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  2. Henly block

    It must be worth a few bob to firms whose names become generic . Lucy blocks ....Henly Blocks ... To Megger a circuit .....to Hoover round the house. Oh theres only three , surely theres more .?
  3. Most of you have lots of questions in terms of what changes to expect when the publication is available and how it will affect your line of work. That’s where NAPIT can help! NAPIT EXPO are touring the country with their 18th Edition Roadshow from April 2018. The roadshow will provide face to face updates on the regulations through presentations created and delivered by the experts. NAPIT’s Technical Director, Frank Bertie, along with other NAPIT technical representatives sit on JPEL/64 Committees and have been involved in the new regulations every step of the way. So, you can receive the updates first-hand. Teaming up with different consumer unit and test instrument manufacturers Megger, Kewtech, Schneider Electric and Hager throughout the roadshows, visitors can expect an evening of technical seminars which will address what the new standards outline and how you can best apply them. There will also be Q&A sessions, open floor discussions and opportunities to browse the latest equipment and services from NAPIT on the day, including purchasing 18th Edition regs books pre-orders and training course packages, all of which make the transition period as easy as possible for you. Confirmed events so far: Southampton: Tuesday 24th April - CEMAST, 1 Meteor Way, Broom Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU County-Durham: Thursday 3rd May –Robinsons UK Technical Training Academy, Site 3, Unit 3, Cold Hesledon Industrial Estate, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 8ST Shropshire: Thursday 10th May – Aico Centre of Excellence, Mile End Business Park, Oswestry SY10 8NN To register for an event there is a £15 deposit fee, the full amount can then be redeemed against any purchase of 18th edition books, bundles, training courses or new memberships at the event. Member and non-member pricing applies. Visit https://www.my18thedition.co.uk/register/ to register today and sign up to our dedicated 18th newsletter to receive exclusive updates and developments with the regs and the roadshow straight to your inbox. Now celebrating over 25 years in the industry and achieving an Investors in Customers Gold Award, NAPIT offer a wealth of services and guidance for electrical installers. If you would like more information visit www.napit.org.uk or call 0345 543 0330. Brand: NAPIT Topic: Regulations and Legislation BS7671 Teaser: With only months to go until the release of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations the industry is waiting in anticipation. Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  4. Scolmore has reached the final stage in the Best Marketing Campaign category, with its ‘Positive Styling’ campaign to promote the launch of Deco Plus - a range of 800 premium wiring accessories which represents the company’s most significant investment in its wiring accessories division for a number of years. The campaign achieved huge success with free editorial across key trade magazines leading to 1.4 million opportunities for key influencers, contractors and installers to read about the range. There were around 800 entrants to the online competition and during the campaign new followers on Twitter were up by 300% per month, profile visits doubled per month and mentions rose by 400% per month. Since launch, in excess of 120,000 Deco Plus units have been sold. ESP‘s battery-powered Wi-Fi Door Station with Record Facility has been shortlisted for the Best New Product Award. Building on the success of the original wired Wi-Fi Door Station, the new battery operated model makes it even easier and quicker to install. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes from start to finish - providing a high quality, easy to operate system. Aimed at both the domestic and light commercial markets, the Wi-Fi Door Station allows you to view and talk to visitors at your home whether you are on the premises or on the other side of the world. From a smart phone or tablet and using the free ESP app, property owners will get alerts to visitors and can easily see who is at the door or gate, engage in two-way communication and allow remote access if desired. In the first two months after the launch, more than 2,000 units had been sold. Marie Parry, Scolmore group marketing director, comments: “It’s a great achievement for the group to have two opportunities to be recognised by the industry for innovative product development and our creative marketing approach. The teams involved at Scolmore and ESP continue to work really hard to ensure the brands retain their marketing leading positions.” Brand: ESP Scolmore Group Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Thumbnail image: Teaser: The Scolmore Group of companies will be hoping for success at this year’s Electrical Wholesaler Awards ceremony, with both Scolmore and ESP having been shortlisted for a coveted award. Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  5. In the aftermath of the Carillion collapse, industry support for urgent reform to payment practices has reached unprecedented levels. A petition on fair payment and retentions, representing over 355,000 businesses, was delivered today to Prime Minister Theresa May by Peter Aldous MP and a delegation of industry leaders including FSB National Chair Mike Cherry, FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry, Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin, ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA CEO David Frise. Supporters of the Aldous Bill and the petition on fair payments also gathered outside the gates of Number 10, including business owners directly affected by the collapse of Carillion in January. Coordinated by leading industry trade bodies BESA, ECA and SEC Group, the petition urges the Government to back reform of payment practices and retentions. It comes just four days before the second reading of the ‘Aldous Bill’ (Friday 27 April), which proposes cash retentions be held in trust accounts, to protect the supply chain. The Bill is supported by over 120 MPs and 76 industry trade bodies, representing over 355,000 companies and many self-employed professionals. Cross-party support for reform includes Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. Support has also been given from across the construction supply chain, including house building, roofing, scaffolding, electrical, heating, plumbing, interiors and demolition. (See below for full list). Peter Aldous MP commented: “This is an unprecedented opportunity to improve the industry for the better, level the playing field for SMEs and protect thousands and thousands of jobs. Construction is an essential underpinning of our lives and work, and we need to support the industry and especially SMEs to ensure future growth and prosperity. The industry loses around £1m for each working day, mostly from SMEs. There have been proposals to stop the abuse of retentions before, but this time there is the largest coalition on fair payments ever.” ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented: “The show of support today shows that fair payment is a top priority for our industry. We need urgent government action on payment and retentions to protect the supply chain, and to ensure our industry can deliver growth and prosperity.” BESA CEO David Frise commented: “The government will surely want to be seen to protect SMEs and to ensure the construction industry is sustainable so it can deliver its ambitious plans for housing and social welfare. SMEs are crucial to the government’s built environment and infrastructure programme.” “Retentions and delayed payment put thousands of firms at risk of insolvency and undermine their efforts to invest in skills, training and improved productivity.” Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin commented: “Late payment is an issue for companies in many sectors, but retentions in construction is one particular area where bad practice is all too common. Having worked in construction for most of my career, I know how much it can affect smaller firms if payment is unfairly held back, so I am very happy to support this Bill.” Brand: ECA Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Teaser: High profile industry delegation joins Peter Aldous MP to petition Number 10 for urgent reform to payment practices Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Description: Delegation of industry leaders presenting petition on fair payments to Number 10 Downing Street. Left to right: (back) David Frise, Brian Berry, Stephen Martin, (front) Steve Bratt, Mike Cherry, Peter Aldous MP, and Lord Aberdare Description: Peter Aldous MP and Steve Bratt Description: David Frise and Peter Aldous MP Description: Steve Bratt and David Frise Description: Members of the delegation and supporters outside the gates of Number 10 Downing Street Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  6. Entries are now open for this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, which aims to showcase the very best talent across ECA’s member businesses. For over 40 years, the award has been widely recognised as the premier training award in the electrotechnical and engineering services industry. Finalists will not only have good technical skills, but also be role models for others in the industry. The winner will be recognised as an industry ambassador and be involved with ECA campaigns and events throughout the year. They will also receive an array of prizes including a £1,500 cash prize, a state of the art toolkit and a unique study trip overseas hosted by a major electrical industry manufacturing company. There are also great prizes for two runners-up, including a £750 cash prize, a state of the art toolkit and a certificate of commendation. Andrew Eldred, Director of Employment and Skills at ECA, commented: “At ECA, one of our goals is to raise the profile of electrical apprenticeships and highlight the amazing work apprentices are doing. Increasingly, apprenticeships are being recognised by more people for what they really are: a potential gateway to a rewarding, diverse and well-paid career.” Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Apprenticeships are a key part of creating a stronger and fairer economy where people of all ages and backgrounds can fulfil their potential. They provide the route employers need to improve their skills base, boost productivity and grow their business. And apprenticeships can help employers address a range of key recruitment challenges, including diversifying the workforce.” Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Award have gone on to a range of careers, including running their own companies in the UK and taking high profile jobs internationally. The Award has also boosted the profile of ECA member companies that enter their apprentices, by highlighting their support for future industry talent. Last year’s winner, Jordan Bancroft of Imtech Engineering Services, went on a study tour to France with manufacturer Legrand. Since winning the award, he has seen his career go from strength to strength in just a matter of months. Jordan Bancroft, of Imtech Engineering Services, commented: “Since receiving the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, I’ve been on two projects: a Grade I listed building in Buxton and Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium, both great experiences. I also went to a jobs fair with Imtech, and spoke to a number of budding apprentices to give them an insight into what is out there for them.” Eligible applicants will have completed their AM2 between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. The entry deadline is Friday 22 June 2018. For more information and details about how to enter, visit www.eca.co.uk/edmundson. Brand: ECA EDMUNDSONS Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Thumbnail image: Teaser: Entries open for prestigious annual award Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  7. Eight finalists have been chosen to go through to the final stage of the NICEIC and ELECSA 2018 Apprentice of the Year competition. The final group will battle it out over a series of practical tests at the headquarters of competition sponsor Scolmore on June 5. The winner will be announced that evening during a ceremony at The Belfry Golf Course and Hotel. More than 600 students – representing an increase of 50% on 2017 - applied to take part in this year’s competition, which recognises the talents of the brightest electrical apprentices in the UK. Darren Staniforth, Training Development Manager at NICEIC & ELECSA said: “The Apprentice competition is now in its third year and the standard just keeps getting better each year.¬¬ “We have had more entries than ever, across a diverse range of ages and sexes. The pass rate to make this year’s final was extremely high and we can’t wait to meet all the finalists and get them started on the concluding tasks.” The final eight are: • Zach Swift from Helensburgh, Scotland. Zach is employed by North Star Electrical Ltd and attends West College Scotland. • Ben Vanstone from Somerset. Ben is employed by 1K1 Limited and attends Weston College. • Jonah Edwards from Kent. Jonah is employed by HV Wooding and attends IPS International in Rochester. • Morne Louw from Barnsley. Morne is employed by FSH Maintenance and attends Barnsley College. • Dan Dring from Banstead. Dan is employed by Randburg Electrical and attends Carshalton College. • Patrick Henderson from Falkirk, Scotland. Patrick is employed by Arthur McKay and attends Forth Valley College. • Matt Jones from Bristol. Matt is employed by Mobius Works and attends DCET Bristol. • James Taylor from Lancashire. James is employed by Bainbridge Electrical Limited and is a JTL apprentice. The finalists have had to battle through two stages of the contest, which began back in October last year. The first stage of the contest was an online exam comprising of a variety of questions relating to electrical installations. The top 20% performing students then progressed to stage 2 - a written 1 ½ hour exam held at eight locations across the UK. Marie Parry, Scolmore Group’s Marketing Director said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to see a 50% increase in the number of entrants to this year’s competition. We are continually hearing about a skills shortage in the industry, but there is certainly no shortage of interest or lack of talent judging by the calibre of the students making it through the various stages. We are looking forward to another thrilling final and wish everyone who has taken part throughout the competition a long and fulfilling career.” Each finalist will now receive an iPad with a host of other prizes up for grabs including a £2000 holiday voucher for the winner, which can be spent on a trip of their choice. There is a £750 holiday voucher for the runner up and £250 for third place. Brand: NICEIC Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Teaser: Eight students hoping to become the next NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  8. