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Sparks Electrical News April 2018

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Sparks Electrical News April 2018

Philips Lighting to change name

Our cover story for this month is the news that Philips Lighting is in the process of changing its name to Signify. “The meaning of our new name fits with our rich heritage as Philips Lighting, extending back more than a century,” explains Philips Lighting, Southern African & Ghana Country Leader, Raja Moudgil. The name also ties in with the requirements of a contemporary and international company with a great purpose: to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.

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Plumstead Electrical celebrates 50 years of wholesaling excellence

Published: 12 April 2018

Plumstead Electrical, Cape Town’s leading independent wholesale supplier of premium branded electrical goods, celebrates its 50th birthday in April. The family-run business was founded by Sandy Gold in 1968 with...

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A question to the industry – LED lighting

Published: 12 April 2018

Every issue, Sparks Electrical News will be putting a relevant question to the industry – this month, our focus is lighting. This month’s question: Do you believe that electrical contractors have...

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Installing equipment in hazardous lighting locations

Published: 11 April 2018

What constitutes a hazardous location? In some contexts it could be a badly lit step, however, we consider it an area in which a flammable material, gas or vapour must...

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How do you measure the power consumption of a specific circuit?

Published: 11 April 2018

We are all looking for ways to save money yet our monthly electricity bill never comes to mind. How much energy do we use? What appliance draws the most power?...

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Linear high bays to replace traditional high bays

Published: 10 April 2018

Ellies has designed and manufactured a linear high bay fitting which can replace traditional high bays. With proprietary technology, the products use less power and have an increased lifespan and...

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The world’s first e-screwdriver

Published: 10 April 2018

Just imagine: a screwdriver which allows you to work twice as fast. An electric screw-driving assistant which relieves you of bothersome screw fastening, yet allows you to finish tightening carefully...

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What is dry ice blasting?

Published: 09 April 2018

Dry ice blasting is a safe and effective way to clean machinery and surfaces. By propelling dry ice pellets at high speeds, Dry Ice International provides dry ice blasting that...

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Beka Schréder launches new LED post top

Published: 09 April 2018

Beka Schréder has launched a variety of new and exciting high-quality LED luminaires, which have been designed and manufactured in South Africa. One of them is the new LED post...

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Stylish lighting in a handy strip

Published: 27 March 2018

LED strip lighting is popular for adding decorative style and ambience to lighting projects, both indoors and outdoors. It is versatile and inexpensive whilst quick and easy to fit; and...

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Philips Lighting announces name change to Signify

Published: 27 March 2018

Philips Lighting recently announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The company will continue to use the Philips brand under the existing licensing agreement with...

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Taking the electrical industry into the digital age

Published: 27 March 2018

LEDVANCE wants to define the role of light in the digital age and in people’s connected daily lives and, as such, its promise is reflected in the company name –...

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Cable ties: more than meets the eye

Published: 27 March 2018

You’ll find cable ties in the toolbox of every electrical contractor, and probably also in almost every house in South Africa. They are used in cars, in aeroplanes, and even...

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Vermont Sales Open Trade days break all previous attendance records

Published: 23 March 2018

The 18TH showing of the annual Vermont Sales Open days became their most successful trade event yet, breaking all previous customer attendance records.

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Industrial lighting is becoming more intelligent and efficient

Published: 16 March 2018

Osram product managers, Nicolai Heber and Peter Bach, provide answers to some of the most pertinent current questions in the industrial lighting sector.

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Waco Industries partners with Beha-Amprobe

Published: 12 March 2018

Waco Industries, leading distributor of industrial electrical products and accessories in Southern Africa, is proud to announce its newest partnership with Beha-Amprobe, manufacturer of great quality testing tools for electricians.

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Universal tool for fast and precise dismantling of cables

Published: 12 March 2018

The Knipex ErgoStrip from Garry Lumpe Imports is a Universal Dismantling Tool which allows for fast and precise dismantling and stripping of all common round and damp-proof installation cables (e.g...

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Makita’s continuous innovation meets customer expectation

Published: 12 March 2018

Makita is a well known global brand in over 40 countries and is an innovation leader, providing quality and durable products that are used and trusted by professionals on jobsites...

