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What is Structured Cabling Field Testing?

To understand structured cabling field testing, you need to understand about structured cabling is. According to the Fiber Optic Association, structured cabling is “the standardized architecture and components for communications cabling specified by the EIA/TIA TR42 committee and used as a voluntary standard by manufacturers to ensure interoperability.”

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Defining Structured Cabling

In plainer language, it is the communications cabling infrastructure for a home or business. Most modern companies and businesses require a lot of connectivity, whether these are computer networks, phone systems, or other communication systems supporting the company’s business operations. In addition, the performance of these systems must be

  • Consistent and predictable—the performance of the operation must meet the expectations of everyone, including workers, managers, and customers
  • Flexible – to make changes, additions, removals, and transferal of connectivity
  • Redundant – so problems in one area won’t bring operations to a screeching halt

Structured Cabling Field Testing

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) develops and publishes the voice and data communications infrastructure standards. These standards include performance specifications for twisted-pair cable, connecting hardware, and how well this equipment is installed within the location. The TIA telecommunications systems bulletin TSB-67, defines the guidelines for field testing the two models for the installed link: channel and basic link. It also defines

  • The parameters that need to be measured and verified
  • The frequency range over which the evaluation needs to be executed
  • The performance or pass/fail limits for this evaluation.
  • The framework for performance analysis

Field-testing a structured cabling system ensures that a completed installation meets the desired transmission performance outlined by TSB-67. The test verifies that the installed link transmits signals with a high degree of integrity to ensure reliable communications. By reviewing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the transmission link over the frequency range required by the application, the tester determines the strength of the signal to be received from the sender–relative to external disturbances such as noise on the transmission link. If your signal is strong compared to the effect of unwanted disturbances, the signal has a low bit-error-rate.

Running a series of structured cabling field tests helps identify issues within the hardware, configuration, and the installation of the structured cabling and supporting hardware. This is an essential component of keeping your communication network running smoothly and identifying potential issues before they can slow down (or even stop) production.

Want to Know More About How Structured Cabling Field Testing Can Benefit You?

Give Tri-State Electrical Contractors a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com  Our industrial and commercial electricians understand the TSB-67 and how to translate these guidelines into solid performance on your communication networks.

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Why is NABCEP Important for a Commercial Electrical Company?

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® AKA -NABCEP®, is an organization dedicated to the certification of renewable energy professionals. It provides credentials and certifications for industrial and commercial electricians as well as other professionals, specialists, and novices working with photovoltaics (such as solar storage systems), solar heating, and small wind technologies.  

NABCEP was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation. Its mission is “to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.”

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Why NABCEP Is Important

NABCEP works with hundreds of renewable energy industry subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop NABCEP’s Board Certifications and Associate credentials. NABCEP heavily relies on these volunteer SMEs working in the industry to create Board Certifications that focus on practical, real-world experience. With their help, the NABCEP has developed and provided eight board certification programs and three associate credentials. 

NABCEP holds all NABCEP Board Certified Professionals and Associate credential holders to high standards of professional and ethical practice. NABCEP’s Code of Ethics & Standard of Conduct safeguards the integrity of the industry. NABCEP is also the only certification organization in the industry with an enforceable code of ethics, The organization gives renewable energy customers a way to hold unethical installers accountable for their actions. Renewable energy customers who hire a NABCEP Board Certified Professional ensure that any reported violation will be investigated and if wrongdoing occurred, take disciplinary action.

NABCEP Board Certification Credentials

The NABCEP board certification credentials are earned by demonstrating knowledge, experience, training, and passing a challenging exam. There are the certification programs NABCEP provides:

  • PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification
  • PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification
  • PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification
  • PV Commissioning & Maintenance (PVCMS) Certification
  • PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification
  • PV System Inspector (PVSI)[6] Certification
  • Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Certification
  • Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI) Certification, and
  • NABCEP Company Accreditation

NABCEP Associate Credentials

The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating, or Small Wind energy systems.

An individual earns a NABCEP Associate Credential (NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™, NABCEP Solar Heating Associate™, or NABCEP Small Wind Associate™ by passing an exam based on the NABCEP Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA) or Learning Objectives.

