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Sparks Electrical News May 2019

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Sparks Electrical News May 2019 coverThe rumblings of discontent surrounding the role of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in the electrical industry continue to grow. Established on 1 September 2008, under the auspices of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act (NRCS Act), Act 5 of 2008, the industry body emerged as an independent organisation from the original Regulatory Division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The mandate of the NRCS is to regulate the adherence to compulsory specifications and technical regulations in South Africa. This regulatory function addresses flaws in the market system whereby businesses may produce, import or sell products or services that may harm the consumer and/or the environment or may fall short of what is promised in terms of quantity or safety.

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Opple 'See Beyond' – 2019 South Africa international lighting seminar

Published: 10 May 2019

Opple Lighting, the leading integrated lighting manufacturer, held a successful LED lighting seminar at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 16, featuring its smart lifestyle concept as well...

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A desire never to compromise on quality

Published: 10 May 2019

TACS Laboratories is a SANAS accredited test laboratory which offers conformance testing on electrical products and materials. They use top quality testing equipment and instruments with the latest technologies to...

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Using technology to get more electrical work

Published: 10 May 2019

How often do you hear from a fellow electrical contractor at the counter of your electrical supplier? “I don’t have to advertise, I’m busier than ever.” If you do, this...

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Five reasons electricians and HVAC technicians need professional grade laser levels

Published: 10 May 2019

Whether you’re laying out a new commercial electrical or HVAC system or retrofitting an existing setup, the process can be long and tedious. By adding laser levels to your tool...

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An ideal lighting solution for landscape and parking areas

Published: 26 April 2019

The Argo LED luminaire from Regent Lighting Solutions (RLS) is made from high quality materials that are corrosion resistant in extreme conditions, and housed in a light weight body that has been...

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Uninterrupted power supply helps protect homes and businesses during load shedding

Published: 26 April 2019

Load shedding is a daily reality in South Africa, and is not only affecting businesses and essential services, but all of us in our homes. Riaan de Leeuw, VP for...

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Bringing light to Africa

Published: 26 April 2019

Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa – about two-thirds of the population – live without grid electricity. This lack of modern energy services severely limits educational and economic...

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A perfect solution for automating existing buildings – KNX RF

Published: 26 April 2019

KNX installations have traditionally run on the classic green 2Pair cable. The support for this physical medium ensured that it has remained dominant for over 25 years. Most integrators base...

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Incoming DEHN Africa MD prepares to push new frontiers in lightning protection

Published: 26 April 2019

The appointment of Hano Oelofse in October 2018 as the Managing Director of lightning and surge protection specialist DEHN Africa, part of Germany-based DEHN + SÖHNE, is bound to move...

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Factors that influence cable protection

Published: 26 April 2019

By Morgan Havire, AMNS Consulting Engineers The system of cables used for the transmission of electricity are typically outdoor and are subjected to the harsh environmental factors which means that they...

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CPD Training: Field Calibration: Workshop troubleshooting and field calibration of process instruments

Published: 23 April 2019

By the end of this 1-day session, a participant will understand the most important basic principles of troubleshooting and calibrating analogue and HART process instruments and transmitters in the field...

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CPD Training: Thermal

Published: 23 April 2019

By the end of this 2-days introduction training a participant will understand the complete thermography workflow, which includes most important basic principles of Infrared measurements, efficient use of thermal camera...

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CPD Training: Power Quality: Training Measure & Analyze PQ Problems

Published: 23 April 2019

An important step in the problem-solving process is taking measurements and identifying problems from the results so that the appropriate counter measures can be taken. With theory, hands-on exercises and...

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The consequences of homeowners using unregistered electrical contractors

Published: 11 April 2019

All electrical contractors are required by law to be registered with Department of Labour and ensure that all electrical work is performed in accordance with legislative requirements and any applicable...

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The game changer has arrived

Published: 11 April 2019

GU10 lamps were first introduced into the South African market around 2002 as a replacement for the GU5.3 low voltage lamp. The beauty of the GU10 lamps was that they...

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Processmeter doubles troubleshooting power and lightens the load

Published: 11 April 2019

The Fluke 787B and 789 ProcessMeter™ from Comtest doubles troubleshooting capabilities by combining the power of a safety-rated, digital multimeter and mA loop calibrator into a single, compact test tool...

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A portal to an efficient prepaid dimension

Published: 11 April 2019

Landlords, managing agents, developers and body corporates face numerous management challenges on a daily and monthly basis. Prepaid electricity simplifies one of the most common, and often complex, of these...

