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Electrical Components

Energy efficient ceramic elements now available

26th November 2021 Ceramic elements are seen as cost-effective alternatives to solar thermal and heat pumps, reducing water heating costs and saving energy. XTEND ceramic elements have been shown to save up to 25% on water heating costs over the life of the element, compared to standard resistive heating elements.... 

Prepaid electricity meter offers accuracy and reliability

19th November 2021 Prepaid electricity meters are seen as a convenient solution for managing electricity usage and costs, especially for rental properties, existing or new installations in domestic homes, cottages, townhouse units, complexes, flats or retail outlets. Hexing HXE115-KP electricity prepaid meters are... 

Image of the Hexing HXE115-KP meter which operates on the JKNV Energy vending platform and integrates with EasyPay
The Hexing HXE115-KP meter operates on the JKNV Energy vending platform and integrates with EasyPay

Specialised traction transformers for SA rail 

1st October 2021 As an established supplier to South Africa’s rail sector, Zest WEG will be supplying specialised traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company is supplying six 6 MVA units that will step down from 88 kV to 1220 V and two more 6 MVA units... 

Image of One of the eight WEG 6 MVA traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines
One of the eight WEG 6 MVA traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines

Heat transfer compound ensures efficient thermal coupling

16th September 2021 HTS Silicone Heat Transfer Compound is a metal-oxide filled silicone oil that is said to provide an extremely efficient and exceptionally thermally conductive interface material which can operate over a wide temperature range. Electrolube Heat Transfer Compound is recommended where the efficient... 

Image of HTS Silicone Heat Transfer Compound from Vepac Electronics
HTS Silicone Heat Transfer Compound from Vepac Electronics

Optimize maintenance cost with Schneider’s Harmony range

15th September 2021 Magnet, leading distributors of Schneider Electric products and solutions, poses an important question: What if your production line stopped because of a single pushbutton? 

Magnet Electric post image

Schneider’s Illuminated Emergency Stop

7th July 2021 Electrical products supplier Magnet’s extensive range of Schneider Electric products and solutions includes the Harmony XB5 range of illuminated emergency stops. 

Image of Schneider’s Illuminated Emergency Stop
Schneider’s Illuminated Emergency Stop

Compact, flexible power supply solution

2nd July 2021 A new addition to a range of digital programmable three phase 5kW AC-DC power supplies offers flexible operation with uncomplicated low line input requirements.  The new HPL5K0 series offers both constant voltage and constant current operation, along with the flexibility and user configurability... 

The HPL5K0 available from Vepac Electronics
The HPL5K0 available from Vepac Electronics

Digital switchgear goes green

7th May 2021 A new medium voltage (MV) switchgear range uses pure air and vacuum interruption instead of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, making it environment-friendly while also allowing users to take advantage of its digital features to unlock the value of data. Schneider Electric recently announced the... 

The SM AirSeT medium voltage switchgear from Schneider Electric
The SM AirSeT medium voltage switchgear from Schneider Electric

New UPS for industrial applications promises greater efficiency

30th April 2021 A modular and scalable three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) designed to support both energy and process efficiency in industrial applications, has recently been launched. The unit is said to be 50% more compact than the industry average and is particularly suited for space-constrained... 

The Galaxy VL UPS from Schneider Electric
The Galaxy VL UPS from Schneider Electric

Introducing the TeSys Island – Schneider’s response to changing demands

7th April 2021 New to Magnet’s extensive range of Schneider Electric products and solutions is the TeSys Island. This innovative device is designed to switch, protect, and manage motors and other electrical loads up to 80Amps (AC3) in an electrical control panel. 

Introducing the TeSys Island – Schneider’s response to changing demands

High voltage power supplies promise superior control and enhanced performance

1st April 2021 A series of rack mount high voltage DC power supplies able to supply up to 60 kV is said to offer superior control and enhanced performance. Introduced by XP Glassman, the EY series of 1200 W high voltage power supplies is particularly suited for use by laboratories and original-equipment... 

The EY series of 1200 W high voltage power supplies from XP Glassman
The EY series of 1200 W high voltage power supplies from XP Glassman

UPS range extended

1st April 2021 Schneider Electric has announced that it has extended its Easy UPS 3L from 250 kVA to 600 kVA (400 V) with the addition of 250 kVA, 300 kVA and 400 kVA 3-phase Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPSs) for external batteries. The company emphasises that its Easy UPS 3L simplifies and streamlines... 

