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THERE’S NO DIMMING OVIA’S BRIGHT FUTURE A year since its official launch, has OVIA delivered on its promise to electricians - to offer a broad range of high-quality, competitively priced lighting products that offer an abundance of features and speed of installation as standard? The answer is a resounding yes, according to feedback from installers. When Ovia was launched as an independent lighting organisation a year ago, the company’s aim was to fill a gap for a broad spectrum of entry level lighting products that are highly competitively priced, that are packed full of features and benefits, and are quick and easy to install to help contractors save time and money. A year later, and despite the major challenges faced in the prevailing climate, Ovia has kept on track with its ambitious plans and has exceeded expectations for the first year of trading independently. There has been investment in new products and in state-of-the-art testing equipment, the addition of new team members, and the launch of the second issue of the Ovia catalogue. The comprehensive Ovia range now includes products that cover a wide range of applications and include domestic, amenity, commercial, industrial, utility, floodlighting, and emergency lighting.

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS… Regulars 4 Editorial

VOLUME 41 NO. 03 • MARCH 2021

SPECIAL FEATURES: Wholesalers & Distributors

Investing in the future

7 Industry News Energy worker helps power COVID-19 vaccine roll-out; First fully mobile business app launched; Certsure announces the retirement of the ELECSA brand; and more

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How antimicrobial sockets and 22 switches can help to limit the spread of viruses Scolmore looks at the need for 24 suppliers to work collaboratively

The future is bright for Ovia

with wholesalers

12 Contract News Quartzelec delivers on landmark development; The Met completes test receiving of new alarm signals; Hamilton cleans up at Hotel Indigo Bath; and more

Consultation opens on 26 new code for construction product information

14 Training Electricians – developing your career potential

16 Key Issue Leveraging CCTV to protect the bottom line

Software & Apps

18 Project Focus

Taking energy performance to 28 new heights in Swansea

Making the connection for the National Rehabilitation Hospital

20 Advertisement Feature

‘eyes’ on the network 30 toMore stop power cuts before

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21 Ask the Expert

Schaeffler takes standardised 32 electrical design into new

RCD requirements for EV charging

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34 Competition The chance to win a bundle of Sangamo heating control products, courtesy of ESP

Lighting the way to a fully 33 connected university

44 Company Showcase Sponsored content from across the sector

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Test Equipment Bosch’s GTC 400 C Professional 36 Thermal Camera offers a variety of great functions

38 A handy guide to EICRs Back to the future – detail 40 on NAPIT’s latest publication dedicated to inspection and testing of electrical installations A quality first approach to 41 EV charging HAL makes light work of 42 safety testing

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ello and welcome to the March 2021 issue of ECN. At the time of writing, the industry has just celebrated National Apprenticeship Week and has shared some great examples of successful employees who began their career as apprentices. In amongst all the doom and gloom of COVID-19 it has been nice to see some positivity in the form of investing in the future bright sparks of the industry. Marshall-Tufflex has seen success with two apprentices, who have become full time employees within the Engineering Department. Max Loring and Samuel Humphrey were recruited and began their apprenticeship courses in 2017. Since then, Max has completed the Advanced Level in Engineering Maintenance and Samuel has completed the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Toolmaking. Both are now employed in full time positions within the engineering department, following their three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship in Hastings. A new intake of electrical installation and maintenance apprentices began their training at

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Telford College in January. They are on a three-year programme, studying for an advanced level three qualification. These trainees come from a range of businesses in Shropshire. Lora Rogers, recruitment officer at Telford College, says: “Apprenticeships help to provide a skilled workforce for the future and are proven to increase staff loyalty and retention by significantly improving their future prospects.” With a majority of industries being affected and impacted by the global pandemic and the restrictions it has brought in, Director of The Apprenticeship Management Group, John Henry says there is “no better time to shine a light on the apprentices and apprenticeship suppliers about how they are involved with training tomorrow’s workers.” This issue brings you the latest from the Wholesalers and Distributors, Software and Apps and Test Equipment sectors, along with a special supplement on Smart Buildings. And don’t forget to enter this month’s competition for a chance to win a bundle of Sangamo heating control products, courtesy of ESP. I hope you enjoy the issue – see you next month!

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INDUSTRY NEWS ELECTRICIAN’S EARNINGS FALL IN JANUARY Earnings for self-employed electricians fell in January – in keeping with the traditional slow start to the year. Hudson Contract said that the average weekly pay was £965 during January, a fall of 10.4% on December. The company said the overall number of tradespeople on its books last month stood at 87% of prepandemic levels. The figure was 90% before the festive break when most construction sites shut for a fortnight. The best-performing regions for electrician’s earnings were Wales (up 2.6%), the East Midlands (flat) and Yorkshire and the Humber (down 7.3%). Ian Anfield, Hudson managing director says: “There are widespread reports of full order books among our clients. However, all that can change quickly if the housing market slumps and major housebuilders turn off the taps.” Hudson Contract, hudsoncontract.co.uk

ENERGY WORKER HELPS POWER THE COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL-OUT

FIRST FULLY MOBILE BUSINESS APP LAUNCHED

An electricity worker has revealed the emotional connection which comes with giving people the COVID-19 vaccine as a volunteer. Jon Bray, 49, from Saxmundham, volunteers twice a week at the Sole Bay vaccination roll-out in Southwold, run by the Beccles medical centre. He has been given time to do so by his employer UK Power Networks, where he usually trains engineering staff at their Bury St Edmunds training centre. Now his duties every Tuesday and Thursday, and in his own time at weekends, are as part of team of volunteers and medical staff vaccinating the local community in and around Southwold. Jon has already administered vaccines to vulnerable people and health workers as part of the first stage of the government’s vaccination programme, as well as becoming a patient advocate and data-inputter at the centre. Jon says: “You do get a fantastic reaction from people after you administer the jab and the overriding emotion I would say is elation. We had one lady receive the jab and then come back the next day to thank us all again. “It’s a great feeling to be part of a team delivering for the local community. I’m just one of a number of volunteers who will be doing this for the foreseeable future as we bid to control the coronavirus pandemic.”

A mobile app called Timter has been launched – the first tool specifically developed to enable self-employed tradespeople (from electricians to plumbers, carpenters, roofers, small builders and more) to run their business entirely via their smartphones. It is claimed to be the only business tool available for tradespeople that runs entirely on a smartphone. It handles most major aspects of business management including job quoting, project planning, time tracking, product ordering, stock management and invoicing. Timter can help trade professionals boost their earnings and cut costs by reducing inefficiencies and errors. For most, full use of the app can free up at least four hours a week to spend on fee-earning projects. For a tradesperson with an hourly charge rate of £35 who works 45 weeks a year, this could add £6,300 to their annual income – an approximately 20% increase in average pay. In addition, the app can help trade professionals save hundreds of pounds in product ordering mistakes, and it records billable extras as they arise on jobs to ensure they’re not accidentally omitted on invoices.

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CICV FORUM HELPS WORKERS STAY SAFE WITH UPDATED GUIDANCE The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV) has issued a suite of new essential guidance to help the sector’s operatives continue to work safely on essential projects during lockdown. The campaigning collective has made three revised advice documents available to companies, associations and workers across the country, covering the latest health and safety information in a comprehensive range of potential scenarios. They include:

Timter, timter.com

• Construction operating guidance • Guidance on work in domestic premises • Guidance on work in commercial premises In addition, the Forum has produced a unique homeworking guidance document and a homeworking checklist to provide yet more essential advice for employers and staff. All the documents have been reviewed by the CICV Forum’s Health and Safety sub-group and underscore the message that if an activity cannot be undertaken safely, it should not be undertaken at all. The Forum has already reinforced guidance about the correct use of face coverings, travelling properly and staying COVID-aware outside work, as well as a reminder to the public to let operatives carry out work safely. CICV Forum, cicvforum.co.uk

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INDUSTRY NEWS RECOLIGHT SETS AMBITIOUS GOAL TO BE CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2030 Recolight has set a target to be net zero carbon by 2030. The target will cover all Recolight’s operations. Commenting on the news, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey says, “As a recycling compliance scheme, Recolight is already committed to limiting the environmental impact of the services we provide. But now we want to go much further. Although recycling activities are undoubtedly beneficial for the environment, they still come with a carbon cost. We want to change that.” A recycling service can produce significant benefits, however, a collection and recycling service also incurs material carbon costs, particularly when waste is transported from collection point to recycler. Nigel adds, “Dealing with the transport carbon will be particularly challenging. In our next tender for transport services and treatment services, due at the end of this year, 25% of the evaluation points will be awarded for robust plans and actions towards achieving net zero.” To provide an incentive and roadmap to help the industry work towards net zero carbon, Recolight plans to make up to £50,000 available, on a competitive basis. This is intended to help companies establish low carbon collection, or recycling, of waste lamps. Recolight, recolight.co.uk

CERTSURE ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF THE ELECSA BRAND Certsure has announced plans to retire the ELECSA brand from all of its schemes. Starting 26th April 2021, the organisation will begin to transfer ELECSA customers over to the NICEIC brand. The transition of all ELECSA customers will be completed by November 2022. This step is a pivotal move for the organisation as it seeks to strengthen its position as the leading certification body for the building services industry. Kevan Parker, Managing Director of Certsure says: “Today is the start of a process of working with our ELECSA customers to move them seamlessly to the NICEIC brand. Historically we have operated the two brands both wedded to our core values of delivering technical excellence and raising standards. However, our assessment processes and the assessors who deliver them are the same. So too is the customer service and technical helpline teams that work behind the scenes. “In addition, we know that verifiers and consumers have 13 times greater awareness of the NICEIC brand compared to all other electrical certification bodies and thus we want to focus our resources and attention on just one brand.” Certsure, certsure.com

MOVERS & SHAKERS… Seaward Electronic is setting its sights on further market growth with the appointment of a new chief executive. Electronics industry specialist, Chris Callan, takes up the role after building a highly successful career working with businesses around the UK and in the USA. Since graduating as an electronics and software engineer, Chris has gained widespread experience in business development, product management and executive roles in the medical, automotive and telecoms markets.

ECA JOINS NEW ENGINEERING SERVICES ALLIANCE The ECA has joined a new alliance to represent the multi-billion-pound UK engineering services sector. Actuate UK brings together eight leading trade, technology, research, and professional bodies in engineering services that will deliver a single, consolidated voice for the sector. As an agent for positive change, Actuate UK will support the delivery of a safer, more productive and sustainable UK built environment and, together with others in the industry, the UK Government and the Devolved Nations, will play a key role in essential national initiatives. These initiatives include the Construction Leadership Council’s Recovery Roadmap, the Construction Playbook and strategic economic plans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Building Safety reform and the drive for zero net carbon. Steve Bratt, CEO of ECA says: “If we are to build back better, faster and greener, maximising the potential of engineering services is critical. I am therefore delighted that the engineering services sector is coming together, right across the supply chain, to speak with one voice and ensure we play our part.” Actuate UK will also lead the sector’s response to the Building Safety agenda and post-COVID Green Recovery, providing direction and championing the wider industry culture changes needed for their successful delivery. ECA, eca.co.uk

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Eurolite Wiring Accessories has appointed Clive Hicks as Area Sales Manager for the South of the UK. At a time of change and growth for the organisation, Clive brings 15 years’ of experience of working with wholesalers, specifically working in the wiring accessories sector. Clive says: “I’m delighted to be working for Eurolite. The build quality of the products really is excellent, and there are some great heavy duty products in the range. I’ve been impressed with the fantastic range of finishes, which I know gives wholesalers and contractors such a wide choice for all environments.” Mechanical and electrical building services specialist J S Wright has appointed a new Mechanical Project Manager to its project management team. Based at the Birmingham headquarters of the 131-year-old company, Gerry McNally has no less than 40 years of experience across the retail, commercial, education, leisure, healthcare, hotel and public sectors of the industry. He is currently working on an £8m project to fit out 276 new apartments within the second phase of the £220m London Square mixed-use development in Bermondsey.

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THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR OVIA A year since its official launch as an independent lighting company, Mike Collins, sales director with Ovia, looks at how the brand is going from strength to strength, with an expanded sales team, second catalogue issue and a raft of new products.

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020 turned out to be an extremely challenging year for everyone, but as a business Ovia has been very fortunate to have been able to ride out the storm so far. The company made the decision to get all sales managers back early from furlough and out on the road and interacting with customers remotely – and that has really paid off. Ovia has exceeded its expectations for the first year as an independent business. Even with the challenges faced in the current climate, the company also released the second issue of its catalogue with a whole range of new products.

