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Electrical Components

Promise of power protection in unstable conditions

19th June 2020 Unstable electricity conditions are seen as key considerations for small to medium-sized businesses in developing markets such as South Africa. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) unit has been developed to handle a wide voltage range and inconsistent power conditions, offering businesses the... 

Bidirectional Power Supplies EA-PSB 10000 30kW

3rd June 2020 The new product offers more performance in a small space. The energy feedback possibility can, dependant on application, significantly reduce operating costs. 

Bidirectional Power Supplies EA-PSB 10000 30kW

Specialised dry-type transformers for Saldanha port upgrade

28th May 2020 Transnet’s upgrade of its port facility at Saldanha Bay will include dry-type transformers that are specially manufactured to suit the conditions at the project. To resist the corrosive sea air, all the transformer enclosures will be manufactured from 3CR12 grade stainless steel. The enclosures... 

Specialised dry-type transformers for Saldanha port upgrade
Conductix festoon systems from Powermite

Isolation transformers for medical applications

22nd May 2020 A new series of data isolators optimised for medical applications promises an effective layer of protection for critical applications that require uninterrupted flow of data. The isolation transformers are specifically suited to electronic equipment and personnel protection in hospitals, medical... 

Monitoring tools help reduce energy costs

7th May 2020 One of the most significant costs at industrial facilities is energy. Although viewed as an unavoidable expense, energy is a variable cost that can be monitored and managed in order to reduce expenses. The Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers from Comtest aim to facilitate the analysis... 

Monitoring tools help reduce energy costs
The Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers

Power transformer increases local content on wind farm

7th May 2020 A locally manufactured main power transformer was recently delivered to a wind farm project near Swellendam in the Western Cape. The local manufacture of the transformers gives project developers the opportunity to increase the local content of renewable power projects, in line with the... 

Power transformer increases local content on wind farm
Quality checking at Zest WEG

Cable gland range developed locally

7th May 2020 A locally developed, designed and manufactured double-compression cable gland range aims to provide the mining and oil and gas industries with an all-inclusive, safe and efficient electrical installation solution. The AMPgland’s design incorporates two O-rings on the shielding cone. The... 

Cable gland range developed locally
The AMPgland range from Proof Engineering Solutions

Multi-range programmable DC power supplies

30th April 2020 A new series of 5 kW multi-ranging, single-output programmable DC power supplies has been announced. The power supplies offer up to 1 000 V or 80 A in a compact 2U form factor and are particularly suited for both bench use and automated test system applications. 

Multi-range programmable DC power supplies
B&K Precision MR series

Local transformers key to global brewer’s expansion

17th April 2020 Three transformers were recently designed, supplied and commissioned for a global beer maker’s expanded facility in Gauteng. These included a 1 250 kVA and a 1 600 kVA unit, both with 11 kV to 400 V capacity, as well as a 2 000 kVA unit for 11 kV to 690 V application. Dry-type transformer... 

Local transformers key to global brewer’s expansion
Medium voltage compact switchgear with ring main unit, battery tripping unit and metering panel.

Local transformers for renewable energy projects

27th March 2020 A local transformer manufacturing facility has supplied 36 specialised photovoltaic (PV) transformers to a solar energy generation plant in the Northern Cape. Conventional distribution transformers are not adequate for renewable energy applications and distribution photovoltaic (DPV) solar energy... 

Local transformers for renewable energy projects
A completed WEG PV transformer supplied for use at a solar energy generation plant

Metal isolators put safety first

27th March 2020 A new range of metal isolator switches specifically designed for use in the commercial, mining and industrial sectors, is seen as a critical component of maintaining safety in harsh operating environments. Available from 63 A to 630 A and in three or four poles, the IP65 dust- and... 

Metal isolators put safety first
Metal isolator switch from AMPCO

Skid-mounted dry-type transformer does duty on coal mine

20th March 2020 A dry-type transformer mounted on a mobile skid was recently supplied in a specialised application on a coal mine. A specially designed, fit-for-purpose solution was required to meet the demands of the harsh environment of a coal mine. 

Skid-mounted dry-type transformer does duty on coal mine
Trafo Power transformer on a mobile skid

Range of heavy-duty connectors available

20th March 2020 A range of heavy-duty connectors is now available to customers across Southern Africa. The portfolio includes industrial connectors, including multipole connectors, inserts, aluminium enclosures and more than 6 000 complementary products. 

Range of heavy-duty connectors available
A Molex GWConnect connector

Rugged sealed connectors for automotive applications

20th March 2020 A range of heavy-duty sealed single- and multi-pin plastic and metal interconnection devices is now available. RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, announced the availability of the A Series of automotive connectors from Amphenol. 

Rugged sealed connectors for automotive applications

Metal plug and socket outlet range highlighted

13th March 2020 A range of locally manufactured metal and plastic plug and socket products is designed to cater specifically to customers from sub-Saharan Africa in the commercial, mining and industrial sectors. The AMPCO metal range is manufactured from aluminium and comprises CEE-type metal plug and socket... 