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High performance socket-outlets and plugs

Published: 11 April 2019

GEWISS’s IEC 309 High Performance range, available from ACDC Dynamics, is a high-end range of industrial connections delivering performance, functionality and technical features. The range boasts a fully comprehensive assortment...

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Survival tips for load shedding

Published: 04 April 2019

The recent implementation of load shedding came without warning, leaving many businesses scrambling to continue operations. In addition, the uncertainty around the load shedding period has left businesses and individuals...

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Personality of the month – Andrew Pratley

Published: 28 March 2019

Pratley, a truly South African success story, was established in 1948 by George Pratley. Drawing from 70 plus years of experience, the company has filed over 350 patents worldwide and is...

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What does Industry 4.0 mean for African manufacturers?

Published: 28 March 2019

Known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, the term Industry 4.0 is an embodiment of innovative technologies that are spearheading the computerisation of manufacturing. This revolutionary digitisation has already taken European...

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Eurolux acquires Radiant Lighting

Published: 28 March 2019

Eurolux (Pty) Ltd is proud to officially announce its recent acquisition of Radiant Lighting (Pty) Ltd. The merger came into effect on 1 January 2019 and sees the two brands...

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Embracing innovation and technologies to meet growing energy demand

Published: 28 March 2019

Electricity service providers globally are experiencing rapid change driven by disruptive technologies that are transforming traditional energy market structures. Distributed energy resources like wind, solar, and battery storage, supported by...

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How battery storage is changing the renewable energy game

Published: 28 March 2019

The mass adoption and implementation of solar energy in South African homes and businesses has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. But, going completely ‘off grid’ has so...

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Heavy-duty true-RMS multimeter

Published: 14 March 2019

The MT1005 from Major Tech is a heavy-duty True-RMS industrial digital multimeter for measuring ac/dc voltage and current, resistance, capacitance, frequency (electrical and electronic), duty cycles, diode testing, continuity and...

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Programmable time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments

Published: 14 March 2019

Legrand’s Alpharex and MicroRex time switches are designed for easy programming and ensure high-clock precision in industrial commercial and domestic environments. The devices, with advanced time switch technology, are used...

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KNX and smart grids: how KNX RF is being used to empower the consumer

Published: 14 March 2019

As South Africa comes to terms with yet another price increase for electricity, other countries are implementing smart grid technology. There has been a lot of talk about smart grids...

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Legislative amendments for water heating systems  

Published: 14 March 2019

Amidst the never-ending Eskom debacle of spiralling tariffs, load shedding and tales of corruption, our Legislature has seen fit to bestow on us more onerous legal requirements relating to geysers...

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Spazio Lighting’s new Durban showroom

Published: 01 March 2019

Spazio Lighting prides itself on giving customers the best products, quality, service and experience. One of the services it strives to offer distributors and consumers is to make showrooms available...

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Can you dim 100 x 5 W LEDs with a 500 W dimmer?

Published: 01 March 2019

Although LED lighting technology provides numerous advantages for the end user, for the installer or specifier, this new technology often creates headaches when it comes to practical implementation.

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A passion for lighting and its role in the built environment

Published: 01 March 2019

Randal Wahl, Managing Director at Regent Lighting Solutions (RLS) has overseen the growth of the company from one with a desire to develop lighting for domestic homes in the early...

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Industry 4.0 to transform SA’s workforce

Published: 28 February 2019

Industry 4.0 – smart new automation tools and technologies – is rapidly changing the face of manufacturing and industry around the world. Without a concerted effort to change industry processes...

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Rugged tools give reliable results on construction sites

Published: 28 February 2019

Construction sites are harsh environments for instruments that need to give accurate results time after time, even if they have been dropped, kicked or stepped on. Fluke construction instruments, which...

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Talking electricity with Andrew Luke Dapshis: automatic change over panels and outdated electrical systems

Published: 15 February 2019

Due to the current load shedding and Eskom’s endless problems, a lot of people have turned to generator and automatic change over panels to handle a quick and seemingly easy...

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High quality and long lasting protection

Published: 15 February 2019

ONESTO is a Sino-European joint venture company that boasts fully automated production and testing systems. All ONESTO products are manufactured in accordance with international standards and the company is internationally...

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New high-power modular LED floodlight

Published: 15 February 2019

BEKA Schréder recently announced the launch of its new modular LED floodlight, the OMNIblast-E, which offers an unrivalled combination of performance and flexibility.

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Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
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