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Ian Jandrell interviews Siegfried Kreutzfeld, the new CEO for the Zest WEG Group, about his history with the group and his plans for Zest WEG in Africa.


Ian Jandrell speaks to Kenneth McPherson, the Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation in South Africa, about the evolution of automation and his journey within the industry.


Ian Jandrell talks to JB Switchgear Solutions’ Managing Director, Johan Basson  about purpose-made, containerised substations and the significant cost savings they offer big industries.  


National Director at ELPA, Trevor Manas, talks to Ian Jandrell.


Crown Publications technical director, Ian Jandrell, talks to Engineering Manager at WEG Transformers Africa, Ronaldo Bertoldi, about the complex process of selecting and sizing transformers – with reference to his article published in Electricity+Control, March 2018.


Ian Jandrell interviews Civil Engineer from Aurecon, Shamiso Kumbirai, who recently attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With a keen interest in ‘Water’, Shamiso has been identified as a ‘Global Shaper’ – one of several who attended the WEF with the purpose of improving the world by uplifting communities.


Ian Jandrell talks to Clement Mokoenene from Epitome Consulting about entrepreneurship and Clement’s passion for ‘making a difference where it really matters’. And … have you ever thought of ‘roads’ as an energy source? Clement’s article in the January ’18  issue of Electricity+Control – ‘Renewable Electricity from Traffic’ – introduces this innovative concept.



VEGA’s Florian Burgert impresses Ian Jandrell by demonstrating the ideal solution for differential pressure measurement.


In this two-part video, Brian Abbott, product manager for SMC Pneumatics South Africa, takes us on a tour of some of his company’s energy-efficient product displays at its Midrand showroom. 

In Part 1 he shows us the energy saving benefits of using a  flow control regulator integrated into the return stroke of the piston, which can reduce consumption by 25%. 


In Part 2, he demonstrates several initiatives: SMC´s optimised J Cylinders that are 11% shorter in length; weigh 27% less and have 30% less volume than their CM2 series equivalents; the new MB range of intermediate-sized cylinders, which allow for more accurate cylinder selection for specific applications; and the substantial (90%) savings available from SMC Pneumatics’  ZK2 Vacuum Ejectors, that can hold a vacuum, allowing the airflow across the Venturi to be switched off.


Ian Jandrell talks to MD Kim Pratley of Pratley

Mention Pratley, and most people think ‘Putty’. It should be remembered, however, that some of Pratley’s earliest products were, in fact, electric products. Ian Jandrell talks to MD Kim Pratley in the Pratley Training Centre at their Head Office, Krugersdorp, South Africa.


Ian Jandrell talks to Chris Campbell, CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa

With the recent spotlight on the role of Consultants in South Africa, Technical Director of Electricity+Control, Ian Jandrell, talks to Chris Campbell, CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) who wrote a piece for ‘Write @ the back’ (November issue of Electricity+Control) entitled: Let’s get it Right for Engineering Sake!


Ian Jandrell talks to Natlee Chetty, Endress+Hauser

Natlee Chetty, Head of Department for Marketing at Endress+Hauser Southern Africa, talks to Electricity+Control Technical Director, Ian Jandrell, about the complexity of cider production and how to increase production and ensure consistent product quality by employing the benefits of effective process automation.



Ian Jandrell talks to Desmond Mabilo, Siemens

Ian Jandrell discusses Advanced Metering Systems (AMSs) with Desmond Mabilo who is a Systems Architect in Energy Management – Digital Grid, at Siemens (South Africa). AMI systems do more than accurately producing electricity consumption bills. They can be used as drivers of smart grid technologies.



 Ian Jandrell talks to Nalen Alwar, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power

Ian Jandrell talks to Nalen Alwar (Business Development Director, sub-Sahara Africa, for Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power) about Complex Adaptive Systems which are systems that are constantly adapting to internal interactions and their external environment based on relationships, emergence, patterns and iterations.



