Providing an external power supply for industrial units and manufacturing facilities is a complex task. Factories often have unique requirements for powering specialist electrical equipment as well as factors such as outside lighting.
Traditional power methods are often adopted in outside spaces within industrial units, such as power generators or trailing power cables from internal sockets, however these often pose safety hazards for workers.
Pop Up Power Supplies® manufacture and supply a range of retractable outdoor power units to provide a safe, secure outdoor power supply. These are a far more practical external power supply compared to traditional methods, and it means industrial units can operate with a higher degree of functionality and safety in their outside spaces.
Industrial and manufacturing overview
It is a challenging time at the moment for manufacturing and industrial companies, especially in the UK. There is an air of uncertainty around Brexit and how it will affect UK goods and their distribution, as well as a skills shortage within the construction sector.
However, there is still optimism for the sectors where the Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that Britain, the sixth biggest economy in the world, will see its GDP grow from £1.59 trillion to £2.64 trillion by 2028, surpassing France and Germany.
The importance of the manufacturing and industrial sectors within the UK is extremely high. Zenoot, an online source of news, information and data for the manufacturing sector, stated the British public believes manufacturing vital for future of post-Brexit economy. Not only will it secure out place in the global economy but also will provide important jobs and employment for future generations.
Powering outside spaces within industrial units and manufacturing facilities
As stated in the opening paragraph, due to the diverse nature of industrial and manufacturing companies and their products, providing a power supply for their outdoor spaces is challenging.
Often, facilities require outside lighting supply to light up car parks or turning circles for forklifts to operate. Many facilities run 24 hours a day therefore workers need to be able to operate forklifts and other machinery safely outside in the dark.
This requires an external power source that is safe and cannot interfere with manufacturing operations. Our range of Pop Up Power Units and In-Ground Units provide an effective outside power source and are fully retractable.
The Pop Up Units provide a range of electric sockets – 16, 32, 63 and 125 amps, all with RCBO protection. The sockets are housed in sturdy cast iron and concrete units and have stainless steel lids. Operating the power units is simple, they are raised and lowered by a simple handle (supplied with the units) where operators can raise or lower the units as and when they are needed.
Our range of In Ground Power Units also provide an outside power supply for industrial units and manufacturing facilities. One of their main advantages is the units provide an outdoor power source with the lids locked down, which increases safety (i.e. reducing any trip hazards) and reduces any chance of vandalism or wear and tear from harsh weather conditions.
The power units are manufactured from high grade mild steel – Hot Dip Galvanised to BS EN: ISO1461. The covers for the In Ground Units are tested unfilled to FACTA class B loading, making them ideal for car parks, turning circles and outside industrial areas where forklift trucks, lorries and other machinery operate.
Our range of Flip Lid Units are ideal for charging electrical items e.g. forklift trucks or palette handling machines. The electrical machinery can be safely parked next to the retractable power unit where a safe and secure charging process can take place.
Another consideration for specifying retractable power units in industrial facilities is more of a future-proofing scheme. The adoption of electric vehicles is still in its infancy, but many consider electricity to be the most suitable power source for vehicles in the future due to its less harmful effects on the environment.
There will be a stage where lorries and haulage trucks adopt electricity as their power source. When they do, they will require an effective, convenient outdoor power supply to connect to.
Our range of In Ground Power Units and Pop Up Units are ideal for these scenarios. Indeed, our range of Power Bollards would be suitable for powering trucks. Crafted from stainless steel in elegant designs, the Power Bollards provide 220 and 400 volts and 125A of power.
The Power Bollards are available in a range of finishes, including brushed, crude, mirror polish, powder painted RAL colours and a custom paint and airbrushed logos for bespoke options.
A final consideration for providing an outdoor power supply is a backup power supply. A common solution to the main power supply going down is for manufacturing facilities and industrial units to have backup generators. But an alternative to backup generators for powering outside spaces is our range of retractable service units, providing a stand-alone effective power source.