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Investment…innovation Ovia has made some very significant investments in the last 12 months. These include the purchase of cutting-edge testing equipment and a revolutionary photometry testing scheme, the appointment of a former BSI testing expert and the addition of a raft of new products to its growing lighting and lighting controls ranges. The company purchased its own Goniophotometer device and signed up to the revolutionary Gonio photometry luminaire testing scheme which has been created by the LIA, together with its partner Acal BFi, to enable lighting manufacturers to offer efficient third party certified luminaire performance testing. By bringing the light test facility in-house, the ground-breaking testing scheme is radically speeding up the testing process for Ovia’s lighting products and also offers reassurance when it comes to validating photometric measurements, such as Lumens per Watt and related performance claims.

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New products, new catalogue

The future is bright

Some of the products that have got installers talking include:

Phase two of Ovia’s product development programme aims to build on the success of the first phase. When the company started out a year ago, it had the domestic market pretty much covered with the products it offered. Ovia’s expansion into other sectors was always the aim and the company has had some great success, particularly with its commercial and floodlighting products. At 328 pages, the new Ovia Lighting Catalogue issue two is twice the size of the previous version and brings to installers a comprehensive product guide covering the entire range on offer. It includes a raft of new products, as well as improved products, that have been brought to market on the back of continual engagement with contractors to ensure that the products and solutions they seek are developed and available through the wholesaler.

• Inceptor Intense LED Strips - a range of IP20 and IP65 rated, 24V LED strips, available in cool white, warm white and RGBW. They come in four pre-cut lengths – 0.5m, 1m, 2m and 5m – and are quick and easy to install. With a variety of strips, connectors, and drivers available in the range, installers have the flexibility for complete customisation, whether working within domestic, retail, or outdoor settings. • Inceptor B-Lite - a range of 4ft, 5ft and 6ft linear batten multi-current LED fittings, available in standard; microwave sensor; emergency, and combined microwave and emergency sensor versions. They are a direct replacement for conventional battens and boast many features. The multi-current driver, with the option for four different wattages, allows the installer to increase or decrease the lumens, depending on the requirements for each individual application. The fitting is combined in single output and twin outputs, so there is no need for two separate units. • Inceptor Slate Backlit – a range of TP (b), TP(a) and TP (a) UGR19 rated backlit panel fittings, with an option that utilises UGR diffuser with a TP(a) thermoplastic rating, making them suitable for all working environments. They are available in three colour temperatures and are supplied with a pre-wired, push-fit Pole Flow connector for quick and easy installation.

"It has been an extremely challenging and rewarding 12 months"

Commenting on Ovia’s first year, sales director, Mike Collins, says: “It has been an extremely challenging but rewarding 12 months as we continue to grow the Ovia lighting range and raise the profile of the brand among an even wider contractor, specifier and wholesaler audience. “Regular engagement with contractors is how, as a group, we gain constructive insight into how contractors like to work, the issues they face and what they need to help them do their work in the most time-efficient and cost-effective way. Whilst we may not have been able to meet contractors at many of the usual exhibitions and trade shows in the last 12 months, we have continued to engage with them via social media, trade magazines and our own SGTV YouTube channel. It is the valuable feedback we get from them working on the job - often in challenging environments - that helps to drive the new product development programme. We look forward to continuing this interaction with them throughout 2021.”  Ovia, oviauk.com

Free lighting design service As part of a commitment to deliver a first-class service, a dedicated Ovia lighting design service is available, giving contractors access to free lighting design schemes for their commercial projects. The aim of the free service is to provide expertise in choosing the right products and solutions to create a scheme that meets all the requirements and objectives of the project in question, and that is compliant with all the relevant regulations and standards.

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CONTRACT NEWS QUARTZELEC DELIVERS ON LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT Contracting Service provider, Quartzelec, has continued to deliver on prestigious M&E/construction schemes during these challenging ‘COVID-19’ times. The £6m+ development in Chapel Street/Dearmans Place in Manchester being the most recently completed and where Quartzelec had been on-site from the beginning, supporting this significant re-generation scheme. Four residential blocks collectively provide 995 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and use a new open plan concept layout to maximise useable living space by removing the hallway traditionally found in apartments, giving them a distinct Manhattan style feel. The blocks, up to 22 storeys high, include new shared gardens, public areas and parking. Quartzelec undertook the full M&E services to all the landlord areas servicing the residential apartments as well as key communal areas, working alongside main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine. The works across the development included the fit out of four new substations that now provide power to

the development, along with two mechanical plant rooms housing the site boosted cold water supply and the wet riser pump room. A total of 300 parking spaces across four levels serve the development and incorporate secure access control with 60 CCTV installed cameras across the site. Over 5000 low energy microwave-controlled LED lighting units – to maintain the required lighting levels and to provide the benefit of reduced energy consumption – have also been installed over 68 residential corridors as part of the electrical and mechanical services to all areas of the development. Full domestic sprinkler protection has also been installed within the apartments and escape routes along with dry and wet risers to the four blocks, providing enhanced levels of fire safety protection. The corridors have further protection by way of a comprehensive smoke clearance system within each block, controlled by local activation of a smoke detection system. Quartzelec, quartzelec.com

VINCI WINS GRAND PARIS EXPRESS CONTRACT A joint venture made up of Vinci Construction and Vinci Energies subsidiaries has been awarded the contract by Société du Grand Paris for the general contracting work to develop 17 service structures located on the south-east stretch of Line 15 of the Grand Paris Express transport network. These technical structures will help ensure the safety and security of passengers and maintain the future Grand Paris Express line. The work, scheduled to take 59 months, began in January 2021. Worth a total of €65m, the contract primarily involves realising the structural work, metalwork, locksmithery, electrical systems, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning of the structures. At its peak, the project will involve over 200 people. The Vinci Group is also involved in other works packages of the Grand Paris Express, combining the expertise of and synergies between its subsidiaries for underground works, urban development, railway works, information technology, data and electrical engineering. Vinci Group, vinci.com

THE MET COMPLETES TEST RECEIVING OF NEW ALARM SIGNALS ECHO (Electronic Call Handling Operations), the not-forprofit security industry backed alarms handling operator, has announced the Metropolitan Police Service successfully completed its first end-to-end test receiving alarm signals via the new ECHO hub. The test signals, originating from Banham Security’s Alarm Receiving Centre, were successfully transmitted into The Met’s own Control Room. This success follows on the heels of the test by Essex Police, who in November 2020 were the first police force in the UK to have successfully received and verified confirmed signals in this way. ECHO is going live early in the year, offering a full service to any UK police force ready and able to be ECHO-connected. It is expected Essex Police and the Met will be fully prepared to handle all their police response alarm signals via ECHO by the spring of 2021. David Mair, Manager – Security Systems Unit, Metropolitan Police Service says, “We have been developing our capability to receive automated verified alarm signals from ARCs for some time. This proof of concept means all alarms with Met police response could be ECHO-connected and in line for faster police response before the end of 2021.” The NPCC estimates ECHO-connected police forces will save between one to four minutes in responding to intruder and hold up alarm activations. In its experience ‘every second counts’ in protecting people and property, and time saved by the police being ECHO-connected could be crucial in arriving at alarmed premises, providing a faster response to confirmed alarm activations from approved alarm installations. ECHO, echo.uk.net

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MARY ROSE WOULD BE ALL AT SEA WITHOUT MONITORING TECHNOLOGY Hanwell Solutions has helped preserve one of the most famous tourist attractions in the UK by developing a temperature and humidity monitoring solution to ensure the correct environmental conditions are constantly maintained for the site. Mary Rose, the 16th Century warship sunk in the Solent in 1545, is now a museum after a 34-year conservation project during which Hanwell’s technology and environmental monitoring sensors played a key role, continuously checking and recording temperature and humidity of the ship during the drying out process to minimise distortion and the cracking of wood due to environmental fluctuations. Eleanor Schofield, the Mary Rose Trust’s Head of Conservation and Collections Care, explains, “The Hanwell monitoring system was easy to set up to give us all the data we need. We link it to alarms, which are set so that if one sensor reports an environmental factor has become out of tolerance we can react quickly. The system enables us to get the problem sorted quickly, as well as helping us with routine maintenance.” Because of the unique nature of the Mary Rose, Hanwell had to design a customised solution for the conservation team. The system has been a key indicator in monitoring the drying of the timbers – if something had gone wrong it would have affected the whole ship. Over 30 sensors from the Hanwell Pro range are on the hull of the ship, continuously mapping the condition of the wood. The Hanwell system not only monitors the ship’s hull, but the vital data is also fed to the BMS system via MODBUS, data from the wireless sensors also control the separate air handling units for the collection of artefacts through a Hanwell custom built MS1000 control panel. Between the two control systems the critical environmental conditions are maintained between 18-20°C and 50-58% RH. Hanwell Solutions, hanwell.com

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CONTRACT NEWS HISTORIC POST OFFICE REDEVELOPMENT STARTS ON SITE The transformation of Bury St Edmunds’ former post office has now begun as part of a council’s investment in the future of its high street. The £8.4 million redevelopment project at 17-18 Cornhill will completely demolish the rear of the building to make way for 12 flats and two commercial units, while the Victorian frontage will be retained. Property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Perfect Circle was appointed by West Suffolk Council to provide quantity surveying, project management, and structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering and architectural advisory services for the scheme. The build will better links between the historic town centre – around Cornhill and Buttermarket – and the contemporary Arc Shopping Centre by widening the adjoining walkway by more than 50% to encourage an increase in footfall between the two sites and improving visitor experience. West Suffolk Council secured £2.75m in government investment, which provides cost certainty for the redevelopment. Managing a strict budget has been a key part of Perfect Circle’s role. Paul Darlow, regional lead for the East of England at Perfect Circle, said: “One of the main challenges we have experienced with this project so far was creating a design that met the client’s brief, was visually cohesive with the rest of the town centre, and kept within the budget of the scheme. “However, we have worked closely with the client’s architectural consultants to create a design that not only meets these requirements, but also perpetuates a new legacy that will stay with Bury St Edmunds for years to come.” Perfect Circle, perfectcircle.co.uk

CHA RECEIVES COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM CONTRACTOR Clydebank Housing Association (CHA) recently received two power washers from Magnus Electrical Services as a community benefit which formed part of a contract between the two organisations. CHA said that, after a successful procurement process, Magnus Electrical Services secured the contract to carry out its electrical testing programme throughout its stock over the next five years. CHA is committed to maximising community benefits from all its procurement activities. Through CHA’s community benefit programme, contractors and suppliers support the association’s economic, social and environmental objectives to help make a difference to the local communities. Jack Devlin, Acting Housing Services Manager at CHA, says, “When thinking of an appropriate community benefit, we wanted something that would be beneficial to all our tenants throughout our stock. Given the success of recent power washing work carried out in some areas, we felt giving our estate caretakers more tools to assist in the

BILFINGER SECURES MAJOR CONTRACT WITH ESSAR OIL UK

be sympathetic to the building’s period features and complement the five different bedroom design themes. Hamilton’s popular Hartland CFX plate was selected in antique brass with black inserts. Robust enough to meet the high wear and tear demands of the hotel industry, the design delivers a sophisticated look, while the antique brass finish gives the design a classic flair. At the main entrance to each guest room, a Grid Fix 4-Gang plate controls the master light switch, bathroom light and features two LEDIT-B100 rotary dimmers for softer lighting options. Beside each bed, dual switched sockets are equipped with two 2.4A USB-A Ultra charging outlets to provide easy and accessible charging functionality for smart devices. Positioned alongside is a 2-Gang 2-Way Rocker Switch plate to control the bedside lighting. In the same design and finish, power is distributed throughout the rooms with 1-Gang and 2-Gang Switched Sockets. In the larger suites, these are supported by a 4-Gang Aperture Sheer Floor Plate housing dual USB-A charging outlets and an unswitched socket to provide further charging capability.

