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Sirius Buying Group Recognition Awards for Basil Knipe Electrics and Hoover

Hoover Candy wins Sirius ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ Award at Gala Awards Night

Sirius Buying Group honour Basil Knipe Electrics in Ballymore, Northern Ireland with its coveted ‘Retailer of the Year’ Award, together with major domestic appliance brand Hoover, who took the Award for ‘Manufacturerof the Year’. 

 

Established in 2004, independent retailer Basil Knipe Electrics is one of only five Northern Irish retailers that are part of the group as a prominent UK retailer of Hoover domestic appliances and other leading brands all under the Sirius umbrella. 

 

Warmworks helps Cumbernauld company grow

A business in Cumbernauld has been able to grow thanks to a scheme that has already helped 5,000 Scottish households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.

 

Warmworks Scotland delivers the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland scheme to households all across the country, and Omega Electrical is among those 30 installers to have helped transform people’s lives so far.

 

In total, Warmworks, a £224m joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks, has helped create more than 300 new jobs, including 60 apprenticeships, across the country – with all those working to carry out home improvements paid at least the Living Wage.

 

Harvard Technology adds DALI variants to programmable driver range

lighting

Harvard Technology, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of wireless control solutions for lighting, has launched its latest innovations in the CoolLED programmable driver range, adding both a 40W and 50W Dali Low Voltage SELV variant in the CLS case platform to what is a growing programmable range. 

 

The power factor corrected, fully isolated SELV output Dali drivers, are initially available in two variants – 200-700mA and 700-1400mA – delivering up to 40W and 50W of power respectively. 

 

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. 

Survey shows most customers would recommend their electrician

Survey shows most customers would recommend their electrician

Electrician firms are among the top property-related service providers recommended by word of mouth in the UK, a recent survey has found.

 

The exclusive SellingUp.com survey carried out by the online polling firm Toluna asked 1,000 members of the general public from across the country about their experiences with a range of home-related sectors.

 

Honing in on detail: why aesthetics in wiring accessories are increasingly important

Honing in on detail: why aesthetics in wiring accessories are increasingly important

People have higher expectations when it comes to how things look, and wiring accessories is no exception. Building designers, product specifiers and installing contractors are just as interested in how wiring accessories look on the outside, as how easy they are to install and use. Soft curves, smooth lines and slim plates are some of the features that are desirable, but aesthetics no longer exist for the sole purpose of looking good. Innovative, modern and often minute external details make wiring accessories easier to use and improve safety; critical factors in the commercial buildings market. Success in this area can set an accessory apart from the rest in a competitive playing field.

 

Smooth and slimline

NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is Back and Bigger than Ever

NAPIT EXPO is back and bigger than ever for 2017.
 
The NAPIT EXPO team will be putting on their biggest show yet at four major locations in the UK, with a line-up of technical presentations set to impress!
 
The free-to-attend exhibition will take place all-day from 12-8pm. At each event there will be two seminar sessions running for three hours. Each session will be the same to allow working tradespeople to have the option of which sessions suites them the best to attend.
 

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

BOFA International, a leading manufacturer of fume and dust extraction technology for the electronics sector, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in its 30th anniversary year.

BOFA has been awarded the prestigious accolade for the development of its Intelligent Operating (iQ) System, which is transforming the way that organisations around the world are able to protect the health of employees and improve production processes through more effective extraction of airborne contaminants in the workplace.

 

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.

One Alarm For All Fire Types

Alarm in house

It’s common knowledge that the utilisation of smoke alarms helps save lives and homes. However, traditional solutions, such as ionisation and optical smoke alarms, offer contrasting benefits that can make correct specification confusing and difficult. James King, Sales Director at Sprue Safety Products, discusses how SONA by FireAngel is utilisingthe technology used and trusted by the UK Fire and Rescue Service to drive the mains smoke alarm market towards a simplified alternative.

