity bill higher. But an electrician can help you can reduce your electricity consumption by the installation and use of high-efficient motors. For that matter, you can almost always keep your electricity consumption down by making sure that your electrical equipment and in-house electrical systems are well-maintained and up-to-date, and by upgrading your equipment whenever necessary. New technologies that come out are almost always geared towards efficient energy consumption, delivering the same or better performance at lower levels of electrical usage. In this way, you can keep your electricity bill reasonably low.
For the reasons stated above, it is always a good idea for a meat processing plant of any size to hire its own industrial electrician who is tasked with making sure that all the electrical equipment are running smoothly and efficiently, and who will make the necessary repairs and bring in needed upgrades whenever necessary. Industrial electricians are duly licensed to do electrical work in such an industrial setting, and they have the required training and what are usually years of apprenticeship and hands-on-experience in their trade. The smooth running of the electrical systems of a meat processing plant has that level of complexity and specialization as opposed to more general electrical work that you will certainly want to hire one who is suitably qualified for the job.