Bilfinger UK has been chosen as the Maintenance & Projects Partner for a major four-year plus two-year contract by Essar Oil UK to carry out a range of services across facilities on its Stanlow site. The services will include mechanical, electrical and instrumentation, access, insulation, painting, and asbestos management and removal. The six-year contract will be delivered under Bilfinger’s Engineering & Maintenance service line. Bilfinger UK has successfully provided multi-discipline project and turnaround services to Essar Oil UK for many years, and this strategic decision to also award the Maintenance & Projects contract to Bilfinger UK is a testament to the exceptional work and safety performance delivered by the site team, and represents the next step in the strong relationship between Bilfinger UK and Essar Oil UK at the Stanlow Refinery. Jon Barden, Chief Operating Officer at Stanlow Oil Refinery, says: “I welcome Bilfinger UK as our lead partner for the delivery of mechanical, scaffolding, insulation, painting and electrical and instrumentation services at the Stanlow and Tranmere locations. We look forward to developing a successful long-term relationship where both parties work collaboratively to deliver improvements in our collective safety and business performances to benefit our respective employees and owners.” Bilfinger UK employs 4,000 employees in the UK, and approximately 200 employees will be dedicated to maintenance and projects services for Essar Oil UK. Bilfinger’s services for process industry customers include design and build, automated control and electrical systems, installation and commissioning as well as operations and maintenance. Essar Oil UK is sited on a 770 hectare industrialised area of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Stanlow and benefits from its close proximity to major North-West metropolises, a robust configuration and reliable, well-maintained assets. The refinery plays a strategic role in the UK economy, supplying 16% of all road transport fuels. It is also a major regional employer with over 900 staff, an additional 800 on site contractors and a further 5,000 people employed indirectly through the extended supply chain.

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upkeep of our common areas would be in keeping with what we want to achieve through community benefit clauses.” The power washers will be used between March and September in external common areas throughout CHA stock, for example, slabs, bin stores and close entrances. Colin Murray, Managing Director of Magnus Electrical Services, says, “Many thanks for the opportunity for Magnus Electrical Services to provide the power washers as our contribution to Clydebank Housing Association’s community benefits. We hope Clydebank finds them very useful.” Magnus Electrical Services, magnus-electrical.co.uk

HAMILTON CLEANS UP AT HOTEL INDIGO BATH Hamilton Litestat’s Hartland CFX wiring accessories have been chosen to equip Hotel Indigo Bath, a Grade One listed hotel featuring 166 bedrooms in the historic and vibrant Somerset city. Mixing contemporary and traditional design with no two rooms the same, Hotel Indigo Bath sought a range of decorative wiring accessories that offered modern conveniences and services to guests, but would

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TRAINING

ELECTRICIANS —­DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL As an electrician, you are able to determine your own earning potential. There are so many options for developing your skillset and building experience – the possibilities are endless. Mick Fitzgerald, Director, Options Skills, shares his tips for advancing your electrical career.

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here’s no time limit. No matter your age, skillset or current position, developing your career is about commitment and determination. The best part? You can continue to earn as you learn.

Why develop your skillset? Change your career path Advancing your skillset and experience can allow you to discover new career possibilities that you may not have thought about before. This could be embarking on a new challenge in a different electrical role or moving to self-employment, for example. Take control of your own earnings If you progress to self-employment, you will be able to set your own working hours and rates, giving you greater financial flexibility. Or, if you’re already self-employed, increasing your skillset and gaining new qualifications can allow you to charge more for your services or offer more advanced services, which you may not have been capable of before.

The greater your skillset and capabilities, the more demand there will be for you and your services

Increased job stability The greater your skillset and capabilities, the more demand there will be for you and your services. This can provide greater job stability and security. Additionally, if you’re looking to build employer connections, investing in yourself can show your commitment to your career, making you a more favourable candidate or team member.

Earn as you learn Lots of electrical qualifications have options to suit everyone, including the ability to continue to bring in a wage while you learn. For example, a traineeship allows you to complete qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience.

What different electrical career paths are available? Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) DEIs – one of the most common types of electrician – work on domestic properties. Their work includes single phase domestic installations and repairs. For a DEI, the earning potential is up to £40k per annum. Installation Electrician Installation Electricians install various electrical systems, such as power or security systems. Their work is on a wide range of sites, including construction and commercial environments. As an Installation Electrician, you may be able to earn between £35-£50k per annum. Renewable Energy Technician Renewable Energy Technicians are required to install and maintain sustainable and green energy systems. Their salary can be up to £52.5k per annum. Electrical Supervisor In addition to carrying out electrical work, Electrical Supervisors are responsible for managing teams, training employees, assigning roles and ensuring projects are completed in line with customer expectations. Electrical Supervisors can earn up to £60k per annum. Electrical Drafter Electrical Drafters create technical drawings (blueprints) of electrical systems to govern electrical work, including dimensions, arrangements and procedures for installation. As an Electrical Drafter, you can earn up to £45k per annum. The above career paths each require different qualifications, such as the Domestic Electrical Installer Award (limited to domestic, single phase installations and repairs) or an Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 Qualification, which incorporates single phase and three-phase commercial installation.

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Lots of electrical qualifications have options to suit everyone

• Research – take some time to research and understand the career path you want to pursue. You’ll need to know the requirements for getting there, including the qualifications you need, the courses you’ll need to attend, the time span and the associated costs. • Set yourself goals – think about where you want to be, and what you’re hoping to achieve. Set yourself short, medium and long-term goals, and use these goals as benchmarks to keep you on track to reaching your dream career. • Connect with training providers – training providers can allow you to see things clearly and potentially even open up possibilities you may not have thought about before. There’s no onward commitment from a conversation. • Choose the right training provider – it’s important to choose the right training provider. Be sure to choose one that will guide you towards your career goals and support you as you work towards achieving them. • Take the plunge – when you know your career goals and the steps to take to achieve those goals, you’re ready to take the plunge and put the spark back into your electrical career.  Options Skills, options-skills.co.uk

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LEVERAGING CCTV TO PROTECT THE BOTTOM LINE David Armitage, managing director of security firm, Centurion,   explores how CCTV is capable of protecting the bottom line.

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CTV, in its most basic form, is traditionally known as a tool for capturing thieves in action. And whilst it does deter and identify criminals, it is actually a formidable tool in far more ways than meets the eye – particularly within sectors such as manufacturing and distribution. In fact, intuitive camera systems – when used properly – can be a powerful system for boosting profits, protecting the bottom line and preventing injury claims. And with the additional threat of COVID-19, it can also be used to alert staff to potential carriers of the virus. It is widely known that British companies lose thousands of pounds per year due to external and internal theft. No one knows for certain an exact figure of how much firms are losing each year through pilfering – but one estimate has put it at a staggering figure of £248m. That’s why Centurion has a disproportionately large number of clients within premises over 50,000ft2 – the company has installed CCTV and access systems in hundreds of factories, distribution centres and facilities in the North of the UK. Centurion has a deep understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that arise, from the installation of monitoring technology.

Using CCTV to reduce theft Firstly, and most obviously, is the loss of stock. Shop floors and stores are a common target for theft, but with the installation of cameras, the threat of robbery is often dramatically reduced. This leads to a reduction in pilfering by staff, who take home equipment such as drill bits, cable ties and scrap metal, to name a few. With the installation of well-placed CCTV, the opportunity for such theft is dramatically cut.

CCTV can also be used to identify external thieves before they enter the building. License plate recognition (LPR) cameras can scan number plates on entry to a car park and alert staff to known shoplifters arriving, so that a security guard can screen them.

CCTV for health and safety measures Health and safety compliance is another common reason for CCTV installation. The ability to watch accidents by reviewing recorded incidents can be the difference between having a large insurance claim or none at all. It is often all-too-easy for self-inflicted slips or trips to turn into accident claims, but with HD, 24-hour camera monitoring, retailers can deny fault, and limit claims against them. On the flipside, it can also help to pinpoint areas for improvement in health and safety assessments.

CCTV heat mapping retail analysis CCTV heat mapping is where the technology starts to come into its own. Able to identify traffic flow, CCTV systems with analytics can provide intuitive reporting on shop floor directional paths, processes and inefficiencies. Without adequate and reliable process monitoring, an unexpected process occurrence cannot be controlled, or eliminated. Similarly, object detection allows a camera to alert management when problem occurs, like equipment failure. Cameras can detect when a person or vehicle crosses a virtual line and sound an alarm. They can also sound when a shipment comes in or out by watching for trucks on the loading dock. This type of functionality means that better, well-informed business decisions can be made. Using this information, directors are able to ascertain optimum staffing levels.

Process control Intuitive camera systems can be a powerful system for boosting profits, protecting the bottom line and preventing injury claims

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Another opportunity for boosting profits lies in increased efficiencies. Process control plays an important role in how manufacturing procedures can be improved and decentivises staff to work at a slowed pace.

Staff safety and wellbeing should always take priority, and scheduled breaks are vital, but it is commonly known that unmonitored night shift work is less productive than day shift work, when managers are not present. Productivity can be dramatically improved by the installation of cameras, reducing costs and boosting profits.

Centurion has installed CCTV and access systems in hundreds of factories

COVID-19 CCTV cameras With the introduction of temperaturemonitoring cameras, some CCTV systems are now also able to quickly identify persons at risk of carrying COVID-19, helping staff to decide whether to allow them entry into the facilities. This knowledge has the potential to safeguard staff and protect the bottom line, as fewer employees will require self-isolation or sick leave. Processes aren’t affected by this process, as each person who enters doesn’t require individual testing, and there’s no lag in entry, as the system can test up to 30 people simultaneously. Only if someone is identified as a risk, will delays occur. Upon alert, staff can then decide if they’d like to conduct a further level of testing, with the introduction of a handheld temperature monitor, carried out by a member of staff from a safe distance. Touchless access and exit buttons are also available, reducing the threat of infection spreading even further. These measures, which would have seemed unthinkable a year ago, now seem inevitable for large facilities. For those who take the pandemic risk seriously, and want to be viewed as doing so, the decision to invest in such technology is almost an easy one. When it comes to ‘traditional’ CCTV, the return on investment is often recouped in a few short months, but when it comes to COVID-19, the payback is even shorter, particularly considering the goodwill gained from stakeholders. And for those who realise the benefits of a powerful CCTV system, but don’t want to outlay the investment, leasing options are available.  Centurion, centurion.net

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PROJECT FOCUS

MAKING THE CONNECTION FOR THE NATIONAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL Wieland Electric and long-term partner, Core Solutions, have recently delivered a fully pluggable modular wiring system for the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) at its campus in Dublin.

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he gesis system was tailored specifically to meet the requirement for this modern medical facility. The extent of this project involved the redevelopment of the existing 120 bed facility and its services. The new facility will make the delivery of complex specialist rehabilitation services far easier, through the inclusion of integrated therapy spaces, sports facilities and hydrotherapy pools on the NRH campus. The Metalynx2 modular wiring system manufactured by Wieland, managed and delivered locally by Core Solutions, incorporated a wiring infrastructure for lighting, intelligent building controls and general power. Metalynx2 provides potential savings of up to 30%, and installation time reductions of up to 70%. It features a patented coding system for different applications and round connectors to minimise space requirements and facilitate

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“Sustainability is a major driving force for Wieland and Core Solutions and this is clearly evident throughout the NRH project.”

installation through firewalls. It is available in 20A and 32A ratings and, thanks to its innovative design, uses a minimum number of components – all of which lock together for secure installation (in compliance with relevant standards). Metalynx2 is ideal for power distribution, lighting control (including DALI and KNX) and fan coil units – and with the ability to customise Metalynx2 components for special projects, it offers infinite design flexibility. Furthermore, once Metalynx2 has been installed its inherent flexibility means that any changes to the system can be accommodated quickly with minimum downtime. The system also offers an H-distribution block, T-piece, switch modules for PIR, one-way switching applications and a fused spur for fixed power supplies. The revos product range of multipole connectors are perfect for a variety of installations with high current capacity, and enabled the manufacture of pluggable distribution

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boards. Additionally, the GST plug and play connector system that was used throughout this project is specifically designed for the built environment and ideal for lighting and building services installations where flexibility and speed of installation are important. Sustainability is a major driving force for Wieland and Core Solutions and this is clearly evident throughout the NRH project, with zero wastage on site as components are reusable and arrive already assembled. With Core Solutions working alongside consultant Ethos Engineering and electrical contractor Jones Engineering to provide designs, off-site pre-fabrication, proficient technical expertise and excellent customer service, the Wieland’s gesis system has made a great contribution towards ensuring continuity of the hospital’s every day working and safety of the users, patients, visitors and staff alike.  Wieland, wieland-electric.com

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ADDVENT LAUNCHES THE WHISPER QUIET ALL IN ONE FAN Bristol-based Addvent has been renowned for offering one of the widest ranges of innovative and stylish ventilation products across the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors since its beginning.