Easy UPS 3L from 250 kVA to 400 kVA
Easy UPS 3L from 250 kVA to 400 kVA

Compact multimeter for electrical troubleshooting

26th March 2021 A new multimeter for measuring voltage, continuity, resistance and other measurements, has recently been introduced. Local representative of Fluke, Comtest, states that the new Fluke 110 True-RMS multimeter is a versatile tool that can be used for all essential electrical measurements, in both... 

The Fluke 110 True-RMS multimeter for electrical troubleshooting
The Fluke 110 True-RMS multimeter for electrical troubleshooting

Smaller moulded case circuit breaker now available

5th March 2021 A new, smaller-sized moulded case circuit breaker (MCCB) is now available. The ComPact NSXm MCCB is the smallest and newest addition to Magnet’s range of Schneider Electric products. Specifications of the ComPact NSXm MCCB are: 

Schneider Electric's ComPact NSXm MCCB available from Magnet
Schneider Electric's ComPact NSXm MCCB available from Magnet

Award-winning eco-friendly water heater

12th February 2021 A new inverter water heater aimed at boosting heating performance while lowering energy consumption, has been recently unveiled.  The unit heats water using condensation heat generated in the process of compressing and circulating refrigerant. The result is a water heater that has been shown to... 

LG Inverter Heat Pump Water Heater
LG Inverter Heat Pump Water Heater

Electrical loggers help reduce energy costs

15th January 2021 Energy is a significant contributor to costs in the industrial sector but, as a variable cost, it can be monitored and managed to find opportunities for energy savings. COMTEST’s Fluke 1732/1734 three-phase energy loggers are designed to identify sources of electrical energy waste.  The tools are... 

Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers
Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers

Standalone power supply range extended

8th January 2021 Technoswitch recently modified and expanded its standalone 100 - 240 V AC to 24 V DC, 2A regulated power supply range. A lightweight, durable acrylnitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) enclosure with a snap-on lid has replaced the current power supply in the small metal enclosure. The ABS enclosure is... 

Technoswitch standalone power supply units
Technoswitch standalone power supply units

Smart meters enable accurate billing

5th November 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Smart meters are defined as an advanced meter that identifies the electricity consumption pattern in better detail as compared to a conventional meter. Smart meters have basic functions that conventional meters do not. Smart meters have the ability to send and... 

A smart meter from Enbaya Prepaid Meters
A smart meter from Enbaya Prepaid Meters

Battery powered equipment is a game-changer

4th September 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom) – Milwaukee Tools has done it again – bringing users a new innovation that will change the way work gets done on the jobsite.  MX FUEL is one of the most aggressive takes on battery powered light equipment the industry has ever seen. Exposure to emissions,... 

Milwaukee Tools offers a range of battery powered light equipment
Milwaukee Tools offers a range of battery powered light equipment

Transformers specifically designed for renewable energy plants

14th August 2020 An increasing demand for the use of dry-type transformers in renewable energy plants has been noted as a significant trend. Dry-type distribution transformers are seen as a more suitable alternative to oil transformers, especially in the distribution power range between 50 kVA and 10 MVA. 

Trafo Power Solutions' 400 V/22 kV step-up transformer designed for renewable energy applications
Trafo Power Solutions' 400 V/22 kV step-up transformer designed for renewable energy applications

New USB chargers meet South African electrical standards

17th July 2020 New universal serial bus (USB) chargers which meet the latest electrical standards in South Africa, have been developed for quick installation, enhanced safety, user convenience and with a modern design. The new 16 A RSA monoblocs feature both the old and new RSA 2P and E sockets, as well as USB... 

The Arteor monobloc with USB charger from Legrand
The Arteor monobloc with USB charger from Legrand

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... 

The APC Easy UPS 1 Ph Online UPS from Schneider Electric
The APC Easy UPS 1 Ph Online UPS from Schneider Electric

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... 

Conductix festoon systems from Powermite
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... 

The Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers
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... 

Quality checking at Zest WEG
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... 

The AMPgland range from Proof Engineering Solutions
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. 

B&K Precision MR series
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... 

Medium voltage compact switchgear with ring main unit, battery tripping unit and metering panel.
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... 

A completed WEG PV transformer supplied for use at a solar energy generation plant
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 isolator switch from AMPCO
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. 

Trafo Power transformer on a mobile skid
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. 

A Molex GWConnect connector
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... 

AMPCO's range of metal and plastic plugs and sockets
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%... 

The Li-HighPower battery pack for portable power 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,... 

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