Electric.ie November/December 2023

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 1 Sun Ray RF Electric Thermal Radiator Energy Efficient Heating – The Sustainable Choice the magazine & website for the Irish Electrical Industry Issue 66 | November / December 2023 electric ie FREE To subscribe to this magazine, please contact us at info@electric.ie | website: www.electric.ie ATC 2023 - A Year of Change Precision Cables Nationwide Roadshow Niedax CMS Celebrating 20 Years in Ireland

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 3 CEF opens a new branch in Navan - Page 11 Niedax CMS - Celebrating 20 years in Ireland - Page 22 RFE - nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus System - Page 25 6 5 Editorial. 6 2023 - A year of change at ATC. 9 Two become one: Siemens Energy combines two technologies to stabilise the Irish grid. 11 CEF opens a new Branch in Navan. 13 Winners all around on the Precision Cables roadshow! 15 AP Haslam Limited: A legacy of Quality in Industrial Electrical Components. 19 Phoenix Contact - Multi-level terminal blocks with Push-in connection for space-saving wiring. 19 Phoenix Contact - Power supply with maximum functionality: Protection in extreme environment 21 Switch Electrical Solutions - Elevate Workspaces with PLY, Desktop Power that Combines Form & Function. 22 Niedax CMS - Celebrating 20 Years in Ireland. 25 RFE - nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus System. 29 It's not too late to Register for the Hager Mediterranean Cruise Competition. 31 Pension Contributions in uncertain times. 35 RS Ireland Connect event at Dublin Airport. 36 Ei Electronics - The New Addition to the 3000 Series is the Ei3030, combining intelligent Optical, Heat and CO sensors. 39 International E-Waste Day 2023. 41 Doherty Electrical Wholesale sparks new opportunities in Roscrea. 42 BEG - Just pear-fect! - Fruit co-operative hits sustainable goals and becomes ‘First in the World’ to use Vast Lighting Control Systems. 43 Edmundson Electrical 'EV Charging' Trade Day. 47 Hitachi Energy passes 150 GW in HVDC links integrated into the power system, expands capacity to meet accelerating energy transition. 49 Wallbox Upgrade your EV Experience with a Smart Charger. 51 Glamox - A modern spin on a proven classic 54 Rittal - The Role of Electrical Enclosures in Modern Industries. 56 EIFI AGM marks end of President Gay Byrne's tenure. 58 Demesne Electrical 'Switched On' Trade Event. 64 EIGSI - Keith Haslam's Captains's Weekend took place at Glasson Golf Club. 65 Appointments. 66 Buyers' Guide. 51 Contents 15

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 5 Editorial electric.ie Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd., Bluebell House Business Centre, Bluebell Avenue, Dublin 12 Tel: (087) 6698028 Info@electric.ie Reg. Dublin: 512293 Colin Sherlock General Manager Layout/Design colin.sherlock@electric.ie DISCLAIMER Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. accept no responsiblity for the accuracy of contributed articles or statements appearing in this publication. Electric.ie is published by Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. The magazine is circulated throughout Ireland and is available on wholesale trade counters and from representatives of electrical distributors who are members of EMDA The editor welcomes: contributions of technical papers, information on new products, details of installation projects and all editorial input of interest to our readers. Printed by W&G Baird Friday 17th, November 2023 Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin As we approach the end of 2023, we celebrate 11 full years of Electric.ie Magazine without missing a single issue. We are grateful to our customers and loyal readers for their support. Without your trust, Electric.ie Magazine would not have been able to thrive for over a decade. As a dedicated trade magazine serving the electrical industry, we owe our success to you. Over the past couple of months, our industry has been buzzing with activity. Trade shows, Annual General Meetings, and Open Days have kept us engaged and informed. Our industry has shown its resilience, weathering various storms. However, in recent times, we have sensed a modicum of caution creeping in. The uncertainty surrounding events in Ukraine, and the situation in Israel and Palestine, have cast a shadow of concern. As we look forward to 2024, we can only hope for a positive turn of events on the political front so that we can focus our efforts on fostering Ireland's economic growth. In this issue, we take a closer look at ATC and the signi cant organisational changes that took place in 2023 (page 6). We also report on the establishment of new branches by electrical wholesalers and the emergence of a new wholesaler in Roscrea. These developments signify the industry's dynamism and potential for growth. We have a report on Gay Byrne's final address as he hands over the reigns of his Presidency of the Electrical industry Federation of Ireland to Mark Keogh (page 56). Electric.ie Magazine has been out and about, covering various events over the past two months. Demesne Electrical's 'Switched On' trade show was a remarkable gathering of industry experts and enthusiasts (page 58). Niedax CMS celebrated a remarkable 20 years in Ireland, culminating in a splendid dinner at the Rose Hotel for staff and customers from near and far, followed by an open day in their Tralee facility. The event included German cuisine, live music, and a factory/warehouse tour (page 22). We also attended the EEW trade show in Enniscorthy (page 59) and the Edmundson EV Charging day in Glasnevin (page 43). One of the highlights of this issue is a comprehensive article on AP Haslam, which delves into its illustrious history dating back to 1945. It's a testament to the enduring legacy of companies that have shaped our industry (page 15). For those with a passion for golf, we bring you the results of the EIGSI Captain's weekend (page 64). The camaraderie and sportsmanship in the electrical industry continues to shine brightly. Looking ahead, we're excited to announce the upcoming IEBA Black Tie Ball on the 17th of November at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin (see details on page 61). It's an event we're eagerly anticipating, and we hope to see you there. As we close the chapter on another year, Electric.ie Magazine reaf rms its commitment to keeping you informed about the latest developments, trends, and innovations in the electrical industry. With your continued support, we look forward to many more years of sharing industry insights, fostering connections, and celebrating the achievements of our vibrant community. Thank you for being an integral part of our journey. Here's to a promising future and a prosperous 2024 for the electrical industry in Ireland. Mark Keogh, The New President of the EIFI. Matt Walz of Niedax CMS chatting to customers. 11 years of Electric.ie and beyond