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The ever-growing demand for ventilation products has seen Addvent expand its commitment to its customers. Whilst acknowledging that Addvent’s success in customer service has come from close, personal contact, significant investment continues to be made in technology and logistical systems for even faster response. The high level of customer service, together with nationwide distribution, ensures that Addvent’s customers get the right products when and where they want them.  Addvent, addvent.co.uk

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ASK THE EXPERT

RCD REQUIREMENTS FOR EV CHARGING The requirements for the charging of electric vehicles was the subject of amendment 1 to BS 7671, which was issued in February 2020 and came into effect in July 2020.

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If a car charger does not have any RDC-DD then what type of RCD is required? If the car charger does not have any RDC-DD then you will need a Type B RCD supplying the car charger. This is because the Type B can detect this DC, still work and disconnect if required.

aul Collins, Technical and Training Manager at Hager, covers key topics relating to the supply of electrical charging equipment and the appropriate method for connecting a car charging circuit. Are RCDs required to supply a car charger? Yes, regulation 722.531.3 requires that an RCD (Max 30mA) supplies a car charger and the RCD shall disconnect all live conductors. This includes the Neutral, therefore, the single pole RCBOs should not be used for this application. Some car charger manufacturers quote a RDC-DD, what is this? An RDC-DD is a Residual Direct Current – Disconnecting Device. This is often built within the car charger equipment to monitor and, if necessary, disconnect should any DC problems appear on the AC side of the installation, which could affect the operation of RCDs.

What type of RCD should be used if the car charger has an RDC-DD that will detect and disconnect any DC issues above 6mA? In this case, a Type A RCD can be used. This is because the Type A can still work correctly up to a level of 6mA DC. Over 6mA, however, this Type A device could be affected and possibly blinded and potentially stop working. This is the preferred option as Type A are now very common and usually the lowest price. Therefore, most car charger manufacturers have a 6mA RDC-DD built in.

RCD in a series: In some scenarios, someone may supply a car charger from an existing installation where they may consider installing from a spare way in the consumer unit. If there is no space for the new Type A RCD, they may consider installing this closer to the car charger. The type A RCD will not be affected by DC up to 6mA. However, it’s important to consider the time frame of when the RCD was installed in the consumer unit. If it was installed some time ago, it could be a Type AC. This RCD may be also supplying other circuits within the house which could then be affected or in some cases blinded by any DC that may be coming from the car. These other circuits then may not have any residual current protection, the consequences of which could be severe. For further info, download your copy of Hager’s ‘Bitesize Guide on EV Charging’ by visiting: https://hager. com/uk/p/catalogues-brochures.  Hager, hager.com

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SPECIAL FEATURE

WHOLESALERS & DISTRIBUTORS

HOW ANTIMICROBIAL SOCKETS AND SWITCHES CAN HELP TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES Alex Baker, head of operations at electrical wholesaler ERF, discusses the different types of antimicrobial products which are available on the market and how they help to stop the build-up of bacteria and viruses.

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s the COVID-19 vaccination continues to be rolled out over the coming months, it will be easy for people to start becoming lax about the threat that coronavirus poses to us all. However, there is no doubt that totally eradicating the virus is going to be extremely difficult, which is why reducing the spread of all diseases, infections and viruses must continue to be a priority in 2021. While maintaining good hand hygiene will always be of great importance, there are other methods we can all adopt to play our part in keeping everybody safe. One slightly lesser known but extremely effective way of doing this is to invest in antimicrobial products – which prevent viruses and bacteria building up on commonly touched surfaces, including light switches and sockets. When we entered the first lockdown in March, there was a 203% surge in people searching for ‘antimicrobial products’, compared to the month before, and while searches have steadily dropped off over the last few months, the demand for these products remains high. Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of viruses, diseases and bacteria. They work at a cellular level to continually disrupt and prevent the growth of microorganisms. By creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria and viruses, antimicrobials form a protection around surfaces people regularly touch.

Consumer knowledge of antimicrobial products within the domestic market is relatively limited

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Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of viruses, diseases and bacteria

Reducing the spread of viruses At a time when infection control must be a priority in all settings, antimicrobial products are an extremely effective way of reducing the risk of virus transmission. While it is not yet fully known how successfully antimicrobial products can kill coronavirus, what is apparent is that they will certainly help to reduce the spread of a whole host of other bacteria and viruses. For example, kill rates of 99.9% have been achieved across four types of the strains of bacteria MRSA, E-Coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella, Pneumonia and enveloped viruses, offering a high protection level to those who touch the surface. Being two of the most commonly touched surfaces, it is unsurprising that antimicrobial sockets and switches are extremely popular. They are made from treated plastic that contains silver ions which act as a barrier, stopping microorganisms from growing and spreading. While in most antimicrobial products the protection is offered as an additional coating over the original materials, in switches and sockets this is inbuilt. As a result, antimicrobial switches and sockets reduce transmission from humans, animals and insects. As technology around these products has developed in recent years, a number of manufacturers now offer antimicrobial sockets and switches which come with additional child safety features. By adding

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an extra layer of protection, these materials ensure the developing immune systems of children are exposed to as few threatening viruses and bacteria as possible. The shuttered sockets and covered plates also provide extra safety from hazards like shocks and electrocutions.

The importance of these products While the awareness and use of these types of products is there within the hospitality and catering industries, consumer knowledge within the domestic market is relatively limited. It is therefore critical that suppliers of antimicrobial products continue to emphasise their effectiveness in tackling the spread of viruses. If you could choose between an electrical wiring accessory which helped to fight against viruses and bacteria and one which did not, it would seem like the most sensible option to pick the one with the increased protection. For us, it’s similar to choosing between a car with an airbag and one without. It is however important to stress good hand hygiene and social distancing will remain of critical importance in the months ahead. The effectiveness of face masks and hand sanitiser shouldn’t be underestimated either as we all transition to a new normal and embrace the ongoing battle against coronavirus.   ERF, erfelectrical.co.uk

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WHOLESALER COLLABORATION Marie Parry, Group Marketing Director at Scolmore Group, looks at the need for suppliers to work collaboratively with wholesalers to futureproof their relationships against supply chain rationalisation.

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n an increasingly challenging and highly competitive industry, electrical wholesalers have been rationalising their supply chain in a bid to increase their operating efficiency. This makes it vital for suppliers to be at the top of their game if they want to retain their wholesale customers’ business. Now, with the additional challenges that the whole industry has faced over the last 12 months, it is more important than ever that wholesalers and their suppliers work together to overcome some of the issues that are being faced.

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Working in partnership Across the Scolmore Group of companies, the group believes in working in partnership with its customers and this works at every level of its businesses’ operations. The company ensures that there is an alignment between each department at Scolmore and the counterpart department at its wholesaler customers. It is made a priority to fully understand all the workings of their businesses; how they operate on a day

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to day basis, what their ambitions are, and what future plans entail. This way, the company is in a better position to help them achieve their goals. By ensuring that everyone at Scolmore fully understands the wholesaler business and how it operates, it means that wherever Scolmore’s customers interact with the company there is detailed knowledge and comprehensive support.

Marketing plays a vital role in Scolmore’s business operation and is key to ensuring that its products and promotions are seen by installers and wholesalers alike, through print and online advertising campaigns, as well as proactive and engaging social media activity. The dedicated YouTube Channel, SGTV, and weekly podcast episodes allow Scolmore to produce and host some really informative sessions covering product reviews, opinions from industry experts and issues affecting the industry. This all works to help educate customers and end users, increase awareness of the brands and products and drive sales through the wholesale channel. Scolmore’s aim is to provide customers with access to the widest possible source of information, resources and promotional support to help them stand out from the crowd and stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace. Key to this support is the company’s Marketing Hub – a unique website facility which offers a range of tools that wholesalers can use to enhance their own marketing facilities – and all at no extra cost. Scolmore customers are given their own unique login details, which allow them to access a whole range of promotional material from across the Group’s entire range of wiring accessories, lighting, smart accessories, fire protection and security solutions. Product templates can be downloaded and customised with the stockist’s own details to optimise sales opportunities. A comprehensive product image library, print-ready promotional leaflets, plus a range of literature covering every product category is also available. Point of sale material for every brand is also available on request.

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A bespoke online ordering function offers wholesalers unique facilities and guarantees an easier purchasing experience. This service is supported by automated order picking and processing procedures which enables Scolmore to offer service levels it believes are unprecedented in the industry. Customers can place orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, check current stock levels at any time, and, using the ‘quick buy tab’, they can store the most common orders for repeated use. They can access online catalogues to keep updated with the complete product range, including new products. They also have the ability to track orders and to manage administration paperwork with instant access to reports and essential documents.

Training and development As a group, Scolmore has always put great emphasis on the importance of training and development as part of its service to customers. Having invested time and money to harness the latest technologies to develop cutting-edge products, the company wants to ensure that its customers are given every opportunity to understand how the products work and how they can be utilised to best advantage on a project. Whilst Scolmore is restricted from meeting face to face, the company is able   to offer a range of training opportunities via its YouTube and social channels and will happily respond to any requests from customers and contractors. For example, the   well-established ESP training programmes covering general security and fire systems are currently being conducted remotely. What we are now seeing from the wholesaler is much more emphasis on the marketing effort, with more resources than ever being invested in this area of their business, particularly in digital and online strategies. Scolmore’s marketing team members are building strong relationships with wholesaler marketing teams and they are working closely together to create powerful content and help maximise the impact and reach of the various promotions and campaigns that are targeted at the sector.  Scolmore, scolmore.com

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CONSULTATION OPENS ON NEW CODE FOR CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT INFORMATION The Construction Products Association (CPA) is launching an industry-wide consultation into a new proposed Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), to gather the views on the Code before it is formally launched later this year. The consultation will run from 1 February to 31st March 2021.

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he Code has been developed by the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group (MIG), which was tasked with responding to the issues raised in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report ‘Building A Safer Future’, and the credibility challenge facing our industry following the Grenfell Tower fire. The report confirmed radical change was needed for construction products, particularly in the areas of testing, information and marketing. The Code, made up of 11 clauses, aims to set the benchmark for how product information is presented and marketed by manufacturers. A new Building Safely microsite dedicated to this consultation explains the background, and includes a specially written report on the new Code. It’s presented in an easy-to-read, digestible format for the industry to review and respond. The MIG’s work tackles shortcomings in ‘Product Information’ identified in Chapter 7 of the ‘Building A Safer Future’ report. Its work represents two years of open debate, discussion and engagement with various parts of the supply chain. It follows detailed analysis of the ‘Call For Evidence’

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survey in 2019, which attracted over 500 responses from across the industry. The survey confirmed that for product and performance information to be trusted, it must be Clear, Accurate, Up-to-date, Accessible and Unambiguous. These five points are the acid tests that now stand behind the 11 Clauses in the new Code. The MIG is driving a wide-reaching consultation to give manufacturers, specifiers and users of information an opportunity to comment on the new Code, the implementation of its 11 Clauses, and its ongoing management and policing. The consultation is being carried out independently by industry specialist, MRA Research. CPA Chief Executive, Peter Caplehorn, comments: “The importance of this new Code and consultation process will be obvious to all those working in the built environment post-Grenfell. It is our responsibility as an industry to regain public trust and credibility in what we do, and to demonstrate that technical competence can be trusted. I believe the Code represents both a determined attempt on behalf of manufacturers to correct disingenuous marketing practices and a proactive and collaborative effort to address the issues highlighted in Dame Judith Hackitt’s Report.

“Following Grenfell, our industry reputation has been damaged.”

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“The first industry consultation in 2019 was key in establishing the way forward. We are now encouraging the industry to have their say once more before the Code is launched. We are reaching out to every organisation across the construction supply chain, whether that be manufacturers, specifiers, suppliers, distributors, contractors or installers. I hope businesses and individuals will embrace the opportunity to be involved, and recognise the urgency of change that is needed for our industry to ensure safe buildings.” MIG Chair, Adam Turk, adds: “Following Grenfell, our industry reputation has been damaged. This Code is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to setting a level playing field for all construction product manufacturers to ensure that information they provide passes the five acid tests. In particular, that users of our products can once again rely upon the information given to them, to build the great buildings and infrastructure in which we live, work and play.” To have your say please visit: https:// buildingsafely.co.uk/consultation/.  Electrical Distributor’s Association,   eda.org.uk

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TAKING ENERGY PERFORMANCE TO NEW HEIGHTS IN SWANSEA An innovative smart power distribution solution from ABB’s Electrification business has been installed at Fusion Swansea, a £50 million student accommodation development in Swansea, Wales.

