http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.77Change: 0.03
R/$ = 12.54Change: -0.03
Au 1103.30 $/ozChange: 7.81
Pt 985.00 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 12, 2012

Counterfeit electric equipment in SA threatens lives

Back
Engineering|Africa|CBI-Electric|Components|Contractor|Copper|European Conformity|Fire|German Verband Der Elektrotechnik|Installation|Safety|Underwriters Laboratories|Africa|South Africa|United States|Authentic Electric Equipment|Counterfeit Device|Counterfeit Devices|Earth Leakage Devices|Electric Equipment Manufacturer|Equipment|Low-voltage Equipment|Manufacturing|Products|Steel|Michael Grant|Far East
Engineering|Africa|Components|Contractor|Copper|Fire|Installation|Safety||Africa||Equipment|Manufacturing|Products|Steel||
engineering|africa-company|cbi-electric-company|components|contractor|copper|european-conformity|fire|german-verband-der-elektrotechnik|installation|safety|underwriters-laboratories|africa|south-africa|united-states|authentic-electric-equipment|counterfeit-device|counterfeit-devices|earth-leakage-devices|electric-equipment-manufacturer|equipment|lowvoltage-equipment|manufacturing|products|steel|michael-grant|far-east
© Reuse this



Counterfeit electric goods that do not pass South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) tests not only burn when loaded below the rated current and fail breaking capacity tests but also endanger South African lives, South African electric equipment manufacturer CBI-Electric senior electrical engineer Dr Michael Grant warns.

Consumer awareness of these goods in South Africa and demands for authenticity, how- ever, could ensure that contractors use authentic electric equipment.

The counterfeit circuit breakers and earth leakage devices look almost identical to CBI-Electric’s low-voltage equipment and are fraudulently stamped with the company’s name.

“These devices are meant to protect lives, but 100% of all counterfeit goods tested by us, under supervision of the SABS, have failed all rating tests,” he notes.

Grant says that some of the components in the counterfeit devices are made of steel instead of copper, which increases the heat generated, and the devices fail to interrupt a fault current.

“The plastic components of our devices contain special fire retardants and degassing additives and are, therefore, high-quality components – the counterfeit goods have no such additives and readily burn.

“However, CBI-Electric tests its products according to high standards, including SABS standards and international standards set by US-based Underwriters Laboratories, German Verband der Elektrotechnik and European Conformity, and the authentic products pass, and even surpass, all rigorous tests. The counterfeit devices do not,” he notes.

The counterfeit devices are also fraudulently imprinted with the accreditation marks of these international standards authorities, but Engineering News witnessed, under controlled conditions, how a counterfeit device smoked and burned before the rated current was achieved. CBI-Electric also carried out standard breaking capacity tests on a counterfeit device, which exploded.

“These counterfeits fail even under normal operating conditions, not to mention fault conditions. They are apparently imported from the Far East. The State is working with industry to prevent the influx of these goods, but consumers must be aware of the presence of these devices for their own safety,” highlights Grant.

The counterfeit devices fail the mandatory tests that electricians must carry out on them before they are installed. Contractors generally buy them because they are cheaper, but by ensuring that your contractor buys the goods from authorised distributors, you can ensure that authentic equipment is installed, he notes.

All CBI-Electric devices have a complete and traceable history of their manufacturing.
“Electricians must be aware that by using counterfeit goods, they will compromise the certificate of compliance for a structure, and will be directly liable should these devices fail,” he stipulates.

“Local manufacturers anchor skills in the South African economy and we adhere to strict international standards for electrical devices. We call on any individuals, electricians, contractors, electrical installation companies and industry to contact us about manufacturing history and authenticity, and for approved distributors on our hotline – 0860 273257,” concludes Grant.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
Meyerton-based steel tank manufacturer Structa Technology is currently rolling out a water infrastructure build programme that supports local municipalities, water utilities, schools, hospitals and clinics.
Alternative funding models could be expected to begin coming to the fore in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector as the market becomes more competitive and domestic development finance institutions (DFIs) begin scaling back their direct involvement in projects....
DIMITRI MARKOULIDES An innovation champion must involve employees in innovation projects and keep them updated to enable them to support and drive innovation and create the future of the business
An innovation champion course that trains executives to manage innovation in their organisations aims to help companies grow revenue streams and tap new markets, says business change management consultancy BMGI South Africa innovation practice lead Dimitri...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 7 hours ago Not only were new oil and gas (O&G) discoveries in East Africa a catalyst for investment into road, rail and pipeline infrastructure, but they also contributed to the region’s economic growth, with growth of 5.5% projected for this year and an estimated 6% to 7% for...
Updated 7 hours ago Transnet has won the 2014 Nkonki State-Owned Company (SOC) Integrated Reporting Award for the best performer. Assurance and advisory firm Nkonki on Wednesday released the findings of its 2015 review of integrated reporting by South African SOCs. The report, titled...
Updated 7 hours ago Leading water scientists say it is no longer debatable that South Africa is experiencing a water crisis given that there are already serious problems in supplying enough water of sufficient quality to meet the country’s social and economic needs. CSIR researchers...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Meyerton-based steel tank manufacturer Structa Technology is currently rolling out a water infrastructure build programme that supports local municipalities, water utilities, schools, hospitals and clinics.
Alternative funding models could be expected to begin coming to the fore in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector as the market becomes more competitive and domestic development finance institutions (DFIs) begin scaling back their direct involvement in projects....
DIMITRI MARKOULIDES An innovation champion must involve employees in innovation projects and keep them updated to enable them to support and drive innovation and create the future of the business
An innovation champion course that trains executives to manage innovation in their organisations aims to help companies grow revenue streams and tap new markets, says business change management consultancy BMGI South Africa innovation practice lead Dimitri...
Future digital workplaces will require employees to continuously learn new “literacies”, including new media, information and technical skills, to help their company thrive and spur personal growth. Information technology (IT) research firm Gartner, thus, suggests...
Only 25% of large construction projects surveyed in KPMG’s Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, released in June, were concluded on time and within budget over the last three years. “Every project owner wants predictability when it comes to large projects, and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96