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ISSUE 92 - AUG/SEPT 2022
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Issue 92 - Aug/Sep 2022
IT’S NOT JUST AN EXPO, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE!
NEW SHOW NEW VENUE
WED 7 SEPT 2022 4PM - 9PM THUR 8 SEPT 2022 9:30AM - 4PM
HALL 8 • RDS SIMMONSCOURT
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News & Views 8 Tackling hyperinflation head-on Rob Driscoll, Electrical Contractors Association, explains why open conversations with clients about shared risk have become essential.
Products 10 Meeting the demand for outdoor power Timeguard offers a range of weather-safe and durable sockets so homeowners can make the most of their time in the fresh air. 24 New LED downlight tilts to the future Knightsbridge’s new SpektroLED® Tilt offers 40 different combinations of wattage, colour temperature, and bezel choice for total customisation.
In Focus 29 Tradition with an eye to the future
With 87 years of history, extensive stock and a legacy in outstanding customer service, National Electrical Wholesalers expands its footprint all over Ireland. 57 A second wind for a historic gem WKK Electrical’s complete rewire of the Ballycopeland Windmill breathes new life into the last windmill of its kind in the world. 62 A brighter corporate identity Zumtobel’s MIREL and PANOS
23 A night to remember
Date is confirmed for this year’s IEBA Ball, a glamorous event with a serious mission to raise money for people in the electrical industry in need of assistance.
47 Kellihers manager raises €60k for charity Mick O’Neill, Ennis Kellihers
52 Irish born and raised
Pro-Tray’s M6 Roofing Bolt was designed out of necessity for a tidier installation solution and is five times faster than traditional methods.
Electrical Branch Manager, cycles for Cancer Care West and Slainte an Chlair in the 7-day Malin2 Mizen charity bike ride.
infinity luminaires were chosen for the FinTrU office refurbishment in Derry/Londonderry.
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Record electrical waste recycled but targets must change – WEEE Ireland report
Deadline for new wiring regulations starts this month
Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but the country’s largest e-waste scheme has warned that its unsustainable targets need to change to reflect a more circular economy. Despite ever-rising public awareness and participation, targets do not count circular strategies already undertaken by businesses and consumers to prevent
The National Standards Authority of Ireland’s new National Rules for Electrical Installations kick in this August, and all electrical installations must be certified to the new standard in 28 months. The IS 10101:2020 addresses changes and updates in important areas in line with recent technical developments and best practices in Europe, including a greater emphasis on safety, new technologies such as electric cars and adaptation for IT connections, and guidance on energy efficiency. One of the main changes in domestic installations is that all lighting circuits now must be RCD protected. While it is a positive safety feature, it means extra cost, and they may also require a larger distribution board. Safe Electric have developed a series of short informative videos to help the industry learn more about the changes, and discuss enhanced cable specifications, surge protection, and insulation and resistance, among other issues. Watch them at www.safeelectric.ie
e-waste, including reuse and repair.
WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan.
WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan said: “As a nation, we are consuming more electrical goods than ever. The annual tonnage on the market rose by 50% in six years to 22kg a head last year, with 69 million units placed on the market in 2021.” WEEE Ireland is one of the best performing recycling
schemes in Europe, with a record 18.7 million waste electrical items collected in 2021, the organisation’s annual report has revealed. WEEE Ireland accounts for over two thirds of all national waste electrical and electronics collection activity on behalf of 1,296 producer members.
Ansell Lighting Launches £5k Community Campaign
Ansell Lighting has launched a new campaign to recognise and reward the work of amazing community projects across the UK and Northern Ireland. Whether it is a grassroots sports club that needs pitch-side lighting, a foodbank that needs better lighting, or a community village hall that needs smart lighting to suit everything from a toddler
group to a counselling session – the “Shine a Light” campaign is
open to all. The prize will include lighting consultation and design, products, and a contribution of up to £2,000 towards installation, in a total of £5,000 to improve the facilities. Mark Abbott, Managing
Director at Ansell Lighting, said: “In our 30th birthday year we wanted to give something back to communities. The last couple of years have been tough on everyone and community projects have done an amazing job in providing support, entertainment, and leisure activities to people who need it.” Nominations are open, and the winner will be announced in October. See more at https://shinealight. anselluk.com
Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting.
