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The proliferation of data center sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) are now emerging as mainstream data center trends. However, both of these trends took a long time to evolve. For many years, the cost of sensors, how to store the data, how to view the data, and how to determine who had access to the data were all barriers to acceptance.

Employee health and safety is one of the most important requirements for business owners. Both internally and externally, the process established for your office can often go a long way to ensure the safety and security of the personnel.

Stephen Bray, delivery driver at CEF, has been crowned Driver of the Year at the 2018 What Van? Awards.

Driver of the Year, a new addition to the awards, recognises exceptional driving performance across light commercial vehicle fleets. Beating almost 10,000 other drivers, Stephen picked up the award after consistently achieving 100% on his driving performance – a statistic provided by Lightfoot, the in-van technology which promotes safe and environmentally-friendly driving.

For many years, grid operators relied only on tried and tested technologies – but a drive towards innovation in recent years is reaping rewards. Peter Jones explains how new technologies and new applications for existing technologies can help operators make the most of their assets and do more with less 

LED lighting technology is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. Ian Drinkwater explores the latest trends and advancements changing the face of lighting.

Operating commercial premises can present many challenges. As well as providing and maintaining the comfort and welfare of the occupants who may be employees, students or patients, attention must be paid to health and safety. Peter Adams outlines some of the common mistakes and how to correct them. 

In March 2016, UK malt producer Bairds Malt asked Gibbons Engineering Group to modernise an agitator system at its Witham plant. The project was so successful that Bairds soon commissioned Gibbons to repeat the trick at its facility in Pencaitland, Scotland

The project concerns an agitator system consisting of a trolley weighing approximately two tonnes mounted with 13 screws which moves along a germination tank containing bulk malted barley.

Surge protection has always been covered in depth within BSEN62305-4, the current UK lightning protection standard.  However, recent amendments of BS7671 and the forthcoming amendments have increased awareness of surge protection devices 

Here we take a look at some of the important criteria when selecting SPD’s such as ensuring the correct type of SPD and its kA rating are selected in accordance with the standards.

There are three types of SPD’s defined in BSEN62305 and EN61643-11. Additionally, combined SPD’s have the distinct advantage of offering both Lightning protection and surge protection in one SPD.

In a wide range of applications machine builders are demanding increased accuracy and precision from their production equipment. Simultaneously, increasingly complex automation has created an additional challenge, as the vibration of dynamic machine components can significantly increase vibration of the complete system. Justin Leonard, the-chain director, igus, explains

Cuddly toys for all

My last column, castigating the ludicrous and irritating  TV cartoon characters Gaz and Leccy,  really struck a chord.  These inventions only appear in purchased TV advertising slots, and are the creation of a rather shadowy organisation called Smart Energy GB.

This outfit is funded to the tune of approaching £50million a year, by the various domestic energy suppliers – and so eventually by all consumers. The message is a simple one: get a so-called smart meter installed, and your fuel bills will no longer be estimated. Big deal.

According to its’ Annual Report, Smart Energy GB ‘s largest item of expenditure is on these ads. The last one I saw focused primarily upon a domestic toaster and its apparent impact upon the gas meter – which, given that toasters can only be fuelled by electricity, was presumably always nil. 

In the UK, there are currently 1.3 million people who are working or have worked in energy and electrical related sectors. Thousands of these people are in need of our support. This is why the Electrical Industries Charity has launched its Employee Assistance Programme of which the Pensioner, Apprentice, Employee and Family Support and Practical Participation Programmes are part of. In addition, to its Assistance Programmes, the Charity has also launched the powerLottery, a variety of fundraising events and its second Challenge for a Cause campaign to help our less fortunate colleagues in their time of need.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

“It does not matter how low the price of offshore wind is, on last year’s figures it (sic) only produced electricity 36% of the time.” This is verbatim what listeners to the BBC Radio 4 flagship Today programme were told by the CEO of the Nuclear Industry Association, Tom Greatrex. He was being challenged regarding the official recognition by government that new offshore wind developments are now at least one-third cheaper that the price agreed for new nuclear power stations like Hinkley Point B.

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