Electricity + Control

Rosatom recently participated in the Power-Gen Africa, where it exhibited and presented its latest nuclear and renewable technologies. The conference gathered more than 3 000 attendees from the local and international power sector.

The subtropical climate of the greater Johannesburg area brings with it regular rain showers during the summer and this, in combination with its high elevation above sea level, makes the city particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.

Eskom is embarking on a month-long countrywide campaign, the National Electricity Safety Month, in an effort to reduce electricity-related injuries and deaths across the country.

ABB has entrenched its commitment in Southern Africa by opening a new 2 200 m² facility in Windhoek, Namibia, which increases the company’s capacity to supply, maintain and service products to the local market and neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Angola. This expanded facility will also start servicing the market needs for medium voltage products, low and high voltage switchgear, and is soon to introduce distribution transformers into the local market.

Turck, locally supplied by RET Automation, has released its TBEN-PLC Codesys 3 compact IP67 PLC for controlling small or modular machines. Thanks to its robust housing and high degree of environmental protection, the TBEN-PLC can operate directly on-machine, enabling the implementation of machine control without the need for a control cabinet. Using machine automation concepts and the use of pre-assembled cord sets reduce the cabling effort and simplify installation.

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Stone Age implements were passed between generations. Then the abacus and the Singer sewing machine were passed between generations so cost per operation approached zero. Today you can still see some 50 year old transistor radios in use. The almost ‘perpetual’ product is nothing new though of course, nothing strictly lasts forever.

 
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