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How Efficient Is Efficient for a Power Supply?

How Efficient Is Efficient for a Power Supply?

Efficiency is a critical factor in the design and functionality of power supplies, impacting both performance and operational costs. In basic electrical terms, efficiency is the ratio of the usable power output divided by the input power. This ratio is often expressed as an impressive percentage, usually greater than 90%.  
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More than just a power supply with PULS

More than just a power supply with PULS

Automation and control systems consist of programmable controllers, human machine interfaces, industrial computers, and communications equipment.  These components work together to process information and make timely decisions, much like the neurons in a human brain.

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Mitigating Harmonics in HVAC Applications with ULH Drives

Mitigating Harmonics in HVAC Applications with ULH Drives

HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) systems are responsible for keeping buildings, such as office premises, hospitals, data centers and others, airconditioned and comfortable. A considerable amount of energy is consumed in HVACR systems. Proper use of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) in these systems will substantially reduce their energy consumption
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Soft starters

Soft starters

Soft starters are vital to many motor control systems, allowing for precise control and energy savings in industrial and commercial applications. Soft starters provide smooth, controlled operations that reduce mechanical stress and enhance performance.

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The Role of Intelligent Solutions in Power Distribution Facilities

The Role of Intelligent Solutions in Power Distribution Facilities

Intelligent solutions are paving the way for a brighter and more efficient future in the dynamic world of power distribution. Industry leaders are recognising the game-changing role that these solutions play in addressing the complex challenges of energy management. At IPD, we are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative transformation, leveraging our expertise to deliver intelligent power distribution solutions tailored to each business's unique needs.

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MILD STEEL ENCLOSURES: Durability and Versatility

MILD STEEL ENCLOSURES: Durability and Versatility

Mild steel enclosures are among the most used enclosures in the electrical industry due to their durability, corrosion resistance, and low cost.
They play a crucial role in safeguarding sensitive electrical equipment by providing a protective environment that ensures longevity and functionality. In this article, we explore the features of IPD’s range of mild steel enclosures.

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Improving energy efficiency in the food and beverage industry with ABB’s Motor Control solutions

Improving energy efficiency in the food and beverage industry with ABB’s Motor Control solutions

The food and beverage (F&B) industry provides the nutrition essential to our daily lives and it will always be required. In Australia, energy use accounts for at least 15% of the total operational costs in the F&B industry. With the national population projected to exceed 32.8 million people by 2050, combined with the urgent need to address climate change, this stresses the importance of reducing energy consumption and emissions in F&B operations. 

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Movicon.NExT SCADA/HMI: Food innovation is not just about the end result, but the journey

Movicon.NExT SCADA/HMI: Food innovation is not just about the end result, but the journey

In the dynamic landscape of food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing, the pursuit of new and improved production systems is an opportunity for firms to gain a competitive edge and promote sustainability. Integral to this pursuit is the adoption of innovative technology, such as human-machine interface (HMI). HMI serves as a bridge between human operators and automated systems, facilitating streamlined communication, monitoring, and control processes within F&B facilities.

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Fire & Overheating Prevention for Switchboards

Fire & Overheating Prevention for Switchboards

Every year, fires cause an enormous amount of damage to all kinds of facilities, social and private possessions. It can lead to life-threatening incidents and huge losses because of material damage to assets, power supply interruption, production loss and business opportunity costs. Global statistics show that around 30% of fires are caused by electrical faults. 
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The Advantages of Intelligent Power Distribution

The Advantages of Intelligent Power Distribution

Power distribution plays a vital role in our daily lives, and ensuring a reliable supply of electricity to meet our ever-growing energy demands is critical. As technology continues to advance, so does the need for more efficient and intelligent power distribution systems.

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Unlock the future of panel meters with Red Lion’s PM-50 Graphical Panel Meter

Unlock the future of panel meters with Red Lion’s PM-50 Graphical Panel Meter

In the dynamic landscape of industrial automation, the ability to harness and utilise real-time data is a game-changer. Red Lion’s PM-50 Graphical Panel Meter stands at the forefront of this revolution, offering a robust and intuitive solution to monitor equipment, visualise manufacturing processes, and empower operators with actionable insights. In this article, we will delve into the various benefits of the PM-50, showcasing how it enables industries to unlock the full potential of their operational data.

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How To Beat the Heat This Summer

How To Beat the Heat This Summer

With the scorching Australian summer already here, the need for innovative solutions to beat the heat becomes increasingly crucial. One such solution that is gaining prominence is the use of weatherproof isolators. IPD’s range of these electrical devices enhances safety and reliability and plays a significant role in ensuring uninterrupted power supply during extreme weather conditions. 

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The Importance of Industrial Ethernet and Security in Control Plant Rooms

The Importance of Industrial Ethernet and Security in Control Plant Rooms

Industrial Ethernet is a network used to connect and communicate with industrial devices. It differs from traditional Ethernet because it can withstand harsh environments and handle real-time data flow between devices. In a plant setting, this means that the industrial Ethernet network is used to monitor and control production processes. Failures or downtime can result in significant losses, making Ethernet one of the most important components of plant operations.

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Overcome challenges of harmonics

Overcome challenges of harmonics

ABB's ultra-low harmonic (ULH) drives are designed with built-in harmonic avoidance systems and comply with IEC 61000-3-12, IEEE 519 and G5/4 harmonics recommendations. Compared to other harmonic mitigation solutions, the problems caused by harmonics are avoided in the first place.

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Cracking the Code: Demystifying IP Ratings in Power Supplies

Cracking the Code: Demystifying IP Ratings in Power Supplies

An IP code (more commonly known as IP rating) is a classification that is defined to help identify the protection class any device has against unwanted materials such as dust and moisture. This article explores the industry's various IP codes, distinguishing the traits for informed power supply choices.

