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ACTOM Electrical Products supplies top quality luminaires for Ford Motor Company plant

Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) has selected luminaires of the highest quality for lighting of its Stuandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth.

A total of 504 Versabeam 400 watt metal halide high-bay luminaires, manufactured by leading international lighting specialists GE Lighting of Europe and supplied locally by ACTOM Electrical Products, have been installed in the refurbished and new sections of the Engine Plant – in line with the practice of Ford Motor Company in the United States, the local company’s principal, which uses this product exclusively in its US factories because of its superior characteristics over all other alternative fittings on offer.

Prior to the order being placed with ACTOM Electrical Products in October 2009, FMCSA conducted exhaustive comparative tests on the Versabeam and a selection of alternative makes of high-bay luminaires to confirm the Versabeam’s superior lighting, durability and safety features. The tests included photometrics and thermal imaging by way of infrared photographs to check lighting efficiency and thermal management within the control gear and lamp compartments.

“In all aspects the Versabeam proved to be far superior to the others, thereby fully justifying its premium pricing,” commented Neil Stander, the company’s Manufacturing Engineering Manager.

“The Versabeam proved to be the best in all tests, with exceptional light control, excellent illumination and no glare. It was also by far the coolest running luminaire among all those that we tested.”

Elaborating on the Versabeam’s features, Jack Carne, ACTOM Electrical Products’ Marketing Specialist, Lighting Products, said: “The combination of reflection and refraction prisms in the acrylic diffuser results in optimal control of light and guarantees a high level of efficiency and extraordinary illumination of vertical surfaces with great visual comfort due to minimal glare. It is expertly designed to limit glare and focus all useable light onto the floor area, as well as disperse the light as evenly as possible to ensure that there aren’t light and dark spots.

“When needing to use high wattage lamps to achieve minimum lux levels, as applies in Ford’s case, the efficiency of the reflector design plays a vital role in determining the amount of luminaires to be used, which in turn has a knock-on effect on the total electricity consumption of the plant.

“The enclosed design of the Versabeam makes it suitable for use in damp environments or areas with high dust levels. In addition, Ford has selected the best available IP seal for the lamp compartment, ensuring maximum protection against ingress of dust, as well as against moisture, including splashing and direct water spray.

“A further important characteristic of Versabeam, which contributes to its exceptional reliability and long life, is that its large die-cast aluminium control box acts as a very efficient heat sink, drawing the heat from source and emitting it to atmosphere,” Carne concluded.

ACTOM Electrical Products, which represents the ACTOM group nationally and also supplies and supports a range of other electrical products in addition to many produced by group companies, has an extensive distribution network, with 11 branches strategically located around South Africa.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 27operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.
For further information contact Mike Ullyett, ACTOM Electrical Products
PO Box 678 Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 878-3000 Fax (011) 878-3002
E-mail mike.ullyett@actom.co.za
Date: November 30, 2010

Caption 1:  The Versabeam high-bay luminaires installed in FMCSA’s Engine Plant.

Caption 2:  One of the Versabeam luminaires.