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he hardware and software package will enable developer RDE Silex and its partner Fusion Students, to optimise energy consumption and power availability across the new landmark Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) building, which includes 780 student bedrooms, shared study and social facilities, reception and ground floor retail units. The project is a clear example of how connected hardware and cloud-based monitoring and control support PBSA operators to deploy low energy building design as the UK drives towards becoming net zero by 2050.

The building is designed to combine comfort for students with excellent energy efficiency performance for increased sustainable living. It features individual heating controls in every room, as well as monitoring and control systems to optimise energy consumption and raise alerts to keep building managers informed. Nigel Henry, Co-Founder of Fusion Students says: “We want our accommodation to provide everything students need for success, including comfort, safety and a sense of home. At the same time, we also want to protect the environment and control our energy bills. We invested in ABB’s state-of-the-art electrical systems for Fusion Swansea to give us a platform to enable control by individual students while we optimise overall energy consumption. As ABB’s equipment integrates digital monitoring and communication, it eliminates the need for additional components such as meters and communication modules. This further saves time during installation and commissioning.” Nigel Thomas, ABB UK Specification & Projects Manager says: “Fusion Swansea is a landmark development for Swansea and is a great example of how the latest technology can help developers create comfortable and sustainable accommodation for students while controlling costs and supporting energy efficiency legislation.” The electrical systems comply with the ISO 50001 energy management standard

and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) TM39 guidance for energy metering, minimising the need for reporting via the UK’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulations. ABB’s hardware includes all the equipment needed to control, monitor and manage electricity from the incoming utility supply to individual circuits. It includes Protecta switchgear panels, CMS700 circuit monitoring system (CMS), TruONE ATS automatic transfer switches, IOT gateway E-Hub 2.0, Emax 2 air circuit breakers and Tmax XT moulded case circuit breakers. In addition, the smart cloud-based digital ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System monitors energy consumption remotely and provides 24/7 alerts.  ABB, abb.com

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MORE ‘EYES’ ON THE NETWORK TO STOP POWER CUTS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN Futuristic technology designed to prevent power cuts is being trialled by UK Power Networks.

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ritain’s biggest electricity distributor is testing Distribution Fault Anticipation (DFA) technology in the South East and East of England as a way to spot network faults, before they interrupt people’s supplies. The DFA-Plus device monitors voltage and current on electricity circuits and matches any abnormal waveforms with a library of most likely causes. The system works at high sampling rates to detect even tiny disturbances on the network that are not usually visible using traditional network protection devices. During testing, the technology revealed disturbances on two separate cable terminations, up to eight weeks before they interrupted power supplies. It also showed that when third party workers accidentally damaged the outer sheath of a high voltage cable (though not sufficient to cause the circuit to trip) the DFA detected disturbances on the cable and it faulted weeks later. The trial is a collaboration between UK Power Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Lord Consulting in New Zealand, Nortech Management Limited and Energy Innovation Centre, funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance. UK Power Networks has installed 10 devices, each about the size of a small games console, at primary substations. Each one continuously monitors an 11,000 or 33,000-volt electricity circuit up to several kilometres long, serving thousands of homes and businesses. The sites include Aldreth in Cambridgeshire, Bungay in Suffolk, Canterbury, Chartham, New Romney, Broad Oak and Strood in Kent. Engineers will install one more at Caddington in Bedfordshire, and plan to order five more. Chino Atako, Senior Asset Engineer at UK Power Networks, says: “The advantage of using these units is that we now have more eyes on the network to see things we wouldn’t normally be able to see - which could enable a quicker, cheaper, more proactive approach to fault location and repairs. “Traditionally, repairs are carried out after a fault which has led to customers losing supplies, but such events are preceded by pre-fault events we cannot usually see. If we can identify these we can further increase the reliability and efficiency of our network and cut the cost of repairs.”

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UK Power Networks’ Senior Protection Engineer, John Holmes, with a DFA-plus device commissioned at a substation

There are also post-fault advantages to the approach. For example, if a cable trips out due to contact with a tree branch, engineers would usually need to patrol the whole route before they can complete repairs, but in the trial they are using fault passage indicators to pinpoint the fault location to within a few hundred metres. This technology has the potential to reduce costs because engineers only need to patrol a few hundred metres of power lines, rather than several kilometres and they can carry out pre-emptive fault repairs on components before they lead to a more significant failure. Nathan Dyke, Innovation Engineer at the EIC, says: “This project is a fantastic example of our electricity network partners collaborating with innovators from the UK and across the globe, to explore solutions that could improve customers’ lives and build an even more resilient energy network. “I’m really excited to see the benefits that this technology could have for customers, especially for those most vulnerable, in preventing power outages to their homes. Now more than ever, it is crucial that supply remains uninterrupted and that we all stay connected.” Project partners, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), will install 15 individual units on its southern network, which serves 3.1 million customers across

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areas including Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and West London. George Simopoulos, SSEN’s Innovation Project Manager says: “SSEN embraces the use of cutting-edge technology on our network that can improve both the service and power supply we provide to our customers, and the efficient and safe working practices of our engineers. “The ability to monitor our network - and therefore pre-empt potential power cuts – greatly reduces the risk of unplanned outages, enables us to act quickly when issues are highlighted through the DFA system and reassures our customers that we are proactively using innovative systems to provide them with a more resilient power supply. “Taking part in this programme and sharing knowledge with our partners in this year-long trial is a great example of collaborative working to benefit many millions of homes and businesses in southern England.” The trial runs until February 2022 when the team aims to validate the approach that faults can be pre-empted by monitoring high voltage feeders in real time at very high sample rates.  UK Power Networks,   ukpowernetworks.co.uk

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SCHAEFFLER TAKES STANDARDISED ELECTRICAL DESIGN INTO NEW MARKETS WITH EPLAN Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau, a company that focusses on the production of specialised machinery for the automotive sector, is standardising electrical designs across its numerous locations with the help of EPLAN software.

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he company has 1,700 employees across 13 locations, making it one of the major players in the machine building sector. Until now, however, it has had just one major customer – the rest of the Schaeffler Group, which has 84,200 employees at 170 locations worldwide and a turnover of €14.4bn. The exceptional knowhow and expertise of Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau is, however, now being made available to customers outside the group. Director Bernd Wollenick says, “We’re opening up new fields of activity and customer target groups. The focus is on assembly and testing systems as well as processing machines for grinding and honing. We will also be drawing on our product knowledge in the areas of robotics, vision and handling systems, and production IT.” The decision to offer services outside the Schaeffler Group is one of the key factors driving the standardisation of electrical design software across the company’s sites. Many of these were already using EPLAN software, but in slightly different ways. A project team of key users is responsible for the standardisation programme and Stefan Vietz, an electrical design engineer at Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau, said, “We’re developing a common, harmonised infrastructure using the EPLAN Platform, which will enable us to collaborate worldwide. It will allow us to deploy our capabilities in the best possible way and increase flexibility at our development sites.”

Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau handles around 4,500 projects annually

As part of the standardisation process, the project team is following global codes and norms, particularly EN 81346. Team member, Sascha Jäger says, “We have developed code-compliant templates that are accessible to all employees, including those in manufacturing. Basic information such as equipment identification and plant/location assignment are standardised, along with device management. It goes almost without saying that every component is also stored in the ERP system with all of its relevant data.” The team has created macros for frequently used devices with a clear goal in mind. “To each device, we assigned a comprehensive data set as this makes manufacturing easier,” continues Sascha. “Our guiding principle is that whoever needs data should be able to access it easily. This is important because, in the future, we expect more and more external customers to be requesting data for purposes like the preliminary system acceptance.” In Bühl, Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau is already using EPLAN Pro Panel to create 3D designs for control cabinets and, in the future, Pro Panel will be used worldwide since its advantages are significant. Sascha gives an example: “If the designer places a frequency inverter on a mounting panel, the drilling pattern is automatically stored, and the data can be transferred to a Perforex system as a DXF file. This saves time in both design and production.”

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The next steps planned include transferring data from Pro Panel to external wire fabricators. Stefan says: “We will then receive labelled wires with end sleeves, or finished wire sets. This saves a lot of time, especially for projects using the American UL standard.” Right now, key users are testing EPLAN eVIEW for support during commissioning. Sascha notes, “The production department or the commissioning technician can call up the schematics on a tablet computer and view the details directly. There is no longer any need to print out the schematics and the latest data is always at hand.” Stefan adds, “With EPLAN eVIEW, the commissioning technician can use the redlining function to directly mark where they’ve made onsite changes. Three or four commissioning technicians can work on a system at the same time and always have the same documentation status in front of them. This also facilitates communication with the programmers – and not just during commissioning.” Two years after starting the project, the key users don’t yet think they’ve reached their goals, but they’re definitely on the right track. Major steps towards standardisation have been completed. Schaeffler Sondermaschinenbau has successfully positioned itself in the external market, and its first systems have already been delivered to customers outside the Schaeffler Group.  EPLAN, eplan.co.uk

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SPECIAL FEATURE

LIGHTING THE WAY TO A FULLY CONNECTED UNIVERSITY A London university has had a smartphone-accessible DALI control system installed,   which means that operators can independently manage the building’s lighting using an app.

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BEG Lighting Controls proposed the BEG DALI-LINK system which offers flexible, scalable DALI lighting control and, because it is Bluetooth-enabled it is easy to configure and change as room uses evolve, from changing scenes to adjusting the lights’ brightness. This DALI addressable system can be programmed simply and quickly using a smartphone and using the free-to-download BEG app. BEG Lighting Controls Specification Director, Tom Greenrod, says: “The controls system was mapped out and approved for use by the university in the majority of areas such as teaching rooms, open plan and cellular offices, seminar rooms, studios, computer labs and in the cinema/lecture theatre where occupancy detection and/or scene control was required. “In the teaching rooms, the university required constant light level control with absence detection and a scene for presenting. This was achieved using a mains power supply and a DALI bus linking all of the luminaires, the DALI-LINK multi-sensor and a push button module. This module was located behind a two-gang switch plate with two push to make retractive switches. “One switch was used for absence and daylight linking and the second for a pre-set scene. The multi-sensor in this situation was used in absence mode but can also be used in presence mode or even work as a photocell. These changes are made to the settings via the BEG app. There is an option for de-activating the multi-sensor if required. “The lecture theatre required six scenes and this was achieved using the Bluetooth push button module and a second non-Bluetooth module. Using a second push button module, the number of scenes available is increased to eight. A maximum of 16 scenes can be obtained using four modules.

he University of Roehampton, in the Borough of Wandsworth, planned to redevelop the Sir David Bell Building - named after the businessman, publisher and philanthropist who is also Chair of Council at the university - on the Digby Stuart Campus. This involved remodelling and extending two adjacent buildings to consolidate and improve facilities for the Department of Media Culture and Languages. This included the creation of specialist teaching areas including film, television and sound studios, a 90+ seat cinema, photographic studios, cutting/editing suites and a flexible creative project space for the university’s new digital media course. The scheme was also designed to provide accommodation for university-wide student facing support facilities such as Academic Services, Audio Visual Resources, Digital Learning and IT Services. Seminar rooms were created to promote collaborative learning through a variety of flexible layouts; supported by extensive social learning and ‘commons’ spaces including the creation of a glazed courtyard. The University of Roehampton appointed mechanical and electrical building services engineering company, Michael Jones & Associates, based in Reigate, to design a new lighting control system, specifically for the Sir David Bell Building development. The brief was that the university required a system which would enable staff to control lighting themselves, with the added benefit of reducing energy usage. Typically, lighting can account for around 25% of a university’s energy costs. Nationwide lighting controls specialist BEG Lighting Controls was approached by Michael Jones to provide a user-friendly and flexible lighting control system to meet the university’s control criteria.