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5 things to consider when buying an EV charger

5 things to consider when buying an EV charger

EV charging represents a pivotal aspect of the future of transportation and at IPD, we are committed to assisting you in charging ahead. Our electric vehicle integrated infrastructure solutions cater to brownfield and greenfield projects, such as residential buildings, commercial offices and shopping centres, offering innovative and compliant charging. From the power grid to EVs, our comprehensive range of infrastructure solutions encompasses power distribution, metering, load management, and more, aimed at ensuring seamless operations.

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Why Reliable and Safe Power is Critical for Data Centres

Why Reliable and Safe Power is Critical for Data Centres

In the fast-paced digital age we live in, data centres have become the backbone of our technological advancements. These facilities house vast amounts of critical data and ensure its availability to businesses, organisations, and individuals around the clock. But have you ever wondered what makes these data centres operate smoothly and securely? 

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Exploring Thermal Management: The Role of Cooling Units

Exploring Thermal Management: The Role of Cooling Units

Thermal management is a critical aspect of various industries, ensuring the reliable operation of electrical and electronic equipment, industrial processes, and more. One fundamental component of effective thermal management is cooling units. In this article, we will delve into the significance of cooling units and their role in maintaining optimal operating conditions for a wide range of applications.

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3 Reasons why your next project should have an EV Distribution Board

3 Reasons why your next project should have an EV Distribution Board

In the rapidly evolving landscape of electrical infrastructure, staying ahead of the curve is essential for businesses and organisations. With the increasing demand for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, integrating an EV Distribution Board into your project is no longer just an option; it's a necessity.
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Introducing the Next-Generation Orca HMI Platform

Introducing the Next-Generation Orca HMI Platform

Are you on the hunt for an HMI system that's designed to stand the test of time, offering 15 years or more of dependable service? How about a system that promises seamless upgrade pathways for forthcoming processor platforms, coupled with swift display replacements and uncomplicated maintenance, even in environments fraught with hazards?
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Drivetune: User-friendly experience with Bluetooth connectivity

Drivetune: User-friendly experience with Bluetooth connectivity

Drivetune mobile app is a powerful tool for performing basic drive startup and troubleshooting tasks. It is possible to connect with drives and access data available in the Internet at the same time. The wireless Bluetooth connectivity means that users won’t need to enter hazardous or difficult-to-reach work areas to access information necessary to help them commission and tune the drive.

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Prioritising safety - Variable speed drives in healthcare HVAC systems

Prioritising safety - Variable speed drives in healthcare HVAC systems

IPD is the Master Distributor for ABB Motion HVAC drives within Australia. Michael Linden is the National Drives Manager – HVACR for High Technology Control (HTC), now an IPD business. Michael Linden provides insight into the successful use of ABB HVAC drives in healthcare settings, where safety, performance and reliability are of the utmost importance.

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Media Redundancy Concepts

Media Redundancy Concepts

The general idea of media redundancy and redundant paths is almost as old as the use of Ethernet for industrial communications, and so is the dilemma that – by definition – Ethernet technology’s broadcast nature does not permit physical loops and therefore effectively forbids redundant communications paths.

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Shedding light on the changes in the NCC for electric vehicle charging in commercial buildings

Shedding light on the changes in the NCC for electric vehicle charging in commercial buildings

The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 came into effect, altering the energy data monitoring requirements criteria on the first of May 2023.  The new J9D3 section, formerly known as section J8.3 in the 2019 revision, requires gathering individual time data for on-site renewable energy equipment and electric vehicle charging battery systems.  Additionally, the NCC 2022 also introduced section J9D4, which outlines provisions for electric vehicle charging equipment.

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The impact of corrosion on painted mild steel enclosures

The impact of corrosion on painted mild steel enclosures

Corrosion is a destructive process that significantly affects various metallic materials, including mild steel. One effective way of limiting corrosion and prolonging the life of mild steel surfaces is paint which acts as a protective coating. However, understanding the effects of corrosion on painted mild steel surfaces is crucial for adequate maintenance and care of the steel surfaces. 

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IPD Group Announces Acquisition of EX Engineering

IPD Group Announces Acquisition of EX Engineering

IPD Group, a leading distributor and service provider to the Australian electrical industry, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of EX Engineering, a business that specialises in the design, supply, modification, and repair of electrical hazardous area equipment.

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Lightning strikes are on the rise – here’s what we can do!

Lightning strikes are on the rise – here’s what we can do!

Global warming has a significant impact on lightning strikes, as acknowledged by the international scientific community. For every 1°C increase in global warming, there is an approximate 12% rise in lightning strikes. A recent study by the University of California, Berkeley found that the ongoing warming conditions would lead to a staggering 50% increase in lightning strikes by the year 2100.

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Safeguard EV charging against lightning & surge damage

Safeguard EV charging against lightning & surge damage

The electrical infrastructure of the EV charging network is highly vulnerable to direct and indirect lightning, as well as the impact of switching overvoltages. This vulnerability arises from the exposure of typical installations and the sensitivity of the equipment, highlighting the critical importance of surge and lightning protection for EV networks.

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Getting to know ABB Motors

Getting to know ABB Motors

An electric motor is an electromechanical device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Given the premise that even a marginal improvement in the efficiency of these motors can lead to substantial energy savings, extensive research and development efforts have been dedicated over several years to achieve this milestone. As a result, synchronous reluctance motors have emerged as a promising solution offering notable energy savings.

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Cutting-edge lighting solutions for hazardous environments

Cutting-edge lighting solutions for hazardous environments

Reliable, explosion-proof lighting solutions are crucial in hazardous environments as it enhances safety, productivity, and compliance to reduce maintenance costs and minimise downtime. IPD is a proud supplier of Stahl lighting products, offering an extensive range of lighting solutions suitable for various uses and specifications. Their new linear luminaires EXLUX is a game-changer in hazardous environments, providing various models for explosive atmospheres, including zone 1/2 and zone 21/22.