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IT’S NOT JUST AN EXPO, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE!
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WED 7 SEPT 2022 4PM - 9PM THUR 8 SEPT 2022 9:30AM - 4PM
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ELECTEX DUBLIN SHOWCASES TOP-QUALITY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND INSIDER KNOWLEDGE AT NEW RDS HOME... ELECTEX DUBLIN 2022 not just an EXPO, it’s an EXPERIENCE
I reland’s biggest electrical trade event – ELECTEX DUBLIN – is back… with a new venue, date and a heap of giveaways, prizes, and industry insider knowledge on offer. The RDS DUBLIN is the new home for this two-day electrical extravaganza running on September 7th and 8th. Showcasing new products, providing practical demonstrations, trade talks, and special offers, ELECTEX DUBLIN will keep you up-to-date with all that is new in the electrical industry. With hundreds of world-class brands, amazing discounts, and offers, this year’s long-awaited return of ELECTEX trade event promises to be a knockout. ELECTEX will be co-locating with PLUMBEX, the biggest show for the plumbing and heating community which will provide one of the largest collaboration of M&E solutions under one roof. We’re bringing back Apprentice Challenges – putting the next generation through their paces with a few basic but fun challenges. There’s €1,400 worth of PPE, Workwear, Toolkits and other goodies up for grabs kindly supplied by Snickers, Klein Tools, CEF and Reg Farrell. Tool areas, van areas, and business support will be there to make your visit as informative and productive as possible. For more info go to www.bepex.ie
WEDNESDAY 7TH SEPT 2022 Industry experts share their technical know-how to provide valuable insight and help you take advantage of opportunities coming your way.
Learn why surge protection is necessary together
• Opple Lighting • OVIA Lighting • Preslite/ Greenlamp • ProTray • Reg Farrell
Speaker: SURGE PROTECTION
with changing regulations and installation.
• REMS • Rittal • Rointe • Schneider • SGD • SimPro
I.S.10101 The National Rules for Electrical Installations
Speaker: Paul Dunne, NSAI
THURSDAY 8TH SEPT 2022 Learn how field service management
• South Coast Sales • Surge Protection • Switch Distribution • T.I.S. • Tec Electric/ Kempston Controls/ Saltek/ IRISS/ Eaton/ Honeywell Vyrtych/ Timeguard • Tegral Lighting • Toolfix • Tool Monster • Towing Equipment • Troy Panels
Speaker: SIMPRO 10:45am
The future in electric vehicle charging software can help grow your business
Speaker: GARO 12:15pm
I.S.10101 The National Rules for Electrical Installations
Speaker: Paul Dunne, NSAI
• Unitrunk • Ventilux • WAGO • WINK Lighting
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ROB DRISCOLL, HEAD OF LEGAL AND BUSINESS FOR THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (ECA), EXPLAINS WHY OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH CLIENTS ABOUT SHARED RISK HAVE
BECOME ESSENTIAL… Tackling hyperinflation head-on
I n May 2022, the Bank of England announced that inflation had surged to 7% – its highest level in thirty years. The Bank raised interest rates, with a warning that we should expect 10% inflation before the end of the year. Meanwhile, British Land also announced in May that it expects tender price inflation to reach 10%. At the same time, Landsec highlighted that its tier one contractors were raising their tender margins by up to 9% on project bids. However, there are many in the electrical and construction sectors who feel that these figures don’t reflect the reality of costing products for construction projects. The latest figures put the inflation rate in the construction industry nearer to 25%, which is tending towards ‘hyperinflation’. Figures from the latest survey of members of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) point to rising
product costs as one of their top concerns, with price increases compounded by continued shipping delays. The latter has recently become a more severe issue as lockdowns in China continue on top of the squeeze, caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, on the global movement of goods. Competent staffing is also another area of concern for the electrical contracting sector. Although the JIB National Collective Agreement is in place to help stabilise pay rates, this does not reduce the cost-inflation of hiring agency or self- employed electricians. This is something that more projects are doing as the number of qualified personnel in our field is still tightly squeezed. However, even without increasing pay rates, employers are facing added NI and professional indemnity insurance (PII) costs as well as reverse charge VAT which impacts cash flow. For owners
of all sizes of business, this is a time of unparalleled challenge. Because many of our industry’s problems are being felt across the whole economy this, at least, has high level government attention. At a recent meeting of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak admitted, “The economic situation is extremely serious. A perfect storm of global supply shocks is rolling through our economy simultaneously.” Many ECA Members will be considering what they can do to ride out this wave of hyperinflation. The most important step is to focus on reducing risk. This should begin early, at the bidding stage. If manufacturers and wholesalers are re-fixing prices on a weekly basis, and a contract may be over a period of two-years, then a contractor fixing their rates at or even near today’s prices is