Ian Jandrell talks to Louis Meiring, Zest WEG Group Part 2

In the second part of a Face Value interview between Ian Jandrell and Louis Meiring, Chief Executive Officer of ZEST WEG Group, Louis talks about how the company evolved from supplier to manufacturer, the lessons learned; upping the game; developing particular technical skills and the innovation required throughout the process.



Ian Jandrell talks to Louis Meiring, Zest WEG Group

Ian Jandrell talks to Louis Meiring, CEO of the Johannesburg-based Zest WEG Group, about the company and its ongoing financial investment in local manufacturing operations. They discuss a mutual passion... that of ‘training and skills upliftment’. Zest WEG Group’s commitment to Africa is not just about money!



Wisane Hlungwane, Endress+Hauser's Workshop Manager

Calibration is a critical step in ensuring that a flow meter performs within expected specifications. Endress+Hauser is well positioned to support its local customer’s ‘Flow Calibration’ requirements, which includes third party meters. Wisane Hlungwane, the company’s Workshop Manager, says that this service places Endress+Hauser ahead of its South African competitors.



Ian Jandrell talks to Patrick O’Halloran, City Power Johannesburg

Professional engineer at City Power Johannesburg, Patrick O’Halloran, discusses the evolution of MV power cables with Electricity+Control technical director, Ian Jandrell. This discussion relates to Patrick’s article in three parts in Electricity+Control (February, March and April 2017).


Ian Jandrell talks to Silvana Claassen of CES South Africa

Ian Jandrell talks to Silvana Claassen of CES South Africa whose articles in Electricity+Control address the imminent introduction of carbon tax in South Africa. Ian poses the question: “Are we too late to save the planet”? Silvana replies: “We need action, yesterday ... rather than today”.


Ian Jandrell talks to Norman Maleka from SEW EURODRIVE SA

Ian Jandrell catches up with SEW EURODRIVE SA’s National Sales and Marketing Manager, Norman Maleka, in the company’s Training Centre − ‘Drive Academy’. Drive Academy runs a nationwide geared motor and drive technology training programme which is based on the syllabus used to educate the company’s own engineers. Drive Academy provides end users and system integrators with the skills required for optimal use of SEW’s applications.




Ian Jandrell's comment February 2017

The Electricity+Control team recently visited SEW EURODRIVE’s head office, South of Johannesburg, where Ian Jandrell met Head of Projects, Rudi Swanepoel. They discussed the company’s supply of three complete power packs for use on the tailings side of the operation at a Lesotho Diamond mine.



Ian Jandrell's comment January 2017

 Ian Jandrell interviews Peter Middleton, one of the editors of ‘new’ Crown Publications’ magazine, MechChem Africa. ‘New’? Not quite. MechChem Africa, in a logical move, combines long standing Crown magazines, Mechanical Technology and Chemical Technology. MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.




Ian Jandrell's comments December 2016

The Electricity+Control team wishes everyone a happy and safe festive season! We'll catch up with one another in 2017!




Munesu Shoko and Doron Kowensky - November 2016

As technology emerges to make our lives easier, we should be mindful of the associated risks. Crown Publications’ editor, Munesu Shoko, discusses Remote Access Solutions and ‘Cloud’ with Doron Kowensky of H3iSquared. Doron emphasises that security should be top of mind when selecting the technology for a specific application.




Omron Robotic Solution

Omron South Africa’s Evert Janse van Vuuren, Field Application Engineer, demonstrates a vision guided pick-and-place robotic solution recently presented at the exhibitor forum of food & drink technology Africa 2016.




Solar Car Challenge

Prof. Ian Jandrell speaks to Prof. Albert Helberg, team leader of North-West University’s solar car team about next week’s Solar Car Challenge. Thirteen teams from all over the world will compete in this race from Pretoria to Cape Town. 