  • The benefits of earning these credentials beyond the proven professional competence in these areas include:
  • Qualifies that individual to design, sell, install, or maintain systems in a supervised capacity.
  • Lists them in the online Associate Directory so that potential customers can find qualified individuals working with that technology as well as their credential type, number, and expiration date.
  • Allows the company to use the applicable NABCEP Trademark on their website and promotional materials.
NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate

Tri-State Electrical Contractors Is a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate

Tri-State Electrical has earned the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate credentials in order to better serve our commercial and industrial solar storage solution customers. For more information, or to get a quote for a solar storage installation give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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What is an Access Management System?

When most people think about access management systems, they tend to think about the smart badge they use to unlock doors at their workplaces or the electronic door locks they can use their smartphones to unlock. But this is only a tiny part of an access management system. Instead, access management systems are mainly about access control.

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Components of Access Management Systems

Some highly-regulated industries require tightly controlled access management of both systems and spaces of their employees, contractors, suppliers, and (at times) their customers. Some of the access control measures used include:

  • Proximity detection – This is the basis of the smart badges that are so common in today’s workplaces. These can be programmed to allow access to some buildings or areas within those buildings as dictated by that individual’s work assignments.
  • Fingerprint scans – One step beyond the smart badge is the installation of fingerprint scanners for all buildings and restricted areas within those buildings. This eliminates the need for a smart badge, and the company doesn’t have to worry about dealing with the headaches caused by lost badges or when the employee occasionally leaves it at home.
  • Facial Recognition – This is becoming more common in some industries. This also eliminates a need for smart badges and the headaches associated with them.
  • Smart Locks – These are key components that help control access using any of the other methods above, including keypads and key fobs. Smart locks allow you to provide the exact access your employees, contractors, suppliers, and customers need without giving them additional access that they don’t need (or that you don’t want them to have).

These are just a few components used to provide secure access management within your organization.

Identity and Access Management Systems

None of these access management components would work without a solid IT infrastructure to support it. This includes software and hardware. The software stores and handles the identity and profile data and keeps it secure from external and internal threats. Some of the methods used to manage this identity data include single sign-on systems, two-factor authentication, multifactor authentication, and privileged access management. These systems have well-defined parameters and follow data governance processes to ensure that the data provided is critical to the individual’s work assignments and not excessive. Some of the functions of these systems include:

  • Tracking how users are identified within the access management system
  • Establishing how the user roles are defined and implemented within the system
  • Protecting all sensitive data within the system
  • Adding, deleting, and updating users within the system as well as the access for them

All modern businesses require an access management system to ensure the safety of the company’s property, assets, workers, vendors, and customers.

Tri-State Electrical Provides World-Class Access Management System Installations in the Southeastern US

Tri-State Electrical Contractors understands what modern commercial and industrial companies need in the ever-changing, complex world. We protect your property, assets, employees, and customers with world-class access management solutions. For more information or a quote for an access management system installation, call us at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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Why the Tesla Powerwall Is One of the Best Solar Storage Solutions on the Market Today

With Elon Musk being very visible about the acquisition of Twitter over the last several weeks, it is easy to overlook one of his lesser-known innovations: the Tesla Powerwall.

The Emergence of Solar Storage Solutions

Solar panels have been an option for alternative energy for years to decrease electricity expenses and reduce carbon emissions. Still, it has always suffered from one major setback: when the sun goes down, so does your energy independence. The resolution to this issue is solar storage solutions. Channeling the solar energy into backup batteries during the day allows you to power your home or business during the night or unexpected outages.

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Back in 2013, Tesla constructed Giga Nevada, a facility dedicated to producing lithium-ion batteries for their electric cars. In 2015, they began applying this technology to a home energy storage system, the Powerwall.

Factors That Make the Tesla Powerwall Stand Out

Tesla has been a leader in the production and improvement of solar storage solutions beginning with the battery storage solutions they innovated for the Tesla line of electric vehicles. Many of these innovations were also applicable to the home alternative energy markets. Here are a few of the factors that make the Tesla Powerwall stand out from other solar battery storage options for home energy storage:

  • Superior Battery Quality – Because of the reputation of the Tesla brand, a lot of research and development dollars have been invested in improving the efficiency, safety, and capacity of batteries developed for the Tesla line of electric vehicles. This investment carries over to the Powerwall line of home solar storage solutions.
  • One Price Fits All – Some solar storage solutions are sold and installed piece-meal. One price for the batteries, other fees for software and infrastructure to support the solution. The Tesla Powerwall includes the software, battery management cooling systems, and even a battery inverter at one price.
  • Self Sufficiency – The Tesla Powerwall allows the homeowner to power the home most, if not all, of the time enabling almost total energy independence.
  • Current Tax Credit Incentives for New Solar Installations – The Federal and many state governments are offering limited-time tax credits for homeowners who decide to install solar energy systems. This can result in hundreds to thousands of dollars in tax credits to offset your initial installation cost.
  • 10-Year Warranty – Very few energy-related household appliances offer a warranty of 10 years or more.