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taking a significant gamble. The best approach is to talk openly to your clients. It can be an awkward conversation, but it’s better to say, “We can’t sustain prices fixed today for nine to 18 months,” than to take a considerable loss in a year’s time. Sharing the risk with clients when this level of inflation has not been seen for decades is better for both parties, and this is what smart contractors are looking to do already. There are already options for setting up this form of agreement in the JCT contract, for example. Prices can be index-linked to the Building Costs Information Service from RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). The contract can then account for fluctuations in the cost of products and
labour (or even changes in legislation). Index-linking contracts is normal in the facilities management world, where business relationships tend to be over many years and more strategic than in most mainstream construction. However, there is no outstanding reason why we cannot revive this 1970s and 1980s practice in our sector. The most important message for contractors is not to be tempted to buy into problems for the future. The construction industry is currently experiencing a high level of work, with many industry economists saying that we are above pre-pandemic levels of activity. This means that it’s relatively easy to turn down work for clients who are not prepared to engage with the risks of higher prices.
However, when the level of activity slows, it may be tempting to price projects at today’s costs to keep work in the business pipeline. However, hyperinflation will quickly wipe out any profit margin, or worse. The governments of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have recognised the problem of rapidly rising costs. As large clients of the construction sector, they have already issued ‘Share the Risk’ guidance for working with the construction sector.
“…hyperinflation will quickly wipe out any profit margin, or worse.”
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TIMEGUARD OFFERS A RANGE OF WEATHER-SAFE SOCKETS AND ENCLOSURES SO HOMEOWNERS CAN MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TIME IN THE FRESH AIR… Meeting the demand for outdoor power
I t starts with an outdoor socket but usually turns out that the customer wants a lot more for their money. How do you keep the price right and choose what to install, asks Timeguard? How much protection? First, decide what level of IP protection you need for the job at hand. In simple terms, the higher the number, the greater the degree of protection, and the costs will inevitably reflect that, so make the right choice at the start. The ratings you are likely to see at the wholesalers are IP55, IP65, IP66, and IP68. The first IP number is an indication of dust protection, and the second digit defines the protection from water/moisture. So, for instance, an IP55-rated product is protected against dust ingress that could be harmful to the normal operation of the product, while IP65 or IP66 are fully dust- tight. A 5 for water ingress is proof against a low-pressure nozzle, while a 6 indicates protection against a high-pressure water jet. For very high levels of protection, IP68 is dust tight and protected against long periods of immersion in water under pressure and is therefore often chosen for in-line connectors that may be exposed or even buried in the garden for years on end. Engineering quality Remember, IP ratings do not measure a product’s lifetime, so remember to look for high quality brands and check for UV stabilisation to help protect against early degrading and becoming
brittle. Take a look inside the box to avoid flimsy tabs that can snap off, and check for good seals (neoprene is a hard-wearing long-term seal). If the user wants to be able to check the status of outdoor power at a glance, the option of clear windows is ideal, but check the spec for a polycarbonate that will stay clear and not cloud over. Look for impact-resistant cases, especially for installation in heavy traffic areas. Locking covers will add safety, avoid nuisance tampering and even prevent power theft. Where simply on/off switching or a bell push is required, choose a switch that looks like a switch and gives instant tactile feedback. Timeguard’s single and two-gang rocker switches offer IP55 or IP66 protection and neon backlighting so they can be found in the dark. Fit for purpose? Is SRCD protection needed? For extra downstream safety, the answer is likely to be “yes” and not installing it is pretty much unthinkable where power tools are to be used and the likes of lawnmowers and hedge trimmers will be plugged in. There are plenty of options on the market that offer SRCD-protected sockets in weatherproof enclosures, so there is no need to compromise. Just be sure that your choice complies with the latest British Standard (BS 7288:2016) and is RCD Class “A” rated. Also, be clear on the difference between “Active” and “Passive” protection. Most outdoor
TOP: Extend the reach of outdoor power with Timeguard’s IP55 junction boxes and in-line connectors. MIDDLE: The Timeguard Weathersafe Vision range offers IP66 protection and a clear view of status. BOTTOM: Look for robust, impact-resistant casings with sturdy handles and seals. Weathersafe Extreme from Timeguard fits the bill in the most hostile environments.