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the Acti9 Isobar P. The latest addition to its Acti9 range of low voltage (LV) distribution boards, Schneider Electric’s Isobar P is a smart solution that helps its customers install quicker, whilst incorporating more protection and connectivity during installation. Isobar P is a comprehensive range of distribution boards, RCBOs and pan assemblies that when installed provide electrical power to commercial and industrial equipment providing protection in the event of system faults. They are ideal for electrical contractors and panel builders to perform installations as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible. Isobar P is the first LV distribution board to have a plug-on RCBO (residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) capability. RCBO neutral and functional earth connections are usually wired into the neutral and earth terminals inside the distribution board, costing significant time by introducing additional wiring. With the new Acti9 Isobar P, installers can simply plug their RCBO directly into the board. This eliminates the need to cut, straighten or dress any excess wiring, therefore, reducing installation time by half. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CNVdQSpGbNs" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> The new Isobar P is designed to facilitate all the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture. It works with the full range of connected devices, including Schneider Electric’s PowerTag sensor that fastens easily to the plug-on RCBO. When used together, end-users will be able to monitor the health and energy usage of their distribution boards, enabling preventative maintenance by detecting irregular usage patterns before they grow into serious problems. Over time this extends equipment lifespans, improves performance and reduces downtime, leading to lower operational costs. Made in Britain at Schneider Electric’s Swindon manufacturing plant, Acti9 Isobar P also offers full IP2X internal shrouding for maximum protection. Its core design promises installation efficiency, reliability, performance, enhanced protection, connectivity, and compliance with the latest regulations. Ken Shepherd at G&H group said “The Acti9 Isobar P is very easy to use; it’s plug-on RCBO functionality makes installing faster than ever. Not only does faster installation allow for substantial financial benefits, the swift completion of contracts also allows for installers to perform other installations and spend more precious time offsite securing new work for their business.” “The Acti9 Isobar P is a revolution in installation and asset control,” said Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric, “By harnessing the power of connectivity, the range enables precise asset management and maintenance for customers. Above all, the range gives both installers and customers the highest level of protection available.” Isobar P is currently available for purchase in the UK and Ireland. Around five per cent of the range is sold directly to electrical contractors and panel builders, with the remainder distributed through wholesalers. For more information on Acti9 Isobar P or Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, please visit www.schneider-electric.co.uk/isobar-p Brand: Schneider Electric Topic: Smart Homes & Building Automation Distribution Equipment including Cable Management Consumer Units, Distrib. Boards & Pan Assemblies Breakers & Fuses Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: New Schneider Electric Isobar P low voltage distribution boards remove unnecessary wiring for electricians, electrical contractors and panel builders, and leverages connected technologies Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Links 'Spurs' selects Schneider Electric as Energy Management Supplier Schneider Electric to help power leading Premier League Club’s new state-of-the-art stadium Save space and time with the new NSXm circuit breaker As the smallest of its product range, the NSXm circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is set to cut installation time and secure electrical safety across commercial and light industrial sectors. Schneider Electric announces EcoXpert Master Level Partners Schneider Electric has announced the latest group of EcoXpert partners to achieve Master Level status in Building Management Systems. Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  9. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the Acti9 Isobar P. The latest addition to its Acti9 range of low voltage (LV) distribution boards, Schneider Electric’s Isobar P is a smart solution that helps its customers install quicker, whilst incorporating more protection and connectivity during installation. Isobar P is a comprehensive range of distribution boards, RCBOs and pan assemblies that when installed provide electrical power to commercial and industrial equipment providing protection in the event of system faults. They are ideal for electrical contractors and panel builders to perform installations as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible. Isobar P is the first LV distribution board to have a plug-on RCBO (residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) capability. RCBO neutral and functional earth connections are usually wired into the neutral and earth terminals inside the distribution board, costing significant time by introducing additional wiring. With the new Acti9 Isobar P, installers can simply plug their RCBO directly into the board. This eliminates the need to cut, straighten or dress any excess wiring therefore reducing installation time by half. The new Isobar P is designed to facilitate all the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture. It works with the full range of connected devices, including Schneider Electric’s PowerTag sensor that fastens easily to the plug-on RCBO. When used together, end-users will be able to monitor the health and energy usage of their distribution boards, enabling preventative maintenance by detecting irregular usage patterns before they grow into serious problems. Over time this extends equipment lifespans, improves performance and reduces downtime, leading to lower operational costs. Made in Britain at Schneider Electric’s Swindon manufacturing plant, Acti9 Isobar P also offers full IP2X internal shrouding for maximum protection. Its core design promises installation efficiency, reliability, performance, enhanced protection, connectivity, and compliance with the latest regulations. Ken Shepherd at G&H group said “The Acti9 Isobar P is very easy to use; it’s plug-on RCBO functionality makes installing faster than ever. Not only does faster installation allow for substantial financial benefits, the swift completion of contracts also allows for installers to perform other installations and spend more precious time offsite securing new work for their business.” “The Acti9 Isobar P is a revolution in installation and asset control,” said Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric, “By harnessing the power of connectivity, the range enables precise asset management and maintenance for customers. Above all, the range gives both installers and customers the highest level of protection available.” Isobar P is currently available for purchase in the UK and Ireland. Around five per cent of the range is sold directly to electrical contractors and panel builders, with the remainder distributed through wholesalers. For more information on Acti9 Isobar P or Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, please visit www.schneider-electric.co.uk/isobar-p Brand: Schneider Electric Topic: Electrical Control Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: Schneider Electric has launched the Acti9 Isobar P Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
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  11. Training

    Regarding qualifications and the need to keep earning a living ...... its very difficult , no easy answers to that ....you say you're in Birmingham so you could check out the colleges for night school courses . What part of the city , north or south ? Mathew Boulton was always the big one for electrics , Garretts Green , Hall Green , B,ham Metropolitan in Great Barr
  12. What's Your Favorite Electrician Joke?

    How many men does it take to,replace a lamp in a kitchen? irrelevant as she should be able to cook in the dark
  13. Show Off Your Pets!

    my cats stopped bringing presents in after we kept rescuing them, anything from worms to frogs to a pidgeon, all still alive and pretty much undamaged.
  14. Had a good day?

    Yes, with frantic mopping up. Not the sort of treatment I had in mind for it though. It actually proved very durable over the years and was still in place when we sold.
  15. RECC Updates - Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Welcome back to all our members who have renewed for 2018.Find here this month's RECC Newsletter. In this month's edition, RECC needs your photos... View the full article
  16. Thank you for your help, I will look into this device
  17. I have a genie cctv Dvr with 3 cams ,I just got a floureon 4cam kit and was hoping to connect the 4cams to my excisting system I know the new cams are 1500tvl and will not show on the genie Dvr .is there a setting I need to change or will the Dvr just not accept them thanks
  18. Naughty Joiner

    What does a joiner get is he sticks his willy in a socket? A load-bearing member.
