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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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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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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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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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What Strata and building managers need to know about electric vehicle charging

What Strata and building managers need to know about electric vehicle charging

Electric vehicles accounted for approximately 1.6% of new car sales in Australia in 2021. While this is only a small number, Norway went from a similar level of 0.9% in 2011 to nearly 75% in 2021 and with so many more electric vehicle choices becoming available it’s quite conceivable that Australia will see a similar growth rate in the next decade.

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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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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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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. These air circuit breakers are particularly useful when used in low voltage electrical applications from industrial plants, naval installations, traditional and renewable power generation installations to buildings, shopping centers, data centers and communication networks.  

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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. The consequences of not having the right protection in place, can result in building fires, damage to switchboards, wiring and appliances, explosions, and, in the most extreme scenario, death.

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What is a human machine interface and the benefits of utilising one in your business.

What is a human machine interface and the benefits of utilising one in your business.

Human machine interface is commonly referred to as HMI. It is an interface or dashboard that a human can use to operate machines. HMIs are classified as any form of device or screen that a human uses, for example a computer, tablet, or phone, but for the most part it refers to an interface that is used to operate a range of industrial machines via an interface. The technology used in HMI products can be complex, as it continues to advance, the superior features and capabilities of control products makes it easier for HMI to take over the operation of industrial machinery without hassle.

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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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Find out how to choose the right distribution board

Find out how to choose the right distribution board
Selecting the right distribution board for your commercial building is a crucial part of the electrical installation process. It assists in controlling the incoming power throughout the building to prevent electrical overloads in your system.

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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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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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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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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.
Shout out to Sam Carfi and Tom O'Donnell for all the hard work.

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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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