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Market-leading arc fault detection

Market-leading arc fault detection

The occurrence of an arc flash in electrical installations is a serious matter that poses significant risks to the people and equipment involved. In this situation, the time it takes to detect and interrupt the arc fault is critical in determining the amount of energy released and the damage caused. As a market leader in arc fault detection technology, ABB has developed the TVOC-2 Arc Guard System™, an optical arc flash detection device with the quickest reaction time available.

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ABB Variable speed drives

ABB Variable speed drives

A variable speed drive’s (VSD) primary function regulates how much energy is sent from the main supply to the application process. Variable speed drives are always between the power source and the electric motor. Therefore, when the drive receives electricity from the electrical source, the drive then controls the amount of power delivered to the motor.

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Optimise your power efficiency with ABB's Power Factor Correction unit

Optimise your power efficiency with ABB's Power Factor Correction unit

Large businesses consume high levels of energy, leading to high power costs which are a significant overhead.  By understanding your business’s power quality and electricity usage, you will better understand what the necessary steps are that you need to take to increase energy efficiency and reduce your overall running costs. 

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What you need to know about the latest National Construction Code update

What you need to know about the latest National Construction Code update

The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 has come into force as of May 1st, 2023, significantly changing energy data monitoring requirements. Formerly referred to as section J8.3 in the 2019 iteration, the new J9D3 section mandates the collection of individual time data for on-site renewable energy equipment, electric vehicle charging, and battery systems.
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Protect against electrical arc faults in wiring

Protect against electrical arc faults in wiring

Protection requirements for final sub-circuits in installations have increased steadily over recent years to ensure the highest reliability and safety standards in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. We have progressed from fundamental fuse protection to miniature circuit breakers (MCBs), to residual current devices (RCDs), to a combination of residual current circuit breakers with overcurrent protection (RCBO).
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Optimise your inventory level management system with ABB’s laser level transmitters

Optimise your inventory level management system with ABB’s laser level transmitters

ABB’s LT100 laser level transmitter is offered by IPD as an optimal solution for level measurement in industrial applications. This level measurement tool utilises a laser to measure the distance between the sensor and the target to provide accurate and reliable measurements. LLT100 is designed to be used in harsh environments, and it is resistant to dust and humidity and has a measurement range of up to 100 metres.
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Prevent downtime with ABB Ability Smart Sensors

Prevent downtime with ABB Ability Smart Sensors

The ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensors offer an innovative solution for monitoring critical equipment and detecting potential issues before they escalate. With these sensors, customers can monitor critical equipment parameters, including temperature, vibration, and other factors, to detect early warning signs of wear or damage. This early detection helps maintenance teams take corrective actions before severe damage occurs.
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IPD & Delta Electronics Australia Partnership Announcement

IPD & Delta Electronics Australia Partnership Announcement

IPD is thrilled to announce its most recent partnership with Delta Electronics Australia to distribute and sell uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to the Australian market; this will expand its portfolio, allowing for greater end-to-end solution capabilities within various applications and industries.

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The benefits of being an EV infrastructure installer

The benefits of being an EV infrastructure installer

With more electric vehicles on the road across the country, it is time to ask yourself, what are the benefits of becoming a leader in the industry for installing and commissioning electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure? If you are unsure of the answer, don’t worry, we have you covered.
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The future of industrial automation networking

The future of industrial automation networking

In today's modern age, industrial automation has become an essential aspect of our industry. The need for efficient and reliable networks to support the increasing demands of industrial applications has become more critical than ever before. Hirschmann, a leading provider of industrial networking solutions, has introduced their latest range of building automation switches designed to cater to the needs of industrial automation.

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Optimising energy consumption with ABB’s Variable Speed Drives

Optimising energy consumption with ABB’s Variable Speed Drives

According to Sustainability Victoria, it is estimated that electric motors account for nearly 30% of total energy consumption in Australia across all industries, from pumps moving fluids to fans moving air to compressors, conveyors, and every type of machine that depends on rotational force to get its job done, highlighting the important role that electric motors play in our everyday lives, whether it’s personal or business-related.
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Thermal management solutions for enclosures

Thermal management solutions for enclosures

Thermostats are a necessary tool for managing the temperature inside electrical enclosures. Electrical components generate heat during operation, and in the event of overheating can cause damage to the components or even lead to a fire.
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North Queensland Stadium

North Queensland Stadium

The Queensland Country Bank Stadium, formerly known as the North Queensland Stadium, was built as part of the Townsville City Deal, with the goal of delivering a 25,000-seat multi-purpose regional stadium in time for the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) season.
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MEA Partnership Announcement

MEA Partnership Announcement

IPD is excited to partnered with MEA, as we work together, we will continue to share our expert knowledge and build stronger relationships with the wider MEA community.
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Rethinking asset performance management for the digital age

Rethinking asset performance management for the digital age

No matter what business you’re in, you’re in the asset management business. Without physical machinery, devices and electrical systems, assetintensive businesses like manufacturers, utilities,refineries and more, simply don’t work. That makes asset management one of the most critical strategic functions of your entire organization.
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Real-Time Communication for Digital Substations

Real-Time Communication for Digital Substations

Conventional substations can be comprised of up to hundreds of hard-wired devices that rely on copper hard-wired connections. Modern substations, however, have improved upon this setup by adhering to the new, non-proprietary standard known as IEC 61850.
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ABB Soft Starters

ABB Soft Starters

Motors are the most widely used electrical machine across industries, using almost one-third of the world’s generated electricity.
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ABB EasyLine – XLP DIN Disconnectors

ABB EasyLine – XLP DIN Disconnectors

Designed to offer high protection and trustworthy operation in critical power applications, distribution boards, switchboards and capacitor banks, IPD offers ABB’s EasyLine XLP range of DIN Disconnectors.

