Archive for February, 2013

Operation Khanyisa

by Mike Rycroft, EE Publishers Operation Khanyisa is a program launched in 2010 to combat electricity theft, and to mobilise South Africans to use power legally. Mike Rycroft interviewed Maboe Maphaka, the operation Khanyisa Champion, on the progress of the campaign. Are South Africans responding to the Operation Khanyisa call to act against electricity theft? […]

New world record for CdTe solar cell efficiency

First Solar, announced it has set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18,7% cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the US department of energy’s national renewable energy laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D centre using processes and materials […]

Electrical wholesaler acquired

ARB Holdings has recently announced the acquisition of electrical wholesaler Elektro Vroomen. This acquisition grants ARB a presence in all nine provinces and the company will be able to supply its customers in Bloemfontein and Kathu with an enhanced range of products including electric motors, overhead line equipment and cables and conductors. Elektro Vroomen, which […]


by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Not everyone agrees with the notion that IT managers and CIOs are resisting the implementation of BYOD (bring your own device). William Hardie, Vox Telecom Andrew Kirkland, Trustwave Can IT managers and CIOs afford to resist in the face of the clear benefits that are emerging? Top management supports […]

First learnership graduation ceremony

AfriGIS hosted the first graduation ceremony of the AfriGIS Learnership Programme on 8 February 2013 at its offices in Centurion. The programme was launched in 2012 in association with CTU Training with the intention of developing the skills of motivated and talented young individuals who are unable to afford further education after matric. Ten learners, […]


Smart pen goes WiFi You can now record everything you write and hear. Tap anywhere on your notes and replay the audio from that moment on. With the new WiFi smart pen your recorded notes and audio are sent wirelessly and securely stored in your Evernote account, which allows you to quickly search, share and […]

IP multimedia phone

GXV3175 is said to represent the future in personal IP multimedia communication. High qaulity video, intriguing user interface with delightful details, rich web applications embodied in a sleek tablet-like design, distinguishes this product as the ultimate desktop multimedia phone. The GXV3175 sports a large 7″ touch screen colour LCD, a tiltable mega pixel CMOS camera […]

Maximising UPS performance for virtual environments

Eaton Corporation has announced its 9PX/9SX uninterruptible power supply (UPS), the next generation of energy efficient 5 to 11 kVA future-proof UPSs for virtualised environments. For IT and facilities managers who are tasked with managing rising energy costs and consumption, the 9PX is said to offer the ideal power protection solution due to its unmatched […]

Single output power supply range extended

TDK Corporation has augmented its TDK-Lambda ZWS-BAF single output power supplies with the addition of a 300 W model. The ZWS300BAF operates from a universal input of 85 to 265 V AC or 120 to 370 V DC and features a ten-year E-cap lifetime. The new product achieves up to 91% efficiency, and features an […]

Block contactors for DC-1, DC applications

Elquip Solutions has introduced the GAF range of block contactors as an extension to the A/AF range. The new range of DC switching contactors extends the company’s contactor offering for DC switching at voltages up to1000 V DC and 2000 A. The contactors are rated for DC-1 or DC general-purpose applications. They share the same […]