 

The Fire and Rescue Service is called out to approximately 50,000 domestic fires per annum, leading to almost 500 deaths and 11,000 injuries caused by fire. From these statistics it’s quite simple to see the importance of smoke alarms, meaning correct selection is absolutely essential. 

Opportunity knocks as new taxi law is rolled out

printer receipt system

Last year, the Northern Ireland Assembly introduced new legislation, which means all taxis must now carry an approved printer receipt system in a bid to improve transparency. But with more than 10,000 taxis in the country, it’s also a valuable opportunity for electrical contractors to build their customer base through the installation of new equipment, explains Sarah Baines, Business Development Manager at Able Systems, a specialist in small printer solutions. 

 

Most people remember an occasion when they feel they have been unfairly charged for a taxi journey. It might happen if they are in a new town and do not know if the fare accurately reflects the distance or perhaps feel the driver has plucked a price out of the air, rather than using the meter.

 

Electrical training specialist charges ahead with new appointments

Stuart Wood & Andy Robertson

Middlesbrough-based electrical power training provider, The Faraday Training Group has bolstered its training provision with the appointment of two new lead tutors.

Stuart Wood and Andy Robertson have joined the company to oversee the organisation’s team of course tutors and to deliver a range of electrical power training to clients in the UK and internationally, in sectors including oil and gas, marine and offshore, engineering and construction, chemical, government and the public sector.

The 3 Big Energy Regulation Changes You Need to Know

industrial sector businesses energy

On 1 April 2017, several significant energy reform changes came into force, affecting everything from the Climate Change Levy to the renewables programme. The UK government is striding ahead with its decarbonisation of electricity generation targets, which it originally outlined as part of its Electricity Market Reform white paper, and this was reflected in April’s changes to energy reform.

 

EV charging set for major acceleration with the launch of eVolt’s third-generation Rapid EV charger

Evolt charger

eVolt, the Electrical vehicle (EV) charging business, has launched its third-generation Rapid charger, the Raption 50, which uses modular power technology for enhanced reliability and performance. eVolt is the eMobility brand of the SWARCO Group.

 

Traditionally, Rapid chargers operate via a single power pack, rendering a charger out of use if the power unit fails. The Raption 50, however, uses state-of-the-art modular power technology with four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. Should one power pack fail, the Raption unit continues charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs.

 

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.

 

Why heritage properties should follow the Queen’s example

Buckingham palace

The news that Buckingham Palace is to undergo a significant renovation has provoked a mixed reaction. Luke Czerpak of electrical contractors Eaton Electrical (www.eatononline.co.uk) looks at the intricacies involved with renovating a heritage property, to make it safe without losing its charm.

 

Restoration to Buckingham Palace is scheduled to commence later this year. However, the plans for the palace, which attracted over half a million visitors last year and has over 50 bedrooms for Royals and around 188 for staff, have provoked mixed reactions. Some are outraged by the estimated size of the bill (around £369 million); while others feel that the renovation of one of the UK’s most iconic buildings is long overdue.

Sheffield’s CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd moves to new premises

CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd

Electrical wholesaler relocates to Strawsons Property’s 58 Newhall Business Park

 

A Sheffield site which was once the base of the iconic Sanderson Steel Works has become the new home of CLE Electrical Wholesale Ltd (CLE) following a 20-year lease deal facilitated by leading property consultancy Commercial Property Partners LLP (CPP).

 

The move sees the electrical wholesaler take immediate occupancy of a bespoke 12,000 sq ft trade warehouse and office facility which is situated on the 58 Newhall business park – a site recently regenerated by property development and investment group, Strawsons Property.

 

Energy Efficiency at R&B Star

Solar panels

Environmental protection is key to our values and reducing our carbon footprint is at the heart of our continuous improvement. In the past decade we’ve adopted hybrid cars, air-source heat pumps, solar PV system, LED lighting, and eliminated desktop PCs in favour of low-energy thin-clients in a terminal server environment.

R&B Star has now turned attention back to IT, the goal being to refresh the infrastructure and cut power consumption by 50%.

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