6 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 2023 - A Year of Change for ATC Management Team Changes In his capacity of Managing Director, Ciaran O’Reilly has been driving the strategic direction of ATC since 1991 - providing leadership, motivation and guidance during this time. “From the very beginning, we always believed that our core values of Quality, Customer Care and Service are the cornerstone of longevity and success. Exceptional customer care and quality products were the priority then, and still are today”. After 32 years in this role, Ciaran has decided to step down as Managing Director, and move into the role of Chairperson of ATC Group. Brian Walsh has been appointed as Managing Director, driving the ATC Group to the next stage of development and growth. Brian has extensive knowledge of the ATC Group, having been involved in each department at different stages, since joining the company in 1992. His key objectives include strengthening the ATC brand not only in Ireland but also in the UK. Organisational culture is also a priority, ensuring ATC is not only providing excellent service and The Next Chapter for ATC - This year, ATC has witnessed some major organisational changes, through a management restructuring that is paving the way for further development and success for staff, customers and supplier partners alike. (L to R) Liam Prendergast, Ciaran O’Reilly, Mary Curley and Brian Walsh celebrating ATC’s 25th Anniversary. Industry News support to customers, but providing a superior workplace for staff. Driving the business to the next stage of growth will be achieved only through continued strong relationships with our customers and supply partners. Mary Curley, who has been with the company since its inception, will continue on in her important role as Finance & HR Director for the Group. Mary has been instrumental in driving the standards of ATC and identifying talented individuals to join the company. Her strategic nancial knowledge has been essential to the growth and success of the company. Liam Prendergast has worked alongside Ciaran and Mary since 1991, and will continue in his role of Procurement & Logistics Director. Liam has extensive experience and knowledge of every aspect of the business, which ensures that every department is ever-evolving. His skillset and expertise is crucial to supporting the company into its next phase of growth. New Appointments Following important and rewarding careers growing the Electrical and Automation divisions over the years, Declan Donnelly and Cathal Maguire have been appointed Sales Directors within ATC Group. Their extensive knowledge of the Electrical and Automation markets and customers are essential for paving future success for the company. Divisional Changes As the business has expanded, we have welcomed new members of staff across the Purchasing, Sales, In 1996, ATC made its third move to a larger office premises on Airton Road, Tallaght, to support its growth. Ciaran O’Reilly and Declan Donnelly accepting the Distributor of the Year Award 2022..

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 7 Industry News Stores and Marketing departments. With the continued growth and expansion of the company, we will be recruiting new talented people to join our team. Company History For over 30 years, ATC has been committed to providing energy ef cient, smart, controllable products which deliver value for customers. Here’s a quick look at the evolution of the company: • In 1991, ATC opened for business at the Dunlop Centre, Adelaide Road as exclusive partners to Vortice Ventilation & Omron Electronics. • A year later, in 1992, ATC employed their very rst External Sales Representative. • In 1995, they achieved ISO 9001 accreditation, which to this day steers the quality of the company through the day-to-day procedures we collectively follow. • In 2001, due to an expanding products and service range the company opened two distinct divisions: ATC Electrical & Mechanical and ATC Automation. Each of these divisions have their own distinct route to market and customer types. • Eight years later, in 2009 ATC Automation become Omron Premium Partners – one of only 9 across the UK and Ireland at the time and now one of only 6! • It was always ATC's intention to have their own line of branded products. In 2012, they launched the rst ATC branded products to the market. • In 2014, they of cially launched ATC in the UK, which also coincided with the initial opening of the ATC Energy Showroom at its Tallaght HQ. • 2017 welcomed the rst of many awards for the ATC branded product range. • By 2019, the company had 5’S Accreditation in place to maximise ef ciencies in-house, and ensure the smooth running of the business. That year they also revamped the Energy Showroom due to advances in energy ef ciencies and sustainability. • Now, in 2023 they are proud to have developed seven ATC product ranges in just 11 years! These include Hand Dryers, Electric Heating, Digital Heaters, Smart Heaters, Outdoor Heaters, Water Heaters & Boilers and Heating Controllers. Looking to the Future A word from Brian Walsh, Managing Director: “As we look towards the future, we as an organisation are excited for this next phase of growth. Since 1991 we have inspired trust in our partners, and through talented people, we are dedicated to always delivering outstanding service and support. Thank you to Ciaran, for your direction and vision that has brought the company where it is today. We look forward to what the next 30 years brings.” ATC Automation Division (L to R): Ciaran O’Rourke, Brian Walsh, Cathal Maguire, Derek Hall, Damien O’Malley. ATC Head Office, in Broomhill Industrial Estate Tallaght which opened in 2008.

