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In my December column, I wrote about the exponential growth in trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Not so much regarding the value per unit. But instead concentrating upon the enormous amount of electricity that each purchase or sale transaction requires.

I have written repeatedly about my scepticism regarding the £14bn Smart Meter programme I remain unconvinced that those spending what is electricity customers’ money so freely, have really thought through all the potential consequences.

Donald Trump has been granted permission to build a wall. Not in Mexico, but on the west coast of Ireland.

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

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