Electricity + Control

ACTOM Protection & Control (P&C), a division of ACTOM, has greatly extended its protection and automation product offerings for the local electricity distribution sector by bringing on board two reputable international companies as additional technology principals.

Protection and automation principalsACTOM Protection & Control personnel with an automation panel demonstrating Arcteq and NovaTech integration: Joe Steyn (Technical Specialist), Elizabeth Senatle (Product Manager, Protection Products & Systems), Andrew Perkin (Senior Design Engineer) and Herman Maré (Technical Specialist, Automation).

The newcomers are Arcteq of Finland, which produces and supplies protection equipment, and NovaTech located in the United States, which specialises in automation equipment. P&C signed an exclusive local distributorship agreement with Arcteq at the end of 2015 and with NovaTech early last year.

The business unit retains its longstanding partnerships with its existing protection and automation principals for the transmission and distribution markets.

“P&C is known for the level of service and support we provide in the market for all the products that we distribute. We are proud of our ability to understand the complex requirements of our market and ensure that our OEM partners appreciate them and work towards a satisfied customer,” said Marius van Rensburg, P&C’s Sales Manager.

“In the protection market the OEM often relies on strong local support to grow its offering. ACTOM P&C has been evaluated by both of our new partners, who are convinced of our capabilities in this regard.”

Faisal Hoosen, P&C’s General Manager, said: “The new distributor arrangement enables us to provide a bigger choice of products to the local substation automation market. Both companies’ products are innovative and state-of-the-art and the compatibility between their respective offerings is already proven. P&C, Arcteq and Novatech are already geared to providing ongoing service and support to the market.”

Referring to the technology agreement with Arcteq, he commented: “We are very excited about our collaboration with Arcteq. Its in-house engineering capabilities as well as its close collaboration with First World universities has resulted in a product offering addressing the challenges of the modern electricity network.

"We are pleased to be able to respond to end-user demand for a modern reliable protection platform which is flexible, user-friendly and forgoes legacy programming interfaces in favour of current future proof interface methods. Our clear advantage is that we are supported by a dynamic and highly experienced partner whose team has many years of experience in this market and is willing to further enhance its solutions to suit our customer requirements," Hoosen stated.

P&C is partnered by arc protection specialists Arc Protection Technologies in bringing Arcteq relays to the attention of the local market, as well as offering a range of additional services. “Arc Protection Technologies is headed by Rodney Bristow, who is well known in the local market as a foremost authority in arc protection. They will be able to offer Arcteq relays directly to the market and will through ACTOM provide customers with additional services such as engineering, design and commissioning of protection systems,” Hoosen added.

Enquiries: Faisal Hoosen. Tel. +27 (0) 11 820 5319 or email faisal.hoosen@actom.co.za

 
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