Creating high performance buildings

Artur Socha, Buildings Division product manager at Schneider Electric South Africa, says that buildings are no longer simply there to house employees and run businesses. Energy efficiency has become part of the overall business strategy, resulting in executives having to look beyond their core business, identifying how the building functions and operates and how space […]

Monitoring surge arresters remotely

Dehn’s condition monitoring system allows SPDs to be monitored remotely without going to site, saving valuable time and money. The compact DRC MCM XT DIN rail-mounted device is designed for condition monitoring of up to ten pre-programmed Blitzductor XT arresters (40 signal lines) with an integrated LifeCheck monitoring circuit. Integrated into the SPD modules, LifeCheck […]

Largest PV in the agricultural sector

SolarWorld Africa together with EPC partner African Technical Innovations, has commenced supply and installation of Southern Africa’s largest agricultural rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system for Ceres Fruit Growers. The 4060 polycrystalline panels are being installed on four north-facing roofs of the customer’s coldrooms. The system will supply the refrigeration compressor rooms during the peak season. The […]

Rent, don’t buy industrial plant

The ability to concentrate on core business functions and eliminate unnecessary overheads is a leading factor in future sustainability. Rand-Air’s Industrial Plant Rental (IPR) programme offers an alternative to tying up business funds in capital equipment. Byrone Thorne, the company’s marketing manager, says that IPR was introduced nine years ago with only nine compressors, and […]

Motor supply contract renewed

Sasol has contracted Zest Electric Motors, part of the Zest WEG Group, for the supply of low voltage electric motors. Gary Daines, the company’s director for sales and marketing, said that the contract covers Sasol’s sites in Sasolburg and Secunda, as well as Sasol Mining and includes products developed to meet the specific needs of […]

China’s smart grid commitment

China’s focus on national smart grid development will drive massive revenue growth in the power transmission and distribution supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems market in the coming years, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report predicts the Chinese SCADA market to soar in value in the coming years, from $3-billion […]

Radio signal connection via Modbus RTU

I/O signals from Phoenix Contact’s Radioline systems can now be connected directly to control units via the Modbus RTU protocol. For this, the radio master wirelessly collects I/O signals from up to 250 radio stations and maps these to a centrally located Modbus register. This means that the entire radio network can be addressed via […]

China drives boiler, turbine and generator market

China’s reliance on thermal energy will become the key driver in the global boiler, turbine and generator (BTG) market in the near future, expects research and consulting firm Global Data. According to the company’s latest report, BTG market revenue in China will increase steadily from an expected total of US$20,9-billion in 2013 to $30,1-billion in […]

Versatile submersible accelerometer

  Measurement Specialties is now in full production of its Model 8042-01 submersible IEPE accelerometer certified for >100 m depth. This sensor is available in ±10, ±80 and ±500 g dynamic ranges with an operating temperature range of -20 to +80°C, non-linearity of ±1% and shock protection to 5000 g. The unit features a welded titanium […]

Protection and control for AC motors

NewElec’s MA Series can be used as either a stand-alone electronic motor protection relay or as part of an automated process communicating to a PLC. This motor control relay is equipped with five digital inputs accepting field supply voltages from 24 to 220 V AC or DC and four potentially free C/O contacts, two of […]

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