Features

The role of women in engineering

The role of women in engineering

According to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), less than ten per cent of engineering professionals in the United Kingdom are women, the lowest figure in Europe. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus are leading the way, with female engineers making up almost 30 per cent. Here, Helen Marston, engineer at specialist resistor manufacturer, Cressall, discusses the role of women in engineering throughout history.
 
In 1914, the National Council of Women was created, with the aim of getting women into work as men joined the armed forces to aid in the war effort. These women changed the face of engineering forever, being highly praised for their skills and expertise.
 

Asbestos Training - The Wrekin Housing Trust

Asbestos Training - The Wrekin Housing Trust

The word asbestos can strike fear and alarm into the hearts of social housing landlords but knowledge and understanding can bring peace of mind, so appropriate training is the answer. The Wrekin Housing Trust has been providing cost-effective training solutions to landlords and their tradespeople throughout the UK.

 

It’s true that asbestos is a killer. It is responsible for 40 lung cancer deaths each week and is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

 

Incorrect handling of asbestos can be a costly matter. Hefty fines running into tens of thousands of pounds are not unusual for landlords failing to comply with HSE regulations when dealing with asbestos. 

 

CEF raising the roof for the Electrical Industries Charity

CEF raising the roof for the Electrical Industries Charity

City Electrical Factors (CEF) is set to Raise the Roof for the Dickinson family as part of the Electrical Industries Charity’s Challenge for a Cause campaign at CEF LIVE 2017.

 

Back by popular demand, CEF LIVE returns to Birmingham’s NEC Arena on the 8th - 9th June, 2017. Hosted by CEF, the UK’s expert supplier of electrical products and services, this year’s event runs across two days and will feature industry leading brands, exclusive on-the-day offers and vital information about upcoming industry changes. 

 

FIREX International and Autonomous FM add another phenomenal inspirational speaker to the 2017 June Keynote programme

FIREX International and Autonomous FM add another phenomenal inspirational speaker to the 2017 June Keynote programme

London, 17th May 2017:  Following the announcement last month of FIREX International’s best ever keynotes; rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes; and Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE, FIREX International and Autonomous FM are thrilled to reveal a fourth inspirational speaker for this year’s event. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, will join these phenomenal speakers on stage to discuss operating at peak performance and making tough decisions.

How to check if Cooling Output inside Enclosures is Sufficient

How to check if Cooling Output inside Enclosures is Sufficient

By Jason Swann, Rittal Product Manager for Climate

 

Manufacturing automation systems are delicate and very expensive pieces of kit, which perform vital functions for the businesses they serve. 

The enclosures that protect them must have strictly controlled internal environments with interior temperatures that are carefully maintained within a few degrees.  If not, the impact can be harmful to the inverter drives, power supplies, contactors, PLCs and other electrical and electronic components operating within them.  This requires careful control of the climate within the enclosure. 

Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

Case Study: Cooper Weston’s Modern Office Refit in Shoreditch

The art of bespoke featured lighting

In recent years professional offices have become part of a new design culture where the spaces become aspirational and stylish, with the aim of being memorable and welcoming to both staff and guests. For any business operating in the competitive environment of London, an office is a signifier of success and a vehicle to attract highly skilled employees and big budget clients.

Rolec EV Introduces EV Charge Point Grant Funding

Rolec EV Introduces EV Charge Point Grant Funding

As a government approved EV charge point manufacturer and installer, Rolec EV are able to offer grant funding of up to £6,000 towards EV charge point installations under the new Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).

 

Kieron Alsop, Rolec EV’s Managing Director, commented: “The Workplace Charging Scheme was introduced by the Government and is being managed by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to encourage and support workplace locations to install and provide electric vehicle charging points to cater for the EV charging requirements of their own staff as well as visitors.

 

Whatever the environment or application, we've got you covered

The Enclosure Company

The Enclosure Company aim to provide a unique service to electrical engineers, project managers and facilities managers who are looking to lighten their demanding workload. Recognising that time is crucial, and the need for a service which eases the job of sourcing enclosures, our mission is to do the legwork for you, providing quality enclosures at competitive price points, sourced from all major manufacturers.

MW Vehicle Contracts. Cost effective bespoke vehicle leasing and contract hire

MW Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK’s leading vehicle leasing providers. Established in 2003 we have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and a host of industry awards for the quality of service provided to our customers. We work with the UK’s leading vehicle funders to offer you the best car, van and pick-up leasing deals available.  Business or private, MW Vehicle Contracts will provide you with low price vehicle leasing and high quality customer service.      

Van Leasing

Fläkt Woods Reduces Energy Consumption Through Innovative Plug Fan Upgrade

Fläkt Woods Reduces Energy Consumption Through Innovative Plug Fan Upgrade

Fläkt Woods, a leading manufacturer of ventilation and air movement products, has helped a prestigious archives & records building reduce energy consumption across its buildings through upgrading from belt driven centrifugal fans to highly efficient plug fans.