“Timeguard offers a range of durable outdoor power solutions for homeowners.”
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The Timeguard WiFi can be used to control outdoor appliances remotely.
Rocker switches with stylish design and tactile feedback.
More power! From garden mowers and tools to barbeques, patio heating, decorative heating, and music, the need to draw power outdoors is ever-increasing: often a simple socket outlet is just not going to be enough, but you have to balance your solutions with the customers’ budget. So, look at options for in-line connectors and junction boxes as well, to reach the far end of the yard or garden or wall-mounted enclosures with multiple sockets protected inside. Just be sure they offer the right IP protection for the job and have branded quality you can rely on. As ever, a chain is only ever as good as its weakest link.
application uses will call for “Active” SRCDs, meaning that users have to manually re-set the device to restore power, after checking over the equipment they are using. If control and energy saving when using, say, patio heaters are a consideration, why not fit an outdoor wi-fi controlled weather-protected fused spur? The user can simply program ON and OFF times or switch ON or OFF via their mobile phone. Alternatively choose Timeguard’s new IP66 weatherproof in-line WiFi controller, installed within range of the home router to extend app-based control to outdoor devices, using the free, global Tuya Smart App and voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
IP55 options have joined the IP65 boxes
with 2 or 4-gang training sockets.
Use Alexa and Hey Google voice control with Timeguard’s IP66 in-line Wi-Fi connector.
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Industry charity designates first regional Ambassador
ETT NI & SparkSafe LtP team joined family and friends of the late Derek Thompson on July 2, to tackle Slieve Doan in the first of a two-part charity hike of the Mourne Mountains to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Unit. Derek helped shape many lives within the electrical world and many other spheres and is deeply missed by all who knew him. He loved hiking through the Mourne Mountains and in his final year, following a diagnosis of lung cancer, he made two summits. In his memory, staff members, family and friends are climbing the exact two routes. So far, £2,795 has been raised for the Macmillan Cancer Centre, Antrim. The second walk will be Slieve Commedagh via the Brandy Pad on September 3. To support this worthy cause, you can donate online via: www.gofundme.com/f/in- memory-of-derek-thompson. Derek’s hike aids Macmillan Cancer Unit
The Lighthouse Club – the only charity that is 100% dedicated to electricians, plumbers, heating contractors and construction workers in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK – has appointed its first dedicated regional Ambassador: Colleen Milligan. Colleen will be raising awareness of the services and fund raising events organised by The Lighthouse Club across the
whole of Northern Ireland and Ireland. The charity provides a huge array of easy to access, free and confidential support for all sectors of the construction industry. The Lighthouse Club’s current campaign, ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’, is working on raising awareness of poor mental health within all construction sectors. Your company can get involved by displaying the ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ posters and cards across your site. Download the posters from: www.lighthouseclub.org/help-inside- the-hard-hat/
Colleen Milligan, Lighthouse Regional Ambassador – Ireland with Lighthouse Head of Partnerships, Tom McConkey.
Other services include a 24/7 confidential helpline (0345 605 1956 UK / 1800 939 122 ROI), managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. It’s available to everyone on site and offers emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support. Contact Colleen on: +44 (0)1 473 913156, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.constructionindustryhelpline.net for more regional information.
Pedals up for Kirby Group’s charity cycle
Kirby Group Engineering has launched the Kirby Way Cycle 2022, a charity staff initiative to raise money for good causes, including Self Help Africa. On Friday, September 2, leaving from Kirby Group Engineering’s headquarters in Limerick, several hundred participants will cycle first to its Galway office. On the
second day, more advanced cyclists will cover the distance from Galway to Dublin. There will be many Kirby employees, their families, supply chain partners and clients, participating on day one, while the more serious cyclists and club cycling partners will lead the challenge on day two of the event. The full journey will cover a distance of over 300km. The electrical and instrumentation contractor is raising the money alongside its fundraising partners and in conjunction with Warriors for Humanity. Group Managing Director Mark Flanagan, who will be taking part in the cycle says it’s an inspirational project, “The world has changed in the past two years and the world of work, in particular, has been transformed. This event will remind us in Kirby that two things remain the same. Firstly, our primary core value is our people … Secondly, Kirby’s commitment to helping those in need in Ireland and around the world.” Visit www.kirbygroup.com for more information.