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 9 Rittal Industry News Two become one: Siemens Energy combines two technologies to stabilize the Irish grid Green energy for 9500 households The proven synchronous condenser technology uses a generator with a ywheel connected. It’s essentially a big "rotating mass“ and with its stored energy, the synchronous condenser provides power reserve, which instantly compensates for frequency uctuations and strengthens the stability of the grid. At the same time, a large-scale battery energy storage system can store or release excess renewable energy when it is needed. It provides a solution to maximize use of renewable energy, even when the wind is not blowing and with a capacity of around 160MWh the battery energy storage could supply around 9500 households with power for a full day. “Innovative technical solutions are essential if we are to combat the consequences of climate change and transition to a netzero grid. Battery storage systems will play an increasingly pivotal role in tomorrow’s global energy infrastructure,” said Tim Holt, member of the Managing Board of Siemens Energy. “By combining our proven experience in grid technology and our ability to innovate, the Shannonbridge hybrid solution will help ramp-up renewables by offering storage and stabilization technology in one connection.” Siemens Energy’s scope includes the synchronous condenser, including the ywheel which will deliver around 4000MWs of inertia onto the system, and the largescale battery energy storage system with around 160MWh as well as power conversion systems, energy management system and medium voltage equipment. The order will generate around 85m Euros for Siemens Energy and work has already begun on site. A small island with big ambitions Achieving Ireland’s climate targets will require massive investment in energy infrastructure. By combining two innovative energy solutions via one connection, Siemens Energy will deliver a exible system to help stabilize Ireland’s grid. Ireland aims to reach net-zero by 2050 and to reduce emissions by 51% by the end of the decade, so is signi cantly increasing use of renewable energy. In addition to carbon emission reduction targets, the country is also experiencing signi cantly growing electricity demand, in part due to its global digital and data hosting industry. Flexibility on offer The current market mechanism in Ireland allows operators to sell services like inertia, short circuit power and reactive power as provided by the synchronous condenser technology to the transmission system operator. To support this, Siemens Energy will also provide an energy management system allowing the customer to respond to market demands and power needs in real-time.. ‒Siemens Energy will deliver the first-ever hybrid grid stabilization and large-scale battery storage plant at Shannonbridge in Ireland. This is the first time, these two technologies have been combined into one, single grid connection to stabilize the grid and make better use of renewable energy.

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 11 Industry News CEF opens a new branch in Navan CEF (City Electrical Factors) has unveiled its newest branch located in the heart of Navan's Mullaghboy Industrial Estate. The new branch, boasting a spacious 5,500 square feet of floor space, has a substantial stockholding. catering to the needs of electrical professionals in County Meath. Neil McGee, Originally starting as a Sales Assistant in 2008, Neil has worked his way up, progressing through various roles in his 15-year career at CEF, to Branch Manager. Neil has four team members all from the local area. Paul Keely, ‒New Electrical Wholesaling Branch in Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Navan, County Meath. Oliver Vaughan, Stephen Gott and Tony Baker the van driver. All are committed to delivering top-tier service and support to customers in Navan and its surrounding areas. They bring over 40 years of experience to the branch between them. There is ample car parking for customers and a very good coffee machine is available. This expansion into Mullaghboy Industrial Estate marks yet another step forward for CEF, further cementing its commitment to serving the needs of the electrical trade in Navan and across Ireland. Oliver Vaughan, Stephen Gott, Neil McGee (Manager) and Paul Keely. Absent: Tony Baker. Cable Racking Section. Substantial Stockholding. Front of Premises with easy Car Parking. Trade Conter Area.