Ian Jandrell and Silvana Claassen September 2016

This month in Face Value  Prof. Ian Jandrell speaks to Silvana Claassen from Carbon & Energy Solutions (CES), an author of a second article published in this issue of Electricity+Control on Carbon Tax in South Africa, regulation of which becomes official in January 2017. The first article, Carbon Tax in South Africa by S. Claassen and J. Bolton, was published in May 2016 Electricity+Control.



Ian Jandrell and Alan Clark August 2016

This month Face Value comes to you from an Anechoic Chamber. Prof. Ian Jandrell speaks to Prof. Alan Clark, author and compiler of The Industrial Communications Handbook 2016 which has been distributed with the print version of Electricity+Control August and is also available online here.




Ian Jandrell's comment July 2016

Ian Jandrell discusses the significant challenges that we face as a nation at the electrical power distribution level. He also refers to illegal connections and the associated catastrophic effects.



Karen Grant, Ian Jandrell and Wilhelm du Plessis July 2016

Wilhelm du Plessis (Crown Publications’ Deputy Publisher) tells us a little about his background in publishing and Ian Jandrell, Wilhelm and Karen Grant (Crown Publications’Publisher) share their thoughts on the challenges currently facing business-to-business publishing.




Ian Jandrell's comment June 2016

In his June 2016 comment, Ian Jandrell reflects on his recent visit to India. He is most impressed with the world class education and quality research that this country delivers… as well as with the co-existence of the formal and highly developed informal economy.



Ian Jandrell's comment May 2016

Ian Jandrell asks… “When do you follow rules? When don’t you? What are ethics and how do they fit into our lives? In the absence of rules, ethics should guide our behaviour, but in the current global climate… people put rules before ethics. It should be the other way around!



Ian Jandrell's comment April 2016

While we need to acknowledge that many outstanding individuals have emerged as leaders in South Africa, generally speaking, the country’s leadership is in crisis. Ian Jandrell reminds us that having people in business influencing politicians... is actually old hat!


Ian Jandrell and Jason Huang ctd

Ian Jandrell continues his discussion with Jason Huang of Outreach Engineering. Jason wrote an article in the January 2016 issue of Electricity+Control entitled ‘Stabilising the power supply at Joburg’s Bara’ and he continues to describe solutions that Outreach Engineering comes up with for seemingly insurmountable problems.


Ian Jandrell's comment March 2016

Ian Jandrell introduces Jason Huang of Outreach Engineering, whose article in the January 2016 issue of Electricity+Control entitled ‘Stabilising the power supply at Joburg’s Bara’ engendered a confidence that the third largest hospital in the world, our own Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, is in good hands!


Ian Jandrell's comment February 2016

Climate change and global warming are hot topics. Climate change is a normal event for our planet and our responsibility is to understand how and why we may be influencing it… and we are. We are obliged, as the dominant species of the planet, to learn how best to control what we do. Instead of treating water and energy as commodities that we pay for and use, can we learn to treat them as fundamental resources?


Ian Jandrell's comment January 2016

Ian Jandrell reminds us of the fragility of not only the continent, but of the world. He touches on issues that, in 2016, we need to begin to address as a nation. His challenge is: In the chaos that prevails, there is opportunity. It is up to every one of us to find that opportunity and make a contribution to the new future.


Ian Jandrell's comment December 2015

2015 has been an interesting year… and somewhat different from what we predicted and expected. A couple of significant events and outcomes need to be acknowledged: The ‘Fees must Fall’ campaign, with the notion of affordable, quality education for all, will have fundamental consequences at a time when education is in crisis in South Africa. Another fascinating issue is the energy supply situation… how negative South Africans were at the beginning of the year… and how, seemingly, there has been a turnaround. The future of energy in any economy must be high on the agenda.


Ian Jandrell's comment November 2015

The funding and provision of quality education for the youth is necessary if this country is to move forward and upward in all respects. Every young person deserves a good education. However, with State subsidies decreasing and the cost of world-class education increasing, how can we make ‘quality education for scholars and students’ a reality in South Africa?


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