Alan Kerins of Warriors for Humanity, Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly, HR Officer at Kirby Melandri Van Zyl and Operations Director at Kirby Mikey Ryan at the launch of the Kirby Way Cycle 2022. Photo: Alan Place.
Friends, family members and colleagues of Derek Thompson from ETT NI & SparkSafe LtP climb Slieve Doan to raise funds in his memory.
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CORE Distribution welcomes Eamonn Tilley as Technical Sales Executive for Leinster
Eamonn Tilley has recently joined CORE Distribution as a Technical Sales Executive, operating in the Leinster region. He has a vast amount of technical experience gained from prior roles in his career, having worked as Technical Training and Quality Manager for LeGrand Ireland for over 10 years. Eamonn understands the challenges that present themselves in sales, as customers crave to have their needs understood and fulfilled. “It’s not
SBE’s MV Specialist Aidan Kehoe, MD Shay Byrne and Contract Manager Des Kehoe.
SBE commences upgrade for South East Technological University
Managing Director Shay Byrne, as SBE installed the original MV infrastructure on the college campus 30 years ago. “It was great to be back on-site at my old Alma Mater to see the commencement of works,” he said. Two of the current SBE team, Contract Manager Des Kehoe and Foreman PJ Duffy also worked on the original installation three decades ago.
Seamus Byrne Electrical has been contracted to carry out a medium voltage upgrade project for South East Technological University. The new five-way MV panel has been manufactured and supplied by Messrs ABB Ltd, one of the leading electrical engineering companies in the world. The project has been a trip down memory lane for
about the sale; It’s about finding a solution to an everyday problem while respecting the customer’s needs, as they are all individuals,” he says. Eamonn intends to use his position to mediate and provide CORE’s customers with the best professional service and products. Outside of his career, Eamonn is avidly invested in keeping fit. He holds a master’s degree in Sports Science from University College Dublin (UCD) and has coached many in the field of fitness.
Mental health awareness at Precision Cables
“A problem shared is a problem halved”. With this ethos in mind, Precision Cables has promoted a Wellness Seminar to employees to encourage open discussion and mental health awareness. The event was led by the charity AWARE, which delivers mental health and well-being programmes. Some of the topics covered were identifying warning signs of stress, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tips for the workplace, and wellness at work. “The seminar was greatly received by all staff members and has sparked a conversation on mental health and warning signs”, commented Cathal Grace, Sales Director at Precision Cables. “Mental health is no longer a social stigma and should be discussed.”
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THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES CHARITIES PRESENTS… Wellbeing Talks from the EIC
T his year the Electrical Industries Charity is hosting a wellbeing series of inspirational speakers and leading experts in mental health, law and reliance. The series, which began in January, is uplifting and educational on a range of issues impacting our industry. The 50-minute virtual presentations are followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers facilitated by the Charity CEO, Tessa Ogle. Check out the dates and topics for the remaining 2022 Wellbeing Talks: Topic: Suicide Prevention Date & Time: Wednesday, September 7, 8:30am to 9:30am Presenter: Neil Laybourn Neil is a renowned and highly sought after health and wellbeing expert and public speaker, having been invited to deliver talks and seminars to hundreds of well-known brands and organisations worldwide. Topic: Women’s Health Month – Navigating Menopause Date & Time: Wednesday, October 5, 8:30am to 9:30am Empowering the industry to effectively manage the menopause, giving them key insights into the cause and symptoms, how to alleviate symptoms and gain the empathy required to support colleagues going through the change!
Topic: Men’s Health Month – Taboo Health Topics Date & Time: Wednesday, November 2, 8:30am to 9:30am Presenter: Dr Barbara Harkin Former GP and medical expert Dame Barbara Harkin is a much respected
technology speaker known for her roles in the management and governance of NHS England. Formerly Chief Executive of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, Barbara is a much sought after keynote speaker. Topic: Understanding Behavioural Patterns and Mental Health Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7, 8:30am to 9:30am Presenter: Charlie Webster Broadcaster, host and trustee of the London Youth Games, Charlie Webster is one of the most recognisable faces in the world of sport. She has made history as a journalist, becoming the first woman to present several prestigious sporting events.
