What we do

Our business, is to keep your business safe by providing a range of Electrical services including inspection and testing, compliance, and maintenance services. With a network of trusted partners built over the past 20 years we can also offer Facilities management services to our clients.

Why we do it

At FCS we have a passion for keeping people safe and promoting good standards throughout the province. We do it because we enjoy helping you. Connecting with people, sharing our experience and knowledge is something we find rewarding. We believe there is space in today’s market for a customer focused company, driven by meaningful values our customers can respect, admire and trust. We are here for our clients in any way we can be.

Who we do it for

The aim is to provide our services to business owners, factories, landlords, property companies, store owners and anyone else who needs our help. We are a strong, reliable and trustworthy company who help businesses get on top of their compliance and maintenance schedules.

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION AND TESTING

Electrical Inspection and Testing or EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) are the terms given to the regime of tests which are carried out to ensure the electrical wiring, connections and equipment in your premises are compliant with the Electricity at work regulations (1989) and BS7671: 2008 Amendment 3. The purpose is to ensure safety of all people using or living in the premises.

EMERGENCY LIGHTING TEST

Emergency lighting is required in all non domestic buildings. This is a safety critical system which in the event of a fire or loss of power will help you to evacuate the building. BS5266-1 2016 are the regulations which set out the testing and verification process for emergency lighting, all our engineers are trained in carrying out inspections to these standards.

24/7 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

We carryout routine maintenance and repair, along with any remedial work arising after testing and inspection. If required we can deliver 24/7 maintenance cover to existing clients.

NETS (Non-invasive Electrical Testing Solution)

N.E.T.S stands for Non-Invasive Electrical Testing Solutions. The role of this service is to compliment standard and recognised electrical inspection and testing practices such as Fixed wire testing and PAT testing. This method satisfies the requirement of BS:6423 So why do you need this new service I hear you ask. The answer, approx. 35% of EICR’s carried out in production and manufacturing facilities are not tested due to operational limitations (Generally downtime cannot be given at the agreed time of test). This 35% of the installation is usually made up of process critical equipment which can only switched off at set periods throughout the year and in some cases never. Why N.E.T.S? Well the service does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s uses non-invasive test methods including, Thermography Ultrasound Power analysis Sensory inspection Energised electrical testing This service unlike normal electrical testing and inspection can be carried out with NO downtime, and can provide a documented asset history for critical equipment over a period of time thus alerting the client to any potential fault scenario BEFORE it happens. This allows maintenance to be scheduled for the first available slot to ensure no loss of production. How does N.E.T.S work? The testing methods referred too can all be used currently in their own right, what FCS have done is combine them in a fashion that can give an added level of security for a facilities manager that critical assets are being managed. We have also created a bespoke facility for N.E.T.S asset management using the Workpal workflow software. Each circuit receiving the N.E.T.S service will be documented on the cloud based program, given an individual asset number, and an asset history will be logged after each test (Yearly test recommended). After preliminary site evaluation with the facilities department FCS will have a list of asset’s which require the service, be that machinery, critical IT equipment, Labs etc. Discussion will be had as to the optimum time/date for each asset to be evaluated (Generally whilst equipment is under normal working load). Engineers will then perform a series of tests listed above, Power analyser – this will record the working current of equipment under normal load to gauge if the over current protection device is still adequate. Over time this also gives a view of degradation within current using equipment if values are seen to be increasing. Sensory inspection – The engineer will use sight, touch, hearing and smell to evaluate all accessible parts of the circuit in question. Thermography – Thermal images will be taken of the circuit/equipment to record working temperatures and ensure they are within normal limits. Again these will be stored on the cloud and will be accessible to the engineers at each visit so a picture over time can be given. This feature may be able to spot overheating due to overload, or loose connections before they cause a problem. Ultrasound – Ultrasonic testing is used to detect arching, tracking and corona emissions which may lead to a potentially dangerous arc flash disturbance. Energised testing – Without disruption to services energised electrical testing can be carried out to record the earth fault loop impedances of the circuit. This will be verified against permitted maximum values from BS:7671:2018 In summary FCS’s Non-Invasive Electrical Testing Solution is a safety net for your business. By inspecting and recording data we can build a picture of critical assets over a period of time which will allow for better predictive and planned maintenance routines to be implemented as well as assisting with FMEA SPD’s. By no means is this a replacement for Electrical fixed wire testing, rather this net is to catch the problems others cannot see.

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT)

PAT is the examination of any equipment which plugs into your electrical installation ie kettle, toaster, printer etc. A PAT test will determine if the appliance is safe for continued use, and will flag any visual defects at the same time. According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are approximately 1,000 major electrical related injuries reported each year. These can involve burns and electrical shocks and of these injuries around 30 of them are fatal. The government in their latest Fire Statistics Bulletin, report that 5,391 fires were caused by "other electrical appliances" in 2006. Of these fires, 907 caused some kind of casualty and of those, 12 were fatal.

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging is a non invasive testing process which can be carried out on live equipment. The point of this is to flag any defective equipment which may have a thermal overload. Other uses of Thermal imaging can be to detect the presence of cold spots within premises, which may point in the direction of leaks and or faulty window seals etc.

POWER QUALITY ANALYSIS

This can be a cost effective way to reduce costs of energy consumption by cutting down maintenance required. Mainly in industrial premises where motors or production lines are in use, the quality of your electrical supply can be to the detriment of your on-site equipment.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

We like to be open and honest with you the customer. We don't carryout these services in house. But we do have relationships built over 20 years with excellent tradesmen who work within similar values to ourselves. If you require plumbing or mechanical help, we can arrange this. If you require small building works and repairs, we can arrange this. If you require a fire risk assessment, we can arrange this. Get the picture? We are here to help, in any way we can.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUDITS

This is a complimentary service FCS provide to businesses. The aim of the survey is to identify where applicable gaps in a businesses compliance documentation. We hope to educate and inform business owners and managers on their 'Duty of care' and the legal obligations that go with there position.