3D printing: fast becoming a technology of note

  3D printing will reach a tipping point over the next three years as the market for relatively low-cost 3D printing devices continues to grow rapidly and industrial use expands significantly. New industrial, biomedical and consumer applications will continue to demonstrate that 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through […]

Draft “drone” regulations under discussion at CARCom

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) tabled the draft regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) before the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom) on 3 September 2014, and further discussions will take place during September. At a UAS regulations making workshop held on 14 and 15 August 2014, the SACAA’s General Manager for Aircraft […]

LED: what the end-user should know

  It is expected that LED lighting will account for more than half the global lighting market by 2017, making it essential for the end-user to better understand this technology. Although the cost of LED products is currently higher than regular lighting systems, the demand for LED technology is growing exponentially, which will inevitably result […]

Pointing a laser at aircraft may be fun but it is dangerous

  Pointing a laser beam into the sky is a dangerous game. It could hit the cockpit screen of an aircraft and cause flash blindness. That is exactly what happened to flight SA419 on Sunday night of 31 August 2014 when the cockpit crew were blinded by a laser beam. The pilot was preparing to […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

Video: UJ’s Ilanga II solar race car launched

  The University of Johannesburg’s Solar Team launched its Ilanga II solar race car on 5 August in anticipation of the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge. The eight-day challenge (27 September to 4 October 2014), starts in Johannesburg, passes through Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town. South African universities and other local solar teams will compete […]

Advanced power management

  With integrated advanced power management control systems, companies can design and implement highly available backup power infrastructures for maximised uptime, reduced costs, and improved performance and efficiency, all of which drive the bottom line as well as customer satisfaction. This article will explore the merits of integrating power synchronisation and measurement into the backup […]

The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry

  Approved Electrical Inspection Authority (AIA) Nico van den Berg discusses issues such as copper theft; the need for a scrap metal dealers act; electric fence installation and a forum where contractors can share their knowledge. While working as an assessor and moderator, Nico van den Berg of Centurion-based Independent Electrical Inspection Services founded the […]