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Operators can independently manage the building’s lighting using an app

“As the BEG DALI-LINK is an app-based system it is very easy to make changes to settings and store them. To protect these settings from sabotage, a pin code can be set up to limit access to designated users.” The DALI-LINK system can also provide orientation lighting to give some illumination to an area when it is unoccupied, avoiding unlit areas and providing a safe and secure environment. There is also another option, called the ‘Follow Me’ feature where lighting will ramp up and down in relation to the movement of a person. This is beneficial in corridors and in stairwells to minimise the energy usage. In the remaining areas where a less flexible lighting control solution was required, BEG Lighting Controls used DALI broadcast sensors. At the end of the project, a handover was carried out and training given to university staff by BEG specialists to ensure operators were fully aware of how to use the system and how changes could be made if required. BEG Lighting Controls Sales Director for UK & Ireland, Paul Jones, says: “BEG is proud to have been involved in this fantastic project with the University of Roehampton working alongside Michael Jones & Associates. “The university required a clear and defined lighting control solution which would enable them to operate lighting themselves and, as a consequence, reduce its energy costs. DALI-LINK is easy to use and enables university staff to control room lighting and scene selection individually at a touch of a button from a smartphone using the BEG app. “We‘re delighted to have delivered a solution with the proven DALI-LINK system which will provide the university with substantial monetary and energy savings.”  BEG Lighting Controls, beg-luxomat.com

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COMPETITION

ESP REVAMPS SANGAMO TIMERS AND HEATING CONTROLS RANGE Enter for the chance to win a bundle of Sangamo heating control products.

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SP has made a significant investment to develop its Sangamo range of heating and timer controls. The existing range of Choice Thermostats and Choice Controllers, well-known in the industry, has been totally revamped and has been relaunched as the Sangamo Plus range of heating and timer controls. The new range showcases brand new products, as well as enhancements and improvements to existing products and introduces key features that are designed to boost the products’ energy saving properties The Sangamo Choice Plus collections offer a wide range of heating and timer controls for domestic, commercial, and industrial use. The brand’s reputation for quality and reliability is unrivalled and ESP believes this new comprehensive offer will make it easier for contractors to select the right solutions for the project in hand and will provide wholesalers with a greater choice of products that will encourage upselling.

With energy efficiency top of the agenda for the economy, businesses and householders, a key aim of the revamp is to introduce features that will assist with efficiency and performance and that will ultimately drive down energy usage and costs. The new-look Sangamo offer can be broken down into three main product categories, with a total of 15 products making up the comprehensive range: • Choice+ Thermostats • Choice+ Programmers • Powersaver+ Controllers

January Competition

A dedicated brochure can be downloaded from the ESP website, or accessed via the Scolmore Group App. This month’s winner will receive the following selection of Sangamo products: • Choice Wi-Fi room thermostat • Choice+ wireless electronic room thermostat with digital display • Powersaver+ 7-day time switch with boost • Powersaver+ 7-day fused spur time switch with boost

To enter the competition, simply answer the following three questions: 1.  The Sangamo range comprises: a) Heating controls b) Timer controls c) Heating controls and timer controls

2.  How many products make up the revamped Sangamo Plus range:

3.  The three new Sangamo products areas are: a) Choice+ Thermostats b) Choice + Programmers c) Choice+ Thermostats, Choice+ Programmers and Powersaver+ Controllers

a) 12 b) 8 c) 15

The winners of the January competition – one of three Universal Dimmer Actuators with Wireless Pushbutton Switch, courtesy of Eltako – were Tony Porter, Keith March and Simon Stock.

Closing date All entries must be returned by 31 March 2021. The editor’s decision is final. For the full terms and conditions, visit electricalcontractingnews.com/ competition-terms. The name of the winner will be published in the May issue of ECN. *Prize not exchangeable.

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MAKE THE INVISIBLE, VISIBLE WITH THE BOSCH GTC 400 C THERMAL CAMERA Precise. Reliable. Efficient. It’s in your hands. Bosch Professional.

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TEST EQUIPMENT

PRECISE. RELIABLE. EFFICIENT An image speaks more than a thousand words, and so does a thermal image. The GTC 400 C Bosch Professional Thermal Camera offers a variety of great functions which won’t only impress colleagues and clients, but also helps you present work being done or even explain why it needs to be done in the first place.

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hrough clear and detailed thermal images situations can be evaluated on site, saving you time and effort. Although being extremely versatile, the GTC 400 C creates an easy to understand solution to temperature distributions, which the naked eye would be unable to detect. Detecting temperatures ranging from -10°C to +400°C, the device has four convenient measurement functions: Automatic for automated temperature ranges; Manual mode allowing temperature limits for different scenarios; Cold Detector showing only cold spots in an intuitive grayscale display for easy readability; and Heat Detector, simply showing the hottest areas on screen. Each individual function allows you to better target the relevant area and ultimately producing a more efficient thermal detection.

The 3.5” display is intuitive and presents the temperature differences in the camera’s field of view, displaying the hottest and coldest points. The cross hair shown on the display indicates absolute temperature of the centre pixel, along with an emissivity figure and a constant adapting temperature scale showing the minimum and maximum temperature of the measurement area. This feature can enhance the quality of work, enabling clear conclusions to be drawn. The visual camera can store up to 500 images on the GTC - this is beneficial when comparing the visual and real image side by side, simplifying communication to all clients. All images can be automatically saved and transferred to other devices through the Smart Connectivity function. Alongside the 3.5” colour display, the 160x120 infrared sensor resolution allows detection of temperature variances within seconds. Each of the 19,200 pixels corresponds exactly to one measuring point, providing detailed distribution of

GTC 400 C PROFESSIONAL THERMAL CAMERA Precise. Reliable. Efficient.

The Bosch Thermal app is used to help increase productivity

Make the invisible visible

▶ Measuring range -10°C to +400°C ▶ Big 3.5" colour display to display measurements

▶ Infrared sensor resolution of 160 x120 (19,000 single measurement points)

▶ Visual camera integrated to save real image together with thermal images

It’s in your hands. Bosch Professional.

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The GTC 400 C is an essential tool for electricians

Situations can be evaluated on site, saving time and effort

Thermal solutions for electricians

temperature within a measured area. Thanks to the GTC’s high thermal sensitivity, auto scale and fixed scale options, the smallest temperature differences can be displayed, improving results for the user. Simply set the temperature scale to your preferred range, resulting in only temperatures within a desired range shown. The IP53 dust and splash protection gives you guaranteed extra safety when using the tool, and the confidence taking it to the job site. The GTC has a dual power source, it can run off a 12 V Li-ion battery or AA batteries, which gives you more flexibility. Dual power source means the camera can be powered by either a 12 V Li-ion battery from the Blue Professional range and which it comes with, or alternatively by four AA batteries using the Bosch AA1 battery adaptor. Dual power enables the tool to be in use for the duration of the task at hand. As with all Professional Bosch power tools, the GTC 400 C has a one-year warranty - this can be extended to a total of three years if the tool is registered on the Bosch Professional website within the first month of purchase.

The GTC 400 C is an essential tool for electricians, providing quality and ease of use for all tasks at hand no matter if during the acquisition phase, the actual job or afterwards when documenting or presenting the job. Thermography enables immediate indication of potential issues, avoiding costly errors and meeting high expectations of the clients. GTC 400 C is ideal for: • Identifying weak or overloaded components in electrical systems. Accuracy is facilitated by setting the camera to overlay thermal and real image, putting the area that is being detected into context, whilst making it easier to assign and locate measurements. • Assessing the conditions and effectiveness of insulation in roofing, windows, or doors, with the automatic display of hottest or coldest points, as well as adaptable temperature graphics. • Locating and assessing the distribution of electrical cables, joints and panels without needing to disrupt installations such as walls and flooring. • Checking the functionality of underfloor heating systems and the effectiveness of radiators and vents, aided by the display of hot and cold points.

Smart connectivity Transferring measurements has never been easier. You can transfer the data via micro USB to a computer and the GTC transfer software helps to create reports easily. The software thermal images can be edited to highlight findings and create a report. Or you can use the integrated Wi-Fi

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hotspot for fast and easy picture transfer from the tool to the Bosch Thermal App. With the app, thermal images can be commented and marks can be set to highlight findings. Both ways provide clearer and precise communications to clients. All measurements and images can be shared and highlighted in order to provide deeper analysis. Images can be changed between thermal and real images.

Bosch Thermal app The Bosch Thermal app is used to help you to increase your productivity - fast transfer, organisation and customisation of thermal images saves time and, as a consequence, money due to efficiently designed operation processes. The app is able to connect with the GTC 400 C and 600 C, and GIS 1000 C integration follows in 2021. Within the different features, the Thermal app allows for customisation of thermal images. Within the edit mode, images can be customised for specific purposes. Mark, circle or comment to make things clearer for the user and the customer. All projects and client information are visible at a glance. For each project, individual notes, to-dos and thermal images can be added. The whole project can be shared or single thermal images as PDFs or JPEGs. Quick transfer of thermal images to a mobile device is possible with GTC-integrated Wi-Fi, along with the possibility of sharing with clients or colleagues on site, independent of your location. To sum up, the free app helps you to increase your productivity. Fast transfer, organisation and customisation of thermal images saves time and, as a consequence, money due to efficiently designed operation processes.  Bosch, bosch-pt.com

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A HANDY GUIDE TO EICRS Gary Parker, ECA Technical Manager, dives into the rationale behind the different codes that make up an EICR, and what they all mean.

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ith the second Amendment to the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations just around the corner, it’s as important as ever to stay up to speed with the different codes that make up those all-important electrical installation condition reports (EICRs). To demystify the nuances of which codes apply to which faults, and to help you carry out smoother inspections, read on.

Codes have consequences

Who decides? The inspector is the only person who can make an informed decision about what code is suitable in any given situation. This is because they are on-site and can see defects first-hand and make an informed call on how safe an installation is. As an aside, it is important to note that any item raised should be set against the requirements of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018), not against the inspector’s personal judgement or preferences.

Decision tree for selecting an appropriate code during an EICR

It is extremely important to understand the consequences of any code raised during an EICR. For instance, both a C1 and C2 result in an ‘unsatisfactory’ outcome. Therefore, overzealous use of these codes can potentially cause unwarranted disruption to the client, their building and possibly their business. For example: if an installation is found to be lacking RCD protection for socket outlets, most guidance would recommend a C3 code. Should a contractor decide to instead raise a C2, then the client could be looking at a significant cost or inconvenience. Of course, BS 7671 does take account of cost, and cost must not dictate decisions concerning electrical safety. But the safety, practical and cost implications of getting a code wrong, whichever way it may be, can be highly significant. An inspector should not reduce a code from a more serious to a lesser code just because the client would like it that way. The inspector has been employed as a technical expert in electrical safety and must not let their professional decisions become compromised by any external influence.

Is it a type of risk assessment? Indeed it is. When considering what code is relevant to any given situation, the inspector needs to consider the environment and the potential risk of damage or injury. So, simply saying that scenario ‘x’ results in outcome ‘y’ is not always suitable. A nuanced decision-making process is required. To do this, we must first look at what the codes actually mean. • C1 – Danger present: in this scenario, there is an immediate danger of shock or fire to persons, property or livestock. • C2 – Potentially dangerous: in this scenario, there is a fault that could potentially become dangerous (a hazard), but another fault or foreseeable action must occur in order for danger to arise. • C3 – Improvement recommended: in this scenario, there is a defect against BS 7671, but it does not present any immediate or potential danger to people or property.

A PERCEIVED DEFECT IS LOCATED

C1 Recommend   urgent action

YES

Does it present an imminent danger, to the persons using the installation, from shock or fire? NO

C2 Although there is no immediate risk, action is taken as a matter of urgency to remedy the defect

Could this defect become dangerous if a fault or other foreseeable defect were to occur? NO C3 Consider upgrading the installation

The decision tree, right, expands this further.

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YES

It is of course essential that the inspector is well-versed in the requirements of the latest version of the Wiring Regulations. If need be, before raising a coded item, the inspector should always be in a position to reference a BS 7671 Regulation number on the issue in question, particularly if challenged.

Only defects against BS 7671 should be recorded The EICR is aimed specifically at defects against the requirements of BS 7671. The inspector should not raise a code against any defects noticed against other British Standards. They are, however, at liberty to raise comments or make notes about other issues or defects and to inform the client. Take the example of defective emergency light fittings. If they do not present any electrical hazard to the user, they are effectively safe and should not appear as a coded item on an EICR. However, this scenario may show a departure from BS 5266. In this case, it may be useful to inform the client on a separate document.

The last word Guidance material cannot take the place of the skill, knowledge and experience of the inspector. The ultimate decision is down to them. The recognised industry guidance is only a guide. It can be deviated from if the inspector is able to credibly present the reasons for doing so. For more information on EICRs (and any other electrotechnical issue), ECA’s technical assistance helpline is open to ECA Members and can be found at eca. co.uk/myECA.  ECA, eca.co.uk

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BACK TO THE FUTURE NAPIT’s Technical Development Engineer, Richard Townsend, provides detail on NAPIT’s latest publication dedicated to initial and periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations.