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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 13 Precision Cables Winners all around on the Precision Cables roadshow! Visiting 20 electrical wholesalers across the IEBG network in the process (across a two month period) was a worthwhile effort according to Martin Smyth, sales executive at Precision. “It’s been really great to reconnect with wholesalers in person, many of whom we had only been in touch via phone over the Covid period. We felt it was important to both strengthen these relationships and meet tradesmen and women to answer their technical questions in regard to our product lines.” Visitors to the Precision stand were given expert advice on the range of cables and accessories that Precision provides while also being able to enter a fantastic free prize draw before they left. ‒Precision Cables, Ireland’s leading cable solutions company, recently held a nationwide roadshow to showcase their extensive product range to trade professionals. “It’s a win-win for us, we get a unique opportunity to connect with customers who can learn more about the specifications of our products and enter a great competition. So all in all it’s a great use of their time with us.” The roadshow was such a success that the next natural option for Precision was to roll out a second phase of the roadshow. “The feedback was so positive from wholesalers and the trade in general that we felt that an Autumn Roadshow to include the Fegime network of wholesalers was a priority. “ according to Martin. The Precision Cables Fegime roadshow will continue throughout November so keep an for a chance to meet the Precision Team at a wholesalers near you. “You could also be in with a chance to win one of 3 Flatscreen TV’s so it’s well worth popping by for a chat”. said Martin. ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 39 • Ref:FP500/11/22 k.prysmiangroup.com Prysmian Cables & Systems Limited Chickenhall Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6YU United Kingdom uk.prysmiangroup.com Fire Testing Prysmian Group uses its extensive fire testing laboratory and facilities in the UK to develop cables for the increasing requirements of low fire hazard and fire-resistant cables in buildings. With a team of fire testing engineers conducting 1,500 fire tests every year, FP500 passes the following tests “as certified in Prysmian Group Fire Test Lab”. BS EN 50200 - Test resistance to fire and mechanical impact. • 120 minutes test duration • (830 +40 )°C propane flame • Indirect impact using 25mm diameter steel bar BS 8434-2 - Test resistance to fire and mechanical impact with water spray. • 120 minutes test duration • (930 + 40 )°C propane flame • Indirect impact using 25mm diameter steel bar. • 60 mins flame and impact followed by 60 mins flame, impact and water spray BS 8519 Annex D – Testing of Category 3 Cables of core sizes up to and including 4mm2 cross sectional area. • (930 +40)°C propane flame • Indirect impact using 25mm diameter steel bar • 115 mins flame and impact followed by 5 mins flame, impact and water spray 0 0 0 Abbey Electrical Supplies Clonmel Electrical Trade Electric Waterford Trade Electric Killarney

14 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • d 1 4 Sunshine In ustrial Estate, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12 | Tel: +353 (1 ) 453 2522 Email: sales@aphaslam.ie Family run Irish business providing solutions to the Industrial Electrical Industry for over 75 years. Contact the sales office on +353 1453 2522 to discuss how we can help. AT THIS TIME OF YEAR ESH ELECTRIC TRACE HEATING IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO MAINTAIN & PREVENT THE TEMPERATURE OF PIPES DROPPING TOO LOW! Electric Trace Heating is a system that uses heat tracing cables to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. ESH and AP Haslam Ltd can offer a solution to all your trace heating requirements, including thermostats and accessories as well as solutions for trace heating in ATEX hazardous areas. 1. Pipe frost protection to water pipework – both external and unheated internal areas 2. Trace heating of building services pipework 3. Fire sprinkler pipe frost protection 4. Surface heating to vessels and tanks 5. Food processing factories 6. Chemical industries 7. ATEX Environments

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 15 Rittal Industry News For over seven decades, AP Haslam Limited has remained a steadfast pillar in the electrical industry, providing top-quality, reliable electrical components to a wide spectrum of sectors, including the Industrial, Commercial, and Hazardous Area Industry. The company's remarkable journey is a testament to its enduring commitment to quality and innovation. The Origin of a Vision The AP Haslam story takes us back to 1945, to the vibrant streets of Dublin's Gardiner Street. It was in this era, characterised by the emergence of rural electri cation as a transformative technology, that Alphonsus P Haslam ventured into the world of electrical business. The company's initial focus was on the sale of Lindner fuses and porcelain fuse caps, a modest beginning that would soon evolve into a comprehensive product range, including cookers and accessories. AP Haslam Limited: A Legacy of Quality in Industrial Electrical Components Right from its inception, AP Haslam recognised the signi cance of sourcing quality brands such as Lindner and Prestige. In the 1940s and 1950s, quality played a pivotal role in earning the trust of customers. This dedication to quality products continued over the years, with AP Haslam becoming distributors for renowned brands like Weidmüller, WISKA, and Mersen, a partnership that has ourished for over ve decades. A Journey of Growth As the business expanded, so did the city of Dublin. With the shift of established building industry names to the suburbs, AP Haslam embarked on an upward trajectory. Their next signi cant move was to Dublin 12, where they continue to operate from to this day. The second generation of the Haslam family, led by Paul Haslam, took the reins of the company and began providing bespoke solutions through their Workshop, marking a signi cant milestone as the rst provider of certi ed Atex solutions. L to R: Jorge, Cormac, John, Tim, Colm, Piotr, Keith, David, Leon, Rebecca, Graham, Mark, Bernard, Pat, Louise and Corina. Absent: Joe, Wioletta, Marlena, Eamon, Dean, Gamze, Richie and Seán. Picture Left: 3 Generations:- Alphonsus P Haslam, Paul Haslam and Keith Haslam.

