Keeping your processes running at optimal levels

  The use of portable instruments is very time-consuming and labour-intensive in plant such as expansive production facilities, high-rise buildings and shipboard systems which comprise hard-to-reach electrical or mechanical equipment. In addition, such inspections can never be more than random spot checks and will only permit the detection of trends. Near-absolute safety can only be […]

The growing trend of energy efficiency

  Specialist drive engineering company SEW Eurodrive recently introduced the mechatronic Movigear and DRC motors to provide an accurate and precise process solution. The company hosted several informative presentations on the latest technological developments in the food and beverage industry, with particular focus on the growing trend of energy efficiency within industry. SEW Eurodrive field […]

Confusion reigns: IEC 60439 or IEC 61439?

  South Africa adopted IEC 61439 Low voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies in SANS 61439, but has still not incorporated these documents into the Wiring Code. Consultants and end-users are increasingly requesting compliance to this standard, which leads to confusion in the local market. The first issue pertains to the strict rules surrounding device substitution […]

Slimline Compact – new plug top, socket and adaptor design by Crabtree

Information from Aberdare Slimline Compact from Crabtree Electrical Accessories is a new, slim three-pin plug top which provides an alternative to the conventional, large and bulky design used in South Africa in the past. The new plug top is offered with a complementary range of multiplugs and adaptors which negate having to replace existing wall […]

History of Powermite, one-stop supplier of electrical crane materials, flexible cables

  Information from Powermite Established in the late 1960s to serve the South African mechanical handling market, Powermite has become a one-stop supplier in the field of electrical crane materials and flexible cables. From an initial staff complement of only four people and premises rented from a West Rand mining house, the company moved to […]

Elsteel tops product certification and ease of use

  Information from ATI Systems The Elsteel Techno Module motor control and power distribution system is a patented, fully modular product which can be built in 200 mm increments in all directions, precisely to clients’ design preference, without any limitations. Great confusion exists about which panel board and switchgear to use to comply with the […]

Best-in-class solar, battery backup for residential, commercial off-grid markets

Information from Schneider Electric SA 2014 is set to become an energy saving year for South Africans with Schneider Electric Solar Business, which is making available its complete range of products for residential, small commercial and off-grid solar and backup power. According to Laurent Bataille, senior vice president of the Solar Business of Schneider Electric, […]