Devan Pillay is Schneider Electric’s new Cluster President for Anglophone Africa

Devan Pillay has been appointed Cluster President, Anglophone Africa for Schneider Electric, taking over from Albert Fuchet, after rejoining the company last year as Vice President for Buildings.   Formerly the president of Signify Africa, Pillay comes with a wealth of experience that includes senior positions at Eskom, GE (General Electric), 3M and Schneider Electric from 1998 to 2003.   “Under the leadership of Pillay, Schneider Electric’s Anglophone Africa business will undoubtedly continue to flourish, building on the firm foundation set by Fuchet which has led the company to profitable…

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LESCO Manufacturing exemplifies the economic and social potential of the local manufacturing industry

Increasingly, localisation has become considered more seriously as a potential driver of economic growth and resilience, in the face of challenges like Covid-19. While globalisation has led countries the world over to defer to places like China for its manufacturing capability, businesses like LESCO Manufacturing are proving that there is vast untapped potential in the South African manufacturing industry. Not only to benefit South Africa economically, but socially as well in the form of increased employment opportunities for a struggling jobless workforce.   With over a decade of experience in…

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Schneider Electric’s Jean-Pascal Tricoire named a Glassdoor Top CEO in 2021

Schneider Electric CEO and Chairman Jean-Pascal Tricoire has been named a Glassdoor Top CEO for his ongoing commitment to building an inclusive and empowering employee culture that drives innovation and sustainability.   Glassdoor, the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies, released its annual Employee Choice Award recognizing the top CEOs in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe. Tricoire ranked second in France and eighth in Canada based on anonymous and voluntary employee feedback throughout the past year. Globally, he holds a 97% approval rating from employees,…

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ElectroMechanica’s safety light curtain installation boosts productivity

A safety light curtain installation for a Cape Town-based non-metallic mineral product manufacturer resulted in operator efficiency improvement of almost 20%. The manufacturer, IWT Abrasives, approached ElectroMechanica (EM) in 2019 for a system that would improve safety around its hydraulic press, and simultaneously enhance press productivity. This installation has continued to prove itself, two years later.   IWT specialises in the weaving and impregnation of glass fibre rovings used in the reinforcement of cutting and grinding wheels. Its hydraulic press shapes flexible material into the form of grinding disks. To…

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Mitigating Manufacturing Downtime and Failure with Smart Services

Martin van Zyl, Segment Leader, Consumer Packaged Goods at Schneider Electric By design, critical industrial equipment provides exceptional longevity coupled with robust quality features that allow manufacturing facilities to run optimally and more importantly, continuously. Very often, little thought is given to the realistic lifespan of this critical equipment, which often results in failures producing catastrophic consequences.   Complacency accompanies the failure to maintain and upgrade equipment. Throw into the mix critical equipment such as generators and uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs) that are operating without sufficient monitoring and the manufacturing…

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Market alert: For genuinely cool performance avoid ‘hot’ fake connectors

Despite the demand for genuine, original equipment-manufactured (OEM) products and parts, the supply influx of imitation products is often inevitable. However, a disturbing inflow of imitation, inferior products – under the guise of a false Anderson Power Products trademark – are posing significant safety and operational performance threats to uninformed buyers.   “Anderson Power Products (APP) electrical connectors, solely distributed by Alexander and Poole in South Africa, have a sound reputation for being of the highest electrical quality, and are renowned to achieve peak levels of reliable and durable performance,”…

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Deregulation and Technology Will Fulfil South Africa’s Power Needs

By Caspar Herzberg, President, Middle East and Africa, Schneider Electric South Africa has long dominated Africa’s growth charts. And I believe that South Africa has the potential to be the fastest growing economy on the continent again. There’s one issue that we must address, and that’s the issue of electricity. Simply put, South Africa must fix its power shortages and bring the load shedding to zero. To do this, we must talk about deregulation and technology.   I had the pleasure of speaking about this issue recently on a session…

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Your Road to a Modernised Infrastructure

  Opinion piece: By Patrick Kazadi, Marketing and Business Development Director (Field Services) Anglophone Africa, ‎Schneider Electric     In a time where organisations are looking for feasible yet cost-effective ways to extend their infrastructure, modernisation has stepped to the fore. Conversely, continuity of services has become paramount; modernising infrastructure should therefore not only extend infrastructure assets but also digitise it through technologies such as IoT.   Knowing when to repair or replace aging assets is a critical part of sound asset management and field services.  The key is to…

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‘Get connected’ with genuine parts from Anderson Power Products – putting the power back in the end-user’s hands

Alexander & Poole (A&P) was founded over 4 decades ago in 1980 and today is the sole distributor for the Southern African region of Anderson Power Products (APP) electrical connectors, renowned to achieve the highest levels of durability, reliability and performance. While Anderson Power Products has a sound reputation for the manufacture and distribution of highest quality electrical products, locally, there has also been an alarming influx of counterfeit and inferior products supplied by unscrupulous companies, which are replicating APP connectors under the guise of authenticity. This is posing a…

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A new smart and safe way to monitor powertrain equipment in hazardous areas

Operators can carry out remote real-time health checks on powertrain equipment in hazardous areas with  ABB Ability™ Smart Sensors that offer improved analytics, functionality and communications.  ABB will launch its Smart Sensor for rotating machines operating in hazardous areas at Hannover Messe 2020, the leading international technology fair.   It further extends the existing scope of applications for ABB Smart Sensors with a new generation design for powertrains in hazardous areas. Chemical and oil and gas customers can now benefit from cost-efficient condition monitoring in a wide variety of applications. …

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