16 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Today's Triumphs Fast forward to today, AP Haslam stands as a prominent player in the industry, employing over 20 dedicated professionals, with ve team members each boasting more than 30 years of invaluable service and experience. This wealth of product knowledge and "knowhow" is what sets them apart. The Workshop at AP Haslam continues to create tailor-made solutions for the electrical and construction industry, producing earth bars, combination units, terminal junction boxes, and trace heating designs, among other specialised products. The Workshop's expertise extends to a full range of EX enclosures and accessories for hazardous areas, as an approved third-party assembler for Weidmüller. They excel in providing customised EX solutions, leveraging their application expertise and industry experience. The acquisition of AllCables has further enriched AP Haslam's product line, expanding their services to professional electrical businesses. Based in the AP Haslam Workshop, AllCables offers a wide range of bespoke manufactured cable solutions, from simple patch leads to comprehensive ber optic cabling. In recent years, the company has also ventured into providing LED lights for industrial and hazardous environments, an intricate eld where safety and standards are paramount. AP Haslam's experience in this domain is unparalleled. Their experienced Lighting Designers work closely with customers and site plans to determine precise requirements. Keith Haslam now represents the third generation of the family managing the business, and their expansion efforts continue with the acquisition of the Rittal Perforex BC1007 machine, enabling drilling, milling, cutouts, threaded and clearance entries with increased speed and precision. From humble beginnings in 1945, AP Haslam Limited has evolved into one of the country's most enduring and respected electrical suppliers. Their commitment to longstanding partnerships with quality suppliers, combined with their expert Workshop capabilities and Atex expertise, ensures that they remain at the forefront of the industry. As the market continues to evolve, AP Haslam remains as dedicated as ever to staying up to speed with new developments and expanding their knowledge base. Their core focus remains unwavering – providing their customers with a professional, personalised service and delivering on their promises. In the ever-changing world of industrial electrical components, AP Haslam Limited is a beacon of stability, quality, and innovation. sales@aphaslam.ie www.aphaslam.ie +353 (0)1453 2522 AP Haslam. Premises in Sunshine Industrial Estate in Crumlin. Over 200 years of experience in the room as Paul & Keith Haslam make a presentation to the recently retired John O'Brien with Colm Kiely, Eamon Edwards and Richie Kavanagh. Industry News

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 17 SIEMENS SIVACON S4 Ensuring Safe and Efficient Power Distribution SIVACON S4 and ALPHA UNIVERSAL distribution systems are designed to meet todays enhanced requirements and cover all critical and infrastructure power applications up to 6300 A. The entire portfolio perfectly accommodates the innovative SENTRON protection, switching, measuring, and monitoring devices. • A modular and flexible design verified solution according to IEC 61439 • VDE certified systems ensuring high reliability • Enhanced productivity thanks to proven, reliable SIMARIS configuration software • Supported libraries of extensive CAx data, calculation outputs and 3D provisions The SIMARIS configuration software is a design tool which supports general arrangements, calculation, and documentation of the distribution systems. Certified distribution systems and innovative components ensure high system availability as well as safety for personnel and equipment. Siemens SIVACON S4 and ALPHA UNIVERSAL a one-stop portfolio for safe and reliable power distribution up to 6300 A. siemens.com

18 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Push-X technology Push-X – The new X-perience of wiring Push-X enables the effortless connection of all types of conductors. As soon as the conductor pushes down the spring at the end of the clamping chamber, the contact spring releases and the conductor is clamped in a flash. Thanks to this innovative solution, both large and small conductors can be clamped effortlessly. ICC03-22.000.L1 For additional information, call +4952353-12000 or phoenixcontact.com/push-x First type 2 Push-in surge protection Easy handling during installation The VAL-MS PT is the first type 2 surge protective device in the world with Push-in connection technology. Benefit from the advantages of this proven connection method for tool-free installation. Testing the recommended tightening torque is a thing of the past. For additional information, visit phoenixcontact.ie or call +353(0)12051300 INT01-21.000.L1

