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Sparks Electrical News March 2019

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Sparks Electrical News March 2019Industry 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 and infrastructure, and upskill the workforce, South Africa risks falling behind the world in its efforts to become a player in the global manufacturing market. How- ever, new industry initiatives are emerging to address the skills short- fall and help propel South Africa into a smarter era of manufacturing.

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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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Comtest's Temperature Calibration Seminar

Published: 07 February 2019

Presented by John Wilson, this seminar is free of charge.

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The secrets behind a 30 year career in the South African lighting industry

Published: 29 January 2019

Francesco Abbate, Managing Director of Spazio Lighting is a man who does not rest on his laurels. Despite founding and running one of the leading lighting companies in South Africa...

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New HellermannTyton management team announced

Published: 29 January 2019

With the impending retirement of outgoing HellermannTyton South Africa Managing Director, Rod Dewing, changes have been made to ensure that the company continues to prosper. Claude Middleton has been announced...

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Launch of new watertight LED range 

Published: 29 January 2019

The new Smart [3] devices, a watertight LED luminaires range subdivided in three versions: Smart [3], Smart [3] S e Smart [3] C, are a GEWISS patent which were designed...

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DB maintenance: the silent destroyer

Published: 29 January 2019

On route to delivering DB boards, vital components and connections might vibrate loose due to the vibration of the truck and road conditions. Although care should be taken at the...

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New slimline sockets offer versatility while meeting regulations

Published: 29 January 2019

Crabtree Electrical has recently introduced a new combination socket to the market. Locally designed and manufactured, the socket boasts a variety of benefits for installers as well as end users.

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Africa’s increasing demand for energy

Published: 29 January 2019

Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders within the continent. Key factors contributing to...

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From a car boot to one of the top electrical wholesalers 

Published: 18 January 2019

Pretoria-based Zap Wholesalers was born from an idea and cultivated into a reality way beyond the expectations of founder Zunaid Adam. From a car boot to having its own warehouses...

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Three emerging lighting technology trends you can expect to see in 2019

Published: 18 January 2019

In 2019, look for the refinement and growth of new lighting technologies launched in 2018. Here are three emerging lighting technology trends that we can expect to see more of...

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Make light work of cable tie tensioning with TLC technology

Published: 18 January 2019

The EVO family of cable tie tensioning tools are ergonomically designed to perfectly combine convenience with function, especially the EVO9. At the heart of the EVO9 is innovative, patent-pending Tension-Lock-Cut...

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The need for reliable and consistent lightning risk measurement

Published: 18 January 2019

A discussion with ELPA on the state of the lightning industry The goal of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) is to bring the lightning protection industry together to deliver...

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ElectroBase recognises top suppliers

Published: 14 January 2019

ElectroBase, the largest group of independent electrical wholesalers in Southern Africa, who are represented by 42 members with over 90 branches in the principal towns, in all the provinces, as...

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A complete green energy solution for electrical contractors

Published: 06 December 2018

The Voltex Group strives to be at the forefront of technology developments and to harness its breadth of expertise to deliver the latest affordable, accessible and sustainable electrical innovations to...

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Proposed lighting regulations raise concerns

Published: 06 December 2018

Members of the lighting industry recently gathered for an information session in Pretoria held jointly by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), the Department of Energy (DoE) and the United...

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Essential tools for the modern electrician

Published: 06 December 2018

In two recently published profiles of electrical contractors in Sparks Electrical News, both electricians said the one tool they could not live without, was a multimeter. Digital multimeters are designed...

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Personality of the month: Kruben Bennie, Siemens

Published: 03 December 2018

Kruben Bennie, Head of Business Unit – Low Voltage Control Products at Siemens, is passionate about many things, including empowering South Africa’s youth and the possibilities digitalization can offer the...

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LED panel lights with flicker free nondimmable driver

Published: 22 November 2018

The range of high quality LED panel lights from VETi is highly efficient and supplied with a low voltage, EMC-approved, constant current,  flicker-free driver which is safe, saves energy, enables...

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Efficient and reliable motor protection

Published: 22 November 2018

Electronic Motor Protection relays are designed for motor applications where efficiency and reliability are essential. From simple or basic protection to advanced motor protection applications, they use dedicated functions and...

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Installation testing that protects appliances, wirelessly shares data

Published: 22 November 2018

Growing concern for public safety and the increasing complexity of today’s fixed electrical installations in domestic, commercial and industrial premises places extra responsibility on electrical test engineers who are charged...

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Five step checklist for selecting the best dimmer

Published: 22 November 2018

While the rapid growth of dimmable LED technology has paved the way for a new era of lighting, it has also increased the risk of incompatibility issues, resulting in lights...

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More efficiency with automated cable identification

Published: 22 November 2018

Industries that work with large volumes of cables and are in need of cable traceability and identification can increase production efficiency with Brady Corporation’s complete and automated cable identification solutions.

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40 years of BEKA Schréder

Published: 22 November 2018

“We at BEKA Schréder wish to convey our sincerest gratitude to our customers for their unwavering support as we celebrate our 40-year anniversary,” says BEKA Schréder General Manager, Wimpie Ludwick...

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Personality of the Month: Marcel Kelly, Woodbeam

Published: 09 November 2018

With over two decades in the industry, Marcel Kelly, Sales Engineer at Woodbeam, a local company delivering substation protection, metering, auxiliary relaying, SCADA, and automation and Ethernet networking systems and...

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What you need to know about LED life expectancy

Published: 09 November 2018

In the days when incandescent was king and the term LED a foreign concept, consumers were not concerned with the life expectancy of a fitting. When a lamp failed, it...

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