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Sparks Electrical News October 2018

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Sparks Electrical News October 2018In the electrical industry in South Africa, counterfeits are estimated to be a multi-million-rand problem. From circuit breakers that do not trip when they should to batteries without vents for built-up gases to grounding rods with only a fraction of the required copper coating, counterfeit electrical products fail to meet standards and pose risks of injury and even death. Furthermore, contractors may be liable if they install a counterfeit product and, for years, manufacturers have considered contractors to be the men and women on the front lines in the battle against counterfeiters.

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Advances in the CRI ratings of LED

Published: 15 October 2018

CRI can be defined as ‘the unit of measure of the light colour quality’. Devised by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), it is the measure of a light source’s...

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Extolling the virtues of hard work

Published: 15 October 2018

Shaun Singh, Sales Director at JDL Electric, has a rich 23 year history in the electrical industry, with the last 14 at JDL Electric. He is a strong advocate of...

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New professional multifunction multimeter from HellermannTyton

Published: 15 October 2018

Not just a multimeter, the new Jupiter from HellermannTyton, which became available at the beginning of October, is the only multimeter capable of testing electrical installation safety.

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Continuing the war on counterfeits

Published: 15 October 2018

In the electrical industry in South Africa, counterfeits are estimated to be a multi-million-rand problem. From circuit breakers that do not trip when they should to batteries without vents for...

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Voltex at Electra Mining

Published: 26 September 2018

The Electra Mining Africa Exhibition, now in its 46th year, took place from 10 – 14 September at Nasrec Expo Centre and proved once again to be an important and...

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Schneider Electric introduces Easy UPS 3S to Africa

Published: 26 September 2018

Schneider Electric South Africa has announced the launch of its Easy UPS 3S in Africa. Making business continuity easy for small and medium businesses, Easy UPS 3S is a 10-to-40...

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Self-adjusting crimping pliers for end sleeves

Published: 26 September 2018

Knipex Twistor16 crimping pliers for end sleeves (ferrules) offer the user two major advantages: automatic adjustment to the end sleeves used, which makes work easier for the professional, and reliable...

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Keeping hospitals safe from lightning and surges

Published: 26 September 2018

From the skills and training of medical staff members to the sensitive equipment and sterile measures that are used on patients, hospitals are synonymous with efforts to save lives and...

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LED floodlight solution for rugby field

Published: 26 September 2018

The Danie Craven Rugby C-Field at the University of Stellenbosch is used for Training purposes, and this project is the first LED installation on a campus of this size. The...

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Countrywide roadshows for Crabtree relaunch  

Published: 14 September 2018

Siemens recently concluded the purchase of Crabtree Electrical Accessories in South Africa – and its associated Lesotho business – from Powertech Industries (Proprietary) Limited, a division of Allied Electronics Corporation...

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Is South Africa ready for AI?

Published: 14 September 2018

More and more people are living in smart, connected homes. Devices such as Amazon’s Alexa to control lights, Google’s Nest to learn and anticipate heating preferences, and smart meters to give...

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From earth rod to light fitting and everything in between

Published: 14 September 2018

Coming from a modest 250 m2 premises in 1980, JDL Electric is upsizing to a massive, newly-built 6 500 m2 premises in November 2018 – thanks to the ongoing support...

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Signify positive about lighting in Africa

Published: 14 September 2018

Tamer Abol Ghar, Vice President – CEO Lighting Africa at Signify, is a bilingual executive with an impressive track record, offering more than 16 years of multinational management experience in...

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Exclusive interview: Richard Evert from ELPA

Published: 14 September 2018

Sparks Electrical News asked Richard Evert, national director of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), for his take on challenges currently facing the earthing and lightning industry.

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New, smart label printer with excellent performance

Published: 03 September 2018

Brady Corporation's new BradyPrinter i5100 Industrial Label Printer is smart and easy to use, offers excellent performance and prints more than 1200 standard identification labels plus user specific, tailored custom...

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Siemens at Electra Mining 2018

Published: 03 September 2018

At this year’s Electra Mining, Siemens will demonstrate how the company can support its customers to accelerate the digital transformation, for shorter time-to-market, greater flexibility, highest quality, and maximum efficiency. 