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AuCom Soft Starters

AuCom Soft Starters

Designed to help lessen the strain placed on the motor during the regular motor power-up phase, a soft starter is an extra component that may be attached to a standard electric motor to employ a different start-up method. Choose from a wide range of AuCom soft starters available at IPD for all your motor protection needs.
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ABB OS Switch Fuses

ABB OS Switch Fuses

IPD offers ABB’s broad range of high-quality switches, consisting of a complete range of switch disconnectors switch fuses transfer switches, and bypass switches.
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Universal Motor Controllers

Universal Motor Controllers

It is crucial that motors are equipped with a motor protection device, to prevent unexpected breakdowns, expensive repairs, and subsequent losses due to motor downtime.
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World EV Day

World EV Day

World EV Day is a global movement for driving change, a celebration of e-mobility and raises the awareness around sustainable transportation. Globally there has been an increase in electric vehicles on the roads as more corporations and car manufacturers pledge to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles.
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Manual Bypass Switches

Manual Bypass Switches

Designed to bypass supply to the load for isolation during service and maintenance, IPD offers ABB’s extensive range of manual bypass switches which are the optimum solution.
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Why 30mA and 300ms?

Why 30mA and 300ms?

A Residual Current Device is designed to protect people against death from electric shock.  To do this it must trip at below 30mA and in less than 300ms according to the Australian Standards.   But have you ever stopped to wonder why those particular values are chosen for the protection levels?
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Emperor Cable Cleats

Emperor Cable Cleats

Ellis Patents’ range of Emperor TM cable cleats provide the highest levels of short circuit retention and cable protection for Low Voltage, Medium Voltage and High Voltage cable systems in single and trefoil formations. It provides protection against a maximum short circuit level of 235kA when installed at 225mm intervals.
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No Bolts Cable Cleat

No Bolts Cable Cleat

Ellis Patents’ No Bolts Cleat™ is a fully polymeric, non-metallic, tool-less cable cleat designed for safety and rapid installation. The No Bolts Cleat™, provides short circuit retention and cable protection for Low Voltage, Medium Voltage and High Voltage cable systems.
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Vulcan+ Cable Cleats

Vulcan+ Cable Cleats

Ellis Patent’s range of Vulcan+ TM cable cleats provide moderate levels of short circuit retention and cable protection for Low Voltage, Medium Voltage and High Voltage cable systems in single, trefoil or quad formations. It provides protection against a maximum short circuit level of 134kA when installed at 300mm intervals.
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ACH580 – BACnet Communications

ACH580 – BACnet Communications

The ACH580 is a high-performance variable-speed drive with a variety of dependable embedded communications including BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTU, and N2. There are also Fieldbus adapter modules available that can be used with all compatible platforms.
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Multiple Screens to One PLC

Multiple Screens to One PLC

Have you have had to connect more than one HMI to one serially connected PLC? The OPC Link feature by Red Lion is an easy way to connect multiple HMI panels together. HMI to HMI communication is achieved in minutes using direct tag access from one unit to another. This tech tip shows you how.
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Super-Fast Web Connectivity with Crimson 3.1

Super-Fast Web Connectivity with Crimson 3.1

The recent release of Red Lion’s Crimson 3.1 software has enabled a host of new and improved features enabling clean, fast and responsive remote access.In particular, mobile-responsible web servers benefit, as there’s zero coding required to access CSV data logsand data tables and graphical web pages are simple and easy.
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Emerson Compact Controllers

Emerson Compact Controllers

Emerson have recently released their series of PACSystems™ RSTi-EP CPE 200 programmable automation controllers (PAC). The family of compact PACs, aim to simplify connectivity to traditional sensors and actuators as well as external analytics software platforms.
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Confirmation of Part/Serial/Date Numbers & Codes

Confirmation of Part/Serial/Date Numbers & Codes

The Emerson Hardware provides a range of details for tracking purposes, such as Part Number, Firmware Version Number (At the time of manufacture), Hardware version, Serial Number, and Date of Manufacture. These are all marked on the module labels.
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PAC Machine Edition Backwards Compatibility

PAC Machine Edition Backwards Compatibility

With the rise of Emerson’s PAC Machine Edition 9.8 comes an array of features such as the ability to convert PLC projects into previous versions of Machine Edition.This is extremely useful for sites that have multiple projects with different versions because now only one software package is required.
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Arc Fault Dangers

Arc Fault Dangers

Arc flash accidents in electrical installations have become a growing concern. While most types of electrical injuries have been significantly reduced as a result of improved technology and safety, arc flash incidents have emerged as one of the leading causes of serious injury or even death among electricity workers.
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Closer Look - Red Lion FlexEdge DA50

Closer Look - Red Lion FlexEdge DA50

Knowing Red Lion's Data Station means you know it's been around for a long time, since 2004, to be exact. It has proven to be extremely popular due to its simple interface and ability to communicate with hundreds of industrial brands.
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LED VS Fluorescent

LED VS Fluorescent

With the confusing number of light options available for hazardous environments and now the introduction of the LED, is LED technology really the future of lighting?

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Red Lion Basics: Tag Scaling

Red Lion Basics: Tag Scaling

This tech tip is part of the Red Lion Basics Series. This will be an ongoing series that provides concise, easy tips on ways to manage, display and interact with data from your Red Lion equipment.