  19. Rubber cables are widely used in a variety of different applications, including machine-tools, generators, manufacturing, construction sites, cranes, but also in the events industry. These cables must adapt to various environments - from indoor to outdoor, fixed or mobile, temporary or permanent applications. As a result, robustness and reliability are paramount. To help improve robustness and reliability, Nexans has upgraded its TITANEX family of low voltage (LV) flexible rubber cables to become the first H07RN-F cable operating at up to 90°C temperature at the core (for fixed and protected installations). <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pb5T-lCh9Rs" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Nexans has improved stability, flexibility, durability and thermal performance of the TITANEX design, making it one of the most robust cables on the market, with a high resistance to vibration and abrasion. Internal tests have shown that TITANEX cables are designed to withstand up to five times the 30,000 continuous cycles required by the H07RN-F standard. The cable range is suitable for applications up to 1KV within fixed and protected installations in compliance with the H07RN-F standard for rubber cables. This means that installers and operators can now replace several types of cable with just one. This applies to both lower and higher temperature applications. The latest generation of TITANEX now also features a larger cross-section marking to ease identification and installation. Its resistance has also been improved so that the cables can be clearly identified and re-used without degradation. TITANEX cables are compliant with Eca Classification of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) and are produced by Nexans France in its facility in Bohain, France. Visit nexans-titanex.com to explore the properties of TITANEX and see the cable go through some really tough tests. Brand: Nexans Topic: Cables Wiring and Wiring Accessories Fire Performance Cables Standards Relating to Cables Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: Nexans has further developed its TITANEX family of H07RN-F low voltage flexible rubber cables to withstand temperatures up to 90°C at the core (for fixed and protected installations). Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Links Nexans NX600 is now LPCB Certified Nexans are proud to announce that the NX600 enhanced fire resistant power cable is now LPCB Certified. Nexans launches its fourth CPD certified training course Nexans is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth training module, Cable Handling – Safe Working Practices. Nexans Opens the Latest High Voltage Test Laboratory The new enlarged Center is now fully operational, with the capacity to test cable systems up to 1.5 million volts. Date of publication: 23/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  20. Earth loop impedance testing is, without doubt, the topic that generates the largest number of calls to the Megger technical support service. And the most common question is why results vary so much. It seems logical to expect that if two measurements are made one after the other on the same circuit, the results should be identical or at least very similar. But sometimes they’re not, and in these cases, electricians often suspect that there’s something wrong with their tester. Of course, that might be true, but it’s actually very unlikely. So what is going on? In reality, the most likely culprits are noise and harmonics in the supply system, so let’s look at these issues in more detail. Loop impedance testing typically works by monitoring the voltage between the live conductors or between the live and PE (earth) conductors in a circuit, while a resistor of known value is momentarily connected between them. The change in voltage produced by connecting this resistor is measured and, from this, the instrument calculates the impedance of the “loop” circuit. If the resistor is chosen so that the current that flows in it is reasonably large – around 2.5A or more is often used – this method works very well and gives accurate, consistent results. This is a high-current two-wire test and it’s very useful, but it has one big drawback. When testing live to earth, the current that flows in the resistor will trip any RCD or RCBO protecting the circuit. One solution is to link these devices out before performing the test, but this is time-consuming and potentially hazardous, as the circuit has no earth leakage protection while the links are in place. There is always the possibility of the links accidentally being left in place after testing is completed, and of screws being poorly tightened after the link has been removed. For these reasons, linking out the RCD is very much a last resort and should be avoided. Because of the inconvenience of high-current two-wire testing on RCD protected circuits, instrument manufacturers have laboured hard to develop alternative solutions. One approach is to perform the test as described, but choose a resistor that passes a current – say 15 mA – that won’t trip the RCD. In principle, this works, but the voltage change produced by this small current is tiny and hard to measure accurately. Results can be affected by variations in the supply voltage, load switching, noise in the circuit or harmonic distortion. All of these can produce effects larger than the voltage change the instrument is trying to measure. To minimise these problems, instruments that offer no-trip loop impedance testing usually make many measurements over a test period of 15 seconds and, at the end of this time, take an average to produce the result displayed. This approach usually provides good results on circuits with lower levels of noise and harmonics, but it’s not infallible and on “difficult” circuits, the results may be inconsistent, varying considerably from test to test. It’s clear that there can be numerous reasons why loop impedance test results are inconsistent. But does it matter? It may not, because if all of the results are lower than the maximum value prescribed in the IET Wiring Regulations, the circuit can be considered satisfactory. There is, however, always the problem of deciding which of the results to record on the test schedule and there are also cases where the variation in the results exceeds the maximum permitted loop impedance. What can be done? Until recently, the only answer was to link out the RCD/RCBO protection and perform a high current test. Now, however, there’s a much more convenient and very much safer solution – the MFT1741– a multifunction installation tester (MFT) that uses a new technique for measuring loop impedance, which is unaffected by harmonics and noise. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CgyAbNWa8iA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> This innovative tester also has a unique confidence function. Here’s how it works. When a loop test is initiated, the tester displays a broad arc. As the test proceeds, this arc shrinks until eventually it is just a single dot and the test is complete. This single dot indicates that a dependable high-confidence result has been achieved. On circuits with a low noise level, this can take as little as eight seconds – a valuable saving compared with the “standard” test time of 15 seconds. On noisy circuits or those with a high level of harmonics, the arc will take longer to shrink to the high-confidence dot. In fact, if the noise level increases during the test, the arc may even open out again before finally shrinking to the dot. Although this process may sometimes take longer than 15 seconds, there’s still a big benefit – the result is right, first time. There’s never any need to waste time carrying out repeated tests “just to be sure”. It’s easy to understand why electricians are concerned when loop impedance tests produce a range of different results for the same circuit. Hopefully, this article has explained why this happens, and also shown that the latest developments in loop test technology mean that this particular problem will soon be nothing but a distant memory! For more information on the products available from Megger, click here. Brand: Megger Topic: Testing Tools and Equipment Electrical Test Equipment Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: A common complaint about earth loop impedance testing is that if several tests are carried out on the same circuit, it often happens that each test gives a different result. Why is this and what can be done about it? Simon Wood of Megger has the answers. Type: Technical Articles Main image(s): Links Voltimum Review - Megger MFT1741 Voltimum product reviewer, Tony Cable, gives his verdict on the new MFT1741 from Megger which features an industry-first 'confidence meter' to ensure fast and repeatable non-trip loop testing. Loop impedance testing and noise Why do non-trip loop impedance tests on noisy circuits sometimes give unexpected results? And what can be done about it? Time saving on loop testing Imaging the time you could save if your multifunction installation tester provided reliable non-trip loop testing at the first time of asking. Date of publication: 23/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  21. Augmented reality, IoT, IIoT,[1] predictive maintenance, digital twins…. These smart manufacturing technologies are making companies more efficient and innovative, boosting their competitive advantage. Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, will be showcasing its latest innovations for industrial companies at Hannover Messe 2018. Driving the digital changes for industrial companies Corporate leaders everywhere are talking about the fourth industrial revolution, or smart manufacturing. Given the accelerated move to digital technologies, smart manufacturing technologies offer a competitive advantage to every company and every geographical zone that adopts them. In a recent survey, Accenture states that a large majority of executives believe failure to leverage digital will cause their companies to struggle for survival. And, while many companies know the digitisation trend is critical to their future, there is still the challenge of how to get started and recognise the benefits. As the leader in powering and digitizing industry, Schneider Electric is uniquely positioned to drive the digital transformation of today’s growing industrial automation markets and assist industrial customers in their transformations. Major changes are fundamentally accelerating this movement in the industrial space. “First, industrial software is moving from a set of fragmented offerings based on specialised functions to integrated software deployed across an enterprise to drive broader efficiencies and performance improvement,” explains Peter Herweck, Executive Vice President, Industry Business at Schneider Electric. This allows greater continuity, from design to build (Capex) to operation and maintenance (Opex), which creates new levels of efficiency throughout the asset and operations lifecycles. “Second, digital connectivity and a wealth of data is enabling new business models, such as software as a service, platform as a service, or even maintenance as a service which gives industrial companies an easy way to get started on their digitisation journey,” continues Peter Herweck. Digitisation-driven advanced connectivity brings a major competitive advantage to industrial companies by allowing them to develop new relationships with their customers. At Hannover Messe 2018, from April 23 to 27, the Group will be demonstrating its strong leadership and deep expertise on three major trends: End-to-End Integration Software – With EcoStruxure for Industry, Schneider Electric offers a true unified engineering approach that can be deployed across