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 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.

One Electrical

One Electrical visosystems

Based in Manchester, UK, now with 16years in the lighting business and with more than 1500 resellers, across 30 countries, One Electrical Ltd has expanded their lighting laboratory facilities with the Viso LabSpion.

Rob Chadwick, director says; “It has been a large investment, but to us it is not a matter of “wanting something”, but rather “needing”. To be recognised as one of the top names in the industry – it is a must that you have solid quality control procedures in place. Being in the industry longer than most, we have a unique & thorough testing procedure already in place. But this now takes us to a new level. 

Why As-fitted Drawings are necessary

Why As-fitted Drawings are necessary

When installing or modifying a fire alarm system, as part of the document process, as-fitted drawings must be provided upon completion of the work.  To assist you with what is required here is a simple guide as to what these drawings should include.

First of all you will need an adequate drawing of the building(s). You will be off to a great start if you can obtain full CAD quality plans. Understandably, these may not always be available so hand drawn sketches will also suffice as long as they are an accurate representation of the building.

Remember, you’ll need these drawings for the zone plan too –  just make sure all exit points, circulation areas and stairs are included as a minimum.

Online resource for contractors clarifies Wiring Regulations


Standards provide an agreed way of doing something but in real life they have to be interpreted – no matter how clearly presented they may be. And given the range of jobs an electrical contractor can undertake, they can find themselves wondering how best to interpret certain aspects of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671). So it’s not surprising that an online forum, established by leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, has proved to be a popular resource for the industry, with 87,000 views in one year – and over 5,000 in just one month.

New NAPIT Scheme is “Vital for Electrical Safety”



NAPIT has launched a new Electrical Inspector Scheme for installers designed to help consumers and businesses find the right tradesperson for electrical inspection and testing work across the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.

Driven by recent legislative change and increasingly rigorous risk management by insurance companies, demand for this type of work, particularly the use of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) across all sectors, is growing fast. It is now common, for example, for insurers to require EICRs, following damage from fire, flood and other incidents, completed by competent electrical inspectors.

Younger generations embracing DIY, but many lack the know-how to tackle electrical jobs


New research by Electrical Safety First has found a ‘generation gap’ in relation to DIY – and a worrying approach to electrical work that should really be left to the experts.

Under 35s are undertaking DIY projects three times as often as people aged 35 and older – with the former undertaking DIY on average, 56 times a year, while individuals aged 35 and over limit their DIY activities to just 16 times a year[1]. And despite just a third of under 35s reporting that they could change a light fitting (and just over a quarter reporting that they could wire a plug), nearly half would consider taking on electrical DIY themselves, compared to 37% of over 35s[2].