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SynRM Motor for Paint Manufacturer

SynRM Motor for Paint Manufacturer

Collaborating with their Electrical engineer, Control Logic involved their system integrator to conduct power analysis onsite, providing a comprehensive report to address the critical areas needing immediate attention.
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Configure Red Lion's Crimson Emulator Like a Pro

Configure Red Lion's Crimson Emulator Like a Pro

One of the great features of Red Lion Crimson 3.0 and 3.2 is the in-built emulator.  Providing about 90% of the functionality of the actual device. The emulator can simulate and test device communications, protocol conversion,scripting, display pages, and more.
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Sizing a VSD?

Sizing a VSD?

If you think choosing the right VSD for your application is more difficult than it appears, read our 6-point guide to ensure you get it right every time.
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Understanding Industrial Network Redundancy

Understanding Industrial Network Redundancy

One of the most asked questions is what is the “best redundancy protocol” for Industrial Networks and usually, this question is posed by someone who wants an easy answer so that they can move forward with the comfort of knowing they are going to achieve the best outcome.
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Auto-Off-Manual Switch Guide for ABB ACH580

Auto-Off-Manual Switch Guide for ABB ACH580

Some of the most common applications of  HVAC drives  like the ACH580s are utilised, and involve an Auto-Off-Manual switch. Examples include car park exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans, and cooling tower fans. In this Tech Tip, you will find the basic parameter configurations needed for your Auto-Off-Manual application.
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Machine Safety - The Emergency Stop

Machine Safety - The Emergency Stop

Whenever an inherently safe design measure does not make it possible to remove hazards or to sufficiently reduce the risk, then safeguarding and complementary protective measures are utilised. One of these complementary protective measures commonly used is the ‘Emergency Stop’.
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Smart Maintenance Through Sensor Technology

Smart Maintenance Through Sensor Technology

The sensor and metering technology – along with data analytics has made steady progress during recent decades. New, smarter devices and integrated systems are entering the market. Their ability to pick up, log, transmit and distribute data relevant for maintenance purposes is about to bring great efficiencies to plant operators.
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Setting Up an ABB Drive for Fieldbus Control

Setting Up an ABB Drive for Fieldbus Control

Fieldbus communication reduces wiring costs when compared to traditional hardwired input/output connections.FENA-21 is an optional fieldbus adapter module available for ABB drives that provide an interface to Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP, or PROFINET IO. Through the fieldbus adapter module, you can give control commands, transfer process data to and from the drive, read actual values and drive status or reset a drive fault.
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3 Easy Steps to Protocol Conversion

3 Easy Steps to Protocol Conversion

Mapping Data from an RS-485 PLC Network Have you ever wondered how to connect your RS485 Modbus variable speed drives to your PLC via Ethernet? This Tech Tip illustrates just how easy it is with a Red Lion Data Plus
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How Your ACS355 Protects Itself

How Your ACS355 Protects Itself

When your ACS355 displays a fault, don’t just get frustrated, a large proportion of the time it’s just asking you to make sure the environment is correct, so you don’t end up with a melted chunk of plastic instead of an advanced control device.
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Redundant DC Power

Redundant DC Power

With modernisation of plants, facilities and equipment, our expectations are for increased availability and reliability. Much of the control power required for these applications is often sourced via DC power supplies.
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The Rise of Industrial Big Data

The Rise of Industrial Big Data

The advantages of Plant-wide historians vs. Relational Databases
Industrial businesses have entered the age of “big data,” the volume, variety and complexity of data they manage is exploding at record rates.
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Using BACnet with Red Lion Crimson Devices

Using BACnet with Red Lion Crimson Devices

Vendors of the Building Management System (BMS) frequently keep the information and configuration of their systems a closely guarded secret, making it difficult to integrate BMS with other technologies in a flexible manner.
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Chokes & Variable Speed Drives

Chokes & Variable Speed Drives

This Tech Tip is a brief overview of some of the benefits of using a choke with Variable Speed Drives (VSDs). Input chokes can be used to reduce the supply line harmonic currents and voltage distortion generated by almost all inverter drives on the market today.
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Setting Temperature Protection

Setting Temperature Protection

Save stress, on your motors and yourself! ABB drives have access to plenty of tools to aid you in preventing damage to your motor or your drive.Here’s a walkthrough on setting up the temperature protection function on an ACS580.
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How to Wire an RCD With No Neutral Line

How to Wire an RCD With No Neutral Line

One of the most recent changes to the Wiring Rules AS/NZS 3000 included significant changes to when and where RCDs (Residual Current Devices) are to be installed. This has resulted in a large number of new RCD installations, some of which are more difficult to implement.
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Recovery Pack Installation for ABB’s ACS880

Recovery Pack Installation for ABB’s ACS880

For those that operate ABB’s, you may have experienced a fault or warning explaining you need a recovery or service pack installation. In this Tech Tip, we will show you the steps you will need to take to rectify the situation
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Running C Code on a PLC

Running C Code on a PLC

Almost all PLC programming makes use of IEC 61131-3 programming languages such as Ladder Diagram, Structured Text, or Function Block Diagram, which can at times limit the functionality of a control system. Fortunately, GE’s PLCs have the option of using C function blocks thanks to the PACSystems C Programmer’s Toolkit, which can allow complex tasks to be handled much easier, ultimately leading to a more streamlined process with greater functionality.
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What Is PROFINET IO?

What Is PROFINET IO?

Many in the industry are hailing it the 'Next Generation of Industrial Wireless Networks'. But what exactly is PROFINET? and why is it gaining so much traction over recent years?

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3 Steps to Using Graphical Data in Proficy Machine

3 Steps to Using Graphical Data in Proficy Machine

Taking advantage of the visual representation provided by Proficy Machine Edition, the Graphical Data Monitor allows a user to easily diagnose issues generated by connected equipment. Values such as state and time are displayed on a single display to quickly assess and analyse to assist in troubleshooting, tuning and deployment.