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The new Guide to Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical installations

he National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) started over 28 years ago, in 1992. With the recent addition of a publications department at NAPIT, it was high time all the experience, knowledge, and understanding of its senior technical team was put to good use and gave back to the industry some solid advice and guidance. Until now, all NAPIT’s publications have centred around its core business – that being site-based guidance for electricians (On-site Solutions), periodic inspections (EICR Codebreakers and Landlords Private Rented Sector Guide), and understanding risk assessments (Risk Management Code of Practice). The one book missing from this list, and enforcing what NAPIT stands for, is a definitive, purpose-written publication covering how to inspect and test an installation, either from an initial verification or periodic perspective. NAPIT’s technical authors have put together its latest publication, Guide to Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations, which covers everything you need to know on how to carry out an initial or periodic inspection and test a circuit.

Back to basics The book goes into detail to explain all the separate pieces of test equipment we use. Often taken for granted is a multifunction tester - we mustn’t forget that individual test equipment was where it all started and is still of great value now. Many electricians that are new to inspection and testing find it difficult to understand the different tests and instruments that give the required measurements. The best way to deal with this is to break down each piece of test equipment and the tests they’re used for and explain them in detail. NAPIT’s latest publication does exactly this; in easy to read steps.

What are the tests?

The book explains all of the different test equipment, what they’re used for, and how to carry out all of the required BS 7671 tests

After the test equipment, the most daunting part of the testing process is understanding the different tests, when to apply them, and how to do them. NAPIT’s new guide gives an in-depth explanation of all the individual pieces of test equipment required to comply with BS 7671, plus a few extras that are important to have, or at least know how to use. Along with individual pieces of test equipment, NAPIT also covers the more familiar multifunction installation testers (MFTs) that are most common in the industry today. There are also many different test types required by BS 7671, and the organisation explains what all these are, how to carry out each one, and when to use them.

Before you start Before any inspection or testing is carried out, there are a few things that need to be confirmed for either initial or periodic inspections. Initial verification is a very different process to periodic, and so are the outcomes and the certificates or reports that are produced on completion. NAPIT explains all these differences and the legislation that needs to be taken into account before any work starts. Especially where periodic inspection is concerned, the work that needs to take place before the inspection and any testing starts is very important and can’t be skipped; which is also covered in the publication.

Time to inspect

Who is it for?

After explaining all of the different tests and their respective pieces of test equipment, the different inspections need to be looked at. Although we technically inspect before we test, we need to know what the tests are before we start, which is why NAPIT explains them first. There are essentially two inspections to carry out before any testing takes place:

As we all never stop learning, NAPIT’s new guide has been written to support those just starting off in inspection and testing, those undergoing any training courses which are specifically for inspection and testing, or for the experienced inspector or tester. It complies fully with BS 7671:2018 + Amd 1 and is a must-have toolbox book for any electrician. 

1. Initial verification inspection 2. Periodic inspection

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Different inspection schedules cover the two inspections, and although mostly similar, some distinct differences need to be understood. All these differences and schedules are dealt with in detail to give the user an in-depth understanding of the two inspection types and how to carry them out.

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A QUALITY FIRST APPROACH TO EV CHARGING Michael Kenyon MIET, Technical Lead at Bureau Veritas, explores the importance of electrical safety and why regular inspection and maintenance is critical for any EV charging installation.

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he adoption of electric vehicle (EV) technology continues to move at a rapid pace. With the UK government recently unveiling its 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, it bought forward the ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2035 to 2030 – in order to speed up Britain’s transition to zero emission vehicles, such as EVs. There are now around 339,000 registered EVs in the UK, with pure electric models the only category of growth currently in the UK. With such a dramatic rise in vehicle sales (registrations of pure EVs were up 112% in the first eight months of 2020 compared to 2019), it was evident that the UK’s charging infrastructure would need to increase to cope with demand. In many ways, the private sector has led the way, supported by generous incentive schemes. From offices, supermarkets and car parks, to retailers, business centres and universities, organisations across a wide range of sectors are installing EV charging points. The benefits include income generation, increased footfall, improved sustainability across fleets and even better staff engagement. And with incentives of up to £14,000 per organisation available through the Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme, many would argue that for any organisation with the space and resources to install EV charging points, there is no better time to invest. McDonalds is one major organisation which agrees. In June last year it announced plans to introduce charging points at both new and existing drive-through restaurants in the UK. And clearly it is not alone. Recent statistics from Zap-Map show there are now 33,779 charging points for electric vehicles in the UK, up 39% in the last 12 months alone. The government has pledged to invest a further £500m in the rollout of new rapid electric charging hubs to ensure drivers are never more than 30 miles from being able to charge their car.

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“A quality first approach is the key to unlocking the potential and maintaining the long-term integrity and availability of our charging infrastructure.”

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As with any rapid deployment of relatively young technology, the onus now is on the quality and safety of such installations. Like any fixed electrical installation, duty holders are required under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) to ensure the safety of EV charging points. This includes maintaining systems to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any danger to employees, visitors or other persons. In addition to EAWR, there are a number of other documents used for guidance and to demonstrate compliance, including BS7671 Requirements for Electrical installations, Guidance Notes including GN3 (IET) and BS7671 Section 722 – Electric Vehicle charging installations. Notably, duty holders should take into consideration that EV charging points are a high use asset, often installed outside and therefore vulnerable to mechanical damage and ingress of water. Periodic inspection and at least annual testing are critical to help maintain the long-term integrity of charging points.

Of course, this expertise is not always available in-house, which is why Bureau Veritas has launched a new independent inspection offering for EV charging points to help duty holders ensure all installations are compliant with relevant regulations. This new service provides an independent assessment of all new installations to identify any issues that may present an electrical safety risk. Conducted by Bureau Veritas’ highly skilled electrical engineers, the testing and inspection programme includes a thorough internal and external visual inspection, together with earth continuity and polarity confirmation, and functional testing. Checks on residual current devices and earth loop impedance are also included all designed to help maintain the safety and long-term integrity of these vital assets. It offers a trusted service, helping organisations to identify faults earlier and maintain compliance with workplace and electrical safety legislation. Not forgetting access to a full range of fixed electrical testing and inspection services from Bureau Veritas experts.

Future of EV charging At a time when more and more organisations are installing EV charging points to tap into the benefits and keep up with the UK’s shift to electric, a quality first approach is the key to unlocking the potential and maintaining the long-term integrity and availability of our charging infrastructure. The technology and the incentives are now firmly in place to continue the roll-out of EV charging points across the private sector, in line with EV sales. We must make sure the quality and safety of installations are keeping pace.  Bureau Veritas, bureauveritas.co.uk

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HAL MAKES LIGHT WORK OF SAFETY TESTING NET LED, manufacturer of commercial and industrial LED lighting, has improved the electrical safety testing of its products by using low power multi-function LED testers from Seaward.

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NET LED invested in two HAL LEDs which, so far, have been used to verify the safety of more than 30,000 units

he company, which is quality assured by the Lighting Industry Association, has been designing, manufacturing and supplying LED luminaires and systems for installation in commercial and industrial areas across the UK for over a decade. This includes a range of advanced LED panels lights, downlights, surface linears, tube, battens, emergency lighting, bulkheads, flood lights, streetlights, high/ low bays, controls and accessories. NET LED invested in two HAL LEDs which, so far, have been used to verify the safety of more than 30,000 units manufactured at its factory in Cambridge before they are distributed to electrical wholesalers across the UK. It also uses the equipment to batch-test any products sourced from other manufacturers as part of quality control procedures. Each tester provides power measurement readings with a resolution of 0.2VA below 1000VA and performs continuity and ground/earth bond tests alongside AC/DC Hipot (FLASH/ Dielectric Strength). This ensures NET LED’s products guarantee the quality, performance and reliability required and are safety compliant with EN 60598. Function testing is also undertaken to check that each unit effectively switches on/off and performs correctly at the required power consumption levels and that any ancillary equipment operates in accordance with technical specifications. Test results are stored automatically by the HAL units, giving full traceability. This ensures all products are proven to be quality assured before leaving the premises. NET LED uses this data to produce a test record for all manufactured units in the event of any damage during distribution, or to track and trace any product returns – in line with the company’s customer service policies. Oliver Bubb, Managing Director at NET LED, says: “We have invested in improving our testing with the HALs, which offer far more rigorous capabilities and have significantly reduced the time it takes to complete a test, as we have ramped up our own manufacturing capacity in 2020.

The HAL LED delivers better resolution when testing low power products compared to other safety testers

“Ultimately, the two testers provide the reassurance and peace of mind that every unit leaving our facility is 100% safe to use and operates as required. Seaward have provided us with a market leading and a first-class aftersales service.” The HAL LED delivers better resolution when testing low power products compared to other safety testers, ensuring improved accuracy of measurement and quality control standards during manufacturing.

Manufacturers like NET LED can complete end of line tests with the additional benefit of functionality testing of the operation of the equipment, ensuring not only a safe product, but consistent quality control throughout the production process. The HAL LED combines the performance of a multi-function production line safety tester with power measurement for product energy consumption. The tester can be integrated into automated manufacturing systems with selectable sensors and can be controlled using a PC, either using Seawards own software solution or by means of a command protocol. A large graphic display presents information either in a numerical or analogue format, while a powerful internal memory allows the storage of up to 6,000 test results and up to 50 configurable test routines. The instrument can also be interfaced with a variety of accessories, to improve both safe working and efficiency, including barcode scanners and safety warning beacons. Lighting manufacturer NET LED uses the HAL to improve electrical safety testing at its Cambridge factory.  Seaward, seaward.com

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BOSCH PROFESSIONAL UK LAUNCHES NEW INSTAGRAM CHANNEL @BOSCHPROUK Bosch Professional has announced that it has launched a UK Instagram channel. The new channel builds on the success of its award-winning UK Facebook channel, and will offer tradespeople the opportunity to get all the latest news on its power tools, measuring tools and accessories. Alongside news it will feature regular tool reviews from a wide range of well-known tradespeople. They will show the tools in use and give their genuine thoughts on the tools. The channel will also showcase videos and information on its latest innovative technologies such as BITURBO Technology, highlighting its revolutionary performance thanks to the high-performance brushless motor which exploits the full potential of ProCORE18V batteries. The channel will launch with BIG competitions offering tradespeople the chance to win tools from its BITURBO range including: • GWX 18V-15 SC X-LOCK Angle Grinder • GKS 18V-68 GC Circular Saw • GBH 18V-45 C Rotary Hammer • GCM 18V-216 Cordless Mitre Saw The channel will also offer UK tradespeople the chance to apply to become a tool tester. You may have heard of #builtwithBosch, where tradespeople apply to become product testers. Every few months Bosch runs a new round where tools are sent out free of charge for testers to put through their paces on site, and then share their thoughts on social media. The best part is that they get to keep the tools for free afterwards.

HULTAFORS TOOLS’ NEW ERGONOMIC VDE SCREWDRIVERS Hultafors Tools has launched a range of VDE Screwdrivers – including tested and certified   SL/PZ and voltage tester models. Researched and developed with craftsmen and women for professional use, every Hultafors Tools’ Screwdriver has a superb ergonomic design for optimal comfort with long rubber-coated, age-resistant handles that ensure grip for precision and maximum transmission of power. With over 80 Slotted, Philips, Pozidriv, Torx Stubby Screwdrivers, plus Hex Drivers and Bit Holders in the range, the blades and shafts are manufactured from high-quality hardened steel for long life. The VDE models also have tapered slim insulation to enable access to tight terminals. The big difference with these Hultafors’ Screwdrivers is unique features like the roll-stop handle with lanyard and hanging hole, plus clear and point size branding to aid location of the correct screwdriver for the job in hand. Hultafors Tools, hultafors.com

Now, with the launch of the UK Instagram page (@boschprouk), Bosch is taking this to a whole new level, giving hundreds more people the chance to get involved. The full details of which tools and accessories that lucky applicants will be getting their hands on in 2021 have not been revealed yet, but they will be from the new BITURBO Brushless range, Bosch’s most powerful cordless 18V tools yet. Follow the new Instagram channel today: https://www.instagram.com/boschprouk/ Bosch, bosch.co.uk

HELLBERG LAUNCHES NEW SAFETY EYEWEAR Renowned for its hi-spec PPE that includes advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions, Hellberg Safety is launching a new range of safety eyewear. With a wide range of street-smart styles, from basic to premium - the new range ensures a consistently clear line of sight and safe vision for professional tradesmen and women wherever they’re working on site. Built with lightweight, durable materials and specially developed lens technology, the eyewear provides complete protection and comfort throughout the working day and can be easily combined with other PPE, including ear defenders, safety helmets, and visors. With a focus on enhanced safety in all conditions, Hellberg glasses and goggles have impact-resistant lenses with anti-scratch and anti-fog coating on both sides and there are styles that can be worn over prescription glasses. Around the lens, the ergonomic design,incorporates practical features, like a soft nose bridge and ‘adjustable temples’, making sure the glasses stay in place and fit safely, allowing you to keep your focus all day long. Hellberg Safety, hellbergsafety.com

HAMILTON ADDS SIX- AND NINE-GANG GRID PLATES TO ITS HARTLAND G2 COLLECTION Hamilton Litestat has expanded its grid wiring solutions within the ‘push-to-fit’ Hartland G2 collection to include six- and nine-gang grid plates - available in 10 finishes, including metallics: polished brass, satin brass and etrium bronze, as well as on-trend matt black. Grid switch accessories include: 20A double pole switches with etched and printed labels, including ‘Oven’, ‘Fan’ and ‘Fridge Freezer’ etc. and bespoke markings for individual projects are available upon request. 13A fuse holders with coloured neon surround: red, yellow, green and blue, that illuminate when powered. Insert/surround colours are available in a combination of 16 finishes to coordinate with the interior décor, including white, black and quartz grey. To the back of the insert, Hamilton has added a two-way 20A rated switch, rather than 10A, which is useful for a range of applications. The back of the socket is coloured bright yellow, making it extremely easy for contractors to see colour-coded terminals.