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FOR PHIL KANE, COUNTRY MANAGER FOR EATON IN IRELAND, THIS IS THE MOMENT TO EMBRACE ALTERNATIVES TO THE GREENHOUSE GAS IN WIND TURBINE SWITCHGEAR… It’s time to go SF6-free
U sing wind power to bolster energy security is a positive environmental choice and, as a key plank of future energy strategies in many countries, the construction of wind farms on-shore and off-shore will continue apace. Wind farm technology is well understood, but less widely recognised is the global- warming potential of the switchgear that provides overcurrent and short circuit protection in turbines. Most switchgear uses sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), a climate-damaging gas, as an insulator and arc extinguisher. According to the
United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, SF6 tops the list of the most harmful greenhouse gases. Comprising a sulphur atom and six fluorine atoms, each SF6 molecule is an environmental menace: just 1 kg is equivalent to 23,500 kg of CO2 in terms of global warming. And, as if it weren’t enough, the gas stays in the atmosphere for 3,200 years. Scientific studies indicate that the concentration of SF6 gas in the atmosphere continues to rise, a trend that is likely to accelerate due to the ever-increasing demand for energy. Mandating
SF6-free switchgear in renewable technologies – solar arrays, as well as wind farms – will avoid derailing net- zero ambitions as the push for clean, secure energy intensifies. The last loophole for SF6 Scientists first discovered how to make SF6 in industrial quantities during the 1960s – only a small amount occurs naturally. Stable, odourless, and colourless, it was used in applications as varied as insulating windows and providing the “bounce” in tennis balls and vehicle tyres.
“If there is a good time to go SF6-free, that time is surely now.”
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“As it is easier to specify SF6- free switchgear on new projects than to replace equipment on existing installations, the boom in renewable technology could be a real opportunity to embed SF6-free know-how in the electrical industry.”
However, it was not long before the environmental dangers of fluorine gasses became apparent, and governments started phasing them out. The EU’s legislative response to what became known as F-Gasses included banning SF6 in every application except switchgear, claiming that there were no widespread cost-effective, technically feasible, energy-efficient, and reliable alternatives for its role as a critical safety feature. This exemption has had unfortunate consequences. SF6 is undoubtedly a good insulator, widely and readily available, which means that far from fading away, its use in electrical switchgear has increased. Ironically, it has even found its way into applications such as wind farms, which are intended to reduce global warming. Now, however, the tide is turning, and the EU is set to announce an end to the exemption, which is likely to come into
effect across Europe during the mid-to- late 2020s. Eaton’s pioneering technology Renewable energy generation is driving growth in the switchgear market, which is why a fast phase-out of SF6 after the likely lifting of the exemption is essential. As switchgear typically has a lifetime of 40-50 years, it is critical to act now. Wind farms will continue to expand, and each turbine requires more frequent switching because of the way they operate. Fortunately, well-proven alternatives are already available for up to and including 24 kV. Eaton pioneered the use of alternative insulation technologies at much the same time as SF6 was discovered, back in the 1960s, combining air and cast-resin insulation with vacuum switching techniques. This method is used in 60 countries around the world.
It eliminates the risk of leakage and minimises maintenance costs, as well as expensive end-of-life disposal procedures since all materials are re- usable or recycled. A green future awaits Electrical industry professionals can do much to prevent further SF6 emissions adding to what is already a worrisome burden on the environment. Governments can play their part by driving forward policy to prevent the use of SF6 in applications in the future, including switchgear. As it is easier to specify SF6-free switchgear on new projects than to replace the equipment on existing installations, the boom in renewable technology could be a real opportunity to embed SF6-free know-how in the electrical industry. If there is a good time to go SF6-free, that time is surely now.