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Many positives to take from inaugural iSA Lighting Trend Show

Published: 03 September 2018

In August this year, the inaugural iSA Lighting Trend Show gathered the best Chinese lighting manufacturers to showcase their wares and network with the South African lighting industry.

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Personality of the month: Piet Mokgotho

Published: 31 August 2018

Piet Mokgotho, Technical Director at Pretoria-based Antley Lighting, boasts 25 years in the lighting industry and a CV which includes working on the lighting at the iconic Constitutional Court. He...

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Three potential health problems electricians face

Published: 31 August 2018

You wouldn’t bring dull, broken, tools to a job, would you? Then why are electrical contractors inclined to ignore a sore back? So many electricians take a beating from the...

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What to expect at Electra Mining this year

Published: 31 August 2018

Sparks Electrical News approached customers to find out what they have in store for this year's exhibition. This is what to look out for:

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Replaceable lamps in downlights and spots

Published: 20 August 2018

LED lighting has become the only way that luminaires emit light; the old technology is obsolete. When LED lighting was first introduced into the market, the LED chip was integrated...

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How do solar distribution boards differ from regular DBs?

Published: 20 August 2018

Solar distribution boards, sometimes called combiner boards, form an integral part of a solar supply system. The workings of solar distribution boards, and the differences between them and regular distribution...

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Flush-mounting distribution cabinets

Published: 20 August 2018

Legrand’s comprehensive range of modular electrical equipment and wiring accessories encompasses flush-mounting distribution cabinets, which ensure optimum efficiency, enhanced aesthetics and absolute safety in living areas and in workplaces.

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Lockout circuit breakers for safer machine interventions

Published: 20 August 2018

Circuit breakers are easily switched on and off which can cause problems for professionals carrying out an intervention. Shocks and extreme injury can be the results of prematurely reactivating a...

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Decorative LED street lighting solution for Richmond Park

Published: 20 August 2018

Richmond Park in Cape Town is a world-class, mixed-use property development integrating retail, light industrial and office space in a secure, landscaped precinct. BEKA Schréder supplied the decorative street lighting...

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Replaceable lamps in downlights and spots

Published: 16 August 2018

LED lighting has become the only way that luminaires emit light; the old technology is obsolete.

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Poor installations put solar projects at risk

Published: 03 August 2018

Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses. This is...

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Bringing a taste of the corporate world to the electrical industry

Published: 03 August 2018

Howard Earley, the new CEO of Major Tech, is a proactive professional executive with in excess of 20 years’ experience in all aspects of financial, general and operational management in...

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What homeowners need to know about electricity

Published: 03 August 2018

Homeowners are at risk of having their insurance claims rejected if it is found that they are not in possession of a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for their...

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Standard Bank continues to drive diversification of South Africa’s energy supply

Published: 23 July 2018

Standard Bank is the mandated lead arranger, underwriter and hedge provider of seven of the total 27 projects which have signed power purchase agreements with Eskom as part of South...

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Magnet appointed as distributors for Hensel range of electrical installation and power distribution systems

Published: 23 July 2018

Magnet has recently been appointed as distributors throughout Southern Africa, for the Hensel range of electrical installation and power distribution systems for facility equipment of buildings.

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iSA Star Lighting Trend Show to highlight benefits of LEDs

Published: 23 July 2018

iSA Lighting Trend Show will be gathering the best Chinese lighting manufacturers to showcase their wares and network with the South African lighting industry this August. Taking place at the...

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Electra Mining Africa: more than just a show

Published: 23 July 2018

More a tradition than a show, for 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been delivering an effective platform to showcase the latest innovations, technologies and trends in mining and related...

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Remote, simultaneous, recordable wireless test tool system 

Published: 23 July 2018

The Fluke CNX from Comtest is a customisable, troubleshooting tool set of wireless test tools that work together, recording live measurements remotely and simultaneously on a single screen. CNX Modules measure...

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Modern push buttons and signaling devices up to IP69K

Published: 02 July 2018

With Sirius Act Push Buttons and Indicator Lights from Siemens, users can choose from four different design lines to suit particular tastes and requirements, including plastic, plastic with metal front...

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SAFEhouse maintains its commitment to the industry

Published: 02 July 2018

Despite founder Pierre Northard’s recent retirement, SAFEhouse, an association of organisations within the South African electrical industry, will continue to focus on long-term growth and a stronger working relationship with...

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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
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