 

 

The buildings archive, containing 1,000 years of history with records from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites. Crucially, the site is visited by thousands of visitors each year, and as such, the quality of the air circulated within the buildings must achieve sufficient comfort and air quality levels, whilst cutting energy and carbon too.

 

Hughes In Dereham Comes To Rescue Of Local Primary School

Hughes In Dereham Comes To Rescue Of Local Primary School

Hughes Electrical in Dereham came to the rescue of a local primary school when it was having problems with its own bake off!

The two ovens in the food technology room at Mattishall Primary School started to cause problems with food being either half cooked or not cooked at all - so teacher Claire Findlay put out an SOS to local firms which was immediately answered by Hughes.

 

"At the school we deem cooking to be an essential part of our curriculum as it has so much to offer children: measuring, speaking & listening, sharing, working together and reading recipes to name a few of the life skills it supports," said Claire Findlay.

Franklin Energy

Franklin Energy

'Franklin Energy (Franklin) was incorporated in 2013 to supply, install, operate and maintain electric vehicle charging infrastructure for the residential, commercial and public sector. The company’s objective was to provide a superior service for its clients whether installing a domestic charging point at home or a rapid charging point for a fleet operator. Some of Franklin’s existing clients include the likes of Q Park, Jones Lang LaSalle and Transport for London.

Challenge for a Cause team makes it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro

Challenge for a Cause team makes it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro

The Electrical Industries Charity is proud to announce that their nine enthusiastic trekkers are back from the biggest challenge of the year- Mt Kilimanjaro Trek.

 

Nine trekkers joined Tessa Ogle, Managing Director of the Electrical Industries Charity for the Challenge for a Cause trek and made it to the Uhuru peak of the highest free-standing mountain in the world. They include Johanne Stimson of Heat Mat; Andrew Dykes of SES Engineering Services Ltd; Mike Smith, of SES Engineering Services Ltd and Senior Vice President of the ECA; Denise Hillier of Spring Electrical Ltd; Mark David Ward of Power 1 Group; Dave Gilbert of SCV Electrical Limited, Rosemary Phillips of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services and Joseph Hogg of Edmundson Electrical Ltd.

 

Industry backs new power players initiative

Power Players

Range of organisations from across engineering services to collaborate

A series of leading organisations from across building services engineering are backing the new industry-wide Power Players initiative, which is being run by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), and is set to formally launch in late spring.

All Things Media – who are running this year’s Electrical Design & Install Expo – will be an official partner of Power Players. As part of this, the finalists will be showcased during the ECA-sponsored ED&I Expo in September, with the winners announced during the show.

Ahead of the curve - Scolmore launches the most comprehensive wiring accessories range to date

Scolmore

Scolmore announces the launch of a brand new collection of premium wiring accessories – Deco Plus - designed to bring even greater choice and flexibility at the high-end sector of the market. 

Totalling more than 800 products, and the result of 18 months of development, Deco Plus is a comprehensive range of premium decorative metal wiring accessories that builds on the huge success of the classic Deco range - first launched in 2003 - and introduces smooth, contemporary curves that will have wide-ranging appeal with contractors, specifiers and end users alike.

JIB supports prostate cancer awareness

JIB supports prostate cancer awareness

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) is supporting an industry-wide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that kills over 10,000 men in the UK every year. 

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, with around 130 new cases every day, mostly affecting men over the age of 50. 

Black African-Caribbean and black African men are at higher risk with a 1 in 4 chance of prostate cancer diagnosis, double the overall 1 in 8 risk faced by all men across the UK. 

NAPIT Consumer Unit Competition at ELEX

NAPIT Consumer Unit Competition at ELEX

NAPIT are challenging electrical experts with their on-stand Consumer Unit Competition supported by Hager at the ELEX shows this year!  
 
If you think you’ve got what it takes, visit the NAPIT stand to have a go at spotting the fault with the Hager Consumer Unit. If you guess correctly, your details will be taken and you will be entered into a prize draw which will be drawn at the end of each two-day show, giving you a chance to win the ultimate electricians prize bundle.

Second time around for CEF at St Basil’s Big SleepOut

Second time around for CEF at St Basil’s Big SleepOut

For the second year running, CEF has taken part in the St Basil’s Big SleepOut and raised over £10,000 to help homeless young people across the West Midlands.

St Basil’s Big SleepOut 2016 took place on Friday 25 November in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral. It saw a record breaking 626 people joining together with nothing more than cardboard and a sleeping bag to protect them from the cold night. 

A group of managers and staff from CEF joined those braving the low overnight temperatures to raise vital funds to help break the cycle of homelessness for young people across the West Midlands.

Introducing ULTRAD: the world’s first smart, self-programmable electric radiator

ULTRAD, smart self-programmable electric radiator,

 

 

Haverland introduces a new energy efficient and quick to install electric radiator with unique self-programming and learning capability.

Haverland, a leading manufacturer of electric radiators and heating solutions, has launched the world’s first smart, self-programmable electric radiator. The groundbreaking ULTRAD combines unique sensor technology with impressive energy efficiency to deliver maximum control and comfort for users with minimal hassle for installers.