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ECS FESS STANDARD
THE EVENT AWARDED APPRENTICES AND AIMED TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FIRE AND SECURITY INDUSTRY... ECS FESS technicians fired up on careers day at SERC
T he South Eastern Regional to raise awareness of opportunities for qualifications and careers in the industry. The event recognised the completion of 25 apprentices under the new Fire, Emergency & Security Systems (FESS) standard, and the ECS was there to discuss how the new professionals can develop their careers and the industry as a whole. College (SERC) hosted a Fire and Security Careers Day on 7th June According to Robin Hamill, Lecturer in Fire & Security at SERC, the event offered insight on qualification and employment opportunities not only for young people but also for experienced professionals looking for a different path. “We are keen to raise awareness of the career opportunities in an industry which people may not have considered. There is a recognised skills shortage
in the industry and jobs for fully qualified technicians command lucrative salaries,” he said. Fire and security employers, with the support of the Northern Ireland Fire and Security Employers’ Federation
(NIFSEF), have been working to professionalise the
sector, employing technicians with a recognised qualification pathway. And that is exactly where ECS comes in, by promoting qualifications, training, and competence within the FESS sector in Northern Ireland. The scheme also provides certification that the training, qualifications, experience, and
competency requirements for these individuals have been met. ECS cards are recognised for project access across the UK. To find out more about the ECS FESS standard and how this could benefit you and your company, please visit www.ecscard.org.uk/FESS
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THE TRADITIONAL IEBA BALL IS FINALLY BACK, AND GUESTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE FROM THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE… A night to remember
O ne of the most-awaited annual events in the industry, the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association Winter Ball, is finally back, and with a twist. This year, the event travels back in time to celebrate all the glitz from the Gatsby era with the “Roaring 20s” theme. Get ready to sport your favourite peaky blinder or rock a fringe flapper dress on November 18th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin. The event will include a drinks reception and four-course dinner, and guests are more than encouraged to dance until the early hours of the morning to the music from The Beverly Boys. For those feeling lucky, the event will feature
prize draws and the Intercontinental Hotel will also be offering a room rate of €270 for two people quoting “IEBA Ball”. During the pandemic, IEBA was forced to cancel its fundraising events, which would normally raise around €60,000 each year to provide help for people in the electrical industry in need of assistance. Cel O’Reilly, President of the IEBA, makes an appeal to those interested in booking a table or sponsoring a prize at the ball. “We are still actively supporting families who need financial help. I am fully aware the past two years have been difficult for our electrical industry, but I would really appreciate your generosity and support for the IEBA.”
Save the date IEBA Roaring 20’s Ball November 18th, 2022 Intercontinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin Tables for 10 people at €2,000 To find out more, book your table or sponsor a prize, get in touch with a committee member today by emailing email@example.com www.irisheba.ie/why-ieba/#goto-ieba- committees
WELCOME TO THE ROARING 20’s Ball
Friday 18 November 2022 Intercontinental Hotel - Dublin
• Drinks Reception • Four Course Dinner • Dancing Until Late
• Table of 10 €2,000 • Discount Hotel Room Rate • Prizes Galore
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KNIGHTSBRIDGE’S NEW SPEKTROLED® TILT OFFERS 40 DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF WATTAGE, COLOUR TEMPERATURE, AND BEZEL CHOICE FOR TOTAL CUSTOMISATION… New LED downlight tilts towards the future
K nightsbridge has taken the next step in its lighting evolution with the inclusion of SpektroLED® Tilt to the configurable Knightsbridge SpektroLED® series. The LED downlights offer many combinations of wattage, colour temperature, and bezel options, providing a 40-in-1 fire-rated solution, now also available in a tilt version. Like the fixed model, SpektroLED® Tilt offers a choice of two wattages – 5W and 8W –, five colour temperatures (CCTs), and five bezel finishes, from white and matt black to chrome, polished chrome and brass. The wattages and CCTs are switch- selected on the rear of the downlight body. At 5W, SpektroLED® delivers up to 465 lumens, and up to 795 lumens at 8W. The four CCTs available are 2700K, 3000K, 4000K, and 6000K. The choice
of five bezels allows further customisation. As with all Knightsbridge products, installation is straightforward. Both fixed and tilt units feature simple first fix power connectors with loop in/loop out terminals. The downlight can then be plugged in to complete the installation and offers easy maintenance and access to its innovative CCT and power properties. The downlights are fire-rated for solid timber, web joist, and I-joist installation for up to 90 minutes depending on materials, and IC-rated for retention of efficiency of mineral wool insulation in the ceiling void. SpektroLED® Fixed has an IP65 rating, making it suitable for use in bathrooms and wet rooms, while SpektroLED® Tilt is rated at IP20. Once installed, the downlights have 50,000 hours of rated LED life. A five-year warranty guarantees peace of mind.
