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"Our job in the Automation Department is to provide our customers with cost-effective solutions to their automation applications. These applications and their respective solutions tend to be very different from one another; each system is unique. And we tend to get heavily involved in a project - I spend 50% to 60% of my time in the field - because we are frequently working with controls that operate critical systems or components that drive other equipment."

Rick Lathrop
Account Manager
Wholesale Electric Supply Co. of Houston, Inc. Co., Inc.

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The increasing complexity of today's process automation systems and components requires professionals trained in the controls that govern those systems. At Wholesale Electric, our automation specialists are experts in how much controls function and in finding solutions to your unique problem.

The Automation Department works in tandem with our sales staff and in-house specialists in switchgear, information technology and product customization to handle all aspects of the automation project, from specification to start-up.

Among the services we offer:

•  System design
•  Preparation of drawings and documentation
•  Material specification and procurement
•  Product modification
•  Software configuration
•  Preparation of system documentation
•  Customer training and assistance with installation and start-up

Making Technology Work
Wholesale Electric's team of automation specialists work closely with you to understand your specific applications in order to create an effective solution. In addition, Wholesale Electric has alliances with specialty subcontractors who work with us on specific assignments requiring highly sophisticated programming or equipment assembly.

Technologies That Make Your Job Easier

Power Monitoring Systems That Work
As energy costs have soared, Wholesale Electric customers are focusing more than ever on energy management in order to drive down operating costs without impacting process integrity or product/service quality. In response, Wholesale Electric's automation specialists are providing assistance in implementing or enhancing power monitoring systems that control demand loads and readjust usage patterns to achieve greater energy efficiency and lower costs.

Today, power monitoring systems allow you to identify, monitor and control power loads in real-time, down to a single machine process or building system. And, through integration with various process controls, these systems enable you to pinpoint specific locations of inefficient power use or potential mechanical problems.

Drawing upon the expertise of some of the most respected manufacturers in the business as well as their own experience, our specialists can develop integrated communication links between components, allowing real-time information to be compiled and distributed to any operating department or accounting reporting system. We can also configure power monitoring software to read circuit monitors, facilitate logging and harmonic analysis and drive a variety of custom applications designed to control energy consumption. Once the hardware and software are installed, we stay with you through the critical start-up to ensure that the systems work as well in the field as they do on paper.

Typical Automation Projects Include:

•  Power Monitoring Systems
•  Water and Wastewater Control Systems
•  Solid-state control systems (soft start, variable frequency drive, etc.)
•  Custom application work
•  Programmable logic controls
•  Uninterruptible power systems
•  Process Controls
•  Start-up assistance

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