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Emerson PME: Offline Activation

Emerson PME: Offline Activation

There are various usage scenarios for  industrial software and one of those common is the isolation of the Industrial Control System network from other networks (that includes the Internet).
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Emerson PME: Licencing Virtual Machines

Emerson PME: Licencing Virtual Machines

The transition from GE to Emerson Virtual Machine (VM) licensing is quite a painless process. While it’s changed slightly, it is still very similar to how it was before. This Tech-Tip will show you how.
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Emerson PME: Legacy Licensing

Emerson PME: Legacy Licensing

Priorly Emerson was not able to issue new licences for PME under previous GE licensing system agreements, however, there is a workaround. Legacy licenses can still be generated in 6 steps in this  tech tip.
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ABB ACH550 HVAC VSD Commissioning

ABB ACH550 HVAC VSD Commissioning

Have you ever wondered which parameters to set when trying to commission an ABB ACH550 HVAC VSD to maintain pressure in a building stairwell? Click for your guide to shortcut the learning process and make your life a bit easier.
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Five ACH580 Features You Didn't Know

Five ACH580 Features You Didn't Know

The ACH580 is only used in most HVAC applications with a simple start/stop and a speed reference, but for those more unique installations, this drive is jam-packed with features, some of which are listed in this technical article.
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TruONE Automatic Transfer Switches

TruONE Automatic Transfer Switches

The primary purpose of an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is to transfer a power supply from its principal source to a backup source when it senses a failure or outage in the principal source without manual intervention. An ATS is designed to activate more long-term power supplies until the primary power source is restored.
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Manual Change-over Switches

Manual Change-over Switches

Designed to transfer power supply from its primary source to a backup source manually, ABB has an extensive range of manual change-over switches, from which IPD offers ABB’s open transition manual change-over switches.
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OT Switch Disconnectors

OT Switch Disconnectors

Designed to open an electrical circuit by isolating the source from the consumer, ABB offers load break switches which are manual or motorized. These devices ensure the on-load making, breaking and safety disconnection of low-voltage electrical circuits.
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Compact Automatic Transfer Switches

Compact Automatic Transfer Switches

Automatic transfer switches are self-acting power switching devices that have been a reliable source of transferring load connections when an emergency occurs. This ensures the continuous delivery of electrical power from one of two power sources which are the public utility power or the generator supply to a connected load.
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What are the technical characteristics of RCDs?

What are the technical characteristics of RCDs?

The technical characteristics of an RCD are critical to their performance, safety, and reliability. By having a greater understanding of the importance of each of these characteristics will provide you with valuable insight to why it is important to use the right RCD for the right application, with varying types of RCDs available on the market can be installed into your electrical system.

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Overload Relays

Overload Relays

Motors occasionally draw excess current causing overload conditions, overheating as well as phase failures. A reliable means of protection is hence required to shield the motor, motor branch circuit and its components from such situations.Overload relays available on the market offer the most steadfast safety options to prevent damages from overloading.
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IPD expands EV charger solutions offering

IPD expands EV charger solutions offering

IPD Group Limited is pleased to announce the acquisition of Gemtek Group Pty Ltd. This acquisition provides IPD with a complete, end-to-end solution in the fast-growing electric vehicle charger market – from design through to installation and commissioning.
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Active energy meter - Countis E21

Active energy meter - Countis E21

SOCOMEC’s range of active energy meters consists of six distinct models between single phase and three phase networks. The series is compatible with every type of electrical integration and load with direct readings up to 100A and up to 12000A on the CT.
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Do you comply with J8.3 of the National Construction Code and Building Code of Australia?

Do you comply with J8.3 of the National Construction Code and Building Code of Australia?

Around the globe, large corporations and governments are making pledges to achieve net-zero emissions as environmental and global warning concerns continue to be heavily politicised. In response, Government policy and industry standards are constantly being reviewed and amended to meet the needs of the environment. Leaving businesses wondering whether they should be doing more, how can they do more,are they compliant with the changes in the industry standards, and if there is a way that they can reduce their impact on the environment.
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What are RCDs and why are they important?

What are RCDs and why are they important?

A Residual Current Device (RCD) is a protective device that is intended to isolate the supply to protected circuits, socket outlets or electrical equipment in the event of a current flow to earth that exceeds a predetermined value, usually 30mA. It is important to detect this earth current because the current flow path may be through a person, and so the protection provided by an RCD is critical in preventing death by electric shock.
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Techno modular switchboard system

Techno modular switchboard system

The key function of a Switchboard System is to securely distribute electricity by dividing the electrical power supply into branch circuits, while protecting each circuit using a circuit breaker or a fuse in an enclosed common fixture.
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Find out why you would install a DC Combiner Box into your next solar energy project

Find out why you would install a DC Combiner Box into your next solar energy project

Popularity for solar energy continues to rise and in recent times, small scale solar farms are starting to be built in our local communities, as highlighted with the recent installation of the community co-funded 3M solar farm project in Nowra, NSW consisting of 8,000 solar panels and is leading the way as the first grid-scale solar PV project that was connected to the Endeavour Energy network.
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Din mount general purpose outlet (DINGPO10)

Din mount general purpose outlet (DINGPO10)

IPD’s series of DIN Mount General Purpose Outlets (GPO) consists of three unique models, and they have been designed to sit beside miniature circuit breakers and switchboards for temporary power. These double pole GPO’s are particularly useful when used in power supply applications such as temporary power on construction sites, additional outlets in distribution boards or meter enclosures.
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What IP rating do I require for my switchboard?

What IP rating do I require for my switchboard?

