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Jun 2017 Cable & Wire, General | Comments Off

Can your cable management cut it?

Can your cable management cut it?

Contractors could be forgiven for going for the cheapest cable management product. However, says Emma Segelov of MK Electric, quality can differ between manufacturers and it’s important to buy from a reliable, reputable source For electrical contractors, reputation is everything. Many rely on word of mouth referrals to generate new business, and therefore it is ...

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Jun 2017 Energy Efficiency, General, Heating | Comments Off

Hot stuff

Hot stuff

As consumer energy costs continue to rise, an increased number of homeowners are investigating alternative energy systems to provide for their needs. Robin Adderley, sales director at NIBE Energy Systems, discusses the options available Renewable energy systems, including ground and air source heat pumps, solar PV, solar thermal and biomass are all becoming more common, ...

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Jun 2017 Enclosures & Racks, General | Comments Off

Protect and survive

Protect and survive

Mark McCall, category manager at Rexel, outlines some of the latest issues driving electrical enclosure system developments in industrial and commercial applications, to help electrical contractors ensure that they stay ahead of the game Many electrical contractors are familiar with the consumer enclosure unit market, where a combination of recent legislation changes, safety considerations and ...

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Jun 2017 Enclosures & Racks, General | Comments Off

Designs on consumer units

Designs on consumer units

Steve York, market manager, residential and building automation at Hager, looks at how an ongoing evolution in consumer unit design can help electrical contractors meet safety, regulatory and aesthetic challenges across different properties Hager’s range of consumer units has been a focus of continuous innovation to ensure it develops products that not only meet the ...

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Apr 2017 Fire & Security, Security Systems | Comments Off

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Matt Parton, of leading security products supplier ESP, provides the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by installers on the subject of CCTV What comprises a CCTV system? There are four main components of a CCTV system: DVR (digital video recorder) – the brains and storage device of the system Camera – ...

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Apr 2017 BIM, General | Comments Off

Buying into BIM

Buying into BIM

As Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 becomes a requirement for all appropriate Scottish public sector construction projects, it is vital companies invest in BIM education to secure future opportunities. Emma Segelov, head of marketing at Honeywell company MK Electric, explains how The report of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction was ...

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Apr 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Let there be light

Let there be light

Marie Parry, marketing director of Scolmore Group, looks at the growing smart lighting sector and the opportunities it presents to installers, specifiers and architects Projected to exceed $47bn by 2020, the global lighting industry has come a long way from the on/off world to energy efficient lighting and adaptive lighting to the current connected – ...

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Apr 2017 Test Instruments, Training | Comments Off

5 facts about PAT

5 facts about PAT

Steve Dunning, managing director of Martindale Electric, takes a look at what you need to implement an effective and affordable PAT testing schedule and how to ensure you’re properly trained for the job Over the years, it’s safe to say that portable appliance testing has been at the centre of much discussion, debate, controversy and ...

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Apr 2017 Smart Homes | Comments Off

Bridging the skills gap

Bridging the skills gap

Peter Coombs, field marketing manager at Schneider Electric, takes a look at the widening skills gap, how it is affecting the electrical contracting sector and the opportunities that the IoT presents for electricians The UK is experiencing one of the strongest economic recoveries in Europe. Almost two million new jobs have been created as business ...

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Apr 2017 Fire & Security, Security Systems | Comments Off

Let the right one in

Let the right one in

Distributor Pro-Vision looks at the latest in IP products for CCTV and access control The launch of new CCTV and access control products is still dominated with equipment that uses the IP protocol to distribute captured video and audio. Recent IP products released in the UK include the IPC0522E2 video call door station from LiLin ...

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