Archive for June, 2013

Transformer company achieves level 3 BBBEE contributor status

Powertech Transformers has announced that, in an audit conducted in June 2013 by independent BBBEE accreditor, Empowerdex, it re-secured the status as a level 3 BBBEE contributor, equivalent to an AA rating in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s codes of good practice (DTI codes).  The company recognises the importance of transformation, not […]

Energy storage campaign launched

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has launched the energy storage campaign, an initiative which aims to inform decision makers in developing countries and emerging markets on the added value of using storage technologies in off-grid renewable energy solutions and as grid backup for rural electrification. Marcus Wiemann, the organisation’s secretary general explains that batteries […]

R130-million contract for new electric motors

ACTOM Electrical Machines has won a highly sought-after contract from Eskom for the manufacture and supply of medium voltage motors to replace most of the ageing units operating in its coal-fired power plant. The contract, dubbed the “motor upgrade programme”, is worth R130-million and encompasses design, manufacture and supply of a total of 125 motors […]

Intrinsically safe indicating temperature transmitters

To complement the Type n 4/20 mA loop powered indicating temperature transmitter introduced in 2009, Beka has now launched a full range of panel and field mounting intrinsically safe and non certified safe area models. The intrinsically safe transmitters have Atex, FM, cFM and IEC Ex certification permitting installation in all gas and dust areas. […]

Conduits and fittings for the energy generation market

Tank Industries has launched a new range of cable protection products for use in power generation applications. These products are designed to save time during assembly, have an extended life time, with high UV-resistance, and are water and dust tight to IP68 and IP69K standards. They are designed to be used in all power generation […]

Highveld news

It is hard to believe that we are already in the July 2013 issue of Vector! Time flies when you are having fun! On a more serious note, we are fast approaching the end of our financial year. In fact, by the time you read this, we will already be one month into the new […]

William Shakespeare “understood” education, training and development!

If you were to read some of Shakespeare’s plays you could easily get the impression that he knew that the education, training and development (ETD) environment of the future would be turbulent and difficult to cope with. He probably understood that the work of the educationalist is unthankful, and he had a special place in […]

A top-down approach to managing application delivery

by Jim Metzler Ashton, Metzler & Associates On an ever-increasing basis, the primary components of a company’s key business processes (e.g., sales, customer relationship management, quote-to-cash) are automated. If the applications supporting those key business process¬es are unavailable or underperforming, the company’s key business processes are negatively impacted. This typically results in the company losing […]

The real cost of keeping the lights on

Doug Kuni from the Independent Power Producers Association, while addressing the media at the Free Market Foundation’s offices recently, said that Eskom is misleading the public when it says that they are keeping the lights on. Many people tend to believe that as long as the lights are still on that everything’s okay with the […]

The importance of technical innovation

Prof. Saurabh Sinha, director: Carl & Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Dept.: Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng., Univ. of Pretoria; Dr. Gordon Day, past IEEE president and Dr. Waldo Kleynhans, senior researcher at Meraka Institute, CSIR and extraordinary senior lecturer, University of Pretoria. Former president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the […]