• 5 Mar
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    Rittal’s VX25 Ri4Power panels deliver solution for renewable energy project

    Rittal was approached by Powerfish, a Scottish-based panel builder and electrical engineering business, with a brief to design and deliver robust, flexible, and easy-to-install panels for a renewable energy customer.

  • 5 Mar
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    Special enclosures require engineered solutions

    What classes a certain enclosure as special? The ability to reduce production and assembly times? To deal directly with issues that conventional enclosures cannot tackle? Or maybe the enclosure is completely bespoke and fabricated, tackling a direct application.

  • 5 Mar
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    Enclosure lighting: The benefits of LEDs

    Why light an enclosure? A more appropriate question is: why wouldn’t you? It is a simple safety measure; fumbling around in a dark enclosure cabinet where high voltages could be present is risky, to say the least. It’s best practice to keep the enclosure visible and clear – good lighting is essential to ensure optimal inspection and safe control conditions.

  • 5 Mar
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    COVID-19, customer support & a competitive edge

    PBSI spoke with Graham Lockhart, Head of Sales at Eastron Europe Limited, about the company’s product offering, business during COVID-19, customer support, and its competitive edge in the marketplace.

  • 5 Mar
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    Sourcing control panel components

    Fortunately, I love travelling, which is just as well, as six years ago I was asked to source a large volume of low-voltage control and automation products for a major global distribution customer. Every year since then, I've spent a lot of time in India, China, Taiwan, America and the EU at exhibitions and visiting factories to assess manufacturing quality and negotiate volume prices with many manufacturers.

  • 5 Mar
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    PTV side entry terminals: A new approach to terminal blocks

    It’s easy to underestimate the innovation potential of the humble DIN rail terminal block. Many of us have a ‘go-to’ block/brand because we are happy, or at least satisfied, with what it gives us. This leaves us free to focus on far more pressing technical issues in the more complex areas of our panel or machine.

  • 5 Mar
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    Power decentralisation made easy

    The demand for flexible, modular systems is shaping the world of automation, control and machine building. Decentralisation of system components has proven to be an important factor in this growing trend. It speeds up the system planning process, simplifies installation and maintenance, and facilitates future expansion.

  • 5 Mar
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    Let us not lose a generation of apprentices to COVID-19

    During the second week of February 2021, we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week. The annual week-long celebration, which took place across England, aimed to showcase how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • 17 Feb
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    Back to basics: IP67 vs IP68

    This article looks at the difference between IP67 vs IP68 and how they are becoming more important for electrical items and for electrical safety.

  • 2 Feb
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    How to size surge protection for cost-effective, optimised performance

    Panel design is an art. A well-designed panel strikes a balance between form, function, and cost. This can be difficult considering that an attempt to do so is an attempt at achieving the best of those three worlds.

  • 13 Jan
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    Rittal's manufacturing systems reduce time & costs for control panel manufacturing

    Electrical control manufacturers are currently being placed under considerable pressure. Projects are becoming more complex, the trading environment is extremely competitive, and customers naturally want to keep their costs to a minimum.

  • 11 Jan
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    Cables are adapting and transforming the manufacturing industry

    In a wireless age, the use of cables may be losing its function in some industries, however for others, the role they play is as important as ever. In the case of manufacturing, as technology becomes increasingly integrated so does the prominence of cables.

  • 8 Jan
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    2021 – opportunity is the keyword

    Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, offers an overview of three sectors where the difficulties of 2020 have originated new opportunities for 2021.

  • 5 Jan
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    Cold winter could freeze data centre construction progress

    Welcome to PBSI’s first issue of 2021! Whilst the cold winter nights mean that the average person’s heating bill rises, for data centres, freezing temperatures may cause serious issues.

  • 5 Jan
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    A perfect system to monitor current

    Mico Pro is Murrelektronik's innovative 24 VDC current monitoring system. The modular design makes it possible to create systems that fit any 12/24V application perfectly – which adds value by creating a cost-benefit ratio that saves space in the control cabinet. Murrelektronik's patented tripping behaviour ensures maximum machine availability.