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 19 Phoenix Contact Multi-level terminal blocks with Push-in connection for space-saving wiring on multiple levels ‒With the new PT 2,5-4L… four-level terminal blocks, Phoenix Contact offers a particularly compact terminal block family. The front connection and the four levels enable wiring in a confined space. They are just 5.2 mm wide and feature a Push-in connection. The new terminal blocks therefore use the uniform system accessories of Clipline complete and reduce logistics costs. The new product family consists of several four-level terminal blocks with Pushin Technology. In addition to feed-through versions, these also include function versions such as disconnect and knifedisconnect terminal blocks or sensor/actuator versions with and without LED indicator. The four-level terminal blocks have a function shaft on each level. This function shaft enables both vertical and horizontal potential distribution, thus achieving a high degree of exibility. Furthermore, the function shaft is suitable for accommodating various test accessories so that the individual terminal points can be tested quickly and easily. In addition, the terminal blocks are equipped with large marking areas, allowing the individual levels to be marked separately and providing an optimal overview. Power supply with maximum functionality: Protection in extreme environments ‒ The new Quint Power Plus version from Phoenix Contact is the solution for complex applications even under extreme ambient conditions. The power supply with a nominal output current of 40 A has a protective coating and ATEX and IECEx approval for potentially explosive areas (zone 2). With an integrated decoupling MOSFET, the power supply can be directly connected in parallel, thus increasing system availability. In addition, with its SIL 3 approval the Plus version ensures high operational safety. The Quint Power Plus version has double OVP (overvoltage protection) and thus protects the system against voltage increases. In the event of a fault, the corresponding output is switched off to protect the loads against overvoltages and the power supply connected in parallel ensures reliable supply. The possible uses primarily include applications in the process industry, shipbuilding, the energy sector, and even the railway industry. The robust input side with an input voltage of 85 V AC ... 264 V AC and an integrated gas discharge tube provides a high level of immunity (up to 6 kV) and ≥20 ms mains failure buffer time. The powerful output side with a static boost of 45 A, dynamic boost of 60 A, and SFB Technology enables easy system expansion and provides reliable starting of dif cult loads and tripping of standard miniature circuit breakers. Due to comprehensive signaling, preventive function monitoring with analog, digital, and relay contacts can report critical operating states at an early stage before faults occur. The new Plus version is rounded out by its unrivaled wide temperature range of -40°C to +75°C for use under extreme ambient conditions.

20 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • CEF is the expert supplier of electrical products and services for professional buyers and installers all over Ireland But we’re not just about getting you the right products for your installation; we also offer an extensive range of value added services to help you with any project, however large or small. We have teams of experts across the country ready to support you with technical expertise, design schemes and site visits; all at no cost and with no obligation. We’re like an extended part of your team. We provide the following services free of charge for our customers: • Energy management surveys • Internal and external lighting schemes • Heating, under-floor heating and electric water heating schemes • Ventilation schemes • Emergency lighting schemes • Fire alarm schemes • Home automation schemes • Motor control gear design • Switchboard and panel board design Speak to your local Branch Manager for details 1 2 3 4 5 10 12 13 7 11 9 8 6 Castlebar 094 902 7196 Cork 021 432 1820 Dublin City 01 878 8180 Dundalk 042 932 7305 Finglas 018 239 000 Letterkenny 074 910 6100 Limerick 061 423 310 Mullingar 044 938 5515 Naas 045 898 099 Red Cow 014 242 042 Sligo 071 915 1820 Tralee 066 710 395 Waterford 051 372 825 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 CEF Ireland branch locations

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 21 SWITCH ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS Elevate Workspaces with PLY, Desktop Power that Combines Form & Function In the field of space design, attention to detail is highly valued. As such, the visual appeal of your power solution should never be underestimated. Switch Electrical Solutions are pleased to introduce the latest addition to their esteemed collection of power and charging solutions, “PLY” from Offi ce Electrics (OE). PLY is a modern and elegant desktop power module that sets itself apart from the ordinary. It is expertly crafted using conciously- sourced birch plywood and laminate, offering a contemporary aesthetic. More than a piece of of ce equipment; PLY is a power solution designed to enhance its environment while providing convenient and reliable device charging to users. Able to be customised, whether you require AC power, data/ AV, or USB charging, PLY consolidates all the necessary functionality within a beautifully designed housing. For further customisation, choose between 2 or 3 socket variations and with either premium “Alpine” white or Fenix Grigio Bromo laminate front trim. Replaceable USB Charging Incorporating the class-leading TUF-R USB charger, with both USB-A and C ports. PLY’s USB module is also replaceable, allowing it to keep up with advancements in technology. Including the much celebrated TUF-HP (high-power) with 60W USB-C for charging laptops without the bulky charging adapter. Switch are proud to present PLY as the ultimate high-end desktop power distribution solution that excels in every detail. Suitable for projects of varying sizes, this unit will enable users to empower their workspace with its re ned design, multifunctionality, and an unmatched touch of elegance, without compromise on form or function. OE aim to provide top-notch power solutions for all types of spaces, they strive to enhance functionality and adaptability to create inclusive and sustainable spaces that promote collaboration and ef ciency in the commercial of ce space. Switch are distributors of OE Products in Ireland. For more details on how OE Products can t your project, Just contact Switch on the number below: W: www.switch.ie E: sales@switch.ie T: +353 (1) 452 4182