Allow Tri-State Electrical Contractors to Handle Your Solar Storage Installation

At Tri-State Electrical, we have the skill and experience to install Tesla Powerwall solar storage solutions for your home or business. For more information, get a quote for a solar storage installation by giving us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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What is an Industrial Electrician?

Simply put, industrial electricians support an industrial plant’s electrical needs, whether these are monitoring the electrical controls via PLC panels, monitoring energy usage, wiring and maintaining the plant’s electrical infrastructure, or working with the installed industrial equipment.

Because of the nature of this type of work, industrial electricians require a broad range of skills and experience to perform their jobs effectively. This means that they need to have a lot of experience working with different types of highly specialized industrial equipment, advanced troubleshooting skills, the ability to read and interpret drawings and blueprints, awareness of electrical codes, industrial control system operation, and much more. They also need skills and experience outside of working with electrical equipment. For example, industrial electricians need to coordinate with other contractors working on the equipment or building, work with vendors to order parts and troubleshoot issues, collaborate with inspectors and regulatory agencies, so having good communication and “people” skills are a must.

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Why Industrial Electricians Are Important

Industrial companies must have equipment and facilities that operate smoothly. Any downtime can cost the company thousands, even millions of dollars. In addition, failing to follow the proper electrical codes and standards may result in expensive penalties and fines and perhaps endanger the company’s equipment, facilities, or the lives of its employees. For these reasons, an excellent electrical electrician is essential for any industrial operation.

Job Requirements for Industrial Electricians

As you can see, industrial electricians are a unique breed of electricians who need a broad range of experience and skills. They need more training and experience than other electricians and need to be constantly learning to perform their jobs well. Some of the training an industrial electrician may need include:

  • At least a high-school diploma
  • Completion of an electrician apprenticeship program
  • Specialized training for electrical equipment (installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, etc.
  • A journeyman electrician license
  • Several years of experience working closely with a senior industrial electrician

Because industrial electricians have to lift, move, and sometimes work in tight, cramped spaces, they should be reasonably physically fit and strong. They also need to be comfortable working in hectic, noisy, dirty work environments under stressful conditions. For these reasons, the ability to handle stress is a must. This makes good industrial electricians a valued resource for all companies.

Tri-State Electrical Provides Best-in-Class Industrial Electrical Services in the Southeastern US

Tri-State Electrical Contractors understands what modern industrial companies need in the ever-changing, complex, world. We provide superior industrial electrical services, including equipment installation, troubleshooting, PLC installation and programming, installing electrical equipment in new industrial plants, and much more. We can handle any commercial or industrial electrical work you need to be completed quickly and competently. For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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How Do Industrial Control Systems Use Data?

As industrial control systems handle bigger and more complex tasks, there is a growing need for IT data management and support to help coordinate the industrial control system, and secure it as well. As a result, industrial control systems depend more and more on Big Data to help plan, optimize and improve operations at your industrial company.

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This can take many forms, such as enhanced automation of your industrial processes to improve accuracy and efficiency, detailed reporting that measures every aspect of the production process looking for ways to improve the overall process, or helping managers and engineers identify and resolve problems before they result in a production slowdown, or worse yet, a complete work stoppage.

What Kind of Data Does Industrial Control Systems Handle?

Industrial control systems collect and use many different types of data. This can be the primary data that runs and controls the equipment or enhanced functions such as coordinating the operation of multiple systems, managing production speed, and also delivering data gathered by sophisticated sensors installed within the system. Because of these enhancements, the industrial control systems require software with customizable configuration and reporting to manage the production process. The industrial control system communicates via a wired or wireless signal that updates the data constantly. This interconnectivity between the industrial control system and the equipment that it runs makes it vulnerable to threats both outside and within the business.

Why is Data Security Important?

Cyberattacks on industrial companies are becoming more and more commonplace in today’s world. The tight-knit interconnectivity between the industrial control system, the equipment that performs tasks, and the networks and data architecture that support them make it vulnerable to outside attacks from hackers. But internal issues such as equipment failure, employees bypassing the system’s operation, or external factors that prevent peak efficiencies such as temperature, humidity, or other environmental conditions.