multiple industrial segments. Leveraging its unique partnership with AVEVA, it offers an unmatched set of solutions covering all aspects of digital asset management from process simulation to design, construction and manufacturing operations management and optimisation. Ecosystem of Developers – Digitisation of Schneider Electric’s strong installed base is an opportunity to developers to create new software applications. With more than 40 digital services, Schneider Electric is leading the way to power and digitise businesses and operations more efficiently. Open and Interoperable Technology – Schneider Electric, a member of the shapers group for OPC UA TSN is participating in 5 proof of concept collaborations at Hannover Messe in order to further a philosophy that an open architecture unlocks the full potential of the Industrial Internet of Things. By driving the next generation of unified communications from devices to the cloud, networks can be simplified and users can take advantage of off-the-shelf technology to lower integration and maintenance costs. Industrial IoT Services – Thanks to the new applications, the availability of data combined with domain expertise create new value for many throughout the industry. At Hannover Messe, 2018, Schneider Electric will unveil EcoStruxure Machine Advisor to offer new level of efficiencies and growth by turning data into key insights for machine builders. EcoStruxure™ for Industry is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for our customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure™ has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services. Join Schneider Electric at Hannover Messe 2018 in Hall 11, booth C58 from April 23 to 27, 2018. Brand: Schneider Electric Topic: Testing Tools and Equipment Internet of Things Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: At Hannover Messe, Schneider Electric is demonstrating a set of solutions covering all aspects of digital asset management. Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 23/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  22. The growing popularity of PIRs to support energy saving in buildings makes it an increasingly important part of systems integration. By bringing PIR detection under DALI control, integrators can set up more complex networks that include occupancy and light level data. With no standardised specification fully adopted for incorporating PIR detectors into DALI networks, CP Electronics has developed its range of DALI network detectors to be easy to configure, so that systems integrators can set them to suit specific application requirements. “We’ve designed our DALI addressable PIR detectors to be easy to install and integrate into networks, whatever the application needs – and our OEM team works with systems integrators to ensure their needs are met on each and every project,” explains James Luck, Area Sales Manager, OEM & Export Division at CP Electronics. All of CP Electronics’ DALI network detectors are powered, commissioned and polled over the two-wire bus for seamless integration and operation. They can be queried for presence and lux levels, providing building owners with a wealth of the real-time data needed to optimise area usage, lighting and system performance. The extended range of DALI network PIRs gives customers a comprehensive range of options to suit their lighting control requirements, including IP65 rated and miniature versions. The four IP65 rated products are suitable for outdoor use, including high-bay PIRs that have a ground-breaking detection range of up to 40m and a mounting height of up to 20m. The IP65 miniature PIRs are designed to integrate into IP rated luminaires, making them a perfect choice for pathway lighting and car parks. An indoor version of this miniature detector is also available, as well as a new mid-range PIR with a detection range of up to 15m. “By expanding the size of our range of DALI addressable PIR detectors, we’re able to deliver even more choice to customers so they can integrate PIR detection into their luminaires and their proprietary DALI networks,” concludes James. Brand: CP Electronics Topic: Lighting Control Thumbnail image: Teaser: CP Electronics, the UK’s leading manufacturer of lighting control products, has grown its range of DALI network presence detectors, giving systems integrators greater flexibility to add passive infrared (PIR) detection to their proprietary DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) networks. Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 23/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  23. Installing an earth wire is required by the wiring regulations at each point of use in the fixed wiring to ensure that for future changes there is always an earth present. Because your fittings are class II and do not require an earth it is not necessary to take the earth to the lamp holder along with the white wires. Nominally because the whole assembly is non conducting (wood and plastic) an earth wire might not be required for the supply cable to the lamp holders. For better compliance and possibly some additional safety on the cable itself, an earth cable would be a better construction; in case of damage to the cable the earth would ensure an RCD will trip without a live conductor needing to be exposed by the damage.
  24. Antone know about track days?

    I knew a bloke once that used to ride a 250 in the TT races etc etc.. He showed me the tyres off his race bike one day.. Jesus tango'd christ.. Until you have seen the state of them you have no idea how insane these racer types are!! The tyres looked like they had been practically melted and then wire brushed.. They should put suspected terrorists on the back of one of these guys and take them for a ride.. It would work much better than anything in guantanamo... john..
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