Articles: Vector

Cable ties for use in hazardous areas

Legrand’s extensive range of electrical products and systems for the industrial sector encompasses control and signalling devices, cable marking systems, terminal blocks, enclosures and industrial sockets, as well as transformers and power supplies. An important component in Legrand’s industrial product range are Colson cable ties, designed for use in areas where there is exposure to […]

Apprenticeship programme launched

January 2012 saw the introduction of the Apprenticeship Programme at AC/DC Dynamics in Edenvale, Gauteng. Pictured are the 22 apprentices with apprentice manager Brian Pillay, receiving their tool kits. Included in the curriculum are electrician, electronics mechanician and armature winding courses. Contact Roger Burrows, AC/DC Dynamics, Tel 010 202-3300,

Enterprise development programme

Khanyaled’s enterprise development programme is focused on entrepreneurship and enterprise development as means of poverty alleviation. The company presents training programmes aimed at taking individuals from “Goodness-to-greatness”. The lessons are designed for anyone wishing to start or grow their own business and aim to develop an understanding of how to build a business instead of […]

LED lamp and dimmer combo

In retrofit applications where existing downlighters (230 V or 12 V) are replaced with LEDs, the most common problem with dimming is that the transformers will probably be under-loaded. Most retrofit LEDs are 3 to 8 W, and most electronic transformers have a minimum load of 20 W, so to dim them you may need […]

Renewable energy solar solutions

The South African renewable energy sector featured prominently in the Copenhagen Global think-tank held during December 2009 at CoP15. One of the issues under discussion was the ever-rising demand for electricity that could potential hamper Foreign Direct Investment into South Africa. One of the direct effects of increased electricity costs is a negative impact on […]

Watt is a lumen?

Information from Brightgreen It is a common belief that brightness is measured in watt and that the higher the wattage the brighter the light will be. Turning on the lights is about to become more interesting with the environmental impact of energy waste in the lighting industry under the spotlight. Countries all over the world […]

Heat pump for chicken processing plant

The installation of an ammonia heat pump – the first of its kind in South Africa – has significantly improved the efficiency of the hot water system at Rainbow Chicken processing plant and has, as a result, reduced steam consumption. Magnet’s project encompassed a new system to harness the waste heat generated by ammonia compressors […]

Omron 121/02CM:Inverter drives for machine applications

The latest MX2 inverter drives from Omron, which have been developed specifically to provide a comprehensive and cost-effectives solution for machines, incorporate powerful and versatile logic functions as standard and at no extra cost. These functions, which are programmed via an intuitive flowchart-style interface, support up to 1000 lines of code with five tasks running […]

Mechatronic innovation competition

Festo South Africa, in partnership with SEW Eurodrive, annually offers engineering students across the country the chance to gain business and engineering experience beyond the lecture room with its Pneudrive Challenge. The challenge, a mechatronic innovation competition, is open to all third and fourth year mechanical, electronic, and mechatronic engineering students at universities in South […]

LED-based solar lighting solutions

Many solar luminaires are offered from afar to South African clients interested in professional solar solutions. Beka understands the particular conditions of this continent to provide long-lasting, reliable solutions, since it combines its latest-technology, energy-efficient LED luminaire with a trusted solar engine as an off-grid solution. The company’s stand-alone solar street lighting solution, the Beka […]