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Maintain quality and consistency of supply in utilities industry

23 August 2016

RS Components now offers support to the utilities sector with a range of products spanning tiny sensors to cables for power distribution.

These all help customers minimise downtime, increase uptime and maintain optimum operations and services.

The company’s dedicated landing page for the utilities sector offers access to a full suite of products, support and services to help operators ensure quality and consistency of supply – be it electricity or water.

The latest products on offer from RS include industrial power sockets from Mennekes, enclosures from Schneider Electric, ABB switches, and innovative terminal blocks from Wago. These are complemented by an extensive selection of solutions for fluid and electrical control, power components, testing equipment, plumbing and pipeline supplies, and site/personnel safety solutions and signage.

Power distribution is well served with a variety of brands and technologies, including voltage-monitoring relays from Lovato, Eaton switch disconnectors, RS Pro terminal blocks, cables and wires, and circuit protection devices from leading brands including ABB, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Eaton.

Power quality and electrical safety is covered not only by products, including electrical testers from Megger, thermal imagers from FLIR, lockouts and padlocks (including Bluetooth variants) and insulated tools from Stanley, but also by support material, such as informative videos from leading suppliers like Fluke, covering power quality and energy efficiency. Personnel safety is also covered in depth, and a dedicated landing page offers everything to keep employees safe from head to toe.

The water industry is probably the most sensitive utility in terms of quality and consistency of supply due to its reliance on local sources. For this reason essential maintenance and proactive monitoring is essential to ensure maximum reliable uptime. RS offers a range of solutions from basic pipeline components, such as Legris pipe fittings and Flexicon conduit, through to monitoring and measurement products, including proximity sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs and flow and level control devices, all the way up to a full maintenance offering, comprising cameras (thermal and inspection), tool cases and test equipment. The RS plant maintenance page goes into much more detail.

The utilities sector is also embracing connectivity, not just in terms of collecting real-time operational performance through the IOT Smart Grid, but also for proactive maintenance. The company’s landing page for the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 contains a number of products and resources, including videos explaining how to add IoT capability to existing systems and other resources.

In addition to all the well-known industry brands, RS also stocks its own range of industrial products suitable for the utilities industry, which deliver quality, performance, choice and value for money. More than 40,000 RS Pro products are available, including electrical and power products, automation and cabling, mechanical products and tools, test and measurement and safety solutions, as well as a significant range of consumables and commodity products.

The company’s DesignSpark online resource provides information and advice, capturing the latest news, solutions and products. This added-value service offers software, 3D models, articles, tools and forum discussions relating too many of the products in the extensive RS range.

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