In recent years installing switchboards outdoors has become popular, as space within electrical rooms increasingly becomes more limited, leaving your valuable assets vulnerable to nature’s elements. Some switchboards are not designed to withstand these elements, putting the switchboard at risk of water damage, erosion, and overheating. This can lead to damage of your electrical assets, or in some (extreme) cases a potential failure of your electrical system.
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Switch Disconnector – Domestic Range

Switch Disconnector – Domestic Range

Many devices are used in an electrical network for safety reasons, and each of these devices need to be kept in good condition within the system, including the switch disconnector. A switch disconnector is primarily associated with the load switch or circuit breaker.
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What lies ahead for the energy and resources sector in 2022

What lies ahead for the energy and resources sector in 2022

Strong growth is projected for the energy and resources sector in 2022, as projects announced during 2021 enter the feasibility and committed stages, and additionally a predicted strong sector will see job growth throughout the industry, maintaining a positive outlook for the new year.
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Learn the difference between a distribution board and a switchboard

Learn the difference between a distribution board and a switchboard

Electrical systems appear complex, making it difficult to understand what the difference is between the switchboard and distribution board, and how each of these can assist you to distribute electrical current throughout a building or application. This article will explain what the differences are between the different types of switchboards that exist, according to the industry standards.
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How to protect your cables under high fault conditions

How to protect your cables under high fault conditions

Cable cleats are safety-critical devices used in electrical installations to protect cables from excessive movement under high fault conditions. Failure to adequately protect cables in the event of a short circuit can cause damage to nearby infrastructure and have serious implications throughout the rest of your electrical system.
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Introducing ABB’s new & innovative EV charger - Terra AC wallbox

Introducing ABB’s new & innovative EV charger - Terra AC wallbox

Over the next few years, electric vehicle sales in Australia will continue to rise and ensuring that you have the right infrastructure in place to charge electric vehicles will become a priority. The move towards electric vehicles has been driven by several key factors including the phasing out of internal-combustion engines internationally, incentives that have been rolled out by federal & state governments and changes in consumer attitudes.
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Low Voltage Air Circuit Breakers - SACE Emax 2

Low Voltage Air Circuit Breakers - SACE Emax 2

Designed to be a next generation multifunctional platform SACE Emax 2 Air Circuit Breaker (ACB) has become a true power manager through cloud-computing interfaces. Embedded with state-of-the-art connectivity capabilities, ABB has ensured that the circuit breaker evolves during its lifecycle and allows you to enhance the device even after installation.
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Fully compliant modular switchboard system

Fully compliant modular switchboard system

Switchboards are used to distribute electricity into various circuits whilst providing protection through a circuit breaker or fuse in a common enclosure. Designing and establishing a state-of-the-art switchboard for your application is important for the protection of your electrical system, by ensuring that the incoming electrical load is properly managed throughout the entire system safely.
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Prepare your electrical systems for the storm season

Prepare your electrical systems for the storm season

Storm season in Australia typically occurs from November to April and has the potential to cause havoc to an electrical system if there is a ground lightning strike. It is vital to ensure buildings have safety measures in place to not only protect the building’s electrical systems, but to assist in the protection of people that could be living or working within these buildings.
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Learn more about the 1000VAC AuCom EMX4i Soft Starters and ABB 1kV Switching Gears

Learn more about the 1000VAC AuCom EMX4i Soft Starters and ABB 1kV Switching Gears

IPD recently supplied their latest offering of the 1000 voltage range to PowerTek Australia, who used the components to design and manufacture a fully functional supply system for two 1000V 720kW secondary fans that are required to supply air to the lower areas of a Tasmanian Mine via their existing rise system and housing a 11kV/1kV 3000kVA substation. The supply system was manufactured using three 1000VAC AuCom EMX4i Soft Starters, two location isolation panels and ABB 1kV Switching gears.
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The rise of electric vehicles

The rise of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles have been around longer than many realise. As popularity for electric vehicles continues to grow globally, the concerns around them have declined, and more electric vehicle models continue to enter the market.
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Simple, Lightweight and Flexible Power Distribution

Simple, Lightweight and Flexible Power Distribution

IPD’s range of Powerduct sandwich-style busway systems are the ideal solution for distributing electrical power in low voltage commercial and industrial applications including high-rise buildings, data centres, distribution warehouses and shopping centres.
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Understanding the importance of monitoring your energy consumption

Understanding the importance of monitoring your energy consumption

Energy efficiency has become a conversational piece across households and businesses throughout Australia over the past few decades, as concerns around energy consumption and climate change continue to rise. Recently, we have seen changes made to the National Construction Code (NCC), a push for commercial and industrial businesses to become more sustainable, and the Federal Government has just announced that they would like to set a target for net zero emissions by 2050.
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IPD joins the Australian Industry Group

IPD joins the Australian Industry Group

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a national peak employer organisation representing traditional, innovative, and emerging industry sectors including energy, waste, building and construction. The purpose of the Ai Group is to create a better Australia by empowering industry success and represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses across Australia, empowering these industry sectors to work together.
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IPD Group acquires High Technology Control

IPD Group acquires High Technology Control

IPD Group has announced the acquisition of Sydney-based High Technology Control (HTC), effective immediately.A well-established electrical industry specialist, HTC’s products and services complement IPD Group’s growing portfolio and will provide all IPD Group and HTC customers with a stronger national footprint and supplier confidence.
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AF Contactors

AF Contactors

Designed to optimize configuration, ABB’s new range of contactors has managed to offer increased functionality and high-quality performance through reduced number of coils in their AF Dual AC/DC Contactors.
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Tmax XT MCCB

Tmax XT MCCB

MCCB (Moulded Case Circuit Breaker) is an Electrical protective device, which is used to protect the electrical installation against overload and short circuit faults that arise because of excessive current.
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Soft Starters – EMX4i Series

Soft Starters – EMX4i Series

Motors can frequently require a large amount of energy when they accelerate up to full speed. A soft starter is used to reduce the inrush currents, useful if you want to protect your equipment, extend the life of your motor, and reduce motor heating with frequent starts and stops.
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Introducing the new IPD website

Introducing the new IPD website

Our IPD team has worked around the clock to bring you the new and improved IPD website, with a range of new features, a modern look and simple functionality to provide a personalised digital experience to all new and current customers.
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How safe is your switchboard?