Metal plug and socket outlet range highlighted
AMPCO's range of metal and plastic plugs and sockets

Compact battery pack powers cordless tools

20th February 2020 A high power battery pack for cordless drills, drivers, jigsaws and other battery-powered assembly tools is seen as an ideal power source for tools that require ergonomics, portability and ease of handling. The compact design of the Li-HighPower battery pack with 4.0 Ah capacity makes it 20%... 

Compact battery pack powers cordless tools
The Li-HighPower battery pack for portable power tools

New products for the 5G future

20th February 2020 A number of new products aimed at addressing requirements for the manufacture and performance of advanced electronics devices, have been showcased. On display at the 2020 IPC APEX tradeshow in San Diego, California, the products are seen as solutions for the needs of 5G, or fifth generation,... 

Technology set to redefine device safety

10th January 2020 New Advanced Circuit Interruption (ACI) technology aims to improve the safety of electrical installations while also saving space. The technology is said to provide a technical solution to dimensioning issues and eliminates the need for an external back-up fuse. The surge arrestor with ACI... 

Combi switchbox gets approval

10th January 2020 A combi switchbox has recently been awarded Atmosphere Explosibles (ATEX) approval for use in Actuator Sensor- (AS-) Interface and DeviceNet fieldbus systems. The combi switchbox is designed for a number of different industrial working environments and all common process landscapes. These include... 

Frequency converter updated

10th January 2020 A frequency converter designed specifically for use in water and wastewater applications and in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, is now available in a three-phase 3 AC 200 V voltage variant in the power range up to 55 kW. The updates are aimed at making the units more... 

Proactive electrical distribution management

12th December 2019 The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based technologies are being used to provide predictive solutions for electrical distribution system management and critical data centre assets. Asset Advisor services offer the potential to anticipate and address issues before they become critical... 

Local manufacturing reduces lead times

12th December 2019 A manufacturer of insulated switchgear has announced that a product which was previously 100% internationally manufactured, will now have a 68% local finishing process, reducing the customer waiting period from 12 weeks to four weeks and boosting local manufacturing and empowerment. The company... 

Protecting homes and businesses during load-shedding

29th November 2019 Homes and small businesses may be at risk during load-shedding if there are no contingency plans in place, in the event of a sudden loss of power or power surge due to a power outage. Electronic devices used for communication, security and entertainment are at risk of damage and failure because... 

Modern range of plugs available

29th November 2019 A new range of plugs has been made available to the South African market. The plugs are said to meet the latest electrical standards and promise advanced features, contemporary aesthetic qualities, user convenience and simple installation. The newly-designed plugs are available in both the old... 

Compression glands made from tough plastic

26th September 2019 Compression glands made from engineering plastic are used for appliances and instrumentation in a wide range of applications and industries, from sewerage and chemical plants to abattoirs. Engineering plastics are seen as tough plastics and have better mechanical and thermal properties than... 

Integrated earth leakage protection for circuit breakers

18th September 2019 A new technology that monitors the flow of current and sends a pre-alarm signal in the event of earth leakage, has been integrated into a range of circuit breakers. The system interrupts the circuit if organic disruptions are detected, preventing the danger of electric shock. This means that... 

Battery electric loader set to launch

10th September 2019 A new battery electric load-haul-dump (LHD) underground mining loader is currently being developed. The design promises the use of advanced technology lithium-ion batteries and fast, onboard charging to advance safety and promote higher production. 

Battery electric loader set to launch
The new battery electric loader will use lithium-ion batteries and onboard charging

Integrated solution monitors conductivity of liquids

3rd September 2019 A combination-measuring transducer to monitor the conductivity of liquids is now available. Conductivity of water measures the water’s ability to pass electrical flow. This function is important to industries such as brewing, pharmaceutical industries and food manufacturing processes. The... 

Low voltage capacitor banks help reduce overall electricity demands

16th July 2019 In electrical networks, reactive energy results in increased line currents for a given active energy transmitted to loads. This, in turn, leads to a number of consequences, including oversized transmission and distribution networks, increased voltage drops along the distribution lines and more... 

Upgrade for surge protectors

2nd July 2019 Surge protection devices (SPDs) are designed to prevent excess voltage at the terminals of sensitive equipment. Class one SPDs protect electrical installations against direct lightning strikes, while class two SPDs are the main protection systems installed in an electrical switchboard. However,... 

Festoon systems for electric bulk materials handling machinery

2nd July 2019 Festoon systems provide mobile supports for electrical cables or pneumatic and hydraulic lines and deliver a feed of energy, data, air and fluids to electric mobile bulk materials handling machinery in various sectors, including mining and industry. As the carriers of these resources, this... 

Voltex Distribution

6th November 2018 We supply the widest range of electrical and related products through our 21 supply division and 58 distribution outlets situated across Southern Africa. We are a proudly Bidvest company and a leading stockist and distributor of a vast and comprehensive array of electrical and related materials.... 

Voltex Distribution
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