Archive for April, 2013


by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT The software industry in South Africa plays a substantial role in the enterprise industry through software solutions for business. There are many processes that need to be followed to ensure that operations are smooth and that the necessary tasks are undertaken to achieve service delivery. Malcolm Rabson What is CMMI? […]

Compact, multi-channel analogue data logger

With its colour monitor and internal memory, the GL220 is a compact, lightweight, multi-channel data logger that provides ten analogue measurement channels, in addition to four channels each of discrete logic and pulse inputs. It also supports one external trigger input and four alarm outputs. The GL220 is equipped with a 2 GB internal flash […]

ACTOM and Alstom Grid sign transmission technology co-operation agreement

ACTOM, the South African electrical engineering group, and Alstom Grid, provider of engineered solutions and products for smart and conventional power grids, signed a three-year transmission technologies co-operation agreement in Johannesburg on 23 April 2013. The agreement was signed by Jack Rowan, chairman of transmission and distribution at ACTOM, and Eric Boulot, Alstom Grid’s commercial […]

Understanding the new municipal electricity price increase

by Roger Lilley, editor Board member of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), Thembani Bukula, addressing a SANEA meeting at Sasol’s offices in Rosebank on 16 April 2013, explained how NERSA determined municipal electricity price increases following the increase Eskom has been allowed to charge the municipalities. Eskom supplies approximately 60% of the […]

Toets ‘n Bakkie

The all-new sixth-generation Isuzu bakkie sets the cat among the pigeons.   Please download the following pdf

Optron VIP Partners Conference

Optron is hosting a VIP Partners Conference to be held during the afternoon of Monday 22 July 2013 at Emperor’s Palace, prior to the South African Surveying and Geomatics Indaba on 23 – 24 July, at the same venue. Optron is the Diamond sponsor for the surveying indaba. The Optron VIP Partners Conference will offer […]

Distributor of the year appointed

EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company and a specialist in EMEA semiconductor distribution, was awarded ”EMEA Distributor of the Year 2012” by its supplier partner Atmel, for highest growth in demand creation and best POS performance for the second time. Additionally EBV was awarded “Distributor of the Year 2012” for Italy, France, Germany and Nordic. According […]

Vector Inbox

“The LED seems to have a number of problems, still to be solved, before it can become popular,” writes Tony Fisher.  Please download the following pdf

Power transformers and reactors

The scope of Cigré sub-comittee SC A2 covers all kinds of power transformers, including industrial, DC convertors and phase-shifting transformers. This includes shunt reactors, series reactors, saturated reactors, smoothing reactors as well as transformer components i.e. bushings, tap changers, accessories. The activities are related to: Specification, procurement and economic. Design, material, manufacturing and testing. Operation, […]

CEFIM presentations at MAREW

Prof. David Smith and Okan Yurduseven, both from Northumbria University with Vishal Bhana and Dr. Tinus Stander, both from University of Pretoria. Central Europe’s premier radio and wireless peer-reviewed conference, the Microwave and Electronics Week (MAREW ’13), was held in Pardubice, Czech Republic from 13 – 16 April 2013. The conference was hosted by the […]