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Sparks Electrical News September 2020 coverFrom 7-11 September, industry players will unite in celebration of Electra Mining Africa through participation in Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect, its live industry webinar series and product showcases. For the past 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been at the forefront of delivering the latest products, services and innovations to a captive and receptive audience. Bringing together industries from mining, manufacturing, electrical, power, transport and, new for 2020, automation, it is the largest show of its kind on the African continent, and highly anticipated by all. This makes the cancellation of the 2020 edition as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic all the more disappointing. To maintain the spirit of the show, from 7-11 September, Electra Mining Africa will be hosting Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect. “In the face of devastating consequences for industries across the board and the economy as a whole, we feel it is more important than ever to find ways to continue to support and unite our industries, however we can, which is why we have decided to host Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director at Specialised Exhibitions. “The Electra Mining Africa

Elsewhere in the issue we look at Earthing, Lightning and Surge Protection, DBs, Switches, Sockets and Protection as well as Lighting.

Local electrical dry wall box

Looking to fit electrical wiring accessories into a dry wall application? Then Crabtree’s Electrical Dry Wall box is your simple solution. Crabtree’s Electrical Dry Wall box is locally designed and manufactured and is a great choice for a quick and easy solution to fix switches and sockets into alternative surfaces such as dry wall applications.

Personality of the Month

Willie Garbers, General Manager at Superlume (Pty) Ltd, has always enjoyed the lighting and electrical industry. “The industry continuously evolves and changes with new innovative technology. Seeing new products from development stage, through sample production to product implementation with great success, is always very enjoyable and satisfying,” he says. Another aspect of the industry he enjoys is the long-term friendships he has formed with colleagues and customers.

Electrical Compliance – who is to blame when things go wrong?

It is a warm summer afternoon and you have just shown your son how the electric lawnmower works. He is demonstrating his newly acquired skill when the unthinkable happens: he accidentally cuts through the electrical cord and falls to the ground. He has received an electrical shock and is rushed to hospital. This is not something we think about until it happens to us! Why did he receive an electrical shock? Why didn’t the earth leakage safety device or overload protection device prevent this accident? What went wrong? In South Africa, our electrical wiring code (SANS 10142-1) does say that it is concerned with the “protection of people, animals and property” when it comes to electrical installations, but who is to blame?

The ultraviolet calibration and measurement capabilities at NMISA

Ultraviolet radiation (UV or UVR) is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength shorter than visible light, but longer than x-rays, with focus on the non-ionising part of the UV spectrum (Figure 1). The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) subdivides UV radiation into three bands: UV-A from 315 nm to 400 nm, UV-B from 280 nm to 315 nm and UV-C from 100 nm to 280 nm.

Buyers Guide

The September 2020 Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services in the DBs, Switches, Sockets and Protection sector. Download the September Buyers Guide here.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.