Background: SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and Site Tour

June 23rd, 2018, Published in Uncategorised articles

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You are cordially invited to attend a one-day SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and Site Tour for 150 delegates, hosted by SABS in association with EE Publishers.

Click here to register online to attend the SABS Workshop and Site Tour

Click here to download the invitation letter from the SABS
Click here to download the brochure and manual registration form

Background, goals and outcomes planned

The electro-technical sector is an important stakeholder for SABS and its Testing, Conformity Assessment and Mark Scheme divisions.

Testing services to the industry are provided at the SABS Groenkloof campus, and at the National Electrical Test Facility, SABS NETFA, in Olifantsfontein.

Testing capability gaps related to testing infrastructure have created an inability to service the electro-technical sector as comprehensively as is desired.

In the approved 2018/19 SABS corporate plan, proposals for testing infrastructure investment and renewal have been made, with a particular focus on upgrading of infrastructure at SABS NETFA to service the heavy-current and high-voltage industry, by closing the testing capability gaps.

With advances in manufacturing technologies utilised in the electro-technical sector, the infrastructure for testing requires upgrading to be able to meet the requirements of industry.

There is a need for greater collaboration and engagement between electro-technical regulators, electricity utilities, municipal electricity distributors, domestic, commercial, industrial and mining end-users, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, installers, engineers, technologists and technicians and contractors, regarding testing and conformity assessment.

In engaging the electro-technical sector and industry, SABS intends achieving the following objectives:

  • Listen to and take cognisance of the needs of the electro-technical sector and industry.
  • Understand the SABS testing gaps experienced in servicing the electro-technical sector and the SABS Mark Scheme.
  • Identify accredited testing infrastructure available in the country that can be utilised in partnership with the electro-technical sector by SABS in servicing their needs and those of the Mark Scheme.
  • Develop SABS/industry partnerships to enable testing to be conducted in support of the electro-technical sector and industry development.

In doing the above, the following outcomes are also sought to action:

  • Infrastructure upgrade priorities
  • Testing protocols and scope for 1st party, 2nd party and 3rd party testing
  • SABS testing against existing and new regulations and compulsory specifications by the NRCS
  • Terms of reference for the establishment of the SABS Electro-Technical Industry Advisory Forum

The SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and Site Tour will take the form of:

  • Welcome and opening address on the objectives and desired outcomes of the workshop by SABS CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu.
  • A keynote presentation by internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, former director of the CSIR National Electrical Engineering Research Institute, NEERI, who was involved in the establishment of the high-voltage test facilities at NETFA in the 1980s, and is now based in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • A number of interactive presentations by key SABS Commercial, Testing, Conformity Assessment and Mark Scheme executives.
  • Open discussion and engagement to listen to and take cognisance of the needs and concerns of the electro-technical sector and industry.
  • A site tour to view the SABS NETFA test facilities.

Click here to register online to attend the SABS Workshop and Site Tour

Click here to download the invitation letter from the SABS
Click here to download the brochure and manual registration form

The overall objective of this workshop is to establish an ongoing collaboration engagement platform between SABS and the electro-technical sector in the testing of electrical products in support of the needs of industry, the electro-technical sector and the SABS Mark Scheme.

It is hoped that the workshop will also provide insights into the availability of testing infrastructure within the industry that could utilised by SABS Commercial to deliver electro-technical testing and conformity assessment services in support of the electro-technical sector, industry and the wider  South African economy.