Month: October 2014

Understanding Bus Plugs and Bus Duct

When it comes to electrical equipment, many non-electricians have no idea what a product is or what it does. Electrical components can be a mystery. This unknown doesn’t even come into question until an issue within the power system occurs, and we non-electricians are left scrambling over what needs to be done. That is why we have decided over the next few months to give a brief overview of all the different areas within the electrical equipment industry, starting today with bus plug and duct systems.

To understand the fundamental purpose of bus plug and duct systems, you need to know how power can be delivered. In most buildings we are familiar with such as most commercial and residential settings, power is sent through hard wires within the walls of the building. We gain access to electricity through power outlets. It’s a pretty simple concept.

This is not so true when looking at the electrical distribution required within a manufacturing plant or other industrial setting. In facilities that operate with an open floor plan you will have a variety of machines throughout the building. Many times these machines need to be able to move to other areas within the plant to allow for other pieces of equipment to be used. For example, a fabricating plant. The same space on the floor will be used for various tasks that need to be accomplished with a piece.

For power to run to different areas of a facility while being able to accommodate various sized pieces of equipment, bus duct and plugs are used. This allows the most freedom with the plant layout and alleviates the need for stationary power supplies. To achieve power throughout the open floor plan, duct are installed throughout the facility’s ceiling area.

Bus duct can be run wherever power is needed and are simple enough to add to if required in the future. The power is transferred from the bus duct using a giant industrial electrical plug called a bus plug. Each bus plug connects to the overhead bus duct, feeding electricity where needed. Bus duct and plug systems can be used for anything from overhead lighting to heavy machinery.

This system allows for flexibility in manufacturing. It will enable large industrial plants the ability to change the amount of power electricity to different areas within ample space. With this type of system, there is no need for hard wiring, so as the plant grows or equipment needs increase, the power system can change and grow with the demand.

For options in new, reconditioned, or obsolete bus plugs and bus duct, contact J&P Electrical today.


J&P Electrical is a full-service electrical supply company. At J&P, we source contractors, end-users, and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned, and obsolete electrical equipment. We also purchase a wide range of heavy industrial electrical equipment such as bus plugs, bus duct, transformers, circuit breakers, fuses, and switchboards. Call us at 877-844-5514 or visit us at

Added Benefits Of Using Bus Plugs and Bus Duct

When it comes to many pieces of electrical equipment, some questions surround what each component offers to the bigger picture. For instance, bus duct and bus plugs; how many people could pinpoint this exact component within the electrical equipment puzzle?

This line of questioning often comes from personnel working within a commercial facility, office workspace, or processing company where pipes and wires are used to distribute electrical power within the building. Bus duct and bus plugs are often used in areas other than sizeable open manufacturing centers. Some facilities distribute power using bus plugs and busway throughout their workplace environment.

A fabricating facility is one such place where bus plugs and bus duct are used to distribute power. A bus duct is used to distribute power throughout the open areas of the plant.

The bus duct helps ease the use of machinery that often needs to be moved around. Depending on the product being manufactured, the distribution of power can be rearranged to fit the need at that moment without worrying about where the electricity is coming from.

You can easily add to or change up the bus plugs to accommodate different machines with varied amp requirements. It is possible to have twenty plus bus plugs on the same busway at any given moment. It is simple to add additional bus duct to accommodate more plugs, thus generating more power for newly added equipment.

A system using busway and bus plugs is one of the most efficient ways to provide power to a manufacturing setting. Bus plugs provide energy to process and production equipment and power lighting panels. Using bus duct allows a lot of energy to be spread across a large area where the power requirements often change. This happens in many manufacturing facilities where the power to run one piece of equipment in a space is different from another part of the equipment that also needs to be run within that space.

Commercial facilities and offices are powered through fixed units of electricity through pipe and wire. These facilities rarely require a change in the amount of electricity within a particular area. If you are looking to add flexibility to your manufacturing facilities power capabilities, look into adding a bus duct and bus plug system.

J & P Electrical Company is a full-service electrical company that supplies contractors, end users, and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned, and obsolete electrical equipment. We offer a wide range of electrical equipment such as bus plugs, bus duct, panels switches, and transformers. Services include asset management, product reconditioning, and electrical products.