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Partnerships key as SA tackles world-class Gamsberg zinc project

Published: 12 March 2018

At Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine in the Northern Cape, Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise on its range...

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Charging stations for electric vehicles

Published: 12 March 2018

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has introduced its range of EV Link Residential and Commercial charging stations for electric vehicles to the South African market.

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New BSP41 to easily identify electrical panels

Published: 12 March 2018

Well identified wires, cables and components give you an immediate insight into how an electrical panel works and how it is connected. Electrical panels can now be identified more efficiently...

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Ledvance and Gelsa lighting celebrate joint success

Published: 12 March 2018

Ledvance South Africa recently awarded Gelsa Lighting the top sales in HID lamps for 2017.

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New app to help contractors grow their businesses

Published: 12 March 2018

Buddy Assist is a new smartphone app that connects homeowners and clients with registered professionals. We chatted to founder and CEO Anthony van Rensburg to find out more about how...

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Personality of the Month: Brian Lavery

Published: 05 March 2018

It is not very often that you come across someone who has been in the electrical industry for longer than most of us have been alive. Brian Lavery, founder of...

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Explaining digits, counts, resolution, accuracy and precision

Published: 05 March 2018

When it comes to multimeters and component testers, what is the difference between counts and digits, and what do they represent? “For professional work, products may have all the same...

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Developments in circuit breaker technology over the years

Published: 05 March 2018

by Terry-Mackenzie Hoy I started in engineering when I was 26-years-old and I’m now 62. In this time I have seen many developments in 11 000 V circuit breaker technology and I thought I...

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Drones: There is a catch

Published: 05 March 2018

Dynamic Remotely Operated Navigation Equipment. DRONES. These wonders of technology are systematically entering all facets of industry. When I was an Industrial Engineering student in the mid-90s, a lecturer once...

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Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition): a decade of trade

Published: 28 February 2018

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year from 6-9 April at the Hong Kong...

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Stanley Black & Decker pricecheck goes live

Published: 27 February 2018

Since relaunching in South Africa in 2014, Stanley Black & Decker has grown from strength to strength and is now ready to take on the digital world in a major...

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Two hydropower plants authorised in Morocco

Published: 27 February 2018

In parallel to the Photovoltaica congress of renewable energies in Marrakech, Voltalia has announced that it has obtained permits for two hydropower plants of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in...

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Cape Town is electronics and technology assembly hub for SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa

Published: 27 February 2018

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is the only company to assembly complete drive units and electronic products locally. This not only gives customers a significant advantage in terms of lead times, but...

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Non-payment of contractors continues to prejudice the industry

Published: 27 February 2018

The Master Builders Association North says that the non-payment of contractors remains a key barrier to a healthy construction industry. It is calling on all players within the industry, both...

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Online-Electrical, EM Partnership a 'win-win' for customers

Published: 26 February 2018

Electrical supply company Online-Electrical is a proud distributor of the comprehensive product range of ElectroMechanica (EM), which comprises high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear, and electronic automation products.

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Small but mighty: always on the right track

Published: 26 February 2018

With the IPS 200i, Leuze electronic has introduced the smallest camera-based sensor on the market for compartment fine positioning with high-bay storage devices in single-depth storage. Available from Johannesburg based...

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New distribution agreement with IDEC for extensive portfolio of industrial components

Published: 26 February 2018

RS Components, the global distributor for engineers, has announced a distribution agreement with IDEC EMEA, a leading manufacturer of innovative industrial automation and control products. The recently signed deal between...

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First-of-its-kind waste gas to power plant for Ghana

Published: 26 February 2018

As developing countries embrace innovation that will guarantee faster solutions to energy challenges, GE Power and Marinus Energy have announced a pilot project to capture Isopentane gas and use it...

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Festool have stamped their leadership in the power tool cordless industry

Published: 26 February 2018

Festool, a leading power tool blue chip brand within the Vermont Sales company, is one of the top power tool giants in the world today. Today Festool provides the ideal...

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Contact Sparks Electrical News

Title: Editor
Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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Name: Carin Hannay
Email: carinh@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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