Luckily, the tight integration between today’s industrial control systems and Big Data makes it easier than ever to spot problems, whether caused by internal conditions or an outside cyberattack, can be configured to detect these issues before they can cause production problems.

Let Tri-State Electrical Contractors Help with Your Industrial Control System Installation and Maintenance

At Tri-State Electrical, we can handle every aspect of your industrial control systems. From providing the industrial electrical work to supply your equipment with power, to providing the PLC programming needed to run your system. in the Southeastern US? For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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How Do You Find the Best Commercial Electrical Contractor?

There are a lot of commercial electrical contractors out there. So how do you choose the best one for your electrical project? Here are a few suggestions:

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Ask Around

Who do you know who might have had some commercial electrical work done for them lately? Talk to friends, family members, or local business owners or managers about who they used for the electrical work. Ask them a few questions such as:

  • What was the quality of the work done for the project?
  • Was it done on time and budget?
  • Did they show up at the scheduled time, or were they late?
  • Did they clean up after the project was completed?
  • Would they use the company again for future commercial electrical work?
  • Do they recommend them for your project?

Word-of-mouth is still the best way to find the best commercial electrical contractors. So, use this resource.

Read Online Reviews

If your network can’t help you come up with any good recommendations, then use the next best thing: online reviews. There are several different review sites you can use to get your information about the best commercial electrical contractors:

  • Google Reviews – Google Reviews are quickly becoming the best known and most respected source of online business reviews.
  • Angi – Formerly known as Angie’s List, Angi provides some of the best-curated business reviews available online, including commercial electrical contractors.
  • Yelp – Better known for restaurant and motel reviews, Yelp has been branching out into other business areas.
  • Buildzoom is a newcomer to the online review game but focuses specifically on construction businesses. The site has you enter details about your project, work with a dedicated project consultant, and they do the legwork to present you with vetted and qualified contractors.

Best Practices for Using Online Reviews

When using online reviews within your decision-making process, try to use a couple of different sources for the reviews. Read all of them. Pay special attention to the one- and two-star reviews. How many are there? If there are only one or two, and it is a small percentage of the total number of reviews you might be able to write them off as disgruntled customers or former employees. But if there are several low reviews and a pattern emerges, then steer clear of that commercial electrical contractor. Some of these sites also allow the contractor to respond to positive and negative reviews, so take a look at those as well. Does the contractor handle the complaint professionally or seem combative and assign blame?

Get a Free Project Estimate

Once you’ve selected a commercial electrical contractor, many of them provide free estimates, so have them take a look at your project and give you a quote. Pay close attention to them throughout the process. Are they prompt and courteous? Do they answer your questions to your satisfaction? Do they seem easy to work with? At this point, you should know which commercial electrical contractor you want to hire.

Tri-State Electrical Contractors Provide Best-in-Class Commercial Electrical Services in the Southeastern US

Tri-State Electrical Contractors understands what modern commercial companies need in the ever-changing, complex, world. We provide superior commercial electrical services including generator installations, high-voltage wiring for equipment, and much more. We can handle any commercial or industrial electrical work you need to be completed quickly and competently. For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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What is Solar Storage?

Solar storage (AKA solar battery storage) is a technology that allows you to use solar power in your home or business even after the sun has set. Because solar panels only generate energy during the day, there needs to be a way to use power at night. This is where solar storage comes in. Solar storage is a set of solar backup batteries that store solar energy until it needs to be used either at night or during outages.

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What Are the Benefits of Solar Storage?

Energy independence is the biggest benefit of using a solar storage system. Previously solar energy could only be used during the day, and solar storage changes everything. Solar battery systems allow solar energy to be used at night, during outages, or whenever power is needed.

Lower energy bills is another massive benefit to using solar storage. Being able to supply all of your energy from the sun can significantly reduce your energy bills. In fact, you might be able to sell excess power back to your electricity supplier in some cases.

Secure Source of Power

As residents of Texas discovered last year, a big storm has the potential to damage electrical infrastructure severely, and people might end up without power for many hours or even days. A solar storage system is independent of the electrical grid and can be self-sustaining during an emergency. Even if the rest of the electrical grid is down in your area or neighborhood, a solar storage system allows you to live normally and help others during trying times.

