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Sparks Electrical News August 2017Front cover story:  Drones are replacing laborious manual operations and manual inspections of electrical infrastructure at a fraction of the usual cost. They offer an alternative that requires less manpower and less time while yielding greater accuracy in data captured during manual inspections of hard-to-reach infrastructure. While this may sound like a solution employed by high-tech companies, South African utilities such as mines, renewable energy companies and civil engineering firms are already using them.

Personality of the Month

Three decades in the industry have not dampened Lindsay van den Berg’s passion for lighting. Managing director of Bergstrom Industries, Lindsay remains fascinated by advances in technology and is especially appreciative of the current move toward human-centric lighting which is beneficial to both human vision and emotion.

She believes that to complete a project successfully, it is important to partner with a company that complements your own and advises electrical contractors to get in touch with OEMs for information on components and latest technology. If Lindsay has a regret, it is that she does not get to play as much golf as she would like to. She plans to remedy that by playing at Pebble Beach before she hangs up her golf shoes!

ECA (SA) warns electrical industry

Scammers are sending fictitious requests for quotations from what appear to be government email addresses. The requests are usually urgent and the process is concluded within a short space of time. Once the fraudsters have the goods, they disappear, leaving business owners out-of-pocket.

Columns

While reviewing SANS 10142-1: 2017 Edition 2, Hannes Baard, in his previous column, highlighted a reference to Electrical Installations 2012, which should have been 2009. As he says, it is funny how you start questioning every word of what is written once you have found a few grey areas. And so, this month, before moving to discuss the Registration of Electrical Contractors, he completes his review of the introductory pages of Edition 2.

Having recently helped a colleague with a distribution board that just ‘kept tripping’, Terry Mackenzie Hoy uses this column to remind us how to approach the problem of unexpected earth leakage trips. He suggests we start with a few standard questions: Has anybody recently worked on the distribution board? Have you recently connected a new power point? How old is the distribution board? Have you recently purchase a new appliance? As always, there is other advice!

Contractors' Corner

This regular feature contains industry news and articles highlighting the latest products on the market.

Buyers' Guide

The August Buyer’s Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover lamps and controlgear.

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Contact Sparks Electrical News

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

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