For further details of the Knightsbridge innovative wiring accessories and lighting products, visit www.mlaccessories.co.uk or call Simon McCarthy, National Sales Manager on +353 (0)87 980 3938.
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FAST TRAK® Suspension Systems
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SIGNIFICANT TIME AND COST SAVINGS ON YOUR PROJECT
Up to six times faster to install than traditional suspension systems
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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CORE DISTRIBUTION AND
GRIPPLE CONTINUES TO PROVIDE COST-
C ore Distribution, the leading cable management expert in Ireland, are proud to be an authorised supplier for UK manufacturer, Gripple. The partnership celebrated Core Distribution’s 40 years in the industry. Gripple are globally recognised for their commitment to innovation, outstanding quality, and service, with 87% of their business exported to 3900 customers across 85 countries overseas. They are EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS THAT SAVE UP TO 85% ON INSTALLATION TIME… Partners in time
the market-leading manufacturer of wire rope suspension and innovative bracketry solutions for the construction market and provide a faster, cost-effective, and more energy-efficient alternative to traditional suspension systems. Gripple’s partnership with Core Distribution allows them to showcase their expertise to the electrical industry. Core have established a solid presence throughout Ireland with central
distribution and storage facilities in Dublin alongside highly experienced personnel. Therefore, Core customers have access to Gripple’s range of high-quality products as well availing of excellent customer service, flexible and immediate product availability, including on-hand product advice which will suit installation needs and timescales. Core’s management team are very enthusiastic about this partnership.Dan Fisher MD of Core Distribution Ireland explains, “We are on the lookout to expand our range of cable management products and respond to our customer’s needs but are only willing to do so with reliable manufacturers offering outstanding product quality”. Gripple’s Area Manager in Ireland, Tony Dooris, commented, “Gripple are delighted and excited to have Core on board as a specialist distributor of our products across Ireland. Their experience and relationships in the industry, alongside their distribution abilities, allow us to support customers and projects. We enjoy getting out with the Core sales team, demonstrating our products and highlighting the major benefits when specified.”
“Gripple are delighted and excited to have Core on board as a specialist distributor of our products across Ireland.”
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Quick and easy installation
Fast Trak is an excellent alternative to the traditional method, particularly for projects with strict timescales. This is because Gripple’s pre-fabricated trapeze bracket solution delivers significant time savings for the installation of the electrical containment while delivering an aesthetically pleasing finish. Fast Trak is a zero-waste product, comprising of metal tracks and mounting brackets which arrive at the site in pre-cut lengths. It has been independently tested and is a fully compliant, fire-resistant suspension system that is suitable for a range of applications. Adjustments during installation can be made completely tool-free, allowing contractors to save time and labour. It is suitable for any application and was previously installed in prestigious buildings such as Ballyshannon Hospital Letterkenny, Merlin Hospital Galway, NUIG Galway, St. Cammilus Hostpital Limerick, Lidl Regional Distribution Centre Mullingar & Sligo IT. Other Gripple products available from Core Distribution include a comprehensive range of standard and fire- rated supports as well as hangers designed to save time, labour and reduce costs in various applications. Tool-free installation and zero waste
The Gripple® fast fit systems are designed to save time, labour and reduce costs by making installation quicker and easier. Supplied in ready-to-use kits, they are lightweight, require no on-site cutting, and reduce the time spent at height, providing enormous health and safety benefits for your project. The pre-fabricated trapeze bracket solution offers speed, flexibility, and efficient use of space, for the installation of electrical containment, pipework, ductwork, and other mechanical services in restricted places. • No need to cut threaded rod or channel on-site. • 180 kg 3:1 per system. • Up to six times faster to install than traditional suspension systems. • Bracket can be moved up and down the track without tools. • Safety lock ensures security once the bracket is in place. • Two-point ceiling fixing using shot fire, drop-in anchor, or wedge. • Tracks bend neatly under bracket, meaning no wastage. • System can be ‘stacked’ on-site within a small area. • Available in standard, low-profile, or side-loading, for efficient use of space in any installations.
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