By Mark Inboden
UCEC has been doing business with I-Pro for more than 25 years. For almost as long, we’ve collaborated with John Quinn, who is one of the three Principals in the company and works in Outside Sales. I am pleased to introduce John and I-Pro to our blog audience.
I-Pro is an independent manufacturer's representative serving the electrical, electronic, utility and data-com markets in the Rocky Mountain region. UCEC primarily deals with I-Pro’s line of Hoffman enclosures.
UCEC frequently relies on John’s technical expertise in designing and ordering enclosures. As we all know, this is an industry where custom design comes with the territory and it’s a space where UCEC excels. John will frequently work on quoting these special projects. He will also work weekends for us; expedite enclosure shipping; and generally do whatever needs to be done.
Our two firms work really well together: John will take questions from Zach Fothergill or Garrod Massey straight to the Hoffman factory. After their technical concerns are sorted out, UCEC will choose our distributor to get the panels shipped to the shop.
From time to time, I’ll share more vendor stories in this space. We are proud of the working relationships we have with our vendors and business partners. They each contribute to the success of UCEC.
Mark is President and CEO of UCEC.
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A lot of people think the panel industry is a quiet, staid industry where very little innovation happens. That may have been true decades ago, but electrical control panel fabrication has enjoyed the benefits of new technology. And UCEC is definitely taking advantage of these new technology innovations to bring our customers better panels with greater efficiencies. .
What's going on at our Arvada, CO electrical control panel shop?
Most of us in the panel business are used to being part of an industry that produces products that are used everywhere but largely unknown to the general public. Just like any specialty niche, we have a lot of industry jargon and product terms that we all know but people outside the industry don’t.
One major focus for UCEC is to prevent component and system downtime within the panel. The root cause of failures are primarily linked to heat exposure and/or moisture. These electronic failures happen when the panel and its components are exposed to elements they were not designed to be in.
Another project leaves the UCEC shop this week. This electrical control panel project is headed to a beverage plant in Florida.
If you are a UCEC customer, you probably know about UCEC's "open door" policy. It's the real deal. We absolutely want our customers to visit their projects whenever they wish. Feel free to stop by with little fanfare. The shop door is always open!
We enjoy learning here at UCEC. If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we travel to trade shows; travel to classes; and invite in teachers we can learn from on a regular basis.
The Denver Metro region felt the wrath of an epic May hailstorm Monday. Rivers of ice ran in the streets, while our cars, trucks and plants took a beating.
But inside the UCEC shop? Our projects were safe, sound and ready to be shipped out. Here are a few snaps of panels shipping out on their way to an oil and gas company in Denver.
We're fond of keeping up with the latest technology. What do you think of our new tech in the shop?
In our ongoing efforts to utilize new technology, UCEC has recently started piloting a project management tool to track our jobs from start to finish. We found an amazing tool and have introduced it to our various teams.