ello and welcome to the May issue of Electrical Engineering

magazine. Coronavirus is having a huge impact on manufacturing in the UK (and indeed globally) with production in some industries grinding to a halt due to the pandemic, whilst others are running at full capacity to supply the nation’s essential needs, such as medical equipment for NHS frontline staff. But it is not all doom and gloom. Collaboration between industry figures on new design projects is becoming the norm, as we work together to try to solve supply chain and logistical issues, making sure we continue to work through this monumental disruption, and come out stronger the other side, whenever that may be. Until then, we’ve got features fit

to burst for your perusal and delight, including the latest in Surge & Circuit Protection, an examination of the newest Enclosures and a sneak peek into what’s new in Electrical Equipment. We’ve also got expert commentary detailing how to ensure Safety in Engineering, highlighting the need to protect worker’s mental health. As ever, if you’d like to shout

about a product, process or person in the industry, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Niamh Marriott, Acting Editor Carly Wills, Editor


2 Innovations, developer of software for managing buildings and IoT applications, has partnered with Air-TraXX BV, an

experienced Dutch controls business to supply and deploy its FIN 5 Framework technology under the Smart-TraXX brand. Tailored to the needs of the Dutch market and particular

requirements of Air-TraXX, Smart-TraXX is a software suite which provides monitoring, control, scheduling, alarming, visualisation, integration, and analytics capabilities that can be easily customised and incorporated into building control systems. “We are very excited by our partnership with J2 Innovations and

the Smart-TraXX solution,” commented Frank Smit, managing director of Air-TraXX. “This software framework enables us to bring better tools and develop more innovative applications for our clients. It saves time and means we can quickly engineer a building control system at a lower cost, allowing us to do more work and provide a better turnaround and value for our customers.” Smart-TraXX is deployable on multiple platforms - from Linux

based edge controllers to servers and hosted in the cloud. It includes a comprehensive control engine with an easy to use configuration UI that supports line by line, function block and state machine control logic options. Smart-TraXX is also intuitive to navigate with a simple user interface that generates a fast build-up of 3D graphics and is easy to work with in a consistent format on different operating systems and devices, such as, mobile phone, iPad or desktop. The FIN architecture behind Smart-TraXX is the only platform

for building automation and IoT that is fully based on the use of semantic tagging and data modelling. It natively supports the Project Haystack open standard for defining and communicating building related data across multiple instances. The software is designed to encourage collaboration with the Haystack community and seamlessly supports add-on applications, such as, automated analytics. Most recently, J2 Innovations has added more open APIs to help OEMs, System Integrators and developers further extend the framework, as well as improving the connector framework to make it even more open for third party system and device integration.



he companies exhibiting at trade fairs were planning to spend

around half of their marketing budget on trade fairs in 2020/2021, but due to the spread of the coronavirus around the globe, a large part of all trade fairs in the first half of 2020 have been cancelled. The new "Digital Fair+" from Keck,

allows communicating information, innovations, interactions and emotions to customers even at these times. Understanding the trade fair as the focal point of a customer journey with initial and conversion phases allows using the various options of digital brand space and live streaming in a targeted manner. In this way, ideas and services for a

planned trade fair appearance are not lost, but can be used digitally: a guided tour, application inspections or even a training or tutorial with live chat function. To create this virtual world, Keck use or create the 3D data of a planned event or brand world as a basis. Thus the space becomes real. To achieve an optimised result, the

digital space is combined with live streaming or the entire event communication is designed interactively and efficiently using the KECKlive application.


ngineering services sector bodies ECA and BESA have jointly developed two

new guides to help contractors to manage coronavirus-related issues on site. The new guides will be freely available to the wider industry during the current

emergency. They provide sector-relevant guidance for engineering and building services contractors working across construction and FM in two specific areas: ‘specific environments’ (where there may be higher risk of COVID-19 transmission); and ‘close proximity working’ (less than 2m). The new guides align with the hierarchy of preventative measures

shown in the Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures, based on guidance from Public Health England; do not recommend the deployment of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for general site activities, most notably where social distancing is possible; and recommend that any decision to deploy RPE in site- specific situations should be based on risk assessment. The guides have been drawn up with the support of a COVID-19

Expert Panel made up of BESA and ECA safety practitioners. The panel is also helping ECA and the BESA to provide informed, practical comments


on site health and safety issues to the government and industry bodies who are generating overarching guidance in this area. BESA health and safety advisor Rebecca Crosland said: “It is

imperative that there is further guidance out there to help keep the industry safe. The health, wellbeing and safety of everyone on site must be a priority during the COVID-19 health crisis. Businesses must exercise their duty of care under legislation to ensure all workers are protected and ensure that any critical information related to their health and safety is communicated clearly and then implemented.” Paul Reeve, ECA’s CSR director and a member of the CLC’s working

group on site safety measures said: “The CLC SOP is an overarching industry document, but it refers to the need for sector guidance. These two guides are the start of joint ECA and BESA activity to produce more detailed, sector-relevant information that’s desperately needed by many engineering services contractors. They aim to help with the practical management of coronavirus-related issues on site, which may include the challenges associated with doing essential work in closer proximity than 2 metres.” ECA and BESA welcome comments on the new guides from across

the industry.


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