THE counterfeit circuit breakers, switches and earth leakage devices that have surfaced in Southern African markets in the past two years, present a very real danger to property and life.
Michael Grant, senior engineer at CBI electric : low voltage, has issued an urgent warning to the electrical industry - especially electrical contractors and suppliers - that these products are "deadly".
"We were alerted to this problem through our customer return programme about a year ago when some devices failed," explains Dr Grant. "Since we pride ourselves on our quality assurance programme and as our products are all manufactured according to international standards, we immediately launched an investigation."
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Personality of the month: July
BRIAN Docherty has been the national sales manager - LifeSpace, at Schneider Electric South Africa for three-and-a-half years.
Based in Durban, he oversees the countrywide sales of Schneider products.
The life and soul of every party, Brian has a great sense of humour and this, coupled with his boundless energy, has earned him the reputation of being ‘an Energiser bunny'.
His ‘firm but fair' management style along with his vision for the company makes him a worthy personality of the month.
In another of his informative columns Hannes Baard explains the difference between ‘cables' and ‘wires'.
In Terry Mackenzie Hoy's column, Working Knowledge, he bemoans the fact that much of the knowledge of motor starting has been lost to the electrical engineering world.
In Part 2: The Electrical Installation Regulations (2009) explained, Mark Palmer of the Gauteng Electrical Inspection Authority, clarifies some of the explanatory notes in the Government notice issued by the Department of Labour on 26 March 2012.
Nick du Plessis believes that a person's style of learning can give an insight into the type of person you should employ.
This section covers new products and industry news including the announcement from the Electrical Contractor's Association of South Africa (ECA(SA)) that some encouraging strides have been made in the Construction Seta for the electrical industry.
Other news includes a landmark supply agreement signed by the Zest WEG group, air-to-water heat pumps that have been installed at the SA War College, as well as product news on weatherproof cabinets, VDE-tested tools, anti-microbial trunking for hospitals and laboratories from Legrand and a high spec range of medium voltage motors being launched by ACTOM Electrical Machines.
Cables and Cable Accessories
This regular feature looks at cables and cable accessories, including the MT933 cable meter and the WSBR28 wire stripper from Major Tech, and Grafo Wiremarkers' custom tags for cable and wire identification.
The Buyer's Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services that cover the spectrum of cables and cable accessories, from cable securing products to panel wiring, and terminals and terminal blocks, cable joints and crimp tools and cutters.
Standby and emergency backup
This feature highlights standby and emergency backup products including some advice from Graham Beyleveld of Eaton and product news from APC by Scheider Electric and Master Power Technologies.
This regular feature is packed with interesting articles on lighting, lighting trends and news from the lighting industry. There are articles on downlights from Aurora, new LED systems from Tridonic, Philips occupancy sensor technology and aluminium floodlights from Major Tech and NTL Lemnis introduces its LED public lighting solutions. Eurolux highlights the new EGLO range from Austria, and OSRAM introduces the Parathom Classic A75 Advanced light as the first LED replacement for 75W incandescent light bulbs.