How safe is your switchboard?

The biggest dangers in switch rooms are from arc flash events. An arc flash event is extremely dangerous due to the high temperatures it produces in the surrounding air. In most cases, it could heat up the air close to 20,000 ⁰C which could cause fatal burns to anyone in the vicinity of the electrical explosion. It is effectively like a bomb going off in the switch room.
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Introducing AS/NZS 61439, the latest standard in the electrical industry

Introducing AS/NZS 61439, the latest standard in the electrical industry

AS/NZS 61439 was first introduced in 2016 and over the past six years, industry experts have continued to work through and adapted the standards to ensure Low voltage Switchgear and Controlgear assemblies are compliant and held to the highest standards. IPD has provided you with the important information that you need to know about AS/NSZ 61439.
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IPW Weatherproof Isolators

IPW Weatherproof Isolators

The isolator is a mechanical switching device that is used to disconnect two different sections of the electrical circuit when required. There are many different types of Isolators used in industry today depending on the application required.
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The Electrical Communications Standard: IEC 61850

The Electrical Communications Standard: IEC 61850

IEC 61850 is the recognised communications standard for substations and has been around for over 20 years. With the continued push for further digitalisation of the various devices on our electrical system, it is only a matter of time before IEC 61850 becomes standardized across low voltage electrical systems as well.
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Eliminating water hammer

Eliminating water hammer

Water hammer has the potential to cause significant damage to pumping systems. Most people in the pumping industry have a tale to tell about burst or collapsed pipes, broken or damaged valves, pressure gauges and even pumps. This white paper looks at ways to prevent this costly damage and extend the life of pumping systems.
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A start is just the beginning

A start is just the beginning

Every motor system is unique, and successful motor control involves careful consideration of many factors to create the optimal solution. As well as maximising productivity and ensuring smooth operation, you also need to protect your equipment and integrate motor control more intelligently into your broader application.
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Energy efficient control of pumps

Energy efficient control of pumps

Improving the efficiency of pumping systems is an important focus for energy efficiency efforts. Almost half (45%) of the electricity produced globally is used by motors [1], and a large proportion of these motors drive centrifugal pumps. Efficiency gains result in significant reductions in total energy use over time, dramatically lowering operating costs and environmental impact.
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Industry

Industry

It’s our time. The world of IT and computing has had all the business press in recent years, but industrial applications, from manufacturing to pumping, from mining to oil & gas, are starting to re-emerge as the exciting areas as technologies converge and new opportunities appear.
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Where do I start?

Where do I start?

We get lots of questions regarding how to select and implement the best soft start solution. In this eBook we've compiled the answers to a number of the most common topics to help you make the most of soft start in your application.

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Starting Motors on Generator Sets

Starting Motors on Generator Sets

Electric motors often comprise a significant portion of a generator's loading. Managing the temporary yet sizable overloads associated with starting these motors is an important consideration, and selecting an appropriate starting solution is a key component in optimal generator sizing.
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LSA / LSA-PLUS LIGHTNING & SURGE PROTECTION

LSA / LSA-PLUS LIGHTNING & SURGE PROTECTION

An area of lightning protection that is often poorly implemented, is the protection of telecommunications wiring. Insufficient protection of these services can often result in damage to expensive equipment and more importantly the loss of critical communications. Even with the advent of VOIP technologies and the use of optic fiber in many communications applications, copper is still a preferred medium in some new and existing facilities.
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Get your motor running

Get your motor running

Part 1 - An introduction to reduced voltage starting of three phase induction motors

Part 2 - An introduction to start torque

Part 3 - Motor starting solutions

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Crimson Communication Status Guide

Crimson Communication Status Guide

In this tech tip we will look at how to determine status of communications devices in Red Lion Crimson. The basics apply to all versions of Crimson and all devices that support communication drivers.
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Filtration - Solving Harmonics

Filtration - Solving Harmonics

In our increasingly technology-reliant society, harmonics are a growing concern when it comes to the management of electrical systems in both industrial and commercial sites. Despite the omnipresence of harmonics, a general lack of understanding particularly in terms of how best to mitigate them still exists.
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Powercor approval

Powercor approval

After relentless, back and forth working with Powercor standards for 2years, ABB Emax 2 ACB's have been approved for use in their low voltage kiosks replacing the GE breakers.
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New ABB Tmax XT circuit breakers break new ground

New ABB Tmax XT circuit breakers break new ground

Designed for extremely high performance, ease-of-use and connectivity, new ABB's Tmax XT circuit breakers simplify energy management, installation and servicing. ABB has extended its range of moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) with the new Tmax XT.
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IPD and ABB announce strategic partnership

IPD and ABB announce strategic partnership

ABB has appointed IPD as its preferred distributor in Australia for low voltage power distribution and control products to the electrical wholesale market. The partnership officially commences on September 1, 2020.
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IPD acquires Addelec Power Services Pty Ltd

IPD acquires Addelec Power Services Pty Ltd

IPD has acquired Addelec Power Services Pty Ltd. A specialist provider of low and high voltage electrical services to utilities, infrastructure and data centre applications, Addelec Power Services is a welcome extension of IPD's fast growing services division.
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FLIR ONE Pro: a smart thermal sensor solution

FLIR ONE Pro: a smart thermal sensor solution

For those seeking a thermal imaging camera solution to identify heat spots, measure temperature, identify water leaks or damage, FLIR ONE Pro provides a cost-effective, compact and easy-to-use solution to identify problems quickly.
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