LEWDEN OFFERS BESPOKE POWER DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS Lewden has expertise in providing bespoke power distribution solutions, customised to suit customers’ requirements with full concept and product design, assembled by its experienced engineering team with exclusive consultation provided throughout the process. With short turnaround time, starting from concept to delivery, Lewden provides pre-finished solutions to reduce installation time on-site. View the company’s scope and some of its previous bespoke power distribution solutions at www.lewden.com/custom-design-build-service. Lewden, lewden.com

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NEW DOOR ENTRY CAMERA TERMINALS WITH HEALTH SCREENING FUNCTIONS Remsdaq has launched a new range of facial recognition camera terminals with artificial intelligence functions for body temperature and face mask screening. The camera terminals are ideal for organisations looking to make their buildings COVID-secure using contactless technologies and can measure temperatures to within +/-0.3°C. They can be used as a stand-alone screening solution or installed as part of a building’s access control system using a built-in Wiegand interface. The camera terminals can be stand-mounted, wallmounted or fitted to an entrance turnstile and are easy to set-up. Typical applications including screening visitors, patients, students, customers, employees and subcontractors who want to enter a building or areas inside where people mix and need to be protected. The camera terminals store up to 25,000 events and can connect to local IP networks. A built-in speaker provides local audio alerts and remote

alarms can be broadcast over a network or a mobile phone application. The software supports up to 30,000 face profiles and offers a range of reports including ‘Track and Trace’. Go/No Go alarms can be set using the supplied configuration package and the mask screening feature can be toggled on or off as required. “Our new camera terminals have an important role to play in our fight against coronavirus,” comments David Ross, UK Business Development Manager for Remsdaq. “The devices are not only important for buildings with critical workers during lockdown. They can help businesses to reopen safely as lockdowns ease”. The camera terminals can be bought online from Remsdaq’s new EntroStore ecommerce website (www.entrostore.com) alongside its other contactless access control solutions. Remsdaq, remsdaq.com

ESP REVAMPS SANGAMO TIMERS AND HEATING CONTROLS RANGE

SNICKERS WORKWEAR HIGHPERFORMANCE JACKETS With street-smart designs for men and women, all Snickers Workwear jackets include must-have features that focus on fit and freedom of movement, as well as using innovative fabrics that deliver long lasting protection and stretch comfort. Whatever you need – if it’s for work, play or protection against hazards – Snickers Workwear has jackets that will work on site and are ideal for leisure, always ensuring optimal performance, comfort, good looks and visibility. ALLROUNDWork Jackets are just what the name suggests, delivering a great all-round performance. There’s also FLEXIWork Jackets that provide superb comfort and weather-proofing if you’re always on the move, and LITEWork Jackets that keep you feeling cool and looking good whatever you’re doing in warm weather. So check out the performance, comfort and protection features of Snickers Workwear Jackets, there will be one to suit you - wherever you are, whatever you need, whatever you’re doing. Snickers Workwear, snickersworkwear.co.uk

ESP has made a significant investment in recent months to develop its Sangamo range of timers and heating controls. The new-look Sangamo offer can be broken down into four main product categories Timer Controllers, Thermostats, Programmable Thermostats and Programmers, with a total of 15 products making up the comprehensive range. The Timers collection of products is designed for simplistic ON/OFF manual or scheduled control for heating and lighting applications. The range has been expanded with a total of three new products. The Thermostats range of products - designed for controlling heating system via an electronic sensor – now totals five products. The Programmable Thermostat products are designed for controlling heating applications via an electronic sensor or programmed schedule, and ESP has added one new product to this range. The Programmers are designed for heating and hot water controlled independently across separate channels via a programmed schedule. A total of three products make up this range, varying from one to three channel options. ESP, espuk.com

BIGCHANGE MOBILE TECH BOOSTS PROVIDOR’S SMART METER BUSINESS

KNIGHTSBRIDGE PLAYS ITS SMART HAND

Energy metering company, Providor, has transformed its business with the latest mobile technology to become one of the UK’s primary smart metering companies. With the roll-out of a mobile resource management system from Leeds-based BigChange, Providor has replaced a number of systems and eliminated paperwork with the fully digital real-time works and management solution. Providor’s engineers complete over 1,200 jobs a day using JobWatch, the BigChange mobile app, and there are over 100 other users of the system in customer services and operations, located at the company’s call centre in Elland and head office in Newmarket.  Running on engineers’ rugged devices, JobWatch eliminates paper reports and provides automated workflows to ensure correct procedures are followed. The electronic job cards ensure the correct data is collected and supported by photographs to provide evidence of work done. A customer portal, meanwhile, allows customers to access contracts and key information such as meter readings and photographs from each job.

Knightsbridge is launching a comprehensive range of intelligent wiring accessories and lighting products that can be controlled by its very own app, SmartKnight. At the heart of the range are the two 13A, two-gang, smart switched sockets which feature a power monitoring function so that the homeowner can see live power usage on the socket in kWh. Appliances attached to the socket will be controllable remotely or by voice. For outdoor use there is an IP66, two-gang switched socket, that works up to 40m from the house depending on Wi-Fi signal coverage. For lighting applications, there is a range of smart LED downlights which can provide a raft of lighting scenarios. The range also features several useful ancillaries to extend the smart capability of the home such as a 16A smart plug adaptor, a 10A three-gang smart extension lead with a quad USB charger, and smart motion and entry sensors. Knightsbridge, mlaccessories.co.uk

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COMPLETE CUSTOMISATION WITH INCEPTOR INTENSE LED STRIPS Ovia’s new Inceptor Intense is a range of 24V LED Strips, available in cool white, warm white and RGBW. They come in four pre-cut lengths – 0.5m, 1m, 2m and 5m - and use a plug and play system, making installation quick and easy. Set up is easy in four simple steps: • Peel the adhesive back from the chosen LED Strip and place down on a clean and even surface • Utilising the plug and play connections, connect the end of the LED Strip to one of the Driver Leads • Connect the Driver Lead to the chosen LED Driver. Then ensure the LED Driver is connected to the mains Switch on the power With a variety of strips, connectors and drivers available in the range, installers have the flexibility for complete customisation, whether working within domestic, retail, or outdoor settings. There is a simple LED Tape Configurator on the Scolmore Group app which allows you to create the perfect LED Strip setup with an easy step by step guide. OVIA, oviauk.com

MERIDIAN ADD SELF-TEST EMERGENCY FITTINGS The Meridian LED Range of Emergency Lighting is about to be strengthened by the addition of Self-Test versions. Whilst there’s more to come over the coming months, key new products available from March include 3W Emergency Bulkheads and Exit Panels. Both fittings have polycarbonate bodies and diffusers, are finished in white and deliver a daylight colour temperature of 6000k with a beam angle of 120°. Fitted with top quality SMD LEDs, they deliver three-hour emergency periods and have an average lifespan of 30,000 hours. The Self-Test Bulkhead is IP65 rated for use inside or out and delivers an emergency output of 1.5 watts or 150 lumens, whilst the Self-Test Exit Box, rated as IP20 for inside use only, has a 1.0 watt or 100 lumens emergency output. With A+ Energy rating and CE approvals, the Self-Test range is backed with a three-year warranty.

MAKITA EXPANDS ITS XGT ‘40V’ RANGE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE CORDLESS TOOLS Makita has expanded its high-performance 40Vmax XGT range with the addition of three new tools. The new tools all feature Makita’s brushless motor technology and have been engineered to bring the benefits of cordless technology to high-demand applications. The HR005GZ01 40VMax Brushless Rotary Demolition Hammer offers rotary hammer and hammer only operating modes and is compatible with SDS-MAX chisels, drill bits up to 40mm and core bits up to 105mm. The LS002GZ01 40VMax Brushless 216mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw has an easy to set mitre range of 60° to both the left and right as well as a 48° bevel range in each direction, making it simple to achieve the cut required. The final new addition is the GA038GZ07 40VMax Brushless 230mm Angle Grinder. The 230mm wheel diameter makes this the largest angle grinder in the XGT range and is ideal for the highest demand applications. Makita, makitauk.com

C.K SURE DRIVE SOCKET SETS SUCCESSFULLY COMBINING STRENGTH WITH DURABILITY C.K offers a fantastic range of innovative tools and the new C.K Sure Drive Socket Sets are no exception. They successfully combine high quality with high performance and are manufactured from forged chrome vanadium alloy steel, making each part resistant to rust, as well as providing excellent longevity. Each set features the patented Sure Drive System which applies torque evenly to the flats of the nut, alleviating the risk of rounding-off. Three new Sets are available within the range and include: • (T4660) ¼” 36pc Socket and Bits Set • (T4661) ⅜” 23 pc Socket Set • (T4662) ½” 24 pc Socket Set The Socket Sets offer some great features and benefits, including: six and 12 point Sure Drive sockets, which apply torque to the flats of the nut; available as ¼” ⅜” and ½” standard sizes; 72 fine-tooth ratchet drive for precision adjustment and restricted access operation. These Sets also come supplied with a durable case with custom inlay, and a robust clip fastener for secure tool storage.

CED Electrical Group, cedelectrical.co.uk

Carl Kammerling, carlkammerling.com

MK ELECTRIC LAUNCHES RANGE FOR PRUDENT BUDGETS WITH QUALITY DEMANDS

SCOLMORE ADDS NEW GRIDPRO USB MODULES

MK Electric is launching its new MK Base range, designed to suit projects with more prudent budgets without needing to compromise on customer expectations. MK Base offers a broad and practical range of white moulded switches and sockets. It’s an ideal partner to MK’s Logic Plus range and includes one and two gang sockets with integrated USB ports as well as trailing edge LED dimmers. Grid front plates and euro plates that are compatible with MK Electric’s Grid Plus and euro range of modules are also available, extending the range further to meet the needs of any project. Features such as backed out and captive terminal screws make MK Base easy and convenient to install, with the reliability and performance expected from MK Electric products. Backed by a 20-year guarantee, the range delivers a truly fit-and-forget solution for complete peace of mind. From a customer perspective, the range is designed to look stylishly simple, with curved edges to complement any interior. MK Electric, mkelectric.com

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Scolmore continues to expand its GridPro range of interchangeable modules and plates, with the addition of new GridPro 2.4A Type A USB charging modules. Available in a choice of black or white, the USB charging modules are compatible with all existing GridPro unfurnished plates, which are available in the Define, Definity, Mode, Deco, Deco Plus, Polar and Essentials ranges. The extensive GridPro range of interchangeable mounting plates and modules offers installers the ultimate in flexible, modular grid solutions, allowing them to create multi-function one to 24 gang plates. The versatile GridPro plate can be populated to perform multiple tasks using a combination of GridPro and New Media modules. Unique to GridPro is the screw attachment feature, which means that no yoke is required for any modules when using one to four gang plates - the modules can be simply screwed directly on to the plates. This has the added benefit of allowing the installer to use standard back boxes. Scolmore, scolmore.com

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