22 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Industry News In September 2003, the Niedax distribution rights in Ireland and the UK were acquired by KHP Products, headquartered in Tralee, through a management buyout from the Niedax Group. This pivotal decision marked the birth of Niedax CMS, and since then, they have been on a trajectory of growth and innovation that has earned them a formidable reputation in the industry. To commemorate this historic 20-year journey, Niedax CMS organised a two-day celebration that brought customers from all over Ireland, and even abroad, as well as suppliers, former employees, and friends. There was a lovely atmosphere as attendees revelled in the festivities and the sense of community that has always de ned Niedax CMS. The celebration kicked off with a fabulous reception hosted at the Rose Hotel in Tralee Niedax CMS - Celebrating 20 Years in Ireland on Thursday night. The event extended into the early hours of the following day, with attendees sharing stories, reminiscing about the past, and forging new connections. This event was a testament to the bonds that have been forged over the years and the appreciation Niedax CMS has for its clients, partners, and well-wishers. ‒Niedax CMS, part of the renowned multinational cable management Niedax Group, recently celebrated its 20year milestone in Ireland with an open day event at its premises in Tralee, Co. Kerry. This marked not only two decades of excellence but also the enduring spirit of a company that has overcome challenges and triumphed in the competitive landscape of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Friday was marked by an Open Day at the Niedax CMS factory and of ces, which were opened to the public. As a Germanowned company, it was only tting that the celebration featured an array of authentic German treats, including Bratwurst, German beers, and wine. The Rockabilly band, "The Moon Shakers," set the perfect Sinead O'Hare, Financial Administrator. Norma Horan, Office Manager & Social Media. Matt Walz, Managing Director, Niedax CMS. Gerard Murphy, Project Sales and Key Accounts. Tommy O'Sullivan working on the Factory Floor. The Niedax CMS Team: ( L to R) Back Row: Calumn O'Sullivan, Sinead O'Hare, Brendan Moynihan, Tommy O;Sullivan, Matt Walz, Peter Stegemann, Philip Lehane, Dens Gukovs. Front Row: Gerard Murphy, Deirdre Boyd, Norma Horan, Kenneth Walz.

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 23 Rittal Industry News backdrop with their foot-tapping tunes, adding to the festive ambiance. The Open Day provided a unique opportunity for the local community and industry enthusiasts to get a behind-thescenes look at the inner workings of Niedax CMS. Visitors could witness rsthand the dedication and innovation that have propelled the company to what they are today. Ken and Norma, instrumental in organising the event, deserve special recognition for their dedication and hard work in making the celebration a resounding success. Their efforts were pivotal in bringing together such a diverse and vibrant group of people. The celebration marked not just a milestone but also perhaps the beginning of a new chapter for Niedax CMS. With the positive energy and sense of community that permeated the event. Niedax CMS will, no doubt, continue to thrive and grow, and perhaps have the opportunity to host a similar event in the years to come. The 20th-anniversary celebration of Niedax CMS was a testament to the company's enduring commitment to excellence and the strong relationships it has built with its customers, suppliers, and the community. Matt Walz, Managing Director gives a special thanks to the Rose Hotel Tralee, the local press, Eddie the Bratwurst Merchant, The Moonshakers and most of all to Ken and Norma for organising the event. Congratulations to Niedax CMS on this signi cant milestone, and here's to many more years of success in the electrical industry! The Niedax Group The Niedax Group stands as a shining exemple of German engineering and innovation within the electrical industry. Founded in Matt Walz, Managing Director with Deirdre Boyd, Sales Manager & Project Co-ordinator. Matt Walz and Kenneth Walz giving a tour of the factory and warehouses. 1920, this renowned multinational corporation has rmly established itself as a global leader in cable management systems, with a rich history spanning over a century. The Niedax Group's commitment to excellence, quality, and cuttingedge technology has earned them a distinguished reputation, making them the trusted choice for professionals in the eld of electrical engineering worldwide. Their dedication to precision and customer satisfaction has consistently set new industry standards, and their subsidiaries, such as Niedax CMS, continue to carry the torch of innovation and service excellence into the 21st century. Some customers getting hands-on. Fork lift driver in the warehouse.

24 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus is an innovative and patented connection solution between two electrical equipment installations, such as transformers, switchboards, generators or large uninterrupted power supplies (UPS). Due to its unique concept, nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus is an alternative power connection solution for up to 50% quicker installation and 20% reduction in total installed cost at a minimum. OPERATING ADVANTAGE SPACE AND WEIGHT TIME SAVING RELIABILITY AND SAFETY • Versatile, customizable, user friendly and no specific tool required. Attractive for short distances, up to 25 meters • No specialized labor force necessary with a ready-to-use solution • Very flexible conductor with no bending radius to follow • Achieve virtually any layout and overcome any imperfections that may be found on-site • No cable tray necessary to support FleXbus Conductors • Only one conductor per phase from 400 kVA (560 A) to 1600 kVA (2250 A) and two conductors per phase for 2000 kVA (2800 A) to 3150 kVA (4435 A) when cable solution requires multiple conductors per phase • 3 FleXbus conductors per phase for 5000 & 6300 A • No need for specific engineering/study or strict installation measurement • Total installation cost reduction of minimal 20% • Up to 50% quicker to install than busduct or wireway/cable tray with multiple cables and lugs • IEC worldwide tested and certified • Low smoke, halogen-free, flame retardant and high-temperature resistant G HCBC Clamp and Plate Scissor/Shear IP55 Conductor Entry Phase Identification Kit IP55 Conductor Entry Fire Barrier IP2x Boots Stripper Cutter FleXbus Supports and Brackets Contact Kit Extender Switchboard Side Power Supply nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus Conductor < go.nVent.com/FleXbusConfigurator For more information contact our sales team at 014659010 or email us at sales@rfe.ie RFE, Unit 19 Oak Road Business Park, Western Industrial Estate, Dublin 12. ERIFLEX FleXbus System