Environmentally Friendly

The source of solar energy is free and reduces the amount of energy needing to be produced by fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas for the world as a whole. You can significantly reduce or even eliminate your need for energy from energy companies with solar battery systems.

Increase the Value of Your Home or Business

Adding solar panels and a solar battery storage system is highly sought after in many areas within the country. Energy-independent buildings can raise the value anywhere from 4 to 6%, a significant amount. When adding this to the energy savings you get, the value of a solar energy system is clear.

If you now see the value of a solar storage system, why not the best solar storage system electrical contractors in the Southeastern US? Tri-State Electrical Contractors’ industrial and commercial electricians are licensed in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and (soon) Florida. We can handle solar storage systems or any commercial or industrial electrical project you need to be completed quickly and competently. For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Electrical Services Contractor?

When you look up “electricians” online, there are many to choose from, and there are many electrical services companies that provide commercial electrical services, but what are the benefits of hiring a commercial electrical contractor over a more general electrician? Here are a few of them:

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Access to Better Tools and Equipment

Because commercial electricians handle larger scale projects with more complexity than the average residential electrical job, they need better equipment and knowledge in order to get the job done, and chances are, a good commercial electrical company would have that equipment on-hand and not require someone to get and find it in order to complete a job. Not to mention that the electricians on staff will be familiar with the equipment and know how to use it properly to get the job done fast.

Superior Knowledge and Training

Commercial electricians are familiar with the “typical” needs of commercial electrical projects and see them every day. Where a general electrician might not be as familiar with the needs of a large commercial project such as a PLC panel installation, high-voltage wiring, or motor control installation work. They can probably still get the job done, but it will take longer and there is a greater risk of mistakes. The result of hiring a commercial electrical contractor with superior knowledge and training is that it will save you time and money in the long run.

Better Quality Work

The combination of both elements above, the access to better tools and equipment and superior knowledge and training result in a higher quality of work which means energy efficient installations, fewer equipment breakdowns which saves you both time and money.

Tri-State Electrical Contractors Provide Best-in-Class Commercial Electrical Services in the Southeastern US

Tri-State Electrical Contractors understands what modern commercial companies need in the ever-changing, complex, world. We provide superior commercial electrical services including generator installations, high-voltage wiring for equipment, and much more. We can handle any commercial or industrial electrical work you need to be completed quickly and competently. For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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What is a Power Distribution Center?

Power distribution systems are a critical part of any electrical power system. To transfer electrical power from its source to where it is used, requires a power distribution center.

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A power distribution center (PDC) regulates the distribution of electrical power to equipment at an industrial plant, homes in your neighborhood, or systems on your car.  Typically, a switchgear supplies power to the PDC.

How Do Commercial and Industrial Electricians Use PDCs

For commercial or industrial electrical work, power distribution centers tend to be large enclosures of electrical equipment housed in an electrical room, on the roof of a building, or even a separate dedicated building somewhere on the company’s property. Commercial and industrial electricians use power distribution centers to manage the raw current coming from the electrical source and feeding it to all of the systems that require it within the building or property.

Components of a Power Distribution Center

No PDCs will be exactly alike. The components within the PDC depends on the amount of energy needed, location, how the energy is being used, etc. But most PDCs have the following components:

  • Housing – Most electrical equipment is delicate and requires protection from extreme weather (high-winds, torrential rain, severe heat and cold, and much more). Housings protect the equipment within the PDC, as well as keep the weather, temperature extremes, vermin, and other annoyances out.
  • Transformer – Transformers convert incoming high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage to be distributed throughout the building or property. loads such as motor control centers (MCC’s). Feeder breakers for these loads will be located on the PDC. PDC’s will often contain additional protective relays, monitoring equipment, fuses, terminal points, etc.
  • Motor Control Center – This component controls some or all electric motors from a central location. These can be mini-PDCs themselves using a shared power bus for each section. These may include a motor starter, fuses or circuit breaker, and power disconnect. Each section may also include push buttons, indicator lights, variable-frequency drives, programmable logic controllers, and metering equipment.
  • Safety Equipment – Such as fuses and circuit breakers.

Power distribution centers are a common feature for commercial and industrial electrical projects, so it is critical to have PDC experts handling your installation. So why not hire the best commercial and industrial electrical contractors in the Southeastern US? Tri-State Electrical Contractors’ industrial and commercial electricians are licensed in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and (soon) Florida. We can handle any commercial or industrial electrical project you need to be completed quickly and competently. For more information, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.