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Designed to develop exceptional electricians of the future, the Bright Sparks apprentice scheme supports and promotes vocational education programmes as an attractive option and a viable career path to ensure the industry continues to attract and retain the very best talent. Here, Kirsten Campbell, one of the scheme’s few female apprentices, talks to ECN about…

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Amendment changes

Changes in Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008 relating to final circuits supplying lighting points 03/05/2017   7 comments Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008 introduced changes in how the regulations relating to certain types of lighting installations are arranged. This article identifies these changes. Prior to the introduction of this last amendment, all regulations…

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Abb ability

Electrical Engineering News ABB Ability™ makes electrical distribution safer, smarter and more reliable for Industry 4.0 The Fourth Industrial Revolution heralds a significant transformation in the way we work, as digital systems, networked communications and large-scale data analysis increasingly integrate into business and production processes to make them more self-sustaining and efficient. In this brave…

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Sparky Rickey

Bedfordshire electrician Ricky Byrne is running this year’s London marathon for the National Autistic Society boosted by raising more than £3,000 for the charity. Ricky – whose motivation is fuelled by having two of his children on the autistic spectrum – took up running only two years ago after finding himself unfit and suffering with ‘reoccurring nightmares’…

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Okappy

Okappy is an innovative communications platform, which rethinks how companies manage their day-to-day work. It applies social networking technology to a real business need, the need to communicate and collaborate with employees and subcontractors across different sites and with different clients.  Okappy is targeting trades industries such as electrical, drainage and plumbing contractors but has…

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New fan launched

Leading ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent has launched a versatile alternative to its ECO dMEV fan: the ECO dMEV LC. The new decentralised Mechanical Extraction Ventilation (dMEV) fan offers greater versatility, with the option of either operating as a decentralised MEV or as an extractor fan to meet System 1 or System 3 of Building Regulations Part…

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Investigation of near misses

10 May 2017 Construction is the most costly sector in the UK for health and safety fines following changes in sentencing guidelines. Companies across the UK have been forced to pay out over £61m in health and safety fines throughout 2016 – almost 2.5 times that seen in 2015, according to insurance and risk law…

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Future of lighting controls

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is presenting an event about the future of lighting controls.  Presented by Sophie Parry of the Zumtobel group,  the event will cover the evolution of lighting controls through to artificial light output being reduced to ‘blend’ both components to meet the lighting performance objective.  Lighting controls have been…

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First to the grid

10 May 2017 A community energy storage project is being commissioned in Nottingham where the first household battery storage unit has now been installed.  The batteries store excess solar energy and cheap off-peak electricity so they can be used when the sun is not shining and prices are expensive. This reduces energy bills for the…

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Final Techtalk

After more than 100 shows industry legend Tony Cable signed off from his last TechTalk event recently. The veteran has decided to call time on his career after more than 60 years in the electrical industry.  There was a packed audience at Leicester racecourse to witness his final TechTalk – the series of regional roadshows…

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