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 25 RFE RFE - nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus System ‒CONNECT AND PROTECT : Easy -to-install Flexible Power Connection Solution from 500 A to 6300 A nVent, a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions has launched a new product in the nVent ERIFLEX range – nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus, an innovative and patented connection solution between two pieces of electrical equipment. Designed to increase efficiency and safety in electrical installation, nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus will offer savings on the overall installation time while reducing total installation cost. The easy-to-install, exible power connection solution is capable of applications demanding 500 A to 6300 A and is designed as an ideal alternative to using multiple heavy busbar conductors or traditional cables. nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus is a complete low-voltage power connection system for multiple applications, such as from transformers to switchgears, interconnection between transformers or switchgear connections and with enhanced exibility. nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus can be installed in tighter locations due to its extreme exibility or where more demanding tolerances are needed. Among other key bene ts, nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus is paired with nVent ERIFLEX Advanced Technology, meaning greater safety both for individuals and infrastructure and reduced environmental impact. Hightemperature resistance conductor connections up to 115oC, coupled with low smoke, halogen-free and ame-retardant properties, reduces the potential for toxic smoke, limits the spread of re and is IECcerti ed worldwide, making it a safer solution. It also offers quick and easy installation with no need for specialist installers or expensive tools. “In the midst of electrification of everything, e-mobility and energy storage, we are excited to bring the nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus solution to the market,” said Matt Flemming, nVent ERIFLEX General Manager and Vice President. “This unique solution solves challenges for connecting transformers, switchboards, generators and large uninterrupted power supplies by enabling safe, easy and convenient late stage modification, and continues our promise to develop products that enable more efficient installation while reducing total project costs. This product will deliver significant value for our customers and positions us well for dynamic growth in the low voltage electrical space as we watch the increasing need for safe and reliable delivery of electricity in critical applications.” Frédéric Bizet, nVent ERIFLEX Product Manager, added: “The nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus solution allows contractors to save time installing critical low voltage hardware when the power demand is between 500 A to 6300 A. This new product line has advantages over competitive solutions that specify cable and lugs or busduct as it is able to be customised on the jobsite and has no bend radius restrictions, saving space. nVent ERIFLEX FleXbus provides benefits for system planning and engineering, as well. Engineers can now plan to use one or two conductors per phase compared to multiple conductors per phase with alternative solutions and the conductors are coated with nVent ERIFLEX Advanced Technology, meaning users can count on low smoke, halogen free and flame retardant performance for critical connections between transformers, switchboards, generators or large uninterrupted power supplies. Our initial testing has shown that all of these innovations provide our customers up to 50% quicker installation and 20% reduction in total installed cost.” Our Calculation and Selection Tool is Available Free Online. To register please contact a member of our sales team at sales@rfe.ie

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28 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • with Hager Get on board Join us on a Mediterrean cruise! Cruise Competition Register now with the QR code below, to join us on a mediterrean cruise in May 2024. Registration closes Friday, December 16th 2023. hager.ie

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 29 It’s not too late… register now to enter our mediterranean cruise competition Hager’s Cruise Competition *Registrations close Friday December 16th* Dear Electrical Contractor, We’ve had an amazing uptake for our Hager Cruise competition. It’s not too late to take this exciting chance to win a place for you and your spouse on a fabulous 3 night trip, scheduled for May 2024, so register before the deadline of December 16th. Any registered electrical installer with a spend of €1,000 on Sollysta wiring accessories or €2,000 on other Hager products has a chance to win a place on the Hager cruise. How it works… There are 18 Mediterranean cruise places for two to be won. - Top 10 participating electrical contractors by turnover qualify automatically. - 11th place will be awarded to Hager “Installer of the Year” for 2023. - The next 7 places will be awarded via raffle. Tickets for the Raffle will be issued for every €2,000 (ex. VAT) collectively spent on Hager by participating Electrical Contractors – therefore the more you buy, the higher your chances are of winning. As an added bonus for Hager Sollysta installers, Sollysta sales will be doubled. E.g. €1K becomes €2K towards raffle and turnover competition entry. Entry is free for all contractors, and invoiced sales count from September 1st 2023 to January 31st 2024. Full details, along with T&Cs will be made available upon entry. Please contact us if you have any further queries, otherwise we look forward to getting you on-board. With kind regards, Kevin Curran Head of Sales (ROI)