ABB partners with A1 Electric Motors

ABB partners with A1 Electric Motors A digital partnership has been secured between ABB and A1 Electric Motors. Under the agreement, A1 Electric Motors will offer the ABB Ability solution to customers. This solution is a unified, cross-industry, digital offering that extends from device to edge to cloud — with devices, systems, solutions, services and a platform that enables customers to see more and do more with their assets and operations. A1 Electric Motors is offering a complete supply and installation service of smart sensor systems for motor sensors, pump sensors and bearing sensors. “The partnership with A1 Electric Motors allows us to broaden our supply of systems which are turnkey and readily tuned to allow customers to achieve the maximum benefits from a

Next-gen solar cells pass international test standards

Next-gen solar cells pass international test standards A new generation of solar cells that pass international tests for heat and humidity has been developed by Australian researchers. The researchers from University of Sydney have found a way to stabilise perovskite solar cells, enabling them to pass these strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards. This could result in the solar cells becoming commercially viable for widespread use. Solar energy systems are now widespread in both industry and domestic housing. Most current systems rely on silicon to convert sunlight into useful energy. However, the energy conversion rate of silicon in solar panels is close to reaching its natural limits. So, scientists have been exploring new materials that can be stacked on top of silicon in order to

Register for Schneider's Innovation Day 2020

Register for Schneider's Innovation Day 2020 Schneider Electric’s Innovation Day, which brings together the IT, data centre and built environment industries, will be held on 21 May 2020. For the first time, the sessions will be presented virtually with a line-up of both local and international speakers. Titled ‘Innovation Day: Resilient Digital Transformation’, attendees will hear from leaders both inside Schneider and externally. Industry trailblazers including Omar Hatamleh, Technical Integration Manager at NASA, Daniel Joe-Jimenez, AVP at IDC and Schneider’s own Pankaj Sharma, EVP of Secure Power, will share their insights, with planned keynote speeches focusing on topics such as: opinions on the future of innovation and strategic transformation, how to build a digitally resilient enterprise, and powering and digitising data centres.  With breakout sessions tailored for

The power grid of the future

The power grid of the future A power grid that can provide maximum value from solar and batteries, and that can support two-way electricity flows, is being planned by energy networks. A position paper by Energy Networks Australia has examined how Australia's energy system can best be managed to support the growing amount of distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar PV, batteries and electric vehicles. Energy Networks Australia CEO Andrew Dillon said the paper summarised the network sector's position on the Open Energy Networks Project. "With the rapid uptake of solar PV and battery storage, some local electricity grids are becoming increasingly congested," Dillon said. "This leads to voltage and frequency issues, which can cause damage to appliances and potentially risk the security of

Worker death sparks $30K fine for solar company

Worker death sparks $30K fine for solar company A conviction and $30,000 fine has been issued to a solar installer, after a worker fell and was killed at a Bendigo construction site. Solar 2.0 Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in Bendigo Magistrates' Court to failing to reduce the risk associated with a fall at a workplace, and failing to ensure high-risk construction work was carried out in accordance with a Safe Work Method Statement. The company was also ordered to pay costs of $14,197. The court heard a number of Solar 2.0 employees were installing solar panels on the roof of a property in the suburb of Kennington in November 2018 when the worker fell and landed on concrete below. The 21-year-old man suffered head injuries

How IoT is reshaping network design

How IoT is reshaping network design Back in 2014, a Gartner report said that the Internet of Things (IoT) will pose seven challenges in the data centre: sheer volume of data, server technologies, data security, the data centre network, consumer privacy, need for higher availability and increased data processing requirements. Now the impacts of IoT are coming into sharper focus, in the data centre and across the network. Some of Gartner’s predictions hold true, but we have a better idea as to how they might play out. Latency and reliability In a world of always-on ubiquitous connectivity, latency and reliability loom over everything, whether you’re talking about self-driving cars or Industry 4.0. These two challenges are driving much of the change that we’ll see

Why field operations teams need enterprise mobile tech

Why field operations teams need enterprise mobile tech The latest study from Zebra Technologies reveals that only 60% of respondents have adopted a ‘mobile-first’ strategy. Online reviews. Social media. Order tracking. Technology continues to create new opportunities for consumers and companies — and as the world becomes more digitised and more connected, utility and telecommunications providers need to similarly transform their field operations if they want to compete. Zebra’s Future of Field Operations Vision Study revealed that many leading field operations teams are gaining a performance edge with mobile technology. 60% of respondents consider their field operations strategies to be ‘mobile first’. However, that number really should be 100%. Mobility is essential to workforce and organisational agility in this on-demand era. More effective field

New changes to the Wiring Rules

New changes to the Wiring Rules An amendment has just been released for the 2018 edition of AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules. According to an alert from Queensland Electrical Safety Office, changes included in Amendment 1 are highlighted in the text by a marginal bar and amendment number against the clause, note, table or figure. The new standard can be purchased on SAI Global’s website. A transition period for the amendment will apply until 1 July 2020 to allow electrical contractors and workers time to gain an understanding of its requirements. The amendment includes a major change to section 7.8 Standards for specific electrical installations. This section now references AS/NZS 5139 Electrical installations - Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment. AS/NZS 5139

Industry 4.0 calls for a system change in field operation

Industry 4.0 calls for a system change in field operation Classic workstations and server units are increasingly giving way to virtualised solutions that provide connected, intelligent and swift computing and storage capacities, which are far more easily scalable with lower costs and maintenance requirements. Distributed control systems and cloud applications running on virtual machines enable flexible remote access to a wide range of systems — from process automation to condition monitoring and maintenance programs through to tracking and management systems. As far as operating systems are concerned, conventional KVM systems have reached their limits here. Modern thin clients are therefore replacing them. As Industry 4.0 will drive transformation from analog to digital operations on the production floor and beyond, the increase in

Switch to regular cash flow by requiring a deposit

Switch to regular cash flow by requiring a deposit No matter your trade, cash flow is the lifeblood of a successful business. Without a steady cash flow and streamlined payment processes, it can be difficult to sustain your electrical business’s longevity. Keeping a finger on the cash flow pulse can not only help your business survive slower periods, but it can also help when it comes to planning and budgeting for upcoming jobs or large expenses. One way to generate a steady cash flow is to request a deposit before you start work on each project. A deposit is a great way to formalise a job and ensure that both you and your client are committed to seeing it through to completion. It’s