Technological innovation is fundamental to improving our world, and the electrical industry is no different. Indeed, in a constantly evolving electrical landscape, those able to adapt will flourish, while the rest will undoubtedly struggle, says Schneider Electric.
Given the increasingly competitive nature of the sector, it has never been more critical for electricians to stay on top of the latest products, trends and techniques. Given the unprecedented number of electricians soon to be retiring from the industry, we are entering a new era. Those entering the profession, as well as those already in it, must have an understanding of the latest solutions and what encapsulates the modern home to prepare them for the future.
Primarily, consumers are demanding more flexibility than ever before. Homeowners want smart homes with integrated smart controls to drive sustainability and comfort, while meeting aesthetic needs. To match changing customer expectations, electricians need to understand the products on the market, their benefits, and how to install them.
The opportunities which technology presents to the electrical industry are clear. These include greater flexibility, control, ease of installation, reliability, fewer maintenance issues and reduced running costs for customers, to name but a few. Those electricians that are able to understand and successfully implement new products and technology will reap the benefits.
Gaining competitive advantage
Working with the right product can majorly improve efficiency for electricians, ultimately giving them an edge in this competitive market. For example, working with consumer units such as Easy9 Compact which offer flexible wiring options allows installers to deliver circuit protection in any new build or retrofit project with minimal intrusion into living spaces. They can also be sure the solution will meet the specifications of the home, avoiding any returns, reorders, or delays.
Furthermore, product advancements have brought changes to configurators. If there is a system with different connected components, electricians no longer need to spend time researching a product to ensure they are all compatible. Leading modern technology is designed to be interoperable and this will prove beneficial for electricians in the long term.
These are just two examples of how choosing the most flexible solution can increase efficiency for both electrical contractors and in turn their customers. Those who fail to understand their products will find themselves working twice as hard as their competitors to achieve the same result. The right products enable electrical contractors to work smarter, instead of harder.
Meeting customer demands
Customers are increasingly aware of the latest products and they expect these to be offered. Being aware of solutions means that you can fulfil the needs of your customers at the right cost. It also means electricians can lead the way in educating the customer on the vast benefits associated with certain products in the electrical industry.
An electrician who is limited to only installing populated, off-the-shelf boards may not meet the expectations of modern customers. Products need to be customisable, flexible and meet the specific needs of the environment. A compact size, alongside a low-profile aesthetic, means that electrical installations don’t stand out. By offering bespoke solutions to customers, electrical contractors can transform businesses, saving them installation time, energy and money.
Getting up to speed
By embracing innovations, there is a prime opportunity for the next generation of electrical professionals to carve out a place for themselves in the industry and offer real value to their customers. Consumers are now looking for electrical advisors who can bring confident, individual recommendations for their specific needs, as well as digital solutions that enable superior monitoring and maintenance. Meeting these ever-changing needs will be a prerequisite for success in the future of the electrical industry.
Getting to grips with the latest technology can be tricky. If you think you could benefit from some advice, then you can sign up to mySchneider to gain free access to training materials, tutorials, and webinars. After all, those that are open to learn only stand to benefit.