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.


QUADSAW: The Tool That Drills Square Holes


The world’s first tool that can drill a square hole has been launched. 

For years, electricians have struggled with rulers, pencils and handsaws to cut holes in walls for electrical sockets and other boxes. This method lacks accuracy, creates mess, and can take over five minutes to cut a single hole (including ‘making good’). 

QUADSAW solves this problem thanks to its unique four-blade technology, which enablesusers to cut square holes in seconds, with minimal dust and absolute precision.

No marking up or measuring is required when using the QUADSAW as it has built-in spirit levels and a height gauge for ease of use. It is the ideal addition to any toolbox for both professionals and DIY users.

Top five causes of PLC control system failure

Top five causes of PLC control system failure

Systems integrator clarifies most common reasons PLC control systems fail
Systems integrator, Boulting Technology has released an infographic to help engineers mitigate problems with programmable logic controller (PLC) based control systems. The handy guide highlights the top five causes of failure and can be downloaded, free of charge, from the news page of Boulting Technology's website —

Harvard Technology launches pioneering programmable driver range


Harvard Technology, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy efficient lighting solutions, has unveiled the latest innovation in the CoolLEDrange, a ground-breaking range of programmable LED drivers.

The new programmable LED drivers range provides complete freedom to control the output power of an LED driver in any configuration, with drive current programming in 1mA step increments and smooth dimming options.

High performing and feature rich, the LED programmable driver range offer sunparalleled efficiencies whilst also excluding the need to carry multiple variants as stock items.

One Electrical invests in the latest Viso Photometric Test Equipment

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.

NAPIT EXPO plays host to industry experts IET and CITB!

NAPIT EXPO… On The Road 2016 is just around the corner and will once again be touring England and Wales bringing expert technical advice to ten locations across the country starting with Worchester on September 7. Reaching as many installers as possible, the roadshow is taking place between September and December and promises to bring an even better standard of technical advice than last year with the announcement of two major industry experts now confirmed, The IET and CITB.

The Pallet Wrapping Machine Revolution

The Pallet Wrapping Machine Revolution

Industrial packaging suppliers changed the industry way back in the 1900s with what is now one of the most used materials in packaging; stretch wrap. The stretch wrap invention has come a long way since then and packaging experts are continually finding ways to increase productivity in the warehouse with technology. 

Warehouses are changing, there for this question arises, is there a future for stretch wrap in the warehouse? Most Definitely.  

Future-proofed power management


When UK leading supplier of motor control centres (MCCs) Boulting Technology identified a trend in industry power management needs, it teamed up with ABB to design and manufacture its first 100kA low voltage (LV) switchboard. The Boulting Power Centre (BPC) is fully BS EN 61439-compliant and the company designed it to match exactly the needs of industrial and commercial buildings' power applications, which require high fault tolerance levels. To make the product flexible, future-proof, and reduce its footprint, Boulting Technology used the world’s first smart grid compatible low voltage circuit breaker, ABB’s SACE Emax 2.

Think smarter energy

~ Industrial automation components supplier releases smart technology guide ~

To help industry better understand the deluge of intelligent devices and systems setting the energy sector alight, industrial automation components supplier EU Automation has produced a concise one page guide about smart technology. The guide is available for download from the industry guides section of EU Automation’s website

Smart technologies are currently taking over both the consumer and industrial automation markets. In the energy sector, this has given birth to smart meters and significant developments towards smart cities running on even smarter grids. 

Future-proofing Britain’s energy infrastructure


Few companies can afford to have their operations halted by unexpected downtime, but for the energy grid potential power failures could plunge parts of, or entire, countries into darkness. The cost of ensuring that Britain can switch its lights back on, following a failure, has grown by £12 million in the past year alone. Naturally, developed economies are not at high risk of power blackouts, apart from in the most extreme of circumstances. However, as the current infrastructure continues to age, industry leaders should begin to review the operational lifespan of this capital equipment to avoid blackouts in the future. 

The Lighting Industry Association signs partnership with University of South Wales


The University of South Wales (USW) and the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) have agreed a formal partnership, cementing a relationship which will see the development of a range of specialist lighting courses.

Steve Davies, LIA CEO, said: “We are delighted to have signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of South Wales. Our partnership is part of a drive by the LIA Academy to improve and co-ordinate training and development opportunities for lighting professionals throughout the UK.”

The rise, fall and rise of the electric car



This may surprise you, but did you know the electric car isn't a recent development? The idea has been around for over a century and has an interesting history of development. The early electric vehicles (EVs), such as Wood's Phaeton, were little more than electrified horseless carriages. The Phaeton itself had a range of 18 miles and a top speed of 14 miles per hour.  

Conserving energy through advanced technologies

impact-of-future-technology-in-saving-energy's infographic – The Impact of Future Technology on Saving Energy – helps energy users gain a better understanding of new, innovative technologies and their effect on energy conservation. Over the course of 16 years, primary energy usage has increased by 44 percent on a global level. And it doesn't seem like it's stopping, mainly due to behaviors such as frequent transportation use and high home energy consumption. Through two sections – saving at home and saving on the road – maps out how new technologies can reduce energy at home or on the go. 

War of the currents: AC/DC power



Steve Jobs and Bill Gates - two of the most well-known figures in modern technology and also, one of the industry’s most infamous rivalries. “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste,” Jobs famously stated in 1996.  Despite the snide remarks and occasional lawsuits, both Jobs and Gates realised there was room on the IT market for both companies to coexist. The same however, cannot be said for George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison. Arguably two of the brightest minds in science, the pair engaged in a decade-long vendetta over alternating (AC) and direct (DC) electrical currents.